The 17 Best Army Christmas Gifts to Consider This Holiday Season

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Buying Christmas gifts for veterans doesn’t need to be a nail-biting experience. The right Christmas gift for military personnel depends on their likes and dislikes and your relationship with them. Whether you’re mailing off Christmas gifts for deployed soldiers or hosting Christmas for your soldier family members at home, consider these Army Christmas gifts to show honor and gratitude for their service during the holidays.

1. Custom Challenge Coin

The challenge coin is a tradition you can trace back to Roman soldiers, who would receive a special coin for demonstrating exemplary service on the battlefield. Modern challenge coins are for boosting morale, bestowing honor, and building camaraderie among members of a military unit. Creating a custom challenge coin with the insignia of a service member’s unit and branch of service is one of the most poignant military Christmas gifts you can give. 

Whether you’re searching for the right Christmas gift for Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, or Guardians, every member of every branch of the military feels honored to receive a challenge coin. Also, military members can travel easily with them, and they are simple to send through the mail in a Christmas care package for Soldiers and other service members.

2. Military-Grade Sleeping Bag

Whether for hiking adventures, hunting trips, or essential use during active duty, military-grade sleeping bags are superb Army Christmas gifts. They offer exceptional comfort in any setting and are superior in quality and durability to regular sleeping bags. Their advanced temperature regulation ensures restful sleep in warm and cold environments, making them a practical and thoughtful gift for any service member.

3. Customized Leather Wallet

A leather wallet transcends practicality when personalized with military insignias, your chosen message, intricate embroidery, or hand-crafted patterns. This blend of functionality and personal touch transforms it into a cherished keepsake. Moreover, when maintained properly, such a wallet can endure for decades, becoming not just an accessory but a lasting symbol of appreciation and memory.

4. Tactical Christmas Stocking

This is the ultimate Christmas stocking because it can hold other Army Christmas gifts! Available in various camouflage patterns, tactical stockings look the part with MOLLE pouches, webbing, and plenty of straps. 

5. Portable Solar Charger

A portable solar charger is an ideal Christmas gift for soldiers, enabling them to power up devices in the most remote areas. Essential for service members operating in isolated locations, be sure to select a robust and reliable model. This thoughtful choice stands out among Christmas gifts for soldiers, offering dependability and convenience in all circumstances

6. Army Ornament

Christmas tree ornaments reflect the passions, hobbies, and lifestyles of the people who decorate them. An army ornament is a perfect way to incorporate their service into their holiday celebrations.

7. Performance Athletic Wear

Military personnel are often engaged in high-energy activities, both during service and in their leisure time. Athletic wear designed for active lifestyles is ideal for them. Its moisture-wicking properties and breathability help maintain comfort by efficiently managing sweat and keeping the wearer cool, making it an excellent choice for those who are constantly on the go.

8. Thermal Flask or Military Canteen

Keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot is a real morale booster when on deployment. Soldiers can keep their beverages safe and properly temperature regulated with the right flask or canteen.

9. Military Cookbook

Giving Christmas gifts to soldiers who love to cook? Military cookbooks have a variety of purposes. Some have recipes intended to boost energy, others use ingredients from specific regions, and many include stories and history from veteran chefs.

10. Tactical Gloves

Choosing the right type of tactical gloves is crucial! Consider the specific needs: Do they require fingerless for dexterity, hard knuckle for protection, insulation for warmth, or touchscreen compatibility for tech use? Each variety is tailored for distinct uses and environments, ensuring optimal performance and protection in the field.

11. Wool Watch Cap

Wool is a fantastic insulator. Keeping the head warm in cold weather is a cinch with wool. While many synthetic materials have come and gone, wool has stuck around for a reason.

12. Boot Care Kit

Boot care kits come with the right saddle soap and conditioners to maintain flexibility and strength. Kits also include a cloth and brush for cleaning and buffing to keep boots looking new. 

13. Rugged Outdoor Watch

When a cell signal fails, an outdoor watch can still tell time, point north, provide GPS coordinates, display elevation, and sound alarms. Many can also use solar charging, making them a super practical gift.

14. Noise-Canceling Headphones

There’s not a lot of privacy in the military. Whether on a noisy plane or in crowded barracks, sometimes soldiers just want to shut out the world. Quality noise-canceling headphones can provide some much-needed peace and quiet.

15. Care Package

Give an overseas military member a taste of home. Send a care package that includes magazines, books, games, and trinkets, along with a letter of appreciation. Just ensure you follow the rules for what items you can send depending on the country they’re stationed in.

16. Military Survival Manual

Soldiers can be deployed to vastly different regions at a moment’s notice. Top manuals can give helpful tips for any climate, including the best tools and practices for survival in a specific environment.

17. Deployment Journal

A deployment journal provides soldiers with a personal space to document and contemplate their experiences during service. This gift, while modest in cost, holds immense personal value, offering a meaningful way for service members to chronicle their journey and reflections.

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10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
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27 October 2023
I found this company last year after a recommendation from a friend and I've ordered several times now. What keeps me coming back is the high level of customer service and responsiveness in the projects that have been created. The work product is also great and the quality of the coins, detail and just overall, I am very pleased with. This is my GO TO shop now for coins. Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! PS. Big shout to Corbin for his amazing guest service!
Stephen Ryan
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25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
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Alejandra O'Connor
25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
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18 October 2023
Great service, great communication, and great products! Would definitely recommend them.
Rafael Moronta
Rafael Moronta
13 October 2023
Amazing artwork.. aside from the product what I loved most of our experience was the flexibility to create a coin that’s exceeds your own expectations. Thank you guys so much for making the process seamless and affordable!
Tyler
Tyler
5 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic company to work with. Communication was always quick, and the final product looked even better than the proof did. 10/10 would recommend!
ALISON BOLAND
ALISON BOLAND
26 September 2023
I engaged with Lone star challenge coins to make coins for my fiancé's celebration of life. I was pretty clueless about design, and they provided the perfect design. The coins arrived in time, and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. Their customer service was excellent as well. They guided me (held my hand) throughout the process, and were quick to respond. I cannot say enough about their product and company.
Debbie Avinger
Debbie Avinger
26 September 2023
We are so grateful for the work Lone Star Challenge Coins did for our nonprofit fundraising event! They worked with our budget and gave us medals with ribbons and challenge coins that were better than we expected.
Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
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