45 Awesome and Practical Gifts for Pilots

by mkimmel | Last Updated: November 16, 2020

Flying a plane is not an easy task, it requires years of training, hundreds of hours of flight, and a lot of responsibility. That is exactly why that special pilot in your life deserves a little bit of appreciation and pampering. This list is a summary of 45 of the best practical gifts any pilot would appreciate having. Whether you are gifting a private pilot, a commercial pilot, or a military pilot, this list has you covered!

Short Sleeve Aviator Shirt

Starting things off with something extremely useful to any pilot, this short-sleeved aviator shirt is a piece of clothing they use probably on a daily! This one from Van Heusen is made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton. It comes in white and light blue, and it is safe to machine-wash easy to iron. It has a simple button closure and a modern traditional collar design.

Airplane Bottle Opener

This airplane bottle opener from ATP Modern is a useful keepsake that looks absolutely adorable. It is made entirely from stainless-steel, and it has a gold-plated finish. This bottle opener ships inside a gift-ready box which doubles as a storage case. This one is a practical souvenir that would make a simple gift for pilots.

Jeppesen Pilot Logbook

For that pilot who’s trying to get those flight hours in, this pilot logbook from Jeppesen is a nifty gift to get. It has a highly durable cover and a bleed-resistant and easy-on-the-eyes green-colored page. This logbook measures 8-inches by 5.25-inches. It is a premium logbook meant to hold all those precious records neatly.

Matador Packable Towel

Pilots often have a limited carry-on luggage, and that is why this Matador packable towel is something they need in their arsenal. This 47-inch by 24-inch microfiber towel absorbs water up to 2.3x its own weight. It comes with a small rubber storage where it neatly crumples to a size not bigger than a keychain! Plus, this towel is machine-washable and easy to care for.

Airplane Coasters

These airplane coasters from the Godinger store come in a set of 4. Made from nickel, these tarnish-proof coasters have unique aviation-inspired designs which every pilot will love. This set makes an awesome addition to a pilot’s kitchenware. It is a simple gift for pilots they will surely find useful.

Airplane Decorative Stoneware Bookends

For the pilot in your life who also happens to be a bookworm, this one is a gift to consider. This airplane decorative bookend from the Roman store is a creative and rustic-looking piece. It is made entirely with a premium wood material, and it measures approximately 8x12x5 inches. This bookend set has a classic plane design with a varnished finish.

Samsung BAR Plus

Carrying a flash drive on flights is never a bad idea, it can come in handy when transferring digital files from one device to another. The Samsung BAR Plus is no ordinary flash drive, it is a 256Gb indestructible drive. This flash drive is waterproof, shockproof, magnet-proof, x-ray proof, and temperature-proof. It offers high-speed transfers and it sure is a cool gift for pilots!

Eat Sleep Fly Mug

If you are looking for a ridiculously simple yet useful gift for pilots, this mug is the answer. This 11-ounce mug is made with a premium quality ceramic. It has a blue-colored interior and a design print which reads “Eat. Sleep. Fly.” With a high-gloss finish, a comfortable and ergonomic handle, you can never go wrong with this mug.

Airplane Cockpit Poster

For the pilots who are simply obsessed with the view in the cockpit, this poster will actually let them bring the experience home! This ready to hang poster measures 20×36 inches and ships with an included hook mount. This poster is an ultra-HD print out of the sunset view in the cockpit. This poster is extremely vivid and made with the finest materials.

Zendure 26800mAh

Carrying some extra juice while on the go is now easier than ever with the Zendure 26800. This beastly power bank supports QuickCharge 3.0 and can power up to 4 devices at once. It has an accurate digital display of the remaining battery percentage, and it comes in both black and silver. This battery pack is no doubt a nifty gift for pilots.

Wacaco Minipresso GR

Pilots often have a weird sleep scheduleā€”their night is day and their day is night. To ease their jet lag and irregular work schedules, a cup of coffee is always a good idea. The Wacaco Minispresso GR is a fully hand mechanical coffee maker which is perfect for travel. It just needs boiling water, coffee beans, and a little bit of hand action to produce 50mL of tasty espresso.

Skross Pro Plus Adapter

The Skross Pro Plus adapter is a must-have for any pilot’s arsenal. It is an all-in-one adapter which works with 2-pin Euro plugs, Australian plugs, Switzerland plugs, and over 150 other different countries. It can support up to 2500 watts of power and it is suitable for both ungrounded and grounded appliances. This device is the jack-of-all trades of plugs!

Airplane Paper Clips

For keeping paperwork neatly filed up, the pilot in your life would find these airplane paper clips handy. The clips are made with BPA-free plastic and are packed nicely inside a tin can. A set of these comes with 50 paper clips of different colors. These are definitely a simple yet functional gift for pilots.

Stasher Silicone Food Bag

These silicone food bags from the Stasher store are made from 100% food-grade reusable silicone. It comes in a ton of color variants as well as different sizes. These food bags are a great way of sneaking in food to the cockpit or just keeping a few snacks on hand. These bags are dishwasher- and microwave-safe as well.

Drifter Solid Cologne

The Drifter solid cologne is a travel-friendly fragrance that fits neatly inside a pocket. Made with shea butter, jojoba oil, beeswax, and phthalate-free oils, this solid cologne is something pilots would find handy. The cologne itself comes inside a cushioned gift box ready for gifting.

OneTigris Tactical ID Card Holder

This tactical ID card holder from OneTigris is an awesome tool pilots should have. Made with a 500D Cordura Nylon, this wallet has a hook-and-loop closure, a detachable hook, and 3 micro-mesh card holders. It is a versatile ID card holder which can accommodate flat and small multi-tools as well. This one is definitely a gift for pilots they will appreciate.

Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera

The Sony Alpha A6600 mirrorless camera is an 18-135mm lens camera which produces superb photos. This camera is compact making it great for carrying on flights. It has up to 11fps continuous shooting mode, a wide 425-phase contrast detection, and a 5-axis in-body image stabilization. This camera is super handy to have and makes a great gift for pilots.

Pilot Aviation Funny Shirt

For the minimalist pilot in your life who fancies simple stuff and has a fair sense of humor, this shirt makes a wonderful gift. Made from 100% cotton, this funny shirt has a white printed text. It is made with premium quality materials and comes in a wide-range of sizes. This shirt has a classic fit, and it is easy to care for.

Bellroy Tech Kit

The Bellroy tech kit is a premium built gadget organizer which features a folio style closure. This zippered tech kit comes in light grey, black, limestone, marine blue, and midnight. It has a water-resistant woven fabric, and it measures 5×9 inches with a thickness of 2.8 inches. This tech kit makes a nifty tool to have and an awesome gift for pilots.

Fisher Space Pen

Everyone knows that a pen is always essential and that it should be a part of every everyday carry. For that, the Fisher bullet space pen is nothing short of amazing. It is a short pen which extends to the size of a regular pen when in use. This pen works in zero-gravity, it is sleek, it works underwater, and it is definitely a fantastic gift choice for pilots.

The Ridge Wallet

The Ridge wallet is a super simple minimalist wallet which is built like a tank. Whether it’s for carrying a dozen cards, some folded bills, a wallet tracker, or important receipts, this wallet can do it all. It has an all-aluminum construction and it comes in 5 different color variants. Plus, the Ridge wallet is also RFID blocking making it extremely safe against hackers and identity thefts.

Fly Safe I Love You Keychain

If the pilot in your life already has everything he/she needs or you are simply looking for a dead simple gift, this one’s for you. This Fly Safe I Love You keychain is a heartwarming gift for pilots they will definitely appreciate. It is a simple keychain which doubles as a great keepsake. This keychain also comes in the form of a luggage tag in case that’s what they fancy.

Airplane Self Pull Cork Screw

Made with a nickel plate, this airplane-style self pull corkscrew is a nifty gift for pilots. With a tarnish-free finish, a solid construction, and an easy-to-use operation, this small item is dead simple yet super functional. It has a plane design and it is a part of the Aviator Tavern collection. This one is definitely a perfect gift for the pilot who has everything.

Orbitkey Nylon Key Organizer

For keeping their keys jangle-free, the Orbitkey nylon key organizer makes a great gift for pilots. This simple contraption transforms ordinary keys into a swiss army knife-like tool. It can secure up to 7 keys and it is made with a water-resistant fabric. This key organizer also has an attached D-ring on one end to facilitate easier attachment to keyrings.

Whiskey Decanter Airplane Set

This whiskey decanter airplane set is an aviation-inspired decorative piece. It is a beautifully built airplane model with two included airplane glasses. This plane model has movable wheels, and the included glasses are made with a hypoallergenic Borosilicate glass. This set is a simple and practical gift for pilots.

Landing Leathers Flight Jacket

Made with 100% leather, this flight jacket from Landing Leathers offers a regular fit alongside a YKK zipper closure. It features 2 dual entry pockets, an interior pocket, ribbed cuffs, and ribbed hem. It also has a WWII U.S flag design, polyester fill, and an overall super sleek look. The pilot in your life will definitely take this on their next flight!

HEROCLIP Carabiner

The HEROCLIP carabiner is basically a carabiner on steroids. It is a handy clip to bring anywhere and it is something pilots will find extremely handy. The HEROCLIP has a built-in hook which swivels 360-degrees and comes in handy when hanging luggage or smaller bags. It comes in dozens of color options and there are also a couple of different sizes.

The Koby Mini Bag

Carrying personal hygiene items and toiletries during a flight is always a tricky dilemma. Well, not with the Koby Mini Bag from Tooletries. This small personal toiletry bag is made entirely with a sturdy silicone material making it secure against leaks. It has a zippered-closure and it comes in 3 different colors, charcoal, navy and olive.

IWC Pilot’s Chronograph

The IWC Pilot’s Chronograph watch is a classic-looking watch with a stainless-steel construction and a calfskin leather strap. This watch looks absolutely simple yet stunning with its midnight blue dial and silver-tone hands. The Pilot’s Chronograph also has Arabic numeral hour markers as well as a day and date display. This is definitely a truly amazing gift for pilots.

Apple AirPods Pro

For the pilot in your life who also happens to be an Apple fanboy, the Apple AirPods pro make a wonderful gift choice. This wireless pair of earbuds feature industry leading active noise cancellation, a transparency mode feature, and a water-resistant build. The AirPods pro also has an adaptive EQ feature and seamless Siri support.

Daron Skymarks United 737

The Daron Skymarks United 737 model kit is another fantastic gift idea for pilots. This 1/130 scale model comes with a solid plastic construction, high-quality details, and an awesome-looking stand. This display model will definitely look good on top of a shelf or a pilot’s nightstand. It is a truly awesome gift you should definitely consider!

DJI Spark

If you are looking to grab a gift for pilots that can actually fly, the DJI Spark is something to look at. This remote-controlled drone has a ton of neat tricks up its sleeve. It has a high-performance camera, a gimbal stabilization, quick shot videos, and precision controls. The DJI Spark is something that will definitely spark the interest of the pilot in your life.


For the adventurous pilot, the GoPro Max makes a fantastic gift idea. It is an action camera which features 360-degree capture, 1080p live streaming videos, waterproofing, and a front-screen display. This camera also has a PowerPano feature, a shotgun-mic, and a true-to-life 360 audio support. This would definitely be a super cool gift!

Frye Seth Chelsea Boot

When the pilot in your life decides to dress up for work a little bit, this pair of Chelsea boots is something he’ll thank you for. The Frye Seth is a mid-calf length pair of boots crafted by the best shoemakers. It has over 155 years’ worth of history, and it is absolutely stunning! These boots come in 5 different colors: black, chestnut, dark brown, wheat, and chocolate.

Vintage Airplane Propeller Fan

This vintage airplane propeller fan from Riseon is a beautifully crafted piece perfect for the aviation enthusiast. This clock is powered by a single AA battery and it has a dimensions of 26x26x2 inches. Made with durable materials, this decorative piece adds a dash of industrial look to any room. It is easy to assemble and easy to hang as well.

Bose Headphones 700

The Bose headphones 700 is a premium pair of headphones with superb audio quality and stellar noise cancellation. The headphones 700 features an easy trigger for virtual assistant, comfortable ear paddings, and up to 20 hours of battery on a single charge. These headphones are something every pilot needs while on long hours of wait on delayed flights!

Airplane Shaped Wine Glass Rack

For the pilots who fancy to display their wine on an artistic piece of decoration, this rack is for them! Made with keen attention to detail, this eye-catching airplane rack can hold 2 regular wine bottles as well as 2 stemmed wine glasses. It is hand-crafted with a premium quality and wood and it comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

SanDisk 1TB Portable SSD

The Sandisk 1TB portable SSD is a fantastic device to store and carry any digital files. This high-speed and high-capacity storage device also features an IP55 water resistance rating, dust resistance, and a handy carabiner loop. This portable SSD is an awesome gift for pilots especially those who are a fan of taking digital photos and videos.

Victorinox Lexicon Hardside

Here’s a gift every pilot should have in their arsenal! The Victorinox Lexicon Hardside luggage is a spinner luggage perfect for the frequent flyer. It comes in different sizes from 21 inches all the way to a hefty 31 inches. This luggage is break-resistant, made with 100% virgin polycarbonate, has a scratch-resistant matte finish, and even has an integrated USB socket.

Tile Mate

For keeping their valuables safe and always attended to, the pilot in your life needs a Tile Mate in his life. This nifty little keychain has a built-in battery, a water resistance rating, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. It can be easily attached to keys, wallets, luggage, and literally anything else with its built-in loop attachment. The Tile Mate can work up to 200-feet away.

Klean Kanteen TKWide

The Klean Kanteen TKWide is a vacuum insulated tumbler built like a tank. It can hold up to 12 fluid ounces of beverage and can retain temperatures for nearly a complete day. It is BPA-free, has a wide mouth opening, and comes in heaps of color variants. This is definitely something every pilot should have in their everyday carry.

Philips Sonicare

Boasting an impressive best-in-class cleaning capability, the Philips Sonicare is a smart toothbrush that does a lot. It can brighten smiles in just 2 weeks of use, it comes with a charging dock, and it has replaceable brush heads, This smart brush is an awesome addition to any pilot’s flight carry and it is a gift they will most certainly benefit from.

Apple iPhone 12

If you are willing to splurge a little for a useful gift for the pilot in your life, the Apple iPhone 12 is the way to go. Featuring the all new A14 bionic chip, this phone can fly through everyday tasks in a breeze. It has an improved camera system, 3 storage variants, and an incredible software support. Plus, it also comes in 5 fantastic color options.

Apple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch series 6 is Apple’s newest entry to the smartwatch game. With new wrist bands, new watch faces, and a dozen of additional neat features, the pilot you will gift this to will find this watch extra useful. It has GPS, an always-on retina display, a heart rate monitor, and an updated chipset. This is a watch that’s extremely feature-packed and future-proof.

VYBE Percussion Massage Gun

Everybody loves a good massage every now and then and this massage gun from VYBE is an awesome way to loosen those muscles up. Whether it’s for post-flight relaxation or as an alternative to a spa, this massager is perfect for pilots. It comes with 9 configurable speeds, 8 head attachments, and it can reach up to 3400 strokes per minute. This massage gun is superb!