Struggling to find incredible gifts for pilots? It’s not easy to think of with presents they don’t have already – especially if you’ve only ever flown as a passenger.
I’ve filled this guide with 20 aviation gift ideas any pilot will love. Keep reading to discover the perfect gift for the special pilot in your life.
Bose A20 Aviation Headset
This Bose aviation headset is the ultimate gift for pilots who log a lot of flying time. It’s designed to maximize comfort and reduce fatigue during long flights.
Active noise cancelation blocks out engine noise and enhances speech. This means the headset doesn’t need to fit as tightly to block out sound. Pilots say these features make them much more comfortable in the air.
Contigo Autoseal Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug
If your favorite pilot likes coffee, they’ll love this leak and spill-proof travel mug. It keeps hot drinks warm for up to 8 hours. The auto seal design only allows liquid to flow when the button is pressed. That’s a great safety feature for the cockpit.
Your pilot can hold the cup and press the button with one hand, leaving the other free for aircraft controls. This is a fantastic gift for coffee-loving pilots.
Anker Portable Power Bank
Help keep your aviator’s portable devices charged with this portable power bank. The compact unit holds enough power to fully charge the latest smartphones 4-5 times.
Cell phones aren’t the only thing it charges. It’s compatible with GPS units, tablet computers, radios, and lots of other devices. The portable charger meets TSA carry-on standards and has a tough case to survive life in a flight bag.
Garmin D2 Air GPS Smartwatch
This Garmin D2 Air smartwatch is an incredible gift for tech-savvy pilots. It’s packed full of features that will simplify your pilot’s life – both in the air and on the ground.
Aviation weather reports make pre-flight planning easier. GPS navigation will help your pilot find their way. It also has a raft of fitness and health features for pilots who need to stay in shape for their next medical.
ASA AirClassics Flight Bag
Searching for the perfect gift for a student pilot? Then this classic flight bag is a wonderful option. It has a large main section, a dedicated pocket for a headset, and lots of space for aviation accessories.
The bag is designed to hold everything a pilot needs without taking up too much space. That’s ideal given the small aircraft students learn to fly in. This dedicated flight bag will make a new aviator feel like a pro.
Apple AirPods Pro
These Apple AirPods Pro earphones are the perfect gift for pilots who love music. They sound great and are small enough to fit in the most cramped flight bag.
Your pilot can enjoy their favorite songs wherever their fight schedule takes them. The compact charging case provides up to 24 hours of listening time. It’s an awesome gift for pilots who are away for days at a time.
Fly Safe Keychain
Want to give your favorite pilot a gift that reminds them how much you care? Then this “Fly Safe” keychain is a beautiful idea. The stainless steel plate is engraved with the words, “Fly safe! I love you.”
It’s not gender or relationship-specific – it could be a gift for a parent, spouse, or anyone else you love. This heartfelt gift will ensure your pilot’s GPS is always programmed with the fastest route back to you.
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Help your pilot see clearly with this stylish pair of Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses. They block glare from bright sunlight and offer 100% protection from harmful UV rays. I think they look pretty cool too!
I love this gunmetal color frame and lens combo. There are lots of other styles available if you have something specific in mind. Make sure you don’t buy polarized lenses. They make it impossible to read some aircraft display screens.
Akaso Brave 4 Action Camera
This action camera is the ideal gift for pilots who want to share their adventures with others. It records video in high-quality 4k resolution that looks great on large screens.
The camera comes with a remote, waterproof housing, and 19 mounting accessories. That’s an excellent package for capturing footage from inside and outside the aircraft. People say it’s great value for money and just as good as a GoPro.
Travelpro Maxlite 5 Carry-On Suitcase
Airline pilots will love this Travelpro Maxlite 5 carry-on suitcase. It’s the perfect size for the essentials a pilot needs on short stopovers and multi-leg trips.
The case is made from water-resistant material to keep their possessions safe. The smooth-rolling wheels make it a breeze to maneuver through terminal buildings. Travelpro offers a lifetime guarantee – this is a practical pilot gift that’s built to last.
Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit
Trying to find a fun gift for pilots? Then this remote control paper airplane kit is a fantastic option. It transforms any sheet of paper into a fully functioning model plane.
Your pilot can control all the action from their smartphone. The Bluetooth control module has an autopilot that adapts to each model. There’s a free app with folding instructions for various designs. This gift will give them hours of fun when they’re not busy flying real planes.
Personalized Airplane Necklace
If you want to buy a special gift for a female pilot, this personalized airplane necklace is perfect. The stainless steel plane pendant has space for engravings on either wing. You can choose from 9 fonts and add symbols too.
This beautiful piece of jewelry comes in a chic gift box that’ll keep it safe. Customized with your meaningful words, this is an aviation gift she’ll treasure.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
An Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a fabulous gift idea for pilots who love to read. They’ll be able to access over 2 million books and 1000s of audio titles from anywhere in the world.
The built-in battery offers up to 10 weeks of reading on a single charge. That’s super useful for pilots who are away from home a lot. The backlit screen makes it a pleasure to read in any light. This is a flight bag essential for bookworms.
Hydro Cell Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Help your pilot stay hydrated in the cockpit with this stainless steel water bottle. Double-wall insulation keeps cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours. It also stops annoying drips forming on the outside of the bottle. That’s ideal for cockpits full of electronics.
The bottle comes in assorted colors, so you can pick one that matches your aviator’s personality. It’s a stylish, practical gift your pilot will adore.
Wooden Airplane Propeller Decor
This wooden propeller is an excellent decorative piece for any aviator’s home. It will look amazing on the wall in a study, home bar, or other living areas with a rustic or industrial feel.
The hand-crafted piece is modeled on the propeller from a classic airplane. Painted tips and metal stud details add to the charm of this airplane art. All mounting hardware is included for hassle-free installation.
Fisher Space Pen
Professional pilots will appreciate this ultra-reliable Fisher space pen. It’s designed to write in zero gravity and at any angle, making it ideal for taking notes in cramped cockpits.
Click button operation means there’s no lid to worry about. It’ll write on almost any surface and works in temperatures as low as -30℉. This is the only pen your pilot will ever need – unless a jealous colleague “borrows” it.
TRX GO Suspension Trainer
Help your commercial pilot stay in shape with the TRX GO suspension trainer. This popular training kit contains everything they’ll need for a full-body workout.
It’s ideal for pilots who are frequently away from home on multi-day trips. This travel version of the TRX system packs down into a small mesh pouch they can slip into their flight bag. It’s a great way to help your pilot stay fit on the go.
Gerber Gear Truss Multi-Tool
This Gerber Truss multi-tool is an excellent gift idea for private pilots. It has 17 locking tools to help them deal with many light aircraft maintenance tasks. These include pliers, screwdrivers, a blade, and lots more.
The lightweight tool comes with a sheath that’s perfect for your pilot’s belt or a strap on their flight bag. They’ll never want to set off for the airfield without this practical present.
The Standard Pilot Log
Searching for the perfect gift for an aspiring pilot? Then this pilot’s logbook is an ideal option. They’ll use it to keep track of their flight school hours as they progress towards going solo.
Once they pass their flying test, it’ll serve as a record of their flying experience. This logbook meets legal record-keeping standards. No pilot forgets their first logbook – they’ll treasure this thoughtful gift forever.
“The Aviator’s Bathroom Reader” by Drew Chitiea
If your pilot lives and breathes aviation, they’ll love this collection of short stories. The humorous book contains true stories, far-fetched tales, and outright whoppers. There’s a lesson or piece of wisdom hidden in each one.
Many pilots say this is the funniest book they’ve ever read. The chapters are only a couple of pages long, so it’s to pick up. This would make a wonderful gift for a pilot friend or aviation enthusiast.