Looking for Holiday Gifts? Here Are 21 Ideas for the Drone Lovers in Your Life
BY Zacc Dukowitz13 December 2018
Are you looking for presents for the drone lover in your life?
With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share some gift ideas for those of you doing some last-minute shopping.
Here are 21 ideas, covering everything from drones to drone-related apparel to drone-related coloring books. Hope you find it helpful!
Want to jump around? Here’s a short menu to help you find what you’re looking for:
The drones here are listed in ascending order by price, starting at around $60, and going up to around $900.
There are tons of different drones on the market, and those listed below just scratch the surface when it comes to what’s out there—for even more drone options, check out our Drone Holiday Gift Guide and our Top Camera Drone Guide.
1. UFO 3000 LED Quadcopter—Under $60
The UFO 3000 is an RC quadcopter that comes with LED lights, made to fly indoors and out, and ideal for beginners and children.
Here are some details about the UFO 3000:
- Battery life tends to be pretty short, in the 5-10 minute range. Buying multiple/extra batteries is often a good idea.
- Because of their light mass, these models are surprisingly durable and can hold up well after crashes. Great for beginners!
- This model doesn’t handle wind very well. It will get pushed around!
- Propeller guards are recommended to ensure a smooth flight. They can help protect the drone’s propellers against nicks and bends, as can extra propellers.
2. U45WF—40% Off
Price: $99.99—Get 40% off when you use the code 40FROMSANTA
The U45WF is a great starter drone that comes with live video and is made for beginner and intermediate pilots.
Here are some details about the U45WF:
- VR and FPV Capabilities: Not all drones for kids with camera and drones for adults are built alike; Watch first person view live video feed of your camera drone flight right from your iPhone, Android or virtual reality headset
- Easy to fly: Altitude Hold and Headless Mode make the Blue Jay kids drone camera easy to maneuver; This steady RC hover drone reduces vibration for HD aerial pics, videos and selfies
- Ultra bright red lights: Lift, land, do tricks and 360 flips with 1-button; Grab 720p remote control drone quadcopter footage with the 2MP video drone camera on this easy to see outdoor indoor kid friendly toy drone helicopter with LEDs
- Custom route mode: The Flyingsee camera drone app lets you control and trace a custom flight path on screen; Then, this rc drone flies completely unassisted
3. U49WF Blue Heron—40% Off
Price: $129.99—Get 40% off when you use the code 40FROMSANTA
The U49WF is an RC WiFi FPV Camera drone made for beginners learning how to fly, and for intermediate levels as well.
Here are some details about the U49WF:
- HD camera: Capture cool aerial photos and video with your HD drone with camera iPhone compatible – easily connect to Android and iPhones to grab stable HD footage
- Easy to fly: 3 speeds and 1-key control make this video drone for teenagers almost too easy to fly; Fly safely with an out of range alarm and bumpers
- Fly longer: FPV drone includes an extra battery (up to 30 min. total flying time), spare motors and 2.4Ghz controller; No FAA registration required
- Extra features: Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Full Trim and Real Time WiFi FPV
4. F100GP Ghost Drone—Pairs with GoPro
The F100GP Ghost Drone is an amazing value for the price.
The F100GP RC quadcopter is both tough and nimble, and comes with a GoPro compatible camera mount, which means you could get professional quality shots. If you don’t want to purchase a GoPro separately, the F100GP comes with a detachable 1080p drone HD action cam to capture crisp drone imagery.
Here are some details about the F100GP:
- 1080P HD camera: Detachable multi-use HD video drone camera captures crisp imagery
- High/low speed: Great camera drone with 2 speeds for easy tricks
- Brushless motor: Quieter, longer flight time (up to 15 min.) than brushed motor drones
- Bonus battery: Fly twice as long with this HD camera drone
5. DJI Spark—Top Selfie Drone
The Spark is a selfie drone that takes off from the operator’s hand and automatically enters “Gesture Mode”, which lets users send it into the air and shoot a video with pre-defined flight paths, like circling, following, or filming from straight up.
With its gesture recognition and obstacle avoidance technology, it’s not an exaggeration to say that DJI’s Spark is probably the most user-friendly drone on the market.
6. DJI Mavic Pro—A Gift for Professionals
Originally marketed as a professional (and portable) aerial media system, the Mavic Pro’s small size hides a pretty high degree of complexity and sophistication, and it’s priced in a range that makes it available for the novice aerial cinematographer.
The DJI Mavic Pro boasts obstacle avoidance, sensor redundancy, and runs vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS to ensure precise positioning during both indoor AND outdoor flights.
If you’re looking for the latest version of the Mavic Pro, check out the Mavic Pro Platinum, which flies much more quietly than the Pro, and for much longer.
Drone Accessories, Apparel, & More
7. UAV Coach Launch Pad—20% Off
Price: $20—Get 20% off when you use the code FLYSAFE18
8. Lume Cube Lighting Kits—15% Off
Price: $79.99—$189.99—Get 15% off when you use the code UAVCoach15
Lume Cube makes custom lighting kits for drones. They just released a kit for the DJI Mavic 2 that comes with two mounts, two Lume Cubes, and a custom zipper case. Lume Cube describes the kit as “the first and only custom lighting solution on the market for the go-to portable drone.”
9. Canvas Prints
Price: Varies depending on order
If you know a drone photographer who might like to print and display their photos, check out online or local canvas print services and surprise them with a custom print of their work.
We found these canvas print shops online:
You might also have some good shops listed locally, so it’s worth poking around to see what’s out there.
Hint: If you’ve just been wanting to do some printing for yourself, now is a great time of year to do it—with the holidays in full swing, there are a ton of discounts available at many of the canvas print stores we checked out in our research.
10. UAV Coach T-Shirts—20% Off
Price: $25—Get 20% off when you use the code FLYSAFE18
11. Drone Pilot Ground School Hat—20% Off
Price: $20—Get 20% off when you use the code FLYSAFE18
12. “I Fly Drones and I Know Things” T-Shirt
Drone Trainings & Courses
13. Drone Pilot Ground School—Part 107 Training
Price: $299 (gift certificates also available for portions of tuition)
Know someone who wants to fly drones commercially?
Help them prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 test to become a commercial drone pilot by buying them a life-time membership to UAV Coach’s flagship course, Drone Pilot Ground School. We’ve trained over 14,000 pilots, and over 99% of our students pass the test on the first try.
Buy a gift certificate for the full course or for a portion of the course—scroll to the bottom of our online store to purchase.
14. Scholar Farms—Specialized Drone Training
Know a drone pilot who wants to add new skills to his portfolio? Scholar Farms offers trainings that help drone pilots learn how to use drones for vegetation mapping, called Phytomappers Pro. Read this article we wrote about Scholar Farms to learn more about vegetation mapping and who they are.
15. DJI Drone Flight Training Class—Hands-on Experience
Price: $199 (gift certificates also available for portions of tuition)
Know someone looking to beef up their drone pilot skills? Book a personal or small group flight training class with one a UAV Coach drone flight instructors.
You can also buy a gift certificate for a portion of a flight training class with UAV Coach—scroll to the bottom of our online store to purchase.
Drone Gifts for Kids
16. Fun with Drones: Coloring and Activity Book
17. Drone Girls and the Air Show Adventure
18. Nano Drone
The Blade Nano is a great drone for kids just learning how to fly (not to mention adults!).
The Nano comes with SAFE technology. SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope. It helps you prevent crashing your drone and assists you in takeoff (two necessary skills for any newbie pilot).
If you lose control at any time or need to take a breather while flying, you can let go of the sticks and the quadcopter will hover in place.
19. Caged Mini Drone
The Mini Drone comes with auto-avoid and sits in a plastic cage, which helps protect users from the rotors.
20. Drone Racing League Simulator
Know a child that’s interested in drone racing, but not sure where to start? The Drone Racing League’s flight simulator is a good option for dipping your toes in the water, and it allows you to experience what flight is like without having to actually buy a drone. Read this article we wrote to learn more about the DRL simulator.
The DroneBlocks App was designed to help students learn how to code. It’s a drag and drop block programming environment that supports many of the leading DJI drones. The currently supported drones are Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Spark, and Tello.
If you already have one of the drones listed above, or plan to buy one of them, this free app could be a great addition for any child interested in learning how to code.
Find a gift on this list? Or find some other drone-related gift that you love? Chime in on this thread in the UAV Coach community forum to share what you got!