Dystopian Christmas Gift Guide: Top 5 Most Wanted Presents

Are you living in a dystopian society? Do you need some ideas on what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Keep reading for the ultimate Dystopian Christmas Gift Guide with five of the most wanted presents!


1. Notepad and invisible ink

This is a great gift for a number of reasons:

  1. Your loved one will be able to retain some sanity by venting their frustrations in writing – without the fear of getting caught.
  2. They can write secret messages to family, friends… or even rebels.
  3. It’s a great way to record the truth in order to prevent future generations from making the same mistakes.
  4. If your loved one has the desire to write the first draft of a manifesto, this could be a gift of monumental importance.

Invisible ink is a bit of a suspicious purchase, so make some at home instead. You can use any acidic fruit juice, onion juice, baking soda, vinegar, soapy water, sugary water or even urine! Just bottle it up and put a ribbon around it. Once the message is written, the recipient will simply need to heat the paper up by putting it in an oven or by ironing it and hold it up to a light bulb to read what has been written.

2. Hollow book

You may start to notice a pattern with these gift ideas, but secrecy is a gift that keeps on giving in a dystopian society. However, you don’t need to spend lots of money on locks or safes this Christmas – in fact, that might just be the worst idea imaginable if you get caught.

Instead, you can make your loved one a hollow book. This is a classic hidey place that will never go out of style and is perfect for book lovers. All you need is a book, a knife, and if you follow the tutorial below, some Mod Podge.

3. Wig/facial prosthetics

If your loved one wants to be truly covert, the ability to change their appearance is essential. A wig would be a highly appreciated gift – although make sure to get one made with natural human hair rather than brightly coloured synthetic material (for obvious reasons). Perhaps you could even consider using your own hair or finding a donor. You could also get them a fake beard (if they don’t have one already), a fake nose or some glasses so they can flee undetected from the authorities.

If you fancied doing some sewing this December, you could make some reversable clothing, or sew some pockets into a jacket so your loved one can carry a hat or a shirt with them for when they need it (tell them not to conceal a weapon in there though, that’s too risky). For more ideas, check out the video below on how the CIA uses disguises to foil criminals.

Of course, if your dystopian society enforces some sort of uniform or universal look on its citizens, ignore this gift idea entirely.

4. Small survival kit

If your loved one finds themselves in a bit of a tight spot, a small survival kit might be just the thing they need to live another day.

It’s important to ensure the kit you buy is quite small so they can carry it at all times. If you’re making it at home, buy a small bag and fill it with things such as:

  • Screwdrivers (useful, and could be used as a weapon – also less risky than a knife)
  • Small torch
  • Batteries
  • Cereal bars
  • Matches
  • A local map
  • First aid
  • Cyanide pill (for when the going gets really, really tough)

5. Money

It’s a boring gift to give, but money is incredibly useful in a dystopian society. Your loved one can use it to bribe officials, pay for protection or even purchase something mundane such as food for their family if there’s strict rationing.

If your society doesn’t use money, or it would be too suspicious for your loved one to have more than they already have, think about other things that are valuable commodities. What do people trade with on the black market? Gold? Books? Chocolate? Children? Really think outside the box with this one.



I hope you found this Dystopian Christmas Gift Guide useful! And remember, being oppressed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas.

Emily created Dystopic in July 2012 after requiring an outlet for her love of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Her debut novel 'These Unnatural Men' was published in 2018.


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