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What do you buy the pilot that loves flying and has everything already?

With so many gift ideas out there, finding the perfect present can be a tricky task.

But thankfully, we’re here to help!

We’ve asked plenty of airplane enthusiasts and aviation lovers what gifts they’d like to receive for their birthdays and anniversaries.

No matter if they’re a fully qualified pilot, airplane lover or aviation enthusiast, they’re sure to love these gifts. From watches, sunglasses and jackets to unique home decorations and neckties, discover the best gifts for pilots and aviation lovers below.

Best Gifts For Pilots

1. Stainless Steel Aviator Watch

stainless steel aviator watch

This stunning aviator watch is the perfect gift for any pilot’s watch collection. The 48mm stainless steel band features synthetic-sapphire dial window and Japanese quartz movement with analog display. Also featuring tachymeter and compass on the inner bezel, chronograph subdials, date window, and water-resistant up to 100mm. This watch is sure to impress any be worn by any pilot.

2. Pilot’s Aviation Flight Bag

pilots aviation flight bag

Help them stay organized with this functional and lightweight pilot bag. Featuring high-quality nylon fiber, fully padded, with compartments for maps, approach charts, flight plan, and headset. The bag also features a battery and pen holder, two outside pockets, GPS, radio, flashlight, and charts. It’s the perfect bag to help any pilot stay organized.

3. Flight Bomber Jacket

flight bomber jacket

Make them feel like Top Gun with this sleek and fashionable fighter jacket. With a 100% nylon water repellent outer shell, this jacket is fully reversible and features a polyester lining for added warmth and comfort. Also featuring a zippered utility pocket with pencil pocket and removable patches fields, this is a must-buy gift for any pilot.

4. Airplane Necktie

airplane necktie

This is the perfect gift for any pilot wanting a classy addition to their formal attire. This tie features premium stitching and lining, and a higher than usual 1200 needle count for extra durability. Packaged fresh in protective packaging to ensure no stains or damage, this is the perfect airplane themed gift for any pilot.

5. Airplane Bookends Set

airplane bookends set

Give their bookshelf some flare, with these rustic airplane bookends! Featuring a durable wooden material and pewter finish, these bookends are sure to look amazing in any library. Measuring 8 inches tall, these ends are a perfect addition to any office. A charming gift for any pilot who loves spending time expanding their mind.

6. Wooden Airplane Propeller Décor

airplane propeller decor

Give them some new decorations to hang on their wall with this unique wooden airplane propeller. Spanning a lengthy five inches tall by 48 inches long, this propeller really makes a presence on any wall. The matte brown finish with traditional design brings a touch of elegance to any room. The easy to hang design also makes for a quick and easy installation.

7. Silver Airplane Bottle Holder

airplane bottle holder

Dazzle any aviation enthusiasts with this charming silver airplane bottle holder. Made of alternative solid metals, this piece is sure to be a conversation starter in anyone’s home. Not only does it make a bright addition to any surface or mini bar, it also holds any wine bottle securely.

8. Altimeter Wall Clock

altimeter wall clock

Help decorate their wall with this neat altimeter wall clock. Measuring 6.5 inches square, the clock makes for a fun new feature in any room of the house. Any aviation fans will be sure to have this hanging on their wall and will be a great reminder of their plane’s cockpit.

9. Pilot’s Adjustable Bracelet

pilots adjustable bracelet

Make any pilot feel special with this durable stainless-steel bracelet, made by real airplane pilots! The bracelet features the most famous worldwide aviation symbol, pilot’s epaulets, in a stylish minimalist bracelet, to show the aviation love without a uniform. With detachable links, the bracelet is adjustable to any size, and is just the right weight for comfort.

10. Aviator Sunglasses

aviator sunglasses

You can’t be a pilot without these glasses, it’s the law! These aviator sunglasses are the perfect gift for any pilot who actually wants to look like a pilot. Metal framed, these sunglasses come in 18 different colors! Designed for driving and outdoor activities, the lens offer 100% UV400 eye protection, effectively filtering and safely blocking glares.

11. Pilot Logbook

pilot logbook gift

Make sure they stay on top of things with this professional pilot logbook. Boasting the finest craftsmanship, this logbook can hold up to 10 years of data, and has become a tried-and-true favorite of aviation professionals. The gorgeous dark brown cover will keep all their log entries safe and protected from any coffee cup marks or dust.

12. The Legend Pilot Tee

legend pilot tee

This is the perfect gift for any special aviator dads out there! The shirt will make for a touching gift for Father’s Day or a birthday. Available in five different colors and various sizes, this tee is machined washable with like colors in cold water. It also features a lightweight classic fit, double needle sleeve and bottom hem.

13. The Aviator’s Bathroom Reader

aviators bathroom reader

Surprise the aviator in your life with this fun edition to their book collection. This book is perfect for anyone who holds a pilot’s certificate, has held one, or wants to hold one in the future. Filled with stories, fables, tall tales, reports and narratives, it has all been gathered here in one edition for an enjoyable and educational read.

14. Aviator’s Clipboard

aviators clipboard

An excellent gift for their cockpit, this pilot clipboard will be a huge hit. Featuring a reduced kneeboard, large elastic thigh strap, and double anti-slip pads on the back, they’ll be able to use this to jot down anything no matter the turbulence. Made from eco-friendly leather, this clipboard also has plenty of inserts for checklist and pen holders.

15. Airplane Pilot Heartbeat Tee

airplane pilot heartbeat t-shirt

The perfect gift to up their t-shirt game! This shirt depicts an EKG image with a plane as part of the heartbeat. Imported, lightweight, classic fit, and a great way to show others their passion for being a pilot. Available in five different colors and three sizes, this tee is an excellent gift for any pilot.

16. Aircraft Fuel Tester

aircraft fuel tester gift

This is a great gift for those pilots who like to get hands-on. This aircraft fuel tester fits all major types of aircraft fuel tank drain valves and comes with a screwdriver set, including six standard bit tips. Very sturdy and reliable, any pilot will gift this fuel tester incredibly useful when prepping for a flight.

17. The Cloudbuster Nine Book

the cloudbuster nine book

This is a great gift for anyone who enjoys reading about WWll aviation history. The book covers the untold story of Ted Williams, and the baseball team that helped win World War Two. An awesome story of young cadets pushing themselves to the extreme, this is a thrilling read for any pilot.

18. Airplane Pull Corkscrew

airplane pull corkscrew

This is a fun gift for all those wine loving pilots out there. Made of nickel plate, this airplane self-pull corkscrew will never tarnish or rust and is ideal for cracking open them bottles. An excellent and helpful item to help open those bottles after a long flight it also makes for a perfect stocking stuffer!

19. I’d Rather Be Flying T-Shirt

id rather be flying t-shirt

Fill their closet with this super cool I’d rather be flying t-shirt. Perfect for those aviators who want people to feel their passion, this t-shirt gets the message across to everyone. Lightweight and available in five different colors and three sizes, this t-shirt is also machine washable in cold water with like colors.

20. The Complete History of Aviation

complete history of aviation

If aviation history is their thing, this is the perfect gift for them! This magical book takes the reader on a journey from the early days of the Wright Brothers, to the Concorde’s final voyage, to the tragic crash of the Columbia. This book is packed full of the history of aviation and is a must-have book for any enthusiast’s collection.

21. The Proficient Pilot Gift Set

proficient pilot gift set

Surprise the aviator in your life with this box set from Barry Shiff’s popular monthly column. The set delivers an array of different information from over the years on aviation from the industry’s favorite pilot-writer. The articles are pulled from 26,000 flight hours in 260 types of aircraft. A perfect addition to your favorite aviator’s library.

22. How Planes Fly Coffee Mug

how planes fly coffee mug

Brighten up their morning with this funny how planes fly coffee mug. The mug holds a generous 15 ounces of coffee for those who need that extra punch. The mug is printed using high definition graphics, color contrast, and completed with a high gloss finish. This mug is also both dishwasher and microwave safe.  

23. Pilot License Plate Frame

pilot license plate frame

Help them make a statement with this aviation license plate frame. The life is better flying license plate frame is a great gift for pilots. The design is imprinted on the frame, not embossed. The weather-resistant, premium full color sublimation imprint creates a long-lasting design for the front of the car. Plate measures 6 x 12 inches and attaches easily to any vehicle.

24. Airplane Memo & Mail Holder

airplane memo mail holder

Help your favorite aviator stay organized with this stylish stainless steel mail holder. Small enough to make a nice stocking stuffer or farewell gift, it’s metal design is sure to look good holding memos or mail. The silver design will be eye-catching on any surface and is sure to add a bit of personality to anyone’s mail.

25. Airplane Pop Up Card

airplane pop up card

Let them have fun with these jet plane pop up cards for all occasions! Great for birthdays, graduation, and anniversaries, any pilot will appreciate these awesome 3D models. Cut the tabs and use them as a pop-up or an ornament for the tree or office once opened to build a collection of 3D airplanes. 

26. Pilot Keychain Tags

pilot keychain tags

Ensure nothing gets removed from the plane by accident with these essential pilot keychain tags. Designed to be placed on bags and possessions of the pilot or cabin crew, these tags will clearly indicate when something must not be removed. The tags are durable and strong, constructed from polyester and stainless steel.


Beth Noll is a gift editor at Gift Observer. She loves shopping for friends and sharing her top gift recommendations on the blog. With 9 years of blogging experience, she's always up to date with the latest trends and best gift ideas.