Gift Ideas for Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2016
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Veterans may appear to be living everyday lives jut like other civilians. But the reality is that they possess a very deepGift Ideas for Veterans; VeteranAid.org and emotional history tied to their years of service, and a strong sense of pride and connection to their active duty counterparts. Take this chance to give them a gift that they’ll really enjoy, focusing on their past service, and offering a nod to all they accomplished during their service time.

Military Challenge Coin Display Shadow Box: A perfect way to display collected Military Challenge coins, this display case is made of rustic, reclaimed wood and is hand-painted in black and gray to mimic a modern U.S. military flag patch.

Embroidered Campaign Ballcap: With several styles and colors available, you can select the appropriate campaign – Vietnam, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, etc. –  and create a gift that your favorite veteran can enjoy every day. Baseball caps are a go-to for most men and even women; being able to proudly showcase past service makes these hats a homerun.

Customized Wristwatch: From the fancy to the more functional, these watches are an easy and stylish way to pay homage to a veteran’s service. With a wide range of logos available, you can customize the face of the watch with your veteran’s outfit, division, or campaign, then select the perfect band style.

Personalized Medallion: Struck in bronze, these medals commemorate the campaign of your choice, and allow for up to 40 characters of personalized text. The medallion includes a museum-quality leatherette presentation box, and a decorative rendering specific to that war or engagement.

Memorial Bracelet: Honor the fallen, missing, or POWs with these engraved bracelets, available as a paracord bracelet or curved aluminum bracelet. The site allows you to search by name, or to create your own customized engraving.

Hero Dog Sponsorship: Raising and training a service dog that will help a wounded warrior can costs tens of thousands of dollars. If you need a gift for the veteran who has everything, consider giving a donation in his or her name to help sponsor a hero dog. Once trained, they are placed with qualified veterans at no cost to the veteran. You can have a special letter of acknowledgement sent to your honoree as well.

A Chance to Tell Their Story: If you’ve never sat down with your veteran to discuss their experiences in the service, now could be a great time to do so. Using conversation starters or prompts, you can start a dialog with your veteran, record it, and save it for generations to come. Consider typing up the information, adding photos, and creating a memory book that generations can cherish.

Décor for the Home: From cozy blankets, to throw pillows, to woven tapestry wall hangings, these customized home décor items allow the veteran to add a touch of their history to their home. Choose the appropriate branch and see how it can be utilized in the design of a beautiful blanket or pillow, reminding all visitors of ride in the military. These DD-214 blankets that use a veteran's own personalized discharge papers are a unique example!

If the veteran you are buying for has PTSD, check out our guide to gifts for vets with PTSD.

Written by Megan Hammons

 

One Response to “Gift Ideas for Veterans”

  1. Rachel says:

    It's so important to honor the veterans we have in our lives, whoever they may be. This is a great list of ideas, so thank you for sharing!

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