The Best Gifts for Lovers of Aviation
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: The Best Gifts for Travelers
This year, the editors at Travel + Leisure have put together gift guides for everyone on your list. 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. Even if it's a while before they board an airplane again, these gifts will remind your loved one of what they love about flying.
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, from $13
There's no aviation accessory as timeless as aviators, and Ray-Ban is the way to go. These frames are universally flattering and will go with any outfit, making them a travel staple.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $204
Brightline Flex B4 Swift Bag
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, $196
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, from $25
Kore Aviation Headset
Whether they're listening to air traffic control or Spotify, this aviation headset is professional style and quality.
To buy: amazon.com, $170
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 Subscription
Give the gift of omniscience — at least when it comes to what's over our heads — with a premium annual flight tracking subscription.
To buy: flightradar24.com, from $10 per year
Stainless Steel Airplane Cocktail Shaker
This airplane-shaped cocktail shaker will sure to be the star of any bar cart. Aviation-inspired cocktail recipes not included.
To buy: amazon.com, $62
Mike Kelley Airportrait Photography
Mike Kelley's photography will give you a new appreciation for air travel.
To buy: mikekelley.art, starting at $750
Tovolo Novelty Airplane Ice Cube Mold Trays
Why not add a little flair to your beverages with aviation-themed ice cubes? This silicone mold creates impressively detailed airplane-shaped cubes and it makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
To buy: amazon.com, $9
Personalized Airplane Altimeter Cufflinks
For your suit-wearing loved one, you can't go wrong with these stylish cuff links, which resembler altimeter gauges. You can even customize them with up to six numbers, perfect for commemorating birthdays or anniversaries.
To buy: etsy.com, from $45
Sterling Silver Airplane Necklace
This dainty necklace is perfect for a jewelry lover with perpetual wanderlust. The airplane charm will make them all the more excited to finally travel again.
To buy: etsy.com, from $28
Airplane Paper Clips
Brighten up a loved one's desk (whether that's at home or back at the office) with these adorable airplane-shaped paper clips. Who knew that office supplies could be so fun?
To buy: etsy.com, $12 for pack of 100
32GB Aircraft USB Flash Drive
A flash drive is always handy to keep with you while on-the-go. It's an added bonus if it comes in a fun shape that will make you smile every time you pull it out to plug into your computer.
To buy: amazon.com, $12