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Cracking Christmas Gifts from the RAF Museum (22nd October 2013)

For Christmas 2013 the Museum has substantially expanded its gift range to suit a variety of budgets including its jewellery and clothing ranges.

If you’re searching for that particular gift which will make their spirits soar once they have ripped open the wrapping paper on Christmas Day morning, why not visit the Royal Air Force Museum’s online shop – www.rafmuseumshop.com

We have revived the classic children’s game of the 70s and 80s, Top Trumps, by creating a pack dedicated to our aircraft collections at both London and Cosford. Containing 30 beautifully photographed aircraft, 15 from each site, this game of skill is highly addictive and will have young aviation buffs trying their best to outwit each other on Christmas Day for just £5.99.

Summer 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. As part of the Museum’s series of activities to commemorate this cataclysmic period of early 20th Century we have created our Great War Centenary Teddy Bear. We have kitted him out in the same clothing worn by British Aircrew of the time to reflect the extreme cold experienced by crews flying at high altitudes in open cockpits. Sitting at approximately 8 inches high, our mascot of the Royal Flying Corps boasts a long flying coat, leather flying helmet and goggles and retails for a very affordable £10.00 

Little Pilots aged a year or below will adore our range of RAF Airman Body Suits and T-Shirts. Made from 100% cotton, for delicate skins, these items are fully machine washable and perfect for fancy dress, themed events or for when your future pilot needs to express themselves. This quality printed garment is the perfect gift for any child at £9.50 each.

Back by popular demand, we have expanded our range of hand painted Christmas Tree Baubles by introducing the RAF Stripe Bauble, a perfect complement to our Roundel and Historic Aircraft Baubles. Individually created, these intricate works of art are designed by the artist expertly hand painting each image, using the hole at the top of each bauble. Beautifully gift-boxed, these baubles are the perfect decoration for any aviator’s Christmas Tree at just £5.99 each.

If you’re searching for that gift that will stand the test of time we are now able to offer a Royal Air Force Skeleton Pocket Watch for men for £70.00 and Ladies Pendant Watch for £45.95. Both of these charming time pieces are fashioned from pewter by British Craftsmen and feature the Royal Air Force’s Crest as part of their design. The perfect ornament for any smart individual these timeless watches will become much loved heirlooms. We also offer a personalised engraving service to make these gifts even more special. 

For the man who has everything what better present to give than an Escape & Evasion Map Tie? These ties are made from genuine issued escape and evasion silk maps from the Cold War period (circa 1949 -1960). Easily concealed upon the person, these maps were used to assist servicemen in their attempts to escape or evade capture if shot down behind enemy lines. These unique ties are lined with blue silk and come presented in a Home Front style gift box with an information sheet about the map depicted – all for £85.00.

If your budget is able to extend a bit further, we are also able to offer original Irvin Sheepskin Flying Jackets for £609. Made from top quality, supple sheepskin with a long rugged wool interior, the Irvin Sheepskin Flying Jacket became the definitive flying jacket from pilots during the Second World War. Today they are still manufactured in the United Kingdom to the same fastidious attention of detail demonstrated by Leslie Irvin, their creator, and bear the authentic Irvin, woven label. The perfect addition to any aviation enthusiast’s wardrobe the Original Irvin Sheepskin Flying Jacket comes in a variety of sizes suitable for both men and women.

Furthermore, by purchasing any of the items contained from our online shop you will be helping the Museum maintain its unique collection of aircraft, medals, films and documents – preserving a vital part of our nation’s heritage for future generations. So this Christmas why not give your personal high-flyer a gift that will make their Festive spirits soar whilst at the same time making a donation, through your purchase, to our nation’s aviation heritage?