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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Military Retirement

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Military Retirement
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So a spouse, family member, or close friend is retiring from the military. He (or she) is joining a distinguished lineage that includes the likes of Alexander Hamilton, Buzz Aldrin, and Mel Brooks. Yes, really; he served in World War II defusing landmines in Nazi Germany. We know, right? Who knew he was such a badass? 

But we digress.

The point is that military retirement gifts deserve some real thought and consideration. After all, serving in the Armed Forces in the interest of defending our country often involves enormous sacrifice. When you give a gift to a retiring service member, it should say “thank you” as well as “congratulations.” 

 

Features of Great Military Retirement Gifts

 

As long as your gift is given with love and consideration, the military retiree in your life will probably appreciate it. Nevertheless, you can include features in your gift that will make it extra special for your loved one. Gifts for veterans should include the following characteristics: 

  • Practicality: Veterans have been trained to value the essentials, so giving them gifts that they can use is sure to be appreciated. 
  • Personalization: Nothing makes a gift more special than putting the name of the recipient on it. If this is not possible, then consider a gift that bears the emblem of your loved one’s branch of the service. For optimal personalization, incorporate both. 
  • Respect: Your loved one may appreciate a lighthearted gift in a humorous vein, but such a special occasion as a military retirement usually calls for at least some degree of gravitas. 

If possible, you should try to give a military retiree a present that was made in the United States. It may take some extra effort to source such a gift, but it really shows an extra degree of appreciation. Also, be sure that you take the veteran’s age into consideration. Unlike other careers, it is fairly common for people to retire from the military while still relatively young. 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Military Retirement

 

With all that you have to take into consideration in choosing a military retirement gift, we know that you may feel rather overwhelmed. That’s why we’re here to help with suggestions of gifts for veterans that are tasteful and appropriate. 

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1. Gold Watch

 

This is a traditional retirement gift for people in all sorts of careers. However, you can personalize it for the military retiree by choosing one that features the emblem of the appropriate branch of the military in which your loved one served. You can check out the variety of gold watches found on TheWatchCompany.com and choose the one you think fits the retiree perfectly.

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2. Scrapbook

 

Serving in the military can be difficult, but it’s likely that the veteran experienced some great times in the service and made some beloved friends. What better way to preserve these memories than with a scrapbook chronicling your loved one’s time in the service? You can put the scrapbook together yourself and present it completed, or you can give a blank scrapbook and offer to work on it together with the retiree. 

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3. Chess Set

 

Trained in tactics and strategy, a military retiree may want to keep these skills sharp even after leaving the service. One way to accomplish this, and have fun at the same time, is by playing chess. There are some beautiful chess sets available made from high quality materials. If your loved one is a military history buff in addition to being a veteran, you can find a chess set that recreates a historic battle with pieces modeled after the military figures who served. 

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4. Shadow Box

 

A veteran who served with distinction is likely to appreciate a beautiful and tasteful display case in which to exhibit awards and medals. A shadow box can be a simple display, or it can be a decorative element in its own right, incorporating military emblems. 

5. Personalized Spirit Bottle

 

Nothing says taste and class like a decanter engraved with your loved one’s name and/or initials. Several of our BroBasket gift sets come with the option to have the bottle personalized. Engraved bottles are available for a number of spirits, including rum, tequila, whiskey, and wine, so it doesn’t matter what the veteran’s drink of choice is. 

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6. Humidor

 

If the veteran in your life also enjoys a good cigar, a humidor in which to store the stogies makes a thoughtful gift. These, too, can often be personalized with artwork or decoration relevant to your loved one’s service. 

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7. Decorative Throw

 

A throw blanket can serve a useful purpose in addition to being an attractive decoration. When emblazoned with the emblem of the appropriate military branch, it can be a source of pride as well as a source of comfort. 

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8. Fitness BroBox

 

In the service, your loved one may have developed an enthusiasm for working out and keeping fit. Encourage this healthy habit after retirement with our Fitness BroBox, which includes all the military retiree’s favorite protein-rich snacks. 

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9. Wearables

 

There are any number of articles of clothing that you can give your loved one to celebrate his or her military service: 

  • Fleece jackets
  • T-Shirts
  • Scarves
  • Hats

Some can be worn all year, while others are season-specific, but in either case, it’s a gift that a veteran can simultaneously take pride in and get some good use out of. 

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10. Game Sets

 

Give your loved one something fun to do during get-togethers with buddies from the service with game sets. Popular items include customized poker sets complete with cards, chips, dice, all in a beautiful and functional carrying case. 

On the other hand, if the vetera/n in your life still has young children at home, maybe a family game would be more appreciated. An example would be the ever-popular beanbag toss, a fixture of Fourth of July celebrations all across the country. 

 

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11. Hobby Items

 

Retirement often affords one the chance to pursue a hobby, and your gift could incorporate your loved one’s particular interest, such as golf, model ship building, coin collecting, etc. 

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12. Money Clip

 

Simple, inexpensive, and elegant, a money clip allows a veteran to carry cash around in style. You can choose one that boasts the emblem of your loved one’s military branch, and you may even be able to get it engraved.

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13. Picture Frame

 

It is customary for people entering the service to have a portrait taken. An attractive personalized frame can make for a stunning display of this meaningful keepsake. 

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14. Pistol Case

 

Whether it is a firearm your loved one used in the service or just a treasured collector’s item, it is nice for the military retiree to have a way to display it safely and attractively. 

Military retirement can be a bittersweet matter. Try to choose a gift that emphasizes the celebratory aspect as the retiree closes one chapter of life and opens up another. Shop BroBox today for more ideas about unique and customizable military retirement and veterans day gifts. 

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Military Retirement
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So a spouse, family member, or close friend is retiring from the military. He (or she) is joining a distinguished lineage that includes the likes of Alexander Hamilton, Buzz Aldrin, and Mel Brooks. Yes, really; he served in World War II defusing landmines in Nazi Germany. We know, right? Who knew he was such a badass? 

But we digress.

The point is that military retirement gifts deserve some real thought and consideration. After all, serving in the Armed Forces in the interest of defending our country often involves enormous sacrifice. When you give a gift to a retiring service member, it should say “thank you” as well as “congratulations.” 

 

Features of Great Military Retirement Gifts

 

As long as your gift is given with love and consideration, the military retiree in your life will probably appreciate it. Nevertheless, you can include features in your gift that will make it extra special for your loved one. Gifts for veterans should include the following characteristics: 

  • Practicality: Veterans have been trained to value the essentials, so giving them gifts that they can use is sure to be appreciated. 
  • Personalization: Nothing makes a gift more special than putting the name of the recipient on it. If this is not possible, then consider a gift that bears the emblem of your loved one’s branch of the service. For optimal personalization, incorporate both. 
  • Respect: Your loved one may appreciate a lighthearted gift in a humorous vein, but such a special occasion as a military retirement usually calls for at least some degree of gravitas. 

If possible, you should try to give a military retiree a present that was made in the United States. It may take some extra effort to source such a gift, but it really shows an extra degree of appreciation. Also, be sure that you take the veteran’s age into consideration. Unlike other careers, it is fairly common for people to retire from the military while still relatively young. 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Military Retirement

 

With all that you have to take into consideration in choosing a military retirement gift, we know that you may feel rather overwhelmed. That’s why we’re here to help with suggestions of gifts for veterans that are tasteful and appropriate. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - gold
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  • Pinterest

1. Gold Watch

 

This is a traditional retirement gift for people in all sorts of careers. However, you can personalize it for the military retiree by choosing one that features the emblem of the appropriate branch of the military in which your loved one served. You can check out the variety of gold watches found on TheWatchCompany.com and choose the one you think fits the retiree perfectly.

Image result for army scrapbook
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

2. Scrapbook

 

Serving in the military can be difficult, but it’s likely that the veteran experienced some great times in the service and made some beloved friends. What better way to preserve these memories than with a scrapbook chronicling your loved one’s time in the service? You can put the scrapbook together yourself and present it completed, or you can give a blank scrapbook and offer to work on it together with the retiree. 

Burnt Zagreb ’59 Series Chess Set
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

3. Chess Set

 

Trained in tactics and strategy, a military retiree may want to keep these skills sharp even after leaving the service. One way to accomplish this, and have fun at the same time, is by playing chess. There are some beautiful chess sets available made from high quality materials. If your loved one is a military history buff in addition to being a veteran, you can find a chess set that recreates a historic battle with pieces modeled after the military figures who served.

Image result for shadow box
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

4. Shadow Box

A veteran who served with distinction is likely to appreciate a beautiful and tasteful display case in which to exhibit awards and medals. A shadow box can be a simple display, or it can be a decorative element in its own right, incorporating military emblems.

5. Personalized Spirit Bottle

 

Nothing says taste and class like a decanter engraved with your loved one’s name and/or initials. Several of our BroBasket gift sets come with the option to have the bottle personalized. Engraved bottles are available for a number of spirits, including rum, tequila, whiskey, and wine, so it doesn’t matter what the veteran’s drink of choice is

Bally II Glass Top Humidor - HU-ORL-BALLYII
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

6. Humidor

 

If the veteran in your life also enjoys a good cigar, a humidor in which to store the stogies makes a thoughtful gift. These, too, can often be personalized with artwork or decoration relevant to your loved one’s service.

Image result for military decorative throw blanket
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

7. Decorative Throw

 

A throw blanket can serve a useful purpose in addition to being an attractive decoration. When emblazoned with the emblem of the appropriate military branch, it can be a source of pride as well as a source of comfort.

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

8. Fitness BroBox

 

In the service, your loved one may have developed an enthusiasm for working out and keeping fit. Encourage this healthy habit after retirement with our Fitness BroBox, which includes all the military retiree’s favorite protein-rich snacks.

Image result for military vet clothing
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

9. Wearables

 

There are any number of articles of clothing that you can give your loved one to celebrate his or her military service: 

  • Fleece jackets
  • T-Shirts
  • Scarves
  • Hats

Some can be worn all year, while others are season-specific, but in either case, it’s a gift that a veteran can simultaneously take pride in and get some good use out of.

Image result for twos company poker set
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

10. Game Sets

 

Give your loved one something fun to do during get-togethers with buddies from the service with game sets. Popular items include customized poker sets complete with cards, chips, dice, all in a beautiful and functional carrying case. 

On the other hand, if the veteran in your life still has young children at home, maybe a family game would be more appreciated. An example would be the ever-popular beanbag toss, a fixture of Fourth of July celebrations all across the country.

Image result for model ship building
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

11. Hobby Items

 

Retirement often affords one the chance to pursue a hobby, and your gift could incorporate your loved one’s particular interest, such as golf, model ship building, coin collecting, etc. 

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

12. Money Clip

 

Simple, inexpensive, and elegant, a money clip allows a veteran to carry cash around in style. You can choose one that boasts the emblem of your loved one’s military branch, and you may even be able to get it engraved.

Image result for military picture frame
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

13. Picture Frame

 

It is customary for people entering the service to have a portrait taken. An attractive personalized frame can make for a stunning display of this meaningful keepsake. 

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

14. Pistol Case

 

Whether it is a firearm your loved one used in the service or just a treasured collector’s item, it is nice for the military retiree to have a way to display it safely and attractively. 

Military retirement can be a bittersweet matter. Try to choose a gift that emphasizes the celebratory aspect as the retiree closes one chapter of life and opens up another. Shop BroBox today for more ideas about unique and customizable military retirement and veterans day gifts. 

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