Basic Training Graduation is an incredible accomplishment. Your service member will have just endured weeks of mental and physical exhaustion in order to join the United States Military. We’ve asked former service members and active duty what some of the best/most practical Basic Training Graduation Gifts are.

Military Exchange Gift Card

Although it may not seem like the greatest of gifts, your service member will need to purchase A LOT of items from the Exchange throughout their career. The small odds and ends items they need can really add up.  The Exchange gift card is not only an easy to purchase gift, but also a very practical and much appreciated gift. Exchange gift cards can also be used to purchase personal items. You will never go wrong with an Exchange Gift Card.

AFES Gift Card (Air Force and Army)
MCX (Marine Corps)

You can also purchase Military Exchange gift cards through the SANDBOXX app.

Barracks Room Decor

Your service member will move into the barracks for their next round of training. It is helpful to purchase items to personalize their room. This could be sports memorabilia, flags, posters, family photos, etc.

Medals and Insignia Box

Throughout their career they will be promoted, receive recognition for various achievements, and possibly earn medals. An insignia box is a great gift to keep all of their honors and recognition in one place. Since moving around a lot is inevitable in the military, it’s nice to keep important items such as insignia, ribbons and medals all together to avoid being lost or misplaced. Insignia boxes also make a great keepsake for when you are out of the military.


One of the most common items given as a Basic Training graduation gift is a multitool. If you don’t know what a multitool is, it’s a tool typically carried in their pocket that has many different functions, hence the name multitool. This is a great practical  gift for any service member who at any given time may need to use a screwdriver, scissors, pliers, etc. There are many multitools online or you can visit a local outdoor shop in your town. The most commonly used multitool in the military will be a Leatherman, however any multitool will get the job done.

A Watch

Being on time is an important concept taught in basic training. You DO NOT want to be late, ever. A watch makes a great gift to ensure your service member will always be on time. Watches that have the option for more than one time zone are ideal for deployments, then they can always know what time it is back home. Keep in mind if your service member has an MOS where they will be in a classified area, they will not be able to wear a watch that has a GPS in it.

Some popular watch brands amongst the military are:

If you want to learn more about watches, read The 15 Best Tactical Watches. Not quiet sure what type of watch your service member would want? Send them a Letter through SANDBOXX and ask them.

Battalion Memorabilia

Over the course of basic training your loved one has formed a brotherhood or sisterhood with their unit/battalion. Battalions will have had the opportunity to compete against each other through different events to help boost morale, build camaraderie, and a sense of pride. At graduation there will be an opportunity to purchase memorabilia specific to each battalion. Basic training will be a time of their life they will remember forever. They sell a wide variety of items that your loved one can pick out for themselves after graduation. You can even purchase some memorabilia for yourself, it’s a win win.

Running Shoe

PT doesn’t end after boot camp, as they will still run a lot. Depending on where they are based they will run on a wide range of terrain. Investing in a good pair of running shoes is a great basic training graduation gift.

Photo Album

A picture is worth a thousand words, and even though we live in a world filled with smart phones, photo albums are a great alternative for those who won’t always have their phones with them. It’s also never a bad idea to slip in a few photographs you may want them to have as well.

REMEMBER. Purchasing a basic training graduation gift is not required or expected. What’s important is letting your loved one know how extremely proud you are and that you are ready to support them throughout the rest of their military career.

Have any suggestions on good graduation gifts? Leave them in the comments below!


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