Looking for gift ideas for a special flight attendant in your life? Not to worry, flight attendants are actually really easy to buy for.
I have put together 31 ideas to help you snag the perfect present for any occasion. From aviation-themed goodies, to travel experiences and useful gadgets, this list curated by flight attendants is sure to inspire you.
To make things even easier, I have organized this list in the following categories:
Table of Contents
🎁 Aviation and Travel-Themed Gifts
Flight attendants love aviation and travel-themed gifts. For us, flying is more than a job it’s a lifestyle and an aesthetic.
Idea #1: A Scratch-Off Map
Scratch-off maps are a great gift for anyone with the travel bug because they give your flight attendant a fun visual way to keep track of all the countries they have visited, and they make for a great décor piece.
The maps come in a bunch of different styles and sizes. We recommend this one from Amazon, that even comes with little pins that your flight attendant can use to mark the specific cities they have traveled to.
Bonus idea: this scratch-off globe also makes a really cool statement décor piece.
- PERFECT GIFT - our scratch off world map is the most practical gift for your parents or friends because you present at once both travel tracker, stylish decoration for home, detailed guide and all these in the elegant gift package! They can not but love your present!
- DURABLE - due to double lamination scratch off world map is resistant to creases and tears - it will serve for years
- ROOM DECOR - restrained gold and white scratchable world map will certainly add elegance to any interior. Framed or not, places we ve been map draws an eye and will be a good reason to tell the guests about all your trips
- DETAILED DESIGN - XL size(34x22") of the white travel world map allowed us to mark at least 1 city in each state of the USA and Canada, so you will get a perfect reference tool. There is no need to buy an additional scratchable world map of the USA or Canada
- ACCESSORIES AND NO RISK - 45-days guarantee for our large scratch off map of the world! We give all accessories you need - scratcher, pins and buttons
- Unique Scratch Off World Globe: Scratch off the places you've been and uncover your future adventures on this one-of-a-kind globe, designed to help you see where you've been and where you've yet to be.
- Thoughtful Gift for World Travelers: Delight any globetrotter with this luxurious gift that allows them to cherish and track their travels and memories around the world.
- A World Beyond Flat Maps: Introducing the Scratch Off Globe - a high-quality PVC globe with precise HD printing, 720-degree metal stand, and a 10" sphere for an immersive experience.
- Premium Materials, Lifetime Art: Crafted with premium materials, this Scratch Off Globe is a timeless piece of art that adds elegance to any home or office decor.
- Interactive Learning: Enjoy scratching off different countries and states, engaging and interactive way remember geography.
Idea #2: An Airport Rocks Glass
When I transferred to Charlotte, my brother gifted me a set of adorable rocks glasses with the runway map of CLT engraved into the glass. This is a great gift for any crewmember who enjoys a nice glass of whisky during their off-hours.
This Etsy artist sells rocks glasses with the runway maps of all major US airports.
Idea #3: Vintage Airline Posters
Vintage airline posters are such a fun gift! Especially if your flight attendant happens to work for a legacy airline that has been around for a while.
Here’s a beautiful example of a vintage Qantas poster sold on Etsy. Not all of these poster designs are original, some are designed “in the style of” the vintage airline posters.
Pro tip: pay attention when buying vintage posters on Etsy some shops, like this one, sell digital downloads of their designs. This means you will have to print and frame the poster on your own.
Idea #4: Airline Stickers
If you need a budget idea, airline-themed stickers are a great gift.
Some Fly Stuff on Etsy is my favorite sticker artist. The shop is run by a flight attendant who got started making stickers while furloughed during the pandemic. So buying from his shop supports flight attendants!
I personally cannot get enough of his stickers!
Idea #5: Custom Reusable Starbucks Cups
These flight attendant-themed reusable Starbucks cups are adorable, sustainable, and they help your flight attendant save a little money each time they use it at Starbucks.
This Etsy shop allows you to completely customize the colors of the design.
There’s a special added benefit to this gift since Starbucks gives discounts to people who bring reusable cups for refills.
Idea #6: A Travel Diary
A travel diary is a great way to keep track of your favorite travel memories. And since we flight attendants travel a lot, the crewmember in your life is sure to appreciate a well-designed travel journal.
I love a guided travel diary. This one from Amazon even gives you space to tape in photographs, or museum tickets to remember specific experiences by.
- Travel Notebook: A keepsake travel diary, specially created for people who love to travel! Capture all of your favorite adventures and special moments in one book to look back on for years to come. Personalize this memory organizer by writing down your bucket list & special memories from up to 15 trips.
- Perfect for Capturing Moments: Capture your memories and experiences with our vacation travel planner and photo album with a flat lay spine for easy journaling! This travel journal for men and women includes space to attach photos and notes, and a back pocket for extra pics, making them a great keepsake for any traveler.
- High-Quality Materials: This simple, easy-to-use sage green travel scrapbook journal is made with a quality linen cloth hardcover with a gold embossed title and spine. Our traveler notebook measures 9.25” x 7.75” inches and contains 110 pages. This travel journal notebook is wrapped in a cellophane bag for protection.
- Section Included? Our daily journal for women includes a table of contents with space for 15 trips, prompted trip overview questions, "Favorite Things" pages, a bucket list for future travel ideas, and blank pages designated for notes and photos. It also comes with a back pocket to store extra pictures and notes!
- Duncan & Stone Paper Co. Value: Duncan & Stone Paper Co. is a stationery company that combines timeless design with effortless journaling. Our mission is to connect generations by preserving the life experiences of each person through simple, guided prompts. We believe in capturing the moments that matter most through the beauty of handwritten storytelling.
🎁 Useful Gadgets
There are so many new gadgets out there that help make flight attendants’ lives easier and they also make great gifts! Here are a few I have seen recently that I think would make any flight attendant jump for joy.
Idea #7: Planner Stickers for Flight Attendants
If your flight attendant enjoys bullet journaling, or keeping a detailed planner, these stickers will be perfect for them. Most planner stickers fall a bit short for flight attendants because they don’t have stickers for specific things, like bids-due, or schedules-released, or trips-traded.
These stickers include stickers specific to the airline industry.
Sometimes it helps to search by airline if you are looking for planner stickers because we all have slightly different lingo for things. An American Airline’s flight attendant, for example, would need a sticker for golden days, or flex days, while a Delta flight attendant, might want stickers for A-days.
Idea #8: Suitcase Caddy
I wish I had known about this gadget while I was still flying.
Pro tip: Some airlines have image regulations for luggage-related items, so to err on the safe side, go for black when purchasing this for a flight attendant.
- riemot Luggage Cup Holder for Suitcase: Free Your Hands, Go Travel! Traveling can be a drag, and you don't usually have a free hand to hold a drink especially with kids. But with this suitcase cup holder, you can hold two drinks now.
- Instant Convenience: 3 pockets available. Instantly be able to place your phones, passports or small items in one back pocket, and put two drinks in front two pockets.
- Fits Most Luggage Handles: Our cup holder is designed to fit most roll-on suitcase handles, making it easy to use and convenient for any traveler. You can adjust the magic tape to fit your luggage handles.
- Durable and Machine Washable: Made of premium oxford cloth, our luggage drink holder is wear-resistant and can be easily cleaned in the washing machine.
- Perfect Gift for Travelers: Whether you're a flight attendant, business traveler, or parent with kids, riemot's cup holder makes a great gift for anyone who loves to travel. Travel must haves for airport or airplane.
Ideal #9: Self-inking Employee Number Stamp
Most airlines have their own credit cards, these are often “sold” by flight attendants who participate in an incentives program run by the bank that offers the credit card. To get credit for the credit cards we “sell” we have to include our employee number in every application we hand out.
If you are close enough to a flight attendant to know their employee number, this stamp might be the most useful thing you can gift them. It saves them a ton of time filling out the applications to hand out.
Idea #10: Hot Logic Portable Oven
This self-heating lunchbox is great for flight attendants because it gives us a chance to heat up our food, as long as we have access to a standard electrical plug.
I know tons of flight attendants who used these to heat up food on layovers, one legendary flight attendant even made the whole crew a Thanksgiving dinner in these! You can get this gadget on Amazon.
- HOT FOOD WITHIN ARM’S REACH: Ideal for cooking healthy dishes, heating frozen boxed meals and warming comfort food at home, in the office, or at parties, potlucks, or gatherings
- YOUR FOOD, PERFECTLY COOKED: Evenly cooks or reheats fresh or frozen meals - even leftovers - in about an hour without burning or drying out your food
- HEAT YOUR WAY: Compatible with most flat-bottom, sealable containers including glass, plastic, Tupperware, metal, aluminum foil, and cardboard. Accommodates containers up to 8.75” W x 6.75” L x 2.5 H“ or 1.5 quarts of food
- SET IT AND FORGET IT: Requires no monitoring - just place your meal inside, plug it in, and go about your day, whether it’s work or play and enjoy your meal when you are ready for it
- DROP THE MIC: No more overcooked meals, frozen centers, waiting in line or dealing with splattered food; HOTLOGIC is revolutionizing the way you make your meals without the old microwave
Idea #11: Smart Watch
Smart watches are super useful for flight attendants. I always found it super helpful to get text updates on my smart watch during boarding, so I would know if the flight would be delayed, but they have tons of other great features that are helpful for flight attendants.
The Samsung Galaxy watch is a great option for Android users. Of course, there’s also the Apple watch. But if you are looking for a reliable, budget option, I can really recommend this off-brand smartwatch. I got one after my Samsung watch died a watery death in an alpine lake and have had it for two years already!
Bonus, if you get them a nice band to go with their new watch, just make sure you pay attention to which bands fit the watch you purchased!
- Timeless Design, Elevated Style: Show of your style with a luxurious and timeless watch design that’s great for any occasion; Personalize your look even more with a range of stylish watch faces and bands
- Google on Your Wrist: Tap into the power and convenience of select Google services and apps; Pay for coffee, get directions to the park, use Google Assistant or Bixby, and stream from YouTube Music
- Sleek, Seamless, Iconic
- Name a workout; It can track it
- WHY APPLE WATCH SERIES 8 — Your essential companion for a healthy life is now even more powerful. Advanced sensors provide insights to help you better understand your health. New safety features can get you help when you need it. The bright, Always-On Retina display is easy to read, even when your wrist is down.
- EASILY CUSTOMIZABLE — Available in a range of sizes and materials, with dozens of bands to choose from and watch faces with complications tailored to whatever you’re into.
- INNOVATIVE SAFETY FEATURES — Crash Detection and Fall Detection can automatically connect you with emergency services in the event of a severe car crash or a hard fall. And Emergency SOS provides urgent assistance with the press of a button.
- ADVANCED HEALTH FEATURES — Temperature sensing is a breakthrough feature that provides deep insights into women’s health. Keep an eye on your blood oxygen. Take an ECG anytime. Get notifications if you have an irregular rhythm. And see how much time you spent in REM, Core, or Deep sleep with Sleep Stages.
- SIMPLY COMPATIBLE — It works seamlessly with your Apple devices and services. Unlock your Mac automatically. Find your devices with a tap. Pay and send money with Apple Pay. Apple Watch requires an iPhone 8 or later with the latest iOS version.
- 【Your Watch, Your Style】1.3"/33mm visible screen covered with rose gold metal frame (the whole watch face is 1.81"/46 mm), so elegant and nice, but sturdy and anti-scratch. The smart watch contains 5 dials readily available to choose from along with another 50 more dials within the app. You can also customize your watch faces. It can be any photo, such as your family, pet, etc. NOTE: THE WATCH DO NOT SUPPORT MAKE CALLS and MESSAGES.
- 【Your Personal Smart Assistant】Activity tracker (pedometer, calories, distance), heart rate, various sport modes, sleep monitoring., etc. Get notifications of Call, SMS, and APP messages(Please keep the Bluetooth distance within 10m), remote control of music and cameras, weather report, sedentary reminder, alarm clock, stopwatch, call rejection, brightness adjustment, power-saving mode, and other functions to meet your daily needs. If you meet any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
- 【Long Battery & IP68 Waterproof】The smartwatch only takes 2 hours to charge and can be used for 7-10 days or 30 days standby time, much longer than most traditional watches. The fitness watch is IP68 waterproof, you can wear it when washing hands, in the rain(Note: Do Not use in showers, saunas, etc).
- 【Safe Guard Your Health】Advanced HR sensor for accurate and effective heart rate monitoring, helping you better understand your health and making a reasonable adjustment to your lifestyle. Automatic sleep tracking can monitor your sleep status (deep sleep, shallow sleep, awakening) and provide a comprehensive sleep quality analysis to help become healthier. You can view the summary of your status in the fitcloudpro APP.
- 【Overtake Your Expectations】The AGPTEK smart watch is compatible with most iOS 9.0 & Android 5.0 or higher smart phones version to notify you of call, text, email, calendar, and app notifications. The package includes:AGPTEK Smart Watch*1, Watch Strap*1, Magnetic Charger*1,User Manual*1. If your have any problem, please feel free to contact our customer service via your amazon account.
- 【Compatible Models】Metal Bands Compatible for Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 40mm 44mm, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm, Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 43mm 47mm, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm 46mm, Galaxy Watch Active 2 44mm 40mm, Galaxy Watch Active 40mm. Please check your watch model before buy it.
- 【Premium Metal Material】The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Band are made of high quality and durable stainless steel. It bring you a elegant and fashionable wearing experience. Comfortable and Durability!
- 【Folding Buckle Design】Stainless steel material and fold-over metal clasp design, which locks your wristband reliably, no worry about losting it, safer and stronger. Ring-shaped chain design, more fashionable and comfortable to wear.
- 【Easy to Install】Specially designed for Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 bands will seamlessly fit into your watch. Adjustable size for 5.1-8.0 inch wrist, you can adjust the length of the strap to fit your wrist perfectly, without any additional tools.
- 【Half Year Guarantee】 If there is any problems, just contact us and then we will offer a solution by replacement or refund immediately.
Sometimes flight attendants will have a lot of time to kill between in-flight services. Books are a great gift because they give us something to entertain ourselves with on the jump seat. Here are some great books to gift flight attendants.
Idea #12: The Layover by Lacie Waldon
This adorable romance novel is sure to resonate with any flight attendant that loves a good romantic comedy.
It’s available on Amazon, and the author happens to be a flight attendant herself!
- Waldon, Lacie (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 336 Pages - 06/15/2021 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons (Publisher)
Idea #13: Falling by T.J. Newman
I saw so many flight attendants reading this on the jump seat. Also by a flight attendant author Falling is filled with suspense and will soon be turned into a movie!
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Newman, T. J. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 303 Pages - 07/06/2021 (Publication Date) - Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (Publisher)
Idea #14: The Jet Sex by Victoria Vantoch
If the flight attendant you know has an interest in history, this book is a fantastic gift idea for them! It explores the history of being a flight attendant and how the job became so iconic.
- Used Book in Good Condition
- Hardcover Book
- Vantoch, Victoria (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 296 Pages - 04/09/2013 (Publication Date) - University of Pennsylvania Press (Publisher)
Idea #15: Dairy of a Pissed-off Flight Attendant by Sydney Pearl
This hilarious memoir will have your flight attendant laughing and probably crying because it’s just so relatable.
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Pearl, Sydney (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 197 Pages - 08/21/2014 (Publication Date)
Idea #16: The Flight Attendant Coloring Book
Okay, this isn’t really a book you can read. But I personally find coloring super relaxing, and it was always a great way to unwind after a long day flying.
- Conan, Abhirami (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 53 Pages - 04/03/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
- Publishing, Abinash Sathiharu (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 48 Pages - 07/13/2021 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Idea #17: E-Reader
Also not technically a book but buying your bookish flight attendant an e-reader, like the Amazon Kindle, is a great gift idea because it allows your flight attendant to transport an unlimited number of books without weighing down their luggage.
Make sure to get them a cute protective cover too!
- Great value – Includes a Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB), fabric cover, and power adapter - up to a $200 value.
- Purpose-built for reading – With a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.
- More books in more places – Store thousands of titles, then take them all with you. A single charge via USB-C last weeks, not hours.
- Easy on the eyes – Now with adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber.
- Waterproof reading – Built to withstand accidental immersion in water, so you’re good from the beach to the bath.
🎁 Health, Wellness, and Beauty
Self-care is an important part of any flight attendant’s lifestyle! Here are a few gift ideas to help your flight attendant feel their best in spite of their hectic schedules.
Idea #18: Travel Essential Oil Diffuser
This travel-sized essential oil diffuser can help give any hotel room a more relaxing atmosphere. I recommend gifting some high-quality aromatherapy oils to complement the diffuser.
A calming essential oil blend like Uplift is perfect for relaxing and resting on layovers.
- Transform The Mood + Purify The Air Of Any Space On The Go With This Jet-Set USB-Powered Diffuser That Streams Natural Essential Oil Mist
- This Sleek Diffuser Is USB-Port Ready, Looks As Good On Your Shelf At Home As It Does In A Car Cupholder
- CAMPO Pure Essential Oils Make Perfect On-The-Go Companions To Take Your Rituals On The Road!
- Misting Duration: 3+ Hours In Non-Stop Mode
- LED Light + Safety Automatic Shut-Off
- Aromatherapy Diffuser Oils - Uplift your mood with our pure relaxing essential oils blend with natural aromatherapy essential oils for humidifiers and diffusers that can help transform any space
- Joyful Blend - Our blend of relaxing fresh scents for the home and on the go can help promote a welcoming atmosphere anywhere with lemon orange lavender ylang-ylang and grapefruit essential oils
- Essential Oil Blends for Diffuser - We are proud to present Uplift and our other scented oils for diffusers that smell good because we believe natural aromatherapy fragrances can truly uplift you
- With Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender oil is one of the best calm essential oil blend ingredients for creating a pleasing aroma thanks to its relaxing properties and fragrant scent for all ages
- Maple Holistics Quality - Embrace the power of nature with any one of our pure essential oils for diffusers aromatherapy products and self care gifts for a spa like experience at home or on the go
Idea #19: Massage Gift Certificate
Flight attending is a physically demanding job. Massages are a great gift for flight attendants because they are both relaxing, but also therapeutic to help keep our bodies in tip-top shape.
Massage Envy has locations all over the United States and are a great option because flight attendants might even be able to book a massage during a layover!
Idea #20: Facial
In the same vein as the massage, gifting certificates for facials is another great way to offer your flight attendant a chance to relax.
The air in the cabin is dehydrating so our skin could always use the extra TLC.
Idea #21: Custom Perfume
Commissioning a custom perfume is a very thoughtful gift idea.
Websites like Maison 21 G allow you to select a unique combination of fragrances to develop a totally unique perfume that is as special as the flight attendant in your life.
A break from the grind is always appreciated and gifting entertainment is a great way to give your flight attendant a chance to let their hair hang loose and have a little fun.
Idea #22: Concert Tickets
Is your flight attendant a huge Taylor Swift fan, or maybe they really love Harry Styles?
Gifting them tickets to live shows and concerts is an excellent way to finance a fun time. Just be sure to check with their schedule before booking certain dates or locations.
And don’t forget you can even book destination concerts, after all, we do have flight benefits!
Idea #23: Movie Gift Cards
When I would be stuck in a city alone on a rainy day, I would find a nearby cinema and catch a movie to pass time on a layover.
If you can give a gift card for a chain theatre company like AMC, your flight attendant can enjoy a movie no matter where they end up.
Idea #24: Tickets to Musicals, Theatre Productions, and/or the Ballet
Similar to the concert tickets, buying your flight attendant tickets to go to Broadway shows, theatre productions, or Ballets is another great way to give the gift of entertainment.
It’s even more fun when you turn the tickets into an excuse to visit a fun city, like NYC.
Subscriptions are gifts that keep on giving. Here are a few subscriptions, or “boxes” that your flight attendant will certainly appreciate.
Idea #25: The Fly Girl Box
The Fly Girl Box is a box subscription curated by a former flight attendant. Each box is filled with goodies hand-selected with flight attendants in mind.
I loved the boxes I ordered, and I found so many of the items inside to be so useful at work.
Idea #26: Bark Box
If your special flight attendant has a dog, Bark Box is a fantastic subscription box that sends toys and treats each month each month.
It’s a great way to make sure your flight attendant can spend some quality time with their fur baby while at home.
My dog loved the toys the boxes came with, so we always had a grand time unboxing them together.
Idea #27: Wine Club
There are a number of different wine subscriptions if your flight attendant is into vino. I recommend this one because it sends 2-6 full bottles to enjoy each month.
If your crewmember isn’t into wine, there are subscriptions for coffee, whiskey, gin, pretty much any beverage you can imagine.
Idea #28: IPSY
If your flight attendant loves trying new beauty products the IPSY box is the best in the industry.
Each month IPSY sends tester samples from top beauty brands, but the tester sizes are generous, and they always come in adorable little makeup bags which are like a bonus gift of their own for flight attendants!
🎁 Adventure Gifts
Flight attendants are adventurous beings, so they are sure to appreciate adventure-type gifts, here are our top suggestions in this category.
Idea #29: REI Gift Card
REI is one of the leading outdoor gear retailers in the US and they have locations all across the country.
A gift card to REI is sure to delight any adventurous flight attendant, but especially those who love to go hiking on layovers.
Idea #30: A Pre-Planed Adventure Getaway
There are a number of great travel agencies that sell adventure-packed getaways.
The Adventure People even sell special last-minute packages which can be super great for flight attendants who can’t always plan vacations too far in advance, and also can easily get last-minute flights to random destinations.
Idea #31: Cruise
Gifting your flight attendant a cruise offers them the chance to explore places they might not normally be able to fly to and also gives them a great opportunity to relax away from airports and airplanes.
If your flight attendant is particularly adventurous, I highly recommend a cruise through the Alaskan Inner Passage.
Be sure to make sure the cruise line you book with has rights to enter Glacier Bay so you can make the most of this adventurous experience. For this, I recommend Norwegian Cruise Lines.
We’ve reached the end of our list of gift ideas tailored for flight attendants, from aviation-themed gifts and gadgets that are useful on the job, to relaxing or entertaining experiences, adventures, and books, I hope this comprehensive list has provided the perfect idea for the special flight attendant in your life.
Do you have any other ideas for great gifts for flight attendants? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!