Festivus gift ideas – the

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So, the nice thing here is that if you’re willing to spend twenty bucks on someone for a gift, you can look really generous and simply get them two different ten dollar gifts instead…then you look even more generous because, hey, two is one and one is none, right?

So, this is the followup to the post about ten dollar gift ideas for the LMI in your life. Twenty bucks is usually the limit for me for a gift for someone I’m not having sex with or expecting to partner up with me in a crisis. (Although in some cases, the two are the same.)

Anway, here’s some ideas for less than twenty bucks for the buddies in your tight-knit group of LMI:

U-Dig-It – I originally thought this was a stupid product but then I thought about it…why damage a blade by using your knife to dig a small hole? This thing folds compact, is stainless steel, and perfect for those ‘calls of nature’. It won’t substitute for an entrenching tool but if youre travelling light while hunting, camping or hiking this thing is great for digging latrine holes, fire pits, etc, etc.

Non Sparking Aluminum Drum Wrench – Those happy little blue barrels that we use for storing water and bulk grain? Pain in the ass to get into without a bung wrench. Sure, you can get away with using the jaws of a pair of pliers but why not have a tool specifically for the task? I usually keep one of these paracorded to every other drum.

Water Jel Burn Jel, Pain Relief 25 ea – This stuff is a must for burn treatment. If you’ve ever had a burn that just would not stop aching for hours and hours, you’ll want this stuff. I try to keep a few packets of this stuff in all my first-aid kits. Really good stuff and worth the price. An excellent addition to the well stocked personal first-aid kit.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge ,Stop Bleeding Fast, 50 Gram Package – What can be said about this stuff? Between this and the Israeli compress bandages you’d have a handle on anything that doesn’t require a hemostat to shut down.

Surefire Spares Executive Series Carrier – Awesome carrier for the CR123 batteries that we wind up using so much. Waterproof, dustproof, keeps batteries from contacting each other, and has a lanyard and attachment point. Excellent way to carry those spares.

HiViz Glock Sight Tool – Glock switched from the stake-n-pin front sights to a threaded style a few years ago. But its a damn small bolt they use and getting something to fit it is a major pain. This little tool is exactly what the Glocktor ordered.

55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate – Water from most municipal systems that meet Federal standards are already loaded down with enough chlorine that something like this isn’t necessary. But, it doesn’t hurt to play it safe.

Platypus Hoser Hydration System and Platypus Platypus® plusBottleTM – I really like these two products. The only real difference between the two is the drink tube which can be swapped between them. I really like these soft-sided water carriers for most roaming around…you can squeeze the air out of them so they dont slosh, and when empty they roll up and take up virtually no space in a bag. I’ve had one for about five years now and it’s still going strong with  no signs of leaking or punctures.

Cyalume ChemLight Military Grade – Lightsticks are great for when you want a disposable light source you can leave to mark pathways, tag items, or otherwise leave behind. If youre really creative you can cut one open and ‘paint” with the glowing liquid…great for leaving little glowy drops as a trail. Since its a chemical reaction and not electrical, theres no problem using them in wet environments…or even underwater. I keep a couple in every room of the house to use to find my way to a better lighting source in case of power failure.

SOL Emergency Bivvy – I like these far better than the classic foil mylar space blankets…they’re compact and much easier to use. I always have one in my bag whenever I go out in the boonies. Great stocking stuffer for the guy who likes to spend a lot of time off in the woods on his own.

Etón USB Cell Phone Charger with Hand Crank Read about it here.

Maxpedition Gear Volta Battery Pouch – This is one of my favorite cases for carrying spare AA batts (although CR123 will fit as well, but for those I like the Surefire carrier.) Handy pouch holds a two piece plastic compartment that holds 8 AA batts. Handy!

There ya go..that should be enough under-twenty-buck suggestions to make sure no two people on your list get the same gift. And, hey, don’t forget yours trully when youre shopping for those goodies.