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Top 5 Holiday Gifts to Get Your Favorite AvGeek

Having a hard time shopping for the aviation enthusiast in your life? We have you covered with these five holiday gift ideas.

An American Airlines employee dressed as Santa prepares to wing walk a Snowball Express flight from Washington-Reagan (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Aviation enthusiasts – also known as AvGeeks – are a unique breed of individuals who are fascinated by all things aircraft and aviation. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the AvGeek in your life, we’ve got you covered this holiday season with AirlineGeeks’ top five picks.

1. MotoArt PlaneTags

MotoArt PlaneTags are an excellent stocking stuffer for any AvGeek. These tags are made from upcycled retired aircraft and come in a variety of airlines and aircraft types. You can attach PlaneTags to your keys, luggage, flight bag, briefcase, etc.

For people to learn a bit more about the aircraft they now own, each tag comes with tail and serial numbers. Right in time for the holidays, one of the newest releases is from a Pan Am Boeing 727.

Shop here for the latest PlaneTags deals and get a piece of aviation history.

A Pan Am 727 PlaneTag (Photo: MotoArt)

2. Airplane Models

You really can’t go wrong with an airplane model. From military to civilian aircraft and everything in between, there are many different types of these models available, so you can find one that fits their interests. A model with personal significance (i.e. first flight, last flight as a pilot, etc.) can also be a great option.

A great place to start your hunt for that perfect airplane model is the Midwest Model Store with competitive pricing and a wide array of unique options.

An Eva Air airplane model (Photo: Midwest Model Store)

3. Aviation-Themed Merch

Sometimes the best gifts have a story behind them. A great option is aviation-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, and phone cases. You can even customize some of these items to reflect the recipient’s local airport or favorite aircraft type.

Head over to Aeroswag and check out their selection of aviation-themed merch, which now includes a themed t-shirt devoted to the Queen of the Skies. The final 747 was rolled out of the factory on Dec. 6, 2022. Our friends at 08Left also have some artistic aviation designs.

A 747-themed t-shirt (Photo: Aeroswag)

4. Flight Simulators

Recreational flight simulators have evolved over time. Now, you don’t need a PC to run a high-quality simulation game. There are a handful that can run right on an IOS or Android device with advanced features such as 3D airports and air traffic control.

Infinite Flight is a great option; the app is available on IOS and Android app stores. There are options to purchase pro subscriptions, which provide additional aircraft types and livery designs.

Infinite Flight’s simulator is available across multiple devices (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

5. Bar Carts/Trolleys

Gone are the days of ordinary bar carts. Spruce things up and wow guests with a bar cart that once served passengers on commercial flights around the world. After being decommissioned from airlines, some companies have overhauled these carts, making them useful while also preserving the notable design.

A converted beverage cart (Photo: SkyArt)

SkyArt sells a variety of these former carts with some featuring unique designs. These would make the perfect home decor addition.

Editor’s Note: AirlineGeeks may be affiliated with or receive commissions from various vendors referenced in this article.

AirlineGeeks.com Staff


  • AirlineGeeks.com Staff

    AirlineGeeks.com was founded in February 2013 as a one-person blog in Washington D.C. Since then, we’ve grown to have 25+ active team members scattered across the globe. We are all here for the same reason: we love deep-diving into the fascinating realm of the airline industry.

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