Best Holiday Gifts for Veterans and Active Military

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They say “’tis the season” and that may be true, but for our active military members and beloved veterans, it’s always the right season to show them our gratitude and appreciation for their service and sacrifices. 

This holiday gift guide will provide you with a starting point so you can find the perfect gift for that special veteran or active service member in your life. 

7 Awesome Gift Ideas for Veterans and Active Military

1) Pathfinder Watch 

Inspired by military watches worn around the globe, our 5.11 Pathfinder watch makes a great gift for any service member, active or retired, on your list. It’s constructed of high-quality, stainless-steel with a matte Ion-plated finish. The phosphorescent quarter markers help users see the time in low-light conditions. The Pathfinder is water-resistant up to 300 feet. 

2) Doug Marcaida Talon Fixed Blade Knife 

Developed and designed in collaboration with knife design specialist and host of the hit TV show, Forged in Fire, Doug Marcaida, this D2 steel fixed-blade knife features a small, but precise curved design.  

It’s as tough and rugged as it is versatile. It comes with a sheath and can easily be placed in a waistband for easy access. 

3) Range Ready™ Bag 43L 

Going to the range is a breeze when they take our Range Ready™ Bag which features padded storage for multiple pistols, as well as plenty of compartments to store magazines, protective eyewear, and other range essentials. 

Constructed of all-weather 600D polyester, the Range Ready™ bag is tough and durable for many hours spent at the range. It also comes with an integrated hydration storage system and reinforced grab-and-go handles for easy transport. 

4) Hard Times 2 Gloves 

Help keep them safe and protected with a new pair of Hard Times 2 gloves. A lot of technology went into constructing a pair of rugged, high-quality gloves that can adapt to any mission, large or small. A four-way stretch breathable top provides much-needed ventilation to keep hands dry and cool.  

The two-piece molded hard knuckle gives added protection from injury, while the touchscreen leather palm enables the user to work their phone or other electronic devices with ease. 

5) AMP Backpack Collection 

The AMP Collection features modular panels and our patented HEXGRID® load-bearing system for an unparalleled number of options for attaching gear and customizing your backpack. 

Each backpack comes with a wide range of pockets, compartments, and other storage options, including a CCW pocket and a hydration system compartment. 

Whether shopping for active military or a vet, the AMP Backpack Collection is the gold standard when it comes to backpacks and the perfect way to make their holiday a little merrier and brighter. 

6) Maverick Battle Belt 

A belt is just a belt, right? Wrong! There are belts, and then there is the Maverick Battle Belt, the goliath of battle belts for our active military. The last thing your loved one needs is a bulky, uncomfortable belt that is responsible for holding critical tools and equipment. 

The Maverick Battle Belt is designed as an inner/outer belt system for maximum durability and strength. In fact, because strength is the number one priority when it comes to a duty belt, we used our proprietary TAC-LAM™ high-strength laminate on top of a dual nylon webbing. This belt isn’t going anywhere! Top and bottom weaving access help ensure effortless arrangement of duty gear. 

7) RUSH LBD LIMA 56L Duffel Bag 

Every soldier needs a great duffel bag to store and carry their most important gear and equipment. Our RUSH collection of bags and duffels fits the bill. Specifically, the RUSH LBD (Load Bearing Duffels) LIMA is a heavy-duty duffel with bartacking reinforcements at key areas for extra support. This versatile duffel can be thrown over a shoulder or worn like a backpack. 

The 1050D nylon and water-resistant finish make this bad boy a beast, while the MOLLE-compatibility allows the user to customize the storage options to fit their needs. 

More Gift Options for Veterans from 5.11 Tactical 

This year, give the gift of preparedness and show your favorite military loved one just how much you appreciate them and their service. Have other heroes on your shopping list? Browse our 5.11 Tactical Holiday Gift Guide for gift ideas for all your favorite people and make this the jolliest season yet.  

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