If you want to send some goodies to a soldier, airman, sailor, Marine, or Coastie serving downrange, here’s a convenient way to do so without sending perishable stuff through the overburdened military mail system:
Those certificates are redeemable at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX), the Navy Exchange (NEX) and the Coast Guard Exchange. You can send them to a specific service member, or donate them to “Any Service Member” through organizations like the Red Cross.
The military exchange services are the only retail outlets available to our troops in the Middle East, and they set up shop in some pretty remote bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. The gift certificates are redeemable for any stocked merchandise at AAFES locations, so the service member can pick what they want/need at the time.
If you have some extra cash earmarked for spreading some Christmas cheer this year, I can think of worse ways to spend it.