Finding unique gift ideas for veterans can be a challenge, and no matter if your loved one was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines (or even the Coast Guard) there are thousands of military-related products out there. We are here to help you cut through the clutter to find the best of the best in 'cool guy' gear (basically stuff we want our wives to buy for us) your hard-chargin' veteran is sure to dig this year.
Operation Cookies is a veteran-owned online cookie shop based out of Pittsburgh, PA. The company was founded by Paul and Angie, a military couple with a passion for baking and service. When Paul was deployed overseas, Angie made over 20 care packages and these weren’t your ordinary care packages. Each came with a separate theme in an oversized bankers box. They were stuffed full of goodies, treats, and of course – her homemade cookies.
Now that passion has become a business. Operation Cookies can ship fresh, delicious cookies anywhere in the United States or to APO/FPO addresses. They are individually wrapped and boxed with care and have an option to be gift-wrapped as well.
Operation Cookies also supports military members and their families through their business. They regularly send batches of cookies to active service members on deployment and also support veteran organizations like the Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Project.
Get your sugar buzz on here
Bottle openers are really hot these days, especially in the military & veterans market. There are hundreds of different companies out there making some really cool stuff, but the kings of high-quality veteran-made openers are far and away Bottle Breacher. Founded by a former Navy Seal, these guys are doing it right by creating high-quality, unique products shipped in some really cool packaging.
Grab one here
If there's one thing I know, it's that veterans like playing 'Fuck Fuck Games' and maintaining a proud refusal to ever completely grow up. That's why this PPK Rubber Band Gun from Elastic Precision appeals to my inner 8 year-old. Crafted from solid wood with the capability of firing five rubber bands up to 20 feet this is sure to provide hours of entertainment, at least for whoever is firing it.
So I am a little biased here since we sell these on our site, but these things are friggin' cool if you or your vet is a former Paratrooper. Forged from a fully-functional universal static line snaphook, the Paratrooper Poptop™ is the real deal. Each Poptop ships with it's own silk baggie made from a decommissioned parachute and is a really unique item that our brothers and sisters of the silk can't get enough of.
Paul and the gang over at Fire For Effects (who are still active duty) make these killer custom made wood slatted flags that are the ultimate centerpiece for your office or man cave wall. They made us a custom Inkfidel flag this year that is currently hanging in our offices and have done the same for Grunt Style and others. Everyone who comes in compliments the flag on how cool it looks and asks where we got it, I always send them in Paul's direction. If you are going to grab one from them be sure to do it soon, production time can run between 2-4 weeks.
What better way to let Santa know that there's a veteran in the house than with a Tactical Christmas Stocking? Featuring a metal clip, six MOLLE strips for adding pouches, and a rack for holding six shotgun shells this stocking is the perfect way to spread some tactically-sound holiday cheer.
Find it here
Veterans like to pass on all the high-speed stuff they learn in the field to their kids, usually by ambushing granny with Nerf Guns or through an epic pillow battle. Who doesn't like an epic pillow battle? Mom. That's who. But with these Pillow Fight Weapons from Oddity Mall you'll never have to worry about blowing out one of the 'good' throw pillows again. Remember, happy wife...happy life.
Start the battle here
Did someone say whiskey? Uh, yes please. The worst part about chilling your favorite drink is when the ice starts to melt and dilutes the flavors. Fear not, problem solved. The Original Whiskey Bullet™ from SipDark is made of stainless steel and will keep your beverage cool without interfering with the taste. Sold in sets of three, these bullets can be sent with or without a really slick wooden box and can even be engraved for an additional charge. I'm sold.
Starting at $24.99
Check 'em out here
This Autumn Summer Bolt Action Pen from Bearded Blue Monkey opens like a bolt action rifle, has a .30-06 caliber bullet tip, and a rifle clip. Made from mahogany wood, each pen ships in a hard paper gift box and can be custom engraved with up to two lines of text for an additional $10. What gun guy isn't going to love finding one of these under the tree this year? I just sent my wife the link...*wink* *wink*
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Now we come to the greatest gift any veteran can receive, the Inkfidel Freedom Fleece™. This 50" x 60" DD Form 214 Blanket is our top-selling product and has reached legendary status in the veterans community. The blanket is quite literally a scale reproduction of an official Department of Defense Form 214 (discharge form) handed to you on your last day of service. We ship a Sharpie marker with each blanket so that the veteran receiving it can customize it with all of the Secret Squirrel highlights of their years in service. These blankets are so popular that we have a hard time keeping them in stock, so if you see that they are on back-order, don't worry - reinforcements are on the way (you won't miss Christmas!)