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Gifts and gear to get you through a zombie apocalypse

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

Walking Dead... into good deals

Between bath salts and clandestine government experiments, an epidemic of the undead seems right around the corner. This holiday season, stock up on the gifts and gear we predict will protect your posterior in the event of a pulseless plague.

The Walking Dead Limited Edition Second Season Box Set

The Walking Dead: Second Season (Limited Edition)

Pick up a few pointers for surviving amongst flesh-eating denizens of the undead by replaying the complete second season (Amazon, $70) of AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Besides, it comes in a box that is — dare we say — to die for.

The Official Zombie Survival Field Guide Manual

The Official Zombie Survival Field Manual

How do you find a safe zone? Is pink puss a sign of a zombie-borne infection? Find the answers to these pertinent questions and more in The Official Zombie Survival Field Manual (Amazon, $13) — the holy grail of zombie outbreak advice.

Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer

Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer

When the living dead are on the loose, you can’t just run up to the local grocer to grab some grub. The meat you get your hands on will likely need a little caressing, which is why we like the knuckle pounder meat tenderizer (Amazon, $45) … it’s a culinary aide that could double as a weapon in a pinch.

Organized Traveler's Shoulder Pack

Organized Traveler’s Shoulder Pack

License? Check. Batteries? Check. Pepper spray strong enough to ward off the undead? Check. You just never know what you might need when a zombie apocalypse strikes! Stash all your supplies in this sleek shoulder-to-hip traveler’s pack (The Sharper Image, $39.99).

Fold Away Harp Toolkit

Fold Away Harp Toolkit

There’s the Swiss Army Knife, and then there’s its smart, stylish cousin — the Fold Away Harp Toolkit (Restoration Hardware, $45). This modern day evolution of 19th-century ingenuity features eight useful instruments, ranging from a screwdriver to a gimlet.

Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals Book

Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals book

When there are mindless beings with a taste for human flesh around every turn, losing the occasional family member to mealtime will be second nature. Let the adorable offspring of cuddly critters deliver the bad news to your kiddos by way of this tongue-in-cheek tome (Amazon, $9.99).

Aerobed Pakmat Airbed and Pump

Aerobed Pakmat Airbed and Pump

Just because you’re camping out  — or on the run — in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. A portable, lightweight Aero Pakmat airbed (Amazon, $100) is perfect for grabbing some shut-eye on the go.

The North Face E-Tip Facet Glove

The North Face ‘E-Tip Facet’ Glove

You can’t help yourself, much less anyone else, if frostbite freezes your fingertips off. An ultrawarm pair of gloves — this set (Amazon, $85) boasts a waterproof shell — will protect your digits from the elements.

Pocket Compass

Pocket compass

In any catastrophic situation, it’s best to keep your bearings about you. An exquisitely crafted pocket compass (RedEnvelope, $99.95) will help you find your way and make you feel distinguished.

The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

If you are known amongst friends and family as a culinary wonder, don’t let a petty thing like a zombie apocalypse keep your from creating restaurant-worthy dishes. Toss a Mobile Food Survival Kit (UncommonGoods, $26) in your bag to spice up any sub-par meal.

Mace Pepper Spray Gun in Pink

The 30 Day Lantern

The 30 Day Lantern

Talk about a bright idea! The 30 Day Lantern from Hammacher (Amazon, $40) provides an impressive month’s worth of light on a single set of batteries — while using minimal energy.

Mace Pepper Gun in Pink

What could be cuter than stunning an attacker — undead or otherwise — with a pretty, pink pepper spray gun? It might look girlie, but this sweetheart packs a punch… it accurately emits a steady stream of super strength stinging solution.

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