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, Amazon.com, 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.
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