If you are anything like me, occasionally there’s one elusive gift that you just can’t put your finger on; something to be the icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae. You want the one little gift that will complete the grouping under the tree or fill the stocking just right. As a military family, I try to incorporate the often stressful parts of our lives into the happier times. It is a point of pride and I want my children to be proud of their heritage. It is their legacy as well.
Here are Five Last Minute Gifts for your Military Kid, that you can pick up and become a special memory:
- Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet – Coordinates the Alphabet with the commonly used military alphabet. Includes Naval Signal Flags and some pretty awesome pictures. You can pick this book up at your local Barnes and Noble, or still get it in time for Christmas!
- Cooper and Me, And the Military – this is another book, but geared more towards smaller children. The Cooper and Me Books are written by a mother/daughter duo, Alexa and Melissa Peters. Alexa is also the primary illustrator and is eleven years old. Cooper and Me, And the Military is a really sweet and honest book about missing your loved one while they are gone.
- Military Model Kit – Here is one option for your older children. Spending the time building the model with their military parent is a great way to open conversation. If your service member is a pilot, build their airplane or helicopter model. It’s a fun and unique gift that can become a family treasure.
- MilKid Moto – Pick up some of their very own moto. Etsy is my one stop shop for this kind of thing. Here is one place where you can find what they are looking for. My kids love their shirts and are always excited to get a new one.
- Personalized Dog Tags – My children, as well as myself, all possess our own personalized dog tags. It is a particularly special thing for them when their daddy is traveling. We have it customized to look exactly like his, but we trade out sensitive information for birthdays or other, less personal information. For older children, getting them a dog tag key chain is a fun alternative.
Finding the perfect Christmas gift can be a challenge. Incorporating their reality into special memories is the perfect way to help build a sense of pride in military children. It can be a hard life for some, especially if they have a parent that travels frequently. It’s the little things that tend to make the biggest difference.