Christmas, New Years and the holiday season is upon us! For some, finding the perfect gift is easy but for the majority of us, the season of frustration. What do you get a pilot or aviation enthusiast? How is it that in a digital age we have countless options available for us to find a great gift at the click of a button, yet finding the right one is so tough. It’s safe to say that shopping for pilots is not an easy feat. We thought we’d help make it that little bit easier by sharing our top 5 aviation-inspired gifts. They’re a favorite amongst our pilots so they may just be perfect for the aviators in your life.
A bomber jacket always says aviation, and this year it also says on trend. Alpha Industries MA-1 Flight Jacket is authentic — it’s the jacket that U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots and ground crew wore starting in the 1960s — with a reversible design featuring a bright orange lining.
Custom Ray-Ban Aviators
There’s no aviation accessory as timeless as aviators, and Ray-Ban will let you custom design a pair for your stylish giftee. Choose the frame and lens colors — even get it engraved and add a case.
For an aviation guru that doesn’t already have one, a transceiver radio makes a great gift. A transceiver allows the aviation enthusiast to listen to aircraft and air traffic control transmissions from the ground – a fun time for any avgeek. You’ll find a good one like the iCom IC-A14 at Sporty’s Pilot Shop
Frederic Pierre “The Aviator Black Watch”
With this gift for pilot husband, you will grant him the opportunity to showcase his personal flair and keep track of time. Designed for frequent flyers, it features a dual time zone on the chronograph.
A sophisticated and elegant look will keep him timelessly trendy and he can swap the strap to a sporty one for casual wear. Find it Here.
Stainless Steel Airplane Cocktail Shaker
What’s better than making your own cocktails? Making them in an airplane shaker! Now your pilot or aviation enthusiast can take cocktail mixing to new heights. TheGodinger Silver Art airplane shaker is made from nickel plate and never needs polishing. This awesome gift also comes with a winged base to hold the shaker in place when not in use!
These tags are made from retired aircraft skins and are the perfect stocking stuffers. (If you’re not sure which one to get, get the 747.)
Tiffany Airplane Charms
Aviation can sometimes have a masculine connotation, but there’s a long history of women in aviation. And whoever your favorite avgeek is, if they also love jewelry, they’ll love these Tiffany charms.
Wooden Replica Propeller
A wooden propeller makes a nice addition to any avgeek’s home or office. You can find a selection of nice replica propellers online at A Simpler Time.
They’re a staple gift for any pilot or aviation enthusiast. You don’t just have to settle for a generic aircraft cufflink design though! Flight Storeoffer a variety of airplane cufflink designs such as Spitfire, Piper Cherokee, Boeing 737 or 747, Tiger Moth, Vulcan, Concorde and more! They’re finely detailed and available in sterling silver and gold.
Whether you’re buying for a commercial pilot, private pilot or an aviation enthusiast, you can’t go wrong with cufflinks!
Modular Brightline Bags
This fully customizable baggage line is a pilot favorite. The best part of giving a set as a gift is that sections can be added on or removed, so whoever you give it to will be able to make it exactly what they want it — for every trip.