5 Military-Themed Gift Ideas for Your Brothers-in Arms

5 Military-Themed Gift Ideas for Your Brothers-in Arms

Whether he’s serving in the military, is a veteran, enjoys military history, or is just a fan of the US military, it’s surprisingly easy to find super-cool, always-in-fashion, military-themed gifts for men. Is it stylish? Well, in the rough-and-ready, Alpha Male sense it is. And who hasn’t got one of those lurking under the skin? Whether it’s camo casuals or chunky combat boots, there’s hardly ever a time when fashion hasn’t followed the brave. But you don’t have to stick to clothing items to find super-cool military-style gifts. 

Modus Vivendi releases the new Military Line Modus Vivendi proudly presents the second part of its 2015 campaign in which its new collection is presented over a huge 10-part series in which the latest Modus Vivendi lines are sent around the globe to be worn by some of today’s most charismatic models and photographed by 10 visionary photographers. After our first stop in Leicester, England, where we saw the Pride line sumptuously photographed by Gavin Harrison, our next stop is beautiful Newport Beach, California. The line presented is Modus Vivendi’s new Military line and the photographer who created these knock-out images is the renowned Tom Cullis. Recruiting an army of seven models (five men and two women) Cullis set to work interpreting the spirit of this new line and the results are, we think, sensational. Xavier Guttierez, Adam Fletcher, Darrell Thomas, Matt LeMond, Rocky Russo, Mona Dash, Erin Lup and set assistant Joseph Sayers worked together with the photographer to create some of the most striking Modus Vivendi campaign images we have ever seen. The Military line comprises boxers, briefs, jockstraps and tank tops along with hoodies, joggers and bermuda style shorts. All in khaki and black tones. A range of outstanding quality fabrics, with blends of cotton, wool, polyester and acrylic, has been used with touches of leatherette and other stylish details to create a mesmerising male clothing line, perfect for the upcoming winter. Credits: Underwear and clothing: Modus Vivendi (www.e-modusvivendi.com) Photographer: Tom Cullis (www.tomcullisphoto.com) Set assistant: Joseph Sayers Models: Xavier Gutierrez (NTA LA) Adam Fletcher (NTA LA - W Athletic-London) Darrell Thomas (NTA LA) Matt LeMond (NTA LA) Rocky Russo Mona Dash Erin Lup

Need some inspiration to create the “wow” moment you’re hoping to elicit? These ideas should get your creative juices flowing!

1. Because Everyone Loves the Marines!

Looking for a signature item he’ll be proud to wear every day? Marine corps jewelry could be just the thing. From waterproof watches to dog tags and silver rings, you’re sure to find rugged items that reflect your hero’s personality and style. As for the emblems and motifs, there’s no mistaking them – it’s a great way for him to show his pride in his country and its amazing fighting men and women. 

From an American perspective, we’re looking at a range of timepieces including functional, navy seal style diving watches and gold or stainless steel commemorative watches, eagle motifs, unit apparel, hatpins, and a wide range of other accessories. But, no matter where you are in the world, you can adapt this idea to match your allegiances and military heroes and, from the flamboyant to the understated, there’s something to match every style profile too.

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2. Commemorate History’s Greatest Military Moments

There’s no shortage of gifts for military history enthusiasts. From macho T-shirts to victory pins, and from detailed scale-models to prints or posters commemorating famous battles, finding affordable gifts for a history fan should be a simple task. 

If you’re looking for a gift for an avid collector, you can browse online or hunt through antiques stores in search of authentic memorabilia like medals and other collectables. You’ll be amazed by the wide range of historic items and replicas you can find for sale and you might even find something for yourself in the process.  Do you fancy your jacket with original World War 2 brass buttons? They’re surprisingly easy to find. 

Whether it’s just a bit of fun or a real piece of history, a military history buff is sure to love his gift – and you’ll have an interesting time hunting down exactly the right one. 

About face! 1, 2, 3, Hey, Army Boys! Production by Mateo Carrasco, photography by Chesco López, styled by Jose Herrera, and Army Boys are Andrés Sanjuan and Carlos (Sight Management) also Igor.

3. Let Him Refight Famous Battles With Great War Games

Armchair warriors can test their military skills using great games that simulate famous battles throughout history. Let your bro, dad, or buddy play the general, re-deploying troops to see if he can change the tide of battle and do better than the commanders of yesteryear. As long as he likes tech, gaming, and military history, you’re onto a winner with a gift that caters to three of his top interests at once. 

To find the right game for your friend or family member, you will need to know what hardware he likes to use when gaming. Then try to identify the era that interests him most. For example, World War 2 simulations have become a genre of their own and so have American Civil War reenactment games. Once you know the gaming platform and the era, it’s time to start reading game reviews to see what the gaming community is saying. Do your homework, and you’re onto a winner that will be good for many hours of enjoyment!

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4. Hunt Down Some Military-Style Kit

If you’ve got the budget, nobody will refuse a genuine leather military-style bomber jacket. But those with tighter budgets still have a fighting chance of finding a great gift. Any army-crazy outdoorsman will be thrilled to receive some genuine military surplus kit. Think about looking for survival kits, first aid kits, or military multi-purpose tools. 

Stampd Strapped Bomber Jacket

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find genuine army surplus items. Believe it or not, in some countries, you can even buy an army tank! However, we’d recommend that you choose something a little more modest. While it might be great in rush-hour traffic, finding parking might not be all that easy and local traffic police may be less than charmed.

Without getting overly ambitious, you can still cater to manly tastes with high-quality, authentic gear that speaks to his inner action man. 

5. Give Him a Military History Bestseller

Yes, it’s not exactly a curveball idea, but it’s worth keeping in mind all the same. Regardless of the military era he’s most interested in, there are incredibly well-researched books that will give him new insights into the periods he’s most interested in. From the war in Iraq all the way back to medieval crusaders, there’s a book for every man with an interest in the art of war. Shop around and read reviews to find a trending book for your favorite armchair warrior. 

If it’s the US army that inspires your friend, current top picks include Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, American Sniper by Chris Kyle and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. From a UK perspective, Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor, The Somme by Lyn MacDonald, and Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Montefiore are all bestsellers worthy of attention. 

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5 Military-Themed Gift Ideas for Your Brothers-in Arms

So why the focus on military style? While no gift idea works for absolutely all men, military themes would certainly work for a majority of them. If you’re looking for a stylish gift for a man who previously served and is extra-proud of his military background, you can be even surer that he’ll welcome a gift that matches this facet of his personality. 

From gamers to outdoorsmen, to history buffs, there’s a wide range of options out there. Feeling inspired? Then it’s time to go shopping! You’re in for an interesting experience. You might even discover that you’re more interested in all things military than you previously realized. 

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