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Holiday gift guide: 10 gifts under $25 for new firefighters

Here's a roundup of gift ideas to help your newest firefighter feel prepared and, in some cases, entertained


By FireRescue1 Staff

There's a new rookie on board and you want to put together a welcome basket, but what items should be in it?

Well, look no further.

Here's a roundup of 10 gift ideas – all under $25 – to either gift to your newest firefighter or keep for yourself. Either way, these gifts will keep you prepared and, in some cases, entertained.

Did we miss a gift that you think would be perfect? Sound off in the comments below.

1. 3-pack of Field Notes

As a firefighter, you never stop learning. Write down everything you can – you'll most likely refer to this critical information you learn as a rookie throughout your career. Price: $9.95

2. Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Pocket Knife

My dad told me to never leave the house without a pocket knife in tow. That goes for you too, rookie. The pocket knife features 12 functions, including a large blade, small blade, Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener with large screwdriver and a can opener with a small screwdriver. Price: $17.55

3. Keychain LED flashlight 

Every firefighter should carry a flashlight with them at all times. At the least, this one can be a backup just in case. This flashlight is weatherproof, featuring a 100,000-hour lifetime high-intensity LED. Price: $9.20

4. The Fireman's Prayer on a Maltese Cross

This would fit perfectly in your locker. The cross is made to be taped or you can use a 3M type command strip to secure it to a wall or locker. Price: $19.99

5. Firefighter keychain

Every firefighter needs a solid, well-built keychain. This paracord keychain with a charm buckle keeps everything important nearby – on your wrist. Price: $10.00

6. "World's Okayest Firefighter" novelty mug

Because coffee is a necessity. And what a better way to show off by touting this mug around the firehouse, right? This can also be given as a White Elephant gift, making any firefighter – from rookie to veteran – laugh at the silly sentiment. Price: $12.99

7. Tactical lunch bag

This will make your life a little easier when it comes to meal time. Place it in your bunk or station kitchen, so you have something healthy and hearty to snack on. This lunch bag has durable aluminum foil lining to keep food colder or warmer longer. Price: $24.99

8. All-weather black metal clicker pen

You never know when you'll need a pen. Keep this one close by. The ink writes through water, grease and mud without clumping or smearing. Price: $17.70

9. "World's Okayest Chef" Apron

Need something to match the funny mug? This apron is sure to do the trick, because you'll probably be up to bat a lot when it comes to cooking at the firehouse. Price: $24.99

10. YETI Rambler stainless steel tumbler with lid

This one falls under my just because gift category. This will keep your beverages cold or hot longer and has a no sweat design to make sure your hands stay dry. Price: $24.95

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