The United Kingdom's military forces are known as His/Her Majesty's Armed Forces or the British Armed Forces. They include the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Forces and protect the United Kingdom and its 14 overseas territories. Recent operations have included the war in Afghanistan and the 2000 intervention in Sierra Leone. British military gifts can range from a number of food and material items and help demonstrate support for soldiers in particular and the British Armed Forces as a whole.
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British military care packages can consist of food or supplies but must be sent to named soldiers (rather than "soldiers" in general), according to the Support Our Soldiers website. The parcels, about the size of a shoebox, are weight- and size-restricted, and they can contain a variety of small items, such as boot laces and greeting cards. Suggested toiletry items on the website include toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, razors, shaving gel, tissues, baby wipes and lip balm. A care package containing snacks may include chips, nuts, beef jerky, noodles, crackers, soup packets and fruit or cereal bars. Other options are dried fruits, shortbread, toffee, fudge, chocolate bars, lollipops, mints or chewing gum. According to the website, British military care packages may also include socks, T-shirts or underwear. Suggested recreation items are paperback books, magazines, pens, pencils, notebooks, playing cards and batteries. Insect repellent and sunscreen also can be included, but aerosols, alcohol and lighters are prohibited, according to website.
Cooling Ties are a popular method of keeping cool in hot climates and can make for particularly useful and practical gifts. According to The Forces Store website, which is owned and run by spouses and friends of the British Armed Forces, the ties can significantly lower core body temperature. The ties contain small nontoxic crystals that absorb and retain water. To use, gift recipients simply need to soak the cooling ties in cold water and place them around their forehead or neck. Cooling ties also can be used as a hot or cold compress. Recipients can wrap the ties around their wrists, knees, shoulders or ankles to lessen muscle soreness or inflammation.
Engraved regimental gifts, such as badges and medals, are suitable for members of the British Armed Forces and are available through vendors that have been registered and licensed with the Secretary of State for Defence. Military patches, brigade pins, tankards, hip flasks, dog tags and card holders also are available. Other regimental gift options include key rings, belts, pocket watches, bookmarks, picture frames, handbag mirrors, desk ornaments, cuff links and tie clips.
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