Give a Gift of Preparedness for any Occasion......
Christmas, Birthdays, Valentines, Anniversaries, Mothers/Fathers Day, Easter, or Whenever!
Items with sayings-
~Flashlights ~100 Hour Candles ~Matches ~Oil Lamp with oil ~Candles
“You light up my day/life”
“May your Christmas be Merry and Bright”
“You are so bright”
“Let your light so shine”
“We love how you light up our lives, we've come to depend on your glow. Here's a Flashlight to store, so you'll
always be sure, to create light wherever you go.”
“No one matches you as friends/neighbors/family.”
“The kindness you show, makes our friendship/love grow and grow”
~Paper Towels (1, 3, 6, ect. Month supply)
“Blot your troubles; absorb the Christmas Spirit”
~Hand Egg Beater/Blender
“Have an Eggstra Special Holiday”
“Grind away your worries; have a special day”
“Just Grind right into a loaf of bread; happy holidays”
“My love Burns for you; Happy Valentines/Anniversary”
“Here's a little help for Sunshine to brighten your day”
~Honey (Any size, with honey dipper & bow on top)
“Bee Prepared; Have a happy Holiday”
“Bee-cause you are great neighbors; Happy Holidays”
~Hand Crank Radio or Ham Radio
“Tuning into a great neighbor/friend/son, ect.; Happy Holidays”
“Tune into my heart full of love/friendship for you”
~Filled Basket of any individual Items
“Wishing you a basketful of Preparedness/Holiday blessings”
~ Sleeping Cots
“I “cot” the Preparedness bug, and now you can catch it too”
~Jars of Jam (3, 6, 9, or 12 month supply)
“Hoping you have a hoilday jam-packed with fun!”
“Have a “Berry” nice holiday season/mothers day.”
~Cocoa Mix (Purchase a case from the cannery)
“Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas/new years/birthday/Valentines day”
~Pasta (Purchase a case of Macaroni from the Cannery)
“Have a “pasta-tively” happy holiday/birthday/new year”
~Muffin Mix (3, 6, 9, or 12 year supply)
“You're getting “Muffin” for Christmas.”
~Popcorn(3, 6, 9, or 12 month supply)
“Just “popping” by with a Holiday/Birthday hi!”
~Soup (homemade jars of dry mix or a supply of canned soup)
“Wishing you a “Souper” Holiday Season/birthday, ect.”
“We wish you a Wonderful Holiday/Birthday “simmering” gently with love.”
~Washboard & Clothes Wringer or Washclothes & Dishtowels
“This Christmas/birthday/mothers day, you deserve the best, a present unlike all the rest. We considered a new car or an exotic cruise... but decided on something you could really use. Finally we found you a gift to admire,
We hope you enjoy your new Washer & Dryer!!
~Jarred Bread & Recipe (3, 6, 9, or 12 month Supply)
“We're not “Loafing” around when we say you're the best mom/neighbors, ect. Happy holidays/birthday,ect.”
~Jarred Butter or Powdered Butter
“You “butter” have a very Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday, ect.”
~Chocolate Chips (3, 6, 9, or 12 year supply)
“However the “Chips” may fall, we wish you a Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday, ect. All in all!”
~Pancake Mix & Syrup (3, 6, 9, or 12 year supply)
“We are “pouring out” Christmas/birthday wishes and hoping you have a Christmas/Birthday “Flip-over”
~Rope/Bungee cords/Straps for years supply
“May your Birthday/Holidays be “tied” up with festive fun!”
“Twas the night before Christmas and Santa was worried, he had an emergency, boy was he flurried! The power was off, and his flashlight was dead, he didn't buy Batteries” when Mrs. S. said. We wouldn't want you in a similar plight, so we give you batteries to lighten your night. Merry Christmas to you, may you walk in the light”
~Cannery Fruit Drink Mix
“Pouring out” Christmas/Birthday cheer to you and yours!”
~Any Preparedness Book (Canning, survival, recipe, gardening, ect.)
“May the message of this book fill your heart and home with love and safety this Christmas Season.”
Individual Item Ideas Big & Small-
(Wrap them up, put a bow on top, stuff them in stockings)
~Hand Crank Radio
~Hand Crank/Shaker Flashlights
~Food Storage Buckets with Lids
~Any Item from the Cannery- Single Can or Case of 6 with a
~Hand Can Opener
(Add a recipe corresponding with the food to the top with a bow)
~Tarps with no tear grips & straps
~Cast Iron Cookware or Dutch Oven
~Canning Jars & Lids
~100 hour Candles
~Books- Recipe/Survival/Canning/ Gardening
Gift Baskets or Packs-
(Add to or Take Away Items, to make it cost affective)
Safety Pins(all sizes) needles, thread(heavy/lightweight), buttons, zippers, iron-on patches, shoelaces, sewing
patterns, material, stove top iron -vintage
Emergency Car Kit/Bag
Food, water, first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight, gas siphon, wipes, Kleenex/T.P, map/compass, cash, pad/pencil,
cards/activities, flares, matches, jumper cables, calling card, extinguisher, a reminder to add spare keys and
“Hope you don't have a crappy day”
Toilet(bucket & seat), T.P., hand sanitizer, baby wipes, garbage bags(for lining bucket), gift card to purchase
First Aid Kit
list is endless, purchase already made, or create your own.
Emergency Family Activity Basket/Rubbermade Container/Box
Board games, cards, dominoes, coloring books/crayons, game/activity books, pencils/sharpeners, puzzles.
30 0r 55 gallon Barrels, hand pump, barrel wrench, Filter, water purification tablets/liquid, white hose.
Keeping your Mouth Happy Basket (3, 6, 9, or 12 month supply)
Toothbrushes (1 per month, per person) Toothpaste (1 lrg. per month per person) Dental Floss (1 a month per person) Mouthwash (1 bottle per 2 months per person) Toothrepair kit(fillings, picks, ect can be bought at store)
72 Hour Kit/bag/backpack
There are a lot of different ideas and lists. Remember to add a reminder to pack clothes and shoes.
Lighting the Way Basket
Add any and all kinds of ways to light. Candles, flashlights, matches, oil lamps, lightsticks, lighters, ect.
A Gift that keeps Giving Basket
Non-Hybrid Seeds, small garden tools, sprouter, gloves, seed starter, watering can.
Basket of Preparedness Books
Canning, recipe, survival, herb/plant, gardening, ect.
Laundry Gift Tub (packed in large tub)
Clothes line, bag of clothes pins, hand crank clothes wringer, laundry soap or gift card, wash board, scrub brush
Keeping You Connected, Communications Gift Basket
Hand crank radio, signal mirror, signal whistle, road flares, calling card, quarters/cash, map, pre-stamped
postcards, document to be filled out entitled friends and family phone numbers/addresses with your name already on the list to start.
Dutch Oven, any size
Add dutch oven liners, hot pads, lifter, cook/use book
Cooking Gift Basket (3, 6, 9, or 12 month supply)
Plastic wrap, heavy duty foil, zip lock bags (all sizes), wooden/metal spoons, tongs, spatulas, colander/stainer,
cheesecloth, dish towels
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Give a Gift of Preparedness for any Occasion......
PREPAREDNESS ITEMS NEEDED IN A CRISIS OR DISASTER
This list covers a variety of conditions - being able to stay in the home after a crisis, as well as having to leave your home because of a disaster.
Some of these items are obvious luxuries which would bring comfort in a time of crisis. Prepare for a variety of scenarios.
Carbon Monoxide - Battery Powered
Regular & Heavy Duty, also for Make-Shift Items (See “Cardboard”)
Arts & Crafts:
Paints, Colored Pencils, Glue, Beads, Art Paper, etc.
Wheat grinder-Hand & Electric, Blender, Mixer, Crock Pot
Electric Fry Pan-Roaster, Toaster, Pressure Cooker (Electric with Solar)
Diapers, Formula, Ointments, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Wipes, etc.
Re-chargeable, Non-rechargeable, Solar Batteries
Electric & Solar
Cots, Mattresses, Tri-Fold Pads, Frames, Mats
Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Pillows, Sheet Sets, Throws, Quilts
Tires, Tubes, Pumps, Chains, etc
Plain, not scented: 4-6% sodium hypochlorite
Scriptures, Religious, Camping, Survival, Educational, Relaxation & Entertainment
Mosquito Coils, Repellents, Sprays, Skin So Soft, Fly Swatters
Canner, Jars, Lids, Wax, Timer, Markers
Have on hand to construct make-shift survival items for others who do not have these things such as sun ovens, coal ovens, refrigerators, etc. Patterns are available trough internet & books.
Disinfectant, Scrubbies, Dish Detergent, Window
Clothing & Shoes:
Cold Weather, Outerwear, Underwear, Night Wear, Sunday Wear, Athletic Shoes, Boots, Sandles, Water Shoes
Cast Iron, Electric skillet (Solar), Pressure Cooker, Pots,Pans
Ham Equipment, Frequency List Books, Radios, Walkie-Talkies, Flare Signals, Mirror-Signals
Chests of Drawers:
To contain and transport items
Bleach-Non Scented, 6-6% Sodium Hypochlorite, Anti-Bacterial Soap, Disinfectant Sprays & Wipes
Distiller, Droppers, Spray Dispensers, Empty Bottles & a Variety of Oils as an alternative means of medicine, cleaner, ect.
Power strips and Multiple Size Extension Cords to connect to Solar Unit
cards, books, board games, crayons, ect.
Reading and Prescription
Extinguishers, Baking soda, Matches, Lighter Fluid, Fire Starters
First Aid Kits:
Basic First Aid Kit, Trauma Kit , Suture Kit
Poles, Lines, Supplies & Tools
Tarps, Rubber Squares, Carpets, Outdoor Mats
Drinks, Oils, Baking Goods, Canned Goods, Drinks, Grains, Legumes, Milk Products, Dry Packed Meals, MRE’s, Snacks, Spices, Sweeteners, Thickeners
Chairs, Tables, TV with DVD player, Shelving, Chests, Beds, Kitchen set-up, PVC Pipe Bathroom Cubicle
#10 Cans, Buckets, Bucket Lid Opener, Diatomaceous Earth, Oxygen Absorbers,
Propane, Kerosene, Lighter Fluid, Charcoal, Wood, Gas, Siphons, Pumps, Funnels
Games, Cards, Dice, Timer, Pads & Pencils
For Garbage, Transporting & Water
Square Boxes & Grids, Seeds, Tools, Water Pail
Compost, Peat Moss, Coarse Vermiculite (1/3rd each)
Family Histories, Search & Result Files, Forms
Gas Generator, Solar Generator
Rifles, Hand Guns, Ammunition, Cleaning tools, Holsters
Hooks & Hanging Cubbies:
Use hooks on vertical poles in tent
Body, Hair, Dental, Feminine, Nails, & Shaving, Facial Products, Make-up, Curling Iron/Curlers
insulated (Also keeps things from freezing in winter)
Bank Records, Birth Certificates, Church Records, Deeds, Medical Records, Certifications, Wills, Genealogy.
For Windows, Tents, Make-Shift items (See “Cardboard”)
Diaries, Scrapbooks, Journals, Personal History
Can openers, Egg Beater, Whisks, Timer, Cooking Utensils-Spoons, Grater, Drainer, Bowls, Colander, Cutting Board
Files, Stones, Steel, Hunting Knives, Pocket Knives & Kitchen
Clothes Line, Clothes Pins, Hangers, Detergent, Washboards, Mop bucket- wringer, Buckets, Plunger
Solar Lights, Flashlights, Light Sticks, Torches, Candles, Wicks, Lamps, Lanterns, Mantles, Oil, Light Bulbs
Various types and sizes
Blood Pressure Cuff, Stethoscope, Oximeter, Thermometer, Glucose Meter
Medicines & Alternatives:
For Common Medical Conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Asthma, Depression, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hypothyroid, Heart Medications, Oxygen Needs, Seizures, EO's ,Etc.
Music & Movies:
CD’s & DVD’s, LDS Hymnal, Primary Music, etc.
Maps, Compass, Address Book, Phone Book
Over-the-Counter Medications & Alternatives:
For Allergies, Bites, Stings, Bronchitis, Colds, Canker Sores, Constipation, Diarrhea, Eye Irritation, Fever, Fever Blisters, Flu, Fungal Infections, Hemorrhoids, Indigestion, Nasal Congestion, Nausea, Pain, Poison Ivy, Sunburn, Vomiting, Wound Care
Paper, Pads, Pens, Pencils, Sharpener, Calculator, Stapler, Tape, Ink Cartridges, Lap Top, Printer
Solar Oven, Wood or Coal Burning Oven, Propane Oven, Dutch Ovens, kerosene
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels, Napkins
Plastic Utensils, Plates, Cups, Bowls
Ponchos, Rubber Boots, Umbrella
Screen Patches, Glue, Nails, Screws, Nuts & Bolts, patches for Inflatable’s
Various sizes and types
Soy Sauce, Braggs, Vinegar, Bullions, Gravies
72 Hour Emergency Kits
Scissors, Fabrics & Sewing Supplies
Babies, Elderly, Handicapped, Medical Conditions
Propane, Coleman, Kerosene, Wood-Coal-Pellet Stove
Tape & Plastic:
Duct Tape, White& Black Plastic for Misc needs
Tents & Storage:
Tents, Tarps, Stakes, Twine, Rope, Spikes
Hammers, Screw Drivers, duct tape, Etc.
Plastic Bags, Disinfectants, Deodorizers
Towels & Rags:
Dishes, Hands, Bathing, Multi-Purpose
Mouse, Rat, Ant, Cockroach, Wasp, Fly Swatter
Child and Adult
Wagons, Carts, Bikes & Dollies
Purifiers, Filters, Storage Receptacles, Pumps, Siphons
Wood Cutting Tools:
Bow Saw, Axe, Hatchet, Wedges, Honing Oil
Zip Lock Bags & Plastic Wrap:
Several sizes and rolls
As you may notice, this list is quite extensive and extreme. Yet I like how detailed it gets in some areas...I think more then anything it is good to get one thinking about what might be useful for one's specific circumstances. And also getting out of our complacency.
I have a cousin that told me that they as a family have decided to not buy anything at all in the month of December. They are going to try and live only on what they already have stored, and stocked up on. I need to do a follow up with her and ask how that is going. A possible idea to implement in your on family. It would probably take me a year of preparing and setting up to do a full month of not going to the store, or doing ANY type of shopping.
If anyone is thinking of trying this, please let me know..I would love to hear how it goes.