Military members sacrifice so much for their communities and country. Picking out a gift for a military graduate or retirement can be a daunting task as their styles and needs can be different from what is useful for civilians. Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day gift, an anniversary or other special occasion, they deserve an amazing gift. After all, the most important thing is to show them how proud you are to have them in your life. Here is a list of practical and beautiful gift ideas that can help you find something that will make your military member in the Australian Army or a veteran, feel appreciated and loved.


Military Rings

Wearing a ring signifies an important commitment or event in a person’s life. Military rings are a way of building solidarity with other soldiers and commemorating a military career. They come in designs that honour military service and today’s army ring styles feature designs for both men who like traditional styles and men who prefer cutting edge fashion.

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A military ring may be the perfect gift for a special soldier in your life, whether active duty, veteran or retired. Giving an army ring to a military person is a way of showing support and gratitude for his service – a gift that will be appreciated for a lifetime. Military themed rings convey a message and commemorate brave heroes.

Prices vary depending upon the materials used and there are military rings online available in sterling silver and white, yellow or rose gold, with the Army logo engraved, or an Army unit, branch, and crest. Look carefully and choose a military ring to honour a soldier’s connection with all members of the military in the simple act of wearing a ring daily.

There are no set rules on how one should wear an army ring. He could wear it with any military uniform, duty or dress uniform. Also, he could wear it to both formal and informal gatherings. Many times, people are wondering which finger to wear it, but there are no right or wrong answers to this question. Some army rings are quite big and wearing them on the same hand where the wedding band is won’t look pleasing. For that reason, it may be a good idea to wear it on the other hand instead. The middle finger exudes manliness and is believed to symbolise balance and responsibility, so it can be a good choice for putting an army ring on it.

Apparel and Headwear

You can find apparel and headwear for a member of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy or Air Force, or a veteran. You can choose uniform accessories and hats, beanies, berets, hoodies, shorts, pants, jackets, shirts, ties and more.

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Very often clothes are go-to items for gifts and your service member is sure to find them useful and enjoy. You can choose a stylish leather jacket with patches that will let everyone know he’s a proud military member and keep him warm at the same time. Even if he’s retired from the military, he can show off his pride for the Army.

Boots and Socks

Choose high-quality combat and military boots for the member of the army, designed from the sole up to be the perfect rugged footwear. Look for specifically designed boots to boost foot and ankle stability, which can help cushion the knees as well and ensure comfort and stability.

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No one’s happy with a pair of blistered feet. So, to keep your military member feel comfortable in his shoes, get him a good pair of socks to make sure his feet stay blister-free.

Wrist Watches

Most men love a good watch, and chances are your military man likes one, too. Being on time is important in the army and you can give the gift of time by choosing a durable and hardy watch. There is a variety of wristwatches styles and you may find one that’s suited for your beloved soldier needs, including shock-, magnetic- and water resistance, long battery life, LED light and more.

Coffee Mugs

Give the gift of energy to your service member with your choice of a durable coffee mug. You can’t go wrong with a coffee mug with the Army, Air Force or Navy logo or the Remembrance Poppy. It has different meanings in different military folklore. In Australia, the vivid red of the poppies symbolises the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles help everyone stay hydrated, whether going to the gym, working or completing other tasks. That being said, there’s no doubt that your man in the army will need a water bottle to complete his military duties successfully.
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Key Rings

Everyone needs a key, they serve a purpose, whether for locking their door, or carrying keys for their vehicle. Keychains are handy accessories and can make a great choice when the gift-giving time comes. They’re simple and useful, and some even feature a bottle opener. Choose carefully and find the most suitable one for your military man, so he’ll know it comes from the heart.

Multipurpose Tools

The Leatherman multitool features nearly everything one could need. From wire strippers, pliers to knives, all in a single and easy-to-hold tool. A multipurpose tool is a useful item and can make for a great gift for any military member.