We love Mom and Dad, but they just don't listen when we start talking about oil depletion. Somehow they just tune out the incoming TEOTWAWKI. Or maybe we haven't mentioned it - we wouldn't want to set off Dad's blood pressure alarm again. But now's our chance! Instead of getting another turkey baster for Ma, or some battery powered drill-saws for Pa, let's get them (secretly) prepared for the coming energy descent!
Yes, 'tis the season. It's the time of year we can sneak some Peak Oil Preparedness into the lives of our loved ones through our clever gift choices.
Strategy #1: Buzz Kill Emergency Preparedness
"Gee, ever since the (ice storm, tornado, Hurricane Ike, invasion of South Ossetia, trucker strike in Europe), we've just been picking up a few things here and there. We thought you might like this - "
First Aid Kit
Hand cranked emergency radio
Camp stove + Coleman fuel or propane
Emergency kit for the car
Strategy #2: For the Hobbyists
"I remembered how you're so interested in (gardening, cooking, camping, surviving planetary ecological collapse). I knew you'd love it!"
Membership in local food Co-op
Share in Community Supported Agriculture (if they would use it :)
Gift certificate to Territorial Seeds, Seeds of Change, or Baker Creek Seeds
Semi-dwarf apple trees, to arrive in March
Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon
The Vegetable Gardeners' Bible by Ed Smith
Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Beer brewing kit
Canning jars and lids
Cast iron skillet
Nifty camping gear
Sub-zero sleeping bags
Strategy #3: For the Bibliophiles
"I thought this book looked interesting.... the lady at Borders recommended it ;)"
Just in Case by Kathy Harrison
The Long Emergency by James Howard Kuntsler
The Party's Over by Richard Heinberg
Peak Everything by Richard Heinberg
Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov
Depletion and Abundance, by Sharon Astyk
Strategy #4: For the Uber-Crunchy
"This should help you save the planet!"
Bike (or bike tires and repair kit)
Bike trailer (for the kiddos)
Solar battery/cellphone/iPod charger
Subscripton to Mother Earth News
Strategy #5: When you've given up on subtlety
"OK Mom, just keep this in the closet until you need it"
Global Sun Oven
2 weeks supply of water (and Tang)
Cord of wood
20 buckets of rice, beans, oats, and sugar
Bar of gold bullion
When Technology Fails, by Matthew Stein
When All Hell Breaks Loose, by Cody Lundin
Coffee can of cash, to be buried in unspecified location
3 year's supply of seeds, freeze dried
Or, you know, a donation to their charity of choice would also be nice.