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Win the gift-giving game this holiday season, and cross off the most desired item on everyone’s wish list—a drone.
Everyone from gadget geeks to photography enthusiasts to business owners is having fun learning to fly, and some are even choosing to get certified by the FAA to make some money as a professional drone pilot.
Racking your brain about what drone to buy as an upcoming birthday or holiday gift?
Below are our top holiday drone gift ideas for every gift-giving price range.
It goes without saying that this list is not all-encompassing. There are dozens of quality drone manufacturers and model variations to consider.
This list is loosely organized by price, with cheaper models at the top, and the more expensive, professional drone models toward the bottom. If you don’t have time to check out the full list, we’ve set apart our top pick for each category in the following section:
Another drone we like in the under $50 category is the Hubsan X4 107L. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re buying a drone for under $50 just to set your expectations:
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re buying a drone for under $300 or near this price point:
Here’s what you can expect from drones around the $300-$2000 price point:
Continue reading for more details about all the drones we’ve mentioned thus far, plus a few other drone holiday gift ideas.
Note #1: All specs/features are obtained from the manufacturer or retailer.
Note #2: On this list, we’ve included models available for sale on Amazon, one of the largest and most respectable online drone retailers. As an Amazon Associate, UAV Coach earns from qualifying purchases. We’ve tested many of the models on this list, and we wouldn’t recommend anything we wouldn’t fly ourselves.
The UFO 4000 LED Stunt Drone, is a mini drone that will be hard to miss with it’s bright red, white, and blue LED lighting system as it flys at high speed and performs exciting stunts.
Propeller guards increase the durability of the drone and make this affordable drone great for beginners. The simple remote controller makes this drone compatiable for all ages with 1-Key Start/Stop and easy joystick directional controls.
Looking for a beginner stunt drone? Look no further, with 4 channels, 2 speeds, Altitude Hold, and Headless Mode; this beginner drone also performs 360° mini flips.
The Hubsan X4 107L is an upgraded version of the model I learned to fly on back in 2014. This particular package comes with propeller guards and an easy USB charger.
Hubsan is a tried-and-true Chinese manufacturer. I’ve flown the vast majority of their cheaper models, and I’ve been impressed with how they’ve slowly been improving the X4 over the last few years.
This blue 107L model comes with LED lights, fits in the palm of your hand, and is a great trainer for someone looking to get into small unmanned aerial systems as either a hobbyist or aspiring professional. Also a great drone for kids.
The Cheerson CX-10 Mini is easy to fly and for under $20, it’s the perfect starter drone. Its small size makes it easy to fly indoors without the fear of crashing.
This mini drone has three flight modes—beginner mode, intermediate mode, and advanced mode. If you’re just starting out, beginner mode will allow you to get a feel for the controls before moving onto higher sensitivity modes.
This incredibly fun drone makes a great gift for the holidays. However, before you fly, you’ll need to charge it up using the included USB cable. The controller is powered by AA batteries, purchased separately.
Moving on to the ‘$300-and-under’ price range, the F111WF FPV Foldable Drone, offering a great value at $99.99.
The ultra-unique F111WF Wi-Fi FPV drone folds for increased portability—a feature typically reserved for more expensive drones, but available on this affordable drone from Force1. This camera drone also combines great control features with a super-sharp 720p camera
The U49WF FPV Camera Drone looks sleek and is a great gift for hobbyist or beginner drone pilots.
Like the F111WF above, the retailer Force1 includes an extra battery in this model, which doubles your flight time and is great for folks logging those first few hours of flight. The U49WF also allows you to connect to your drone’s Wi-Fi signal and stream live, first-person-view footage directly to your iPhone or Android device. Intensify the immersive experience by pairing your mobile device with a VR headset, and strap in for the epic 120-degree wide-angle view.
The DJI Tello is a perfect gift for kids and adults that’s a blast to fly and helps users learn about drones on an affordable model.
Flying Tello is simple and easy, even for first-time flyers. Use the DJI app on your mobile phone for intuitive controls. Once you’re in the sky, try doing an aerial stunt like a 360-degree flip, or try taking video with the Tello’s 720P HD transmission. Tello has two antennas that make video transmission extra stable and a high-capacity battery that offers impressively long flight time.
Weighing just 249 grams (about half a pound), the DJI Mavic Mini can be flown recreationally without the need to register it with the FAA, which makes this the perfect drone gift for a hobbyist flyer.
While its tiny size is the most unique and outstanding feature, the Mavic Mini has a handful of other exciting characteristics. The 12 MP camera captures compelling footage in high definition, and its new DJI Fly app’s suite of creative features enables you to create professional-looking images even if you have no filming or editing experience. The drone has three flight modes (Position Mode, Sport Mode, and CineSmooth Mode), and five QuickShots (Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix).
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the latest and greatest camera drone from DJI, with a professional-grade camera from Swedish camera manufacturer, Hasselblad. The 1-inch CMOS sensor Hasselblad camera offers 20-megapixel photography with enhanced HDR and color sensitivity.
A new feature debut to come along with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is omnidirectional obstacle sensing—it can sense obstacles from five directions (forward, backward, downward, left, right). Plus, it’s equipped with upgraded versions of Active Track, Waypoint, and Point of Interest modes, so professional photographers and videographers never have to place a cap on their creativity.
The Mavic 2 Pro is great for professional photographers, videographers, and content creators. Its portable design makes it an essential companion for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry. Check out more drones for professionals as you continue to shop for the tech- and drone-enthusiast this holiday season.
It’s pretty wild that you can get a DJI Phantom 3 for less than $500. There are a few different variations of the Phantom 3, and while the “Standard” model is technically their version with comparably less features than their 4K, Advanced, or Professional models, don’t let that hold you back from taking a serious look at the Standard.
25 minutes of battery life and an 8GB micro SD card lets the beginner aerial photographer or videographer take advantage of a camera that shoots HD video up to 2.7K at 30 FPS, or still photos at 12 MP.
For a serious hobbyist or aspiring commercial pilot who’s looking to dip his or her toes into the waters with a professional system that won’t break the bank, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a great choice.