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Gifts For A Deployed Soldier

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 8:13:01 PM PST
Cookies and letters/cards from all of your friends on your email list - they love "mail call" and knowing we at home love, appreciate and respect them for their sacrifices for US. I appreciate each and EVERY ONE OF THEM! God Bless America!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 8:15:35 PM PST
Great reply and great ideas. I think cards/letters from all of their friends is a sunny day when "mail call" happens. God bless you for being a considerate and supportive wife - I am sure it is hard for you as well. I as an aging American appreciate you and your husband's sacrifices...

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 7:45:26 AM PST
I'm on my 5th tour now, and I know that the best things I've ever received or ordered for myself here are some of my favorite condiments (Tapatio, spicy brown mustard, my mom's homemade relish), and some flannel sheets. I've never been a big coffee guy, but my Soldiers can't seem to go a day without it, and they love their flavored creamers and if they can get "good" coffee, they are much happier. The smallest things are usually the biggest hits, since simple pleasures are what we rely on to keep spirits up. Thanks for the support.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 12:57:48 PM PST
Voodoo child says:
Liquid Equilibrium

The company that made this dvd send 800 dvd's to our troops oversea's through Tunes 4 The Troops, the feedback from the guys was outstanding. They loved it and it really boosted their morale, I am sending one to my son this year who is serving in Iraq.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 8:41:30 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 16, 2010 9:49:50 AM PST
Laura Geddes says:
My husband is currently in afghanistan and i send him as many treats and homemade goodies as possible. I also send him of course the things that he cant get like tylenol, deoderant, soap, toothpaste, the stuff that we use everyday. Also things like individual gatorade packets or juice packets that they can put into bottles of water are a great idea. Since it is also getting cold, ideas such as those hand warmers for underneath gloves to keep them warm when they are working outside, and extra blankets for those who are sleeping in tents. Also cards and letters always make them feel soo good. This is always the hardest time of year for them, so anything you send will be welcomed, i love to see all this support here! You would be surprised how forgotten a lot of soldiers feel over there, especially the single soldiers who don't have anyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:20:53 PM PDT
Can you tell me how to donate my magicjack to a deployed soldier

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 5:01:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2011 5:21:30 AM PDT
It's amazing how food stuff is always what is most in demand. The usual hygiene products are always appreciated. When I was deployed I was in a combat unit so we were always on the move and on mission so most everything had to be small enough to fit with my gear and be carried. What I appreciated the most were things from home. Little reminders. I love having candy. Not just for myself, but when I was on patrol on the streets I would give some to the kids. I felt like this would go a long way for building PR. With that, my daily schedule was always erratic so I normally would start brushing my teeth from the clearing barrel to my rack. Full size hygiene products are good, but for Soldiers that are always on the go carry everything and usually have a travel size on them. I was an "old" Soldier so I loved getting coffee when I could get the good stuff. When we were in the safe houses we would befriend stray dogs. They would look out for us and were loyal. Some would even go out with us on patrol. When I could find a box of Milkbones it would go along way. I almost forgot. It's Winter now it still is cold. Maybe not like Chicago in January cold, but more like winter in San Antonio cold. I came across some cheap, thick hunter or hikers socks and I wore them mostly at night when I was up doing radio watch or checking my guys in the towers. Also, the little pouches that hunter's keep in their pockets to warm up. Those are always a plus to have especially when you are out on vehicle or gate for long hours. Thick socks in the winter are good, especially the kind that you won't mind will be thrown away later.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 1:36:10 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 8:57:26 PM PDT
trw422 says:
based on what my husband said (he was there for a year and will be heading back soon)...vaseline, chapstick, blank CD's and DVD's, wool socks, current magazines, duct tape, pictures from their kids as homes. We send short files of the kids talking. Mechanix gloves are a must. He loved getting Tuna. Hope that helps. Oh and Charmin toilet paper"L"

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 1:40:46 AM PDT
My husband is currently in Iraq and this is his 6th deployment. I usually send him gum, mints, beef jerky, different snacks. If it's around a certain kind of holiday, I usually send him something holiday related. Since it's Halloween I sent him these figurines that when you press on their stomach they scream. I sent him our portable DVD player and I always send him movies. It does get boring there and movies are definitely a way to pass boredom. I know that the military for sure LOVES homemade items, such as cookies and candy. It reminds them of home. When my husband was in the Marines, my Mom and I would make him and his friends chocolate chip cookie brownies. If you wrap them really good and put them in a tin or something that will preserve the freshness it will make it to Afghanistan in one piece/ not be stale. Also pictures, I would imagine he wants to keep up on what's going on with the family. Even though there's Facebook and e-mail but he's sharing not that many computers with a base full of Marines so there is limited time to use computers and phones. Calling cards are also a good thing to send. I hope I have helped you in any way.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 3:21:17 PM PST
Jsee says:
No, you jaded cynic, i have a son in the military and, save for a few, am happy to have the suggestions! Why are you even reading this?

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 7:03:51 PM PST
Hat Man says:
olive green under armor tee shirts are a favorite! I'm sending a Hooters calendar and a box of favorite cigars too ( is great with helping with cigar delivery to troops), beef jerky is good too (big johns has specials for troops and helps w/ delivery too...I'd google them).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 12:13:57 AM PST
Stacia says:
Alright, I got of deployment not to long ago, good ideas are geedunk(food),Chocolet is generaly a bad idea, I had a bag of funsize candy bars sent to me once, I got a bag of chocolet covered foil wrappers. Dont send hygine or cleaning items with food, everything ends up tasting like "summer rain" and "fresh linen" after that.

a warm soft blanket or a real fluffy pillow, (label it with their last name and last 4 some how people like to "borrow those"
photos a loaded up digital picture key chain was pretty popular on deployment,
Media is always a hit, new music and movies, Everyones morale improves when someone gets a new dvd box set, we often run out of media.
We also love a good multi tool, (well us tech rates and mos do, more field guys like K bar but those are tricky to mail and questionable in some comands)
Protein Powder is popular along with work out books and equipment.
As for us females, sometimes a spa kit are nice, Even though we dont stay nice long its nice to rember what it was like to be a girl.
Oh a pre loaded E reader is amazing, I loved when I got mine, I was like OH MY GOD BOOKS!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 12:31:24 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:05:25 AM PST
Real Joe says:
I do not know where you deploy, but some items will get you in a world of hurt, an article 15 and sent home. Alcohol, drugs and porn is at the top of the list. Keep that stuff at home. If you need it, you do not need to deploy, especially to a FOB. These type of things are at the top of list of what not to have!!!!!

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 6:10:38 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 9, 2012 7:34:55 PM PST
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I would be willing to bet that there not a single deployed soldier who would want this as a gift!
I hope anyone reading your last posting will see your 'suggestion' for the shameless self serving advertisement that it is!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 12:47:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 12:48:43 PM PST
Lina says:
Magic Pentacle Guardian Angel Gift Cards

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 12:51:21 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 10:30:03 PM PST
I agree with the baby wipes. Careful about food. If your deployed one is Catholic, I make rosaries in 100% yarn (desert camo or forest camo) that can be carried because they make no noise, do not shine in the sun, and have nothing to catch on things.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 11:37:31 AM PST
Whatever you do send, send a letter with it. Please thank them for me for their service and for keeping my children safe.
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