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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Airline Exclusives

September 21, 2012 at 4:42 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.

Most airlines have a thorough understanding that including some exclusive merchandise in their duty-free catalog will prompt passengers to hand over their cards in exchange for the unique products. In our travels, we have come across a number of items that we had to take a second to think if we actually needed it or had enough room in our carry on. Here are some highlights from our mile high shopping.

· Lufthansa appeals to collectors of both classic writing utensils and vintage airline memorabilia with a branded pen. Sporting the vintage 1920s 'Lufty' crane emblem, it is a sure piece for any collection.

· Eva Air's flight attendants figurines are near the top of the list for the all-time-best in-flight shopping product. The 4 figurines, individually named, all show a different part of the cabin crew duties and clip together to create a complete onboard scene.

· KLM has plenty of products for which we had a second thought. One of the most favorite are the personalized, KLM-branded iPhone cases. Of course, there isn't a flight attendant tasked with scribing your name into each one during the flight, you simply purchase a voucher to send away for it. Still cool, though.

· Air Canada embraces their Canadiana with the addition of both smoked salmon gift sets and maple syrup bottles. While the products themselves are not exclusive, the novelty of buying them on-board can't get more Air Canadian.

· Finnair loves their cartoon characters! No flight on the airline is complete without perusing the collection of Moomin and Angry Birds items in the catalog. From aprons and umbrellas to temporary tattoos and candy, the Finns have their obsession with happy little characters and irate swines covered at 35,000 feet.

We hope this opened your eyes to what treasures can be found in the pages found just a few inches from your knees when gallivanting off to exotic lands. If you have purchased some must-have products from a recent flight let us know and we'll keep our eyes open on our next flight.

[Photo: Eva Air & Finnair]

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