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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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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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Eddie Bauer Fairisle Reversible Throw
Amazon
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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Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun
Amazon
'Alone at Dawn'
Barnes & Noble

'Alone at Dawn'

$18 (paperback) 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.

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

$250 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.

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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'The Soldier' Framed Blessing
Etsy

'The Soldier' Framed Blessing

$29-$79 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.

Keyport Pivot
Amazon

Keyport Pivot

$18 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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Bolt-Action Pen Set
Etsy

Bolt-Action Pen Set

$75 and up 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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Army vs. Navy Chess Set
Amazon

Army vs. Navy Chess Set

$80 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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Custom Army Service Plaque
CrystalCentral

Custom Army Service Plaque

$120-$240 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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Herschel City Mid-Volume Backpack
Amazon

Herschel City Mid-Volume Backpack

Starting at $40 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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Nordmarke Triple Wireless Charging Pad
Ikea

Nordmarke Triple Wireless Charging Pad

$40 from Ikea 
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A modern military member has his or her share of electronic devices — and they all need charging. This sleek charger can juice up three devices at a time, and the stylish cork border provides cushioning for expensive smartphones. An auto-dimming indicator light lets users know it's working.

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.

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Praying Soldier Figurine
Amazon

Praying Soldier Figurine

$18 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.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Amazon

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

$30 from Amazon 
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Looking for a sub-$50 wearable that's worth the while? The Xiaomi Mi has long been one of the most well-reviewed cheap fitness trackers. It's water-resistant to 50 meters; has six workout modes; tracks steps, sleep and heartbeat; and goes for up to 20 days without needing a charge.

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Veterans Verse Plaque
Zazzle

Veterans Verse Plaque

$18 from Zazzle
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The Veterans Verse plaque has earned a nearly perfect rating on Zazzle — and for good reason. The printers use a dye sublimation process that puts the image directly on the hardboard panel, which results in stunning clarity and crispness. That clarity will hold for years to come, thanks to a protective UV-resistant gloss that's easy to clean. The plaque also comes with an attached easel stand.

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Walmart

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

$37 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.

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.

Klipsch Heritage The One II
Amazon

Klipsch Heritage The One II Wireless Tabletop Speaker

$200 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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U.S. Military Hero Hanging Plaque
eBay

U.S. Military Hero Hanging Plaque

$35 from eBay
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This hanging plaque is made from high-quality resin and comes complete with mounting brackets installed on the back. More of a sculpture than a plaque, the design spells the word "hero" using items long associated with service — guns, ammo, helmets, binoculars, and medals.

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Amazon

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug

$26 and up 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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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.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo True Wireless Earbuds
Amazon
'Veterans Voices'
Target

'Veterans Voices'

$20 (hardcover) from Amazon 
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The 256 pages of "Veterans Voices" by Robert H. Miller and Andrew Wakeford are bursting with stories from veterans. Intimate photos and personal tales of heroics, dedication, and loss make this book one of the great military memoirs of this generation.

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Thank You Veterans Quilt
Blanket Lovers

Thank You Veterans Quilt

$50 from Blanket Lovers
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Eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and available in sizes ranging from single to super king, this is no ordinary blanket. A tribute to veterans everywhere, this quilt is stitched with double-fold coordinated binding to make it durable and built to last. The quilt is designed with images and slogans that honor the service of military members and veterans.

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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American Hero Personalized Reflections Frame
PersonalizationMall.com

American Hero Personalized Reflections Frame

$33 from Personalization Mall
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With the exception of the inlaid brass border, this entire frame is made from heavy, durable, beveled glass. Designed to hold a 4-by-6-inch photo, it measures 11-by-8 inches and is reverse-laser engraved for a beautiful transparent image. You can customize it with a sentence and then select from a pre-chosen prayer or poem, or even write your own verse.

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