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The Chrissie gift for the person who has everything?

December 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

What do you think of the gift items below, a festive red version of Wilbur and Orville, the “highly collectable” salt and pepper shakers in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class cabin.

The sought-after items, currently aboard the airline in silver and black, are shaped like cute mini-planes. They are so coveted they have “Pinched from Virgin Atlantic” stamped onto the feet to try to discourage light-fingered passengers. The airline says they’ve even been found on eBay selling for up to GBP 20 per pair – that’s AUD 35.

You might be able to pick them up on eBay for a little less, but delivery charges can often equal the cost of the item.

Over the Christmas period, from 21-26 December, the shakers will available aboard the airline in the iconic Virgin Atlantic red. The airline is encouraging customers to pinch them and take them home “to sit pride of place on the Christmas dinner table or gifted to that aviation enthusiast relative”.

Virgin Atlantic festive salt and pepper shakers

“When we launched Wilbur and Orville over 15 years ago we had no idea they’d become so iconic and loved by our customers,” Virgin Atlantic’s executive vice president customer, Mark Anderson, commented.

“Although our cabin crew keep a close eye on them, thousands have been pinched over the years as customers like to take home a special memento of their Virgin Atlantic flight. This Christmas we’re shaking things up by introducing limited edition red sets of Wilbur and Orville on all flights, and expect to see them fly off the planes.”

Top “pinched” items from Virgin Atlantic, according to the airline:

  • Wilbur and Orville salt and pepper shakers
  • Mugs in Upper Class and Premium Economy
  • Blankets from all cabins
  • Noble Isle hand wash and hand cream from the bathrooms
  • Cutlery
  • Sick bags

Sick bags? They might be a cheaper alternative to the salt and pepper shakers, but a sick bag is a very questionable Christmas or New Year gift.

Edited by Peter Needham

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