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December 08, 2017

Once again, the holiday season is upon us. It’s that magical time of year when we get to show our loved ones just how special they are with a thoughtful, from-the-heart gift.

So what do you get for the first responder in your family, especially when it feels like they have everything that they need? Picking out a great gift starts far in advance of December 1st with listening to clues for their wants and needs, and remembering them so you’re prepared when it’s time to start shopping.

As with any gift, you’ll first want to take into account your budget. From $5 to $500, there is sure to be a gift to meet your financial goals. If you’re planning to shop for clothing or accessories, knowing their sizes and color preferences will be a huge help.

CHIEF Supply has a variety of gifts to match every budget, so let’s take a look at a few gift categories you may find helpful in your search for the perfect gift.

For your night shift hero

As a kid, most of us got a flashlight for Christmas at some point, and we thought “Great, what are we are we supposed to do with this?” But now as adults for first responders in particular, a flashlight is a useful gift idea. Besides general flashlights, we also stock headlamps, lanterns, flood and scene lighting, and tactical/weapon lights. Your loved one is sure to be grateful for such a thoughtful gift.

Suggestion:SureFire G2X Tactical Flashlight

Unique gifts for the gadget lover

If you’re ready to push the bounds of your budget a bit, gadget lovers will appreciate a new piece of technology like a radio, headset, microphone, or video and voice recorder. We’re all kids at heart, and there’s nothing like getting a new “toy” for Christmas.

Suggestion:Vertex Standard EVX-530 Portable Digital Waterproof Radio

Gifts for the sharpest knife in the drawer

In keeping with the toy theme, your first responder is sure to love a new knife or multi-tool. Not only will they gain a useful, everyday tool to use, but also each time they use it, they’ll be reminded of you and your thoughtful gift. CHIEF offers a knife or multi-tool for everyone and every situation, from boot knives and folding knives to rescue knives and fixed-blade knives.

Suggestion:Smith & Wesson First Response Knife

Set your sights on a gift to remember

If you really want to hit a home-run, a quality pair of binoculars is the way to go. This is a fantastic gift for the law enforcement officer, solider, or outdoors man in your life. Investing in a good pair of binoculars is a gift that can be used, enjoyed, and appreciated for many, many years to come. And best of all, CHIEF has a pair to suit every budget – from less than $20 to well over $2000, with many of the most popular options in the $30 - $200 range.

Suggestion:Bushnell Falcon Binoculars

Keep your loved one dry all year round

It’s safe to say that most people don’t enjoy shopping for rainwear. You’re spending money for an item that you don’t need every day and may not need all that often. But, it’s still an important and necessary piece of clothing; therefore, it can make a wonderful gift for your first responder.

Suggestion:Neese Hi-Visibility Reversible Traffic Rain Coat

Don’t leave them stranded

A good survival kit is beneficial for any first responder, from police and EMTs to firefighters, military, and anyone who drives an automobile. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road without the benefits of some flares, extra batteries, jumper cables, and a blanket, just to name a few items. Browse our wide selection of survival kits and help ensure your loved one remains safe no matter what the


Suggestion:Orion Safety Roadside Emergency Flare Kit

Gifts to warm the heart

If you have a son or daughter, or other loved one, on their way to medical school or about to become a doctor or EMT, is there a better, more meaningful gift, than their very first stethoscope? That every-day accoutrement of all doctors will carry more significance and meaning if it came from you, someone about whom they love and care.

Suggestion:Mabis Legacy Sprague Rappaport Type Stethoscope

Keep Calm & Carry On: A do-it-all bag

For firefighters and EMS, being the first one to the scene means you need to be prepared, and a good way to do so is with a jump bag with everything you need to make a quick assessment and treat the patient accordingly.

If your loved one already has a jump bag, chances are it’s on the older side and could probably use a refresh. We have several bag options to choose from, as well as all of the supplies needed for a good jump bag (Our blog post, What to Include in your Jump Bag, is a perfect resource to stock up on the essentials).

Suggestion:5.11 Tactical Responder 84 ALS EMS Backpack

Stocking Stuffers

Whether they’re a police officer, EMT, or firefighter, chances are they need a pen to jot down notes or fill out reports. CHIEF has a wide selection of quality pens that make a great gift for anyone. We also have stocking stuffer ideas like challenge coins, keychains, jewelry, pins, and clips, so if you’re looking for that last-minute item to fill out their stocking, we’ve got you covered.

Suggestion:Rite in the Rain All-Weather Pen

The gift of giving is special to us all. Make this holiday season the best yet with just the right gift for the first responder in your family.