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The Ultimate Holiday Shopping List Of Kickass Gifts For Veterans
Holiday shopping is a challenge. It’s even more challenging when you procrastinate. Plus who wants to go to the mall? Finding a parking spot sucks. Dealing with the crowds sucks and is potentially dangerous. Didn’t someone get trampled to death last year at a Walmart?
Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re eligible for GovX membership, which is reserved for current and former servicemembers, cops, firefighters, people who serve or served in a public-service position. It’s an alternative to hectic mall shopping. Are you a member yet?
Here are gift guides for tactical enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, gadget-carrying folks, and that guy you know who has at least one kid. And if you use the Task & Purpose code below, you’ll receive $10 off your purchase.
Vortex Optics Spitfire 3x Prism Scope
For that tactical guy in your life (and you probably know several), explore these practical gifts for any tactician. Apparel from top industry names like 5.11 Tactical, Vertx, and Propper headline the list. If getting clothes for people isn’t your thing, maybe you’re better off putting a new G-Shock watch or an American-made Benchmade knife under the tree. Or, the curiously named Infidel knife never fails to make an impression.
Let’s not forget the ladies either. There’s a whole tactical section built for them too with more apparel and gear that’ll put a bigger smile on their faces than jewelry would. (Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but ladies love knives and firearm accessories too.) We recommend the sleeveless holster shirt for concealed carry women. Here are four other options.
- Vertx Men’s Original Tactical Pants
- Stat Gear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool
- Vortex Optics Spitfire 3x Prism Scope
- Oakley SI Flak Jacket Polarized XLJ
Outdoor Adventure Gifts
Alps Cedar Ridge Rimrock 3 Tent
Either you know someone currently trekking in some faraway land, or you know someone who wants to vanish for a few days. With backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, camp supplies, even long-term food storage, GovX’s outdoor adventurer collection is stocked with everything the adventurer needs to say farewell to the office. You’ll love the reviews on BioLite’s Campstove System Bundle, and the guide includes a large variety of tents and shelters, like the lightweight Mystique from Alps Mountaineering.
- Stanley Adventure Vacuum Bottle and Flask Gift Set
- Alps Cedar Ridge Rimrock 3 Tent
- Geigerrig Rigger Tactical Hydration Pack
- Benchmade 2750 Adamas Auto Knife
Gadget Gifts and Accessories
NVG GoPro Mount
If you’re looking for a gift for that person you know who spends a little too much time on their phone, this is the guide for you. It’s stocked with battery-charging phone cases, waterproof cases, headphones and other accessories they’ll probably love. Plus, for other tech-minded folks who like a little adrenaline, there are rugged outdoor speakers, camera bags for shutterbugs, and of course, the legendary GoPro with tons of accessories. Know a music love? The Powerbeats 2 Wireless headphones from Beats have a near perfect 5-star review. Know anyone with a Galaxy S6 on their wishlist? The battery-charging Mophie Juice Pack is the perfect companion to their new phone. Here are a few more toys for the techie you know.
- NVG GoPro Mount
- Outdoor Tech Privates Wireless Touch Control Headphones
- Fugoo Tough Bluetooth Speaker
- Goal Zero Nomad 20 Portable Solar Panel
Gifts for Parents
Uppercut Deluxe Grooming Bundle
Parenting is a tough job. Maybe there’s a reason why one of the items in this collection is a flask. Whether there’s a 4-year-old or a 24-year-old involved, being a parent can be a stressful job. That’s why GovX has all kinds of stuff that dads love, like watches, multi-tools, golf clubs, even a classic pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers. Here’s a kind of a hodgepodge of “dad gifts,” including a few things for the man cave every guy should have, because taking a break from parenting and chilling for a few hours is sometimes a wise tactic. You might want to recommend a forged steel sign from Nine Line, the perfect addition to any room dedicated to American might.
- Uppercut Deluxe Grooming Bundle
- Ministry of Supply Apollo Dress Shirt
- Nixon The Chronicle SS Watch
- Nine Line Stars and Stripes Molten Metal Sign
There’s plenty more available at GovX.com, if you haven’t already checked it out. Membership is totally free too, so if you qualify, you should definitely sign up.
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