Part product magazine, part wacky inflight entertainment- Who didn’t love the absurdity of the SkyMall catalogues? Here are some of the most outlandish Skymall products travellers have been able to buy on airplanes for over 20 years, until they went bankrupt in 2015.
The Skymall magazine may not be available on flights anymore-it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015; however, its legacy lives on.
Founded in 1990, the iconic Skymall magazine was an inflight catalogue that passengers could reach for in their seatback pocket.
It sold a wide range of products, many of which came across as bizarre or absurd. It was the absurdity of the magazine’s products that made it so popular.
Since going bankrupt in 2015, the company was purchased and relaunched with new items that are supposedly innovative, fun and cool while still keeping in line with the original theme travellers grew to love.
Here are just a few of the most outrageous things sold In the Skymall catalogue, before they went bankrupt.
Absurd SkyMall Products: And Where You Can Buy Some Of Them Now
The classic SkyRest
Although the original is no longer available for sale, I did find the second generation for sale on
The second generation of the original Skyrest Travel pillow, once available in Skymall magazines found in the seatback pocket of airline chairs. This new and improved travel pillow allows you to rest your head and your neck on Planes, trains, buses and in cars.
2) Upright Sleeper
I love the idea of this neck support; however it looks like she’s been in an accident and is wearing a neck brace to hold her head up. A far better solution is a more discreet travel neck and head support.
As electronic devices have become more and more commonplace, finding ways to prop them up so that your hands remain free has become a common frustration. One solution found in the Skymall catalogue years ago was this
Unfortunately, I think the design is flawed because you still need to prop this
I found a better solution that works in multiple scenarios, and you can bring it with you during your travels.
This adjustable metal stand can hold your devices upright on planes, trains so you can watch your favourite shows hands-free. Or plop it on your kitchen counter while you cook and watch your favourite shows or cooking recipes. Folds flat so you easily store it away or throw it in your carry on luggage.
There was an orange jumpsuit fad that hit pop culture for a while- probably thanks to the hit TV show “Orange is the new black,”” a comedy-drama about women in prison. Skymall must have tried to cash in on the craze with the Tshirt version of the orange prison T-shirt so that anyone can look like a prison penitentiary escapee.
As I mentioned before, part of the appeal of the Skymall magazine was the absurdity of its products like this giant lifesized Bigfoot Garden statue. Skymall was selling this monstrosity for a littler over $2K USD.
Although I don’t think you can get the lifesize one today, you can purchase a miniature sized one for your backyard garden.
6) Bigfoot Tree Yeti Sculpture
Yet another Yeti creation sold in the Skymall catalogues was the Bigfoot Tree Yeti sculpture which actually looks terrifying lurking behind a tree.
7) Creepy MLB Forest Face
It’s was called a forest face, I call it weird, ugly and creepy. The idea behind it was to show your neighbours and friends which baseball team you were rooting for by hanging this on a tree.
Although no longer available, that I can see, I did find a much cuter forest face that doubles as a bird feeder.
8) Faux Work pant Lounge Wear
Loungewear that looks like work pants with a faux tool belt, the irony behind this is not lost on me.
Something equally funny but much cuter would be some pyjama bottoms with donkeys.
9) Dr. Seuss Graduation Cap & Glasses
This psychedelic looking Dr. Seuss graduation cap and matching glasses were once for sale in the Skymall catalogue as a costume, I think. Although I couldn’t find them for sale anywhere, I did find some adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr. Seuss socks.
10) Grip-n-Assist Mobility Belt
Don’t you hate it when you can’t get a good grip on your grandpa so you can help him out of bed? Now HE CAN GRAB YOU and pull himself up. Problem solved. Not to make light of the problem this product is trying to sell, I found it extremely strange that Skymall was selling these in their catalogues on airlines.
I did a little research and found that there are belts with grips which the patient wears giving caretakers a better grip when helping patients in and out of bed, wheelchairs and other mobile situations.
11) Sand Name Prints
Skymall used to sell personalized prints of your name written in the sand at a beach. These days, you can do something similar online for free like these from PhotoFunia.
12) Roswell, the Alien Butler
There must be a market for sophisticated middle-aged sci-fi lovers because Skymall used to sell these little Roswell Alien Butlers. As strange as this thing looks, I think it’s actually pretty cute.
Luckily, the original producer of these extraterrestrial statues still makes them so you can pretend an alien is serving you brandy in a snifter. Or put it in your bathroom as a toilet paper holder.
13) Babette Table
Skymall outdid themselves when they sold the Babette table in their catalogues. Nothing screams “CLASSY” more than a torso-less pair of legs with stockings, panties and strappy red high heels, trying to pass as a table to hold your
14) Hot Dog Leash
Another absurdly bizarre product sold in the Skymall magazine was the “hot dog leash”. There are still variations of this sausage leash being sold online however I like these leashes with a useful message.
Saggy face? Fine lines? Crows feet? Forget creams, lotions and plastic surgery. All you need is the Face Trainer! Put it on for 10 minutes every day and watch your sags melt away. Plus it doubles as a scuba divers hat thingy. I’m sure the inventor of this item put a lot of thought into it but it looks ridiculous, which is probably why it was in the SkyMall catalogue.
There’s a new face trainer on the market which seems to be a pretty popular item.
16) Silicone face slimmer.
If a picture is worth a thousand words than this face slimmer says it all. It was marketed as a face slimmer. You’re supposed to put it in your mouth and squeeze giving your jaw a workout and strengthens your facial muscles which in turn removes double chins. If you’re really looking for a face slimmer, there’s an even newer model that doesn’t look as weird.
16) Mobile Massage System
No, It’s not a ninja turtle costume, it’s a portable back massage thingy that you control with a remote control. I prefer the portable back and neck massagers that you place on a chair.
This portable neck and back massager is ergonomically designed to merge with the contours of different body parts. 4 Powerful 3D Massage Nodes with automatically changes direction every min so you can relax your neck, back, shoulder, leg and tight muscles anywhere on the go.
17) Drunk Cat Lithograph
Skymall used to sell artwork like this lithograph titled “Drunk Cat” by Valery Yershov. Valery was a Russian Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1960. His work has been auction multiple times, with prices reaching as high as $20k USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork.
If you’re into drunk cats, here’s a drunk cat with a purpose. It’s part home decoration, part wine caddy and part cork container.
18) Wine Glass Aerator
It’s a wine glass that does the work of a decanter. The Chevalier aerating wine glass instantly aerates your single-serving glass of wine.
19) Hicural Hiccup Stick
Hiccups? Forget chugging water while holding your nose and plugging your ears. This “Hicural Hiccup Stick”, which you could purchase for less than $20 dollars claims it can cure hiccups. All you have to do is bite down on the stick while drinking a glass of water.
My daughter and I laughed so hard. We wanted to make our own hiccup stick, pictured below. Unfortunately, the hiccup stick did not get rid of hiccups.