If you thought the SkyMall catalog – once found in seatback pockets on most U.S. airliners – had gone the way of free bags, good news: You can still find SkyMall’s oh-so-unique gifts in United’s in-flight magazine (through the end of 2015, anyway) as well as in Amtrak’s Arrive magazine (certain routes only) and of course, on the colorful SkyMall website.
Never heard of SkyMall and don’t know what it offers? Keep reading but here’s a hint: SkyMall has stuff you don’t even know you need.
Best SkyMall Gifts – 2015
FareCompare employees helped out with this list of SkyMall favorites and while the site offers plenty of great gifts for travelers from Sony headphones to fold-up magnifying mirrors most of the following items were selected simply because they are unforgettable. Just to be clear, we have great affection for SkyMall and have enjoyed many of their products through the years.
All images and product descriptions are courtesy SkyMall.
- Sumo Wrestler Table: A nearly naked sumo guy holds up a “tempered glass top for views from any angle.” We can think of one angle we don’t particularly want to see but you can if you don’t mind paying $284.
Best zombie sculpture
- Zombie of Montclaire Moors: This resin sculpture is “finished so realistically that you’ll swear you can hear him groaning!” Judging by the reviews on SkyMall, proud zombie owners are groaning with delight. Said one, “He will scare your neighbors, pets and the mailman. Local police will have to be warned! It’s great!” You too can display such greatness for a mere $104.95.
- Double Customizable Bobble Heads: Send a photo, get a doll that looks just like you! Well sort of. Unfortunately, SkyMall says it’s too late to order for this Christmas because such painstaking artistry takes time, “up to three-four full weeks to capture the subtle facial contour, eye, smile, and hair nuances.” As you can see, it also makes the perfect wedding gift. Just $199.95.
Best pet accessory
- Paw Boss Paw Washer: This little gizmo helps Sparky keep his feet clean though I have to wonder how many dogs will sit still while you insert a large paw into a smallish hole. According to the product description, “an outside lab proved the Paw Boss removes 99.5% of bacteria.” [Editor’s note: I know that outside lab, he lives next door and never stops barking.] A bargain at $29.95.
- Star Wars the Force Trainer II- Hologram Experience: A lot of the guys in the office seemed real interested in this. “Use the power of your mind to move holograms and perform amazing feats” which sounds more fun than using the power of your mind to add up all the fees on a flight. Yours for $129.99.
- For dogs: We like the “I bark for bacon” tee, but – doesn’t everyone bark for bacon? Just $22.
- For humans: Pizza scented T-shirt. Now on sale (can’t imagine why) for just $9.99.
Best yeti items
Life-size Garden Yeti: For some reason, this fellow is incredibly popular. Must be his charisma. “He will have guests doing a double-take as they admire your creative decor style,” says the optimistic product description and Garden Yetis have been spotted in backyards throughout the land. Why? Why not! As one reviewer notes, “He looks great lurking behind my exotic lilies.” Life-size statue (147 pounds) is yours for $2,475.00.
Abominable Yeti: This guy differs from his cousin in that he is ready for winter. He is also not life-size and prudently priced at $99.95.
Holiday Yeti Ornament: Our old pal is decked out in lights for the holidays. Why they didn’t call him Yuletide Yeti is a mystery. Just $9.95.