The best aviation gift ideas for pilots will involve the perfect combination of high-flying thrills and creativity along with practical dependability and flawless precision. You want to find a great gift that is both personal and surprising. What will be the perfect gift for a pilot?
We’ve combed the interwebs to find out what pilots like, need, appreciate, and enjoy. In the list of pilot gift ideas below, you will surely find something that fits the bill for the aviator in your life.
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25 Aviation Gift Ideas for Pilots
1. Vintage Airplane Pilot Plaque with Personalized Name Plank
For the storm-chasing, cloud-diving, barnstorming, skywriting, sightseeing lifelong pilot, this vintage-style wooden plaque is just the thing.
Customized with a hanging name board in old-fashioned style and made completely in the USA, this is a total original and our favorite of these aviation gift ideas for pilots.
2. Three-Dimensional Airplane Card for an Aviation Gift
This is a gorgeous pop-up card to go along with any gift for a pilot. The card’s front features a whimsical illustration of an airplane in flight surrounded by fluffy clouds. When you open the card, you find a 3D airplane (a commercial jet) that “takes off” from the center of the card.
With plenty of spectacular details including windows, this is the perfect way to add an aviation theme to ANY gift for a pilot.
3. Leather Bomber Jacket
The classic look brought home. 100% leather with snap storm flap over the front of the traditional YKK zipper plus a World War II U.S. flag imprinted onto the interior lining. All their pilot buddies will be jealous.
4. Bose Aviation Headset
Bose is the world’s leading brand in quality audio, and their aviation headset is one premium gift idea for a pilot that they will unashamedly drool over. It will set you back by about $1k, so if that is a little over your budget consider this affordable yet top-rated headset from Kore Aviation.
5. World’s Flyest Pilot T-Shirt
Others can lay claim to World’s Greatest Dad, World’s Best Chef, etc. But only one pilot can be the World’s Flyest Pilot. Let the aviator in your life know what you really think about them.
6. Personalized Pilot’s Lounge Wood Sign
A personalized sign for the pilot’s home bar and cocktail lounge. The fun vintage style decor piece includes their name customized across the top along with airplane art, retro lines, and a 3-dimensional hand-carved martini glass relief.
7. Airplane Mount for GoPro
Every pilot wants great pictures and video. Now you can make it happen for them with this airplane GoPro mount. Crafted from aircraft aluminum, the MyPilotPro can be attached to virtually any General Aviation or Light Sport aircraft that have tie downs, which means that it can be utilized by almost all private pilots and student pilots alike.
8. Live Free & Fly Airplane Necklace
An adorable airplane necklace that comes with a card that reads,
May your heart soar
And your dreams take flight
Reaching far beyond
The highest height
9. Personalized Pilot’s Lounge Barrel Head Sign
The top section of a barrel, which we affectionately call a “Quarter Barrel” sign, includes personalization of the name of your choice plus a hand-carved propeller applique.
If you want to branch out from stuff that just says “Pilot” and “Aviator” then we have plenty more Quarter Barrel Signs that you can customize, including themes for wine, home bar, whiskey, BBQ, ice cream shop, golf, garage, home theater, and more.
10. Top-Rated Portable Charger
Pilots are the very definition of “on the go.” For anyone that is away from home for long periods of time, a high-quality portable charger is a choice gift. This 26800mAh device charges most smartphones more than 6 times, or a tablet more than 2 times, providing an average of 9 days of unrestrained usage. It can even charge up to three devices at the same time, making it the perfect travel gift for an aviator.
11. Travel Adapter
Most pilots will probably already have one, but if this is a gift for a recent graduate they will use it often. Heck, even if your pilot already has one, they won’t regret having a backup. An absolute must-have pilot’s accessory in the modern age.
12. Handmade 6 Foot Sopwith Propeller
Handcrafted from solid wood, this AP159 Sopwith Propeller is the dream decor piece for any aviation enthusiast.
13. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Renowned historian David McCullough brings to life the two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio who would change history. A national bestseller by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, this absorbing biography will renew any pilot’s sense of wonder at the miracle of flight.
14. Vintage Personalized Aviator Pilot Sign
Vintage style and old-world class meet in a fun personalized pilot’s wall decor sign. A perfectly unique gift for the aviator who has everything.
Quick challenge… do you know all the tricks listed here?
- Barrel & Torque Roll
- Tailslide & Scissors
- Immelman Splits
- Pugachev’s Cobra
- The Loop & Spin
- The Hammerhead
- Falling Leaf
- English Bunt
- Lazy Eight
- Zoom Climb
15. Getting High Is My Job Pilot Coffee Mug
Pilots drink coffee and get high. It’s all part of the job. Any professional aviator with a sense of humor will dig this fun pilot gift idea.
16. Getting High Is Part of the Job Funny Pilot T-Shirt
The t-shirt version, and a funny pilot gift idea for the aviator with a cheeky sense of humor.
17. Aviator Whiskey Glasses
For the whiskey connoisseur. This set of four heavy sham whiskey glasses – each with a capacity of 13.5 ounces – boasts laser etched artwork of classic airplanes flying high.
While you’re on the whiskey train, you may be interested in some personalized whiskey barrels and home bar decor.
18. TravelPro Maxlite 4 Carry-On Suitcase for Pilots
The TravelPro Maxlite 3 took first place on a LifeHacker reader’s poll and has across-the-board great reviews. The newer Maxlite 4 has even better ratings and is perfectly sized for international travel. The carry-on of choice for pilots and flight attendants.
19. World Travelers Vintage Map Sign
This personalized vintage wooden sign is a great anniversary gift for the world-traveling pilot and spouse. Commemorate a destination wedding or spectacular honeymoon, or simply celebrate your love of traveling together.
20. Remote Control Hobby Airplane
Most pilots simply love airplanes. It’s part of the call of the wild blue yonder. Plus, sometimes it’s nice to fly while standing firmly on the ground for a change. In any event, your pilot will love a remote control hobby airplane.
21. Daddy’s Co-Pilots Personalized Aviator Keychain
This cute keychain pilot gift idea includes a banner that says, “Daddy’s Co-Pilots” along with an antique bronze airplane charm and clip plus as many customized name “clouds” as are in your family.
22. I’m Not Better Than You, Just Way Cooler Pilot T-Shirt
This cheeky pilot t-shirt reads, “I am a pilot. I’m not better than you, just way cooler.” You all know it’s true.
23. Custom Metal Pilot Sign
Handcrafted from 12 gauge steel in the shape of a propeller with a name above, this is a great pilot gift idea for the shop or garage.
24. Personalized Old-Fashioned Pilot’s Lounge Sign
If the high life is the life for you, fly in style with this old-fashioned Personalized Pilot Lounge Sign. Crafted right here in the USA from furniture-grade wood, this pilot’s lounge sign comes ready to hang on the walls of your home bar.
25. Aviator Glasses
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? Perhaps the zenith of great gift ideas for pilots.
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