Pilots are far and few between. If you do happen to have an aviator in your life, however, then come the time to bestow them with gifts, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle as you wonder what would appeal to these “high-flyers”. The best gifts for pilots will feature a perfect combination of creativity along with practical dependability and flawless precision. At the same time, you also want to find a great gift that leans towards being both personal and surprising.
Luckily for you, we have scoured the net to find the ideal aviation gifts that most pilots will love, need, appreciate, and most of all – enjoy! In our detailed list of the best gifts for pilots below, we are 100% sure that you will find something that will put the aviator in your life in his element.
Gifts For Pilots
While pilots might not be your typical Wallstreet businessmen, their schedules are kept packed and tight as such. This means that they have little time to keep their smartphones and devices charged and for the most part, they probably don’t have much access to electrical power supplies either. The solution; a trusted portable power bank, of course!
Our power bank of choice is the PowerCore 10000, and for good reason! This is one of the best power banks on the market and surpasses quality standards by remaining durable and reliable. As one of the most compact and lightest 10000mAh portable chargers available, the Anker PowerCore has the ability to provide up to three-and-a-half iPhone 8 charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S8 charges – this is just an example of its supremacy. And, if safety is a concern, you can rest assured knowing that Anker’s MultiProtect safety system and high-quality LG battery cells are designed to ensure complete protection for you and your devices. You’ll also be happy to know that each PowerCore 10000 comes complete with a convenient Micro USB cable, a sturdy travel pouch, a friendly user-guide, and a reassuring 18-month warranty. This fast-charging power bank takes first place on our list of best gifts for pilots!
Compact and lightweight
High-speed charging technology
High Size-to-Capacity Ratio
- Weight6.2 ounces
Taking luxury luggage sets to the next level, the Lexicon Hardside carry on case will not only appeal to aviators but is also an excellent gift for any frequent jetsetter that needs to keep their luggage compact, safe, and in pristine condition. While your pilot friend might already have a good set of luggage, it’s very unlikely that any of his cases will live up to the premium quality of this 8-Wheel Hardside Cabin Case.
Made from break-resistant 100% virgin polycarbonate and covered with a matt and scratch-resistant finish, there’s no questioning the durability of this product. Other features include the carry-on case’s ability to ensure the safety of its contents while remaining easy to maneuver. 60 mm dual-caster wheels allow the luggage to roll smoothly across any surface while taking corners like a dream. Reliable double racquet coil YKK zippers are puncture-resistant and together with integrated Travel Sentry Approved combination locks, TSA screeners can open locks without destroying them. The cherry on the top – a discrete tray in the handle that opens to reveal a USB port, pen, and a SIM card replacement tool – now that’s cool, right?
100% virgin polycarbonate
Travel Sentry Approved combination lock system
Discrete USB port
Puncture resistant double racquet coil YKK zippers
- Weight6.83 pounds
This receiver uses the latest advanced technology to provide detailed location information to pretty much any app that requests it. Simply connect it to your iPad, iPhone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device and you will instantly have access to several satellites – thus providing you with accurate and reliable GPS coordinates within +/- 2.5m and at a maximum speed of 1,150 MPH and a maximum Altitude of 59,000 ft. All we can say is – WOW!
When it comes to rounding up the best aviation-themed gifts, items that lean towards having some sort of amazing technical abilities tend to be the most popular choice. This multipurpose and universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver falls into this category. With a built-in Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), pilots will have the ability to strengthen GPS signals on any device by seamlessly connecting via Bluetooth. Whether the pilot is flying with an iPad, Android, or Windows tablet, the XGPS160 GPS Receiver is capable of adding highly accurate GPS coordinates as well as Weather & Traffic data to EFB apps, making this quite the nifty navigational tool!
Wide Area Augmentation System
GPS Coordinates Within: +/- 2.5m
8.5 hours battery life
- BrandDual Electronics
- Weight1.76 ounces
With a crisp aviator uniform and an air of confidence, these sleek and stylish aviator sunglasses do not only impress one with their practical uses but they tend to add to a pilot’s authoritative appeal too. With the reputation of being one of the world’s most iconic eyewear brands, these Ray-Ban’s make the ultimate gifts for airline pilots!
With a classy design that pays meticulous attention to detail, the Ray-Ban 0rb3025 Polarized Aviator Sunglasses feature non-polarized lenses with a 100% UV protection coating. This encourages our trusted pilots to keep their vision intact and focused on the flight ahead, all while making sure their eyes are protected and kept in a healthy condition. To add; the metal frame is lightweight and has been engineered for a superbly comfortable fit. If you are looking to gift someone with a brand that embodies adventure, heroism, individuality, and authenticity – you simply cannot go wrong with a pair of these sexy and sleek sunglasses!
58 mm lens width
100% UV protection
Comfortable metal frame
- Weight5 ounces
If you really, really favour the pilot in your life and budget is of no concern, then this aviation headset is sure to make any flying enthusiast’s day! While the set comes at quite a hefty price, they are worth every penny and make navigating the skies a pleasant adventure.
The Bose A20 Aviation Headset’s boast a high-performance electret microphone with a Bluetooth audio and communications interface, a wired audio input, audio prioritization that can be fully customized as well as an intuitive operation for plug-and-fly convenience. There’s no denying that this headset has been designed to improve each and every flying experience and with its unique capabilities, is surpasses the functionality of most of the aviation headsets available. Love this product? Check out our review of the best noise cancelling headphones for our top picks.
30% greater active noise reduction
30% less clamping force than conventional headsets
Clear audio with active equalization
- Weight12 ounces
The Raynor passport holders fall into a more modest category of aviation gifts for pilots and with their small structure, they make perfect stocking fillers! We just love the rugged and manly look of this passport wallet and I am sure the men in your life will be pleased to receive such a practical and quality item.
The Raynor holder has been specifically designed to protect your most important travel document – your passport! While it keeps your papers safe from wear and tear, the RFID protection feature also keeps it secure from prying eyes by preventing scanners and hackers from gaining access to information stored in identification chips and credit cards. Finished off with a signature striped fabric liner and multiple card compartments, this passport holder is the perfect accessory to accompany aviators on their journeys.
RFID blocking layer
Additional slots for other cards
Made from durable materials
- BrandHerschel Supply Co.
- Weight0.8 ounces
This top of the range Leather Bomber Jacket is capable of turning any man into a chunk of hunk, pilots included! Designed from 100% genuine Napa leather, this durable and stylish jacket feels smooth all while keeping your looks smooth too! This garment would be an excellent addition to a pilot’s wardrobe and happily features in our list of aviation gifts for him.
Crafted to meet the same standards of the authentic A-2 military version, Landing Leather’s close alternative remains durable and warm while patriotically displaying the WWII U.S. Flag on the inner lining. A sturdy zipper with a snap storm flap front and perfectly ribbed cuffs help to protect the wearer from cold air while maintaining warmth without the heavyweight. Dual front pockets keep hands snug while the front compartment remains spacious enough for both a wallet and a set of keys. This men’s Air Force A-2 Leather Flight Bomber Jacket is sure to have any man in your life grinning from ear to ear, especially those who take the flight to heart.
Made from 100% genuine leather
A regular fit garment
Dual exterior pockets with added interior pocket
Insulated with polyester fill for warmth
- BrandLanding Leather
It’s of the utmost importance that our pilots are kept fresh and wide awake during their journeys and this means that they need a good supply of toiletries packed and readily available for moments where they can freshen up. What better way to store these cleansing products and utensils than in this beautifully designed and sturdy men’s toiletry bag! While this item remains on the plain and simple side, kit bags still make excellent and practical gifts for airline pilots who spend a good part of their time carting luggage around and sleeping in hotel accommodation.
Tooletries Koby Toiletry bag isn’t just your average bag, however. Charcoal in colour and made from 100% silicone materials, this kit bag is conveniently leak-resistant and super easy to keep dry and clean. With a heavy-duty zip and zipper head, this product surpasses many other models in durability and will endure even the most demanding adventures. A practical gift that will be welcomed under the tree! Our handy guide to the best dopp kits features more great products like this.
Made from the highest quality materials
Waterproof and leak resistant
Includes a heavy-duty zipper and zipper head
Appealing Charcoal colour
- Weight13 ounces
As a pilot, your time is of the essence. This is why the Eco-Drive Navihawk Atomic Timekeeping piece will be a helpful companion to all aviators and falls in the line of being one of the ultimate airplane gifts for him. Before we discuss the practical functionality of this pilot watch, let’s just take a moment to admire its handsome design. Featuring a stainless-steel ion plating, a deep embossed black polyurethane strap accentuates the hints of orange found on the dials and compliments the functions found on the face of the watch.
Never allow the pilot in your life to lose track of time with the Navihawk Atomic Timekeeper! With Atomic Clock synchronization for perfect accuracy, this radio-controlled timepiece digitally displays the time in 43 cities! It also boasts a pilot’s Rotating Slide Rule Dial Ring, a Perpetual calendar, 2 Alarms, and a convenient 99-Minute Countdown Timer. An aviator accessory of note, wouldn’t you say?
Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) Display
1/100-Second Chronograph Measuring up to 24 Hours
Digital Backlight Display
- Weight4 ounces
This Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver works hand-in-hand with the ForeFlight Mobile app and is the ultimate travel buddy for serious pilots who need constant updates on weather forecasts and traffic reports. Essentially, the receiver gathers the info and then sends it to a mobile device where, together with the functionality of the accompanying app, all the information on the traffic and weather is neatly displayed on your smart device’s screen and is readily available for the journey ahead.
This Scout Receiver has been constructed to remain compact and lightweight in design and is the ideal tool for any cockpit, from a single-engine piston to high-performance turbine aircraft – these gadgets make superb gifts for helicopter pilots too! This dual-band receiver conveniently uses little power, but if the batteries do start to run low, simply plug the device into a power bank and you’ll be ready to receive info again within just a few minutes! If it’s your plan to keep the aviator in your life safe and one step ahead in every journey, then this is your go-to gifting gadget!
Dual integrated ADS-B antennas
Receive air-to-air traffic information
Flexible ball-joint and suction cup mounting system
Integrated Wi-Fi supports up to 4 iOS devices
- Weight0.64 ounces
If fancy technical devices and indulgent accessories are a little overbearing, ye’ old traditional socks will still make an awesome give for any man who has a fascination with the world of aviation. These soft and snug Aviation-Themed Premium socks will make a perfect addition to the traveling pilot’s luggage and will surely add to his comfort as he embarks upon his journey in the sky. FYI – a comfy pilot is a happy pilot!
Made from a blend of polyester, cotton, and spandex, these premium crew socks have been designed to be a mix between an athletic sock and a dress sock. This means that you can wear it along with formal or uniform attire and then hit the gym before tossing them in the wash. As for the fun and funky designs, the socks are jacquard woven which means that the colorful artwork will stay bright and vibrant wash after wash (unlike printed foot apparel). Knock someone’s socks off with this premium gift solution!
Comfortable arch Support
Reinforced heel and toe application
Seamless toe closure
Impressive Jacquard Weave construction
- BrandLuso Aviation
- Weight8.8 ounces
Another fabulous stocking filler item all prepped and packaged for Christmas festivities – or for “just because”. Compact enough to fit into the palm of your hand or in your back pocket, this 5oz tin container contains a solid cologne that will keep you smelling good and feeling good. This is a “must-have” travel accessory for all jet setters who don’t have much time to hit the bathrooms between points A and B!
Made with jojoba oil, shea butter, beeswax, and phthalate-free fragrance oil, you can expect a blended scent of cardamom and mandarin with subtle hints of sandalwood, clove, and leather undertones. To apply the solid cologne, simply slip open the lid of the compact tin and rub the balm onto pulse points using your fingers. This Ulio&jack solid cologne alternative is an easy way to smell great throughout the entire day and can be used for an assortment of situations. Whether you are leaving the gym, preparing for a date, or traveling the world, this genius invention will keep you smelling good without releasing an overbearing scent. These prepacked critters make the ultimate airplane gifts for pilots who prefer to pack light.
Apply on the go
A subtle and pleasant scent
Packaged in an attractive tin
- Weight1 ounce
Aircrafts gifts come in all different shapes and sizes and each one has its own unique purpose. No matter what you gift a pilot, the endearment comes from the heart! This key chain, for instance, although small in size, would make an excellent Father’s Day gift, a Christmas stocking filler or it could be given to your airline pilot as a small token of your appreciation.
This red “Remove Before Flight” key chain design is a registered trademark of Born Aviation, LLC. Rotary13B1 – a wholesaler of authentic aviation-related gift items. This brand is renowned for its reputation of manufacturing quality products that offer a unique and novel take on the aviation industry. Their line of key chains is 100% embroidered and is secured with merrowed borders, which simply adds to its durability and modest design. Help pilots to keep track of their keys with this striking red “Remove Before Flight” labeled keychain!
Key chain is 12.5cm long and 2.5cm wide
Nickel plated keyring for durability
Slogan is on both sides
A trademarked brand
- Model0.8 ounces
If you are looking for a superb novelty gift that will have its practical uses too, then this set of aviation coasters might be just what you are looking for! As authentic replicas of real aircraft instruments, each coaster in this set features a different design. This affordable aircraft gift will not only appeal to pilots, but aviation enthusiasts will appreciate this addition to their homes too!
This classic aircraft four-piece coaster instrument set has been designed to simulate an airplane’s primary flight instruments as closely as possible. Each individual coaster features the actual shape of an aircraft instrument and includes a dial image that accurately represents that of an authentic flight instrument. These coasters are engineered with a tough polystyrene frame and a black rubber anti-skid base to add to their practical convenience. Alternatively, these coasters could be stuck to walls to pose as novel art pieces too! This is an affordable gift option that will be well-received – you have our word!
Designed to mimic classic aviation instruments
Made from durable materials
Include an ant-skid base
Great value for money
- Weight5.6 ounces