First I understand this thread is trite and self indulgent, in comparision to other topics taken up here. That said, I enjoy the idea of shipping off something to my DD that she opens up on a "down day" or during the "dark days" that reminds her that she is on my mind. Something she can use or something that just gives her a lift. My list of stuff follows, but I am curious to learn if other SA parents have come up with. 1) Moms home cooking-------obvious but effective. That said you never know how long it will take stuff to get to the SA and when your DD/DS will find time to pick up a pkg, green stuff on the cookies=not good. 2) Custom Coffee Mug with pics of her dog/home/family. DD loved this. 3)Desk toys (stuff that other Mids pick-up when they drop by her room) Magnets I've actually pissed her off with one pretty powerful one but the little ones I sent her found their way to the watch desk during her Plebe year where they amused plebes standing watch. Fidgets of all kinds 4) Cheap crappy throw-away toys: yodeling pickle $8;Induction Flying lighted ball $8; Annoyitron $4; Flying Chicken $3 , Etc. 5) Sunglasses: ( "Hello, my name is Just Dad and I have a sunglasses problem"). Childhood vision issues had me wearing sunglasses almost anytime I was outside as a kid. To this day if I am outside and you can't see stars in the sky---I have sunglasses on. To have my DD in an environment where the only variable in her uniform are the sunglasses she picks to wear; to have the eBay treasure trove to dig through looking for a great-deal on some Maui Jims, Tom Fords, Serengetis, Oliver Peoples, Oakley, (not a fan of RayBan these days) has been addicting and I've been bad. DD loses a pair, I replace the lost pair with two new ones. Of course "occasionally" while looking for glasses for DD I stumble upon a pair for myself. I'm guessing that I've purchased about 17 pairs over the last two years. DW has been great, doesn't complain, (I think she's just happy that I'm not buying fire arms). BTW I am happy to share the eBay vendors that I've had good results with just PM me. 6) DW is more practical than I am. Her only "Mid Gift" was an early Christmas present of tattooed eye liner and eyebrows. DW swears by hers and the time it saves, DD agrees. Well, thats it. Thinking about it a-bit, I guess this whole SA thing has altered my role some re: DD. I am still her Dad, but it's the Navy's job to make life hard for her these days. I am more like an indulgent grandpa. Anybody have other great/cool stuff that you ship off to your SA kid?