You have a friend or family member who is an Army ROTC Cadet, but you just are not sure what the perfect gift would be? Someone who has made the decision to serve this country may not have time to make a Christmas list or birthday wish list. In fact, I would say most college students lists are non-existent. That is okay, your Cadet is most deserving of a thoughtful present so we created a gift list for your military boyfriend or girlfriend or military son or daughter!
We have taken the liberty to sift through thousands of possible gifts for a ROTC Cadet and narrow it down to just a handful! All of these gifts were selected for the simple reason that future Soldiers can always use them. Below you will find the perfect gift list for Army ROTC Cadets and plenty of gift ideas for military members in any occasion.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Cadets can always use gear to help keep themselves and their equipment dry in the field. The smaller sizes are extremely useful for helping to organize a rucksack and keeping clothing and mission essential military equipment dry.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Soldiers can always use a multi-tool as a gift. Annoyingly, these items are frequently lost in the field and need to be replaced. However, they are absolutely essential for adjusting weapons, optics, and miscellaneous military equipment.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Soldiers always want new gloves! The military issued gloves are sadly just not up to par with what can be purchased on the open market. With as much time as Soldiers spend in the field, their gloves are frequently torn on terrain (thorns, rocks) or man-made obstacles such as c-wire or barbed wire. These gloves will always be put to good use when gifted to a military member.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Cadets should want to expand their professional knowledge through developmental reading. This book is the story of a medal of honor recipient in Afghanistan written by that recipient, SSG Romesha. The reason a Cadet would want this is 1) it is an incredibly inspiring story of valor, 2) it is written in the language Soldiers use, and 3) gives them a good idea of the caliber of Soldiers they will be expected to lead.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Soldiers should want to expand their professional knowledge through developmental reading. This book is the story of a medal of honor recipient in Afghanistan except it is written by a professional author. The reason a Soldier would want this is 1) it is an incredibly inspiring story of valor and 2) it is written professionally allowing for a greater background understanding to how the situation in Afghanistan developed.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: While you stay inside when it is raining and snowing, Cadets will still be in the field training. In any element, it is essential to be able to take notes and make use of written communication. The Rite in the Rain family of products allows note taking on special paper and pens that will not wash off in the elements. This is a MUST have for every Soldier.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: Ever hear the military saying “Hurry Up and Wait”? Being on time in the military is extremely important, as well as having a watch that can withstand the elements and ruggedness required of a Soldier. G-Shock has been making watches for the military since the technology first became available and there is none better than the above watch. This is a literal life-saver gift for any military member.
Why Cadets Want This Gift: All of these gifts have seemed so work-related? Well not this one! There is plenty of down time for Cadets in the dorms to have a jam session! You want to know how to become popular and entertaining? Bust out the music during PT or at the weekends in the barracks with this incredibly sounding pocket sized Bose bluetooth speaker.
Price: You Decide!
Why Cadets Want This Gift: When all else fails, get a gift card. A college student knows what they need and want best. I know that Amazon sells just about anything any person could want so it is a match made in heaven.
Soldier Gift Buying Guide
What are the things you should consider when buying a Christmas gift for a Soldier or your military boyfriend/girlfriend? Any Christmas gift for Soldiers must be thoughtful, useful, high quality, and affordable.
We explained above why Soldiers would want each of the above gifts. Now, this is a generic list so you can always get a gift much more targeted to your specific family member or friend serving in the military. Soldiers will appreciate getting gifts that show you understand them and their service.
To go along with thoughtfulness, Soldiers want gifts that they can actually use! All of those Army labeled plaques, posters, and ornaments are cool, but they dont actually do much. Every single gift we listed above is practical and useful for Soldiers!
Literally Soldiers’ lives depends on the equipment they use. Now, thankfully as the wars wind down they will have to test the quality of their equipment in combat less and less, but Soldiers train as they fight. Please do not buy Soldiers something you would not feel comfortable taking to combat. Consider the quality of everything!
Lastly, this is a Christmas gift guide and you do not have the budget of the Department of Defense. We have listed a variety of gifts at various price points to help you select the right gift for your budget. When all else fails, a simple Amazon gift card always works as well!