When you’re dating someone who is in the military, you want to get them something that shows how special they are. Not to mention how honored you feel to be with them.
Finding just the right gift can be tough. But don’t worry. We’ve done the work for you! Read on to find out the top military gifts to give your SO.
9. Military Care Packages
If your loved one is deployed, then you may be wondering what you’re allowed to send them. Receiving a care package from home is instantly going to make your military partner excited. No matter what you send, your service member is going to be grateful.
But there are some things that are more useful than others. While some things you can’t send at all.
During the summer months, you can send powdered drink mixes for things like iced tea and lemonade. In the colder months, send things like cocoa powder and instant coffee. Keep in mind it may take several weeks or even months before the package arrives in their hands.
If you send snacks, make sure they’re in small hard containers, which are easier to carry. Bags of snacks can burst under high pressure. Cookies, nuts, crackers, and pretzels are a great option. Avoid chocolate since this can melt in transit.
Of course, reminders of their home such as pictures or mementos are always comforting gestures. You can also send entertainment such as small toys like frisbees, yo-yos or cards. Books and magazines are another great way to pass the time.
8. Survival Utility Tools
Whether your service member is deployed or at home, there are a variety of neat utility tools that you can purchase online. Things like a multi-purpose tool are easy to carry and have a variety of uses for outdoors enthusiasts.
Some include knives, small pliers and screwdrivers, while others can be purchased for the grilling enthusiast. Complete with a BBQ fork, spatula, and bottle opener.
Quality outdoor gear such as an LED flashlight that can be recharged using solar energy or a hand crank can really come in handy. Some come with neat add-ons like a cell phone charger.
You can’t go wrong by including a backpacker’s medical kit. These are very useful military gifts. You’d be surprised how many first aid supplies including medication, bandages, and ointment, can fit into a small kit.
7. Flag Display Case
A quality flag display case is the perfect gift for veterans and service members. It’s a great way to protect and display a valued flag. If you’re dating a military retiree, then this is a great option to show appreciation for their service in the home.
Flag display cases come in a variety of materials as well as different types of wood. You can find one that matches your loved one’s style and decor. You might want to look into the rules for displaying a flag before making your purchase.
6. Military Service Branch Ring
Whether your special someone is in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, or the Marines Corps, they’ll love this stylish way to share their dedication to the nation and specific branch. Find a customizable option that fits their preference.
You can choose things like an oval stone for their birth month and the type of metal such as gold or silver.
5. Challenge Coin Display Case
If you’re not familiar with challenge coins, then you have to check out the history of these coins! Challenge coins are a popular tradition among military personnel. If your service member has a collection of challenge coins, then a display case is a great gift to show them off in!
You can even have a challenge coin custom made just for your loved one. This is a great surprise to show them you care. Plus they’ll feel extra special having a challenge coin made just for them.
4. Assignment/Deployment Map
Has your military partner traveled around the world? You might consider one of these fun maps as a possible gift. It allows you to place pins in the different places that your partner has traveled and been deployed to.
This is a great way to display all the amazing places your service member has been to. Plus they can continue to add to it for many years to come!
3. Service Branch Pocket Watch
Another great memento for someone in the military is a personalized service branch pocket watch. This is a quality piece that is subtle yet dignified. It’s a great way for your partner to keep a reminder of you and their service to the nation close at hand.
This gift is great for that special veteran or retiree in your life too. Why not have it engraved with their name or the date of their retirement?
2. Perfect Pair of Boots
When it comes to getting gifts for people in the military, practical and quality gear is everything. A good pair of boots that offers excellent foot support can change their world.
Boots that can provide cushion and stability will not only help protect their feet but also reduce the impact on their knees. You can’t go wrong with a top of the line pair of military boots.
Plus, you can tack on a pair of durable socks to keep them comfortable. Look for Merino wool socks that are both fast-drying and naturally antimicrobial.
1. Military-Grade Earbuds
Give your special someone the gift of great sound with high-quality earbuds that are built to last. Not all earbuds are created equally, so find a pair that will outlast the wear and tear of a hardcore service member.
Earbuds made from military-grade material are built to be extra tough. You can also find ones that come with a lifetime warranty. Spending a little extra on well-made earbuds are worth it in the long run.
They’ll be enjoying sick beats for miles to come.
Military Gifts that Keep Giving
It’s impossible to find military gifts that are as amazing as your partner. We hope you were able to find some ideas for your special someone.
Are you dating someone in the military? Share some of your military gift ideas below. We’d love to hear from you!