5 patriotic gift ideas for rugged men

Few things can beat the kind of camaraderie you get when you’ve trained and sweated shoulder to shoulder through bootcamp. You end up with friends for life – men who are kindred spirits and who are there for you through good times and bad. When it’s time for a special occasion, choosing the right gifts to express your appreciation can be easier than you think. From low budget items that will be appreciated, to slightly more expensive ones gifts to mark life’s milestones, you’ll find the right inspirations here!

1. Hats and caps with military motifs

A peaked cap might not sound like much, but when you make the right choices, your “ordinary” gift becomes something to appreciate. It is a useful gift for any man who loves to spend time outdoors, so grab it Marine Corps caps who shows pride in his country’s armed forces. As a seasonal alternative, a warm woolen cap sporting his allegiance will work just as well.

2. Army Surplus Outdoor Gear

From clothing to first aid kits, you may be surprised to find that there is a wide variety of authentic military surplus items for sale. If you get the real thing, you’re looking at some high-quality items that should be useful in a wide variety of situations. Multitools are especially useful when you’re considering long hikes or backcountry camping trips, and there isn’t a man alive who doesn’t love a quality outdoor kit.

3. Military memorabilia

The wars of yesteryear produced heroes that you and your friends still admire today. Search for military memorabilia with that special “something”. Antique stores may or may not have what you’re looking for, but a hunt online will yield more results than you ever imagined. If original memorabilia is hard to come by, there are also many replicas available – ideal for filling up a “man cave” with interesting conversation pieces that reflect your friend’s military attitudes.

4. Fly the flag

The Stars and Stripes motif is everywhere, and whatever you have in mind, you’re likely to find items that show your patriotism. Whether it’s a full-sized flag or just an unmistakably American coffee mug or T-shirt, going all American in your gift themes can be a fun option in the long run. He knows it’s flag-oriented, but what will it be this time? It’s up to you to keep the patriotic surprises coming.

5. Give him a good read

Everyone needs to sit down and relax once in a while, so giving your friend a good read could be a great gift idea. Presumably you already know if he’s a reader – not everyone is, and that’s ok. If he loves to lose himself in a book, pick some best-selling military non-fiction for him to enjoy. American Sniper by Chris Kyle is very highly rated as is Sole survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Keep hunting and supporting veterans

Our top 5 is missing some worthy candidates, especially veteran-owned businesses that are loud and proud of their support for the military, the country, and returning job seekers adjusting to civilian life. Check out this list veteran-owned coffee companies offers some very cool branding. It is only a beginning. So don’t miss out on the curveball ideas in your deliberations. Patriotic gifts can be quite surprising!

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