Souvenir Sunday: holiday gifts from airports


Last minute shoppers rejoice: it’s now possible to do all your holiday shopping at the airport and find great – and often offbeat – gifts for everyone on your list.

Here’s a sampling of some of the items I found for a recent article on Mashable.

Those artisanal-painted chocolate caramels above are just a sample of the artist-made gifts that come out of the SouveNEAR vending machines at Kansas City International Airport.

At Portland International Airport, the old carpet is gone, but not forgotten. PDX carpet swag is for sale in the Made in Oregon stores. Courtesy Port of Portland

The recently replaced carpet at Portland International Airport became a social medial darling and oodles of PDX carpet-themed items are now for sale at the Made in Oregon shop at the airport. The neck pillow is good for travel, but there are also mugs, t-shirts, coasters, jam, beer and vodka to choose from.

And.. in the over-the-top category, consider this $1500 Iberico ham sold at Miami International Airport that comes with its own leather carrying case.

At Miami International Airport, this $1500 ham, comes with its own leather carrying case_Courtesy Newslink Group.

See the full story – with lots more ideas for last minute gifts to buy at the airport – in my story on Mashable.

Souvenir Sunday at Honolulu Airport

On Sundays, we take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

Here are a few of our favorites from the Honolulu International Airport:



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Do you spend time in the shops when you’re stuck at the airport?

If you spot something fun, inexpensive, locally-themed and, ideally, a bit wacky, please snap a photo and send it along to

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, we’ll send you a travel-themed souvenir.

O’Hare honey gets a blue ribbon at the fair


Congrats to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Sweet Beginnings for winning an Illinois State Fair Blue Ribbon “First Premium” award for the honeycomb produced at the airport.

For the past four years, Sweet Beginnings has maintained beehives on O’Hare property and, with two million resident bees, the apiary is one of the largest at any airport in the world.

The airport’s 75 beehives produce over 2,500 pounds of honey per year and the project creates 30-40 jobs for men and women who need work experience or who have been formerly incarcerated.

In a great field-to-airport program, O’Hare’s honey is used in Sweet Beginnings’ Beelove honey and honey-based skin care products, which include moisturizers, exfoliators, shower gels, soaps, and lip balm that for sale at O’Hare and Midway Airports in the Hudson News stores and at the O’Hare Farmer’s Market kiosk.

Beelove honey is also a featured ingredient at celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s Tortas Frontera restaurants in O’Hare.

Fresh amenities at EWR & LGA

Traveling to or through LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon? Look for some of these new dining and shopping outlets.

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Through the end of August, The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Terminal B is having a party to celebrate a year’s worth of improvements that include new specialty stores (America!, Desigual, Duty Free Americas/ L’Occitane, Eddie Bauer, Lacoste, Lick, InMotion Entertainment, Ruby Blue and Tumi) and expanded dining options that now include Bowery Bay Tavern, Piccolo Mercato, Six Blocks Bakery, Sorrentine and Villa Pizza Kitchen.

Be on the lookout for free food tastings, store discounts, live music and special events There’s also a Twitter contest with merchandise giveaways underway.

Over at Newark Liberty International Airport – in United’s Terminal C – OTG has opened some of the first pieces of the “re-imagined” space.

Designed to be “dining oases,” Proof Whiskey Bar and Caps Beer Garden are now in the center of the long hallways. The first of 38 redesigned gate lounges in Terminal C has also opened.

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Outlet mall shopping at Vancouver Int’l Airport

Between the art, the restaurants, the shops, the observation area and the spas, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at Vancouver International Airport.

Now there’s one more great reason: the designer outlet mall.


Located on land owned by the airport and partially-owned by the airport, the open-air McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport opened earlier this month on Sea Island and is accessible via a free ride on the Canada Line.

Special events celebrating the grand opening continue through August 2nd, with shopping promotions and activities, including live music and several pop-up venues in the Hawkers Mercado.