My daughter who is nearly 16 came to me to ask me for more Christmas ideas for me, after I had put together a list for the family. She has her own baking biz and usually fairly flush with cash. But she is currently pretty broke since she got behind at school with so many sports activities + high intensity customer orders taking big chunks of time, so she has taken a break recently from earning. School grades came roaring back but the time off hit her in the checkbook. So she was hoping for some less expensive ideas. I want to reward her for her generous nature and her diligence on grades in addition to her hardworking nature, so I said I'd put some thought and effort into it.
She's thinking more numerous but lower ticket items. $1-$3-$5 items.
I thought this would be a great exercise for us to zero in on what would be good gifts you'd like to receive as a prepper, but on a super tight budget. Also perfect for younger children who want to give gifts and could use an education or reinforcement in the prep mentality.
Things like a can of veggies as a stocking stuffer or a jug of water under the tree aren't going to make the "gift" cut. Useful and thoughtful to the recipient to be sure, but not at all typically seen as cool or compelling in the eyes of the giver. A big bucket of lead wheel weights would be awesome for me at $0.10 a pound that lead WW is going for, but it just won't fly. Plus it's hard to wrap, super heavy not to mention dirty. lol
- Paracord immediately came to mind. I don't have any. And she's quite craft-y.
- Cheap Work gloves (GHB, car bag, etc) I'm very ok being redundant & using lower quality, but I already have several all over the place
- Salvation Army / Goodwill / Garage sale items (camping, tools, kitchen items like crockpots, etc)
- eBooks / iPhone apps (which ones?)
- Fishing line / small tackle
- Less supplies-y and more tools-y or directly useful long term
- Father/daughter range time (ladies night FTW, she hasn't gone shooting ever yet!)
- Cooking lessons (her teaching me) or maybe a class for both of us (courtesy of YouTube + grocery run)
- Baking gifts to send the family (she has done that previously)
- Charity participation (volunteering together)
- Automotive repair classes (maybe a little baking barter to a mechanic friend)
- A day at a farm (just for the fun of it)
- Horseback riding (something I know she's interested in but scared of)