As you fill out your Christmas list this season consider some military-themed gifts to present to the lover of the armed forces in your life. Also keep the soldiers currently serving your country in mind. Select gifts that will suit their needs and make them feel like they are a little closer to home during the holiday season.
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Military Imprint Watch
Give the armed-forces fan on your list a military-themed present that she can put to good use by providing her with a military imprint watch. Order a metal- or leather-banded watch with the logo of the recipient's preferred military branch on the watch face. This useful present provides an easy way for the recipient to keep her favourite branch close to her heart.
Many books have been written about the trials and tribulations of soldiers. Give the soldier or military fan in your life one of these books. Try the National Geographic "Forever a Soldier." This text includes pictures and detailed accounts of life in the line of fire. Whether the recipient served in the armed forces himself, or is simply an avid fan, he will likely enjoy flipping through this interesting read.
For individuals who must serve their country instead of being with their family on this holiday, a portable game is a wise gift choice. Purchase a board-game in a petite travel size. These downsized games are easy for soldiers to stow away and pull out when the opportunity for leisure presents itself.
Many military servicemen and women miss the foods that they once dined upon at home. Send your service member an edible Christmas present to provide him with the chance to literally get a taste of home. Fill the pack with nonperishable favourites, such as chips, snack cakes and peanut butter. Avoid foods that melt easily, like chocolate, as these edibles may not make it through the shipping process and, even if they do, will likely not fare well in a hot climate. Also, check to be sure that what you're sending is allowed into the country to which you are mailing it. Some locations and military establishments have restrictions on food being sent in.
In many instances, soldiers have access to DVD players. If your service member has one of these tools at her disposal, fill her Christmas stocking with videos that she can watch to take a break from the harsh realities of war and remember what life is like back home. If you and other friends are sending DVDs to service members in the same company, conference with each other and avoid sending the same disks as these military personnel can share the movies amongst themselves.
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