July 20, 2016, by Dixie Somers – Being in the military often means not being able to talk to family and friends as much one would like. It also usually means going without some of the comforts of home, such as soft blankets or seasoning. Below are a few gift ideas that you can gather together to send to a loved one in the military so that the person knows that someone cares.
Those who are in the military usually don’t get snack foods unless someone sends a care package. Send your loved one a bulk supply of their favorite snacks so that they will last for a few weeks. You need to properly package them according to shipping details so that they arrive safely. Cookies and crackers are good ideas. You might also put some seasonings in the package to help them enjoy any bland food they have to eat.
It’s a good idea to keep a scrapbook of family and friends your loved one is away from home. Take pictures of special events and little things in life that are sometimes missed on a daily basis. In the meantime, however, send them a mini scrapbook or newsletter each month so that the person will be able to keep up with life back home through pictures and stories you include.
One of the ways that people in the military talk to family and friends is with a cell phone or on a video call. In order to talk to use these devices, they need to have a USB cord or a phone charger so that the device is properly charged. If there is a USB cord on the charger, then the person can sometimes send pictures to family and friends over the computer. You can get wireless chargers that are handy for soldiers on the go at a business like TYLT.
Military personnel are often on tours in hot climates. Find out what size clothing is needed and send a few shirts and comfortable pairs of shorts that can be worn while not on the field or not taking part in military activities. If the person is in a colder climate, then send socks, gloves, hats and a jacket. Hand warmers are also a good idea for a gift, as they can be placed in boots to keep the feet warm.
This is something that can be made with small items that are found at dollar stores and retail stores. A few of your family members can purchase supplies together so that there is more to send. Include small containers of useful personal items, such as lip balm, sunscreen, or hand wipes. This will be handy for your loved one to have while not at the base.
When someone is in the military, they sometimes drift off the map. They might think that those at home forget where they are, but if you send letters, pictures and other items, then they will know that they are missed. Before sending anything, make sure that it’s acceptable by the facility where the person is staying and that it can be sent in the mail or by a delivery service.
AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, careers, and education. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.