18 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Deploying Dads

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Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and if you have a Dad (or spouse) who will be deploying after Father’s Day, it is the perfect time to get him something he will love and use while away from home. Or perhaps the Dad in your life is already deployed and you are searching for the perfect items to send as deployment gifts in your next care package. Look no further!

Here’s a wishlist of suggested gifts perfect for deployment, compiled by military Dads!

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Electronic Gifts for Deployment

1. Apple AirPods

apple airpodsDoes Dad love to work out? (Ok maybe “love” is too strong a work for the military Dad in your life.) Since physical fitness is a part of military life, the best accessories are key. Find that in the Apple AirPods!

With bluetooth capability, optical sensors, a motion accelerometer and 24 hours of listening time when fully charged, these are a gift Dad will definitely love!

Does Dad already have the latest AirPods? Then why gift him a case cover an accessories!

2. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Deployment can be loud! Very, very loud. 

Set Dad up to have some peace and quiet with a great set of noise cancelling headphones. 

If the Bose Quiet Comfort line is out of your price range, check out these more affordable options


3. Charger Roll-Up Case

If Dad will be deploying with all the technology, a charger roll-up case is must! This electronics travel organizer takes up very little space but keeps everything neatly organized.

No more spending time searching for everything in his bags. No mess and no damage. The charger roll-up case is cord management at its finest!

4. External Hard Drive

Dad can bring his data and media from his personal home collection to have on hand during deployment with this 3TB of storage capacity external hard drive.  Additionally, Toshiba Storage Security Software is available with this device to help prevent unauthorized access to your data with a password lock feature. 

5. Battery Back Up

A portable charger is handy during deployment when you aren’t always near an outlet. This portable external battery has dual outputs designed for extending the battery life of your mobile devices on the go. It features high energy density battery technology, fast charging scheme, premium compact design, and smart safety built-in protection circuits. Plus Dad can charge two devices at once! 

6. Device to HDMI Adapter

While not every deploying dad will be able to use this adapter, it made our list because it is so functional!

The Lightning to Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, or iPhone 5, so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your widescreen TV, video projection screen, or other HDMI-compatible display. So handy! 

7. Nintendo Switch

A gaming system can be a great way to occupy time when not working or sleeping for the military dad. The Nintendo Switch combines a home system with a portable gaming system, meaning Dad will be able to use this at home and abroad. 

8. iPad

Space saving devices are important when packing for deployment. An iPad that has the functionality of a laptop with longer battery life is a great option for the deploying military dad. 


Food and Beverage Deployment Gifts


9. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

aeropress coffee maker and accessoriesIf Dad is a coffee drinker, the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker may be the perfect present for him.

This coffee maker is lightweight, compact, portable and durable. With it you can make 1 to 3 cups of American coffee per pressing in about a minute! It can also brew espresso style coffee for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks. 

Its the perfect way to help have a caffeinated Dad on deployment!

10. Thermal Coffee Cup

Drinks on the go are part of deployment life. The Thermos Stainless King is a 40oz bottle designed to keep liquids hot for 24 hours, and cold for 24 hours! It can hold up to deployment life with its durable stainless-steel interior and exterior keep bottle cool to touch with hot liquids and sweat proof with cold liquids. Bonus: the lid doubles as insulated serving cup! 


11. Bread Maker

Not every military dad on deployment will be able to have a bread maker (so double check before purchasing), but those who can will be a homemade hero! A bread maker brings the taste of home with a simple machine. Don’t forget to pick up some simple bread mix that only needs water added in to make bread!


Comfort and Relaxation Deployment Gifts

13. Comfortable Folding Chair

Every Dad needs his own place to sit. (You likely have a “Dad chair” at home!) A comfortable folding chair is an easy way to have a Dad chair on deployment. The Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Camping and Sports Chair is a top pick, but another great oversized option for a huskier dad is the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair.

13. Family Photo Book

Dad’s love take a piece of home with them on deployment. A photo album of printed pictures of family is a wonderful gift for any Dad. Shutterfly.com is a favorite website for cheap photo printing, but double check through eBates for coupons and cash back before you order! 

14. Comfortable Sheets

If the military dad preparfleet sheetsing for deployment in your life is a member of the Coast Guard or Navy, you need to check out Fleet Sheets for all the comfortable bedding options! 

Fleet sheets offers a variety of sheets, mattress toppers, and accessories to make resting life at sea more comfortable for our sailors. 


Handy Gear Gifts for Deployment

15. Sunglasses

A pair of great sunglasses are so important during a deployment. These are some of our favorite, because of their lifetime breakage warranty on the frames make them tough enough to endure being tossed around.

The polycarbonate lens and frames are impact, scratch resistant, durable and unbreakable.

16. Command Hooks

Being able to hang things up in their space is challenging when deployed. Command hooks are the perfect solution. Even if Dad is already on deployment, you can add these into his next care package. This assorted package contains 6 small picture hanging strips, 4 large picture hanging strips, 3 medium utility hooks, 2 large utility hooks, 3 small utility hooks, 6 small wire hooks. Perfect for seeing what works best in your military dad’s space. 

17. Microfiber Towels

Fast drying and super absorbent towels are wonderful option for deployment. They are lighter weight than cotton towels and absorb 3-5 times its own weight in water. Additionally they stay fresher for longer thanks to an antimicrobial fabric coating. Snap loop on towel for hanging.  Compact for packing leaves more space for Dad’s gear.

18. Dad Shirt

A shirt that says it all.

What Dad doesn’t love a great “Dad shirt”? 


Best Father’s Day Gift of 2020 for All Military Dads

Hands down the best father’s day gift for this year is a sweat tee from Authentically American. These shirts have a hidden design that appears as dad sweats! Perfect for those subtle reminders to Navy to Beat Army. (Don’t worry Army families, they have one for you too!)


Sending a care package for Father’s Day?

If you are shipping your gift to your spouse or dad for Father’s day, check out these super cute flap stickers

I’ll Always Look Up to You, Dad care package flaps

Super Dad care package flaps

Happy Father’s Day care package flap sticker kit

To the Coolest Pop care package flap stickers

For the New Dad, You’re Doing Great care package flaps


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