The best way to get started on your food storage is to start with having a basic emergency preparedness plan put into place. It’s hard to think about purchasing a year supply of food when you don’t even have preps put into place for a short-term evacuation situation.
Preparedness products are easy gift ideas and help your loved ones feel like they are a little bit more prepared, versus giving them something like a can of wheat that they have no idea what to do with. Here are some emergency preparedness gift ideas at varying price ranges for your budget.
Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas: Free or Under $1
Emergency Preparedness Plan
Print out our Emergency Preparedness Plan that has detailed checklists to help a family make their family plan, build a disaster kit – including a 72 hour food kit, and put together an evacuation list and car kit. You can roll it up with a cute ribbon and tag on it and offer to help them get started. This is a great option to combine with some of the other more expensive ideas too.
PARA Preparedness App
If you want to be really sneaky, you can hop on your loved one’s phone and download this FREE app. It will help with inventorying your food storage and preparedness items. You can also download lists (some free and some are $1) FULL of tasks and product recommendations for specific projects. It would be awesome to include an itunes gift card so they can purchase whatever lists they want right away! All of the Food Storage Made Easy checklists will be implemented into this app but the first 5 are already there!
Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas: $5-$30 Range
The Survival Mom’s Week-by-Week Prepping Calendar
Who doesn’t love getting a gorgeous new calendar for the year? This one is functional and can give you fun projects to work on together. Each week has multiple bite-sized “prepping” tasks for you to do as well as a larger project and book to read every month. These take a few days to print so order early and you may have to choose expedited shipping to get it in time for Christmas!
Emergency Car Kit
This makes a great gift for a new driver or for someone you know is on the road a lot and you are concerned for their safety. You can personalize the kit by adding in some snack items or other things that might be helpful to them (see mommy emergency car kit post for example).
Thrive Life To-Go Meals
Grab a variety pack and it contains 6 meals/snacks that are perfect for 72 hour kits or car kits. You can let kids choose which flavor they prefer for their own kits and stock up more on those ones. These little packs are easy to prepare, just add hot water and wait a few minutes … and you’ll have a delicious meal on the run!
Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas: More Expensive Options
Prepare My Life Planner
An amazing and generous gift for a loved one is the Prepare My Life Planner. This tool has everything you need to create an emergency plan for your family, as well as safe places to store your important documents so you can have them easily accessible to grab and go in an emergency. We often have people buy one for themselves and one for a loved one because they are that AWESOME!
Complete 72 Hour Kit
This is a fabulous way to give someone a little kick-start into their preparedness journey. A 72 hour emergency kit is useful for any type of short-term evacuation situation. The peace of mind it offers just having it in a closet or garage is a wonderful gift you can offer someone this year. There are tons of options to choose from but you can check out the link for one that I feel is a good value for a basic kit.