6 Last-Minute Gifts That Any Survival Loving Graduate Will Appreciate

Is there a special graduate in your life?  A brother, niece, son, daughter, wife, mom, dad?  Looking for a unique graduation gift?  Consider a survival and preparedness themed gift that will pay life-saving rewards.  Who knows, your survival gift just may save a life one day.  Below are some useful, cool and affordable survival themed graduation gifts:


Survival Knife


For many, graduation marks a transition period in life – a coming of age of sorts.  There’s nothing like the presentation of a survival knife to say “Congratulations, you’ve made it!”  Though I didn’t get a survival knife as a graduation gift, I remember everything about the moment when I got my first one.  It was special, and over 20 years later – I still have it.  It’s the RAMBO First Blood knife.  A great first survival knife is a Mora Clipper that only costs about $15.  I use my clipper all the time and love it.  It’s a beast for the price.


A Good Wild Edilbes Field Guide


Instead of Dr. Suess OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!, consider a wild edibles and foraging guide.  A good field guide should be in every young survivalist’s library.  My top three picks are:

  • A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Lee Allen Peterson
  • Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes by Sergei Boutenko
  • The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

I own all three and highly recommend each.


Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit


If your graduate is moving away from the home nest, a Bug Out Bag might be the one tool that gets them back safely one day.  I moved away from home many years ago but my Bug Out Location will always be my parents house.  This step-by-step guide, written by yours truly, is a no-frills manual about how to build that life-saving kit that every graduate making a fresh start at life should have.  Buy it on Amazon for only $13 or buy it from my web-site for $16.99 and I’ll personalize it with a memorable graduation message for you.




Keep your graduate in fresh drinking water no matter where their travels take them.  The LifeStraw is light weight, effective against Protozoan Cysts & Bacteria (the main threats here in the US) and only $20.  Whether they tuck it in a Bug Out Bag, a glove box or a desk drawer, it will be ready if the time ever comes!  Read more about the LifeStraw HERE:


The gift of EXPERIENCE is ALWAYS better than STUFF

Things are great, but experience is better.  Consider taking your graduate to a Survival Course!  Whether here at Willow Haven or at some other training facility, the skills learned and time spent together will pay lasting dividends.  Invest in an education of a different kind – LIFE SAVING SURVIVAL SKILLS!  Willow Haven Course Schedule


SmartWool Socks

What do socks have to do with survival?  If your feet are screwed, you are screwed – especially in extreme circumstances. These socks have kept my feet warm in frigid temps and also blister free on brutally long hikes.  Whether on a Bug Out or a camping trip, it’s critical to take care of what keeps you moving – your feet!  I freaking love these socks.  I threw all of my other socks away when I got my first pair of Smart Wools. I spend most of my days outdoors and they have never disappointed me.  No one wants to spend their hard-earned money on socks – especially broke graduates!  It may not seem like the most extravagant gift but I PROMISE YOU – it will be the most used!!  Almost every outdoor retailer carries SmartWool Socks.  More info about SmartWool Socks here:



In the increasingly unstable world we live in, the best education may be a survival education.  Your survival themed graduation gift may be the only voice of reason amongst the new ties, photo albums, fancy monogrammed pens, candles, calendars and towels.


What other survival graduation gifts can you think of?

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