Birthday Ideas for a Pilot


Pilots spend a good deal of time in transit. Birthday gifts should enhance this time away or remind him or her of home. Pilot-themed gifts can be a fun choice, but a personalized or engraved gift is more special than an airplane ornament.

Travel Gear

  • Two ideas for a pilot's birthday are luggage or travel gear, such as a shaving kit with a leather traveling case. Search online to find options for carry-on shaving kits streamlined for safe air travel. Kits may include shaving products, a razor (electric or manual) and a shave brush. If your pilot's luggage is looking worse for wear, splurge on an embossed or engraved suitcase. Be sure to get something similar in style and size to his old case to meet size restrictions and allow the pilot to still travel light.


  • An aviator-style watch will warm the heart of any pilot.The watches allow pilots to keep track of time in many time zones, are equipped with multiple alarms and come in both digital an analog styles. If your pilot already has a watch, try a set of cuff links. Go with the pilot theme and give him airplane cuff links, or choose from a variety of other styles.


  • Pilots have a lot of down time, which is an opportunity for thoughtful gift giving. If your pilot loves reading, look for a reading device, such as the Kindle, which can store a vast selection of books for her reading pleasure. For pilots into gaming, you can give them a new game for an existing device or purchase a new hand-held game system. For the music-loving pilot, an iPod loaded with his or her favorite music is a sound choice. Add music that will remind him of home. Finally, give the pilot in your life a new Blackberry or cell phone to help him or her keep in touch while away.

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