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VANITY: Need Gift Suggestions for Military Promotion

Posted on 04/24/2013 4:58:41 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde

I am totally clueless aboout this, but last week I got an invitation to the promotion and party for my cousin, who is being promoted to Colonel.

She has worked very hard for this and made so many sacrifices and is so dedicated, I would really like to give her something special not just for this accomplishment, but also because she has included me, and because she is working for me and my family. She has not asked for gifts and I know she never will, because she is like all of our brave military, and is proud to serve her country, and is thankful for the opportunities it has given her.

So my question is for events like this, do attendees give gifts? If so, what kind of gifts? What would have meaning? I was thinking about some kind of donation in her honor, but only if that is acceptable for this occasion. I just don't have a clue, and I'm wondering if the military was of doing this is different.


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1 posted on 04/24/2013 4:58:41 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde
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To: Badabing Badablonde

http://www.military-gifts-specialists.com/military-rings/military-promotion-gifts-%E2%80%93-celebrate-with-your-loved-one-as-they-make-the-next-rank/


2 posted on 04/24/2013 5:01:32 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Make a nice donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in her name. I’m sure she would appreciate that.


3 posted on 04/24/2013 5:03:24 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I'd say tack on the stripes and make THEM buy the beer, but I was enlisted. ;)

/johnny

4 posted on 04/24/2013 5:04:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

My Nephew made light colonel about a year ago. I don’t recall any of us doing anything except saying “he sure did make it quickly”. I would not be at all surprised if he makes General eventually.


5 posted on 04/24/2013 5:05:40 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Doogle

Thanks, and those are good ideas, but those look like something her staff or close family would give her. I wouldn’t want to mess with a tradition...want to make sure I do this right. I’m going to give that page a thorough look. Thanks!


6 posted on 04/24/2013 5:06:26 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
If she is a “warrior” I'd strongly suggest any one of the following:

- Framed/matted reprint of the US Constitution

- A desk plaque with the officer’s oath engraved on it

- Desk size statue or bust of George Washington

- If they are an academy grad, a gift of something that's specific to whichever academy they attended

- If she's a flyer, a mini version of the appropriate aircraft

If you need more ideas, let me know

7 posted on 04/24/2013 5:06:48 PM PDT by RavenATB
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To: Doogle

My anti-virus goes to Defcon I at that site.


8 posted on 04/24/2013 5:09:20 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Badabing Badablonde

I’m clueless as to what a promotion party is...

I got my Blood Stripes “pinned on” by my fellow Company NCOs, when I made Corporal. Brutal and painful, it was worth it.

When I made Sergeant, I was “wetted down” at the NCO Club.

For what it’s worth, my gift was a 5AM, 3 mile run, with one helluva hangover.

Cheers!


9 posted on 04/24/2013 5:10:43 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: RavenATB

Cool stuff, thanks!

She is Army, something to do with Nuclear Ops, and due to weird timing has seen very little combat. She often says she has patch envy. I like the idea of the officer’s oath. Do you think she’ll get alot of stuff like that?


10 posted on 04/24/2013 5:10:45 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: SgtBob

LOL, I love military humor. :)


11 posted on 04/24/2013 5:11:34 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

$46 Billion to stop this year’s Sequestration cuts.


12 posted on 04/24/2013 5:13:34 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: JRandomFreeper; Badabing Badablonde

I forgot to mention picking up the $250 NCO Club tab.


13 posted on 04/24/2013 5:14:43 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

http://www.rangerup.com/killedyouw.html

Congrats to your cousin!

I also like the donation to wounded warrior foundation suggestion

Since my daughter is EOD I’ll mention:

http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org


14 posted on 04/24/2013 5:15:38 PM PDT by jdfromny (At what point are we officially "North Americans"?)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

A real silver dollar ( in private ) and a smile of gratitude and recognition.

VR


15 posted on 04/24/2013 5:15:48 PM PDT by Toadman (To anger a Conservative, tell a lie. To anger a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: SkyPilot

What’s your second suggestion? :)


16 posted on 04/24/2013 5:16:48 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

The custom for officers is to host their own “wetting down” party to celebrate a promotion...including buying the food & drink.

Do like the idea of Wounded Warrior donation, or to make it even more personal, maybe a contribution to your cousin’s unit / base Family Services office or Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) fund. Alternatively, a donation to her Service’s Relief Fund — Army / Navy / Marine Corps / Air Force Relief. Or even a contribution to a local or the main USO office.


17 posted on 04/24/2013 5:17:27 PM PDT by twister881
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To: jdfromny

Wow, some of those shirts are amazing!

I already donate monthly to WWP, so I guess I could consider giving an extra gift in her honor. I think she might appreciate a gift to the USO also.


18 posted on 04/24/2013 5:19:33 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Toadman

Interesting.....is there any special significance to the silver dollar? I like that special moment. She means the world to me, and I really want her to know that.


19 posted on 04/24/2013 5:21:22 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Sounds good!


20 posted on 04/24/2013 5:21:43 PM PDT by jdfromny (At what point are we officially "North Americans"?)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

I’m an Army officer and have never heard of any officers getting gifts for a promotion. The traditional promotion “party” is to go to a bar and get drunk, with the person that got promoted buying the drinks.


21 posted on 04/24/2013 5:23:20 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

GOod to know. I don’t want to do the wrong thing and make her uncomfortable. And yes, there will be a party at some country club afterwards. SO maybe just making the trip would be meaningful to her, just being there.


22 posted on 04/24/2013 5:25:41 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

When my brother pinned on silver oak leaves, I got him one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Barrack-Room-Ballads-and-other-verses-Rudyard-Kipling-1892-First-Edition-/390427996513

It is a gift of particular relevance for those who serve in the combat arms, or have spent time in Afghanistan.


23 posted on 04/24/2013 5:26:34 PM PDT by LouD
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To: Badabing Badablonde
As a female field grade officer in the Nuke functional area, she has never seen any combat and never will. She probably hasn't even been deployed the past 10 years.

By "patch envy", she probably means that she has no deployment patch on her right arm, so everybody knows the good Colonel has never deployed.

24 posted on 04/24/2013 5:27:43 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Badabing Badablonde

The party afterwards is probably a short and sweet reception at the officers club, with punch and finger foods. There’s always some sort of little reception for things like this. It’s not really a “party.”


25 posted on 04/24/2013 5:29:16 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

I guess for a colonel that’s kind of humbling when you are probably surrounded by patches in the Pentagon, and she’s been in since probably ‘84. It doesn’t decrease her commitment or sacrifice, though. Still think she’s da bomb.


26 posted on 04/24/2013 5:33:55 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

Wetting down sounds like more fun.


27 posted on 04/24/2013 5:34:22 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: All

These are good suggestions and something to think about. Thanks!


28 posted on 04/24/2013 5:35:23 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
Sorry to bombard you with posts but....

Let me clarify. If you want to get your cousin a gift for her promotion, by all means do that. Getting promoted to Colonel is a big deal.

I just meant that I've never heard of any officers getting a gift from other military members for a promotion. I suppose it's different for family.

As for the gift.... I have no idea. That kind of thing is not my forte.

Hope I helped.

29 posted on 04/24/2013 5:36:39 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Pearl handled .44, or whatever it was that George Patton carried.


30 posted on 04/24/2013 5:37:38 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: SgtBob
I don't know what the bill was when I made E-6. There are lots of things about that night I don't remember. ;)

/johnny

31 posted on 04/24/2013 5:38:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Take them out, get em drunk and laid. But then again, I was just an EM.


32 posted on 04/24/2013 5:39:56 PM PDT by Tupelo
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To: Badabing Badablonde
COLT_1911 Memorial photo 2020Nighthawk-Centennial_zps8d8928dd.jpg

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Just a thought...

33 posted on 04/24/2013 5:40:19 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: mardi59

I can’t think of anything more useful than that.


34 posted on 04/24/2013 5:40:27 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Badabing Badablonde
If she likes doing activities outside of her career and enjoys being with her female friends & relations, maybe do something “girly” such as a spa day. Give her a break from being “Colonel” for a few hours.
35 posted on 04/24/2013 5:41:25 PM PDT by twister881
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Ivory handles!

When asked about his “Pearl handle gun” Patton remarked that “Ivory handles are for pimps and queers.”

George Patton was such a diplomat.

36 posted on 04/24/2013 5:44:49 PM PDT by Tupelo
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To: Badabing Badablonde

A nice pen, durable, extremely functional aka fisher space pen guts....

I have a henderer investigators pen.....they are very nice and fit a duty uniform very well.

http://www.rickhindererknives.com/rick-hinderer-store/pens/titanium-investigator-pen.html

Brass, copper titanium, etc .... As an O-6 she will use a nice pen more than anything. The refills are fisher space pen so they will work in the field or the office.

Call Rick and tell him what your after, he may even have time to engrave it with her name from you and the date of presentation etc ...

Just a suggestion.... Congrats to the new Bird Colonel !


37 posted on 04/24/2013 5:44:53 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Tupelo

Weelll, Exccuuuuuse the heck out of me!

You are so right!

It’s late, I’ve been up since 0500, and a cocktail or two later, I’m not thinking straight.

They were Ivory.

But hey, getting back to the original idea, what about that as an appropriate gift for a senior officer? Am I right or what?


38 posted on 04/24/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Great minds think alike.

Best suggestion.


39 posted on 04/24/2013 5:53:19 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

He carried two in holsters and also a Cold General Officers model pocket pistol in his belt.

The belt guns were a Colt .45 model 1873 Army model. Nickle plated and engraved. He killed two Mexicans with it during the Pershing expedition into Mexico. He killed them in a face to face shootout.

He also carried a Smith & Wesson registered .357 magnum. Today the same gun is called a model 27. I think it was done up like the single action.

He said in the movie that no one but a pimp in a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl handled revolver.

Patton was actually wrong about that as some old West gunfighters did actually carry pearl handled revolvers.


40 posted on 04/24/2013 5:53:24 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

So, no military experience here, so I can’t help you with that, but being cousins ... have you considered something with family significance? Perhaps a framed picture from when you were kids together at a family get-together?

(Having no clue, I tend to think that something with a personal, family touch would be nice...)

Not sure if you’re a crafty person or not, but oftentimes, handmade gifts are also a nice thing. In this case, something with a colonel’s insignia on it.

Just a couple of attempts at ‘outside the box’ thinking. Good luck, and best wishes to your cousin!


41 posted on 04/24/2013 5:54:38 PM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
Lingerie.
42 posted on 04/24/2013 6:00:12 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: yarddog

Well Great GooglyMoogly!

I really never studied the General that much in depth. I know that he loved his side arms.

I’m going to boost your post and do some more looking into what he thought about such things.

Thanks for the info.

I remember the movie “The Wind and the Lion.” Prez Teddy vs the Grand Muffdie or some such. The most important thing that both men dwelled on, was the preferred firearm of their opponent.

They judged their opponent by the type of weapon they preferred.

Interesting observation.


43 posted on 04/24/2013 6:02:09 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Not kidding, but when one of my female friends made COL, the gift she liked the best was a box of chocolates.


44 posted on 04/24/2013 6:08:57 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (President Bush took the war on terror to them, and 0 bummer brought it to our soil.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
So my question is for events like this, do attendees give gifts? If so, what kind of gifts? What would have meaning?

Attendees do not normally give gifts. Your attendance is the gift. Physical gifts are normally given departure or retirement ceremonies. Always touching, they are usually also humorous.

However, you being a civilian family member, something meaningful and discreetly given is not only appropriate but will be treasured.

Should you decide to do this, a challenge coin or service tie would do nicely. Selection should be limited to something you can legitimately give and your cousin and legitimately use (don't give her a Navy tie). You can get some ideas from this website; www.medalsofamerica.com.

As far as meaning, you actually already know that. The gift would represent something important in your cousin's life or career. Maybe even something shared with you.

My recommendation, consider a challenge coin. If you find one you think right, is given discreetly through a handshake. And it is never forgotten.

45 posted on 04/24/2013 6:10:37 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

You’re such a nice relative for thinking of such a sweet gift! She might appreciate a monogrammed afghan/throw with the appropriate military service seal and the date of her promotion. Or, a very nice bottle of her favorite alcoholic beverage along with engraved glasses; a bottle of wine in a leather case with monogrammed plaque; a framed print of a special military hero (there are quite a few of Gen George Washington kneeling in the snow that are just beautiful); a “coffee table” book of a special place/monument with a nice inscription...hope those ideas help. I received similar items along the way when I was active duty...


46 posted on 04/24/2013 6:23:16 PM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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However, you being a civilian family member, something meaningful and discreetly given is not only appropriate but will be treasured.

So, tattoo your family tree on her butt.

LOL. Sorry, old sailor humor.

47 posted on 04/24/2013 6:25:38 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: sassy steel magnolia

forgot to add: tell her congrats on her promotion from this retired USAF O-5!


48 posted on 04/24/2013 6:25:47 PM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I never even get my husband gifts for his promotion(s) so I don't think it's necessary but Things Remembered has some nice military type items you can monogram; we've done that for retirement gifts for friends and colleagues. A flask if she's into that or a throw or frame for her photo with her new rank.

We do throw the “wetting down” parties so that's kind of a gift (and can get expensive).

I also like the idea of a donation in her honor to WWP or the USO. Both good and worthy causes.

49 posted on 04/24/2013 6:34:02 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Who is John Galt?)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

I’m an Army officer

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God bless you and keep you safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service.


50 posted on 04/24/2013 6:35:58 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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