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Best Stocking Stuffers for Military Members

By - Posted on December 16, 2014

When it comes to the holidays, it’s the little things that can matter the most. A special note, a photograph, or a child’s drawing can mean the world to a deployed soldier.  If you are including a holiday stocking in a care package, here are some stocking stuffer ideas that are useful, meaningful, fun, and inexpensive.  These are also great stocking stuffers for anyone who will be deploying soon.

A military stocking –   If you don’t already have a stocking, surprise your service member with a military Christmas stocking.

A mini-photo album – Document special occasions with family and friends as well as precious everyday moments in a mini-photo album.  You can also include scanned pictures of your child’s artwork.

Climate-appropriate accessories – Help your soldier stay comfortable with accessories like sunglasses, hand/feet warmers, gloves, socks, and hats, like this one that is authorized for wear with U.S. military uniforms.

Personal items – Personal items like sunscreen, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, small packs of tissues, and Q-tips are used every day and run out quickly.

Sweets for your sweet – Fill in the empty spaces of the stocking with sweets such as candy canes, mints, gum in blister packs, hard candy, snack-sized boxes of raisins,  a cake in a jar,  Twizzlers, and cookies.

A little bit of home – A magnet or keychain from a local store, or a mug with your city name can help your soldier show some hometown pride while stationed abroad. You can also include a copy of your town’s newspaper to help him or her stay informed about what’s going on back home.

Personalized Christmas ornament –  Express your love and pride and send an ornament personalized with a photo, name, or message.  Choose a traditional ornament or one that has a military theme.

Games & puzzles – Help thwart boredom during downtime and include a  puzzle book, a deck of cards, hacky sack ball,  or travel-sized game in their stocking.

Gift cards – Give them a gift they can choose themselves. Popular gift cards include iTunes, American Express, Visa,, and Best Buy.

Sports team gifts –  Any big fan would love to receive a decal, hand towel, notepad, mini-pillow or other small item featuring their favorite team’s logo.

Other military care package and stocking stuffer tips:

  • Consider wrapping each gift individually to add to the fun and anticipation.
  • Double check to make sure that what you are sending is allowed. Certain countries have restrictions on content.
  • Try to avoid sending candy or other foods that may melt or spoil before arriving.
  • If you are sending battery-powered items, do not forget to send batteries plus extras.
  • Mail early! Give your care package plenty of time to arrive.

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