Time is tight and there is never enough time to buy gifts for friends and family. Airports have really stepped their retail games, offering familiar brands like Victoria’s Secret and high-end stores like Burberry, along with local and regional vendors. Here are some other gift ideas and below are more unique items on sale at airports.
Austin, Texas-based Newton Supply Company partners with the nonprofit Open Arms, created to empower refugee women by giving them jobs with a living wage. These women create unique items including this hand-waxed canvas tote, perfect for travel and everyday use. Find it in Terminal E at the Cibo shops near Gates 10 and 24.
This is a special store in just for aviation enthusiasts. Located by Gate C2 in Terminal C, it offers logo items for hometown carrier American Airlines and American Eagle. But it also carries items from predecessor/historical airlines, including TWA, Reno Air, America West and US Airways, along with gear from members of the Oneworld alliance.
Any Texan worth their salt knows about Amy's Ice Creams, which sells popular handcrafted super premium ice creams, dairy-free fruit ices and frozen yogurts. There are locations in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, including the airport. You can get up to six quarts of ice cream specially packed to take home when leaving Austin.
If you happen to have time to kill in this airport's Concourse B or C, make a beeline to Savannah Candy Kitchen. You can't go wrong choosing any of their offerings, but airport veterans know that the store's pralines -- the best outside of New Orleans -- are the thing to buy. You can buy them singly or via gift tins. Either way, it will be delicious.
You cannot leave this airport without buying popcorn from Nuts on Clark. They have three flavors: original, caramel and cheese. You can buy them individually or as a mix. There’s also chocolate-covered and honey-covered varieties of nuts.
"The Transportation Security Administration advises not to wrap gifts before you go through airport security screening. At OTG, we say 'you don't even need to BUY your gifts before going through airport screening," said Eric Brinker, vice president of experience at OTG, which oversees concessions at JFK Terminal 2. The Tech store is selling the LuMee Two for the iPhone 7/6/6s. It’s the first smartphone case to offer front-facing LED lights, which offers perfect lighting for selfies and video chat. , anytime, anywhere. The second edition will fit your iPhone 7, 6s, or 6.
Independent record company Sub Pop Records is considered one of the leaders in the 1990s grunge music movement, cultivating artist like Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and TAD early in their careers. The company has a store in the airport’s Central Terminal where they sell items including music, apparel, books, art, and travel items that celebrate the record label’s role in the Pacific Northwest.
Popsations is a local gourmet popcorn company located on the A/B Food Court of the terminal. They create several different delicious flavored popcorns, but a local favorite is “Crabby Caramel,” a mix of caramel and local favorite Old Bay spice.
Just because you didn’t make it to a Smithsonian museum while visiting the Nation’s Capitol doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a cool souvenir in this airport shop. One great gift is these books for children about the city and airplanes. You can also buy items like jewelry, special ink pens, and art.
The 1897 Market is a combination of dining and retail that focuses on what’s available in and around the Queen City. The market area features a variety cool things travelers can buy to take a little bit of the region along with them on their journey. One gift for the mixologist in your life is South Carolina-based Jack Rudy Cocktail Mixers small-batch grenadine syrup, which features pomegranate juice, cane sugar, and orange flower water.
Portland International Jetport
The airport in Maine’s largest city is home to the DownEast Marketplace, which showcases locally crafted goods. One of those is Sea Bags, which manufactures tote bags and accessories made from recycled sails. The designs feature lobsters, marine life, and other nautically inspired items.
The Maru and Friends shop features collectible, ethnically diverse porcelain dolls by award-winning artist Dianna Effner. The Raven African-American doll has childlike facial features with hazel eyes, black hair and an outfit of two-tone leather type sandals and a braid straw hat.
The DFS duty-free shops are offering two pieces of jewelry available only at the airport: a Bvlgari 18 carat pink gold pendant and matching bracelet made of Mother of Pearl, Carnelian & Pavé Diamonds.
Tote bags are a popular gift because they can be used for everything from weekend travel to grocery shopping. Raleigh-based Holly Aiken Bags are sold at airport shop Marshall-Rousso. The Turbo Aerial is a roomy vinyl tote with snap-expandable sides and fully lined, with two interior pockets.
The BodyworksBall has been featured on Oprah’s “O List,” Yahoo Health and “The View” television show. It’s a self-massage tool that offers relief for neck cricks, shoulder knots, and aching hands and feet. It’s also a way to soothe after sitting on long-haul flights. It’s available at Brookstone and Made In America airport shops.