Shopping for a veteran? We’ve put together a list of our favorite gifts for veterans (and everyone else who appreciates quality, history, and patriotism).
The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™
This heavy-duty mug is a replica of those used in WWI-era Marine Corps mess halls, based on fragments found near Glass Beach, Cuba. Weighing 1.25 lbs. and sporting thick high-fired porcelain walls, this is one tough mug to damage. This modern version of the historic mug is produced by Homer Laughlin in Newell, WV with the same manufacturing process used 100 years ago.
Rite in the Rain Maxi Bound Book
Rite in the Rain products use a wood-based & recyclable paper that won’t turn to mush when exposed to rain, sweat, oil or muck. The Maxi Case-Bound Book gives you enough room for your thoughts and your pencil to roam free. This seriously impressive book’s construction won’t let you down. Everything from the cover, the paper, the sewn-in pages, even the glue is designed to survive Mother Nature’s wrath. Comes in four colors.
Full Size Black KA-BAR®, Straight Edge
Ka-Bar is the contemporary popular name for the combat knife first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in 1942. It was designed to serve our troops during World War II and is still doing its job, with honors, 70+ years later. This version is a practical, all-purpose utility knife featuring ergonomically designed slip-resistant handle.
Compass Coffee Single Origin
Started by two friends who bonded over coffee while serving in Marines, Compass Coffee believes that coffee shouldn’t be bitter and harsh or weak and flavorless. Try a 12 oz. tin of one of their single-origin coffees from places as varied as Guatemala, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Kona.
Surefire Sidekick™ Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight
SureFire manufactures illumination tools that are powerful, compact, rugged and reliable. This ultra-compact, powerful LED illuminator was designed to attach to keys and provides lighting well past 50 meters.
Brass Cufflinks from Sword & Plough
This company, started by two veterans, uses surplus military material to create handmade bags, jewelry and more. These beautiful brass cufflinks are crafted from repurposed military jacket buttons.
The Vietnam War: An Intimate History
The companion volume to the major, multi-part PBS film The Vietnam War by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written and richly illustrated, this hardcover book is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.
American Experience: The Great War DVD
From PBS, this multi-part series tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever.
Wool WWII Military Sweater
Part of standard-issue military wear during WWII, sweaters like this olive wool pullover were popular among servicemen for comfort, durability, and easy pullover warmth. The shawl-collar style buttons up to cut the cold just as it did onboard aircraft carriers in the ’40s. Cotton twill canvas-reinforced elbows add durability. Imported.
Military Branch Ornaments from the National Archives
Show pride for your branch with these solid brass and 24 kt gold-plated ornaments from the National Archives gift shop.