10 Tips to Remember
When You Design Your
Own Custom Military
There are at least 10 tips to
remember when you design your
own custom military gifts. Giving
gifts to military personnel is slightly
different than giving them to
civilians. However, keeping the
following tips in mind can help the
donor save money, time, and effort,
as well as ensure the gift will be
10 tips on how to design
custom military gifts
It really doesn’t matter if the gift is
bought or self-made, as long as the
gift is given from the heart.
However, these guidelines should be
followed when designing the custom
1. Consider who the gift is for: Think
about the recipient’s age, activity
level, military status, health,
hobbies, likes and dislikes.
2. Determine the primary purpose of
the gift: Is it for boosting the
person’s morale, showing love and
support, or supplying needed items?
3. Consider the location where the
gift will be used: Will the location
place any restrictions on the type of
present or its use? Is the gift to be
used while the person is overseas or
stateside? Will it require any special
conditions or precautions?
4. Choose a present that can easily
be personalized or customized, such
as these: gift cards, apparel,
photos/photo album, scrap books,
dog tags, shadow boxes or display
boxes, certificates, mugs, magnets,
stationery sets, care packages,
pillows, memory quilts, memento
5. Surf online arts & crafts and do-it-
yourself sites for gift ideas,
instructions and tools that can be
utilized for creating personalized or
customized items. If online research
isn’t feasible, then visit the local
6. Familiarize yourself with the rules
and regulations relating to packages
being sent to service personnel
stationed overseas. Especially do
this if it’s being sent to Iran, Kuwait
or Afghanistan. There are numerous
websites and organizations that will
provide you with this information.
7. Consider giving several little gifts
if the person is on deployment
rather than one large gift, unless it’s
for a special occasion such as a
birthday, an anniversary, or a
8. Always include a part of yourself
in the gifting to increase the sense
of being connected. Send an up-to-
date photo of yourself or your most
recent activities, write a note, draw
a picture, record a short video clip,
share your own interests and
hobbies, or send a self-made card.
9. Ensure that the package is sturdy and
well-taped before shipping it overseas.
Especially make sure that anything
fragile is well-protected by bubble wrap.
The post office and various military
organizations will provide guidelines for
packaging and shipping the package.
Remember that it will take several weeks
to get to its destination and will be
tossed about or have other heavy
packages placed upon it.
10. Be sure that you properly file the
customs paperwork with the post office.
The government does not guarantee
your package will safely reach its
destination so do not send anything of
great value or that cannot easily be
replaced. Also be aware that all
packages are inspected in Kuwait before
being sent on to Iran or Afghanistan and
any restricted items will be confiscated
by the inspectors.
Although this may sound like a difficult
process, it’s fairly simple once you’ve
become familiar with it. Sending a token
of gratitude to well-deserving military
personnel is certainly worth the time,
money and effort. If you follow these 10
tips when you create your custom
military gift, then you’ll become an
expert before you know it.
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