Need creative ideas needed for deployed troops

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Cristy, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Cristy

    Cristy Ferdinand the Bull philosophy major

    Aug 19, 1999
    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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  3. Darcy03231

    Darcy03231 DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2006
    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).
  4. Jedana

    Jedana <font color=blue>Have to learn to budget somehow.

    Feb 27, 2011
    My friend sent her Navy husband a bag of Green Army men to play with. :rotfl2:
  5. Magical Mama

    Magical Mama Mouseketeer

    May 15, 2008
    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.

    And please thank your son from all of us Disers for his sacrifices for us!!! Greatly appreciate all they do!
  6. Mickey2903

    Mickey2903 Earning My Ears

    Jun 11, 2007
  7. shortbun

    shortbun <font color=green>Peacenik<br><font color=purple><

    Aug 21, 1999
    Very funny! Do this for sure!!
  8. kathyinfl

    kathyinfl Earning My Ears

    Nov 18, 2012
    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.
  9. cel_disney

    cel_disney DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2007
    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 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 :)
  10. DisMie

    DisMie Earning My Ears

    Sep 17, 2012
    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.
  11. danygirl

    danygirl DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2012
    you might want to call the local uso, they send boxes all the time and they might have some good ideas.
  12. lovemygoofy

    lovemygoofy DIS Veteran

    Jun 9, 2004
    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
    Dvds include movies and old school cartoons
    "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.
  13. MichelleinMaine

    MichelleinMaine DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2008
    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.
  14. michellejed

    michellejed DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2005
    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.:love:
  15. MrEVILdrPorkchop2u

    MrEVILdrPorkchop2u DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2012
    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.
  16. Shagley

    Shagley If you don't move when I say "beep beep", I will r

    Mar 11, 2005
    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.
  17. LJSquishy

    LJSquishy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    I would send "Christmas in a Box".

    -Battery operated mini Christmas Lights (about $5-$7 at Walmart, Target, Home Depot...make sure you include the batteries!)
    -Instant Snow (either the kind you mix with water, or just the loose fluffy kind)
    -Stocking stuffers (candies, $1 scratch tickets, $1 toys, beef jerky)
    -Tiny Christmas tree (from a dollar store or Walmart)
    -Mini tree ornaments for them to decorate a tree(from a dollar store or Walmart)

    I love the idea of the green army men! And I bet as others suggested, comics cut out of the newspaper would be so appreciated.
  18. Cristy

    Cristy Ferdinand the Bull philosophy major

    Aug 19, 1999
    Great ideas. Thank you. I'll make my shopping rounds today and what I can do.
  19. 3boymthr

    3boymthr DIS Veteran

    Nov 5, 2008

    Just a thought, you may also want to contact your local cub/girl scout pack/troop and see if they'd be able to help you out by making cards for all the people in your DS' troop. I know our pack was asked to do this and the kids had a ball making construction paper cards. Some of the kids wrote some very thoughtful letters to go with their cards. You can usually find the contact info for the local scout groups through the local council.
  20. Chelley00

    Chelley00 DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2005
    We got these last year for family stocking stuffers. They have more than just the monkey....frogs, pigs, chickens etc
  21. Shanna-like-Banana

    Shanna-like-Banana DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2009
    What we fif my my DH battery was collected enough tp rolls to have 1 per soldier.

    We cut strips of tissue paper to be 2x the wide of the roll. Roll the roll up with the tissue paper, ties one end off to, stuff the tube full of whatever you're sending then tie the other end off.

    It looks like a giant candy wrapped up, each person gets their own, they just twist one end off and all the stuff pours out.

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