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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Police Officers

Gift ideas for Police Officers

The holiday season is undoubtedly exciting and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the bright lights, green trees, copious amounts of food and, of course, the gifts. Even if you’re the type who can always spot that perfect present, there’s a chance that one person always gives a run for your money.

You know—that person who has everything, the one who’s really picky or the one who will be happy with nearly anything. They’re all difficult for different reasons. If that person in your life happens to be a police officer, look no further. These gift ideas for police officers will help you out. And don’t worry—we went beyond guns and knives, mostly.

10 holiday gift ideas for police officers

1. Thermal coffee mug

Cops have long days and long nights, so coffee is a necessity. They’re also always on-the-go, so a portable container is handy. A thermal coffee mug will keep that coffee piping hot long after it’s poured at the station. Good Housekeeping says the Contigo Extreme Stainless Travel Mug gets the job done without leaks or spills and won’t dent if dropped.

2. An extra-special pizza cutter

Let’s be honest, it can be hard to leave your job at the door when you get home. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pizza loving police officers use their on-the-job skills to make sure they cut their slices just so with a Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter.

3. An LED flashlight

Fighting crime is not limited to daytime hours, so it’s not unusual for officers to find themselves in the dark—literally! A high-quality flashlight is essential and can help make the dark a whole lot easier to navigate. The Streamlight Stinger DS LED Flashlight has two light switches, long battery life and durable coating.

4. A Zappos gift card

Whether your police officer needs some heavy-duty boots or a cozy pair of slippers to hang out in when they’re off duty, knowing exactly what to get when it comes to footwear can be difficult. A gift card to a shoe retailer like Zappos makes the most sense if you aren’t quite certain about size or style.

5. Golf essentials

Gifts for police officers shouldn’t be relegated to everyday needs. If the cop in your life enjoys golfing in his or her downtime, police-themed golf balls and golf tees are two less things they have to worry about before stepping up to take a swing. Not a golfer? Think about other hobbies like tennis, biking or fishing.

6. A magazine subscription

Keeping with the downtime theme, cops who enjoy reading and like to keep up on the latest developments in the field would likely find a magazine subscription useful. Some industry favorites to consider are Law Officer, Police Magazine and Police Chief.

7. Tactical pens

Unfortunately, citizens speed and commit traffic violations even in poor conditions. This means police officers need pens that work in all types of weather. A good tactical pen, like the Acantha pen, is waterproof so rain and snow won’t even be a consideration.

8. A sentimental reminder

Everyone needs to hear how much they’re appreciated and while police officers may be tough, they are no exception. Luckily there’s no limit to the number of clothing or decorative items you can buy to remind them how you feel. Check out the baby onesie, a personalized piece of art, a wooden police officer sign or a Christmas ornament.

9. Leatherman OHT

Cops need a lot of gear, so a multi-tool would certainly be appreciated. The Leatherman OHT can be operated with only one hand, which is another big plus for cops who always have their hands full. There are 16 tools in the device, including a saw, bottle opener, serrated knife, strap cutter and oxygen tank wrench.

10. Galls gift certificate

If you want to help your favorite police officer out with gear but you don’t know exactly what they need, a gift certificate might be just what you’re seeking. Galls has everything officers need, from shirts and shooting gear to badges and batons. You know what they say: the best gifts come in small packages—especially when they get to pick it out themselves!

Got another great idea for gifts for police officers? Share in the comments below what you bought for the special police officer in your life!

Elizabeth Xu

Elizabeth is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She enjoys writing engaging content to help former, current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.

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