Your 2018 Ridiculous Holiday Aviation Gift Guide

If you're a procrastinator and need a last-minute gift for the aviation junkie in your life, well, you should probably avoid this list. In fact, everyone should avoid the items in this list. Here is your 2018 Ridiculous Holiday Aviation Gift Guide.

Top of the list is and forever will be..."Remove Before Flight" gear. There's the somewhat innocuous keychain or bag tag:

But things quickly escalate from there. "Remove before flight" kitsch are always, well, kitschy. There's this necktie, that I'm pretty sure only your weird uncle would wear. But the worst offenders are the undergarments. "Hey honey I know you know how much I love airplanes...wouldn't it be awesome if you had something aviation-related to set the mood?)

A close runner-up to this top (bottom?) spot is a newcomer to the market, leggings with sectionals and ATC radars screen printed on them from www.radarcontact.com. Some of their stuff is great, but nobody wants this:

"Hey honey, I think I found Toledo, um, down there!"

Aviation-themed shirts are usually the worst of the worst on the cheesy scale. I bet your weird uncle also has a couple of these gems in his closet, too.

"Check out my six pack": Umm, no. How about...check out a Garmin G5, dude.

Following the make-your-significant-other-wear-your-lame-aviation-gear theme, here's another one I bet no guy has gotten his gal to wear, ever:

Some gifts are just plain ludicrous, like this Boeing-branded airplane stapler. Seriously, nobody needs this. It's not even an identifiable Boeing airplane, yet Boeing will sell it to you for a bargain at $10.


Ever know how you can tell who is a pilot in the room? He'll tell you! Worse, he can now tell you in a whole new way: at his kids' birthday party! Check out this killer Cirrus SR-22 cake topper: "Happy birthday, Timmy; oh, and did you know I have a Cirrus?"


Instead, get the aviator in your life something more, well, interesting. Like this bag tag made from the skin of an actual airplane (even better if they've actually piloted that airplane). Note: I have not flown a C-130 A-model, but I suspect it would be less than impressive with those 3-bladed props!

Or a book that will actually inspire someone toward or further toward aviation, like this biography of Donald Douglas:

Finally, a PSA: keep the pitot covers on the appropriate tubes.

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