The Best Gifts for Lovers of Aviation
“Aviation geek” isn't an insult, it's a moniker that can be worn with pride.
If you've got an #avgeek in your life — even if you don't fully appreciate their love of aircraft and the skies that lift them — there are tons of gifts that we know they'll appreciate.
Related: 50 Travel Gift Ideas Less Than $50
This year, the editors at Travel + Leisure have put together gift guides for everyone on your list, from the Disney fanatic to the Etsy-obsessed. If you want your gift to feel more personal, think of a particular hobby or interest your friend or family member enjoys. If that's aviation, you've come to the right place.
From a mug with their favorite airport's code to an authentic bomber jacket to a planespotting subscription to furniture made from actual plane parts, these aviation gifts are for every budget — and every avgeek.
Aviation posters range from the artistic to the cheeky. Society6 has travel-themed designs from hundreds of artists, with different sizes that you can get professionally framed.
To buy: society6.com, $20-$50
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.
To buy: ray-ban.com, $173
Boeing Airplane Stapler
A stapler isn't the office ... staple that it used to be, as paper gets slowly phased out, and that's all the more reason to make it a fun decoration. This whimsical airplane stapler is available direct from Boeing (which has an entire array of branded items, from umbrellas to eye masks to plush toys).
To buy: boeingstore.com, $10
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.
To buy: amazon.com, $174
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.)
To buy: planetags.com, $25 - $125
Airportag pillows add some love for aviation to anyone's decor.
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Tiffany Airplane Charms
No Fly List T-shirt
A simple t-shirt and yet we cannot. stop. laughing. Best shirt. The best shirt. For men and women.
To buy: threadless.com, $19
MotoArt Delta Wingman Desk
A desk the price of a car isn't for everyone, but one thing is for sure: even the aviation geek who has everything won't have this.
To buy: motoart.com, $38,500
Parrot Bebop 2 Drone
While the FAA has issued new restrictions on drones, the most devout aviation enthusiasts will certainly know the ins and outs of how to enjoy this Parrot Bebop 2 drone legally.
To buy: amazon.com, $318 (was $550)
Whether they're listening to air traffic control or Spotify, this aviation headset is professional style and quality.
To buy: amazon.com, $170
This amazing chair was inspired by World War II fighter planes.
To buy: restorationhardware.com, starting at $1,895
Piston Desk Clock
The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp Radial Engine Piston has powered many a great aircraft, and this piston clock is a testament to the engineering that has made flight possible over the past century. There's also an opportunity for a great (as in terribly punny) “time flies” joke in the card.
To buy: etsy.com, $215
Flight Tracking Subscriptions
Garmin D2 Charlie
The classic pilot's watch goes high-tech. This is so much cooler than checking the time on your smartphone.
To buy: amazon.com, $750
Stainless Steel Airplane Cocktail Shaker
Aviation-inspired cocktail recipes not included.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
For the skilled planespotter.
To buy: amazon.com, $63
Boeing 747 Plane Model
Mike Kelley Airportrait Photography
Mike Kelley's photography will give you a new appreciation of air travel.
To buy: mpkelley.photography, starting at $650