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Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Days of Prepper Christmas-Day 11

In a past year, Matt from KY Preppers did a series of posts entitled 12 Days of Prepper Christmas. My thanks to Matt and APN for allowing me to use the title for my own series of posts. I hope that you will find something that will make your own Christmas more fun, frugal, and wonderful!

Hi everyone!! Today's gift idea is (again) one of my favorites! Plus, it's practical now and in an emergency situation. Basically, it's the gift of 'something to do'. In other words, games, puzzles, books! You know, "old-fashioned entertainment" to today's modern kids, because by games I mean board games!

Puzzles are great for the mind, everyone can work on them at once, and they take up ALOT of time! Every Christmas we put one out and it stays out until it's done. People work on it whenever they feel like it!

There are tons of old stand-bys when it comes to games: Monopoly, Backgammon, Scrabble, Yahtzee, MasterMind, Boggle, Battleship, PayDay, Tripoly. The list goes on and on. We've also fallen in love with some 'newer' games such as: Rummy-O, Apples to Apples, Sequence (one of my absolute favorites!), Wits & Wagers (we played this as a family at Thanksgiving), Mad Gab (another family favorite). Games can be hours of family fun now, and a way to have fun and make time pass quickly during a power outage or some other sort of emergency.

Books!! What can I say? I LOVE books! I for one, just can't fall in love with a machine that you load a book on to. My love of books isn't just for the words, but for the case it comes in! I love shelves of books! Anyway, some books that are good ideas for preppers or others are the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Back to Basics by Abigail R. Gehring, a travel Bible, Harvesting the Wild from Backwoods Home Magazine, How To Hide Anything, Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens (one of APN's sponsors), 101 Things to do 'Till the Revolution, by Claire Wolfe, Living on Less from Mother Earth News. The list could go on and on! And don't forget, if you have a book-lover in your life, they would be happy with any book, whether it was new or used!

Under the reading category, two great gift ideas for preppers/homesteaders are subscriptions to Countryside and Backwoods Home magazines. Please note also, that both of these publications sell wonderful homesteading/prepping books!!

Prep On!
Gen-IL Homesteader

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