Need Some Shopping Inspiration? Check Out MOAA’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Need Some Shopping Inspiration? Check Out MOAA’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide
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By Kristin Davis


Need to kickstart your holiday shopping? Check out the must-have products below (Click on the small images for larger product photos). Our annual gift guide first appeared in the November 2023 issue of Military Officer, a magazine available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more about the magazine here; learn more about joining MOAA here.


Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II


Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw tells the stories of four of the most decorated soldiers of World War II as they endure more than 600 days of combat, from North Africa to Nazi Germany. (Penguin Random House, 2022)


Cost: Varies by seller/edition (Amazon | Barnes & Noble)


Captured by Love

gift-2023-captured-by-love.png(FreedomStar Media, 2023). Experience 20 romance stories of Top Gun POWs that have never been told until now nor could Hollywood screenwriters dream up! After years of mistreatment in the “Hanoi Hilton,” how did these POWs survive and thrive in their relationships after such an ordeal? Rather than sit back and do nothing, many wives courageously started a movement that changed American foreign policy. Some POWs came home and had to start over, while five single men met the loves of their lives.


Share this gift of faithfulness, passion, excitement, and resilience in softcover, e-book, or audiobook formats. (Sponsored Product)


Cost: Varies by format. Available at

Wayfarer Smart Glasses

gift-2023-wayfarer.jpgFor the techie who likes to accessorize with some style, these Ray-Ban Stories sunglasses come equipped with photo, video, and audio capabilities.


Cost: $299 at

The Sill Monthly Houseplant Subscription Box


Plants just make you happy. Choose easy-care, pet-friendly, or orchids, and sign up for three months or six. Sourced from local growers, plants come with ceramic planters and arrive at the recipient’s door.


Cost: From $55 a month at

Amazfit GTR 4


This wristwatch monitors your workouts, tracks your health, connects to your fitness apps, stores music, and has a 14-day battery life.


Cost: $199.99 at


Harry & David, Gourmet Gifts for Any Occasion

gift-guide-2021-harry-david-sponcon.jpgWhen you’re looking for the perfect gift, there is no better choice than the iconic gourmet gift towers and bountiful baskets from Harry & David. Filled with juicy pears, handcrafted chocolates, baked goods, and artisanal foods, there’s something for everyone to love. Save 15% on your next product purchase with code MOAA15. The offer is valid through Jan. 15, 2024, but it is not applicable on wine and discounted products. See full terms at (Sponsored Product)


Cost: Varies by product. Basket shown is regularly $139.99. Available at

Mutt’s Sauce Combo 3-Pack


This gift set of sauces and marinades from a veteran-owned company features Original, Sweet & Spicy, and (if you dare) Ghost Pepper.


Cost: $29 at

Outdoor Wine Table


This collapsible table made from Baltic birch plywood holds two glasses, a wine bottle, plus your favorite snack. It’s handmade in the U.S.


Cost: $62 at


Tinggly: Gift Experiences


For the person who has everything, choose among more than 10,000 experiences in 145 countries, from sightseeing tours to catamaran cruises to helicopter rides. No expiration date.


Cost: Starting at $22 at

American Classics Tote Bag


Cole Haan offers a 20% online discount for veterans and active duty servicemembers, so you can save money buying this attractive and functional satchel.


Cost: $488 at

Hug-A-Hero Doll


Turn a photo of a loved one (or pet) into a huggable doll from this veteran-owned company and give friends and family something to hold onto during deployments.


Cost: $27.95 (package discount for multiple orders) at

Repurposed Sari Robe


Handmade from repurposed cotton saris by an artisan cooperative in India, no two robes are alike.


Cost: $54 at

Hide a Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle


For the four-legged friend on your list, this dog toy comes with squeaky squirrels and a plush tree trunk for endless games of hide-and-seek.


Cost: Starting at $9.99 at

PXG Golf Clubs With Bag


Veteran-owned Parsons Xtreme Golf produces clubs for any level of skill and offers a discount for servicemembers and veterans on full sets, individual clubs, apparel, and more.


Cost: Full bag deals start at $1,659 at  


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