Reward a firefighter for their courage and bravery with a thoughtful gift that they will find both useful and enjoyable.
My Top Gift Choice For Firefighters
Having this multi-tool on their belt will help a firefighter out in an number of different situations, as it contains 21 tools in 1, such as blades, wire cutters, pliers, and scissors.
Firefighters are true heroes.
Because they put themselves on the line every day to keep us safe, running towards danger when every human instinct would be telling them to run away.
And they are there when we need them most, whether that's helping you escape from a burning building, cutting you out of a car after a road traffic accident, or for more gentle emergencies like retrieving your cat when it gets stuck up a tree!
So if you have a firefighter in the family or among your group of friends, make sure you treat them to a suitable and well deserved gift when the holidays or their birthday comes around.
And to help you choose, I've put together the following list of gifts for firefighters that they will enjoy and find useful.
1. A St Florian Token To Wear/Carry For Luck
Saint Florian is the patron saint and protector of the fire service, and many firefighters like to carry a token of the Saint on their person for luck and protection.
This could be in the form of a pendant, a cross, a pewter, or a coin with an image of Saint Florian on it.
So getting a firefighter a token of Saint Florian, such as the coin above, is a really thoughtful gift for them.
And this coin also has a firefighter's prayer on the back too, which states:
'Lord, give me the courage to face and conquer all my fears, the strength of body and spirit to help all those in need, and lord, protect me always'.
Which can give them extra comfort and assurance in difficult times.
2. A Personalized Thin Red Line Bracelet
Another gift option for firefighters is to get them a piece of jewelry with the thin red line on it.
As the thin red line is meant to represent the depths of courage that firefighters have within them that helps them to serve and protect us all.
So it's a really nice and personable thing to have on a gift for a firefighter, with one option being the sterling silver bracelet above.
And you can make this gift even more personable by adding their badge number, name, or IAFF number to it to sit besides the thin red line too.
3. A Mounted LED Helmet Light
Being able to see what you're doing when attending to an emergency is of life and death importance for a firefighter.
As losing your source of light in the middle of an inferno can have grave consequences for both you and the people you are trying to rescue.
Which means having a reliable and powerful helmet light an absolute necessity.
And for a firefighter it also needs to be one that can resist extreme heat, water, cold, and falling debris.
So the next gift idea for a firefighter is to treat them to a new helmet light that they can truly rely on, such as the Streamlight Vantage LED helmet flashlight.
As this one is made to fix either above or below the brim of a firefighters helmet, is temperature, shock, and water proof, and has a super powerful and bright LED light.
4. A Handheld Flashlight For Emergencies
While helmet lights are a true necessity for a firefighter, they'll also like to carry a small, handheld flashlight to illuminate other areas too.
And these flashlights also give them the insurance of providing potentially life-saving light and vision if their helmet light ever does fail on them.
So they also make for a great gift for a firefighter, with the Streamlight ProTac HL 3 being a good choice.
As this one is super bright, can be operated one-handed, and is impervious to shock.
5. A Leatherman Multi-Tool To Have On Hand
Most fire departments will kit their firefighters out with a range of small tools to keep on them as they attend to emergencies.
However, many firefighters still choose to buy their own multi-tools, as they find these to be better to use and less cumbersome.
And it seems that most swear by a Leatherman multi-tool, such as the Leatherman Surge.
As this one has 21 tools in the one place, including snips, wire cutters, scissors, blades, screwdrivers, and pliers.
So this is a gift they can keep on their belt to help them out when they are on call.
6. A Pair Of Gloves With Greater Dexterity
The fire gloves that get issued at most fire stations are great for protecting a firefighters hands from burns and cuts when on duty.
However, they do tend to be lacking a little in flexibility and dexterity.
So while they are ideal for fighting a fire, they can fall short when carrying out other important tasks, such as equipment checks, working with ropes, or attending to wet or high rescues that don't involve actual fire.
And this is why many firefighters choose to use a pair of extrication gloves for those tasks instead.
As these offer far more flexibility, control, and manual dexterity than fire gloves, which makes carrying out your duties a lot easier, while still protecting your hands from cuts, liquids, and the rest.
So a high quality pair of these gloves makes for a really great gift idea for a firefighter, with the HexArmor EXT Rescue 4013 extrication gloves being my choice.
7. A Few Pairs Of Warm And Durable Socks
Now I know that socks are usually among the most uninspiring gifts to give or receive.
But with firefighters there is an exception.
As if you get them a pair of socks made from merino wool that feel comfortable to wear inside their boots and can keep their feet warm and dry, they will absolutely love you for it.
Because many firefighters complain about having cold feet or having to constantly replace their socks due to the high demands of the job.
So a pair or two of warm, comfortable, and durable socks such as the Darn Tough merino wool boot socks make for a great gift for a firefighter.
8. A Radio Holder And Strap
Firefighters need a radio holder to keep their radio safe and secure while attending to an emergency.
As it's vital that that they are able to communicate with their colleagues at all times to ensure they can all stay as safe as possible.
So getting them a new radio holder works really well as a gift idea, and you won't go wrong with the Boston Leather universal radio holder.
As this one is sturdy and really well made, and has D rings to attach to a radio strap for extra security too.
9. A Quality Durable Watch In Fire Station Red
Getting a firefighter a new watch to wear in and around the station is another cool gift idea for them.
However, it needs to be something durable that can survive a few bumps and knocks along the way.
So something from the Casio G-Shock range is perfect, as these watches look good and are also both shock and water resistant.
And if you really want to make it fit for a firefighter, you could get a watch in fire engine red like the one above,
10. A New Turnout Gear Bag For All Their Kit
Every firefighter needs a good turnout gear bag that can hold all their firefighting equipment and supplies and keep them safe at the same time.
So getting them a new one is always going to be a great gift idea.
And one that ticks all the boxes is the Lightning X turnout gear bag.
As this one has separate compartments to house your boots, helmet, and clothing, while also having air vents and inner PVC lining to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
So it's a great choice for an active firefighter.
11. A Toiletry Bag For All Their Personal Hygiene Gear
As firefighters work different shift patterns, this will mean they will have to stay overnight at the station at times.
So another gift idea is to get them a special toiletry bag to keep their shower stuff, shaving gear, and toothbrush in.
And the one above by Lightning X is ideal, as it has three mesh pockets to keep their stuff separate, has loops so it can be hung up, and is emblazoned with the Maltese cross for firefighters on the front.
12. A Blackout Sleep Mask To Help Them Get Some Much Needed Rest
Getting enough sleep and rest is vital for a firefighter so they can keep their energy levels high and their concentration and focus sharp.
However, this can be difficult when you are constantly changing your shift patterns and trying to sleep at different times and in different places.
So a really useful gift idea for them is to buy them a blackout sleep mask such as the Manta Sleep mask Pro.
As this will help them to create the darkness they need to sleep through the day to prepare for their night shift.
And will also help them to nap between calls at the station by blocking out light and movement that can distraction them.
13. A Weighted Blanket To Make Sleeping Easier
Another gift idea that is great for helping a firefighter sleep more deeply is to get them a weighted blanket.
As the weight of these blankets help your body to relax, calms your nervous system (which is important in a high stress job such as firefighting), and stops you tossing and turning so much during sleep.
So they're great to have, both at home and in your bunk at the station.
And one that will work really well is the Baloo weighted blanket, as this is a really high quality blanket that is perfect for gifting.
14. A Massage Gun To Work Out Those Painful Muscle Knots
Firefighting is not just a job that is scary, potentially dangerous, and demanding on an emotional level, it's also intense on your body too.
As you spend your shifts carrying out physical tasks at the station between calls where you are carrying heavy equipment, climbing up and down ladders, and helping people out of dangerous situations.
Which means it's no surprise if you develop aches and pains in your muscles at the end of a tough shift.
So getting a firefighter a gift that can reduce these muscle pains and help them recover ready to go again the following day is a top idea, and you can do this by getting them a handheld electric massager.
As this gives them something to use that will give them a deep tissue massage whenever they need it to help any tight muscles and knots to release.
And one that has everything they need to keep their muscles healthy and happy is the Triggerpoint Impact massage gun.
15. A Pack Of Muscle Soothing Bath Salts
A less intense way of treating sore and aching muscles after a tough shift is to take a nice long soak in a hot bath.
As the moist heat from the water helps soothes deep into your muscles, and also increases circulation, which helps your body deliver the oxygen and nutrients your muscles need to heal and recover.
Plus it'll help to relax your mind too, which can be just as important for a firefighter.
And a small gift idea that can enhance the muscle relief a bath can give them even further is to get them a pack of bath salts.
As adding these salts to the bath water helps stiff and sore muscles to release even more, as they contain magnesium sulfate which is really good for muscle recovery.
So a pack of Coach Soak muscle recovery bath salts will be greatly appreciated by any hard working firefighter that enjoys an occasional soak in the tub.
16. An Electric Shaver To Keep Them Looking Presentable
Many fire stations require their firefighters to remain cleanly shaven when on duty.
Which makes getting them a really good quality electric shaver such a useful and welcome gift idea.
As this way they can keep themselves looking fresh and smooth at any time, and with minimum time and fuss.
And if you want to treat them to a special one check out the Braun Series 9 electric shaver.
As this is a great gift, as it's something they'll use every day for years to come.
17. Make A Donation To The 52 Club In Their Name
The 52 Club is a charity that has been set up by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to assist firefighters that get badly injured on duty, and to help the families of firefighters that have been killed in action.
So they provide a great service to firefighters and their families in their greatest time of need.
And this leads to a different kind of gift idea for a firefighter, which is to make a donation to the 52 club in their name.
As they may prefer this to any kind of physical gift, and at the same time both you and they get the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something for a good cause.
So if this kind of altruistic gift sounds like a good idea for a firefighter you know, check out the 52 club here.
18. Get Them A Six-Pack Of Their Favorite Beer
Firefighting is a tough gig, and it can be difficult to switch off and relax after a particularly hard shift.
So the final gift idea for firefighters on our list is also the most simple one, and that is to get them a six-pack or crate of their favorite beers.
As there will be many days when all they'll want to do is to crack one open to unwind and let go of everything that has happened.
So fill up their fridge and maybe even pop round to share a cold one with them too.
Firefighters show incredible courage and bravery to keep us safe and well when disasters strike.
So if you know a firefighter personally, make sure you treat them to a well deserved gift to say thank you.
And the ideas I've given you here are all gifts for firefighters that they will get plenty of use and pleasure from.
So pick the one that is most appropriate for them and I'm sure they'll be really happy with it.