Gift Suggestions

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USAFA cadets participate in many traditions and milestones during their four years on “The Hill.” As family and friends wish to congratulate our cadets, the question always comes up… What CAN I get them and what SHOULD I get them?

Here is a handy list to use when you are looking for gift ideas for your cadet, and for suggesting ideas to proud family and friends.

FUNDRAISERS AND AOG ITEMS

Check out our very own fundraising page  for some great gift ideas!

Here is a listing of all of the Parent Groups that have fundraisers.

AOG- Squadron Patches, Squadron Pins, Gifts, and more!

Amazon- Make your purchases through Amazon and send to your cadet using our special link that donates 5-12% of your purchase back to the Spirit Mission!


ALL AROUND EVERYDAY GIFTS

Petals and Blooms Gift baskets, flowers, stuffed bears, special events, sponsor gifts and more!

Coles Gormet Popcorn and Treats– Lots of yummy treats… and she delivers!

Marni Kelsey “The Quilt Lady”- They are made to fit their bunks perfectly. Each quilt is personalized with an official Air Force nametape, as well as graduating class year patches.

GIFT CARDS- Lots of great ideas and gift cards to Arnold Hall restaurants (Subway, Godfathers, Wing Zone, Smoothie King), Vandenberg laundry cards, outdoor activities, AERO Club and MORE can be found here.

Butter Bars Cooking Guide – Cookbook written by an USAFA grad!

Squadron Graphics-   Aviation prints, shadowboxes and patches

Aim Higher Jets-   Modeled jets

Nomadés

Flag Flown over the Academy-  This is an HONOR GUARD project. There is a different cadet in charge every year.  The cadet you contact this year is C3C Harrell Henderson. His email address is c21harrell.henderson@usafa.edu if you have any questions.


JEWELERY

JenBarbCreations– Beautiful USAFA themed jewelry.

Blessings from Teri | Class of 2019 – Beautiful custom hand made jewelry just for the class of 2019.  Half of the profit from sales goes right back to the class!  THANK YOU TERI!


USAFA Themed Cookies and Baked Goods

A great document with all kinds of info and pictures of sweet treats a USAFA mom purchased over the years! Click HERE.

Cadet Cakes by Carol Beautifully decorated cakes, cookies, and cupcakes delivered right to your cadet!  A personal touch includes a photograph of your cadet on their special day!

The Cupcake Doctor

Tweets Cookie Connection

Chef Sugar’s

Kiss My Buttercream

Dutch Pastry

Marigold Cafe and Bakery

The Sugarplum Cake Shoppe

Yummy Confections


MILESTONES

ACCEPTANCE DAY

Suggestions:

School supplies, watches, frisbee, treats and snacks for their rooms, gift cards to Arnold Hall, vacuum, olive green boots for comfort, new undergarments.

**** Before purchasing anything, confirm with your cadet that the Doolies have been given permission to have these items.  Some items may be restricted to upperclassmen only


RECOGNITION

Many of their restrictions are lifted.  However, each squads have their own rules.  What might be an acceptable item in one squad is not so in another.

Sheet set (Twin XL), pillow, blanket, treats, CLOTHING (they can wear civvies now), class patch and pins, framed prop and wings with cadets photo, photo book of Webguy’s photos from BCT, digital photo frame,


100th Night

Party Shirts by Jill


GRADUATION
Official Class Paintings:

The class of 2019 is the FIRST class to have TWO paintings commissioned by artist, Rick Broome.  Click HERE to purchase.

Exemplar Painting
Class 2019 Painting
Cadet Saber:

This Cadet Saber is the same saber available for cadets to purchase during their firstie (senior) year. It is thirty inches long and comes with a sheath and packaged in a cloth bag. The saber has “U.S. Air Force Academy” engraved on the blade. This saber makes a beautiful gift for any graduate of the Academy or a replacement for a lost or damaged saber.

Want it mounted?
https://www.randrwoodcrafts.com/

Cadet Sculptures:

Artist Michael Garmin has beautiful sculptures of cadets in parade dress.  If you have not visited his gallery in Colorado Springs and gone through Magic Town, you should make the stop.  It will be worth your time!

Click HERE to view all of the sculptures.
Balfour

https://www.balfour.com/colorado/u-s-a-f-academy/united-states-air-force-academy

Class Blanket

Get your class blanket HERE. The Class Crest blanket is 100% cotton, measures 43″ x 70″, and makes a great graduation gift for your Air Force Cadet. Don’t miss out of this amazing opportunity!


Apollo 11th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

For 2019, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, the US Mint is creating a four-coin program: a curved $5 gold coin, a curved $1 silver coin, a curved half-dollar clad coin, and a curved 5 ounce $1 silver proof coin. These coins will go on sale January 24. 2019. The 2019 Silver Eagle Dollar Proof goes on sale January 10. 2019.

Links for more info and ordering –

https://www.usmint.gov/…/commemo…/apollo-11-50th-anniversary

https://www.usmint.gov/…/…/apollo-11-50th-anniversary-silver

https://www.usmint.gov/…/2019-american-eagle-one-ounce-silv…

https://catalog.usmint.gov/


Challenge Coins

History: A challenge coin may be a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they might be given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.

There are many Air Force Challenge Coins available for purchase. You can find them by doing a search for: Air Force challenge coins.  The AOG also has some nice coins available, however, they are not on line.  You can stop by the AOG gift shop to purchase (not the visitor center gift shop).  Click below for examples.

U.S. Air Force The Airman’s Creed Challenge Coin

Core Values – U.S. Air Force Challenge Coin

Air Force First Salute Challenge Coin


New Housing Items Needed

Keep in mind some “housewarming” gifts for your 2nd Lt.  As they move into their new space, setting up an apartment can be expensive.  Pot and pans, kitchen gadgets, tool sets, new towels, bedding, a knife set are examples of needed items.  Instead of guessing what they might want, consider registering at a location for proud family and friends to get that 2nd Lt something they can use.  Amazon wish lists are a great way to share needed items with family and friends as well.