Okay, so maybe it’s a little early to start planning for the upcoming holiday season, but in our household, any excuse to browse through pages of survival gear is an excuse we’re not going to pass up!
If you’re looking for practical gifts to give this Christmas and are on a budget or are in need of some cheap stocking stuffers for the kids, you’re in the right place. We’ve spent hours looking for great survival-related presents for the upcoming holiday season, and we’ve come up with some pretty cool gear to show for it.
Just as a heads up, some of the products may be a little over $15 depending on if you see the regular price or if you see the same Amazon sale price as we do. That being said, they’re not going to be much more than a dollar or two above the 15. Take a look at what we’ve found and let us know in the comments if there are any other under-$15 survival products you’d recommend gifting. Without further ado…
25 Survival Gear Products Under $15
1. Mora Fixed Blades
Well, a Mora had to be on the list so I figured we’d get it out of the way first. This is the military version of the modern Mora knife. It’s one of the best bang-for-buck fixed blade survival knives on the market, and in bright orange, hard to lose in the grass.
2. Water Treatment Tablets
We all know that water is the single most important resource in a survival situation. If you take survival seriously, these are a must – so it’s impossible for them not to be a great survival gift.
3. Fire Steels
Light My Fire make the best fire steel fire starters in the industry. At $13.49, with the striker doubling up as a whistle, this purchase is a no brainer.
4. Space Saver Cups
This space saver cup is perfect for off-road cooking. It fits the standard wide Nalgene-style bottles, a big benefit so that you can conveniently carry water with you as well.
5. Camp Stoves
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of building a fire, these ultralight stoves are a godsend.
6. Survival Tents
Now, this survival tent is obviously not ideal for long-term survival, but considering how lightweight and compact it is, why wouldn’t you throw one of these in your backpack for good measure?
7. High-Quality Paracord
50 feet of 550 pound strand paracord: US-made from Paracord Planet. Yes, we know you’d already thought of paracord as a survival gift option, but how could we make a survival gear list of items under $15 and not add it just once?
8. Thermal Blankets
Super useful and not just as a way of heating yourself. These can help with signalling for rescue, as they create a large, reflective surface area making it easy to catch attention. They weigh nothing and at the price they are, they’re practically a steal.
9. Safety Whistles
If this is not the loudest whistle currently in production, it’s definitely somewhere at top of the list. Sticking to the rescue theme, these are excellent in survival situations.
10. Pocket Screwdrivers
A 12 gauge might protect you from a zombie attack during the apocalypse, but what will you do when you need to fix some broken gear? Gotta have one of these on you, too.
11. Keychain Flashlights
Small keychain flashlights are amazingly useful, whether or not you’re into survival. Stick it on your keyring, slip it into your pocket, and forget about until you need it.
12. Traditional Pocket Knives
You really can’t go wrong with gifting this classic. It’s a folding carbon steel knife that will out-cut anything even remotely near its price range. Check out Thomas’ review on it if you’re interested. Certainly one of the best bang-for-buck knives ever produced.
13. Field Compasses
Unless you’re a whiz with telling directions from the stars and the location of the sun, you’re probably going to need one of these on you. One of the best field compasses made, and at $9, it’s great value for the cost.
14. Clotting Agents
Definitely a huge asset to have on you in a medical emergency. It will halt bleeding faster than anything else on the market.
15. JetScream Whistles
A much smaller option to the Windstorm whistle listed above. Ridiculously loud for its size.
16. Pocket Knife Sharpeners
Of course this is nowhere near the best knife sharpener in the world, but taking into account the size, weight, and cost of this thing, it’s a pretty damn good deal.
17. Stormproof Matches
These are waterproof and windproof, and have 15 second burn time. Excellent matches that – get this – will even burn under water!
One of the most durable backup flashlights ever produced. It uses a single, standard AAA battery. Can’t get much more convenient than that.
19. Zip Blades
Believe me, this thing will come in super handy someday. And it’s so tiny you’ll forget you have it on you – until you need it of course.
If you don’t know why it’s wise for survivalists to carry Imodium on you, you need to check out this article explaining why. These fast acting tablets dissolve in your mouth, making them ideal for on the run/emergency situations where you don’t want to pop an Imodium before you know you need it.
21. Survival Blankets
Emergency shelter for you and one other in high visibility colour. Use to keep warm, use to flag for help, what could be better?
22. Folding Hand Saws
Breaking the under $15 on this one, but that extra few dollars is completely worth it for such a high-performing product. Probably the best folding hand saw on the market, and the blades can be replace when they dull without you having to re-buy the whole thing all over again. If you’re interested, you can read our review of it here.
23. Tissue Adhesive
Under the right circumstances, you can super glue cuts closed instead of using plasters/band aids or stitches, making super glue an excellent survival go-to.
24. Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Excellent water container, and because of its 100% stainless steel construction, you can throw it in a fire to boil water in it, too.
This small gadget pouch made by Condor is excellent for holding some of that emergency survival gear you just bought!
On The Lookout for Budget & Discount Survival Gear?
If you’re interested in grabbing some inexpensive survival gear from outdoor retailers like Cabella’s, REI, and Patagonia, take a look at our massive list of knife & outdoor retailers’ sale, deal, & clearance pages! All the best outdoor gear discount pages to visit linked to on one page.
There’s also plenty of cheap, yet high quality survival gear that’s a great price whether or not it’s on sale. If you’re interested, take a look at what we think the best bang-for-buck survival gear products are at the $5, $10, $15, $20, & $25 price points.
Which Survival Stocking Stuffers Are Your Favourites?
Ever gotten some of these for yourself, family, or friends? Got some more survival stocking stuffer ideas that weren’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!