In anticipation of a more “normal” 4th of July — the kind that’s celebrated with family barbecues and flickering sparklers — it’s the perfect time to start shopping for the best military gifts that show appreciation to our dedicated service members. Whether you’re looking for a unique present for someone on active duty, a gesture of thanks for a veteran, or a going away gift for a military deployment, there are gifts for every occasion and every kind of patriot.
The recipient may get a chuckle from military humor or might be a bit more serious, but either way, there are a plethora of military-themed gifts that range from functional to sentimental. In any case, it truly is the thought that counts, and service members are always grateful for acknowledgment and tokens of thanks. We’ve provided a round-up of the best gift items at a variety of price points, so you can surprise a vet or service member who undoubtingly deserves it.
Best Military Gifts
Made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, this tactical device is much more than just a pen. It also features an emergency escape glass breaker, LED flashlight with an extra battery, bottle opener, and 2 refillable ink cartridges. Designed, owned, and operated by a United States military veteran, TakeFlight offers a 1-year warranty and a 100% satisfaction guarantee for this product.
Smoke Hall Foods was conceived at a 2012 Army-Navy football game and is now creating gourmet hot sauces. Made in small batches and using the best possible ingredients, this gift set includes 3 sauce varieties: Dead Red, Grunt Green, and Shock & Awe. The grenade-shaped glass bottles make this a surefire hit for any patriotic foodie.
Deployment is unbelievably difficult, and many service members appreciate having a token of comfort that they can keep with them at all times. Made of stainless steel with rounded edges and a smooth finish, this prayer cross necklace can hold up to any climate. Reviewer AuthorElizabethYork calls this piece, ” Beautiful, meaningful, and easy to wear.”
This durable, water-resistant rucksack is an essential item for service members in any branch of the military. Available in 5 different styles, the pack is spacious enough to hold 3 days’ worth of supplies and all necessary tactical gear. It also features an ergonomic design, breathable fabric, and dual zippered closure pockets.
Best Gifts for Veterans
It’s never to early to start your holiday shopping, and this handcrafted ornament will adorn any veteran’s tree beautifully. Laser-cut and made from natural red alder wood, this piece can be put up seasonally or displayed year-round. If the recipient in mind isn’t a Vietnam vet, there are several other military-themed designs to choose from. Reviewer Elocnam says, “Love these wooden ornaments. They are very detailed and shipped well to prevent damage. Great product and highly recommend.”
If you’re searching for a gift for a history-loving veteran, look no further. The History Channel has compiled this 365-day calendar chock full of military facts, events, and innovations. One reviewer says, “My husband is a USMC veteran and he loves this. I got it as a stocking stuffer for his new office, and he reads me the daily military trivia, and we’re both pretty blown away by some of them! He’s a huge history buff and he is finding out so much stuff he didn’t know!”
After years of service, veterans have usually accumulated a variety of memorabilia. Give them a beautiful place to house all their medals, badges, and certificates with this mahogany display case. There is space for a flag and it features a felt lining and scratch resistant glass to keep every important memory protected.
Best Army Gifts
Whether your service member is gearing up for a game of poker or gin rummy, these high-quality playing cards are a great gift choice. They are an officially licensed U.S. Army product and each purchase supports the troops. With its compact size, this sturdy deck offers on-the-go entertainment for travels near and far.
The classic green army figurine has grown up and can now assist your favorite patriot with all their bottle-opening needs. Reviewer Laura says, “My husband and I collect bottle openers and we were both military so I bought this as a gift. It’s durable, made out of cast metal, and opens the bottles great. Out of our collection, this is the one that is reached for the most.”
This 20 oz, vacuum insulated, stainless steel tumbler is the perfect gift for any U.S. Army member. It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours.
It is also BPA-free, fits in most cupholders, and has a leakproof lid.
When you are looking for a unique military gift that will stand out, this decanter set will be a welcome addition to any home bar. Choose from 6 different military design options, and personalize the name and date for your service member.
Best Military Going Away Gifts
Military food isn’t known for being gourmet, so show you really care with a delicious snack package. Featuring 45 items, this sampler will help cure both cravings and homesickness. You can also personalize with gift wrap and a special message so that your service member feels all the love.
No matter where a service member is headed, gifting a journal is always a good idea. This set includes a spiral notebook, rugged cover and weatherproof pen. One reviewer calls it “Durable” and says, “great for my Army son in the field!!”
The perfect cozy gift for a service member and their family is this patriotic sherpa throw blanket. Warm, fuzzy, and easy to wash, it’s made with soft, breathable fabric. Reviewer Jacquelin says, “Bought this blanket as a gift for my husband. It’s plenty big and he loves it. Very happy with my purchase. It is soft and warm.”
Best Gifts For Military Men & Women
Lightbird offers this military patch hat in 3 different styles so you can choose the best one for your service member. Made of durable tactical fabric, these hats are waterproof, washable, and have a 100% cotton sweatband. One reviewer says, “This hat is very good quality. Good material and actual OCP pattern. It looks exactly like my old Army uniforms.”
While socks aren’t usually a go-to gift, service members will absolutely appreciate receiving a pair of these. Made from wool, cotton, and nylon, these boot socks provide optimal comfort and support. Reviewer Rhonda gives them 5 stars and says they “provide comfort while keeping feet dry.”
Whether in the field or at the gym, this rugged military standard watch can handle almost anything. It’s water-resistant, features a high-precision GPS, and has a 20-day battery life. Offered in 5 different colors, this tech-forward watch is a popular buy with over 5,000 positive Amazon reviews.
Unique Military Gifts
One of the most important steps for every branch of the military is taking the Oath of Enlistment. This oath binds service members to their duty and country, and honoring it is a beautiful gift. Each wood sign is handmade and arrives ready to display.
Help service members beat the heat by gifting them a few cooling towels. Made of breathable mesh, these towels can be dunked in cold water and they’ll stay damp for several hours while providing UPF50 sun protection. Reviewer Dep says it’s “a nice cool cloth to help keep you cool on these awful hot, humid days.”
No one will throw away their shot with these 50 caliber glasses. Shaped like shiny gold 50 cal bullet casings, each one holds 2 ounces. Made with durable ceramic, they make a great gift for any military celebration.