Now that the holidays have arrived the thoughts of many people have turned toward family overseas. This can be a difficult time for the family of a soldier and choosing the right gift to send can be an issue. There is a lot of rules about what a soldier can have and meeting the requirements can pose problems to shopping. This article will give just a few ideas on gifts that are great for soldiers.
While stationed overseas most soldiers look forward to items from home. This is why is it always a good idea to send them anything that has been hand made from home. Pictures, home made crafts, drawings from children and other things of that nature can be a great christmas gift. Items that are home made show thought, love and caring and mean a lot to those who are missing such a special time.
Many people also choose to send jewelry overseas as it is more personal. Items like a small engraved pocket watch, necklace or ring are great ideas for a soldier. Engraving personal messages or names on them show attention to detail, thought, love and feelings. A gift like this will let the other person know that you are missing them and that your thoughts are with them.
Another really popular thing to do is send home made treats. This is a great idea, but should be approached with caution. Things like cookies, candy, and non-perishable items are fine, but should be packages securely. Do not send anything that has a possibility of spoiling. Again things like candy and cookies are great just make sure you send enough to share with his or her buddies.
Sometimes it can get really boring for soldiers overseas. To help with this try sending a few movies or video games over. This will be great for your soldier and for his buddies because they can all use it. While thinking of movies you can also include video’s of birthday’s, holidays and any other home videos. This is a great way to let your soldier know your thinking of him and a great way to keep them up to date on events of the family. Just a note though, the days of VHS are long gone, so please learn to work a computer and send a dvd.
Just letting them know that you have not forgotten them is enough for any soldier. This can be a really hard time for them and sending them gifts can make them feel closer to home. Just make sure that what ever you send you pack well. Things tend to get jostled around being shipped overseas and you will want to increase the chances that your gifts will arrive in one piece.