- Straight-forward approach - Give a case of 24 bottles of water (1/2 liter, 16 oz., or 20 oz.) with a bow around it. This meets the minimum water rule of "a gallon per person per day for 72 hours." You could also give a five gallon bottle (like the one at the office water cooler) and maybe a base to set it on.
- Lighter-to-carry option - Give a gift card to their favorite store with instructions to buy the items you specify (which will certainly include bottled water with other emergency supplies.)
- Out of the Box idea - Instead of giving water, give a water storage container. Long term water storage is a critical and easy step in emergency preparedness, but a large family may need to store a huge quantity of water. (I know there are six in my family.) With the right container, you can store water yourself for pennies a gallon. Buy someone on your list several water storage cubes or a water barrel.
- High Tech selection - Buy a water purification system. These can be found at outdoor and sporting goods stores or online. You'll find a variety of features and differing levels of filtration, with basic units starting just under $100. Remember, these require new filters with continued use.
Everyday Providence's Twelve Days of Christmas
Day 1 - Flashlights and Batteries
Day 2 - Water
Day 3 - Pocketknife
Day 4 - Smoke Detectors
Day 5 - Generator
Day 6 - Backpack