Military Lifestyle

The Ultimate Military Gift Guide

The gift-giving season is upon us, and we’ve got the ultimate military gift guide for you. Whether you’re gifting to someone who just recently joined the military, has been serving for a while, is a veteran, or someone who has not yet joined the military but is planning on doing so soon – we’ve got a gift that’s perfect for them.

Challenge Coin Display

Throughout the duration of their time in the military, service members will receive challenge coins for their accomplishments made. A service member’s challenge coin collection can quickly grow, making a display a great gift for them to display their accomplishments. Etsy has many different challenge coin displays to choose from.

Durable Coffee Tumbler

We know you’ve heard the joke that the military runs on coffee, but it really is no joke. Early mornings paired with long nights make coffee a very real part of any service members diet.

Give the gift of energy to your service member that they will be sure to use every day. You’ll want to make sure you get them a durable coffee mug that can withstand being dropped or any other elements. Here are a few of our recommendations for a coffee tumbler that is as tough as your service member.


Black Rifle Coffee

Hydro Flask


A Watch

There’s nothing more important than time in the military, especially being on time. Watches can get beat up pretty quickly in the field, the gift of a durable watch is just what they need. Keep in mind if your service member has a 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 are:





Military Wooden Sign

With your service member moving around a lot, making somewhere feel like home can be tough. Help them decorate with a piece you know that they will love. Whether it’s a collection of signs of where they’ve served, already been, or a patriotic canvas set it’s sure to make a statement on their wall and remind them that you are always thinking about what they have done for their country. There are many great wooden sign options on Etsy for you to look through.


A multitool is a great practical gift for any service member who at any given time may need to use a screwdriver, scissors, pliers, etc. Since multitools are used for almost anything and often frequently they can break or be misplaced. So if your service member already has one, having a backup multitool is never a bad idea.

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.


Out in the field, down at the range, or on the drive to work sunglasses make a great practical gift. Eye protection is taken very seriously in the military, so it’s no harm to invest in a pair of sunglasses that are the best.

When looking for sunglasses, we recommend sunglasses that have interchangeable lenses, this way they can be used when on the range as well as off. Your service member will appreciate being able to look good on and off the range with their new shades.

We recommend going with Oakley for sunglasses, as they are a partner with the U.S. Armed Forces.

Durable Water Bottle

Hydration is key to a healthy body but particularly for service members, keeping their body in optimal condition will mean they can serve more effectively. Make it easier for them to want to stay hydrated with a nice water bottle, one present they will definitely use and not return. Below are some durable choices for water bottles.

Hydro Flask


Klean Kanteen

Combat Boots

One benefit to being in the military is never having to worry about what you’re going to wear, or what shoes go best with your outfit. For the most part, your service member will wear the same pair of combat boots every single day, until they’ve worn through the soles. Consider getting them a second pair of combat boots that they can alternate, or at least have ready once they’ve worn through the ones they have now.

You’ll want to make sure you ask what type of boot your service member wears as each branch has different regulations for what boots their service members are allowed to wear.

Pair of Socks

There’s nothing worse than a pair of blistered feet in the military. Though there are many things that can cause blisters, having a good pair of socks is one quick and easy way to help ensure their feet stay blister free. Below are our recommendations for tactical socks perfect for your service member.

Fox River

Farm To Feet Socks

Darn Tough

Durable Phone Case

Though recruits may not be able to use their phones during basic training, they will get full use of them afterward. Get them a case that will protect their phone from all of the outdoor adventures they may take in the future.





Often times clothes are a go-to item for gifts, but with company’s like Grunt Style and Nine Line Apparel, you can’t go wrong. Both clothing lines carry some of the most patriotic apparel out there, which your service member is sure to enjoy and won’t be returning.

Silicone Ring

The perfect solution to “I don’t want to wear my ring to work so that it won’t get ruined.”

Not only are silicone rings a great alternative to the traditional wedding rings, but they also give you the ability to change up rings when you feel like it, for an affordable price. There are also a few companies that make military inspired silicone rings, perfect for your service member.

Enso Rings

Qalo Rings

If you need more gift suggestions, check out our list of great basic training graduation gifts.

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Know someone going to basic training?

We’ve got all you need to know about military graduations.

MCRD Parris Island Graduation

MCRD San Diego Graduation

Lackland Air Force Base Graduation

Fort Jackson Graduation

Fort Sill Graduation

Fort Leonard Wood Graduation

Fort Benning Graduation

Navy Great Lakes Graduation

Coast Guard Cape May Graduation

Have other suggestions for a great gift for someone in our Armed Forces? Share your military gift ideas down below!


    1. Hi Linda!

      There are quite a few options for you to pick from in regards to combat boots for your Marine. There are also different combat boots for different types of weather and geographic climates.

      You may want to ask if he has a preference for what boots he wants or a pair that he has and currently likes. Getting him an MCX(The Marine Corps Exchange) gift card for him to use to purchase some boots that he can pick out himself might be easier as well. Boots can range anywhere from $70 to over $200. You can purchase an MCX gift card here:

      I hope this helps. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  1. Hi. Great info !! Just wondering for the Jan 23 Family Day & Jan 24 2019 Grad Day do both start at 9 am in the WINTER or at 10am ? I’ve heard both time frames so need to be sure please๐Ÿ˜Š
    And is handicap parking near Hilton Field or do we park near gate and get shuttled to Grad Site? Thanks so much again
    Soliders Grandparents anxious to see him .. Sincerely Geateful ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    1. Hi Brenda! Family Day starts at 9am and the actual graduation ceremony starts at 10am on Graduation Day. FOr both days, I’d plan on being there no later than 8am though….it gets very busy and crowded fast! Yes there is parking near Hilton Field…they don’t have shuttles, but it is pretty close parking. Hope that helps! And enjoy seeing your new soldier! Hooah!

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