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  • Give the Gift of Gear: for the Outdoor Enthusiast

    Give the Gift of Gear: for Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Hello again, from the helpful elves here at Emergency Essentials! We hope you're having a happy holiday gift shopping experience this year—our goal is to make it even easier and more pleasant for you. In that spirit, here's the final installment of our gift guide:

    Excellent Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

    Under $25: Let’s start with the basics. We know that there is no such thing ever as too many multifunction tools. Most of the outdoorsy types we know have whole dresser drawers full of pocket knives and Leathermans, and are still (always) on the lookout for the perfect one. Here, then, is s must-have for any such collection: the card-style, 11-function survival tool. Fits easily into a pocket or wallet, making it one that your giftee can use on the trail or off.

    And we have to mention this screaming deal. Normally $24.95,  the Military Spec Prismatic Sighting Compass is on sale this month for only $7.99! Not your run-of-the-mill pocket compass, this fancy-schmancy version is as precise as a GPS, but with no battery to run out on you in the middle of a four-day excursion. And it comes with a neat little carrying case.

    Under $50: Speaking of screaming deals, what would you say if I told you you could get your beloved outdoorsman a four-man tent for under fifty bucks? How about a lightweight, ultra-compact Twin Peaks Mountain Trails tent with all the bells and whistles (rain fly, mud mat, etc.)? This is the perfect tent for a multi-day hiking trip, or to keep in your car or pack for unexpected overnighters.

    Under $100: Just because these outdoor nuts willingly sleep on the hard ground in all weather doesn't necessarily mean they like it (okay, some do—guess that’s why we call them “nuts”). Give the gift of comfort this year with the Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad. The unique chamber design keeps the sleeper supported and warm through the night, and it rolls up so compact, your camper won't even notice it in his or her pack.

    Over $100: We’ve saved the best for last. The Grand Poobah of all gifts. The most cherished and most coveted by all who enjoy the cold and wet. Yes, folks, you guessed it. It's the Kelly Kettle. More specifically, we’re talking about the Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Basecamp Combo, which includes not only the speed-heating kettle and stove, but a pot for cooking, a support grill, and a can of FiredUp fuel and firestarter. This really is our favorite outdoor accessory, and we know the outdoor fanatic on your list will love it. They might even stay inside long enough to thank you.

    What do you think? Any great ideas for the campers and hikers that we've missed? What are you getting your outdoorsman/woman this year? Or, if you are one, what's at the top of your wish list?


  • Gift the Gift of Gear: for Domestic Goddesses (and Gods)

    Give the Gift of Gear: for Domestic Goddesses

    Alright, installment three of our super-helpful themed gift lists comes straight from our emergency preparedness elves and focuses on the gourmets and gourmands in your life. Ready?

    To-Die-For Gifts for the Domestic Goddess (or God—we know some of you men are rockstars in the kitchen!)

    Under $25: We have a confession. One of our favorite sounds is the contented hum of machinery happily doing our household chores for us. We have been known to run the washing machine, dishwasher, breadmaker, crockpot, and rice cooker all at the same time. However, we’re also painfully aware of our dependence on electricity. All of which is why we love the Kitchen Plus 2000 Hand-Powered Food Processor. On sale for only $14.99, and with more than ten attachments, we could do just about anything except wash the dog with this thing, and never plug in a single cord!

    Also on our list are a couple of specialty cookbooks that can make food storage meal prep a truly enjoyable experience. Check out LeArta Moulton’s The Amazing Wheat Book and Archie and Linda Dixon’s fantastic Dutch oven recipe book, Just Dutch It!

    Under $50: A good cook knows how to pick and use the best herbs, spices, and produce she can find. A great cook grows her own. Support your kitchen diva’s greatness by giving the gift of green. Our heirloom seed kits come with 5-10 different varieties of seeds and instructions how to plant, tend, harvest, and even save seeds! Try the Salsa Garden Kit or the Fruit Heirloom Garden Seeds.

    Under $100: As any true domestic goddess can attest, calories don’t count in an emergency. That’s why we always include dessert in our home food storage. Wrap up each item in the Dessert Variety Combo for your gourmet—which includes cake and brownie mixes, as well as icing, pudding, and even ice cream!—and watch her do amazing things.

    Over $100: This was a hard category, not because there’s too little to choose from, but because there’s so much! We love the Camp Chef Portable Outdoor Oven Combo, and we really love the idea of being served a fancy four-course meal served al fresco. We’ve also always wanted the WonderMill Wheat Grinder, and we think it would make an ideal gift combined with The Amazing Wheat Book (seriously, don’t you want one, too?).

    But if we had to pick the ultimate, heavy-duty, I-love-you-so-much-I-want-you-to-be-happy-forever gift, there’s really no question: it’s got to be the Bosch. Pick out one of our four combos, each with different attachments, and watch your domestic goddess swoon. Then see if she’ll make you some cookies.

    Got a kitchen diva in your house? What are you getting him or her this year? And don’t forget to come back to see the last installment of our holiday gift lists!


  • Give the Gift of Gear: Gifts for Techies

    Give the Gift of Gear: for Techies

    Remember our super helpful gift list for the hunter in your life? Well, the emergency preparedness elves have put together another convenient set of suggestions for you, just in time for more holiday shopping. Today we present…

    Great Gifts for Your Gadget Geek

    Under $25: Flashlight? Check. Nightlight? Got one. LED flashlight with a charging station that doubles as a nightlight and automatically senses a power failure? Hold the phone! That’s right, the Sensor Deluxe Power Failure Light stays plugged in, turns on its nightlight function when the lights in the room go out, and switches to flashlight mode when it detects a break in the circuit. It doesn't get much cooler than Artificial Intelligence flashlights, am I right?

    And speaking of light, no technophile worth his vintage Atari would be caught dead without the most powerful LED headlamp around. You gotta leave those thumbs free!

    Under $50: Sometimes it’s the gadget that’s cool, and sometimes it’s the gadget that powers the gadget that’s cool. Support your geekie giftee’s tech habits by providing the gift of free energy with the Nomad 7M Solar Panel. These Goal Zero panels are a screaming deal and can charge just about any device with just a sunny day.

    Under $100: Dance party time. No plug? No problem. With a phone or iPod and these battery-powered, portable Goal Zero Rock-Out speakers, your gadget geek will become a wilderness DJ extraordinare. And with 20 hours of battery life, you can party all night!

    And for the geek-chic-est item in our catalogue: the Kaito Voyager Pro, a device with so many functions, we don’t even know what to call it! Radio, flashlight, alarm clock, and weather monitor. Featuring battery, solar, hand crank power, with USB and electrical plug-ins, you really can fulfill just about any gadget fantasy with this baby.

    Over $100: Judging by the tech types in my own family, what really gets them excited is new ways use technology to improve anything. So, how about technologically enhanced water? Yeah, I’m feelin’ that, too. The UltraViolet Purification and Solar Combo combines the solar energy of the Nomad 7M Solar Panel with the rechargeable SteriPen Ultra UV water filter to make sure you have pure drinking water any time. Take advantage of this special combo just during the holidays!

    Do you have any other suggestions for our elves? What are you getting the gadget geek on your list this year? And don’t forget to check back in for more helpful ideas for all your gifting needs!


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