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Holiday gift guide: 10 gifts under $30 for new firefighters

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


It’s that time of year, when you’re suddenly racking your brain for gift ideas for the firefighters in your life.

Well, look no further.

Here’s a roundup of 10 gift ideas – all under $30 – 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


Never leave the house without a pocket knife in tow. 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: $23.99

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: $5.10

4. The Fireman’s Prayer on a Metal sign


This sign would be a great addition to your locker, office or even the station kitchen. 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: $12.99

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: $13.99

7. Tactical lunch bag


This will make your life a little easier when it comes to mealtime. 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: $25.99

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: $16.76

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: $16.99

10. YETI Rambler 18 oz Bottle, Vacuum Insulated, Stainless Steel with Chug Cap


This one falls in the “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: $29.98

Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.