Gift Ideas for Veterans
Veterans may appear to be living everyday lives jut like other civilians. But the reality is that they possess a very deep 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