Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Gift Giving Tips For Military Personnel

By Kathy Burns-Millyard

If you have a friend or family member in the military, you've probably been racking your brain trying to figure out what types of Christmas gift baskets would be best to get them this year. Moms particularly are having a difficult time with this decision, because they know their children have very little personal space to store any gifts they may receive. If you are in the same situation, here are some gift tips, ideas, and suggestions which might help.

Before selecting the gifts you will send your military personnel, realize where they are stationed at. Or maybe more appropriately what type of environment they are in. Anyone in the military who may be deployed in places such as Iraq or Afghanistan will have more limitations on the types of gifts they're able to receive than someone who may be stationed at a military base within the continental United States.

If you're planning to send a gift to someone in the military who livs off-base in their own housing, then your options are a bit more normal. If the person lives in barracks on the base however, or if they're stationed in other small space housing such as on a ship, then your gift selections will be more limited.

Some of the easiest and most obvious gift ideas to give to someone in the military include cash gift cards, and personalized greeting cards. You could combine these two items, and take things a step further by getting as many friends and family members from home to sign the Christmas gift card as you can before sending it off.

Stocking stuffers are another excellent idea because they tend to be small, and take up very little space. When you choose stockings stuffers try to include consumable items such as food and snacks, or stationary, stamps, and pens.

There are many basic items military personnel can often use as well. Simple everyday items such as soap, shampoo, and a toothbrush my go over quite nicely particularly for anyone who is deployed into desert or harsh environments. You could also try other everyday items such as socks, or warm gloves to warm their hands if they're in cold environments.

The perfect standby gift for military personnel of course is anything handmade from home. Food is the most popular and favorite. Since your loved one will be a way from home for the holidays, try sending them a batch of home cooked candies, cookies, and other goodies.

Last but not least, try sending yourself and other loved ones. You may not be able to travel to the location they are asked, but you can record your voice, or possibly even make a video of yourself, other family members and friends. If your loved one has access to a computer anywhere in their military unit, you can probably create a CD or DVD with your home video and audio messages too.

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©2008 Kathy Burns-Millyard. Professional stock photography and freelance writing.

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