‘Tis the season to give gifts. Showing your love and appreciation to friends and family with thoughtful presents is wonderful. Unfortunately, holiday giving can create a serious dent in your wallet.
To save yourself a little money, grab your must-have gifts from stores that offer military discounts!
Stores Offering Military Discounts on the Must-Have Gifts This Holiday Season
Enroll in Military Discount Websites
Asking about a military discount at every store can take time. Scouring every online retailer’s website for military specials is overwhelming. Instead of wasting your time and gas on endless searches, enroll in ID.me. This is an all-in-one service for service members, first responders, teachers and students. With one log-in, you’ll have access to tons of great online discount opportunities. Best of all, ID.me is free.
Another one-stop-shop for military discounts is Veterans Advantage. This site has partnerships with many retailers and offers exclusive benefits for their members. It is free to join, but using many of the discounts requires a paid membership.
Note: For many retailers, membership in either ID.me or Veterans Advantage is required to use discounts.
Food and Flowers
Omaha Steaks: use your ID.me membership to verify your military status, then send steaks and tasty food to your friends at 10% off.
Hickory Farms: shipping to APO and FPO addresses is free, making it easier to send summer sausage to your family OCONUS.
1-800-Flowers: get your holiday bouquets at 20% off when you verify through ID.me.
1st in Flowers: claim 15% off your next floral arrangement when using the code USMILITARY
Godiva: gift luxury chocolate at 30% off through Veterans Advantage.
Clothes and Shoes
Nike: get your kids the must-have kicks for 10% off at official Nike stores, like Niketown and Nike outlets, when you show your military ID.
Old Navy: show your ID in store and save 10% off on cozy sweaters, fun PJs and brand new jeans when you shop in-store.
Kohls: not every location offers a military discount, but it can pay to check with the on-duty manager just in case.
Babies and Kids
Disney: from holiday jammies to official merchandise, ID.me has several discount deals on sweet Disney merch.
Buy Buy Baby: splurge on the new baby in your life at a discount through ID.me.
The Children’s Place: stock up on essentials with a variety of discounts and deals when you verify online.
Crazy 8: let older kids show their personal style with discounts when you use ID.me.
HearthSong: use ID.me to get fun, classic toys for children for less.
Pottery Barn Kids: keep your child’s room functional and fashionable with 15% off in-store purchases.
Lowe’s: your resident fixer can get 10% off at Lowe’s when you also enroll in the MyLowe’s program.
Home Depot: from bathrooms to backyards, your home improvement projects can cost 10% less when you show ID at check-out.
Michaels: get art supplies and crafty things at a 15% discount when you show your ID in-store.
iRobot: using ID.me can help you save up to 15% on your next Roomba!
Helzberg Diamonds: put a little sparkle in your holiday season with 10% off jewelry.
Harris Jewelry: there are several tiers of specials and discounts when you purchase your special something through Harris.
Kranich’s: for those in the PA region, Kranich’s offers an unspecified military discount and promises exceptional customer service.
Zoara: military members can save 5% when you have an active U.S. military email address and use code USMILDISC.
Robbins Brothers: are you ready to pop the question? Save up to $400 when you purchase your engagement ring here.
Tiffany: don’t forget the croissants when you head to a U.S. store to pick out engagement or wedding bands at a 10% discount.
Tech and TV
Apple: Veterans Advantage members can take advantage of a 20% discount on select products.
Travel and Experiences
Military Shoppers Travel & Rewards: this travel club is a free exclusive program designed to show appreciation to active duty, retired, Guard and Reserve. Military Shoppers Travel & Rewards lists special discounts that have been arranged exclusively for MilitaryShoppers members.
Sandals and Beaches: go all inclusive for winter break with a 10% discount at each of these sister resort chains. Bring the kids to Beaches or have an adults-only getaway at Sandals, all food, drink and many activities included.
Disney World and Disneyland: visit your favorite mouse at a discount when you use the Military Salute tickets. You can even score discounts on your hotel when you stay at Shades of Green or some on-property resorts.
Air Travel: members of Veterans Advantage can get deals on Southwest, United and JetBlue flights. For non-members or other airlines, it always pays to call a representative and ask about military discounts or perks. Often, military members or dependents will be allowed free checked bags and occasionally seat upgrades!
Cruises: hit the high seas with Carnival or Princess cruises at a discount! Other cruise lines, like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, offer discounts through ID.me and Veterans Advantage. You can also call a travel agent or cruise line representative to find out more details and offers on any trip.
Bush Gardens and Sea World: get your thrills and say hello to a turtle for free when you use the Waves of Honor program at Bush Gardens, Sea World and other parks.