Wondering what to get for your loved one serving overseas? Check out our list of the best gifts for deployed spouses or family members that they are sure to love!
December is the busiest gift buying season of the year. People literally lose their minds trying to complete all of their seasonal shopping before December 24th, and I’m the first to admit that I’m in that same boat from November till Christmas Eve. Usually, I get started on my Christmas shopping a few months early to avoid the craziness that comes with waiting until the last minute, but often times there’s always those last few gifts that are hard to nail down. This year I did great and can happily say that I’m completely done with my shopping!
While I love seeing the looks on the faces of those I love on Christmas morning, there are many families who have loved ones who can’t be with them on such a special day. For one reason or another these families are forced to spend the holiday without their missing loved ones but I think the hardest reason for loved ones to be absent is because they’re serving overseas in our military forces. As much as we’re missing them during the holidays, they’re missing us more.
It’s important all year round to do little things to let your loved one in the service know that you love them, but Christmas is a special time of year and hard on those away from home, so, it’s more important than ever to buy them meaningful gifts to let them know they’re on your mind this holiday season. Every family is different therefore the gifts one family sends their military loved one is going to vary from the next, but if you’re looking for some ideas of the kinds of things your loved one would love to receive from you this Christmas, I’ve put together a list of possible gifts that might be helpful in jump starting your own gift sending ideas.
It might seem small and insignificant but to your deployed loved one, a Christmas card can be just the thing to cheer up your loved one. You can even enlist help from your friends and family members to send a card also. You can take things a step further and spread the holiday cheer by asking your loved one if anyone in their unit would enjoy receiving cards as well.
Favorite Holiday Treats
I look forward to the holiday season every year because it’s my busiest baking time and I have a ton of seasonal recipes that I bring out. Our spouses and loved ones who are overseas undoubtedly have their own favorites and miss them when they’re unable to come home for the holidays. Whip up a few of their favorite treats and send them with your holiday care package to remind them of home and that you’re thinking of them. Wrap cookies, etc. in saran wrap to keep them fresh during shipping or if they have a favorite cake, google “cake in a jar” and send them one!
If you have young children this is the perfect gift for a spouse. While things like FaceTime and Skype are popular during this time of year, a recordable holiday book is a great way for your loved one to hear their children’s voice any time they want simply by opening up their storybook.
Gift Cards/Streaming Memberships
I’ve never thought gift cards were very personal, so, I opt for other gifts but for loved ones who are deployed over the holidays gift cards are great. Amazon or iTunes GC’s allow your family member to buy/download movies, e-books and even games to keep them occupied in their downtime. You can even gift them a subscription to streaming services like Hulu or Netflix so they can catch up on favorite shows or find new ones.
Small yet Thoughtful Gifts
The important things to remember about buying your deployed loved ones gifts, no matter what time of the year, is that they’ll more than likely be bringing them back with them when they return home so it’s best to send small, easy things to pack up when it’s time. Things like jewelry, flashlights, multi-tool pocketknife, waterproof watch, etc. are small, easy to pack but most importantly they’re useful in everyday situations. Candy, chapstick, magazines, drink mixes, razors, etc. are always great options too, even if they’re not festive or in the holiday spirit.
There are tons of great gifts that you can send your loved one this holiday season. You can use my list as a starting point or come up with your own. The most important thing is that your spouse, brother, sister, etc. knows you’re thinking about them this Christmas and that they can feel the Christmas spirit even if they can’t be home in body but only in spirit.