Holiday Shopping Guide Using Your Military Discounts
As you get ready to start your holiday shopping, here is a list of places you might want to go that also have a military discount!
Complete Your Holiday Shopping With Military Discounts
Food To Send
Old Time Candy is a place to find all the candy you remember as a kid. This can make for a fun gift for your friends and family. They offer free shipping on orders to APO and FPO addresses. Minimum order of $25 is requested but not required.
With Harry and David, you can find some amazing gift baskets for friends and family. They offer 15% off as a military discount with Veterans Advantage. This is for active duty, retirees, national guard, reservists, and veterans with a promo code. They also offer 15% with Veterans Advantage for immediate family members.
Gift Basket Bounty is another option for gift baskets. While they don’t offer a specific military discount they do have Military Care Packages that can be sent to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses. They offer special Thanksgiving and Christmas Care Packages.
Hickory Farms is a must this holiday season. They offer free shipping for all eligible military gifts shipping overseas to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses at any time of the year.
Cheryl’s Cookies offers fresh-baked gourmet cookies, brownies, cakes, and desserts you can ship right to your loved one’s door. They offer a 30% off military discount for those with Veterans Advantage. They also offer 25% for family members with Veterans Advantage.
Omaha Steaks offers steaks, meats, bbq, seafood, desserts, wine, and more that you can order from their website. They offer a 10% off military discount for active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses, and dependents. You would verify with Troop ID.
Places To Eat
Hometown Buffet went out of business in 2020!
At Hometown Buffet, you and your family could go for a fulfilling meal around the holidays. They offer a 15% off military discount to military personnel. They also have a Military Monday where service members and up to three family members can eat with a special discount. You must show your ID or be in uniform.
Cracker Barrel, a chain hometown restaurant, sometimes has a military discount, although this is based on the individual restaurant and is not company policy. You might be able to find between 20-30% off and can use the discount in the store too. They can be a good place to go for a meal or to pick up food for your family to eat at home.
Shoney’s, serving all-American food, has an “Our Heroes” discount which is 15% off for the men and women of the armed forces. This discount is only available at participating locations.
Places To Shop For Gifts
At Old Navy, the clothing store, you can find gifts for everyone in your family. They offer a 10% in-store military discount. For some stores, this is a discount you can get every day, others only offer it the 1st of the month, or once a week. The Gap and the Banana Republic should also offer a military discount.
At Kohl’s, you can find gifts, from clothing to jewelry to toys. They have a Military Monday discount where you can receive a 15% off military discount. Exclusions apply. It can be used with Dollar-off discounts, Kohl’s Cash, Yes2You Rewards, and promotional gifts.
Shop for the little ones in your life at Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh. They offer free shipping on orders of $50 and more to APO and FPO mailboxes. Valid on Carters.com and Oshkosh.com.
Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids are no longer offering military discounts.
At both Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, you can find gifts for the people in your life. They offer a 15% military discount, in-store only with military ID.
Columbia is an American clothing company that sells outerwear, sportswear, and footwear. This is a good place to find some new sweaters and jackets for the new year. They offer a 10% military discount verifying with ID.me.
LuLuleMon is a Canadian athletic apparel retailer and can make for some nice gifts for friends and family. They offer a 25% discount to Northern American military members and military spouses. You can also use the discount on products that have markdowns. You would need to have a valid military ID.
Sword & Plough sells jewelry, bags, and more and offers 20% off all orders for their military discount. They offer the discount to US active duty, national guard, reserves, veterans, retirees, spouses, and Gold Star families. You would need to be verified online either automatically or manually. Sword & Plough products make for some amazing gifts.
Mattel is one of the most popular toy makers and they do offer a 30% military discount on non-sale items. If you have kids, you are going to want to take advantage of this discount this holiday season.
American Girl sells dolls, doll supplies, and books to go along with them. They do offer a 15% off military discount to active duty, retirees, veterans, and military spouses and dependents. If you have a child wanting an American Girl doll, this is going to be a great discount for you. Available at the American Girl locations only.
At Timberland you can find coats, boots, gloves, and more for every member of your family. They offer a 20% off military discount. You would need to contact customer service to verify if ordering online.
At Bass Pro Shops you can take your kids to go see Santa for free. While you are there, use their 5% off military discount. The discount is for active military, veterans, retirees, and national guard and reservists and you would need to show your military ID.
Fanatics is an online retailer of licensed sportswear, sports equipment, and merchandise. They also operate the e-commerce websites of major professional sports leagues, MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, MLS, and UFC, major media brands, and over 150 collegiate and professional team properties. They would be the perfect place to go for the sports lover in your life. They offer 15% off for veterans and service members.
GameStop is a great place to shop for gaming-loving kids or teens in your life. They are offering 10% off on all new video games, accessories, all pre-owned games, hardware and accessories, and all collectibles. This discount is for in-store only, with proper military ID. You can, however, verify online with ID.me.
Vera Bradley is an American luggage and handbag design company. You can find bags with cute designs for family and friends. They offer a 15% off military discount online that is available for active duty, national guard, reservists, veterans, retirees, spouses, and immediate family members.
At Wilson Leather, you can find jackets for men and women, as well as bags and accessories. They offer a military discount to active, inactive, and retired military, spouses, and dependents with a valid id. Both in-store and online.
Man Crates is a fun gift for the men in your life. They offer a 10% off military discount for military families. They also ship to APO and FPO addresses.
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Yankee Candles make amazing gifts for teachers, or family, or friends. They will give you 10% off of every purchase for their military discount. You can also combine the military discount with other coupons and discounts. This discount is for active duty, retirees, and their families. You can use the discount at their retail stores, outlet stores, and online. You will need to show your military ID, or email or fax a copy of your order to them if ordering online.
You can pick up some cute shoes at TOMS. They offer a 10% off military discount to veterans and active duty military members with a code. The discount is valid on full-priced and markdown items.
Things To Do
If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have an amazing military discount. Disneyland is currently closed.
Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of indoor waterparks. Each resort has a water park, featured restaurants, arcades, spas, and children’s activities. It can be a great place to take the family on vacation. They offer a 25% military discount to members of the military and their families. You would use a code when booking online.
Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Sesame Place
With the Waves of Honor program, each service member can receive one complimentary ticket and up to three dependent tickets to one of the three SeaWorld parks which are in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, Busch Gardens in Tampa, or Sesame Place. Tickets need to be ordered online. The holidays can be the perfect time to go.
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.