Military Gifts Guide 2020: 56 Top Picks for the Whole Family
The holiday gift-giving season is here! Wondering what to get folks who’ve been nice this year? Unlike other lists, our 2020 Military Gifts Guide has been specially curated with the military and their families in mind — including many fine selections from veteran- and milspouse-owned businesses.
Our military gift ideas make it easy to be the hero who puts the perfect present under the tree or in a postage box. From survival tools to building toys, earphones to garden gnomes, the MyBaseGuide inaugural Christmas gift list has something for everyone to unwrap with joy.
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(1-10) Unique and Personalized Military Gifts
(11-18) Top Gifts for Him
(20-28) Top Gifts for Her
(29-38) Must Have Kids Gifts – Mom and Dad Approved!
(39-48) Top Gifts for Parents
(49-56) Trendy Tech Gifts
Unique and Personalized Military Gifts
Grunt Style (veteran owned)
Keep it classy for Christmas and gift your beloved a pair of Drinkin Crew Socks. You can stash their favorite shooter in the pocket for a personal touch. We won’t name names, but some people suggest these are great for Christmas dinner at the in-laws or when going to Midnight Mass with the family. Plus, with Grunt Style’s Beer Guarantee that insures their veteran-made merchandise for life, he’ll never again have to celebrate in the cold without socks or shots like a brute.
Oakley Standard Issue
Reframe all the negatives that 2020 brought us with Oakley’s Standard Issue Drop Point American Heritage “Uncle Sam.” Service members will be looking great and seeing better in these combat-ready sunglasses with an olive frame that sports red, white and blue stripes. And, with Oakley’s Standard Issue line designed for the Armed Forces, you know there is trusted protection covering those pretty eyes you love. Sign in to Oakley’s Standard Issue website to see personalized prices for military members.
Black Rifle Coffee Co. (veteran-owned)
Wage war on weak coffee! The Complete Mission Fuel Kit gives you a taste across the spectrum of Black Rifle Coffee’s explosive flavor profiles including Silencer Smooth light roast, Just Black medium roast, AK-47 medium-dark espresso blend and Beyond Black dark roast.
Nine Line Apparel
Raise a glass to freedom with Nine Line Apparel’s badass barware (bullets included). Hand blown and made in the USA, this American flag adorned whiskey decanter partnered with four rocks glasses – each with a .308 bullet embedded — is patriotism on display. Cheers to unity among all Americans!
5. Pistol Flag
Vixen Woodworking (military spouse owned)
$300 including personalization
Red, white and blue — these colors don’t run, and neither will you! Vixen Woodworking’s pistol flag features built-in sliders to discreetly conceal a weapon in patriotic style anywhere you choose to hang it in your home. It’s pretty. It’s practical. It’s hard to miss with a stunning Christmas gift that supports milspouse business and the second amendment.
Black Rifle Coffee Co. (veteran-owned)
Get your go-juice on with this Black Coffee Squadron mug paying tribute to the nose art on American bombers during WWII. This 14-ounce ceramic mug features an armed black cat. Made in the USA. Coffee or Die!
Bottle Breacher (veteran owned)
$27 plus $7 for engraving
Bottle Breacher’s handcrafted and recycled .50 caliber Christmas bottle openers, made by veterans, are the perfect stocking stuffer. Wood gift boxes can also be personalized, and make a memorable gift presentation.
Combat Flip Flops (veteran owned)
They won’t want to walk like a civilian once they’ve worn Combat Flip Flops. The Coyote Floperators are made with military-grade nylon and proprietary rubber to increase traction. Add morale patches to these flops to customize the look. And, the cost for each pair of these foot soldiers includes funds for one day of school for an Afghan girl. This gift feels good from head to toe!
Need a gift for someone with a sweet tooth that rivals Buddy the Elf? Or maybe you want to leave Santa something special this year? The Christmas Cookie Shots Crate is packing enough sugar and holiday spirit to share! It includes a trio of cookie shot glass flavors — chocolate chip with dark chocolate, snickerdoodle with milk chocolate and gingerbread with white chocolate — plus barrel-aged maple syrup and a personalized cocktail shaker ensuring a sweetly satisfying Christmas cocktail or mocktail.
Give the gift of good cheer with a cameo from bulldog sisters Eggnog and Igloo. Instagram famous, the beauties are sure to make anyone smile with a personalized Christmas cameo. And, $2 is donated to St Judes Research Hospital with each cameo. That’s a gift that keeps on giving!
Gifts for Military Men
He’ll have plenty of outdoors tools at his fingertips in this compact and lightweight bundle that includes a survival knife, paracord bracelets, wire saw, an emergency blanket, flint stone, fire tinder, flashlight, whistle, multi-use spoon fork, fishing tools and more. Tuck it in a car, boat, hiking backpack or anywhere else to always be prepared.
This 2-in-1 tactical light broke Kickstarter funding records and for good reason: It’s practically the only flashlight you’ll ever need. Choose between 750 or 1080 lumens plus an adjustable length — thanks to its extension tube which is also a compact device charger. It comes with six light modes, plus tactical red and green lenses, as well as a compass, carabiner, glass breaker and more. Use this bright gift idea while camping, on the bike or anywhere you need a power bank.
This patriotic hoodie may look and feel soft, but its patriotic design is perfect for those tough individuals who will fight to the death for our liberties, both domestic and abroad. Save money on Ranger Up apparel online when you bundle this item with a Give Me Liberty T-shirt and a Let Those Cowards Come hoodie.
Duke Cannon Supply Co.
Enjoy the smell of victory in the morning with this limited-edition, manly body soap. True to its name, the 10-ounce bar is large, long-lasting and has a fresh scent (with a hint of grass). Steel cut grains in the soap provide maximum grip-ability. “If you enjoy activities like drinking American beer or using power tools, then frankly, this is the only soap meant for you.” Find other gifts for guys — like offensively large lip balm and the U.S. Military Soap Set — on the Duke Cannon website.
This rugged yet sophisticated smartwatch has a black DLC-coated steel bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass that houses solar-harvesting technology — so you never run out of battery power in the field. Tested to U.S. military standards, the highly customizable watch uses multi-GNSS GPS and features mapping, music, payments, notifications, workout tracking, sleep monitoring, night mode display and other specialized tactical functions.
Who says manly men don’t like a little TLC for their skin too? This specially designed Hand, Elbow and Foot Formula would make a functional yet fun stocking stuffer paired with some jerky treats. In addition, when you purchase a tube of HEFF, the recipient can register a unique code online that sends the same skin care cream to military members through Operation Homefront. Find 4-ounce tubes at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Amazon.
These lightweight, Titanium sunglasses will be a perfect fit for any guy — even those who are hard to shop for. They get rave reviews for great optics as well as their ability to stay put and still look quite stylish. No sliding down a sweaty face during daily PT challenges with these aviators.
Could giving the gift of getting physical at home be any more well timed than in 2020? No masks needed! And the only distancing anyone will have to do is to stay out of the way! Bring the Mirror home and get to know your new personal trainer. Classes range from beginner to advanced and offer something for everyone — boxing, weightlifting, yoga, cardio and more. Plus, The Mirror’s risk-free trial gives you up to 30 days with it, and if you don’t like it, return it for a full refund.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Her
The National WWII Museum Store
Get that “We Can Do It” attitude each morning with a strong cup of coffee in this colorful travel mug. Featuring the famous Rosie the Riveter icon of World War II, this 16-ounce mug is made in America and is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Never be without a survival tool and never have a wisp out of place with this utilitarian snap hair clip that was over 1,200 percent funded on Kickstarter. This concealable clip is safe on hair yet features a sharpened raptor claw tip, serrated edge, wire-stripper, screwdriver tip and more. Find both the black stainless steel version and the urban camouflage military uniform compliant version online at Amazon.com.
Time-tested style gives a salute to the armed services on this company’s signature cotton tote. The colorful, quilted bag features six interior pockets, a front slip pocket plus a main zipper closure — perfect for carrying anything. An embroidered seal adds a classic touch. Patterns for the Army and Air Force are also available. Visit Vera Bradley online for other military-inspired items.
Light, soft and quick-drying, this super-breathable graphic T-shirt is great for active lifestyles while showing off some USA spirit. Choose the flag design on either a royal blue or steel heather tee. Find more “Freedom” designs from Under Armour online.
Life in the military can mean separation from our loved ones, but this stamped, stainless steel cuff is a sentimental reminder that you’ll be together again someday soon. Adorned with simple but sweet hearts, the adjustable, open-size bracelet fits most wrists and is available on Amazon.
Go for a subtle, natural look or get in touch with your inner Earth goddess with this nine-shade eyeshadow palette. The shimmering selections, which call deserts and forests to mind, are paraben-free and is not tested on animals.
25. MilSO Box
Deliver some comfort and joy all year long with this monthly gift box made just for military and first-responder significant others. Simply choose the recipient’s preferred military branch and T-shirt size, and they’ll receive four to six items each month, including home decor, bath and beauty products, useful gadgets, books, self-care products, accessories and/or clothing. As a bonus, the products are made and customized by veteran-owned, military spouse-owned and/or made-in-America businesses.
Vintage Branding Company
$20 + Personalization
Whether you’re separated from your armed forces hero for just a few days or what feels like an eternity, this wallet-sized, aluminum card is a great way to keep them close for years to come. Personalize this anodized metal memento with a laser-engraved photo on one side and a heartfelt message in your desired typeface on the other. Prices vary based on personalization.
The National WWII Museum Store
Always be stocked up for sweets with this decorative metal box that holds 20 rounds of milk-chocolate, .50 caliber ammunition. After you’ve taken out your sweetheart’s sweet tooth, the empty, stackable box is great for decorative storage. That’s ammo, er, amore!
Hey, all you crafty cats and kittens! Give any DIY décor project — from accent pillows to curtains for windows — an extra bit of army style with this medium-weight, tight-woven polyester. Adorned with jungle camo cats, the unique fabric is also durable enough for outdoor adventures.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Little Global Citizens
$39.95+ (bimonthly), $239+ (annual)
Expand a child’s knowledge of geography and cultures around the world with this fun, educational subscription box that’s a gift delivered throughout the year. Designed for kids ages 4 to 10, these boxes take your little one on a learning adventure to a specific nation with written guides, inspired craft projects, language cards, screen-free activities, recipes, storybooks and more. Check out examples of boxes and find pricing bundles on the company’s website.
Bring the wild excitement of a playground ball pit safely to your own home with this colorful bundle of tents and tunnels. The soft fabric tents, breathable mesh walls and flexible padded structures can be configured in multiple layouts. They’re also easy to pop out and back into storage with a zippered travel case. Happy fun balls aren’t included with this tent, so be sure to add them (50 for $12.95) to your list too!
The high-tech yet sweetly simple Toniebox sparks a youngster’s imagination through stories, songs and more via a screen-free digital listening experience. Kids can pick the content just by placing a different Tonie figure on the box. Little listeners then tap the sides to change chapters, tilt the box to rewind and squeeze the box’s “ears” to adjust the volume. It’s durable, great for travel and bedtime, and is easy to set up parental controls through a smartphone app downloadable in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Additional Tonie figures cost about $15.
Build it, move it, ZOOB it! Boost a child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with this open-ending building set. The 500 brightly colored pieces — such as gears, axles, joints and foam pads — snap, click and pop together. Spinning and extendable parts help little designers create their own toys. The durable plastic box doubles as storage and comes with instructions for 50 builds, but for creative kids, only their imaginations will be the limit to what they can construct. Careful, the pieces are considered a choking hazard; not for children under 3.
Amazon’s newest 8-inch kids tablet is chock full of content kids crave through Amazon Kids+, an all-in-one subscription offering over 20,000 books, Audible books, movies, TV shows, apps and games for kids ages 3 to 12. This new tablet, in a kid-proof case with a built-in stand, features a high-definition display, a 20 percent-longer battery life, a 30 percent-faster processor, 32 gigabytes of storage, enhanced Wi-Fi and USB-C for easier charging. Parental controls let adults limit screen time, set educational goals and curfews, and manage content for up to four child profiles.
A waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that charges smartphones is a wonderful gift for young music lovers. The Anker Soundcore Portable 2 is small enough to toss in a backpack and has a battery that can go all day. It is available in red, blue and black.
Eek! There’s a bug in the kitchen. Catch it by using knives, forks and spoons to guide the bug into your trap. Throw the die to determine the utensils you can use. Catch the bug in your trap and earn a token. The first player to collect five tokens wins! Who will be the exterminator in your family?
A great indoor activity for kids, this 48-piece science kit covers chemistry to physics in basic scientific concepts and virtual reality makes it an immersive learning experience while having fun. Everything you’ll need for experiments, from beakers to paint brushes, is included in the box. Give a kid a gift of wonder this year!
Micro’s lightweight three-wheeled Maxi Deluxe LED scooter features a lean-to-steer design and offers a stable ride that supports kids weighing up to 110 pounds. The two front wheels are LED motion-activated, and the handlebar is adjustable to grow with children.
Root is designed to teach kids coding and strengthen computational thinking skills. Code comes to life with Root’s ability to draw, play music, light up and drive. The iRobot Education online learning library provides coding and STEM activities. Root is for ages 6 and older.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents
Milso Box (veteran owned)
Deliver a staycation to your parents while COVID keeps us all apart at home. Milso Box’s Totes Fun All American Tote is a large tote and small makeup bag with a monogram, a red-white-and-blue throw, a milspouse handmade sign, a patriotic mug with coffee or tea and a cozy candle that can bring some peace as we head into 2021.
LitFriends on Etsy
Customize this handmade prayer candle with any picture. Feeling cute? Send in your favorite selfie and make it a gift to your parents for some holiday humor. Maybe you are not feeling the saintly vibe this year? Pets, friends and favorite celebrities are all great photo choices too. Personalized nameplate included as well.
Hope Design Ltd. (military spouse owned)
Hope Design’s online jewelry bar walks you through four steps to creating a custom piece — the perfect gift for military parents. Choose the type of jewelry, a personalized metal blank, military- and patriotic-themed charms and finish it off with Swarovski Crystal military bundles inspired by the branches.
Rollors Game Co. (veteran owned)
It’s all about the outdoors in 2020! Rollors is a great game to keep the fun rolling along in your parents’ backyard. Rollors combines elements from horseshoes, bowling and bocce for mobile family fun. These wooden game pieces travel easily from the backyard to the beach. Let the holiday games begin! What’s Christmas without some friendly all-ages family competition?
43. Blue Travel Kit
Sword & Plough (veteran owned)
Made from military-spec fabric and American leather and designed for military families on the move this travel kit is tough enough to hold up to any form of travel. And it looks great everywhere! Sword & Plough donate a portion of the profits of this product to the Green Beret Foundation providing Special Forces Soldiers and their families with support.
Pendleton Woolen Mills
For more than 150 years, this family-owned company has created beautiful and long-lasting blankets inspired by Native American designs and legends. Today, Pendleton offers this 64-by-72-inch blanket made of pure virgin wool/cotton to honor the valor and loyalty of the U.S. Marines. Pendleton’s dyed, woven and hand-finished blanket exemplifies made-in-America quality that’s second to none. The company also offers a Courage and Country Blanket, featuring a black-and-yellow design that honors the U.S. Army; and a red, white and blue, twin-sized Grateful Nation Blanket.
45. Navy Flag Bundle
Gettysburg Flag Works
Show off your pride for the Sailor in your family with this flag display package deal that includes one 3-by-5-foot nylon flag and one 11-by-15-inch nylon garden banner. Wherever your loved one is home-ported, you can honor them at home with these flags featuring the classic Navy seal. Go Navy, beat Army! Find flag bundles for other branches online at the Gettysburg website, along with helpful pages on flag display etiquette.
Armed Forces Gear
Hooah! Keep that java hot as you show your support for your son or daughter in the Army with this 20-ounce travel cup. It keeps tasty beverages cold too! For more than 40 years, this family-owned business has supported our military branches with officially licensed products. Find steel tumblers for USAF Moms and Dads, USMC Moms and Dads, Navy Moms and Dads and Coast Guard fans too on the Armed Forces Gear website.
Don’t leave Mom or Dad home alone without a military-inspired garden gnome. In the Air Force, you may be traveling the world, but this 15-inch-tall gnome in a green flight suit will watch over their yard from behind cool aviators. Need a gnome for another tree, er, branch? Find woodland representations inspired by the Army, Marines and Navy on the Wayfair website.
Water, water, everywhere may be fine for your Coastie but not for your home. Always be ready to support your loved one — and protect your furniture — with these cork-backed coasters that play up a little branch rivalry. Find more coasters than you can shake a cocktail at on the Redbubble website, which has artist-created designs for the Air Force, Army, Navy and USMC.
The epitome of functional-yet-fun home furnishings has done it again with this speaker that can double as a sleek shelf. Whether mounted on a wall or sitting on a flat surface, this SONOS speaker can be used horizontally or vertically to save space as it fills the room with rich sound. Find additional SYMFONISK products — such as wall lamps, remotes, wall brackets and interchangeable speaker covers — on the IKEA website.
Beats by Dr. Dre
Blast your tunes without rattling the barracks with these totally wireless high-performance earphones. The adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks are customizable for extended comfort and stability and feature volume and track controls on each bud. Hitting the gym to meet your PT goals? The earphones are specially designed for sweat and water resistance. With up to nine hours of listening time, these Powerbeats will boost your training with powerful, balanced sound.
Give the gift that will let your sweetheart track every beat of their cardio workout. The TICKR X tracks heart rate, calories burned, running analytics and indoor cycling cadence while connected via Bluetooth to their favorite training apps, GPS watches and bike computers. Plus, the integrated chest strap and sensor pod are so light and comfortable they’ll almost forget they’re wearing it. Even better: The TICKR’s 50-hours of onboard memory lets it capture heart rate data while training device-free.
A little bit of water never stops the military from getting its job done, and this portable Bluetooth speaker from Sony has the same attitude. Perfect for outdoor adventures or just lounging by the pool, the SRS-XB12 features a waterproof casing and extra bass to fill any space with music. With a 16-hour battery life and the ability to sync with other similar speakers, this speaker can also bring a little R&R wherever it goes.
Hopping from one streaming app to another to watch TV is so last year. Kick-off the new year with the new technology in Chromecast with Google TV. It gathers content from popular streaming platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, DisneyPlus and HBO Max and presents it all in one screen that you navigate with the included remote control. Voice search using the remote to go straight to your favorite movies, shows and music.
The iconic SEGA Genesis is back and smaller than ever. Plug this mini console in, connect the two wired controllers and choose from more than 40 vintage games including Sonic the Hedgehog, Columns, Golden Axe and Ecco the Dolphin. The simple setup is a Christmas morning joy – fun for all ages.
This Samsung 55-inch smart TV will bring stunning visuals and colors to movie night. Its applications give you easy access to streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. It is also a great choice for gaming with reviewers praising its “excellent low input lag.” This is a show-stopper gift for Christmas this year when we are all spending more time than ever at home.
56. XPS 17 Laptop
Slip this sleek laptop under the tree for someone special. It’s loaded with power and a huge display. Whether it is for school, work or gaming – or all three – the XPS 17 is equipped to do it all every day. Pick one up and score some serious Santa cred.
If you still can’t find the right fit for military gifts for Christmas, gift cards can be an easy fix — support a local restaurant or small business during this difficult year! Or make a donation to one of the many great organizations supporting our service members or your local Humane Society.
Looking for even more deals? Check out MyBaseGuide’s military discounts featuring the best holiday deals as well as free stuff for veterans and active duty year round!