Shopping for the aviation lover in your life doesn’t have to be stressful.
There are plenty of gifts that they will love ranging from the inexpensive to the costly. Regardless of your budget, they are sure to love any of the following gifts.
Note: Check out our guide to the best gifts for pilots if you’re specifically shopping for a pilot, not just an aviation lover.
Best Aviation Gifts Under $25
Cessna 172 Airplane 3D Metal Model Kit
Fun and satisfying to assemble, this model kit is a great inexpensive giftNew: $8.99
A model plane kit can make a great inexpensive gift for anyone who has an interest in aviation.
Fun and satisfying yet not too challenging to assemble, and with no glue or soldering required either, the finished model looks great as a decorative ornament piece. Don’t be surprised if the recipient builds up a collection after assembling their first one.
Our pick is the Cessna 172 Airplane Model Kit, but there are kits that cover several other types of aircraft too, which is ideal if an aviation lover is more into military or commercial aircraft, for example.
You can view all model kits here.
Airplane Bottle Opener
This aiplane bottle opener makes for a great stock filler or small gift.New: $8.47
Wonderfully packaged in a gift box with a world map, this airplane bottle opener makes a great stocking filler or otherwise small gift.
It is perfect to have around on travels, the home, bar or office and is sturdy enough to open any bottle, no problem.
Stick and Rudder
A timeless classic that any student pilot will appreciateNew: $29.00
One of the best gifts for aviation lovers is the book, Stick and Rudder.
If the person you are buying for appreciates an analysis and the technicalities of flight, or one day dreams of taking flying lessons and becoming a pilot, they will definitely appreciate having this book in their possession.
First published in 1944, Stick and Rudder has reached cult classic status among aviators.
Airplane Pop Up Card
This beautifully designed greeting card will bring a smile to any aviation lover's face.New: $12.59
This beautifully designed airplane pop-up greeting card is perfect for any occasion and is definitely one that any aviation lover won’t throw out.
Made from premium quality art paper, when the card is opened the hand-crafted plane soars above the clouds, with room for your personal message or wishes on the blank writing surface.
Biplanes Patent Wall Art Prints
Based on four important patents, these prints would look great framed and hanging on the wallNew: $20.99
These Biplanes Patent Wall Art Prints would look great framed and hanging on a wall.
The prints are based on four important patents, including those for Emergency Floating Gear For Aircraft, and the Tandem Motored Biplane, which any aviation buff is sure to appreciate.
Best Aviation Gifts $25-50
Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History
An aviation lvoer will appreciat this beautifully illustrated guide of the history of flight.Check Amazon for Pricing
The book, Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History, is the perfect, inexpensive gift for any aviation enthusiast.
it is a beautifully illustrated guide of the history of flight, from the first prototypes of flying machines to today’s advanced supersonic jets.
If you ever meet an aviation enthusiast who doesn’t love this book, be sure to contact us, because we haven’t come across one yet. You’ll definitely want to be there to see the recipient’s face as they flick through the pages for the first time.
Trintec Altimeter Wall Clock
Recreat the environment of the cockpit in the home or office.New: $34.00
The Trintec Altimeter Wall Clock does a great job at recreating the environment of the cockpit in a home or office.
Scaled-up and designed to look just like an altimeter, the clock takes just a single AA battery, and will accurately tell the time for years to come.
Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
This book includes a generous number of images, statistics, and the exploration of every aspect of flight.New: $29.99
Another great book to consider is Flight: The Complete History of Aviation.
Anyone who loves planes will appreciate the book’s inclusion of a generous number of images, statistics, and the exploration of every aspect of flight.
An excellent reference and coffee table book.
Best Aviation Gifts $50+
Godinger Whiskey Decanter Airplane Globe Set
The perfect gift for anyone who loves aviation and enjoys a good glass of whiskey .New: $89.95
Combine a love of aviation with whiskey and you get the Godinger Whiskey Decanter Airplane Globe Set.
The set features 2 matching globe-design old-fashioned whiskey glasses, and an etched globe design and airplane in the bottle decanter, both of which are placed on a charming mahogany stained wooden airplane.
Uniden BC125AT Aviation Scanner
Tune into Civil and Military Aircraft bands with the Uniden BC125AT scanner.New: $105.37
There aren’t many things more enjoyable to aviation enthusiasts than listening in on Civil and Military communications.
With the Uniden BC125AT, you are able to listen to all Civil and Military Aircraft bands, pre-program commonly used frequencies into memory, and very usefully find transmissions that aren’t listed in frequency guides.
The Uniden BC125AT compact design also means that it will comfortably fit into a shirt pocket, and is great for use on the go.
Ray-Ban RB30235 Aviator Sunglasses
The iconic pair of sunglasses worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun.Check Amazon for Pricing
You don’t have to be a pilot to appreciate a good pair of sunglasses. But aviation lovers, in particular, will definitely appreciate the iconic aviator shape of these classic Ray-Bans.
We recommend the Ray-Ban RB30235, which was the exact model worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun.
Authentic Models Sopwith Large Propeller
A timeless classic that any student pilot will appreciateNew: $393.92
If you’re feeling particularly generous, there is no better gift than this vintage-inspired propeller that is based on the Sopwith fighter plane from the early 1900s.
The propeller has been replicated in painstakingly fine detail and would look wonderful hanging in a prominent location. Talk about a conversation piece!
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