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Hand-picked and carefully sourced by our team, this list of of gift ideas for home and food is your one-stop to find the perfect gift for a friend, your family, or yourself! 

Fair Winds Candle Co on red holiday ribbon with AMSE logo
Fair Winds Candle Co logo
Fair Winds Candle Co candle

Say “Fair Winds and Following Seas” to friends and families with the gift of Fair Winds Candle Company! Navy Veteran Tenisha, owner of Fair Winds Candle Company, set sail to celebrate all aspects of military life through her fragrances, bringing comfort during times of transition. Fair Winds Candle Company crafts coconut wax based candles and fragrances, suited perfectly for your next housewarming  gift. Gift the scent of Welcome Home to fill your home with lasting memories of reunions & joyous homecoming. 

Tenisha passionately creates scents and fragrances that tell a story of her service to our nation in the United States Navy. Let the candle, Courage, surround your home with the warmth of ship steel, sweet kelp, earthy driftwood and booth leather. Honor the scents of leather and oceanic mists blended with the woodsy aroma of cologne to remind you and your loved ones of the time-honored traditions you uphold.  Put your mind at ease with the scents of seaweed and salt mingled with the sweet smell of fruit musk and fresh rainwater. Journey from one adventure to the next while cradled in the arms of the Following Seas.

It just makes scents to gift Fair Winds Candles Company!

 

                 

The Fragrant Bean on a red holiday ribbon
Fragrant Bean candle Fort Lee

Let your light shine this holiday season with the Fragrant Bean! “This is Home (Today)” duty station candles tell a portion of your military family’s unique journey. Bethany, a military spouse and owner of the Fragrant Bean, offers a variety of duty stations in this collection, customized to remind you of the scents of home. Burn the sweet scents of apples & maple bourbon to remind you of Fort Campbell, KY, or the spiced honey & tobacco of Fort Hood, TX. Make it a  “home sweet home” wherever your military family may be with the Fragrant Bean!

Bleu Bee Designs on a red holiday banner
Bleu Bee Designs logo

Give the gift of a decor facelift after months spent at home this holiday season! Dream, create and curate a home update with Brittany from Bleu Bee Designs. A military spouse owned interior design boutique, Bleu Bee Designs offers a variety of design services. Brittany tailors each room to fit the needs of your family with thoughtful, beautiful and functional design. Whether renting or buying, residential e-design empowers military families to curate a sense of cohesive belonging, wherever you currently call home!

Trees for Troops

Trees for Troops provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to United States armed forces and their families. Since 2005, Trees for Troops has provided 262,265 Christmas Trees to military families and troops in the United States and overseas. Talk to your MWR to find out if your base participates and how you can get a free tree, or you can donate a tree

Hello Fresh

Take the stress out of meal time. Choose the meals you want and when you want them. Every box has perfectly proportioned and fresh ingredients with easy-to-follow directions to give you a fun cooking experience that makes you feel unstoppable. Choose from over 25 recipes every week and add delicious sides and desserts too. Support a healthy lifestyle that’s easy, sustainable, and fun. Use the link below to get $100 off your first box!  

Irish Spike's Hot Sauces on a red holiday banner
6 pack of Irish Spike's Hot Sauces

If you have a hot sauce aficionado in your life and on your holiday list, you MUST try Irish Mike’s Hot Sauces. This small operation based in Moscow, Idaho produces some pretty unique flavor profiles and names to go with them: the Red Eye with whiskey and coffee notes, the Killer Rabbit with carrot and ginger, and sauces like the Black and Gold or the Vandal sauces with nods to the University of Idaho (also located in Moscow!). Try the Idiot Sauce with Trinidad scorpion peppers, if you dare! 

The Tea Spot on red holiday banner
red mug of tea with cinnamon sticks

The Tea Spot is rooted in health and wellness. Started and propelled by the founder’s recovery from cancer and her love for tea as powerful and therapeutic, this company delivers high quality, delicious tea and products. The Tea Spot also uses the business as a force for goodness; their mission is to empower people to live an inspired and healthy life by bringing together whole leaf teas and innovative Steepware that make daily tea hydration easy and fun.

The Sill on a red holiday banner
houseplants on a table with wood and tea

Everyone loves plants! Give the gift that will grow with your loved one with a potted plant from The Sill. Founded on the premise that plants make people happy (and we have many team members that can attest to this), The Sill offers potted plants, plant bundles, growing kits, and more – all delivered to the recipient’s front door. They have a wide variety of choices and even a plant subscription!

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