10 Great Last-Minute Gifts You Can Find in an Airport

 It's holiday crunch time, or you need to get a gift for a friend or loved one -- quickly. As you fly in or out of a city, consider buying that gift at a domestic or international airport.  Facilities across the globe always have shops that offer local gifts or unique items that are sure to bring delight. Below are gift ideas from 10 airports around the world.

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    Boston-Logan International Airport

    ••• Image courtesy of Jabra

    The good folks at InMotion Entertainment gave me the idea for this post. They were also kind enough to pass along a list of great gift items available in stores at 40 U.S. airports. If you happen to be at Boston-Logan Terminals A, B or E, you may want to consider buying the Jabra Sport Coach. These wireless sports earbuds offer users audio coaching and a TrackFit monitor sensor for cross training and indoor workouts. 


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    ••• The Wilamette shirt. Photo courtesy of Hammermade

    My hubby is a stylish man who loves a well-tailored shirt. I discovered Hammermade shirts when I judged an airport concessions contest. So when I went to Minneapolis, I made a beeline to its store located in Terminal 1. The shop features unique, premium and limited-run shirts at affordable prices, with great tailoring. 


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    ••• Japanese hand towels. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Japan's main international airport has an explosion of reasonably priced items that you can buy in all its terminals. My head was spinning from all the choices, but I've narrowed it down to these lovely hand towels, which are sold all over the country. They have wonderful designs and can be used as bathroom hand towels, dish towels or even to wrap a gift.

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    ••• Image courtesy of Amazon

    Spain is known for its fine hams. Miami is the only airport in the United States that sells 5J Pata Negra ham. This exclusive acorn-only fed sealed and specially cured Iberico ham comes in a leather carrying case. Buy it at The Shoppes At Ocean Drive, near Gate D-17.

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    ••• Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Why did I include this small regional airport based in Sioux City, Iowa? Because it took an unfortunate airport code -- SUX -- and turned it into marketing gold, selling t-shirts, mugs and a beanie cap. The Fly Sux brand is a delight, especially among aviation geeks like me. When I had the chance to take a trip there, I jumped -- and bough the t-shirt!

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    ••• The Fleurtiek store at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Photo courtesy of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    To me, this airport is the gold standard when it comes to shopping, offering everything from alcohol to cheese to tulip bulbs, all wrapped up in the iconic bright yellow "See Fly Buy" bags.  Arrivals Hall 3 is the home of Fleurtiek, which not only sells tulip bulbs, but also fresh bouquets, flowers, balloons,  seeds and Holland gifts.

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    Baltimore-Washington International Airport

    ••• Photo courtesy of Obrycki's

    You come to Charm City for the crab cakes. And just in case you didn't get any during your visit to my current home town, don't worry. You can get your crab cake on at Obrycki's, a historic restaurant that started as a bar in Baltimore's historic Fells Point neighborhood on the water. You can eat there and they will even pack up crab cakes to go.  The restaurant has locations at between gates B-9 and B-11 and in Concourse A.

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    ••• Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    As an aviation journalist, I have spent more than my fair share of time in London's main airport. I've also done a lot of shopping here, and my item of choice? Duty-free liquor. Heathrow's terminals do regular tastings, which is how I switched from Tanqueray Gin to Bombay Sapphire Gin. 

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    ••• A mother-of-pearl business card case. Photo courtesy of ParkSsiSangBang.

    Seoul's main airport is a shopper's paradise, with luxury brands, cosmetics, liquor and electronics. But I recommend looking for Korean-made crafts and gifts at ParkSsiSangBang, located in the Transportation Center Area 1B.

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    ••• A TWA DC-9 coaster. Photo courtesy of the DFW Employee Store

    This is a great place for shopping, but there's a special store in just for aviation enthusiasts. The DFW Employee Store, located by Gate C2 in Terminal C, offers logo items for hometown carrier American Airlines and American Eagle.  But it also carries items from predecessor/historical airlines, including TWA, Reno Air, US Airways, and Air California, along with gear from members of the Oneworld alliance