Few things can beat the kind of camaraderie you get when you’ve been training and sweating shoulder to shoulder during boot camp. You’ll end up with friends for life – men who are kindred spirits and are there for you through good times and bad. When it’s time for a special occasion, choosing the right gifts to express your appreciation can be easier than you think. From budget items that will be valuable, to slightly more expensive items gifts to mark the milestones of life, you will find the right inspirations here!
1. Hats and caps with military motifs
A peaked cap might not seem like anything particularly special, but when you make the right choices, your “ordinary” gift becomes something to treasure. It’s a useful gift for any man who likes to spend time outdoors, so take Marine Corps Caps which show the pride of the armed forces of his country. As a seasonal alternative, a warm, woolly cap that flaunts his allegiance will work just as well.
2. Army Surplus Outdoor Gear
From clothing to first aid kits, you may be surprised to find that there is a wide range of genuine military surplus items available for sale. If you’re getting the real thing, you’re looking for high-quality items that should come in handy in a wide range of situations. Multi-tools are especially useful when planning long hikes or wilderness camping trips, and there’s not a man alive who doesn’t love a high-quality outdoor kit.
3. Military memorabilia
The wars of yesteryear produced heroes that you and your friends still admire today. Shop military memorabilia with that special “something”. Antique stores may or may not have what you’re looking for, but an online hunt will yield more results than you ever thought. While it’s hard to find original memorabilia, there are also plenty of replicas available – perfect for stocking a “man cave” with interesting conversation starters that reflect your friend’s military leanings.
4. Fly the flag
The Stars and Stripes pattern is everywhere and no matter what you have in mind, you’re likely to find items that showcase your patriotism. Whether it’s a full-size flag or just an unmistakably American coffee mug or t-shirt, going all-American in your gift themes could be a fun long-term option. He knows it’s flag oriented, but what will it be this time? It’s up to you to keep the patriotic surprises coming.
5. Give it a good read
Everyone needs to sit down and relax someday, so giving your friend a good read could be a great gift idea. Presumably, you already know if he’s a reader — not everyone is, and that’s okay. If he likes getting lost in a book, choose a bestselling military non-fiction for him to enjoy. American sniper by Chris Kyle is highly rated as is sole survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Keep hunting and supporting veterans
Our top 5 lacks worthy contenders, especially veteran-owned businesses that pride themselves on supporting the military, the country, and returning job seekers adjusting to civilian life. Check out this list of veteran-owned coffee companies offering a very cool brand image. It’s only a beginning. So don’t miss curveball ideas in your deliberations. Patriotic gifts can be quite surprising!