As the holiday season approaches, many of you may be trying to find the perfect gift for a loved one or friend. If this person happens to like airplanes or space exploration, you may wish to entertain their interests with a related gift. Here are a few ideas that may be useful to some readers or may spark other related gift ideas.
For those interested in books and good reading, some interesting titles and authors include:
- Flight 427: Anatomy of an Air Disaster by Gerry Byrne
- Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley B. Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow
- Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
- Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager
- Jane’s Aircraft Recognition Guide by David Rendall
Many of these books can be found on Amazon.com, and Rocket Boys may be ordered (even autographed by the author) if ordered from his website.
For the teenage airplane enthusiast, X-Plane Flight Simulator is an interesting and great simulator to get young adults excited about aviation. Information on this simulator package may be found at their website.
For the younger airplane or space enthusiasts, there are various Lego sets that are centered around those themes. Also, the Space Store has several space-related gifts for children of all ages. Different astronaut flight suits can be found here so your child can dress up and pretend he or she is exploring worlds beyond!
Finally, there are many gift ideas for airplane and space enthusiasts of all ages. Hallmark® has an airplane ornament collection series where they release a new ornament each year for the holiday season. If your loved one or friend is interested in models, perhaps a model airplane or space shuttle kit would be an appropriate holiday gift. There are also a wide array of movies that they may be interested in including:
- Apollo 13
- Space Cowboys
- Top Gun
- October Sky
- Space Station: IMAX
- NASA: 50 Years of Space Exploration DVD Set
Good luck to all of you as you venture out to do your holiday shopping!