25 Awesome and Practical Gifts for Pilots

by mkimmel | Last Updated: May 31, 2021

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 25 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 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 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.

Plane Propeller Single Bookend

For the pilot in your life who also happens to be a bookworm, this one is a gift to consider. This plane propeller bookend from the Zeckos store is a creative and rustic-looking piece. It is made entirely with a premium polyresin material, and it measures approximately 3.5×4.5×8 inches. This bookend set has a steampunk-inspired design with a bronze 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 premium quality ceramic. It has a blue-colored interior and a design print that 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 24×36 inches and ships either with a frame or a wood mount. This poster is an ultra-HD printout of a spectacular 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 schedule—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 that 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.

SOLID Cologne

This solid cologne from SOLID 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 is also TSA-approved, and it gives off an invigorating masculine smell.

OneTigris Tactical ID Card Holder

This tactical ID card holder from OneTigris is an awesome tool pilot should have. Made with a 500D Cordura Nylon, this wallet has a hook-and-loop closure, a detachable hook, and 3 micro-mesh cardholders. It is a versatile ID cardholder that 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 that 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 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 that 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 that 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 is for you. This Fly Safe I Love You keychain is a heartwarming gift for pilots they will definitely appreciate. It is a simple keychain that 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 plain 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 hypoallergenic Borosilicate glass. This set is a simple and practical gift for pilots.