Finding the perfect gift can be difficult under normal circumstances, but finding the perfect gift for someone that puts their life on the line for their community could seem even more challenging. But don’t worry! We’ve found the best gifts for firefighters, from personalized aprons for the department’s next cookoff to silly gag gifts like funny socks that let everyone know they’re off duty.
Whether your husband was just promoted to lieutenant, you want to celebrate your boyfriend’s fire academy graduation, or honor your local fire department chief’s retirement; there is something for every fireman (and firewoman) on this list. If you’re looking for great gift ideas for firefighters, you might want to stop, drop, and roll down this list of options.
35 Useful Gift Ideas For Firefighters
From useful to unique, we’ve got the best gifts for firefighters on this list.
Spoontiques Firefighter Stepping Stone
This yard stepping stone is a great way to commemorate a firefighter’s achievements, whether it’s a promotion to lieutenant or your local chief’s retirement. After all, these are both incredible steps on the life journey of a firefighter! The unique design is ideal for outdoor use as a lawn decoration or inside as a hanging plaque; it even has a keyhole on the back for easy hanging.
Fire Alarm Flask - 8 oz Flasks For Liquor For Men
Sound the alarms! A firefighter is off duty and ready to relax. How can we tell? Oh, they just busted out their fire alarm flask. This novelty flask is guaranteed to turn the heat up on their next party (and make all of their coworkers super jealous). Be prepared for all the other firefighters’ partners to ask you where you got such a unique gift!
This keychain would make a thoughtful gift for a young firefighter that just graduated from the fire academy. The sentimental message could help remind them of their bravery and courage, and of course, how many people love them as they embark on their new journey. It would also make a great gift for firefighters of any age and experience level because everyone needs a reminder of how important they are.
Funny Fireman Socks
If you can read the bottom of these socks, they must have been a hit with the recipient! After a long day, your favorite firefighter probably just wants to kick off their heavy boots and put their feet up. With these socks, they can relax in a hilarious style. This useful gag gift could be a winning gift if you know a firefighter with a great sense of humor.
Sound the Alarm Fire Truck Hot Sauce Gift Set
Can your husband, boyfriend, or local fire department chief handle the heat? We think it’s time to find out! This hot sauce set would make an excellent gift for an individual or as a set to thank your local fire department. It includes six flaming hot varieties of hot sauce, all tucked into an adorable firetruck packaging. You might want to accompany this gift with a gallon of milk because at least some of those firefighters are bound to challenge each other to a hot sauce competition.
Pine Ridge Fire Department Set of 4 Coasters
Although he’s probably happy to spray water all over a burning building, that doesn’t mean he’s okay with water ring stains on his (or her) nice furniture. Like he protects the community, you could help him preserve his table from damage and show off his firefighter pride. This set of four rustic-inspired resin coasters have an anti-slip backing and a cool fire department logo. We love a gift that’s both useful and unique!
Personalized Firefighter Maltese Cross Throw Pillow
You could try your best at making a DIY fireman pillowcase with supplies from the craft store, or you could relax while you leave the hard work to the professionals. These pillowcases are an excellent choice for the fireman who already has everything or for kids that think firefighters are super cool (it’s true, they are). Choose from black or tan fabric and customize the pillowcase with the recipient’s last name for a personalized touch.
Volunteer Firefighter Throw Blanket
We can’t think of a better way to tell your firefighter husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend that it’s time to cuddle than with a super snuggly blanket. Volunteer firefighters definitely deserve extra cuddles to reward their incredibly altruistic choices. It could also be a great gift for kids of firefighters to snuggle up with if they get anxious when their parents head into the flames. No matter who you get this blanket for, we hope you at least get a couple of cuddles as a thank you.
Funny Firefighters T-Shirt
Even on his days off, this t-shirt can help your favorite fireman brag about his super cool job. While the rest of us are twiddling our thumbs behind our computers, these resident badasses are running into burning buildings and saving lives. And of course, they still get to play with fire trucks, a pastime many of us had to (unfortunately) retire. This novelty t-shirt is available in five colors and sizes ranging up to 3XL.
Funny Coffee Mug Firefighters Heros
We love a fun novelty cup that serves a splash of sass with their morning coffee. Your firefighter will undoubtedly bring this mug into work with them, and their coworkers are guaranteed to try to steal it from the firehouse kitchen. Very few people are willing to run into a burning building, and even fewer sign up to do it regularly! Honor their heroism with this funny novelty mug.
Custom Firefighter Helmet/Axes Decanter Set
This decanter set is an incredibly classy and thoughtful way to celebrate your favorite firefighter. We suggest saving this custom decanter for their retirement present because it might be challenging to top it! The glass decanter comes with two accompanying low-baller glasses. Each object in the set has an engraved helmet and axes design, and you can personalize the decanter with up to four lines of custom text. Cheers to their service and double cheers to great gifts for firefighters!
Firefighter Prayer Fire Rescue Brushed Steel Dog Tag
These dog tags would be an incredibly thoughtful gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, child, husband, or wife that risks their lives to protect their community. The laser-engraved dog tag reads an endearing “Firefighter Prayer” to keep them safe while they bravely help their neighbors. It comes with keychain and necklace options so the recipient can choose how to wear it.
Fire Rescue Stainless Steel Grilling Spatula
Does your firefighter boyfriend, husband, wife, or friend love working the grill when they aren’t busy saving lives? This stainless steel spatula would make a fantastic gift for firefighters that are also grill masters. The wooden maple handle reads “fire & rescue,” while the spatula boasts a laser cut-out of the fire department logo.
Personalized 22 oz Firefighter Stainless Steel Tumbler
These extra-large stainless steel tumblers are an excellent gift for a firefighter that requires an extra-large coffee to fuel their fighting! Choose from 10 different colors, three unique designs, and even font types to create a cup as special as your favorite firefighter is.
FireFighter Pocket Knife
Most firefighters carry some sort of knife in their pockets as essential gear. While he might not swap out his trusty favorite for this one, this will probably become his new favorite for personal use. It has the fire department insignia on the handle and is engraved with “Fire fighter” on the blade itself. It could make a lovely gift for a retired firefighter that is still proud of his service to the community.
Funny Firefighter Coffee Mug for Him and Her
We are slightly embarrassed by how hard we laughed at this mug, and we’re not even firefighters! This mug would be a funny gift for any firefighter with a sense of humor and a strong desire for coffee. We love a useful gag gift that might make people do a spit take!
Retro Vinyl Record Wall Clock
If you know a fireman with a flair for the vintage, he’ll probably love this fun novelty wall clock. It is crafted from retro records for a unique aesthetic that would look just as great in his man cave or at the fire station.
Antique Fire Hose Nozzle Bottle Opener
Whether it’s the fire chief’s retirement party, your boyfriend’s fire academy graduation, or a promotion gift for your wife that just made lieutenant, this vintage-inspired fire hose nozzle bottle opener is an excellent gift idea for firefighters. They could use it for cracking open a few brews after a long shift or just as a unique souvenir to display in their home.
Fire Hose Beer Cozy Set
Are you looking for gift ideas for firefighters that are both useful and unique? These vintage fire hose beer coolers could be the perfect present. Any firefighter would tell you how reckless it is to try to drink out of a fire hose until now, that is. These cozies are made from authentic fire hoses and lined with insulating neoprene to keep their drinks cold while they’re enjoying their time off.
Fire Escape Shelf
This fire escape shelf could make a great gift idea for firefighters that want to integrate their job into their household decor. This unique shelf could make a great place for displaying his favorite firefighter souvenirs or even his fiery hot sauce collection. Alternatively, you could also get a set of fireman figurines and make a diorama to recreate his ultimate rescue mission.
Fire Extinguisher Container Decanter
We feel obligated to warn you that once you give this to your firefighter husband, boyfriend, wife, or pal, everyone else from the fire department will come knocking on your door asking where you bought it. This fun gag gift is also a super useful beer dispenser or whiskey decanter, depending on the recipients’ preferred beverage. It would be the perfect gift to give before your firemen’s retirement or a promotion party, so he can immediately show it off to his pals!
Dan the Sausageman's Special Delivery Box Gift Basket
If you’re looking for a great gift for the entire fire department to say thank you for the help or just as a sign of appreciation for the brave volunteers, you can’t go wrong with this food gift basket. It is filled with a delicious variety of hearty snacks— like sausages, cheeses, nuts, granola, and plenty more— the perfect fuel for firefighters in a demanding job. Plus, there is plenty of food for the entire department to share.
History of the American Firefighter Framed Posters & Prints
Look how far they’ve come! From the 1740’s battle watch to the 1970’s lieutenant, fire safety gear has (thankfully) changed significantly over the years. This print would make a fun gift for an individual firefighter or a cool decor piece for the fire station. Any firefighter would love to take in the immense history and great strides their profession has taken since the pre-revolutionary war era.
Fireman Throw Pillow Cushion Cover
Decorate his firefighter man cave in a classy way with this unique pillowcase. It features an artistic sketch design of a classic fireman helmet on a white background. The simple colors and design could easily complement a wide range of furniture and decor. Plus, the pillowcase has a zipper for easy removal and cleaning.
Custom Embroidered Firefighter Gear Bag
Firefighters have many supplies to carry, and sometimes their department-issued bags are a bit worse for the wear. These personalized bags are large enough to fit their essential supplies and personalized to ensure no one else is accidentally borrowing his helmet. It would make an awesome gift for a firefighter for Christmas, their birthday, or even as a graduation or promotion present.
Firefighter Support Auto Emblem
Unfortunately, your firefighter husband, wife, boyfriend, or pal can’t always drive the firetruck around (although it could make grocery shopping significantly cooler). But with this bumper sticker, they could show off their firefighter pride no matter what they’re driving. This cheap but thoughtful pick is an excellent Christmas stocking stuffer or little birthday surprise for the firefighter in your life.
Kids Firefighter Costume Set
Did you click on this article because your kid is super obsessed with firefighters? This fun uniform could be a great surprise for your little aspiring hero. The costume set includes a helmet, jacket, and kid-friendly versions of some of the firefighters’ important tools in real life. Swap out the pretend hose for a water-gun, and your little tyke is halfway to their dream job!
Set of 4 Firefighter Pint Glasses
Cheers to another successful rescue and well-received gift ideas for firefighters! This set of four pint glasses is just what his man cave needs to give it a firefighter flair. It could make an incredibly thoughtful gift for volunteer firefighters, the brave men and women that don’t receive nearly enough appreciation. Raise a fancy new pint glass, or four, to their service and altruism!
Firefighter Personalized Tan Apron
When your boyfriend, husband, or another firefighter pal isn’t busy putting out flames, you could probably catch him smoking up a storm at the grill. Alas, every firefighter who is also your resident pitmaster needs an appropriate amount of swag to show off their talents, and this personalized apron could be just the thing. This apron would make an excellent Christmas gift or a unique, customized surprise before the big fire department cook-off!
Mini Fireman Figurines for Kids
Remember when we said you could get mini fireman figures and place them on the fire escape shelf to create a diorama? We were mostly joking, but just in case you were interested in greeting a DIY gag gift, these cheap fireman figurines could be just what you need for a homemade display. Alternatively, we guess they could be fun for kids to play with, but only after you’re done, of course.
Vintage Fireman Patent Prints, Set of 6
Are you looking for unique anniversary gift ideas for firefighters, your local volunteer fire department’s centennial celebration, or a firefighting couple? Take them on a time-traveling trip with these vintage firefighting prints. The set of six includes patent illustrations for some of the original fire and rescue tools, dating back to the 1800s! Your fireman could take a look back at the tools of his predecessors while being thankful for the modern supplies they use now.
Firefighter Uniform Christmas Ornament
Is your boyfriend celebrating his first Christmas after fire academy graduation? Or did your husband just get promoted to lieutenant or chief? Celebrate their achievements this Christmas with this adorable ornament, the perfect addition to any fireman’s tree. Hopefully, that’s the closest they’ll have to get to their uniform on Christmas day because even heroes deserve time with their families!
Firefighter Whiskey Glasses
Even regular office jobs can be a rollercoaster of good days and bad days. But when you’re a firefighter, the stakes can often be much higher. This double-sided whiskey glass features the classic fire department maltese cross logo on one side, while the reverse shows pour markers for a “good day,” “bad day,” and “don’t even ask” days. It could be a thoughtful gift for a fire department chief or any whiskey-loving firefighter that likes to unwind with a drink after a stressful day on the job.
Personalized Firefighter Coasters
Speaking of drinks, you could get him a bottle of whiskey to go along with those glasses, or you could get your favorite firefighter a fun set of customized coasters to match their new cups. Or all three, if you wanted to give your fireman boyfriend or husband the best Christmas ever. This classy and useful gift reveals an engraved maltese cross on the wooden coasters and can be personalized with the recipient’s name.
Firefighter T Rex Dinosaur T-Shirt
The whole family could show off their fire department pride with these funny dinosaur firefighter t-shirts. Although, we have a feeling this might be the best choice for kids in particular or adults that still freaking love dinosaurs (they’re so cool and will never stop being cool). We’re already picturing your family Christmas card with these matching shirts on!
Firefighter Gift FAQs
What Does Every Firefighter Need?
While the fire department provides many essential supplies, some operate on very tight budgets that might require the firefighters— even the volunteer firefighters— to purchase certain tools independently. Some tools every firefighter needs include a dust mask, medical examination gloves, an LED flashlight plus a backup, a lock back knife, a wax pencil, and multiple wooden door wedges.
Are Firefighters Allowed to Accept Gifts?
It can be confusing to know if firefighters can accept gifts, mainly because the internet seems to have mixed statements regarding the issue. Some reports seem to say that firefighters and other first responders are not allowed to accept gifts because it may appear to be a bribe. Of course, if a firefighter helped you, your loved ones, or you just want to show some support, there are a few ways you could express your gratitude. Just check out the following FAQ to find out more!
What is a Good Thank You Gift for Firefighters?
There are plenty of ways to express your gratitude to your local firefighters! A wonderful place to start is with a sincere card to show your thanks and even update them on the situation they assisted you with. Many firefighters might never find out what happened, so if they helped you in a meaningful way and everything turned out fine, it’s nice to let them know!
To avoid being seen as a bribe or favoring one individual, consider getting something the entire fire department could share. It could be as simple as ordering some pizza or food deliveries to more useful items like personal protection medical equipment. Many fire departments are run on shoestring budgets, and some firefighters, even volunteer firefighters, are expected to provide this equipment for themselves.
What Do Firefighters Keep In Their Pockets?
Pocket space is limited, but having easily accessible tools is absolutely critical for firefighters. That means they have to prioritize the life-saving essentials for their pockets. Some of the items they might carry with them could include wire or cable cutters, a knife, and a mask and gloves for personal protection when performing first aid interventions. Additionally, they might carry other supplies such as a screwdriver with interchangeable heads and some rope. These items serve multiple purposes and can be lifesaving for civilians, their coworkers, or themselves.
What Are Some Good Retirement Gift Ideas for a Firefighter?
Although a firefighter might be retiring from the department, being a firefighter will likely still be a large part of their identity. You could commemorate their service to the community with a unique and personal retirement gift. Some examples could include a firefighter stepping stone for their yard, a custom whiskey decanter set with a firefighter twist, or even a plaque.