A recent survey conducted by Army Wife Network of nearly 2,000 military spouses revealed some interesting findings when it comes to celebrating and appreciating the military spouse. Participants were asked to vote on (or add) their favorite item that would be included in a "military spouse appreciation package".
As expected, many voted for the package to include their husband. And even though I know that there are hundreds of USPS Flat Rate boxes out there, I'm pretty sure that's not possible.
What wasn't expected was the level of practicality of the choices the spouses included. An overwhelming number of spouses chose a day at the spa. Other ideas followed; help with house cleaning, childcare, dinner, help with their automobiles, and of course lawn care. That doesn't sound very fun if you're the creative type. But don't despair, as I've taken these practical "needs" to a whole new level and created some very fun gift ideas for you to celebrate the special military spouse in your life.
Nail polish (several fun colors)
Nail file, clippers, etc.
Skin care (masque, exfoliator, etc.)
Robe or slippers
*Certificate for a mani/pedi or massage
Package this in a pretty gift bag with tissue paper
Sash (printed with Household 6)
Fancy cleaning gloves, broom, dustpan
Name brand (you know the ones you wouldn't spend money on yourself) cleaning supplies
Candle or Reed diffuser
Special (I'm talking Victoria's Secret type) laundry detergent
Mixed CD or dance music for cleaning
*Certificate for housecleaning (for the day she doesn't feel like doing it herself!)
Package this in a plastic cleaning caddy complete with a bow
*Certificate for local restaurant or fast food joint
Precious Car – Go!
Tire cleaner foam
Febreeze for autos
Hanging car air freshener
*Certificate for an oil change
*Certificate for a car wash or car detailing
Package this in a bucket with a large sponge
Yard & Garden Party
Seed packets or flowers
Fun garden hat
*Certificate for lawn maintenance
Package items in a planter or large pot with garden tools
Gift of Service
An easy way to spruce up any package or a great idea for the budget conscience is to give the gift of your own service. Use your creativity to make a printable coupon book or visit this site and do them for free: www.dltk-cards.com/coupon/.
No time to put together a package? Find the perfect military spouse gift at some of these amazing military spouse supporters:
Hero On My Arm
Jayne Wayne Gear
Wire A Cake
Old Glory Soldiers
Proud To Serve Winery
* Feel free to adjust the gift to your budget and/or preferences. Any of the certificates are perfect gifts on their own without the package contents.
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Tara Crooks writes columns for several military publications, and is the host of Army Wife Talk Radio and cofounder of the popular website www.ArmyWifeNetwork.com. Army Wife Network is interactive empowerment for Army wives. Featuring Army Wife Talk Radio the original internet talk radio program for military wives, "Field Problems" a self-syndicated question and answer column for military families, "Field Exercises" live interactive events for military spouses, Loving A Soldier blog, featured columns, and a robust Facebook community. To find out more about Tara visit her blog, www.TaraCrooks.com and listen to Tara's T.A.L.E. her exclusive podcasts on Military.com.
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