The Ultimate Collection Of Holiday Gifts For Warfighters

Gear

It's that time of year again: Time to be a gift-giving hero and put some epic gear under the tree for the uniformed pros in your life. The 2016 holiday shopping guides at GovX.com are better than ever.


If you're in a charitable mood, make sure you explore what's on offer this year. (But you know, it's totally okay to shop for yourself. We won't judge.)

What's GovX, you ask? If you're current or former military — or really any kind of government worker — you can become a member for free and save on a ton of amazing gear, equipment, and more.

tactical

You'll find all the old classics here — Oakley, 5.11 Tactical, Benchmade — but, this year, you'll also find some newcomers. BLACKHAWK joins the lineup with its selection of high-end tactical gear. Surefire is a name many of you will recognize as the maker of handgun-mounted lights. Plus, Line of Fire's tactical gloves make for an excellent gift for shooting enthusiasts. And really, who do you know who isn't a shooting enthusiast?

OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

Casio G-Shock Solar Atomic Watch

SPY Quanta ANSI Sunglasses

Benchmade Adamas Fixed Knife

Vertx EDC 18-hour Backpack

Find more tactical gifts »

fitness

You'll notice in this collection, there's a highly technical approach to sweating your ass off. Shorts with unique, hybrid fabrics that wick away moisture and offer plenty of flexibility. Compression gear designed to promote blood flow, ensuring you don't feel like a sore pile of death the next day. And there are shoes that let you really dig into the Earth, whether you're running miles across it, or lifting iron over it. If you know someone whose idea of gym apparel is the same pair of basketball shorts he's been wearing since college, consider browsing this guide for a gift he'll really dig.

OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

TITIN Weighted Compression System

LALO Tactical Grinder Shoe

HyperIce Vyper Vibrating Roller

HYLETE Vertex Pocket Shorts

Find more fitness gifts »

tech

This guide wouldn't be complete without an aerial drone. (Always know your local drone laws and regulations, folks.) But in addition to that, you'll find gear for the most popular smartphones, action cameras from both GoPro and Garmin, and some unique audio gear like waterproof earbuds, speakers, and sound bars.

OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

JLab Audio Splashproof Earbuds

Garmin VIRB Action Camera

Magbuddy Windshield Mount

Mota ProLive 5000 Drone

Find more tech gifts »

outdoor

Even outdoor junkies — those folks who disappear for weeks at a time and eventually return with foot-long beards — come home for the holidays. This collection is meant for campers, hikers, athletes, adrenaline junkies, and people who laugh in the face of inclement weather.

OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

Biolite Campstove Bundle

Leatherman One-handed Tool

Snugpak Scorpion Tent

Rinsekit Portable Shower

Find more outdoor gifts »

watches

Sorry, you won't find the new Apple Watch in this guide. But what you will find is a huge collection of timepieces literally for every budget. From affordable yet rugged Armitron timepieces to the high-end Suunto wearables — which totally gives the Apple Watch a run for its money, by the way — this guide has everything for guys who prefer checking the time on your wrist to pulling out their smartphone.

OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

Armitron Analog/Digital

Vestal Surf & Train

Nixon 51-30 Chrono

Suunto Spartan Ultra

Find more watches »

There's plenty more available at GovX.com. Membership is reserved for current and former military, first responders, and government personnel. If you qualify, be sure to sign up for your free membership.

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