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Monday, October 26, 2009

Give The Gift Of Preparedness

With the holidays rolling just around the corner it's a good time to start whipping out the Christmas list again. Sometimes it's difficult to figure out what type of gifts to give and other times its so simple. Through the years I've figured out a creative way of giving gifts to family and friends. Family members seem to need a little more thought when deciding on what sort of gift to give, with this in mind every year I go by themes. One year I gave them all comforter sets, another year they each received books pertaining to each persons interests.

I'll never forget the very first year that I started my theme gift giving to my family members. For my sister I went out to all these companies collecting job applications. I placed them all in a box and wrapped it and gave it to her. Evidently, she was not to happy about this but the whole family had a good laugh. My younger brother received a set of toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste, the family rolled on the floor laughing even more. I forget what I got for everyone else but it was along the lines of things they needed to do with their lives. But those two were the most memorable. And that was the beginning of my themes regarding Christmas gifts.

After that year everyone in the family was starting to worry because they would not know what each year would bring them when it came to my gift giving antics. One year they all received bibles and I told each of them that they really needed this and to start reading it on a regular basis cause they need all the help they can get and I was serious. The following year I gave them recycling shopping tote bags with a pajama set in each one and some candy as filler. The next year it was a Costco case of toilet paper and a Dare to Prepare book for each of them.

Other years I created gifts for each of them and made baked goods as well. This year they will each receive a 72-hour survival kit and an emergency preparedness folder that I will compile and make with information on food storage, water, medical and shelter. I will also add any other information pertaining to preparedness and self-reliance living as well to the folder. I really think this is the best gift that I will have ever given them out of all the years combined. When I think about it, I don't think I can top this one for next year but I'm sure I'll try my best to come up with something much needed that they will each need.


Preparedness Pro said...

Talk about a gift that people will NEED, too! When my husband and I got married ten years ago, we took all the cash we received and put it into our food storage and have been growing it ever since.


SciFiChick said...

What a wonderful idea! I bet the first year was a scream!! Seriously though, that's a really nice gift. One more thoughtful than some people would understand. One that screams and whispers at the same time "I LOVE YOU"

Hey... I'm just sayin...

Aloha2U said...

Yep, I don't want to have to worry about my family in time of great need. This way I get the ball rolling and they can pick up where I started them off with, I hope.

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