Christmas will soon be upon us. In a few short weeks kids, both young and old, will gather around the tree and open presents, all hoping to unwrap that special gift. In many homes, the stockings get little attention, almost an afterthought used more for decoration than holding gifts. Not in my house. Thanks to my wife, our stockings have always been a source of special treats that the receiver will find especially useful during the upcoming year.
In an attempt to spread this tradition to your house, and extend the joy of giving a little bit longer, I have compiled a short list of some stocking stuffers for your favorite cop. So, after you have wrapped the iPad and placed the AR under the tree, do not forget to include a few small items that will be useful all year long.
- Magazines – magazines are one of those items that you hope you never need but when the time does come you know you can never have enough. With that in mind you can never go wrong adding a couple to the stocking.
- Batteries/Power Cords – just like your kid’s toys, most of your high tech tools need batteries or power cords to keep them going during a long shift. Between a smartphone, tablet, GPS, multiple weapon lights and cameras, I find myself purchasing batteries in bulk and never seem to have enough USB plugs. Each can be picked up for a few bucks and are often worth their weight in gold.
- Gloves – I am not a big fan of wearing gloves, but sometimes the temperature or the task at hand makes it unavoidable. The problem is that my duty bag eats gloves like my dryer eats socks. Every time I need them, one is missing.
- Handcuffs – this is one of those tools most cops forget about until needed. Most times they simply hang on your belt or fill a pocket in your duty bag. Then the floodgates open and you find that no matter how many you are carrying, it is one pair less than you need. Same goes for the keys; you can put two on your key ring and one in every pocket but still never find one when you need to.
- Socks – I know, in many families socks are a go to stocking stuffer used to take up space when you cannot think of anything else. Pulling a pair out often means a polite smile and a quiet “thank you” while you think “just like last year.” However, if you spend over 12 hours a day wearing boots, walking a beat or standing post, a good pair of socks are a necessity.
So this year when you’re hanging up the stockings, don’t forget to fill them with a few items that will be welcomed by the police officer in your life.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
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