Holiday Gift Ideas for Military Families

December 22, 2017


Updated February 12, 2021

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The holiday season is a joyous time of year when families get to spend quality time together, sharing in traditions and creating many wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Yet, this can prove challenging for military families, especially when a loved one has been deployed. To help military families this holiday season, we’ve put together a simple but fun inspirational list of holiday gift ideas. These are unique gifts that will help you show your family member just how much you genuinely care.

Personalized Gifts

One of the best ways to show your deployed loved one that you care is to present them with a unique gift that has been customized to suit their liking. While shopping for gifts can be stressful no matter who it is for, personalization removes much of the guesswork from the gift selection process. There could be no worse feeling than giving someone a generic gift that they will not enjoy. Instead, personalization shows thoughtfulness, and it demonstrates that you understand your loved one’s needs, preferences, and personal tastes.

 No matter your budget, thoughtful, personalized gifts that are designed or engraved with your loved one’s name, initials, or even their likeness are a great way to express your love and appreciation this holiday season. Such gifts may include designs made with 3D lasers, monograms, dog tags, jewelry, mugs, wine labels, throw blankets with photos, and even pillows. These impressive gifts let the receiver know just how much you have been thinking about them all year long.

DIY Gift Ideas

Another great way to show your creativity is with do-it-yourself (DIY) gift options. By taking the time to make your loved one’s gifts yourself, you can add a special touch that will surely put a smile on their faces. For instance, holiday-inspired care packages are an excellent way to connect with your loved one who is away at military housing or deployed. Such care packages can include many items like family photos from past holiday gatherings, artwork from children, handmade cards, favorite snacks, letters of appreciation, DIY ornaments, and even holiday movies recorded at home. Also, do not forget to include holiday scented toiletries, skincare essentials, or other functional items that your loved one can use daily.

 These military gift ideas are a cost-effective way for military families to strengthen their bonds despite the physical distances. What’s more, the items you have created or compiled yourself are a sentimental way to celebrate the season with those you care about the most. You do not have to be very crafty to come up with such DIY ideas, and with just a little imagination and love, you can send sweet gift ideas to bring your loved one some additional holiday cheer.  

Separation from a cherished loved one does not have to overshadow the holiday spirit this upcoming season. Instead, choose the perfect gifts—whether these gifts are personalized items or handmade gifts that have significance and meaning—your family member will surely know that the entire family is thinking of him or her. Have a joyous holiday this year knowing that your loved one feels special, valued, and above all else loved during this special season of giving!

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