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Practical Gifts for Police Officers

20 Thoughtful And Practical Gifts For Police Officers

  • Given the nature of their work, police officers are generally not allowed to accept gifts. Read on to find out what they are allowed to accept and how you can still show them your appreciation.
  • The only gifts they can accept has to come from family members and their partners. Our list of 20 Thoughtful And Practical Gifts for Police Officers is therefore mainly for the family members and partners of police officers. We also have some retirement gifts on our list if you are a police officer looking to give your retiring superior a gift.

Police officers play a very crucial role in maintaining law and order in our society. You have probably been rescued more times than you care to care to count, by a police officer dedicated to his duty. And you feel that you want to show your appreciation for the dedicated Leo in Blue Lines saving your life. We understand the feeling and that is why we have put this article together for you, to provide you with the needed guidance and insight on what you need to know in showing your appreciation to a police officer and what types of gifts are acceptable.

(You may also be interested in our gift ideas for other front line professionals. See our articles on Gifts for Epidemiologists, Gifts for Pediatricians and Relaxation Gifts for Nurses)

BEFORE YOU BUY THAT GIFT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS.

Your desire to want to express gratitude and appreciation to a police officer for a job well done is understandable and reasonable. However, given the nature of their job and the need for them to remain impartial and dispassionate in the discharge of their duty, police officers are generally not allowed to accept any form of gifts. The only gifts they are allowed to accept are from their family members and love partners.

This may however vary from department to department, and from State to State. In some States some discretion is allowed and small tokens of appreciation like discounts or buying takeouts for the entire unit or squad are allowed. But to single out a police officer to give him/her a gift is disallowed.

It would, therefore, be important to ask at the police officer’s station what exactly is allowed in terms of discounts and showing appreciation to the team that the police officer falls under.

And the reason for this prohibition is a simple one. Police officers are not supposed to be seen to act improperly or receive a bribe or be perceived as corrupt. A gift tends to portray all this. And so this prohibition is actually to protect the police officer and the public’s perception and trust in the public force.

It is with that restraint in mind that we are restricted in our gift selection and have to state from the outset that the gifts in this article are for the family members and partners of police officers. 

The retirement gifts also presuppose that the giver is someone who works with the retiring officer in question or a family member. And due to the restraint on the gifts, the gifts in this list are by their nature thoughtful and practical gifts.

APPROPRIATE WAYS YOU CAN SHOW APPRECIATION TO A POLICE OFFICER.

Before we delve into the gifts for the family members, let us not leave you without a solution. Even though you may not be able to give a gift, there are other appropriate ways you can show appreciation to a police officer who has helped you:

1. Write them a letter of commendation.

Police officers do not always get glowing recommendations from members of the public. Most often they are reported for wrongdoing. And so when you commend them for a job well done, their supervisors pay attention to it. It would help them get that promotion that they are probably due for. And so address your gratitude and appreciation to the police officer’s supervisor in a letter of commendation.

2. You can also write them a thank you note.

You can write the officer a thank you note directly. But remember that it is advisable to give this letter to the police officer’s supervisor to transmit to the police officer concerned so that in that way it is within their knowledge.

3. You can make a benevolent donation to a charity that the police unit in question supports or to a cause that the police unit in question is aligned with, in honor of that police officer.

To make it extra special, you can name it after the police officer in question. To do this, be sure to find out from the superiors in the police unit in question of what is and is not allowed. If you would then want more guidance on how to give charity donations as a gift, read our article on Giving Charity Donations as Gifts.

4. And finally, remember that it is important to find out what is allowed and not allowed from the police unit in question.

This is very important because at the end of the day you also don’t want your intending good intentions to work against the career of the police officer in question.

20 THOUGHTFUL AND PRACTICAL GIFTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS.

Now that we have shown the appropriate ways to appreciate a police officer, if you are a family member of the police officer you can give them any of these gifts to show your pride in them and appreciation of the sacrifices they are making for our beloved nation.

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Quick Overview: Practical Gifts for Police Officers

1. Policeman Prayer Gift Pen with Flashlight.

This thoughtful gift comes with a beautiful prayer written across the body. It also comes with a small flashlight that would come in handy when your loved one is out on a night patrol and needs to make a quick note. This would also make for a good retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It comes in beautiful packaging.
  • It writes well.
  • The ink doesn’t run.
  • It comes with an inbuilt flashlight.

Cons.

  • All customers have only good things to say about this thoughtful gift.

This thoughtful gift tells your Leo that your prayer is with them all day as they leave the house. And what’s more, they will be making use of it all day.

2. Blue Line Concealed Carry Hoodie.

This practical and weather protective gear comes in sizes up to 5XL. The Blue Lines on it leaves no doubt that it belongs to a Leo. It is a warm gear especially for patrols and being on duty outside during the biting cold. It is a good tactical gift to give your loved one.

Pros.

  • It fits all sizes well.
  • The blue line print is both on the front and the back.
  • It is warm and comfortable.
  • It is easy to maintain.

Cons.

  • It is close-fitting. To get a perfect size therefore, it is advisable to order the size above your usual size.

This is the best tactical police gift to buy your loved one. Get them warm and cozied up and looking all tactical on the field. All customers who bought this for their loved one at the time of writing have only good things to say about its quality and usefulness for its purpose.

3. Police Water Bottle.

This nice BPA-free water bottle is another beautiful memento to give them for staying hydrated on the field.

Pros.

  • It is BPA-free and safe.
  • It is made in the US.
  • It is easy to clean.

Cons.

  • The quality has been questioned by several customers as being low and disappointing.
  • It has been criticized as being overpriced for the quality it comes in.
  • The handle is not strong enough.
  • The blue lines have been criticized as being more of a sticker than durable printing.

This would have been a really beautiful gift because of the blue lines that make it specifically a police water bottle. The complaints and cons however make it a risky purchase.

4. Blue Line Coffee Mug.

This is another police inspired beverage mug that would be a good gift for your loved one. No better way to show off their pride in their work by drinking their coffee or hot beverage in a coffee mug that says I am a proud police officer.

Pros.

  • The printing is high-quality.
  • It is microwave friendly.
  • It is a beautiful gift.
  • It is easy to clean.

Cons.

  • Some customers say it is a little smaller than they expected. It is however the normal mug size of 11oz.

Almost all customers who bought this mug as a gift for their loved one at the time of writing are very impressed with the quality of the printing on the mug and the mug itself. We are also positive that your loved one would love this gift.

5. Police Playing Cards.

This is a nice gift set to use for relaxation with the family or for your loved one to use to relax with his/her colleagues at work during their leisure. This is also a great retirement gift since your retiring superior would have more time for leisure activities like games.

Pros.

  • It comes with beautiful police-themed messages.
  • It comes with two decks of cards and 5 dice.
  • It comes in a quality nice wood packaging.
  • The games are fun and engaging.

Cons.

  • One customer at the time of writing found it to be small.

Games and anything that brings relaxation and fun is always a welcome gift. And the cool feature of this one is that it is tailored specifically for the police.

6. Police Officer Whiskey Decanter.

This would be a nice addition to his/her table especially if he is the supervisor in his/her unit and therefore has his/her own office. If not, it would still make for great decor on his table in the house. This decanter comes with a police badge engraved on its side. This is also another good retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It is beautiful and classy.
  • It is made of quality glass and wood.
  • It is sturdy.
  • It does not take up too much space.

Cons.

  • It may be a little small. But this makes it a perfect space saver.
  • It may be a little pricey but worth the purchase.

This quality decanter with the police badge inscribed on it is the perfect decor and gift for a police officer, whether as a retirement gift or appreciation gift.

7. Police Keychain for Wife/Girlfriend.

This really cute keychain has a very lovely and beautiful message on it from a wife/girlfriend to their police officer husband/boyfriend or from mom and/or daughter. It also comes with a police badge pendant and a birthstone.

Pros.

  • It has a beautiful message.
  • It is made of stainless steel.
  • It is a perfect size.
  • It comes with a birthstone.
  • It comes in a jewelry pouch gift packaging.

Cons.

  • Some customers have questioned the quality.

The beautiful message on this keychain makes it one of the best thoughtful gifts to give. And since he would always carry a keychain, what better way to carry a keychain than with a beautiful reminder.

8. Police Keychain for Daughter.

This is another beautiful variation of the personalized keychain, but this time for a daughter to her police dad. The message is really beautiful and is sure to warm his heart every time he picks up his keychain.

Pros.

  • It has a beautiful message.
  • It is easy to carry around.
  • It comes with a police badge.

Cons.

  • It has been criticized as being of a low quality.

The thoughtful message on this is what makes it a winner despite the criticized poor quality. Any daughter would love to give this to her dad and any dad would be warmed by it because of the message on it more than anything.

9. Police Keychain for Parents.

This is another cool keychain for parents to their police child with a beautiful message.

Pros.

  • It has a beautiful message.
  • It is made of stainless steel.
  • It is a perfect size.
  • It comes with a birthstone.
  • It comes in a jewelry pouch gift packaging.

Cons.

  • Some customers have questioned the quality.

Another beautiful and thoughtful gift from a parent to their police officer child.

10. Police Necklace for Lover.

This is another nice memento to wear by both spouses/partners. It can be worn by the police officer and their significant other because of the heart-tugging message on it. It also comes with a bonus keychain with another heart-tugging message.

Pros.

  • It is made of quality stainless steel.
  • The necklace is skin-friendly.
  • They come with beautiful messages.
  • It is cute and stylish.

Cons.

  • The necklace chain is somewhat thin.
  • Some customers wish the same message on the necklace was on the keychain.

Every police officer and their spouse/partner love this cool and lovely piece. It is a cool and beautiful message of pride for both parties.

11. Tactical Organiser Duffel Bag.

This is another cool tactical gift to give. It him to get organized for that covert and tactical mission.

Pros.

  • It is made from thick and durable material.
  • It can take a lot of items.
  • It is roomy with several compartments.
  • Fits well on the passenger side.
  • It is durable and long-lasting.
  • It comes with an additional strong shoulder strap.
  • It comes with pockets for water bottles.

Cons.

  • It is not water-resistant.
  • Several customers complained of not receiving the shoulder strap.
  • Some customers think it’s overpriced.

Despite the few critical reviews, a large chunk of the customers who bought this product at the time of writing stated that the bag was of high quality and very durable. Given that the positive reviews outweigh the negatives and are consistent, we believe this would be a good buy.

12. Personalized Police Name Wall Art.

This is a beautiful wall art to have in your loved one’s personal space at home to show them how proud of them you are. The amazing thing about this wall art is that you can have it personalized with their name. It comes with the American flag beautifully flying in the background. It can also be a good retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It comes with a personalized name.
  • You can choose a bigger size if you want.
  • It is printed on quality canvas.
  • It is ready to be hung.

Cons.

  • One customer at the time of writing wished it would show what the name would appear like before being printed.

Aside from this, all customers who reviewed this product at the time of writing gave it a 5-star review.

This thoughtful and beautiful gift will have the heart of your police officer’s loved one swell with pride and joy. A definite amazing gift to give.

13. Police Badge Wallet.

This beautiful leather piece is well crafted out of quality leather with the colors and symbol of the police force. It is the perfect size for their badge and other important writing materials like a small writing pad and a pen.

Pros.

  • It is made of quality leather.
  • It sits well in the pocket.
  • It can take lots of stuff.
  • It can fit the badge.

Cons.

  • One customer found it pricey. But the quality makes it worth the buy.
  • One police officer said it did not fit their badge well and was a little bulky.

The positive reviews on this product also outweigh the few critical reviews and this is why we still recommend it as a good and thoughtful gift.

14. Police Officer Wine Holder.

This cool wine holder that comes in the form of a police officer dressed in his uniform makes for a cool decorative piece while serving its purpose of holding wine. It is also a nice retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It is made of quality metal.
  • It is sturdy.
  • It is a nice decorative piece.

Cons.

  • Almost all customers at the time of writing bought this as a retirement gift and said the recipients loved it to bits and have nothing negative to say about it.

A beautiful gift to give a police officer.

15. Personalized Police Travel Mug.

This cool travel mug allows you to customize it with the name of the police officer and this would add an extra touch of special to it.

Pros.

  • It is wrapped with quality leather for grip and comfort.
  • You can customize it with the name of the officer.
  • The lid is strong and prevents spills.

Cons.

  • It does not have a handle.

Aside from not having a handle, this tumbler is made of great quality and is a very good gift to give and especially because it can be personalized with the officer’s name.

16. God Bless Police Officers Table Plaque.

This table or desktop plaque is a nice piece of art. The words are spelled with a pistol and a police badge amongst other things. Really nice thoughtful decorative piece.

Pros.

  • It is sturdy.
  • It is made of high-quality materials.
  • It is a beautiful decorative piece.
  • It comes in a beautiful gift packaging.

Cons.

  • All customers who bought this as a gift at the time of writing have only glowing things to say about it.

A beautiful art piece with a beautiful and thoughtful prayer. It is a unique and amazing gift to give a police officer for any occasion.

17. Praying Police officer Figurine.

Words cannot do justice to describing how exquisite this figurine looks and would make any surface it is placed on look. It shows a police officer kneeling in prayer. It is made of quality resin stone. It would also make a great retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It has a beautiful message engraved on the pedestal.
  • It is made of quality resin stone.
  • It is sturdy.
  • It does not take up too much space.

Cons.

  • There is not a single bad review for this beautiful gift item except for one customer at the time of writing who found it a little small.

The size of the figurine is just perfect since it is to be a decorative piece. It is a nice gift item to give.

18. Standing Policeman Ceramic Figurine.

This is another cool decorative piece made of ceramic and shows a police officer standing and speaking into his walkie talkie.

Pros.

  • It is sturdy.
  • It does not take up space.
  • It is a beautiful decorative piece.
  • It is easy to clean.

Cons.

  • All customers said it was appreciated as a gift and not one bad review.

A beautiful decorative piece.

RETIREMENT GIFTS.

All the gifts listed above would also make for good retirement gifts to your retiring police boss. In addition, the following retirement personalized gifts would also be nice.

19. Personalized Police Name Wall Art for Retirement.

This wall art comes with the dates of service engraved into it. You get to tell them the dates at the time of purchase, as well as the name of the retiring officer and the capacity they served in as well as where they worked. It is a really nice and thoughtful retirement gift.

Pros.

  • It is printed on quality canvas paper.
  • The size is big and perfect for any space.
  • It is personalized with the officers’ details.

Cons.

  • All customers who purchased it as a retirement gift for their Leo said they highly recommend it.

A very beautiful and thoughtful retirement gift for a retiring police officer.

20. Blue Line Retirement Drinking Glass.

This beautiful drinking glass has a police badge engraved across it along with the words “retired” and the police blue lines.

Pros.

  • The words are engraved and durable.
  • It is made in the US.
  • It comes with gift packaging.

Cons.

  • It may be small.
  • It is fragile.

A nice and thoughtful retirement gift.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

What are special, thoughtful, cute, top, best, amazing, unique, cool, good, perfect gifts for police officers?

All the gifts in this article have all these attributes.

What is a good gift for cop boyfriend?

You can give your cop boyfriend any of the gifts in this article.

What are good gifts for police officer husband?

All the gift items in this article are good gifts for your police officer husband.

What are good tactical gifts for cops?

The Concealed Hoodie and the Tactical Organiser Duffel bag are great tactical cop gifts.

What to get a police officer for Christmas?

You can buy them any of these gifts as Christmas gifts provided of course you are a family member or a fellow work colleague.

What are good birthday gifts for police officers?

You can also buy any of the items on this list as a birthday present.

CONCLUSION.

Police officers are generally not allowed to collect gifts because they are not supposed to be seen to be acting improperly.

There are however other ways you can show your appreciation for a police officer such as writing them a glowing letter of recommendation to their supervisor.

The list of gifts in this article is for family members of police officers or other police officers that want to buy a gift amongst themselves.

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