Military Spouse Appreciation Day is the first Friday in May every year. Although we are constantly telling our fellow milspouses how totally awesome they are, Daily Mom Military came up with gift ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day so you can actually show them how awesome they are. Each one of the gifts on this list come from military spouse-owned, veteran-owned, or military focused companies whose priorities are giving back to the military community. Check out this list of 16 gift ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day (or retirement ceremonies, Change of Command, or friends who are PCSing).
16 Gift Ideas for Military Spouse Appreciation Day
FitMiss athleisure apparel offers stunning hand-drawn prints, premium fabrics, and carefully thought-out functionalities like high-rise leggings that neither fall down nor constrict. The sports bras are to die for, with the perfect amount of support and the cutest, most original designs. A burgeoning
The fiery red Abby Tights from 5.11
Show appreciation to your military spouse by giving them a break from meal planning and shopping with Home Chef. Home Chef offers meals for two or four and up to six meals a week to be delivered. Every week, a unique menu is available for meals of your choosing including seafood, beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian. If you need to add more protein, you can do that. If you have picky kids, you can choose 2 servings for one meal they may not eat but 4 servings for a meal they will eat. If your active duty spouse will be gone for training, you can adjust the servings while they are gone and increase it when they return. Going on vacation? You can skip meals up to six weeks ahead. No wasted time or food with Home Chef! The recipes that are easy to follow making cooking a bit easier, and delicious. Quite the treat to have groceries delivered, and even better that they are pre-packed and planned for meals for the week. As a bonus, each part of the box is recyclable!
Zyia Active Pocket Light n Tight Hi-Rise leggings are perfect for running errands, chasing toddlers, packing up the house, yoga, or you know, actually running. The compression component and high waistband thankfully holds everything in. These leggings are as flattering as they are practical. A side pocket for your phone means you can live your very best hands-free life. Available in a variety of colors, these quality leggings are a staple in a military spouse’s wardrobe.
Looking for a unique Military Spouse Appreciation Day gift that you can’t find at the local liquor store? Then you need to check out Cask Cartel! With different spirits ranging in price and variety, you will definitely find something you haven’t seen before. They even have themed options (like the Game of Thrones whiskey!). Select your bottle(s) and they will arrive in a custom filled and packed box to ensure everything will arrive without spilling a drop. It is perfect for the male military spouse that often gets left out of any military spouse related things!
Any of their beautiful bracelets is a compliment to any military spouse. The beads slip on easily and do not catch on clothing or hair. With a gentle nod to the red, white and blue of the American Flag, the Freedom bracelet is an effortless way to wear your pride and respect for the military community. As Charlie Madison’s tagline reads, “everyday reminders that every day matters.” Each bracelet showcases a Navy knot, a nod to their origins in the Navy. And if you needed another reason to love this small business, 5% of every sale is donated to organizations that support service members and their families – that’s keeping it in the military community!
Guys can be military spouses, too, and it is important to remember the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice they make to support their service members. Bottle Breacher is a great way to say thanks to those dedicated men who stand beside their spouses. Made out of a .50 caliber shell the Bottle Breacher is a super cool way to open his favorite beer. It comes in a variety of colors and designs like this Skull American flag. You can also get them engraved with a custom logo or word, or even the branch of service.
Each piece is handmade and unique – just like the military spouse in your life. Our journeys have unique twists and turns, curves and ups and downs – and these beautiful pieces accentuate and celebrate that. The military spouse behind Quinn Sharp Jewelry has a love of the ocean and a training in metalsmith in jewelry design which she has combined in each piece. Choose from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and lava jewelry! Support a military spouse with a gorgeous piece by gifting one to the military spouse in your life.
Small Gold Teardrop with Moonstone/Aqua Chalcedony Drop
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This decal tank top is a great gift for those military spouses that just love coffee, doughnuts, and meditation! And what milspouse doesn’t love a cute decal shirt that says it all? They can slip into this comfy tank when they go out for a jog, a quick yoga session, or a run around the park with the kids. Whatever the case, your milspouse will love the look and feel of this tank.
“Coffee, Donughts, and Meditation Renew” Mom Racerback Tank in Olive
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These shirts from Westhouse are the most perfect gift to give to your milspouse (and milkid, too)! Milspouses know all too well the motions of PCSing, and so do their kids. Get them these adorable matching shirts. Your milspouse will love the soft fabric and spunky decal on the shirt because we all know it doesn’t hit the fan until we have orders in hand!
But First, Orders Adult T-Shirt and Strong Enough to Bloom Wherever We’re Blown Kids T-Shirt
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The Candle Wife is dedicated to bringing you the most all-natural, sustainable, and cost-effective candles as possible while serving them up in slightly quirky repurposed mugs or beautiful original packaging. Nothing makes a house a home quite like a refreshing scent can and this
Mind, Body & Soul Candle- Eucalyptus and Peppermint
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Our love for coffee unites us, and our desire to share pieces of ourselves on plain white walls of military housing leaves us grateful for beautiful and rustic pieces like this “But First, Coffee” sign. It holds three of your most favorite coffee mugs – go ahead, put those polish pottery pieces, or Starbucks “You Were Here” mugs up for everyone to see. And is very easy to hang. It’s the perfect addition to your farmhouse – or not farmhouse – kitchen decor.
As busy moms, we all need a little help to keep our life organized. And what is better than to be organized while remaining stylish at the same time? Enter Daisy Faye Designs, a milspouse-owned business that specializes in women’s accessories featuring bright and whimsical fabrics! Cute zipper pouches (like this Green Rosa Floral Pencil Pouch, $20) are perfect for holding pens, credit cards, or even makeup, while the key fobs will ensure your keys can be easily spotted. Going out for lunch or to a spouse’s event? Daisy Faye Designs also stocks the cutest clutches and scarves to make your outfit pop!
Show your guns – and your American pride with this Pledge tank from Nine Line Apparel. The racerback tank fits very well and is a little longer than other tanks, giving you plenty of coverage for the gym or casual Friday. The fabric is super soft and it comes in a variety of colors, including black, red, and royal blue.
The military spouse in your life loves the military life, and a piece of jewelry to signify her dedication and her drive to continue through all the tough times is something she will cherish. Nomades Collection was started by four military wives who wanted to create something that would help military service members and military spouses tell the story of their journeys. Their unique charms can be added to different style bracelets and include dog tags, emblems, branch, duty station locations, their specific field, and more. This Military Spouse Appreciation Day show them you appreciate their hard work and dedication through the ups and downs of military life with Nomades Collection.
If when your feet hit the floor each morning, your first thoughts are “coffee” and “my toes are cold” these socks are for you! “If you can read this bring me coffee,” is the perfect addition for each coffee-loving milspouse. They’re soft, comfy, and come in great colors. Grab a pair for yourself and your fellow coffee loving friends.
Military spouses are amazing (if we do say so ourselves). They keep everything held down on the homefront when their service members are away – and sometimes even when they are home – and they do it without complaint. They honor the service and sacrifice our service members make, and on this day (or any day!) it is always nice to say “thank you” to them for their unwavering support and dedication. These gift ideas are perfect for male and female spouses, and for any event where you want to tell your fellow milspouse “Hey, you’re pretty awesome and thanks for all you do.“
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