10 Things to Consider When Looking for Firefighter Gifts & Gift Ideas
Are you currently shopping for the perfect gift for the firefighter in your life? Keep these 10 tips in mind as you shop for their gift!
1. Think of the positive aspects of the job
It is true that working as a firefighter can be grueling. The job can be physically (and mentally) difficult, combined with long shifts, it’s a lot!
However, when thinking of the right gift, focus instead on the positive aspects of the job.
Think of the countless people they help and service they provide to your community! Focus on how inspiring their job is, not how difficult it can be at times.
2. Consider their hobbies
As much as a firefighter’s career choice is clearly a major part of their life, they are always sure to have hobbies as well!
Sometimes, the best gift option is to get them something that encourages them to take some time for themselves and do whatever it is they love to do (running? golf? sports?)
A gift can help give them the nudge they need to take the time to unwind and enjoy other parts of life.
3. Help them relax
In addition to considering their hobbies, another great thing to keep in mind is simply that firefighters need to have dedicated time to relax.
They may not take that time on their own, so a gift can help push them to relax (quite the oxymoron - but it’s true!).
Whether that is getting them some comfortable clothes, a spa set, or even buying them their favorite movie or getting them that new book they’ve been wanting to read, these are not only a great gifts on their own, they also force the firefighter to relax and de-stress, which is what they need (and deserve) more than anything!
4. Experiences are wonderful gifts
You know how hard firefighters work, often working 12-hour shifts. Sometimes, the best gift is to take them away from the fire station, away from home, and out to do something fun.
No one is more deserving, and the change of scenery may be all they need to feel totally rejuvenated and stress-free!
5. Practical gifts are great (in this case)
Often times we shy away from recommending practical gifts, but for firefighters, it is a great idea!
There are so many various types of items that firefighters can use to make their jobs a little bit easier or safer.
There is an abundance of really cool yet practical gifts out there, and any firefighter would love to have something new to use at work!
6. Humor is a plus
As they say, laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that is all someone needs to help lift their spirits.
A gift that will make a firefighter laugh is always an excellent idea and one that is sure to be truly appreciated.
7. Ask for ideas
This may mean asking the person you are shopping for, but also consider asking friends and family members as well for ideas.
Does this person want to be reminded of their job when they are home, or do they want to forget about it while they are off the clock?
This crucial knowledge can help steer you in the direction of the perfect gift.
8. Dress them up
You know a firefighter’s daily wardrobe - there isn’t a whole lot of flexibility there!
They also often tend to dress comfortably on their off-hours (and who can blame them) but a gift is a perfect opportunity to get them something special they can wear when they take the night off and go out for dinner or drinks with friends and family!
9. Help their fitness
Firefighters have to be in incredible shape for their job, so a fitness-inspired gift is perfect for them!
From exercise equipment to clothing, or fitness trackers, there are plenty of gift idea options here that any firefighter is sure to love and get a lot of use out of.
10. Celebrate their achievements
Finally, firefighters tend to be very humble when it comes to their accomplishments, but that doesn’t mean you have to be!
Consider a gift that helps celebrate and display this person’s wonderful work serving the community.
Consider framing any awards or certificates - they deserve to be displayed! This is a wonderful gift idea and will do a lot to prove to this person how proud you are of what they do.
Being a firefighter can be a thankless job, but you have the chance to do the opposite, and that will always make for a wonderful gift!