What to Buy a Soldier for Christmas?
They are serving their country, a long way from the comfort of home.
Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and partners who won’t be home for Christmas, and won’t get to spend the holiday season friends and family.
Often they are serving in dangerous places including Afghanistan and Iraq (and others) that don’t celebrate Christmas.
They are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into a foreign land to preserve our freedoms and to help bring them peace and democracy.
Care packages are an important way to remind them of home and that they are missed…
Receiving a care package from home is always a real morale booster for any deployed service member. Whether they are serving in the Army, Navy, Airforce or Marines.
The article also has some suggestions for common items that are always welcome – socks, underwear, flip flops, homemade cookies and so on.
We have created a list of the popular items for care packages, but have also included a couple of items you may not have thought of before.
What else can you send to make them feel closer to home this Holiday Season?
Receiving pictures and letters from the family and friends are always welcome.
They provide a direct link to home.
Visually, they help keep your soldier/sailor/marine or flyboy (or girl) up-to-date with changes at home.
However, most of us have had experiences where a certain smell.
Perhaps fresh baked cookies or the smell of freshly brewed coffee? These familiar smells can flood our brain with memories of a location that we associate clearly with certain emotions.
Scents seem to be tied to vivid memories in your brain. They come flooding back when you’re exposed to that particular odor trigger.
Why not help transport them back to Christmas morning in the family kitchen?
On demand coffee makers
While it is said that an Army marches on its stomach, the standard of coffee in mess halls be it Army, Navy, Marine or Airforce is not what to they can get at home.
However, with the introduction of compact single-cup coffee machines, it is possible for them to brew their favorite ‘cup of Joe’, no matter where they are.
Low-cost and lightweight weighing around 1.3 lbs, these single cup coffee makers are easy to use and very, very portable.
Some are designed for camping and are reusable. They are designed for people away from electricity and on the go.
If they spend most of their time in Command Headquarters/Base or are onboard a Ship
|AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker with 15 oz. Travel Mug
An easy, quick and low-cost option to brewing your favorite 'cup on Joe' into a convenient and easy to clean travel mug within minutes. The results will definitely be much better than the coffee on offer in the mess.
Measuring 6.7 x 5.1 x 10.1 in, and weighing only 1.3 lbs it won't take up a lot of limited space and will easily store in a military locker or deployable storage locker.
Prices depending on the color of the machine normally vary between a range of $19 - $25.
At this price, if it is dropped or disappears it won't break the bank to replace.
Read our full review of the AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker for more information.
An Amazon Choice product.
Over 820 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.5/5.
NB. One travel mug is included with this coffeemaker.
If they spend most of their time on patrol or on the move
|Primula Single Serve Reusuable Coffee Brew Buddy
Designed so you can brew a single cup of coffee at any strength, the Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy is the ideal tool for rich and delicious coffee anytime, anywhere.
Built with an eco-friendly reusable fine mesh filter, our Brew Buddy is perfect for home, work, travel, and even camping.
Best of all, it's easy to use: just pour, brew, and enjoy!
An Amazon Best Seller Product.
Over 630 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.4/5.
PLUS (don't forget the coffee)
|Starbucks Holiday Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 18-Ounce Bag
|Dunkin' Donuts Original Medium Roast Blend Coffee
|Casual Grounds Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Scoop with Bag Clip
A smart little gift as it will allow your soldier to easy scoop out the coffee they need for their new coffee machine and then seal the bag.
This handy device is a coffee scoop and coffee bag sealer in one.
Over 58 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.8/5.
For the reader
A lot of time is spent training, working, checking equipment and catching up on sleep.
However, there is also a lot of downtime.
If they are a reader, what about a Kindle? Access to over 2 million books no matter where they are – all they need is access to wi-fi to download.
The newer models are front lit, so can be read in the dark or low light situations such as long troop flights.
|Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader - 6" High-Resolution Display with Built-in Light & Wi-Fi
Won't strain your eyes,
even in the dark.
An Amazon Choice product with over 55,700 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.5/5.
NB. It does not come with a charger as it will work with any microUSB charging source, something 99.99% of expected buyers will already have.
To Keep it Safe from Bumps and Being Dropped
|Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite with Auto Sleep/Wake
Over 10,700 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.6/5.
If they are always looking for something new to read, why not send them a link to the Self Published Bookstore? This site focuses on new authors or those stories that are self-published or published by small indie publishers.
Another way to fill the many hours of downtime and to beat boredom is card games. And of course, snacks from home or resupplies of socks and underwear are always welcome.
|Glad Food Storage and Freezer 2 in 1 Zipper Bags - 3 pack
Keep food fresh with Glad 2 in 1 Storage and Freezer Bags complete with pliable plastic that eliminates foods contact with air.
Also protects items from sand and bugs.
Over 65 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.4/5.
|Bicycle Rider Back Index Playing Cards
Over 200 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 3.8/5.
|UNO Card Game Standard
10 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.5/5.
|100 Ct. Poker Chips Set
An Amazon Choice Item. Over 210 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.4/5.
|Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books – Set of 4
|Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix
Loaded with Vitamins, Antioxidants, and Electrolytes.
Over 2,400 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.6/5.
|Care Package (40 Count) Cookie Chips & Candies Party Snack Gift Bundle
An Amazon Best Seller. Over 470 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.2/5.
|Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF70
The higher the SPF the higher the protection.
Over 625 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.6/5.
|ChapStick Lip Balm Moisturizer Triple Pack
Over 80 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.5/5.
|Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive
Over 740 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.3/5.
And don't forget the ever popular and useful: socks, underwear (men), underwear,bras (women) and flip flops.
Postage and Postage Times
Many items on Amazon qualify for free or discounted postage and they will usually ship to APO/FPO addresses. Their only restriction is that they will not ship some food items or electronics directly to those locations.
If the item you are purchasing meets these criteria, get it sent to your home and ship it from there.
Look for the ‘Free Shipping by Amazon’ next to the item price, and add at least $25 of eligible items to your cart to qualify. Find out more about Amazon’s free shipping.
Posting care packages to military posted overseas
For more information on delivery times and tips on how to address a parcel correctly and how to access boxes for shipping, read the informative article on bootsonground.com – Shipping Packages Overseas
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