2022 Holiday Gift Guide

If you have a survivalist or prepper on your holiday gift list, or perhaps you just want to help a loved one be a little more prepared, come what may, here are some excellent options to consider.

The Secret Signs of Nature: How to Uncover Hidden Clues in the Sky, Water, Plants, Animals, and Weather by Craig Caudill


If you have budding naturalists in your family, or just kids who like to spend some time outdoors, this is a great book for them. Using two young adventurers as guides, Caudill shows just how much you can truly see and learn when you’re out in nature, or even just your backyard, if only you’re paying close attention.

Lavishly illustrated and wonderfully written, this book is suitable for grades 2-7 or thereabouts. Find it here on Amazon.

The Urban Prepper’s Guide by Jim Cobb

Okay, yeah, I’m a little biased, but hear me out. While I think this is the perfect book for anyone who is new to prepping, it also contains information and tips that may be new to even seasoned preppers. Here’s what one reviewer wrote: “I’ve been prepping for 7 years and have read dozens of books on the subject, and in the water chapter alone I learned 3 new, practical things I plan to implement.”

It isn’t just for urban folks, either. Almost everything in this book is useful no matter where you live. Here on Amazon.

Swiss Army Knife – Hiker

Victorinox has been making great quality knives for ages. While any model Swiss Army Knife is excellent, I think the Hiker is among the most useful for the widest range of people. I love that it has a wood saw that actually works well. What’s also nice about Swiss Army Knives is that they’re often allowed in even the most restricted areas, as few people would see them as being a weapon. That said, I still wouldn’t try taking one on a plane, or you might never see it again.

DLT Trading is my knife dealer of choice and they have a huge range of colors and patterns for the Hiker model. The link is to the basic red version, but here’s the rest of them.

Green Beret’s No-Nonsense Bug Out

Joshua Enyart is an exceptionally well-trained individual, having spent time as a Green Beret as well as a US Army Ranger. He now heads up his own company – Gray Bearded Green Beret – and leads training classes all over the country as well as producing educational videos. In this series, he goes through what’s truly needed when it comes to bugging out, from skills to gear. It is rooted in common sense and practicality. Great stuff!

Pull Start Fire

When you absolutely, positively must get a fire going, this is an excellent tool. It consists of a small box that’s about the size of a TV remote. It is sealed in plastic, making it water-resistant if not entirely waterproof. One end of the box has a green cord and the other has a red cord. You get your fire lay set up, then set this box in the middle with the green cord looped on a log. Once it is secure, grab the red cord and give it a quick yank. Within second, smoke starts pouring from the box, followed by hot flames. It will burn for several minutes, drying and igniting kindling quite easily.

Here’s a link to their website where you can see it in action. One of them weighs about 3.8 ounces, so it might be kind of hefty to pack and carry around, given that it is a one-shot deal. But, it would be great for a car kit or something similar.

Patreon Subscription

Patreon is a subscription-based service whereby the subscriber will receive prepping information directly from me several times a week, delivered right to their email inbox. There are two levels available for receiving posts. At the $5.00/month level, there are essays sent out three times a week, with the content much of the content written exclusively for Patreon and not available elsewhere, along with sneak peeks at upcoming projects. At the $8.00/month level, a post is sent out every single day. You get everything at the $5.00 level, plus additional posts that will be material that’s been published elsewhere, such as magazine articles, blog posts, and book chapters. I also do at least one livestream video a month where I answer questions, review products, and talk about upcoming plans.

Bertucci Ultimate Field Watch

Watches always make a great gift, and a field watch has a classic look that pairs well with virtually any outfit. The A-2A Golden Field watch is easy to read and has 12/24-hour markings. It is water resistant to 100M and has a four-year battery. My dad was a watch collector and I have no doubt he’d have snapped one of these up.

Flex Tac Med Pouch

Having gear with you and being able to find it quickly are two different things. Pouches are a great organizational tool and this one is an excellent option. It is large enough to be truly useful without being so big it requires its own shoulder strap. While it is designed to be for medical supplies, it can serve in a variety of capacities. It has a drop down front opening, an additional compartment in the back and it has a bungee retention strap for other items.

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  1. […] I also write a fair number of knife reviews for Backwoods Survival Guide. The other day, I posted a short “gift guide” for the holiday season. This time around, I wanted to share a quick list of knives that I heartily recommend and that […]

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