It's that gift-giving time of year again! You've got everyone else on your list more or less covered, but If you're looking to bring holiday joy to a fan of tactical gear, you may be drawing a blank.
This article is the answer to all your questions! We're giving you ten awesome ideas for tactical gifts we'd be stoked to receive ourselves. Then you can check off that name on your shopping list and sit down to some milk and cookies-- or whatever floats your holiday boat!
Whether you’re a civilian or a professional, safety is the heart of any tactical work. Anything can happen out in the field, and easy access to a first aid kit is vital. That’s why we recommend:
The North American Rescue First Responder Mini First Aid Trauma Kit is half the size of their Tactical Operator Response Kit (TORK) but comes with all the medical gear most requested by on-duty first responders for penetrating, blast, or other traumatic injuries. It’s also highly customizable, coming in three different versions depending on individual needs.
- VERSATILE - can attach both vertically (with MOLLE backing) or horizontally (with 3 in. belt loop); vertical mount can be set to open left-to-right or right-to-left based on shooter preference
- CONVENIENT- horizontal mount on belt allows opening directly to C-A-T.® tourniquet; clam shell configuration utilizes 2 two main sleeves opening on both ends for easy access
- TOUGH and SECURE - highly compact, rugged nylon platform; multiple elastic loops for secure gear organization
The head is one of the most important parts of the body. While a bulletproof helmet is an excellent gift for someone who takes safety very seriously, it's also important to keep your noggin warm. Because it’s so comfortable and wearable anywhere, we had to include:
The 221B Tactical Equinoxx Watch Cap Beanie was designed specifically for police officers on patrol, but you don't have to be law enforcement or a first responder to enjoy this incredible beanie.
3. Thermal Mock
Speaking of warmth, the core needs to stay toasty, too! With the right base layer, there’s no need for a heavy coat that hinders movement and gets too hot to wear in the car. That’s why you’ve found a great gift in:
What we love about the 221B Tactical Equinoxx Stage 3 Ultra Thermal Mock is its use of high-tech materials that provide an incredible weight-to-warmth ratio and moisture-wicking capabilities. Whether you’re a police officer, hunting, or working outside in bone-chilling weather, this thermal mock will up your comfort big time.
- WARM - grid-structure fleece inner liner for ultimate heat preservation; rated for temps to below 15° F / -9.45° C
- DRY - moisture-wicking torso area for those who wear body armor
Ballistic-resistant plating isn’t just for vests. Bulletproof backpacks and bags and specially made plates are getting more popular daily. They not only provide protection against certain bullets, but also help keep your electronics safe from the blunt force impact of drops, kicks, and so on. One of our all-time favorites is:
The TuffyPacks Kenneth Cole Reaction Laptop Bag Level IIIA Bulletproof Armor Plate Package blends protection with the sharp, understated aesthetic of all things Kenneth Cole. It’s a great gift for anyone needing a new laptop bag -- especially if they travel a lot.
- TRAVEL-READY - checkpoint-friendly / EZ-Scan feature compliant with TSA guidelines; rear exterior trolley strap for hands free carrying
- PROTECTIVE- Level IIIA armor plate protects against handguns AND stabbing/piercing objects
- CONVENIENT- front exterior zipper pocket contains extensive organizer; stash pocket for easy access; file divider; padded laptop pocket fits most laptops
- VERSATILE- removable armor plate also fits most childrens’ backpacks and small day packs
Another alternative gift for backpacks and bags is a bullet resistant insert that fits into most bags. An insert like this can easily be shared between family members as the situation calls for. This year, our staff at Bulletproof Zone are especially excited about this one:
Most inserts for backpacks and bags are rated for handgun fire, but the ShotStop BallisticBoard Rifle Protection Backpack Insert can resist rifle fire. Normally, a rifle-rated body armor is too heavy for regular civilian use, but ShotStop has patented an incredible new material technology called Duritium® that keeps weight down despite the high NIJ protection rating.
- PROTECTIVE - Level III, tested to defeat multi-hit rifle fire
- VERSATILE- fits in backpacks, computer bags, purses or luggage
- LIGHTWEIGHT- only 3.85 lbs. for the 10” X 12” size insert
If you’re looking for a gift that will get a lot of use, a cap is always a great bet. Out of our entire catalog of headgear, we’ve got our eyes on:
This is not your typical cap. The Hazard 4 PMCWB Softshell Cap has you covered in any kind of weather. Made from coveted softshell fabric, it’s highly water-resistant in rainy or snowy conditions and lets your head breathe in the heat.
- COMFORTABLE - very breathable--fights to keep your head sweat-free!
- DURABLE - highly water resistant (not 100% waterproof, though, or it couldn’t be so breathable!)
- MODULAR - sides can hold Hazard 4's modular light holders
- CUSTOMIZABLE- front area for flags/I.D. if needed; friendly sniper vis top-patch for glint-tape; back strap loop fastener for name-tape
7. Mag Pouch
If you’re shopping for someone who owns a plate carrier vest, tactical belt, or battle belt, a mag pouch would be a great holiday surprise. Check out the:
The Guardian Gear USA Quad Mag Pouch holds both M4 and pistol magazines. The whole pouch is adjustable, working with most tactical vests, tactical belts, or battle belts.
- MODULAR - holds both M4 and pistol magazines; elastic pull-tab cords and pistol mag flaps are adjustable; MOLLE straps on back for attaching other gear
- DURABLE - riveted drainage holes
- 3 COLOR CHOICES - black, green, or tan
For the prep enthusiast, a survival kit is a welcome gift. You'll have everything you need for a quick grab and go in an emergency situation with:
This 48-piece kit contains provisions for food and drink, first aid and hygiene, and other emergency supplies. In fact, our ReadyWise catalog contains awesome emergency food and beverage bundles for all quantity needs. They’re definitely worth a look!
- COMPLETE - 14 servings of emergency food + first aid kit, mylar blanket, water purification tablets, + much more
- CONVENIENT - includes 5L waterproof dry bag
9. Waist Pack
Some tasks don’t call for a big bag or pack, and yet you still need your possessions and tools at easy reach. That’s where a waist pack comes in! This year, give the gift of:
In the Ace Link Armor Hybrid Waist Pack you’ve got a top notch pack from a great tactical gear brand! It’s roomy, convenient, cool-looking, and durable. You can’t ask for more!
- MODULAR - easily converts to a dangler pouch with integrated dangler adaptor
- CONVENIENT - elastic webbing on outside for smaller objects (zip-ties, light sticks, knives, flashlights etc.); elastic webbing compartments for easy tool retrieval;
- TECH PROTECTION - flat outside pocket with water repellent zipper holds any smartphone on the market
- DURABLE - water repellent zippers
This one’s for the plate carrier owners out there. If you’re gifting someone who’s owned their ceramic plates for more than 5 years, it’s time for new ones for the sake of safety and protection. Check this out:
Level III + rated armor provides the same rifle protection as NIJ Level III but can also defeat special threats. Weight-wise, just under 4 lbs. per plate is pretty awesome for armor that’s tested to protect from M855 (Green Tips) rounds!
- PROTECTIVE - Level III+ special threat rated
- CERTIFIED - tested to meet or exceed NIJ 0101.06 requirements
- LIGHT - silicon carbide and UHMWPE keep weight low and protection high
Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Bulletproof Zone gift card!
- CONVENIENT - Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout; no additional processing fees
‘Tis the season to...
...be safe. Be well. And appreciate the people who wish the same for you.
For more ideas on what other tactical gifts you can add to your gift list this holiday season, check Bulletproof Zone's wide selection of high quality and affordable protective gear and accessories. You may also contact our Customer Service team and we'd be happy to help you check off everyone on your Christmas shopping list!
From us to you: Happy Holidays!