For many families, the holiday is a most wonderful time of year loaded with laughter, exchanging presents, and singing carols. But that’s not the case for everyone. Military families have loved ones deployed overseas and this requires a little more love and a lot of creativity on the part of the families. This is the time of year when adults and children are coping with trying to deal with missing family members.
We are providing a list of gifts for service members and their families during the holidays.
Daddy And Mommy Dolls
Young children are going without hugs from their mothers and fathers. This might just be a wonderful gift for them. These children might call them a Daddy Doll, Mommy Doll, or even a Hug-A-Hero Doll. These dolls are great for helping to fill the gap with a missing loved one. The Daddy Doll website offers other great gifts s well including dog tags, baby loves, and pet pillows.
The USO Workbook
The USO Workbook will let you purchase gifts for service members to celebrate the holidays. Some gifts include comfort food kits, deployment kits, tech to connect, phone calls home, long distant bedtime stories, and send an e-card with a personal message.
Get A Gift Card From Bronzery
The Bronzery is the only company in the United States that will bronze absolutely anything. They are known for bronzing military items from hats/helmets to boots.
With their fabulous gift card, family and friends can order online on their website at any time. The company will send the item out to be bronzed and get them back in 6 to 8 weeks. This could make an excellent gift for members of the military!
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals and Toy Drive
Operation Homefront distributes meals to thousands of military families around the country through their Holiday Meals For Military program.
The meal includes turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Registration varies by location. Operation Homefront also has a Holiday Toy Drive program for distributing toys and gift cards for military families.
To donate toys, visit your local Dollar Tree store in November and December. Also, check out Operation Homefront’s Facebook page to catch up on events and registration.
Portraits Of Love
This company sets up photoshoots for service members’ families across the country. Their goal is to create memorable portraits to send to service members overseas and their family members at home. They are in partnership with USO allowing the Portraits of Love program to reach many more military families.
Trees For Troops
Let’s face it Christmas is just not the same without a Christmas tree. Trees For Troops provides trees for service members in all branches of the military and for their families both in the United States and overseas. Trees For Troops is able to do this through donations, sponsorships, grants, and volunteers.
United Through Reading
This is an excellent program allowing deployed troops to read books to their children even if they are not home. Service members read a book out loud at selected locations where it’s being recorded with the help of a volunteer.
At most recording locations, the volunteer will give you the video and the book that you can mail to your child. Also, recordable books are available at various stores including Hallmark, Amazon.com, Barnes, and Noble. Kids can send a book back to their deployed parents and show off their reading skills.
Click here to find recording locations near you.
If you are looking for unique Christmas stockings, CAMOSOCK has military-themed stockings for service members and their families at home. These stockings are available for all branches of the military and you can get family support stockings for spouses and parents. All shipping is absolutely free! For more information please Click Here.
For Homemade Gifts
Deployed service members and their families can get really creative making homemade gifts. Cards, collages, ornaments, scrapbooks, even traced outstretched arms on a large piece of paper to send-outs huh. These homemade gifts are precious because of the time, effort, and love that has gone into them. Everyone can make these at little cost and you can get supplies using military discounts through Michaels and JOANN. Why not try your hand at making homemade goodies to send off to service members?
Click Here to get a great recipe for cakes in a jar!