Nine Low Budget and DIY Prepper Gifts

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a seasoned prepper or someone who is just starting to get into preparedness, these low-budget and DIY gifts will make an impact.  And, as an added bonus, many of these gifts can be used as “stealth prepper gifts”, so you can help your loved ones get prepared without them even realizing it!

A Budget Family Water Filter

Hydroblu has a Versaflow water filter kit which is an awesome gift!   This kit can turn a 5-gallon bucket into a family-sized water filter. The Versaflow will filter up to a 100,000 gallons.

I like this kit so much that I did a nice little video and created a PDF tutorial that you can download.

 The idea would be that you get the kit, which runs $26, and a 5-gallon bucket, with a lid. You then drill out the hole. Clean up the bucket, put the kit in there along with the PDF tutorial.

Then you can let just instruct the person who received the gift to put the bucket up in a closet somewhere, and if they ever need to filter water for whatever reason, this is their solution!

Meals in Jars

I receive these all the time. Like, homemade brownie mix and such! The last one had a nice little bow and a little card that tells you how to mix everything.

You can use dehydrated food or freeze-dried food to create full meals. You can even use freeze-dried hamburger crumbles.  But you could just go to the grocery store and use noodles, beans, or rice.  You’re putting all the ingredients in one jar so all someone needs to do is dump the ingredients out into some water, stir it up, shake it up, or whatever it might be. 

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I have a family member who always makes jellies. For no specific reason she will just share some fig jelly or whatever, and it’s usually pretty good. And it’s not really hard to make and it’s cheap to make too. 

Spices and Rubs

I had a boss who would make a Cajun spice to give as presents every Christmas. She would get all the bulk ingredients, mix it all together, and pour them in little shakers. And people loved it!

You could also make a rub and give it to that person who likes to barbecue.

This gift is very cost-effective when you’re making it in bulk.


This is one of those things that people will not usually make for themselves.  But it is one of those things that would be very beneficial. 

There is a hot echinacea tincture that I, have made before.  I found it years ago on the site Frugally Sustainable.  It is perfect for Cold and Flu Season!  

The thing with tinctures is you have to have some time, you gotta let them sit. 

Emergency Vehicle Repair Kit

I’m talking about a kit that would help somebody if they broke down. I’ve done this for all of our vehicles. You can go to Home Depot, get a small inexpensive tool bag, and fill it with items that will help like:

Throughout the years, I’ve probably used my vehicle repair kit more than I’ve used any of the other survival stuff I keep in my truck.

First Aid Kit 

You can find first aid kits for cheap.  I would let the person know,  “I’m giving you this first aid kit to keep in your car or a drawer in your desk at work. You can get kits from $9.99 to $19.99.  You’re not looking to do surgery with these kits, but I’ve I’ve done many videos, talked about it on podcast episodes before where I have used my first aid kit more than a lot of the other survival things that I might carry.  It’s a quick prepper gift.

DIY Meals Ready to Eat

 If you want to really give something cool, you can give DIY meals ready to eat. All you need is a Food Saver that can vacuum seal a package that you make. You put things in there like:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Beef Jerky
  • Tuna Packets
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Coffee Singles

And anything else you can think of.  Create a day’s worth of meals ready to eat in one package and give them a couple of days of those. Again, you’re buying a lot of the stuff in bulk. It doesn’t have to cost a whole lot of money. 

Power Bank w/ Some Extras

I think mobile power banks are a great gift!  Everyone should have one!  But beyond that, you might wanna get them a USB fan that can keep them cool if the power goes out.  Another extra would be an LED reading light.  Having this would allow someone to not have to use the flashlight on their phone.


Some of these ideas are DIY and some of these are low cost. Some of these might even be considered stealth prepper gifts.  But all of these gift ideas are gifts that someone can really use!

Christmas in September?!?

Christmas in September?!? We keep hearing about shortages…EVERYWHERE! Some are buying into it and preparing and others have been bitten by the mainstream media, social media, prepper media, crying wolf. From what I can tell, different parts of the country (and the world) will experience different shortages at any given time. If you think shortages might hit your area, are you ready to prepare months in advance for Christmas?

Where is this prepper getting his information? In the Prepper Website Exclusive Email Group (PWEG), preppers from all over the US and other parts, have shared about what grocery stores look like in their local area. It is usually a feature at the beginning of our online meetups to discuss our “local situation” which could include grocery stores, gas, ammos, crime or anything else relevant.

In any given meetup or email thread, some members in one part of the country could be experiencing shortages while others have plenty. A lot goes into the reasons for this, but one thing for sure is that if you want something specific for a specific time, you should prepare ahead. But isn’t that what we do?

Prepping for Christmas in September

Recently, I posted an article on Prepper Website about preparing for Christmas. Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog wrote,

Thanks to extreme disruptions caused by the global response to the pandemic, millions upon millions of Americans are going to have a very disappointing holiday season. Supply chains are in a state of complete and utter chaos all over the world, and now we are being told that it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. And that is actually a best case scenario. If a new variant comes along that causes even more global disruptions, the shortages that we are experiencing right now could become even more dire. We are so vulnerable right now, and any unexpected twists or turns could easily make things a lot worse.


This idea is fresh on my mind because one member in the PWEG brought up preparing now for the holidays, including preparing for your traditional meals. This topic reminded me of how it was hard to find canned pumpkin last year during the holidays.

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas (that’s probably not good for a pastor to say), but I do love pumpkin pie. Thinking back, I can’t remember having pumpkin pie this last Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I do remember going to the store and only seeing a few dented cans of pumpkin.

Whatever your view on Christmas, you probably don’t want to serve Hobo Soup to your family during the holidays. At least when you can help it by planning ahead now!

Christmas in September

Bah Humbug!

Although I’m not the biggest Christmas fan, my wife is. After our most recent online meetup, I told my wife she should be getting ready for Christmas…in September! She had no problems with that! In fact, she might even put up the Christmas tree early! I think I created a monster!

Anyway, with that said, I wanted to pose the question to readers, are you already preparing for the holidays? Are you buying gifts? Are you preparing certain holiday meal ingredients? Do you remember any items you couldn’t find last year?

Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and insights.


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