Discussion in 'Service Academy Parents' started by CrazyHorse, Nov 15, 2012.
Any suggestions on a gift for a graduating cadet?
Ed Brown Classic Custom
Watch, sunglasses, nice wallet.... if he's nautically inclined, a mutli-tool or pocket knife?
I like the Ed Brown Classic idea..
Original model 1911 Colt 45. Very expensive but a great weapon and hit them in the ear and they go down. Multi-Tool is a good choice and also any good pocket sailing knife easily purchased at West Marine. Good pair of Sunglasses is something they won't get for themselves.
How close are you to the cadet?
What is your budget?
Ex: We purchased his metal ranks,and an additional set of blues for our AF DS. He was going rated, his GF gave him a G-Shock watch. We had purchased his mess dress when he was a cadet.
These little things add up a lot financially.
For a friend, we purchased a bottle of Johnny Walker Green. JW offers personalizes labels, so we used that option.
It really depends on how much you want to spend, and how close you are to the cadet.
If you are just attending as a guest, I would talk to the folks. They know what he needs and wants. If you are the parent, I would buy them something that has a sentimental impact.
As I said, we purchased his bars, the bars he was pinned on for commissioning. Bullet when he retired 21 yrs later, had the O1 butter bars his Mom and I pinned on placed in his shadow box, along with his flight cap. He kept them for his entire career. He gave one to a poster here, another to DS, the 3rd went into the shadow box. Bullet's Mom died a week ago, and now when he looks at that shadow box, he has his Mom.
The other thing Bullet gave to our DS, which is only for military parents, was his leather flight jacket that Bullet wore during his career...blood chits he had placed in the jacket during Gulf 1.
Just saying even something so small, and so cheap can be the best gift.
This might be nice for a female going USMC. They also have a Male USMC and others for Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard but you have to search for them. Flight Jacket would have been the best.
AF gift...great stocking stuffer for Xmas or a b'day.
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