Looking for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers that show you care? Look no further than one of the year’s biggest trends: safety gifts. Rather than rely on fear tactics, you can encourage your loved ones to stay prepared by giving them helpful gifts they might not purchase for themselves.
And if you want a gift that tells your loved ones, “I’m here for you”, check out the Revolar wearable. Through wireless technology, this little button makes it easy to send for help quickly and discreetly even if your smartphone is tucked away. You can learn more about Revolar wearables here.
Read on for our guide to gifts for everyday safety, outdoor safety, and next-level preparedness:
Loved ones can place these tools in key places around their homes and vehicles to be better prepared for the unexpected.
Why it’s worth buying: Flashlights are safety tools that we often forget about, that is, until the lights go out. Placing a high-power flashlight in a few key locations such as beside the bed, in the bathroom, or in your car can be a game-changer in tricky situations.
Why it’s worth buying: We’ve been warned of the dangers of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning since we were children, but have you noticed, most of our smoke/carbon monoxide detectors look like the ones from when we were kids too? With advances in technology making us safer than ever, it’s time to upgrade our detector systems. Nest’s Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm will send alerts and warnings to your smartphone, alerting you of potential dangers in your home wherever you are.
Why it’s worth buying: You never want to find yourself or a loved one in a situation where an emergency escape tool is needed, but it’s important to be prepared. This all-in-one device is made for cutting seat belts and and breaking car windows in the event of an emergency. And with a price point under $5, this essential safety tool is a perfect stocking stuffer for every driver in your family.
Why it’s worth buying: You can be sure your family is safe when they’re at home, but when kids leave for college and move into dorms, sorority/fraternity houses or shared living spaces, emergency escape plans can go by the wayside. This safety gift is a #1 best seller and a must-have for any second-story bedroom window. Kidde also offers a three-story escape ladder.
Why it’s worth buying: Stock up on a few first-aid kits to place in your loved ones’ cars, backpacks, or desk drawers to help prevent nicks and scrapes from becoming infected. We like this one because it’s compact and inexpensive, yet contains everything from band-aids, gauze pads and dressings to adhesive tape, iodine pads, scissors, tweezers, a first aid guide, and much more.
Why it’s worth buying: During the winter months, all of us become more susceptible to slipping on ice. We love the idea of giving these caring gifts to family members to help them stay stay stable on icy or snowy surfaces.
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The Revolar wearable is a safety device that pairs with your smartphone and clips to your clothing or keys. At the press of a button, it allows you to send GPS alerts to 5 friends or family members to let them know where you are and what kind of help you need. From first dates, to walks home from the library and nights out on the town — anyone can enjoy greater peace of mind with this discreet device by their side.
Buy these handy tools to show the outdoor enthusiasts in your life you care.
Why it’s worth buying: These make-shift shelters can make all the difference if you have to brave intense weather conditions. Throw one in your daypack whenever you go out for a hike to help you stay warm and dry if the weather changes suddenly. And if you live in an alpine area, it might not hurt to keep one in your car as well during the winter months.
Why it’s worth buying: With the number of diseases carried by insects on the rise, it’s smart to stock up on powerful bug spray — especially if you or your family lives in southern climates and likes to be outside. When it comes to insect protection, this Sawyer Permethrin Pump Spray is the gold standard for treating clothing and tents. For exposed skin, you can use a DEET-based repellant or try this more gentle Lemon Eucalyptus formula.
Why it’s worth buying: You might never guess that this rugged-looking bracelet is actually a safety gift. Once unraveled this bracelet provides 8-10 feet of paracord that can be used for constructing a shelter, making repairs, or any number of backcountry uses.
Why it’s worth buying: This pocket-sized whistle really packs a punch and can help you stick together with your group while backpacking, call for your dog, or help you get the attention of other hikers in the area. With an integrated compass, thermometer, and magnifier, this little gift can be a huge help on the trail.
Although we hope you never need these items, it never hurts to be prepared for natural disasters or emergency situations.
Why it’s worth buying: Access to safe drinking water is an amenity many of us take for granted. In times of crisis, however, this privilege can be compromised in an instant. The SteriPEN is a powerful backup tool loved ones can use to purify water of potentially harmful microbes. This discreet little purifier is also great for traveling and backpacking (especially if you have a solar charger!).
Why it’s worth buying: We love this all-in-one safety device. While its main purpose is to serve as a phone charger, it also contains a flashlight and compass. Most of us would be completely lost without our smartphone, and this tool allows users to charge phones using light from the sun.
Why it’s worth buying: You’ve probably seen post-race runners swaddled in these silver blankets, but they can be incredibly useful in emergency situations as well. Keep one in your car and pack one along for camping trips as well to prepare for sudden changes in the weather. They can also be reversed to reflect heat away from your car or tent in the summer months.
Why it’s worth buying: FEMA recommends keeping up to two weeks of emergency food stored in your home. Mountain House fills these handy buckets with an assortment of nutrient-dense foods that will stay fresh for 30 years. And guess what? They’re actually surprisingly yummy.
While your friends and family — especially younger ones — might not be keen to buy safety items for themselves, stuffing stockings with clever gifts like the ones above will show them that you care and help them stay prepared!
What other safety items are on your gift list?
The products listed above are just ideas for some basic items that can help loved ones stay prepared. These items are not meant as an exhaustive list of preparedness items and are not a substitute for requesting professional help in an emergency.
The author of this post is a paid contributor for the Revolar blog.