Do’s and dont’s for holiday gifts

By Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Public Affairs Agency Social Media Division

The holiday season is a time of laughter, and for those on the nice list, goodies and gifts. Lucky families who want to show affection for their Airmen should keep in mind the do’s and don’ts of holiday gifting. Although many Airmen made the nice list and will receive plenty of holiday treats for their efforts, your thoughtful gifts can quickly put them on the Air Force’s naughty list. The service’s version of the naughty or nice list can be found in AFI 36-2903, Dress and Appearance, and we’ve compiled a list of points to consider while shopping for your Airman this holiday season.


1. Tattoos/brands/body markings- What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but that giant, late-night tattoo will remain. You can give the gift of a tattoo, but make sure it’s within regulations.


2. Running shoes- Although there may be a kaleidoscope of sneaker colors available, those individuals aiming high must remain conservative and ensure bright colors and excessive ornamentation are left for their civilian attire.  We are the U.S. Air Force after all– how much flashier do we need to be?

AFI 36-2903

3. Sunglasses – Even though they block the sun, movie star glam is frowned upon. Speaking of holiday spirit and movie stars, past Airmen have included Jimmy Stewart and, ahem, Chuck Norris. Please choose plain black, gold, silver or brown shades for your Airman.


4. Hair color- If you’re going to treat your Airman to a new do, remember hair color can only be brown, blond, brunette, natural red, black or grey if it’s natural. Who says the military doesn’t provide options?


5. Duffle/backpacks- Although these items are always great gifts, they must be black or blue for your Airman to carry them in uniform. By the way, hitting a general officer with your bag while trying to salute is only funny on T.V. Carry it on your left side.


6. Phone covers- While in uniform, an Airman’s cell phone case can only be two colors — blue or black. Who doesn’t like a little bling, bling on a cell phone case? Um, the Air Force.

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Do’s and dont’s for holiday gifts