27 of the Best Military Spouse Holiday Blog Posts

 

I personally love this time of the year when all the fall and winter holidays are upon us.  Over the summer, I recently moved from a house to an apartment to be closer to my wife base. I don’t really have as much space as I use to in the house. As I moved, I had  to get rid of many of my outside holiday decorations. Of course I still have like two boxes of Christmas decorations! This season I kind of feel out of place and don’t exactly know how I will celebrate the holidays.

I have traveled across many different Military Spouse Blogs to bring you this awesome listing of advice about the holidays. I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us already. This is a great time of the year to make memories. Sometimes it can be difficult if you recently just PCS’s somewhere new or if you spouse is deployed or if you have no idea where to start or if you really don’t care about the holidays. I wanted to bring you a special holiday blog listing no matter your circumstance.

 

Important Things to Keep In Mind during the Holiday Season:

Deadlines for Delivering Holiday Care Packages to Your Servicemembers

3 Ways to Embrace the Holidays with your Military Spouse

How to Make Your Holiday Budget Work for You

6 ways to have the best military holiday season ever

 

Halloween:

4 Reasons Why Trick or Treating on Base Is the Best

Improve Trick-Or-Treating for MilKids With One Trick

13 Reasons Halloween Is Actually The BEST

October and Autumn Celebrations

 

Thanksgiving:

New Milspouse’s Guide To Making The Thanksgiving Turkey

Celebrate Thanksgiving Miles From “Home”

Military Family Tips to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving When they are Deployed

 

Christmas:

22 Amazing Milspouse-Owned Etsy Shops For Your Holiday Shopping

The Making of a Military Holiday

3 Most Important Tips for Military Families Struggling During the Holidays

How To Cope When Your Spouse Works During The Holidays

18 Military-Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Gift Ideas for your Deployed Loved One

 

New Year’s:

6 Resolutions for the Milspouse

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

31 Perfect Military Spouse New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Promises for the Military Spouse

 

Not Feeling the Holidays:

10 Ways Military Spouses can face the Holidays alone during Deployment

Military Life: Celebrating the Holidays Alone

Hate Halloween? Here’s What to Do Instead

To The Military Spouse who feels alone this Holiday Season

How to Handle Holiday Separations

 

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What was your favorite gift you received over the holidays?

what-was-your-favorite-gift-you-received-over-the-holidays-1I know the holidays are over and the New Year is just around the corner. I have been reflecting over the last year. I believe I have grown a lot in the way I see things and how I connect with those around. I know I am not perfect but I am trying.

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I love the winter holidays and had my Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving. I still cant believe how fast the holidays came and went. Then I got to thinking about my favorite gift I received at Christmas from my wife. She got me a set of Chakra crystals.

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The reason these crystals are my favorite is because lately I’ve been wanting to connect spiritually and soulfully with the universe. I plan to learn my about healing crystals and how to use them. I want to become more one and at peace with my surroundings.

Happy New Years!

 

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7 Insanely Easy How to Videos for Wrapping Christmas Presents

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I love Christmas because it always brings warmth and joy to my life this time of year when winter is upon us. I recently completed a blog post about Christmas Ornaments and with that blog post I wanted to keep holiday momentum going. I noticed as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed there were numerous videos that showed inexpensive ways to creatively wrap Christmas presents.

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Now, this post is for those who haven’t started shopping or about to start wrapping present! I already bought and wrapped everything. I am a little head of the game. I know we live in a fast paced world and we often time run out of time. Sometimes words or pictures don’t show exactly how to wrap presents. In this post I created a  list of my favorite videos that show you how to easily wrap presents for the holidays since Christmas is right around the corner.

How to Wrap Christmas Presents

Fun and Festive Ways to Wrap Cash

3 Last-Minute Gift Wrapping Ideas

How To Make Gift Bags From Wrapping Paper

How to Wrap different shapes of gifts

Christmas Gift Wrapping Hacks

 

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Hope you enjoyed this and made use of these wonderfully magic wrapping ideas!

 

Here is a bonus video! 

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10 Creative Military Ornament Ideas for Christmas

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I love the winter time its one of my favorite times of the year and not just because my birthday is in December. I enjoy feeling the cool crisp air of winter weather. Holidays are a wonderful time for all type of families. There is such a wonderful feeling about sharing time with the ones you love the most. Military families might be apart during the holidays and have to get creative when celebrating. Christmas time can be difficult for a military families to create traditions if they are separated by a deployment or are far away from close relatives.

What better way to create new traditions than by collecting  Military Ornaments for Christmas to bring your family closer?

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I love Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving was over my wife and I set up and decorated our Christmas tree. As I blog my Christmas tree is glowing brightly with colored lights and ornaments. Every since my wife and I got married a few years ago I have made it a tradition to collect ornaments from trips, special occasions, and one new ornament every year to remember the year by. I wanted to share my love of Christmas. Check out these creative ideas to keep you Christmas tree filled with love and ornaments for every year.

10 Creative Military Ornament Ideas for Christmas

1. Traditional Ornaments 

There is something to be said about classic or traditional ornaments like globe or circular sized ornaments that are either glass or plastic. Nothing can beat tradition. The thing about traditional ornaments is that they are flexible and you can decorate different every year. Maybe one year you are looking for more color or you want to be more patriotic you can do that with a quick change of classic ornaments.

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2. Personalized Ornaments

What better to help remember the year than by giving a customized ornament with the year, branch of military or name of you spouse serving in the military? Every year is different with different obstacles and challenges you and your spouse over come.

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3. Branch Ornaments

There are so many types of branch ornaments to choose from. You can purchase simple branch seals or branch logos ornaments and  ornaments with pictures of your spouse. Whichever type of branch ornament you choose just know it will make and impact and create that special military tradition.

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4. Travel Ornaments

Life is about making memories with those you love. Most time we travel down the road with our spouses and family on vacations, road trip or even moving for a PCS. You can get a Christmas ornament from the city your living in, moving to or have visited. Collecting traveling ornaments is a great way to create conversation during the holidays and share stories with those you love.

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5. Honoring a Fallen Hero Ornaments 

Military life can be hard sometimes especially if you and your spouse have lost a fellow military member in war. Why not purchase an ornament can be used every year to remember fellow soldiers lost in the line of fire? Remembering your fellow soldier is a great way to honor their memory and what they scarified.

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6. Handmade Ornaments

Christmas is all about giving and making others feel special. Handmade or hand craft military ornament are a unique and special way to share with others. Give the gift of creativity and love with an ornament your make!

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7. Sentimental Ornaments

Sentimental military ornaments are all about emotion and capturing how you felt during a period of time. These type of ornaments are easy pass down to other family members. Life is all about sharing and remember the good times and learning from the tough times.

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8. Commemorative Ornaments 

Mark a special event like a promotion, years served or a celebration your spouse attend with a commemorative ornament for Christmas. Look for wood or metal ornaments as a special touch to remember those events.

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9. Wacky or Outlandish Ornaments

Why not add some fun and laughter to your Christmas this year. Purchasing a wacky or outlandish ornament is a great way to get the conversation going. Whether you make or buy a crazy ornaments  it will stand out for years to coming bring tons of smiles.

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10. Ornaments to Give or Trade

Friends and family mean some much, creating traditions can keep the Christmas spirit alive everywhere you live or happen to be stationed. Mailing a Christmas ornament to your family members can bring you closer together even if you are far away during the holiday. Another great tradition to start is to give or trade and ornament with a fellow milspouse whether they live far or near.

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Find out what Time Honored Military Gift your Spouse will Love

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Do you want to know what the best time-honored gift to buy your spouse is? Well, I will tell you. It is any gift that can be personalized. The list of gifts that can be personalized goes on and on. The great thing about buying a personalized military gift is you can choose anything that your spouse loves. Sure, purchasing a personalized military gifts may seem cliche at first. However, personalized military gifts done the right way can bring memories that last a life time.

Here are my top 3 reasons why I think buying personalized military gifts aren’t overrated. While you are at it check out these personalized gift ideas to get you thinking about what gift you can purchase your spouse any time or during the holiday season.

Meaningful Gift

A gift that comes from the heart and means something is truly a wonderful gift to give to those you love. All through the year your spouse protects and fights for America. Why not find a gift that shows how much what they do really means to you and your family?

Show how proud you are of your spouse and buy an Army Solider’s Creed display photo.

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An Army Keepsake Lock is the perfect token of your love.

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Create a special challenge coin for you spouse with an engraved personalized message on the back.

 

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Thoughtful Gift

A gift is about thinking of the other person and what he or she would love, want or need.Why not go all out and buy your spouse something they only dream of like this sword plaque?

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What about a flag and medal display box for you spouse to show case their awards?

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Why not get your spouse the perfect display for all their challenge coins?

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Purposeful Gift 

A gift that can be used all the time can become a gift that keeps giving. Choose a blanket to keep your spouse warm on cold nights.

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A watch so they know what time it is and have a reminder of you.

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A lighter is great for any military personal especially in a survival situation.

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Here are some other great semi-personalized military branch gifts.

Military Themed Gifts

Beer Opener

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Personalized Flask

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Coffee Mug

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Monopoly Game

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Floor Mats for Car

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Branch Ring

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Framed Military Caricature

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Pocket Knife

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Gift Card to Commissary

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The Ultimate Savings Cheat Sheet for the Holidays

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…or so the song goes, right? It might feel mind boggling knowing the holidays, are fast approaching at warp speed. No matter what store you go into the holidays are in full swing with whimsical store decorations, the subtle smell of peppery cinnamon, and even the carefully placed array of holiday colored items to buy. Are you ready for the upcoming holidays? If not that’s okay.

I have listed the Holidays by days left before they are here:

  • Halloween is only 50 days away
  • Thanksgiving is only 76 days away
  • Technically not holidays but great deals before Christmas:
    • Black Friday is only 77 days away
    • Cyber Monday is only 80 days away
  • Christmas Eve – 104 days & Day 105 days
  • New Year’s Eve -112 & Day 113

In this blog post I’m going to give you awesome tips and tricks to help you save money while still enjoying the holidays and giving gifts in style.

Care package Ideas for deployed loved ones or Pin Pals

The holidays can be a lonesome time for soldiers and spouses alike. Why not give some cheer and send a few cute holiday care packages to get you and your soldier into the holiday season?

Check out Lesbian Army’s Pinterest Board – Winter Holiday Care Package  Ideas

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Also, consider signing up for organization like Soldier’s Angels or HomeFront Hugs USA  and who provide support and help the morale of our soldiers which can be low during the holidays.

Halloween Ideas

  1. Halloween Costumes- Check out this blog post about costume ideas for cheap!

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  1. Halloween Decorations – Do you want to decorate your house but don’t want to spend a lot? See this post for awesomely cheap decoration ideas!

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Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving is about the family and the celebration of gratitude and thankfulness, plus the wonderful aromas drifting throughout the house from cooking. However, Thanksgiving can be stressful especially if you have lots of friends and family over on this day. You may want everything to be perfect but there are so many things to do.

Here are two great resources 28 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Stress-Free Thanksgiving Checklist to help you save money and get organized for Thanksgiving!

Christmas Gift Giving on a Budget

Select who you are buying gifts for

The key to saving money this holiday season is know who you are buying for up front and adjust your budget if need be. By deciding on who you are buying gifts for up front will help you from overspending, overthinking, and overdoing it. Make a list of your gift recipients.

Set a Budget

Select an overall dollar amount for the whole holiday season.  Next, use your holiday budget to set dollar limit amounts for each gift recipient. Remember, to set a realistic budget based on what you can afford and stick to it. By sticking to a concert budget for the holidays you are eliminating needless worrying about your finances.

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You might want to also budget a dollar amount for non-gifts items related to the holidays like entertainment, a new outfit, or travel expenses; aside from you holiday gift budget to keep your finances on track.

Save Now

Your just in luck! If you found this post,  you have just enough time! Roughly 3 months to start saving for the holidays, if you haven’t started yet.

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If you have a big family try to chip in with other family members for one big gift instead of small gifts.

Plan out your Shop Day

Start early, make sure you use cash, take your list, stick to your budget (use coupons and stack discounts), and start shopping!

If you need a little help remembering these tips and keeping track of your expenses throughout the holiday season then check out this free excel spread.

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Always on the go and don’t have excel but still need to keep track of your budget this holiday season? Don’t sweat it download one of these apps!

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8 Christmas Gifts Under $25

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  1. Make a book mark and buy a book for your favorite book worm.
  2. Upcycle a Frame into a Cute Tray.
  3. Buy a cute coffee cup, a small bag of Coffee and make a Coffee Cozy for a more personalized gift for your coffee favorite coffee lover.
  4. Make a one of a kind no sew Sweater Scarf from the heart.
  5. Felted Sweater Vases and Candle holders
  6. Coffee Bag Gift Tote
  7. Create custom Furniture or Pet Bed using a pallet.
  8. Cookbook or Tablet Stand for your favorite foodie.

Get creative this Holiday season, have fun and save your hard earned money!

If you want a few more creative gift ideas check out this blog post!

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One last savings tip for all holidays is, the day after a holiday go to any store you like and purchase decorations or accessories for next year. You could save anywhere from 50-75% off.

Happy Holidays!

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