The holidays are here! If you’re working on your Christmas gift list, consider shopping with veteran-owned businesses. The companies listed below are owned by veterans, most employ veterans, and all give a portion of their earnings to various charities supporting a variety of causes. It’s a great way to complete your holiday shopping while supporting your fellow Americans.
I’m not an affiliate of any of these companies – I just think they’re pretty awesome. If you think I missed a great veteran-owned business, please let me know in the comments!
Counter-Strike Coffee – https://counterstrikecoffeecompany.com/
Buy coffee and coffee-related gear from this Cypress, Texas-based roastery. If you know a true coffee addict, consider giving them a membership to the Counter-Strike Coffee subscription service so they can receive coffee by mail year-round. The owner is a combat veteran who gives a portion of all earnings to veterans organizations. I’ve recently heard a lot of great buzz (pun soooo intended) about this coffee on social media. Lots of people really like them and I’m looking forward to trying a cup or ten.
Heroes Vodka — http://www.heroesvodka.com/
This Nashville-based distillery is crafting award-winning vodka. Founded by a Marine Corps veteran the company dedicates itself “to deliver exceptional taste and superior value to consumers, while honoring Veterans and other American service organizations through charitable contributions.” I look forward to making a Heroes vodka martini and relaxing by the Christmas tree.
Clothing, Footwear, Gear
Bottle Breacher – http://bottlebreacher.com/
Looking for a cool stocking stuffer? Then check out Bottle Breacher. This Tucson-based company makes bottle openers and pens from .50 caliber bullets. You can have your purchase engraved or pair it with other Bottle Breacher items like tee shirts, hats, and gear. They give back 20% of their earnings to many types of charities. These are so cool and perfect when you want an engraved gift with a special holiday message. Note to self: great promotion and retirement gifts for military friends.
Combat Flip Flops – https://www.combatflipflops.com/
Founded by two Army Rangers, Combat Flip Flops is guided by the idea that providing income to people living in dangerous areas of the world provides them with steady income and contributes to regional stability – “business not bullets”. You’ll find flip flops, shoes, clothes, jewelry, and other accessories on their website. A portion of their sales help a variety of charities around the world. I love the unique scarves and jewelry especially. They’re beautiful.
Oscar Mike – https://www.oscarmike.org/
Based in Marengo, Illinois, Oscar Mike sells all kinds of military-themed apparel for men, women, and children. Proceeds support the Oscar Mike Foundation, which “…wants to see all injured Veterans utilize their full potential and live rewarding and productive lives.” Their shirts represent every branch of service and they have tons of unique designs – you’ll be scrolling forever.
Purses, Bags, Jewelry
Sword and Plow – https://www.swordandplough.com/
Veteran-owned Sword and Plow sells bags, purses, tote bags, jewelry, and other accessories made from military uniforms, bullet casings, and more. This Denver-based company “recycles military surplus, incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs and donates 10% of profits back to veteran organizations.” Everything they make is gorgeous.
Doc Spartan – https://docspartan.com/
Doc Spartan makes personal care items for both men and women – lotions, ointments, scrubs, and even deodorant. They also have a beard-care line for the hairy man in your life. Based in Portsmouth, Ohio this unique veteran-owned business gives a portion of their sales to a variety of veterans-related causes. Their Invader Coffee-Infused Body Scrub is calling my name.