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Gifts for Veterans and Service Members

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Whether they're actively deployed, long-retired fixtures at the VFW, or still giving back even after leaving the military, the veterans and service members in your life deserve a gift to know their service is appreciated. The good news is, there are plenty of amazing gifts to choose from for all five branches of the service. Here are 20 gifts to honor the service and sacrifice of the military members you love the most.


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Eddie Bauer Fairisle Reversible Throw
Amazon
Marine Corps Tote Bag
The Bradford Exchange

Marine Corps Tote Bag

$110 from The Bradford Exchange
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As rugged and reliable as the Marine in your life, this canvas tote was built to last. Sturdy and durable, it features burnished metal stars and a full-color emblem — and it can even be personalized for free with a name on the outer pocket flap. It is officially licensed by the United States Marine Corps.


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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

$220 from Amazon 
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This fitness-focused Galaxy wearable tracks workouts, analyzes sleep patterns, monitors heart health and more, but it’s enough of a looker to be a great Christmas gift, too. It’s equipped with Samsung Pay, and pairing it with their phone enables notifications and music streaming.

Soldier's Creed Coin Holder
Etsy

Soldier's Creed Coin Holder

$160 from Etsy
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If your favorite vet or service member has amassed an impressive collection of challenge coins, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better gift than an Old Glory-themed display rack. The stripes in the flag are shelves for coin display and emblazoned with text that honors the military and its veterans. The rustic, hangable gift measures two feet wide and is cut from distressed wood.


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'The Soldier' Framed Blessing
Etsy

'The Soldier' Framed Blessing

$29 and up from Etsy
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This framed, hangable blessing earns a perfect five-star rating on Etsy. The Celtic design overlays on green matting with hand-embossed gold corners, and the text is a testament to the importance and necessity of service. It comes in four sizes and can be personalized upon request.

Bullet Whiskey Stones
Amazon

Bullet Whiskey Stones

$20 from Amazon
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Nothing says military service like whiskey and bullets, so why not combine the two into one awesome gift. If your favorite vet is a connoisseur with a sophisticated palate, he or she is not going to want watered-down whiskey. These stainless steel whiskey stones keep drinks cold without diluting and changing the flavor of the drink, and if that wasn't cool enough, they're shaped like bullets.


Custom Army Service Plaque
CrystalCentral

Custom Army Service Plaque

$140 and up from CrystalCentral
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Exclusive to soldiers in the Army, the Army Reserves, and their spouses, this plaque can be personalized with your favorite veteran's name and brigade or battalion logo. Even better, you get to choose from several wording options. Made from high-quality crystal emblazoned with a brilliant but understated American flag in the background, it is available in several sizes and styles.


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Oath of Enlistment Placard
Amazon

Oath of Enlistment Placard

$18 from Amazon
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It's hard to imagine there's a vet on Earth who can't recite the Oath of Enlistment on command. This placard sums it all up in one beautiful wood block sign. Made by hand in Tennessee from 100% locally grown and sourced hardwood, it's printed in a military-style font in stark, contrasting colors.

Army vs. Navy Chess Set
Amazon

Army vs. Navy Chess Set

$70 from Amazon
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Army vs. Navy is one of football's greatest rivalries, but the competition doesn't have to be limited to the gridiron. If the veteran in your life is a chess aficionado, this set comes complete with polyresin players that are hand-painted and individually polished. The board on which they do battle is made from beveled glass.


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Remember Our Veterans Metal Flag
Etsy

Remember Our Veterans Metal Flag

$167 and up from Etsy
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Made from chip- and rust-proof powder-coated 16-gauge steel, this homage to the troops is crafted in Pittsburgh and available in three sizes. In the foreground of the American flag is an anonymous kneeling soldier and the phrase "Remember Our Veterans." Personalized customization is available upon request.

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Walmart

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

$25 and up at Amazon
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After he or she leaves the military, making meals may be more of a hassle than the mess hall. There's no need to sit in line at a fast-food place if they can make their own breakfast sandwiches at home in just five minutes. The removable nonstick parts can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Praying Soldier Figurine
Amazon

Praying Soldier Figurine

$19 from Amazon
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This five-inch-tall resin polymer stone mini-statue is no ordinary military action figure. The Praying Soldier combines sentiments of faith and service in a solemn and spiritual decorative keepsake. Inscriptions like "Servant," "Duty," and "Faith in God" are engraved on the base.

Custom Ammo Can Pint Glass Gift Set
Etsy

Custom Ammo Can Pint Glass Gift Set

$90 from Etsy
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Pint glasses are a common gift — even high-quality personally engraved 16-ounce glasses like these aren't hard to find. What is uncommon, however, is a personalized .30-caliber ammo can to store them when they're not being used. As if that weren't enough, a bullet bottle opener and a razor-sharp lockback knife are also part of the package.


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Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun
Amazon
'Alone at Dawn'
Barnes & Noble

'Alone at Dawn'

$18 from Barnes & Noble

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Based on the incredible life of Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman, "Alone at Dawn" tells the story of the Air Force Combat Control Teams, the most lethal, most sophisticated, least known, least celebrated fighting force in human history. Chapman, one of the first men into Afghanistan after 9/11, was killed in heroic mountaintop fighting and was posthumously awarded two Medals of Honor. Hailed as one of the greatest military books ever written, it provides an intimate look into one of the world's most secretive fighting organizations.


U.S. Army Valet Box
The Danbury Mint

U.S. Army Valet Box

$129 from Danbury Mint
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This felt-lined valet box is finished in rich mahogany and comes with a large flip-top compartment as wells as a smaller drawer underneath. On the top is the U.S. Army insignia, and it opens to reveal the Soldier's Creed etched on a plaque within. Another front plaque is personalized with the recipient's last name.


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Keyport Pivot
Amazon

Keyport Pivot

$15 from Amazon 
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This is a multitool for the digital age, which is another way of saying it’s the perfect gift for someone who is always carrying keys, pens, thumb drives, and whatnot in his pockets. The Pivot has room for six keys, or a mix of keys and extra-cost inserts like a flashlight, pen, knife, and USB drive. Bonus: It comes with two years of free return/replace service in case you lose your Pivot. Available in three colors and two other sizes.


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Klipsch Heritage
Amazon

Klipsch Heritage The One II Wireless Tabletop Speaker

$148 and up from Amazon
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The old-school look of this speaker might remind them of their time served, but the new tech gives it a welcome boost. This Klipsch speaker has a sweet retro look, but the built-in Bluetooth means it can easily stream from a smartphone, computer, or other device. There’s also a 3.5 mm analog input for other audio sources.


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'Veterans Voices'
Target
Bolt-Action Pen Set
Etsy

Bolt-Action Pen Set

$80 from Etsy
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Classy and classic, this one-of-a-kind gift set is made up of a pen and pencil hand-crafted from harvested whiskey barrel wood. The shafts are empty rounds of ammunition, and one amazing feature is that instead of a traditional clicker, the pen and pencil are activated through a bolt-action mechanism. It comes in a rifle case-style gift box, and for $10 more, you can have the set engraved.


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Herschel City Mid-Volume Backpack
Amazon

Herschel City Mid-Volume Backpack

$60 and up from Amazon 
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This little sibling of the ultra-popular Herschel Little America Backpack is equally stylish and the perfect size for a daypack. Lined with stylish stripes, it has a magnetic closure and hidden zippered storage pocket. Choose from nearly a dozen colors and patterns.


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Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Amazon

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Price varies from Amazon 
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Keep his or her coffee piping hot — and we mean piping — with this 20-ounce Zojirushi travel mug. Devotees say temperature retention is the main reason they'll never go back to cheaper travel mugs. It has a convenient flip-top lid with a safety lock that keeps it from spilling after it's tossed in a bag.


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Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo True Wireless Earbuds
Amazon
Voyager Golden
Ozma Records

Voyager Golden Record Box Set

$98 from Ozma Records 
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This three-album set replicates the audio content engraved on the Golden Disc aboard the Voyager spacecraft. The boxed set includes a 96-page booklet about the original mission and recording, plus an essay by the Golden Disc’s producer.


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