Finding gifts for pilots can be a challenging task. I should know, my wife is a pilot. And I'm never quite sure what to get her.
The question I always face is, do I get her something she could use for her plane or something that celebrates her love for all things aviation?
So today I thought I'd share with a you a few unique gift ideas for the pilot in your life.
Some of these you can pick up here on my site and others can be found elsewhere.
If you have another great gift idea feel free to suggest it in the comment section at the end of the article.
Home Decor Gifts for Pilots
1. WWII Airplane Spotter Poster
If your pilot is in love with vintage planes these airplane spotter posters would be a perfect gift.
During WWII Allied governments gave out cards to their citizens with pictures of all the airplanes used by them and the Axis forces.
People were encouraged to study these cards so when an airplane flew overhead they could look up and tell if it was friend or foe. If it was a foe this gave them time to get to air raid shelters safely.
Though the cards aren't made anymore these posters pay homage to their history. Coming in a variety of sizes, these posters would look great in your pilot's man cave or hanger.
View all 10 available posters here.
2. Backcountry Print
Here at Pull Back the Yoke we love backcountry flying. If your pilot fly's a Super Cub, or dreams of owning one, one day, this is the perfect gift.
There is a feeling like none other when you fly out to the middle of nowhere and land your plane right on the beach of a deserted lake.
Backcountry flying is all about exploring the most remote locations, where few will ever step foot.
And while it can be dangerous, backcountry flying can also let you see some of the most incredible views in all the world.
Check out this awesome poster here.
3. Pilot-Copilot Pillow Set
My wife and I love these pillows and have a set sitting on our bed. They are super cute and I love the bold bright colors.
The airplane on the Pilot pillow is modeled after the Cessna 172, which is perhaps the most well known plane in the world. It's the plane most pilots learn to fly on.
The airplane on the CoPilot pillow is modeled after the Wright Flyer I which was the first airplane the Wright brothers flew.
You can view both of these pillows here.
4. Airport Code Pillow or Print
If you ever sit down in a room of pilots you are likely to hear more acronyms then you ever thought possible.
Pilots seem to communicate via acronym. What you may not realize is that many of these acronyms are just the names of the various airports they are flying in and out of.
These bright airport code pillows make a great gift for the frequent flyer in your family.
5. Phonetic Alphabet Print/Pillow
Every pilot in the world is well acquainted with the phonetic alphabet. It's used to help pilots better communicate on the radios as they talk with the tower and with other pilots.
While it might seem like it's a lot to pick up with one of these pillows your sure to learn it a little faster.
If you have a little future pilot in your home this could be the perfect gift to help them learn the phonetic alphabet.
With both a pillow and a print version in a variety of colors you're bound to find something you like.
Check out all of the colors available here.
Mugs for Pilots
6. Jet Fuel Mug
"Wake up and smell the jet fuel." If your looking for a fun mug to give your pilot this just might be it.
While we don't recommend anyone go around smelling jet fuel, spend time at any airport and your bound to get a whiff of it eventually.
It's strong stuff.
Just like the coffee your pilot is bound to pour into this mug every morning before he heads off to the airport.
You can check out this mug here.
7. Banner Carrier Mug
The aviator in your life will absolutely love this mug. Though not visible in the image, the banner can be personalized to say whatever you'd like.
Order your mug here.
Books for Pilots
7. Flight: The Complete History
This is easily one of my favorite aviation books. It's been sitting on my book case for years. I received the book as a kid and have spent many hours flipping through it's pages reading about every iconic airplane ever made.
This is an excellent gift for anyone in your family who loves aviation and in my opinon a must have for every aviation enthusiast.
I agree with one of the reviewers on Amazon who stated, "If you buy just on big airplane book, buy this one."
With over a 1,000 pictures and a plethora of text on each plane it is easy to get lost reading through the amazing history and stories of each plane. I highly recommend this book.
You can pick up a copy here.
8. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
I'm only going to include one other book on this list and that is Devotion. This is an incredible book about two U.S. Navy pilots, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown.
This book details one of the most incredible stories of the Korean war. Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down.
And if you buy this for someone else, plan on borrowing it so you can read it too.
You can pick up a copy here.
Other Gifts for Pilots
9. GoPro with Airplane Attachments
I think every private pilot wants to own a GoPro to record their flights. And I don't blame them. There are some incredible flying videos out there. Like this one.
Alright, shooting a 360 video takes more than one GoPro but seriously, isn't that the most incredible video you've ever seen?
I would love to fly in a Hornet.
Anyway, GoPro's are awesome. If your looking for a gift your pilot will love, a GoPro is an excellent option.
You can pick one up here.
Also, you can pickup the Nflight Cockpit video kit here. (This gives you a prop filter and makes it easier to shoot video from inside the plane.
I don't think any list of "gifts for pilots" is complete without including aviators. Now there are A TON of options out there so we've picked out 2 of our favorites that we know work well.
And even if your pilot already has a pair, you know they'll get lost eventually. So check out the two below.
1. Ray Ban Aviators
These mirrored orange aviators made by Ray Ban are easily our top pick. They are the perfect blend of vintage look with bold color, just the way I like it.
Did you know Ray Ban Aviators were launched in 1937? I had no idea. Aviators were designed specifically for fighter pilots, hence the name.
You can pick up a pair here.
2. American Optical Original Pilot Sunglasses
American Optical was started in 1826. It's one of the oldest glasses companies in the U.S. During WWII it supplied the armed forces with 10 million goggles frames, 5 million pairs of sunglasses, and over 6.5 million pairs of lenses. That's pretty incredible.
Another random fact for you, the Original Pilot sunglasses were worn by Neil Armstrong and the rest of the crew when they landed on the moon.
You can pick up a pair here.