Your loved one is going off on deployment. Yup, you are both going to hate being away from each other for so long!
But you can make it easier on your loved one that is going away. How? What can you do to help the time apart be easier?
I am glad you asked because we’ve put a list together of some last-minute going away gifts. Enjoy.
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Tips on Choosing the Perfect Deployment Gift
What makes a good deployment gift?
- Make it personal.
- Make sure it is “legal.”
- What will he/she miss the most?
- What says “I love you” and “I miss you?”
5 Best Military Going Away Gifts
These are gifts you give in person to the military service member, which that they can keep with them as a token of your love and support.
1. Personalized Pocket Token
Coin collecting is a popular hobby among military service members. Whether it’s military challenge coins or local currencies from all over the world, coins are small enough to take with you anywhere.
He’ll love to keep this personalized pocket token as the centerpiece of his collection or take it with him wherever he goes.
2. Personalized Journal
This personalized journal comes in three colors and your two lines of text.
Let him/her know your thoughts are with them by writing a little note inside before you gift it. Your loved one is sure to treasure this journal! They keep their daily lives up to date on the pages and will have unbelievable stories to share when they get home.
3. Photo Wallet Insert
A thoughtful souvenir that will last for years. Hand-made on adonized aluminum, this card measures 3 1/4″ x 2″. Personalize this insert with your picture or handwritten note. It’s the right size to slide into a wallet.
He will appreciate your love and sentiments those days and nights he is away ❤️
Related: 21 Most Thoughtful Gifts for Men
4. Storage Trunk Foot Locker
This storage trunk is a great gift idea! It comes in hunter-green and measures 37.34 x 14.37 x 18 inches. Imagine everything that can be packed in here!
Durable and lightweight -just right for bulky, over-sized gear. Also cool- this trunk is airline-approved.
5. Personalized Pocket Knife
Our pocket knife is ideal for a man or a woman! Engraved with your loved one’s name or logo, this knife is sure to please.
A good sharp knife is always needed and appreciated.
The grip is made from Rosewood with a 3-inch stainless steel blade. Complete dimensions: 4-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 1/2″
Related: Military Gift Guide
5 Best Deployment Gifts to Send
If your loved one has already been deployed, these are great gifts to lift their spirits and give them something to brag about with their unit.
6. Open When… Letters
Just what your beloved will need at that faraway post-letters from you. At the top of each envelope, it will say “Open when…” followed by your own occasions. You can customize the envelope with your directions. Make him/her feel special, knowing that you are thinking of them.
They are made from 100% recycled paper. The envelopes measure 5.75″x4.25″ (A2 envelopes) and should require a 41 cent stamp.
More: 10 Letter Ideas for Boyfriend in Basic Training
7. Hot Sauce Sampler Pack
This set of 30 hot sauces is sure to add some “spice” to his life! These sauces come from around the world and are mild to fiery hot.
This is a gift that will bring tears to anyone’s eyes. There are plenty of sauces to share… or not!
8. Beautiful Girl, You Can Do Hard Things Bracelet
This stainless steel bracelet is strong, just like the beautiful girl you are gifting it to! Military life is hard, but beautiful girl, you can do hard things.
Every time she looks at this token of love, she will know what she is capable of. It’s the perfect deployment gift idea from mom or dad.
9. DIY Care Package
- Love notes and letters from family
- Fav candy/snacks (beef jerky is always a great idea)
- Personal hygiene care- unscented lotions, washes, deodorant, lip balm, etc
- Small stuffed toy, for instance a small teddy bear with their child’s shirt sewn around it, spouses perfume/cologne sprayed onto it, etc. Something special as a keepsake!
- Personal photos
- Books, puzzles, crosswords and other activities
- Pens and pencils
Check our list below of the Do and Don’t Send items.
Plenty more ideas here: Gift Baskets for Men
10. Love Letter Blanket
A truly unique gift idea! Each time your loved one snuggles into this blanket, your love will be wrapped around them.
This hand-made cotton blanket comes in three sizes to choose from. Make this extra personal by using your own handwriting or select the handwriting font.
This gift will always be cherished!
Photos are always one of the most meaningful gifts for deployment. Here are some ideas!
Digital Picture Frame
This is an all-time favorite gift! There is no better way to put a smile on anyone’s face than to share pictures. The Skylight Digital Frame is so easy to use. Download pictures right to the frame instantly!
Using the Skylight Frame is the next best thing to actually “being there.” Your sweetheart won’t miss any moments while he/she is away on deployment. You can send the fun to them.
This digital frame is easy to set up and use.
Mini Photo Albums
These mini-photo albums are a cute and fun way to keep pictures safe and organized on that long deployment. These albums are small and can be packed into any size bag.
Select from two sizes and numerous colors. You have an option for personalization too.
These are hand-made Disney-style portraits, and they are spectacular. An enjoyable way to capture “the moment” with your loved one. Show off that special photo by turning it into a piece of art.
You will receive a downloadable JPEG file that can be used digitally or for a high-quality print.
Like this idea? Check out these other art styles that you may fall in love with-
What to Send (and What Not to Send) On Deployment
You want to send your loved one a care package. Read on to find out what IS, and ISN’T allowed.
- Hand Warmers
- Sewing Kits
- Playing Cards
- Pencils and Pens
- Books & Magazines
- Protein Bars
- Favorite Seeds
- Beef Jerky
- Chips & Snacks
- Powdered Drink Mix
- Small Portable Fans/Heater
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
- Cotton Swabs
- Comic Cutouts from the Newspaper
Everyone will enjoy these items. Send lots and send often!
Please Do NOT Send
- Aerosols Products
- Perishable Foods
- Alcohol or Drugs
- Carbonated Drinks
- Lithium Batteries
Sending any item on the “Please Do Not Send” list will just get him/her in trouble. And you definitely don’t want to do that.
Now that you have seen our list, the hard part is just starting- because now it’s time to make a decision on which gift is the right one. Have fun.
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