preps as holiday gifts : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Most of my immediate family is GI, but like me, they came onto the preparation scene later in the game. I'm planning to buy prep-type items for all the folks on my list this year, GI or not. I have a few ideas, but I wanted to ask here since many people have been prepping a lot longer and are no doubt better prepared than I am. Are there items that you have found essential to your preps that would also be suitable gifts? If you were purchasing a gift for a family member that was to double as a prep, what would it be?

-- nance (, December 06, 1999


I recently gave a new oil lamp with extra wicks and a bottle of lamp oil as a wedding gift. Mag flashlights are great gifts for the guys. For max wow factor: Buy the huge bag of Tootsie Rolls at Sam's for under $3 and give each child a bag!

-- Carol (, December 06, 1999.

Nothing says "Christmas" like beans.

-- smfdoc (, December 06, 1999.


Last year I gave out sleeping bags, oil lamps (with oil/wicks). This year I am giving out shortwave radios (with extra batteries).

-- mmmm (, December 06, 1999.

LOL doc! But nothing says ho ho ho like KI03!

-- Mumsie (, December 06, 1999.

Automatic Weather Alert radios, turn on autocatically for severe weather/emergency warnings.

-- Noah (, December 06, 1999.

I am giving those hand pump 'dynamo' flashlights, don't need batteries but you have to squeeze to get light. It is great for middle of the night trying to find something in the dark stuff, keep it by the bed.

Also giving siphon filters w/ceramic candles

Fancy boxes of teas, helpful herbs (olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed, etc)

-- Sammie (, December 06, 1999.

A package of the Christmas gift wrapped boxes/baskets of cheeses, sausages, little jelly jars, etc. that you see in magazines, malls and drug stores would be a great Y2K gift. Long shelf lives in small quantities! Good for GI or DGI. I'd like one myself!

-- GardenGal (playin@farmin.sqft), December 07, 1999.

I can't do gifts this year for everyone for the first time, although they've always had to be modest ones. However, for the daughter with the three-year-old triplets, I am making a second package of healing herbal preparations, and Potassium Iodate. I have also already made 63 tuna-cat-food can candles while elevating an injured leg the last few evenings, and will continue making these, for her and for others who may find themselves in need in Y2K.

-- Elaine Seavey (, December 07, 1999.

Ok, here I go again... Flashlights. LED flashlights. Different colored ones and white ones. My kids love to play with the flashlights in the dark in the play room. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white and even violet LEDs can be used. I have made white LED bulbs that will last a month on a set of 3 D alkalines cells. White LED bulbs that will also last a month on 2 alkaline AA cells or over 7 months on 2 D cells. The bulbs themselves will last for a decade or so. When the flashlight will burn continuously for months, it does not hurt the pocket to let them play like they love to.

I now have a battery light in the bathroom, on all the time, that I fully expect to still be on in June. DIM, but enough to keep from killing yourself.

-- tree (, December 07, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

Here's another thread on this topic: Thoughtful Christmas Gifts

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), December 08, 1999.

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