Shopping for Gifts on the Fly

After travelling for days between endless business meetings you are finally heading home. And probably one of the last words muttered by a loved before your departure sounded something like: Don't forget to bring me something nice!

So now a few hours before departure you are at the airport and must find something more fitting and thoughtful than a crossword puzzle book or a candy bar. If you find yourself flying out of one of these airports you and your loved ones are in luck.

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1. Singapore's Changi Airport

Singapore's Changi is home to the crème de la crème of airport shopping. In fact with stores such as Chloe, Prada, Tod's and Cartier, the airport's high-end selection rivals even the world's most ultra-chic shopping destinations. As the largest retailer in Singapore, Changi is the ideal location in the city for purchasing an item for someone back home. The 300 retail shops that line the international airport have everything from stilettos to stuffed toys.

2. Zurich's Kloten Airport

Zurich's Kloten is considered a 'duty-free paradise'. With the airport's duty-free shops free of VAT and tobacco and alcohol free of tax, you would be remiss to pass on the extremely low prices especially if a nice bottle of wine or whiskey tops your loved one's wish list. The airport's boasts 50 shops open to passengers throughout the entire travel day, a luxury not afforded to any other shops in Zurich. At Kloten you will certainly find authentic Swiss gifts, but shops are not limited to carrying only Switzerland's beloved chocolates and coveted watches. You will also find many international brands, making this a perfect spot to find the gifts on any wish list. The combination of low prices and an impressive range of products available at all hours makes Zurich's Kloten Airport a shopping haven for the business traveler.

3. London's Heathrow Airport - Terminal 5

Since Terminal 5 opened in 2008 shopping at London's Heathrow Airport has taken off. Fashionistas will be satisfied with an item from one of the 100 stores offering some of the world's top brands. Many of the shops are tailored specifically to create a shopping experience unique to Terminal 5. Thus, you can snag international merchandise with a British flare. Paul Smith's Globe shop is among the terminal's unique shops. It is fit with a virtual French terrace and pieces designed exclusively for Terminal 5. The luxury accessories brand Coach also makes its' only European appearance in Terminal 5.

Terminal 5's Harrods: A Destination on Its Own

Many of the most coveted gifts from London come from Harrods but if travelling to London on business you most likely were unable to visit the city's famed luxury department store. However, if you are flying out of Terminal 5 you are in luck. Harrods is the centerpiece store of Terminal 5 sprawling across 10,000 square feet on two floors. This Harrods is stocked with designer clothes and accessories along with its signature teddy bears, all placed in the store's iconic emerald green shopping bags.

4. Seoul, South Korea's Incheon International Airport

Incheon International Airport in Seoul is well known for providing a top-notch experience for travelers. Thus, it is not surprising to hear that the airport's shopping experience is top of the line. The spotless and stylish airport has an excellent selection of shopping options appealing to all. For the female in your life, Incheon airport's cosmetic selection outdoes most of the world's department stores making it a fine spot to purchase lotions and powders. Incheon also sells traditional Korean crafts at elegant cultural boutiques.

5. Dubai International Airport

From your first to your last glimpse of the playground for the rich and famous expect nothing less than full-blown luxury and decadence. Dubai International Airport devotes over 5,000 square meters to fill the retail cravings of anyone. At a great price you'll find diamonds for the dames and gadgets for the gents. As home to the world's largest Duty Free Shop, Dubai International offers luxury items at shockingly low prices especially compared with those in Europe.

6. Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport's shopping experience mimics the sport and beach culture of New Zealand. Many of the 100 shops in Auckland Airport offer pieces unique to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Pick up a pair of jandals (flip flops) from the Great NZ Shop or some Kiwifruit chocolates from Whitcoulls.