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 15 airports around the world.
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The Cibo Express retail stores in Terminal E near Gates 10 and 24 are not your grandmother's gift shops. Among the gifts available are these waxed canvas men's dopp kits and women's cosmetic cases from Austin, Texas-based Newton Supply Company. Newton partners with the nonprofit Open Arms, created to empower refugee women by giving them jobs with a living wage by making these items.
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You cannot leave O'Hare without getting some of the city's iconic Garrett Popcorn Shops. Choose from flavors including its world-famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix, buttery or almond-caramel crisp. Get it by the bag or the tin -- just get it in outlets in Terminals 1 and 3.
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Who doesn't love chocolate? Seattle Chocolates has been in business since 1991 and has an outlet at the airport in Concourse C. It offers a variety of chocolate bars and candies. All of its chocolate is certified Kosher, and many varieties are also gluten-free and vegan.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Boston-Logan International Airport
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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What man doesn't like a well-tailored shirt? A great place to buy one is at the airport outlet of Hammermade. The shop, located in Terminal 1, features unique, premium and limited-run shirts at affordable prices, with great tailoring.
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Japan's main international airport has an explosion of reasonably priced items that you can buy in all its terminals. Your head will spin from all the choices, but choose 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.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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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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This small regional airport based in Sioux City, Iowa 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. If you get the chance to take a trip there, buy the t-shirt!
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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
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.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Heathrow's terminals do regular liquor tastings. These tastings allow travelers to decide what they do and don't like.
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Seoul's main airport is a shopper's paradise, with luxury brands, cosmetics, liquor and electronics. Check out Korean-made crafts and gifts at ParkSsiSangBang, located in the Transportation Center Area 1B.
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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.