12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

If you have family, friends, or neighbors who you have been wanting to introduce to the world of preparedness, this could be a fun way to do it. We’ve put together 12 days of free or inexpensive (under $1) gifts that follow along our 10 Babysteps to help someone get started and hopefully peak their curiosity to learn even more.

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Feel free to adapt this to meet your needs. Spread the gifts out over 12 days, or you can do all 12 days at once as a “getting started” package. Each day has some recommendations for some more advanced gift ideas if you’d like to check them out. Don’t forget to download the tags and labels for each day and Merry Christmas!


Download tags and labels for all 12 days here

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Emergency Preparedness is always a great place to start. Print out our in depth Emergency Preparedness Plan that your loved one can fill out as a starting point for their family. Roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it and attach the Day 1 tags and labels to it. You could also include a personal note letting them know that you will be giving them some fun little gifts over the next few days to help them be more prepared.

More expensive gift ideas
Prepare My Life Planner
InstaFire
Pre-made 72 hour kits

We have two ideas for day 2. Babystep #1 is shelves so you can build a little rotating can shelf out of cardboard and stick the day 2 tags on it. Download the instructions here and you can even give them a copy so they can make their own additional units to fill their pantry. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this, you can opt to print out our Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout which gives lots of ideas on sneaky places to store food storage. Again, this can be rolled up with a cute ribbon tied around it and the Day 2 tags added to make it fun

More expensive gift ideas
Canorganizers (Commercially made cardboard can racks for pantry)
Cansolidators (Plastic can racks for pantry)
Harvest Shelves (72″ rotating can rack shelf)

Babystep #2 is water, one of the most critical components of any preparedness or food storage plan. For today you can either recycle a few empty pop or juice containers and fill them with clean water, or you can splurge and grab a few little water pouches that can be great for 72 hour kits or car emergency kits. Depending on how many you buy they can be less than $0.50 each! Whichever option you opt for, add your Day 3 tag to make it cute.

More expensive gift ideas
WaterBricks
Berkey Water Purification Systems

Babystep #3 is to put together a 3 month supply of regular foods. Print out these worksheets to help someone get started on their 3 Month Plan. There is an Instruction Sheet, a Menu Plan Sheet and an Inventory Sheet. You will need to print the Menu Plan Sheet multiple times depending on how many different meals you want to plan. There is also a video tutorial to go along with these forms found here. Put the printed worksheets in sheet protects or roll them up and tie a ribbon around them. Don’t forget to attach the Day 4 tag!

More expensive gift ideas
Subscription to Deals to Meals (grocery savings program)

Babystep #4 is an introduction to long term food storage foods. People often get overwhelmed with how much and what to buy. Here is a handout that includes instructions and a simple food storage calculator that you can print out, tie a ribbon around, add the cute Day 5 Tags, and give to someone. This will help them determine quantities of foods to purchase based on their family size.

More expensive gift ideas
I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage
Country Beans
Dinner is in the Jar
Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy

Babystep #5 is learning to use grains, and more specifically wheat. People often have a hard time using wheat if they don’t have a wheat grinder. If you haven’t tried making Blender Wheat Pancakes you are missing out! This is something easy you can make that uses wheat with no wheat grinder required. Put the ingredients in a baggie, tie a ribbon around it and a recipe card with instructions. Don’t forget to add the Day 6 tag as well. It wont cost you much, but will surely impress and motivate someone to use their food storage.

More expensive gift ideas
WonderMill Wheat Grinder

Babystep #6 moves on to learning about beans/legumes. Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren’t so bad. Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store ($1-$2). Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. Include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card for them, it’s delicious!

More expensive gift ideas
Electric Pressure Cooker (makes it EASY to cook dry beans)
Instant Beans from Thrive Life (no soaking or long cook times)

Babystep #7 covers baking ingredients that are necessary for you to be able to make a lot of recipes using your grains and legumes. Salt is one of those things that you run out of, and don’t necessarily think of storing. Find or buy a container of salt and make it cute with ribbons, or put it in a gift bag, and remind them Food Storage isn’t just grains and legumes.

More expensive gift ideas
Instant Powdered Milk
Butter Powder
Pure Vanilla Powder

Babystep #8 is purchasing or preserving fruits and vegetables. While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn’t have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters.

More expensive gift ideas
Excalibur Food Dehydrator
Canner and canning supplies
Freeze Dried Fruits or Veggies

Babystep #9 encourages people to store comfort foods for times of crisis. This is a great day for the holidays. Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person’s favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can’t eat it right away, they have to store it 😉 Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you’re all set.

More expensive gift ideas
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer (great for preserving treats for longer storage)

Babystep #10 covers all aspects of storage that are NOT food. Although Food Storage (and Christmas for that matter) are a lot about food, we can’t forget the non-food items that are important and necessary to store not only for hygiene but also for cooking, cleaning, first aid, etc. Any inexpensive toiletry would be a great gift for this day (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

More expensive gift ideas
First Aid Kit

Once you have completed the first 11 days for a friend, or family member, it’s time for them to keep the journey going themselves. To help them do that, we have our BabyStep Checklists. Have the person you are giving to sign up for our free email checklists. You could even sign up for them with their email address and print out the first checklist for their gift. The checklists last for one year and are sent every 2 weeks. After following the 26 checklists they will have a full food storage for one person.

More expensive gift ideas
Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook Program (buy and print out in a binder for them)


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FOOD STORAGE BLACK FRIDAY 2012

Black Friday is a fantastic time to stock up on food storage and emergency preparedness items at some of the best prices of the year. Whether you purchase these things as gifts for your loved ones, or simply to add to your own supplies, you can definitely get the most bang for you buck over this weekend. We already have talked a little bit about the Shelf Reliance Sale yesterday and also the Prepare My Life Planner sale on Friday.

If you’re just getting started, we strongly recommend purchasing our eBook which only goes on sale twice a year!

Check out the flyer below for more details on all of these great sales and deals! The sale begins Friday morning (although some of the deals are already active), and lasts through midnight on the evening of Cyber Monday.


12 Days of Christmas: Get Your Friends Involved

12DAYSThere are many reasons to have a Food Storage. We go over these in our “Why Food Storage” Series. No matter the reason you choose to have it, often times you wish your family and friends would get on board. This Holiday Season, we’re doing our 12 days of Food Storage again, but this year we’re giving it to you with plenty of time to join the fun. There are tons of things you can do for FREE to help people get started on their journey.

IDEAS FOR EVERYONE

You can chose to do all 12 days or just choose one gift. The point is to share your love of food storage, and the peace that comes with being self-reliant. Each “day” will have a theme, and have 3 gift ideas for you:

  • An option that’s FREE or under $1
  • An option that costs $5-20
  • A more expensive option…

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Day 1: Emergency Preparedness
Day 2: Shelves
Day 3: Water
Day 4: 3 Month Supply
Day 5: Long Term Education
Day 6: Grains
Day 7: Legumes
Day 8: Baking Goods
Day 9: Fruits and Vegetables
Day 10: Comfort Foods
Day 11: Non-Food Items
Day 12: Checklists

LABELS AND ACCESSORIES

We also have this pdf for you to print out that has tags for each day, name tags, and images you can print, and attach to the gifts.

We wanted to say thanks to all our readers for being so awesome, and hope you are getting ready for a wonderful holiday season. We’re so fortunate to be able to share what we learn with you all.

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12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

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Our Christmas present to our readers this year, is a 12 Days of Food Storage Christmas with a TWIST – it wont be 12 days, it will be 12 hours…

Rather then drag it out for 12 days, and to allow you the TIME to get going on this – we will be posting all 12 “days” TODAY! Every hour, we’ll post another one of the 12 “days”. Each post will have gift ideas you can use for family, friends, or people you know that are in need. We thought it would be a good idea to help you, help others with their Food Storage this year.

12DAYS

Feel free to use the ideas how you want. Whether you do all 12 days, or just choose one gift, the point is to share your love of food storage, and the peace that comes with being self-reliant. Each “day” will have a theme, and have 3 gift ideas for you:

  • An option that’s FREE or under $1
  • An option that costs $5-15
  • A more expensive option…

We also have this pdf for you to print out that has tags for each day, name tags, and images you can print, and attach to the gifts.

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So here is the list of the DAYS- each link will start working as we post the “days” each hour.

Day 1: Emergency Preparedness
Day 2: Shelves
Day 3: Water
Day 4: 3 Month Supply
Day 5:Long Term Education
Day 6: Grains
Day 7: Legumes
Day 8: Baking Goods
Day 9: Fruits and Vegetables
Day 10: Comfort Foods
Day 11: Non-Food Items
Day 12: Checklists

Merry Christmas, and thanks for making this year so fun for us!


Day 12: Food Storage Christmas (checklists)


Once you have complete the first 11 days for a friend, or family member, it’s time for them to keep the journey going themselves. To help them do that, we have our BabyStep Checklists:


Options that are Free or Under $1

Free Email Checklists

Have the person you are giving to sign up for our free email checklists. You could even sign up for them with their email address and print out the first checklist for their gift. The checklists last for one year and are sent every 2 weeks. After following the 26 checklists they will have a full food storage for one person.


An Option that is $5-$30

Food Storage Made Easy 3 Part eBook Program

Compiled into a 3 part ebook program is all of our 26 checklists, a complete food storage encyclopedia, a large recipe appendix and much more. It’s nearly 200 pages and is a great gift to help someone really get going. You can either email them the eBook with a cute message, or have us send it to them to look more official 🙂


A More Expensive Option

Assemble Food Storage Made Easy Binder Ebook for them

An even greater gift would be the eBook assembled into a Food Storage Made Easy Binder. You buy the eBook, print it out, and assemble it into a binder with the Day 12 Tags attached. Instructions on how to do so are included with the eBook.

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Day 11: Food Storage Christmas (non-food items)


Although Food Storage (and Christmas for that matter) are a lot about food, we can’t forget the non-food items that are important and necessary to store! Remember to share some of these ideas and cuten them up with ribbons and the Day 11 Tags:


Options that are Free or Under $1

Tube of Toothpaste

Do we need to explain much here?


An Option that is $5-$30

Package of Toilet Paper

Again, enough said 🙂

First Aid Supplies

A nice gift would be a simple First Aid Kit. If you want to expand on that you can also include other basic medicines or first aid tools that don’t normally come in a kit. Don’t forget your Day 11 Tags, especially if you bought them toilet paper. hehe.


A More Expensive Option

Assortment of Paper Products or Cleaning Supplies

Put together a gift basket, full of items from our non-foods list. These kinds of things are really nice for people on a tight budget because they aren’t things you think of as life-sustaining, but you would NOT want to be without them in an emergency.

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Day 10: Food Storage Christmas (comfort foods)


NOW THIS feels like Christmas. We had plenty ideas for this part of the 12 days of Christmas. Feel free to use some of these, or choose your own. Comfort foods are definitely things people need in time of any type of crisis:


Options that are Free or Under $1

Candy Bar or Pudding Mix

Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person’s favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can’t eat it right away, they have to store it 😉 Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you’re all set.


An Option that is $5-$30

Holiday Hot Cocoa

These cute Holiday Hot Coca pantry cans from Thrive Life are the perfect food storage gift. They are sealed in pantry cans with a long shelf life so ideal for long term storage. But they never last that long around our house 🙂 You can buy a ten pack and give as neighbor gifts, or just buy a single can for someone if you are doing a full 12 days for them. (Order before December 15th for guaranteed shipping before Christmas)

Big Baskets of Goodies (that would store well)

Take a look at our list of common comfort foods and pick some to compile in a gift basket with the Day 10 Tags attached. Trust us- these are things people want in times of stress!


A More Expensive Option

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

One of the best ways we have found to make your comfort foods last longer is to utilize a vacuum sealer or oxygen absorbers. We love the jar attachment on FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers. You simply pour your candies, crackers, treats, etc. into a mason jar and seal the jar up with your Foodsaver. This extends the shelf life up to 5 years or so and keeps your treats nice and fresh for an emergency. Don’t forget your Day 10 Tags if you grab one of these!

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Day 9: Food Storage Christmas (fruits and veggies)


While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Include the Day 9 Tags to complete today’s gift ideas:


Options that are Free or Under $1

Gardening Seeds

Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn’t have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters.


An Option that is $5-$30

Canning Supplies

A fun way to start using foods you garden, or buy in season for great prices is by canning them. A lot of people don’t have what you need to start canning and don’t think of buying it for themselves. A small canning kit along with a canner is a great idea to get started.


A More Expensive Option

Food Dehydrator

Another way to preserve fruits and veggies is through dehydrating. Again, if you’re feeling generous a great idea is a food dehydrator. You might want to be sure this is something the person is open/ready to get going on. You wouldn’t want to intimidate them too much 🙂

Freeze Dried Fruit or Veggie Buckets

For someone who is busy and doesn’t have time to preserve their own fruits or veggies, you may want to consider giving them some of these Lindon Farms Fruit and Veggie Buckets. They are a great price for a variety of items and stack nicely for easy storage.

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Day 8: Food Storage Christmas (baking ingredients)




Baking Ingredients
are necessary for you to be able to make a lot of recipes using your grains and legumes. There are a variety of ingredients found in this category, so be creative if one of these ideas isn’t available in your local stores. Add the Day 8 Tags to whichever option you choose:


Options that are Free or Under $1

Extra Container of Salt

Salt is one of those things that you run out of, and don’t necessarily think of storing. Find or buy a container of salt and make it cute with ribbons, or put it in a gift bag, and remind them Food Storage isn’t just grains and legumes.


An Option that is $5-$30

A #10 Can of Powdered Milk or Powdered Eggs

Powdered Milk can be one of those things that are hard to find, or hard to remember to use. Give someone a nice #10 can of powdered milk and challenge them to try it out the next time they are cooking with milk. You could also try giving someone a #10 can of powdered eggs to help them learn to experiment with them.


A More Expensive Option

All-American Sun Oven

If your gift recipient is new to preparedness, they may be worried about powerless cooking. Having a Sun Oven takes away that concern as they will learn how to bake all of their normal foods using the power of the sun.

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Day 7: Food Storage Christmas (legumes)


Next up on our list is Legumes! Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren’t so bad. Here are some ideas to help people use, and understand legumes a little better:


Options that are Free or Under $1

12 Bean Soup

Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store. Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. If you want to be really ambitious you can include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card too. It’s delicious!


An Option that is $5-$30

Sprouting Kit

Ever tried sprouting? Well if you know someone who wants to get into the really good stuff, give them this sprouting kit and as a bonus, include a few of the legumes that are good for sprouting! Sprouting is a great way to use some of your food storage, and it’s super healthy and nutritious! Add your Day 7 Tags and it’s the perfect food storage gift.


A More Expensive Option

Pressure Cooker

Here’s another one of those – if you’re feeling REALLY generous gifts. This electric pressure cooker is a DREAM come true for cooking dry beans. No pre-soaking, waiting hours, and worrying about your beans turning out ever again! Don’t forget your Day 7 Tags.

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