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25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas You’ll Love

25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas Youll LoveI know survival and I’m pretty picky with gifts. The best stocking stuffer gifts are unique, small, affordable, useful, and things they’ll love. But what do you get someone who loves the outdoors?

I’ve done that research for you and found 25 no-fail survival gifts for the outdoorsman or prepper in your life. I’m cool like that.

I particularly chose these gifts with you faithful readers in mind – AND tried to find some for those friends and family of yours who may not particularly share your concern for being prepared (although a particularly cool gift below like the flint/steel may sway them into being interested).

25 brilliant survival stocking-stuffer ideas you’ll love

1) – Ultrafire® Cree 7W 300LM Mini LED One Mode Flashlight

I think the best stocking stuffer this year for preppers and non-preppers is this little CREE flashlight. WHY? because they’re ONLY A FEW BUCKS and they’re awesome. I like it so well, not only have I bought a ton of these for myself and others, I wrote a review of it. After several months, I still love these lights. This one is a no-brainer. Several of my friends and family have bought a dozen of these at a time so they could have one in each car and give one to each person on their shopping list.


2) – Coast HP1 Focusing LED Flashlight

These are a step up from the CREE flashlight above. I learned about this little gem from some of you guys, who apparently love them. The reviews on them support that too. It’s $10 so even though it’s double the price of the one above, I think it’s a great choice and still super affordable. It also uses AA, which I love.


3) – MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern


mpowerd luci solar panel lantern graywolfsurvival review

This is an LED lantern that doesn’t require batteries. You just leave it out in the light and it recharges. Packs to about the size of a round CD case and has enough light for the inside of a tent or for around the camp area. Also great as a backup in case your power goes out, so you don’t have to drool all over a flashlight hanging from your mouth while you work on things or read.

MPOWERD sent me one of these a few months to review. I almost declined because it didn’t look like something that a typical backpacker, camper, or prepper could use but after looking at how they’ve been used in Africa and other places, I thought I’d give one a try. I’m glad I did (here’s the review). These things are definitely one of my favorite things. I pull mine out any time my neighbors and I are hanging out by the fire on the weekends and keep it in the top pocket of my personal bug out bag, allowing me to have a lantern that doesn’t need batteries and stay under my 25-pound weight limit.

It’s about 5 inches in diameter and an inch thick when deflated so make sure it’ll fit in your stocking if you’re gonna go that route. If not, it’d be pretty easy to inflate and then wrap and have them guessing as to what’s inside. Do people still do that?


4) – Victorinox Hercules Knife

Every good EDC (Every Day Carry) kit has some sort of knife in it. This particular one has more than just a knife, and has one of the best reputations of any product on Earth. It’s one of those gifts that can easily last a generation. This particular one is almost half off at the time I posted this article. Whatever you do, just make sure you get one with a locking blade.


5) – LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

This is by far the most popular portable water filter on the market. I personally have a few Sawyer Mini Filtration kits for my kit but people seem to really like the LifeStraw because it’s such a simple design. Either one would be a great choice though.


6) – Suunto A-10 Field Compass

Suunto makes great field gear and are especially good with compasses. I use one in my gear. I still have my Army-issue Lensatic tritium compass but I switched it out for the Suunto when I redid my entire setup. If your giftee is a traditionalist, they may really appreciate the lensatic one but it’s definitely more money than the Suunto – a lot more. It’s great for campers, hikers, preppers, or just people who sometimes get turned around when trying to find things in town.


7) -Doan Magnesium Fire Starter Tool

Not only are these a great little interesting gift for people (especially kids or guys who act like kids), this Doan model works really well. I carry one in my kit. It’s super affordable and something most people wouldn’t think to get as a gift.

This is important here – DO NOT GET A GENERIC COPY. Get the original Doan model I linked above. There are a lot of Chinese frauds out there that just don’t work. They aren’t really much (if any) cheaper than the real thing anyway. Watch this video to see why:


8) – Wilderness Solutions Flint and Steel Kit

If you have a friend who’s into traditional things, getting back to nature, or a real do-it-yourselfer, this gift is great. It’s a traditional flint and steel that have been used for centuries. It also includes char cloth and some fiber to make it easier to get things started. This probably isn’t a good gift for a beginning camper/hiker/survival person but for others, it’s a pretty awesome one.

BTW, I have a post on how you can make your own char cloth in case you’re interested.


9) -P-38 Can Opener & P-51 Can Opener

p38 p51 can opener

These things are an absolute perfect stocking stuffer. So cheap that they’re almost free and they’ll easily last generations. They’re useful as both a can opener and emergency screwdriver. I keep a P-38 on my dogtags.

Did you know they’re named the P-38 and P-51 because that’s about how many punctures they make to open a can of C-rations (and because of the fighter planes at the time)?


10) -Encrypted Thumb Drive with info

This one takes a little work on your part. A thumb drive like the one I linked to above already has encryption on it and is the best choice. You can also put on your own encryption on it using Bitlocker. If you’re gonna have personal information on the drive, encrypt it.

Once you’ve done that, include a text file with all the pertinent contact information for your family and close friends, map to how to get there, and put in some survival and other pdf’s in it in. Don’t listen to the idiots who say that having electronics is a dumb idea for survival just because there’s a 0.0000001% chance that an EMP/CME could wipe out everything and we’d be back in the stone age. You’re more likely to get hit by a flying cow.

Pole Shift Survival Information is a great place to get thousands of free survival-related documents but if you want it filtered down a bit, check out my What survival/prepper books would you have in your SHTF library? article.


11) – Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter

Any paracord bracelet out there should work but I like this particular one because it has a small ferro rod and striker built-into it. I love double-duty gear. These are almost always a no-brainer gift, especially for guys.


12) – SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition

I still think this is the best survival book out there. This is the new 3rd edition. You can get the 2010 edition for a few bucks less but go with this one.


13) – Ammo


If your giftee is a hunter or into self-defense, ammo is always a welcome gift. There are a few websites like Gunbot.net that automatically update prices from around the internet to find ammo at the best prices. It’s a great site.


14) – Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

This is a pretty awesome setup. You can not only charge USB devices with it, it can charge AA/AAA batteries. It’s a bit more than the other things on this list but you don’t have to buy AA/AAA batteries anymore. Just get a few rechargeables and you’re set. I swapped out all my house remote controls now with rechargeables and use this so I never have to run to the store in the middle of an intense Call of Duty session or have to yell at my TV because I can’t get it to listen to my dead remote.


15) – Yo Yo Fishing Reels

You may not have heard about these but they’re pretty cool. You set them up above the water and leave them. Once a fish starts to nibble on the hook, this thing goes into action and sets the hook for you. Watch this, it’s pretty cool:


16) – pStyle for women – pee standing up

pstyle for women - pee standing up

These things are great for girls on hiking trips, biking trips, or so they don’t have to go too far away from the campgrounds to pee. A lot of girls in Iraq and Afghanistan used things like this on convoys so they’d have a bit more privacy and could go quickly. It’s a great gift for outdoor girls.

17) – SOG Seal Pup Knife

I have both versions of the SOG Seal knife. I used the larger one when I was in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Once I got home, I wanted a smaller one to cut down on weight and space in my pack but not sacrifice having a great survival knife. That’s when I got this one – the SOG Seal Pup. I carry it in my personal bug out bag or on my belt when I’m camping or in the desert.

18) – Mini Bic Lighters

A cheap lighter is my go-to fire starting tool. These particular ones are much smaller so they’re not only useful, they can easily fit in pretty much any pocket or bag.

19) – Fozzils Bowlz Pack

I really like these. They pack flat so they don’t take up too much room in a backpack, and weigh almost nothing. They snap together to make a bowl, plate, or whatever. I personally have the two-bowl set for my backpack but they have different sets you can get.


20) – Kupilka Cup

These are a favorite of ultralight backpackers and thru-hikers. They’re a composite of wood and plastic so they’re strong and insulate well, and they’re designed in a traditional Finnish design. Mine came with a little spoon with it too, but I’m not sure if they all do. The link above is the exact link I used to get mine.


21) – Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet

I debated putting this one on the list due to its size but I think it’ll actually fit in a lot of stockings so I added it. I came awfully close to getting the Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet for my pack but eventually decided on the Fiskars X7 14-inch hatchet instead, but it was a very close call. For a gift, I’d go with the Estwing. Not only is it a fantastic hatchet, it’s looks pretty awesome.


22) – Trumark Slingshot



trumark slingshot gift

Who doesn’t love a slingshot? This is the model I got for my survival kit. Not only is it a good design for shooting rocks (not all are), it has good reviews and holds its ammo inside the handle. Pretty cool!


23) – McNett Outgo Microfiber Towel

I tried a lot of compact towels for deployments over the years and they all sucked – until I found one of these at the PX in Baghdad one day. Luckily, you don’t have to go to a PX to get one. They’re lightweight, inexpensive, and they actually work. Don’t bother trying any other brands because they probably won’t work.

I now have one of these in my backpack (a medium) and one for travel and my workout bag when I go to the gym.


24) – Emergency Blanket

I know you really want to get them a few of those mylar space blankets instead, but they suck as emergency blankets. The one above is a real blanket and can be used in real emergencies. The mylar ones don’t last long and aren’t really blankets. They may be ok as a filler gift but not as a real survival item.


25) – Solo Stove with Backup Solo Alcohol Burner

This is the setup I use in my pack. It gives you the ability to cook with branches, pine cones, or whatever burnable stuff you find – and also use alcohol. It’s a great system to make sure you can boil water or be able to cook when you’re camping or have no power for several days. The Trangia alcohol stove that comes with it also has a lid so you can keep alcohol in it instead of having to dump it out when you’re done cooking.


Keep in mind that two is one and one is none so don’t worry if they already have a version of one of these things. They (and you) should always have a backup.

There should be several of the ideas on this 25 stocking-stuffer gift list that you’ll love but you don’t have to limit yourself. Just use this list as a jumping-off point. You can’t go wrong with these though.

BTW, if you want the Tactical Christmas Stocking that’s in my main image, you can get them here.

For more ideas, check out 999 freakin’ awesome ideas for your bug out bag. ~ Graywolf

If you’re still stuck after all that (which is possible), just get them a gift card for whatever value you want and let them choose. It’s the perfect fail-safe gift:

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I am a former federal agent and military veteran who has deployed to combat theaters in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan and have almost three decades of military and military contracting experience.

My goal is to help families to understand how to intelligently protect their family and their way of life against real threats, without all the end-of-the-world doomsday crap.


  1. Great list! Some I have given in the past but there are some new things I had not heard of before. I love giving prep stuff as gifts.

  2. Hey brother, have you had the chance to check this out? What are your thoughts on this being better than the flint and steel kit? It is a couple of bucks less expensive and has a couple more options. Thanks!

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