• 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!

    --Stacey

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  • 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!

    --Stacey

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  • Give the Gift of Gear: For Hunters

    Give the Gift of Gear for Hunters

    Deck the halls and hark the heralds! It's our favorite time of the year over here, and our little preparedness elves have been very busy brainstorming gifts for everyone on your list—the naughty and the nice. And the prepper. And the canner. And the gardener, the gadget-mad, and the outdoor guru. In fact, no matter who you're buying for, you'll find something perfect in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

    But just to make it even easier (because we're helpful like that), over the next few days we'll be writing about some of our favorite gifts by the unique and distinctive interests of the people you love. And to start, we present…

    Best Holiday Shots for the Hunter in Your Life

    Under $25: Make sure that his or her stocking is full of something other than cold, wet toes. We can't imagine anything more welcome in a frigid duck blind than an armful of hand and body warmers. Lasting up to 18 hours (“Just ten more minutes—I swear I heard a rustle in those reeds!”), these neatly-sized little packs can be slipped into pockets, gloves, boots, and just about anywhere else that might need heating up.

    And speaking of pocket-sized presents, these 400-calorie Millennium Food Bars could keep a hunting party going on even the most elusive trail, and the 9-bar combo pack is on sale for the holidays. So is this High Uinta Gear 13-function utility knife—a must-have for anything from dislodging jammed shells to changing the spark plugs on the four-wheeler.

    Under $50: We can think of lots of great things in this price range for the hunter on your gift list—everything from the SOL Origin survival pack to these Mountain House just-add-hot-water, cook-in-the-bag meal kits. But let's not beat around the bush: the most crucial and most appreciated gift under the tree will be the Black Pine Turbo Toilet. Lightweight, high capacity, and available in (wait for it…) camouflage, this is the item that will have the relieved hunter in your life singing your praises.

    Under $100: Chances are, if you're moving up the price scale, you're dealing with someone particularly special to you. Someone whose well-being you care about. Someone who would make you sad if he came home with his foot impaled on a chopstick-sized splinter. Prevent heartache and ER bills by giving the gift of safety. This Medic’s First Aid Kit comes with 175+ paramedic-grade supplies, including a wilderness medicine book for all those, um, specialized injuries.

    Over $100: Really need to impress? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Let your hunter turn his fantastic kills into tasty jerky year after year with the Excalibur Deluxe 9-Tray Dehydrator. And then, when deer season is over, you can sneak it out and make fruit leather and sun dried tomatoes. Seriously, it’s a win-win.

    Any other great ideas for the hunter in your life? We’d love to hear them! And don’t forget to tune in again soon for our elves’ handy suggestions for the other giftees on your list!

    --Stacey

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