10 Cool and Practical Survival Gadget Gifts for Men

Survival Gifts For Men

Calling all MacGyver, Bear Grylls, Survivor Man and James Bond fans – and those who just like to be prepared — Here are 10 cool survival gadgets that make great gifts and could be really helpful in a pinch.


Emergency Survival Kit for the Masses

Adventure Medical Kits SOL Origin Survival Tool

Adventure Medical Kits SOL Origin Survival Tool

The best survival kit, is the kit you have on you when you need it. So, you need a small survival kit that you can take anywhere and everywhere. Enter the SOL Origin Compact Survival kit.

The SOL Origin Survival kit is a palm-sized, well thought out, waterproof and durable, basic emergency kit that (at 3.9” x 2.8” x 1.5”) is small enough to fit in a pocket, pack or glove box and be with you all of the time.

Adventure Medical Kits SOL Origin Survival Tool

This is a very small, all-in-one survival kit, that could save your life in a pinch

This is a kit made for the masses. So, if you are NOT a serious survivalist or outdoor adventurer, chances are, you’re going to love this kit.

The SOL kit Includes:

Combination: AUS 8 Folding Knife, 15 Hour LED Light & Whistle – Button Compass – Aluminum Foil – Fire Lite Fire Striker – Tinder – Safety / Snare Wire – Signal Mirror – Snap Swivel – Fishing Kit – Sewing Kit – Survival Instructions – Waterproof, Rugged and Pocket Sized ABS Case to Hold Everything

Best Amazon Price – Around $36 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Credit Card Sized Survival Tool


Victorinox Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool

Practical for every day carry and ingenious enough to make MacGyver proud, the Swisscard Lite is designed and crafted in Switzerland by Victorinox, the makers of the Swiss Army Knife. The Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool is a rugged, quality for tool for guys (and gals for that matter) who want to be prepared but don’t want the bulk of a multi tool. The Swisscard Lite easily slips into your wallet, pocket, pack or glove box.  This tool weights only an ounce and is about the size of 4 stacked credit cards.

It Features:

Mini LED Light – Knife / Letter Opener – Scissors – Straight Pin – Magnifying Glass – Nail File – 2 Flat Screwdrivers – 2 Phillips Head Screwdrivers – Tweezers – Toothpick – Pressurized Ball Point Pen – Ruler in Inches and Centimeters

Best Amazon Price – Around $24 US – Find out more or purchase here.


A Tool Box on Your Key Chain

SwissTech Micro Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multi Tool

SwissTech Micro Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multi Tool

Make no mistake, although the Swiss Tech Micro Max key chain tool is less than 2” x 1.5” x .25”  and weights just over 3 oz., this is “real” piece of gear. I just picked one up and am really impressed at the quality and usefulness for such a small tool. The Micro Max meets ANSI standards, is made of stainless steel and sports 19 functions including:

1/4 Inch Hex Wrench – 7/16 Inch Hex Wrench – #0 Flat Screwdriver – #1 Flat Screwdriver – #2 Flat Screwdriver – #0 Phillips Screwdriver – #1 Phillips Screwdriver – #2 Phillips Screwdriver – Pliers – Wire Cutter – Wire Stripper – Wire Crimper – Nail File – Hand Drill – Bottle Opener – Inches Ruler – Inches – Ruler Extension – mm Ruler – mm Ruler Extension

Best Amazon Price – Around $10 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Tough, Weatherproof Nano LED Flashlight

Streamlight Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight

Streamlight Weatherproof Nano Light Miniature LED Flashlight

At just under an inch and a half in length and .36 ounces, the Streamlight Nano LED Flashlight is designed for everyday carry, puts out 10 lumens of focused beam light and runs for up to 8 hours. The flashlight comes with a cool swivel clip for attaching to key rings, packs, clothing and more. The Streamlight Nano LED is machined out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum with an tough, anodized finish and is ideal for survival, rescue and everyday use.

Best Amazon Price – Around $7 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Tactical Belt Clip Survival Tool

Tool Logic SLPB2 Tactical Folding Tool

Tool Logic SLPB2 Tactical Folding Tool

Great for emergencies and everyday tasks, the Tool Logic SLPro 2 has a 3” tactical knife that’s 1/2 serrated, a quality anodized aluminum – waterproof LED flashlight, a premium magnesium alloy fire rod and striker and an emergency whistle. The SLPro2 weights in at only 4.2 oz. and is less than 4” when closed and can easily slip into a pocket or pack. And has a durable belt clip. The SLPro 2 is tough enough for tactical and law enforcement applications and makes a nice every day carry survival tool.

Best Amazon Price – Around $34 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Forever Light for When the Power Goes Out

Eton ARCPT100W American Red Cross Road Torq Self-Powered Spotlight and Emergency Beacon

Eton American Red Cross Road Self-Powered Spotlight and Emergency Beacon

When the crap hits the fan and the power goes out… or your car breaks down in the middle of a place called, “nowhere,” you’ll be glad you have the rugged, self-powered (no batteries needed), Eton – American Red Cross Spotlight and Emergency Beacon around. Crank this baby for 2 minutes for about 15 minutes of bright flash or emergency beacon light. This Eton light is durable and has convenient, foldable tripod legs for hands free or emergency road use. It even includes a carry pouch and a 12v car power adapter. Grab one for your vehicle and home and never be without light again.

Best Amazon Price – Around $39 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Solar Power and Battery Backup for the Treking Techy

Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger and 9000mAh Battery Backup

Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger and 9000mAh Battery Backup

Whether you are on safari in Africa, in the back country of Alaska or without power for a few days due to a storm, the Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme will keep your mobile device, smart phone, laptop or cell phone up and running. This a high quality, powerful solar charger with a HUGE 9000mAh storage system. This charger even grabs power from the sun on less than totally sunny days and charges very quickly.  The PowerMonkey is a packable “must have” for techy adventurers.

Best Amazon Price – Around $190 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Guppie Mini Emergency and Every Day Tool

Columbia River Knife and Tools Guppie

Columbia River Knife and Tools Guppie

Nope, it’s not a fish, it’s a hard-working, compact, innovative, carabiner hand tool with a ton of potential everyday and emergency uses. The Columbia River Knife and Tools Guppie can clip on a belt or pack, and at only 3 1/2” long it easily and comfortably slips into about any-sized pocket.

The Guppie Has:

Integrated, Tactical, Adjustable Wrench that Opens to 1/2” – 2” Knife with a Drop Point Blade – L.E.D. Light – 2 Flat & 2 Philips Hex Drivers – Integrated Carabiner to carry it on a belt, pack or rope

Best Amazon Price – Around $27 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Keep Knives & Tools Razor Sharp in the Field

Work Sharp WSGFS221 Guided Field Sharpener

Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

Most field sharpeners can’t hone a blade to a razor sharp edge or fix a damaged or neglected blade when you need your knife the most — in the field. Plus, traditional sharpening stones can be hard to use in the field and produce mixed results. So we were ecstatic to find the Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener.

The Work Sharp is a compact, rough and tumble, all-in-one diamond and ceramic sharpening tool that anyone can use to get a razor sharp knife or tool edge — in the field or shop — EVERY time. And quality diamond sharpening tools like the Work Sharp can sharpen a knife is 1/10th of the time as traditional stones because they hone a blade with less strokes.

 Work Sharp WSGFS221 Guided Field Sharpener

Get Any Knife or Tool Razor Sharp in the Field

Here’s what’s included in on this innovative tool:

Fine Diamond Sharpening Plate – Coarse Diamond Sharpening Plate – 3-Position Ceramic Rod (coarse, fine and fish hook grooves) – 1 Leather Strop – 2 – Built-in 20 degree sharpening guides – 2 – Built-in 25 degree sharpening guides – Broadhead Wrench – Users Guide – Stored Inside Tool

Perfect for the camper, sportsman, survivalist or adventurer.

Best Amazon Price – Around $30 US – Find out more or purchase here.


Mini Hand Crank and Solar Powered Emergency Radio

Ambient Weather WR-1059 Compact Hand Crank Solar Powered AM/FM Weather Band Radio

Ambient Weather Mini Hand Crank Solar Powered AM/FM Weather Band Radio

When disaster strikes or the power goes out, you need to know what’s going on. With this durable, well made, hand crank and solar powered, AM/FM and Weather Band radio from Ambient Weather, you’ll always be able to hear from the outside world and plot your next move.

This little gem is only 4” x 2″ x 3” and weights less than half a pound, so it’s perfect to keep tucked away or stow in your emergency kit or bug out bag until needed.

You’ll get about 20 minutes of radio time with about 1 minute of  hand cranking. And you can charge this little guy using the built-in solar charger. You can also lengthen battery life by plugging in your headphones and bypassing on-board speaker.

Best Amazon Price – Around $13 US – Find out more or purchase here.


21 Responses to “10 Cool and Practical Survival Gadget Gifts for Men”

  • Ty Eberhardt

    Dear Santa, I would like the Emergency Survival Kit for the Masses, Tactical Belt Clip Survival Tool, Tool Box on Your Key Chain,Credit Card Sized Survival Tool and a Knife sharpener. I think I’ve been a good boy this year.
    God bless you Santa
    Awesome ideas Dave, now I’m going to keep looking under my tree to see if Santa gave me a visit.

    • Hi Ty,

      I’ve got a call scheduled with Santa tomorrow at noon. I’ll give him your list! 🙂

      Blessings bro,


      • lance dunn

        I can not believe that Christmas is in three days and I hope I get some of these awesome gifts for men for Christmas.

      • Reis

        What is the best survival kits and fire starter kits

        • Carin

          For survival kits look at GearPods review just recently posted on David’s YouTube channel and our webpage as well as the Henry survival kit, which will be getting reviewed by us soon – plus David will be showing his own do-it-yourself-survival-kit video soon….

          For firestarter kits – For an affordable kit, grab a traditional military style magnesium block and ferro rod; for a larger and nicer firestarter, look at Survivor Fire starters

    • Felix

      Hey david if i dont want to get the commander 60 from gerber is there a way that i can only get the pack not the blades cuss i have most of them. # from canada

  • Conner steadman

    Hey David,

    I’ve subscribed to your YouTube and your e-mag, really love the gear reviews and your amazing website. Could see a gerber ultimate survival knife from David-ultimate survival tips in my future:) thanks and great job

  • Hey, thanks for sharing this informative article. I found it very helpful. Thanks again.

  • Max outhwaite

    Hey David my name is max I am 8 what is the best survival pouch you have seen. By max! p.s I live in England!

    • Hi Max from England. Thanks for writing! Maybe the best survival pouch is the one you make yourself or with your Father. That way you can customize it yourself. There are several other survival pre-made survival kits though. I will be reviewing 5 or so more in the next few weeks. You may like the ASE – Be Prepared Boy Scout kit though. Have a great day Max. ~David

  • Johnjo

    Hey David!
    I am 15 and i lile all your videos and ur tips, I am a biggggg Bear Grylls fan and would like to meet him one day, do you know if one day he would be comming in Canada or if he has an interview on a reality show that i could go see.
    On top of that I like to buy some of your stuff that you review butt done have the money so do you know when is your next contest?
    Cheers John

  • Dominic Augoustis

    Hey David ,big fan , (I am 13)I have been trying to get a good bug out bag ready but I am lacking in gear not having a knife or a good survival kit ( I have the Kathmandu survival kit and the Swiss army knife Swiss champ) so may I please have some tips on how to receive /buy the items in stores and not online (except for contests online) this would be greatly appreciated have great day David. ~Dominic (I live in Sydney )

    • Carin

      Dominic: Speaking for David, the only recommendation we can give is to search out the outdoor gear stores in your area. Also, sometimes people are selling things in newspapers or online local sales sites. Hope you score what you’re looking for!

  • Dominic Augoustis

    Thank you Carin this helped a lot have a good day Carin ~Dominic

  • cj

    this stuff is amazing, thanks dave. I am SO getting all of this stuff.

  • Alexander

    Love your YouTube channel

  • jimelle stanley

    I hate how the title says “For Men”, because I’m a woman and I love allll of this stuff.

  • Sabrina

    *and women. thanks.

  • caden

    hey david, i know my chances of getting a response are low here but i have a quick question. what would a very budget friendly edc kit look like? (as in what would be the contents?) im talking under 30$ whole kit.

    • Will try and do a “Poor man’s EDC this winter. Stand by…

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