Veterans and military spouses have been thriving as entrepreneurs creating some amazing quality products. With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to check off the names on your nice list than shopping and supporting the veteran and military spouse-owned businesses of our 2016 Military Family Gift Guide.
Entrepreneurship is a solid route for veterans transitioning out as they adapt to life after the military or for military spouses anytime because it can be incorporated into the lifestyle, wherever they are stationed. This trend has opened up lots of possibilities, not only for the entrepreneurs, but giving everyone wonderful options as we shop this holiday season!
We’ve collected some of our favorite businesses of the year to help you with your gift list, adding more to our previous Handmade Holiday blog post that features other great brands like R. Riveter, Expressionista Boutique, and Nine Line Apparel.
Bottle Breacher – Veteran owned and operated, Bottle Breacher repurposes 50 caliber ammunition into bottle openers that make perfect stocking stuffers for the military man in your life. You can personalize each Bottle Breacher and they also have other products available.
Black Rifle Coffee – Not only does Black Rifle Coffee have tasty coffee to help service members get mission ready, they have a store full of other goods that fit with the military lifestyle. There are some great Christmas deals and bundles available online that can’t be missed.
Article 15 Clothing – Article 15 Clothing’s President, Mat Best joined together with three other veterans to open up shop. They have clothing for men and women touting humor that other service members can associate with and also carry beard products to help with grooming for that leave or ETS beard.
Combat Flip Flop – Founded by two former Army Rangers, Combat Flip Flop sought to help employ and empower communities around the world, particular women in Afghanistan. Every flip flop purchase puts an Afghan girl into school for a day. Their beautiful sarongs, handmade by employed Afghan women can also be great gifts.
Homefront Girl – Homefront Girl has so many wonderful things that are military-themed. From special teddy bears that support Operation Homefront to picture frames and mugs, there is bound to be something that resonates with the military spouse on your gift list.
Southern Elegance – Owned by a steadfast military spouse, Southern Elegance candles are hand poured soy candles that bring the smells of the South to wherever you are stationed. Check out their destination collection for city specific scents or their holiday collection, if you’re feeling particularly festive.
At Ease Design Company – From personalized furniture to cheese boards and even coasters, At Ease Design Company products have a lifetime guarantee behind them, which provides protection over multiple PCS moves! The craftsmen behind At Ease Design Company are military veterans, so they understand the importance of creating stuff that lasts.
Little Sapling Toys – Little Sapling Toys is owned by a veteran and military spouse team and every toy is handcrafted wood made from sustainable materials. In addition to toys, the store has kids’ decor and rattles for the littler milkids.
Chameleon Kids – Created by two military spouses for military kids, Chameleon Kids is filled with stories written by their peers aimed to “encourage the bright side of life as a military kid.” A print subscription is only $14.95 and who doesn’t love getting something special in the mail?
Ellia Jacksford Designs – If you’re in need for handmade children’s items, Ellia Jacksford Designs has some adorable hooded towels that you can personalize with certain characters and specific names. Order before December 10th to get your milkid’s gift on time for the holidays!
For more military-inspired gift ideas, check out the Pinterest boards below.