Can you believe that Christmas is literally just around the corner? The shops are all decked out in holiday decor and already stocking up on the latest gifts and gadgets for holiday shopping. The one thing you really don't see much of in the “Gift Guide” craze is gift ideas related to self-defense and protection. As a former military police officer (and also a Texan) I'm a huge proponent of teaching women (and young girls) how to protect themselves and be prepared for different situations. So, in the spirit of the holidays, I decided to make a gift guide for self-defense gadgets for women!
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Let's be real – we now live in a world in which personal safety is paramount. Whether you are heading to your car from work or walking your dog in a park, threats are everywhere. They could even be from family or people you work with. You could just stay in your house all day and never leave but that's not realistic (nor healthy!). You are a Girl Boss and have stuff to do! So how can you be better prepared to protect yourself in the event something happens? Here are some tips and gadgets that are easy to hide or blend into your outfit that can actually save your life!
FIRST, PREPARE YOURSELF!
Before I get to the GIFT GUIDE part, I want to give some recommendations and advice on other ways to protect yourself. All the self-defense gadgets in the world won't do you any good if you aren't mentally ready to respond. It can be so easy to freeze in fear when something happens but that is less likely to happen if you've practiced how to react. I highly recommend taking a self-defense class to not only learn techniques but to also build your confidence in using them. Many martial arts studios or places like the YMCA offer self-defense classes for women and kids (either free or low-cost). You could also check on Groupon because they are always offering discounts on local classes.
The best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy/gal with a gun (that knows how to use it). I very much encourage women to get the Conceal Carry license and practice, practice, practice at the local shooting range! To read a bit more about this and being prepared for active shooter situations, you can read Taking Control – How to Protect Yourself and Your Family.
GIRL BOSS GIFTS THAT CAN SAVE A LIFE
Conceal Carry Purses & Handbags
What Girl Boss doesn't love a great purse? These purses and handbags are not only gorgeous and fashionable, they are designed specifically for concealing a handgun or other defense weapon such as the ones below.
These gadgets are must-have for every Girl Boss (including teens)! These stun guns come in a variety of designs such as a lipstick case or flashlight and even an actual cell phone case! I personally like the ones with wristlets or that fit in your hand for when I walk my dogs or go for a run. Any of these will definitely ward off an attacker!
Pepper spray should be in every Girl Boss arsenal! So many options to choose from for runners or for your keychain. Some also have a panic alarm to scare off the attacker. Any of these would make an excellent stocking stuffer and show the receiver how much you care!
MORE SELF-DEFENSE GOODIES
There are so many ideas and options for self-defense gadgets that I can't possibly list them all here. Many women put off buying these things because they think they don't need them. Show her how much you care this holiday season and surprise her by filling her stocking with keychain gadgets. If she's already a gun-toting Girl Boss, maybe a new conceal holster is in order. And remember, these self-defense gadgets are just for women! It's so important that we empower and prepare our younger girls and teens to defend themselves as well!