10 trend-setter gift ideas by Aviate, a Birmingham style original

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Take the guesswork out of gift giving with Aviate. Photo by Bham Now

Shopping local this holiday season? Here are our top 10 gifts from Aviate. This Birmingham-based, nationally loved apparel brand made baseball caps with 3-letter airport codes a wardrobe staple, but they’ve got a whole lot more to offer. 

Pet Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

1. Aviate Bandana, $3
Why pet gifts and stocking stuffers first? Because when I saw this photo, I knew resistance was futile. At $3 a piece, stock up on Aviate bandanas for pet gifts, stocking stuffers and fun add-ons to all the gift ideas that follow—just a little something extra to push the thoughtfulness meter to the max.

Aviate Bandana, $3. Photo via @jamesonrye on Instagram

Sunglasses

2. Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses by Maho Shades, $145
With 24-karat gold-plated frames and polarized sky blue mirror lenses, these handmade sunglasses deliver the luxe. Aviate teamed up with Maho Shades out of Orange Beach, Alabama, on this one. The shades are an essential travel accessory, and that super special someone on your gift list will love them. 

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Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses by Maho Shades, $145. Photo location: Morris Avenue, Birmingham. Photo by Bham Now

Sweats

3. Self Made World Tour Sweatshirt, $38
Got a globe trotter, or an aspiring one, on your list? Order up. This easygoing, wear-anywhere top is the perfect pullover for 90 percent of Birmingham winter days when it’s not quite coat weather. And for those crack-of-dawn trips to the airport, this comfy sweatshirt and a very large coffee is all a traveler needs to take the edge off. 

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Self Made World Tour Sweatshirt, $38. Photo via shopaviate.com

Bags

4. The Getaway Duffel ($349.99) 
5. 
The Nomad Dopp Kit ($99)
For the college or high school student nearing graduation—perhaps with eyes on a travel-filled gap year—The Getaway Duffel and Nomad Dopp Kit are THE gift.

The Getaway Duffel ($349.99) and The Nomad Dopp Kit ($99). Photo location: Morris Avenue, Birmingham. Photo by Bham Now

Hunker Bag Co. of Nashville designs and produces the handmade bags for Aviate. Constructed with locally and ethically sourced, high-quality Horween leather, waxed canvas, Manila rope handles and brass hardware, these bags will withstand the decades and build character alongside the traveler. How many bags can promise that?

Hats

6. Toboggan, $22
Lined with fleece for extra warmth, Aviate’s two-toned toboggan is perfect for HOGA (that’s hiking with yoga). When your best-friend yogi does their sun salutations on a cold day at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, this thoughtful gift will stay snug and cozy on their noggin through every pose, even the upside-down ones.

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Toboggan, $22. Photo via @alex_b_yoga on Instagram

7. Wool City Hat, $42
The Wool City Hat is Aviate’s classic 3-letter airport code hat upgraded in wool. It’s a refined touch that makes the classic baseball cap appropriate for  sipping a finely crafted old-fashioned at the Atomic Lounge on a chilly night  as well as wintertime outdoor adventures.

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Aviate Wool City Hat, $42. Photo location: Railroad Park, Birmingham. Photo by Bham Now

BHM is our favorite airport code (we’re biased), but if the jet-setter on your list would rather represent Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas or St. Louis, Aviate’s Wool City Hats are available in airport codes for 13 major cities.

8. Play Hard Leather Patch Trucker Hat, $38
An equally sophisticated upgrade to the traditional baseball cap is the Leather Patch Trucker Hat, bearing the first half of Aviate’s “Play Hard, Travel Often” motto. Get it for the Aviate fan who’s already got a closet full of BHM gear. 

Play Hard Leather Patch Trucker, $38. Photo location: Railroad Park, Birmingham. Photo by Bham Now

9. Corduroy Ocean Patch Hat, $42
You know who this one’s for—that certain sharp dresser who always dons a pop of color. Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet, which is why even muted colors look so rich in this dome hat. Plus, the back strap is made entirely out of recycled sail fabric from a sailboat. Ahoy!

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 Corduroy Ocean Patch Hat, $42. Photo via shopaviate.com

Tees

10. Unisex Airport Code T-Shirt, $34.99
You know what everyone loves? The perfect T-shirt. This washed-out slub jersey tee is the ticket, and like Aviate’s airport code hats, you have your choice of city.

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Unisex Airport Code T-Shirt, $34.99. Photo via shopaviate.com

If the giftee is a movie buff,  be sure to point out the “FRANK” on the inside bottom of this tee. It’s a nod to the movie “Billy Madison.”  If you’ve never seen the movie or forget what we’re talking about, watch this video.

Alright, Aviators. I’ve made your holiday gift list and checked it twice. You’re covered, so get to shopping.

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