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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Child's Play

September 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM | by | ()

If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.

Next time your are on an international flight, don't forget about the littlest frequent flyers on your souvenir list. Most duty-free trollies have enough plush animals and plane toys to stock a Toys-R-Us. Long live the days when children were happy with with a set of plastic wings and a visit to the cockpit. Here's some of our favorite options:

· SAS might want to create an entire new generation of aviation geeks with their captains uniform t-shirt. This is genius mixture of faux tuxedo shirt and #avgeek and, of course, branded SAS. We're just upset that it doesn't come in big kid sizes.

· Thai Airways knows silk and elephants. The airline offers a set of 2 handcrafted elephant toys are made from authentic Thai silk. These aren't normal toys that find themselves covered in dirt and food, but more an heirloom.

· Virgin Atlantic teaches kids to save their pennies, or pence, or euros with the Virgin themed coin bank. The 747 jumbo bank is painted like the shiny new livery and makes a realistic engine noise went a deposit is made.

· Qantas gets the warm and fuzzies with their Australian version of a stuffed animal. Dressed like a jumbo jet pilot, 'Kennedy' Koala embodies one of the national animals of Oz with the Aussie love of aviation.

· Lufthansa wants to send their most popular teddy bears on a world adventure. Each trolly comes fully stocked with the famous Steiff stuffed bears. Each cuddly flying friend comes complete with the knopf im ohr, or 'button in ear', to show its authenticity.

Each airline has a variety of merchandise that is branded and that makes these toys good enough for enthusiasts alike. All in all, pages of your favorite airline's duty-free catalog has treasures for flyers of all ages and types.

[Photo: Thai Airways]

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