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Top-Pick Prepper Gifts for 2013

The ultimate prepper gift? Anti-radiation underwearFrom the Practical to the Extravagant

The holidays are right around the corner and we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you find just the thing for the Prepper on your list. From budget-conscious and practical to bank-busting and a bit extreme, this year’s list has something for everyone.

Gifts under $50

One of the great things about these items under $50 is that you can buy a few and make a nice “prepper care package” or stuff a stocking. Sure, most of these are more practical than fun, but if you’re in survival mode, practicality beats frivolity any day.

Did  you know that duct tape has been on board every NASA space mission since the Gemini days? It has! That’s why our top pick for 2013 is duct tape. Not the traditional silver shiny stuff, but camo duct tape. (Camo duct tape won’t reflect the sun, so it’s Prepper-approved.)  Order online from Northern Tool & Equipment (www.northerntool.com), camo duct tape 2-pack, $12.00

Runners-up:

  • U.S Military 550 paracord – countless uses and comes in a variety of colors with lengths up to 1,000 feet for under $50. Go online or visit your local military supply retailer.
  • Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multi-function Sharpener  – this is a great tool for around $10 and one that may be overlooked in a survival kit. It has a lanyard hole and your Prepper can use some paracord to hang it around their neck for easy carrying. (See what we did there?) Knives don’t stay sharp forever. Give them a gift to hone that edge.
  • Gummy brains  – sometimes you just have to have a laugh during the holidays. Why not add a little fun? If your Prepper plans on fighting the zombie apocalypse, add some gummy brains to their gift for good flavor. Part snack, part bait – let them decide.

Gifts over $50, less than $250

The top pick in this category is the titanium escape ring. It retails for around $80 and features a hidden micro cutting tool inside a wedding band-style ring.  The tool can cut through plastic zip ties, duct tape, rope and other non-metallic material. It’s shim end, size and shape can also pick single lock handcuffs. We only recommend it for survival situations, of course.

Runners-up:

  • The OffGrid Solar Backpack from Voltaic – it retails for $229 and is built for bugging out.
  • The BioLite CampStove – generate electricity to recharge your gadgets via USB with this unique camp stove. For only $130.

Gifts around $1,000

Unfortunately, the Fukushima nuclear disaster sparked some new gift ideas for 2013. Targeted for availability sometime in November, Osaka-based materials company, Yamamoto, will be offering anti-radiation underwear and swimwear. While the new items are targeted at the crews cleaning up the disaster, survivalists may find comfort in these items. The underwear will retail for around $800 and the swimwear, said to block nearly 100% of beta rays, will set you back about $1,100.

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