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Gifts Ideas For Member Of The Military

Gifts Ideas For Member Of The Military

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!
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45 Ways to Honor and Celebrate Our Veterans

45 Ways to Honor and Celebrate Our Veterans

We have compiled for you a list of 45 things you can do to honor a Veteran. Our Veterans selflessly served our Country for our freedom and we can't take this lightly.

Honor our Veterans any day of the year by picking one of these suggestions, and let our Veterans know how much they mean to you.

  1. Attend an event on Veteran’s Day.
  2. Ask a Veteran to tell you stories about their time in the military, and ask questions.
  3. Hang a US flag in your yard.
  4. Ask a Veteran to tell you the song reminds him the most about the time he served.
  5. Visit a gravesite of a Veteran.
  6. Volunteer at a homebound Veteran, talk with them and thank them for their service.
  7. Bronze a military hat of a veteran and gift it to him.
  8. Take a Veteran out to dinner.
  9. Bring dinner to a Veteran.
  10. Tell someone about an experience you had volunteering at the VA.
  11. Bring flowers to a Veterans memorial.
  12. Send a card or a letter to someone serving in the military.
  13. Ask a neighbor or a friend about their deployment.
  14. Give a call to a Veteran family member.
  15. Thank a Veteran co-worker for their service.
  16. Take a moment to reflect and be proud of your country.
  17. Teach someone what it means to be in the military and a Veteran.
  18. Share pictures of a Veteran.
  19. Pray/meditate for those who are serving.
  20. Learn about current news and history on war/conflict.
  21. Research your ancestry to see if someone in your family was a Veteran.
  22. Hug your family.
  23. Observe a moment of silence to honor Veterans.
  24. Read a book that a Veteran.
  25. Wear a “Pro-Vet” T-Shirt.
  26. Buy a Buddy Poppy. Wear it all day, attach it to your purse or bag and keep it there until it falls apart. 
  27. Read the poem “In Flanders Field the poppies grow”.
  28. Get your children and grandchildren to know who the Veterans are within their own family, and share the family stories with them.
  29. Do a project about Veterans with young children or grandchildren. 
  30. Write on your blog about your appreciation for Veterans.
  31. Get children or grandchildren make a thank you card and post them in the window.
  32. Stand out in front of the VA greet Veterans as they are being dropped off at the door.
  33. Tell a loved one why you enjoy serving Veterans.
  34. Buy a homeless Veteran a cup of coffee.
  35. Donate time or money or supplies to local Veterans Day drives.
  36. Volunteer to help a Veteran’s Service Organization (there are lots!).
  37. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to live in America.
  38. Gather with friends and family and watch a patriotic movie.
  39. Go to a Veterans Day parade.
  40. Write in your journal how thankful you are for the service of Veterans.
  41. Take a quiet moment and imagine hearing “taps” played in your head.  Think about what it means.
  42. Thank a Veteran of his/her service while doing errands.
  43. Shake a Veteran’s hand.
  44. Send an email that tells a Veteran’s story to the people on your contact list.
  45. Pick one or two of the activities listed above, and resolve to do them at least one time every month this year when it’s NOT Veteran’s Day.
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5 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Military Spouse

5 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Military Spouse

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared that the Friday before Mother's Days should be Military Spouse Appreciation Day. This is a special day to recognize the importance of spousal duty and commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. In 2020, the Military Spouse Appreciation Day will be celebrated on May 8.

If you are wondering how best to show your appreciation to your spouse, don't look further. We are here to help! We know that this year is especially difficult, because of the events happening across the world. Here are a few ideas to help you show the military spouses in your life how much you appreciate them on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and every day:

  1. Cook a meal

Military spouses often have a lot to handle. They are always balancing day to day life while missing their spouse and dealing with all the other stresses of life. Having a full dinner ready could mean the world to them. So why not cook a nice meal for a military spouse in your life?  Little things like this mean more than you can imagine.

  1. Give them Flowers

Giving someone flowers is never a bad idea. Something bright and pretty like can brighten a room and the day for any spouse. Flowers are a great way to show love and appreciation for the military spouse in your life. 

  1. Bronze an Item that Represents your Relationship

Bronzing an item like the keys of your first home together, or the first fortune cooking you both have, is a very unique and sentimental surprise. Luckily, you can always count on Bronzery to deliver the perfect finishes that will make the surprise memorable! 

  1. Post on Social Media

Open your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and write a message on how much your appreciate your spouse for everyone to see. Don't be shy to tell the world how much your military spouses are loved and appreciated. 

  1. Write and Say How Much You Appreciate Them

Sometimes simple gestures are the best. Writing a letter or just saying "Thank you"  and how grateful your are for their support can be enough. Military spouses make sacrifices every day, they face lonely days and nights and they do it because they love someone who is in the military. They do it so that their significant others can do their duty to protect our freedoms.

So, this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, let the military spouses in your life know how grateful you are to them by saying, "Thank you."

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Birthday Gift Idea for Veteran

Picking the best gift idea for a veteran might seem like the hardest task you will ever do. The good news is that we have a whole category of gifts for veterans. And, out of all these, we have picked some birthday gift ideas for the veteran in your life. Whether they were in the Navy, Air Force, Marine, or the Amy.

Here you go;

Military cover

Whether they were in the military or the police, this single military cover will be a great way to celebrate them on their birthday. Pick between silver, gold, antique bronze, or pewter finishings.

Mounted men’s cover

Or this single men’s cover that is mounted on a black lacquer base. You can have the base engraved with a cheesy birthday message to make it more personal.

And this lady’s cover

And if your beloved brave veteran is a lady, buy them this USN cover. Pick a finishing that will agree with their home’s interiors when they finally get to display it.

Or a cap?

Aye, aye, captain! Personalize this mounted US Navy cap with a birthday message for that Navy veteran about to hit another milestone. You can include all the conquests they have won in the line of duty or the time they served.

Boots too are a perfect gift

And you can adorn this pair of mounted combat boots with all the ranks they have ever held. What better way is there to celebrate a veteran’s birthday than with their lifetime accomplishments?   

The favorite veteran award, maybe?

A personalised light bulb award for being your favorite veteran, and a brave one. Their service contributed to peace and light for many citizens.

Or a statue

How about an antique bronzed character? Gift them their favorite childhood character with a message to remind them they are aging- do it nicely *wink*.  

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