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Old 11-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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Need creative ideas needed for deployed troops

I know what a creative group this is and I need your help. My deployed son is asking for fun or gag gifts for his 18 troops so they have something to open on Christmas day. I believe I have enough handled bags at home. I can pick up "penny candy" and wrap in sandwich bags. Any great gifty ideas? Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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My friend has sent her son some "toy" kind of gifts. One that went over really well was a whoopie cushion. After several months her son asked for another one. Evidently they wore the first one out!

Another hit was small battery operated remote control cars (they were slightly bigger than a matchbox car).
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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My friend sent her Navy husband a bag of Green Army men to play with.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:15 AM   #4
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Just saw whoopie cushions at the target dollar spot! Large sized ones! What about like the over the door basketball hoop and ball sets, I think the dollar store carries those. I'm sure many "fun/gag gifts" could be found at dollar store. Like the ball attached to a paddle, small and something to do. I'm sure those types of things remind the guys of back home and being kids.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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Screaming Flying Monkey. I read about this on the Dis last year and bought several as stocking stuffers. They were a huge hit, probably more with me and my DH. Amazon has them and here is a link:


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Old 11-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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My friend sent her Navy husband a bag of Green Army men to play with.
Very funny! Do this for sure!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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slinky, rubic cube, playing cards(with SpongeBob or similar silly characters), Yatzee, Uno, BopIt small one, match box cars with track, playdough or silly putty.
Check out Michael's $1 aisle. Cute things.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:28 PM   #8
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We have the screaming monkey! It's a big hit here for ages 3-93 and was from a 30 someone year old...I think it would be a great addition! And the woopie cushion or two is also great! The game left- right- center is a lot of fun and small...you can also throw in a small bottle of shampoo or soap...and maybe a deck of cards and small squirt gun???

I think that you could individually wrap each toy and put them all in a single box for your son to distribute for opening....maybe with a Santa hat
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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Hi! Please thank your son for his service. My fiancé has been deployed a couple of times and I became known for the silly stuff I sent I definitely recommend silly string, bubbles, water balloons and squirt guns. Silly string was the biggest hit! I also sent those silly glasses with the nose and mustache attached. I just went to the dollar store and found the silliest things I could find that I thought they would enjoy.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:57 PM   #10
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you might want to call the local uso, they send boxes all the time and they might have some good ideas.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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Magic 8 ball
Nerf guns
Magentic brain teasers(look like twisted paper clips)
Water guns/balloons
Race car track and hot wheels
Remote controlled cars/trucks
Board games
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"crazy" magazines like cat fancy
Slinkys/rubic cubes/legos
twin size cartoon sheets
Cartoon charcter tooth brushes

You can put a small something in each bag/box and then pack them all in a large box for shipping. I would send smaller toys wrapped and then with a label for my husband to put the name of the solider on. I would then send many large tins of candy and cookies to share.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #12
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I recently made my friend's deployed husband a care package of fun stuff from iparty. Silly Putty, a finger soccer game, trick magic cards, pixie sticks, pop rocks, gummi bears... I forget what else.

Today I got (at Goodwill of all places) a can of "instant snow". It looks like a small soda can with a pop top. It has the fake snow stuff you mix with water to make "snow". We thought was pretty funny for a guy stuck in the hot desert.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #13
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Thank your son for his service!
When my daughter was deployed I sent her water balloons and play dough, bubbles and fun wigs, strings of lights and ornaments.
She shared with all her guys and sent pics home of them having fun.

I would warn to get these out ASAP, mine took 6 weeks!!! And she was in a remote forward zone. Hopefully your son is by a big base.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM   #14
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As someone who has spent several Christmases in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the best things I was sent during the holidays were:

Christmas lights
Cereal, bowls,plastic spoons (We would have a group breakfast Christmas morning)
Silly string
Comics from the newspaper
Beef sticks that would be shared
Christmas cards from random people

and my best gift ever........SpongeBob twin sheets and a SpongeBob pillow.....Silly I'm sure to most people, but this was something I would watch with my kids. Gave me a little taste of home.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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It isn't a gag gift, but I was just at Dollar Tree tonight, and they were selling packs that had three little containers of Mio (the liquid flavoring you add to water) for $1.00. This is the first year in many that I don't know of anyone that is deployed or I would have bought a bunch of those to send to the troops. If you have a Dollar Tree near you, check to see if they are selling them. The store I was at had them on display right by the register.

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