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Drone Holiday Gift Guide

Updated With New Drone Models, Accessories, and Training Classes for Winter 2021

Cross off the most desired item on everyone’s wish list this holiday season—a drone.

From gadget geeks to photography enthusiasts to business owners, people of all backgrounds and ages are having fun learning to fly drones. Some even get their drone pilot license to make some money as a professional drone pilot.

Check out our top gift ideas below!

 

Note #1: All specs/features are obtained from the manufacturer or retailer.

Note #2: On this list, we’ve included products available for sale on Amazon, one of the largest and most respectable online retailers. As an Amazon Associate, UAV Coach earns commission from qualifying purchases. We’ve tested many of the products on this list, and we wouldn’t recommend anything we wouldn’t use ourselves.

01

Top Drone Models by Price

Under $150

Hubsan H107C+
An easy-to-fly stunt drone for beginners and young flyers. The 720p HD camera makes flying even more fun.
  • 720p HD Camera with a 2.4 GHz Transmitter: (1600×1200 resolution photo and 1280 x 720 resolution video).
  • Easy to Fly Camera Drone for Beginners: 6-axis gyro for greater stability and stronger wind resistance.
  • Fun Flight Modes: One button 360 degree flip.
  • Flight Time: Enjoy up to 14 minutes of flight time with the 2 rechargeable batteries that are included.
SYMA X600W Foldable Drone
The SYMA X600W Drone boasts a 1080p camera and up to 24 minutes of flight time for the ultimate flight experience.
  • HD Camera Sensor: This iPhone/Android compatible RC drone easily connects to grab stable 1080p drone footage.
  • Easy to Fly Camera Drone for Beginners: One-Key Takeoff/Landing to start or land with a high/low speeds switch lets you select the speed most suitable to have a stable flight experience.
  • Fly Longer: This FPV drone includes an extra battery (up to 24 min. total flying time), spare propellers, and a 2.4 GHz controller.
  • All The Extras: Drones for kids and adults hardly ever have the latest features but this camera drone is packed with altitude hold, headless mode, real-time wi-fi FPV, and more!
Hubsan X4 Air Pro
The Hubsan X4 Air Pro drone is a great gift choice for all ages because of its easy-to-use interface and intelligent flight modes.
  • 1080p HD Camera: Experience clear high-resolution images streamed directly to your smartphone.
  • Easy to Fly Camera Drone for Beginners: Headless motion allows you to fly like a pro right from your first flight. Initiate expert mode for a more sensitive flight experience.
  • Fly Longer: This FPV drone can fly for up to 20 minutes and has both lower power and flight control failsafe functions.
  • All The Extras: Drones for kids and adults hardly ever have the latest features but this camera drone helicopter is stacked with altitude hold, headless mode, intelligent flight modes, and real-time wi-fi FPV.

Under $400

DJI Mavic Mini
The lightest and smallest camera drone from DJI to date, with intelligent flight features and advanced sensing technology.
  • High-Resolution Camera: Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K HD videos.
  • Flight Time: At 249 grams, the Mini’s lightweight frame allows it to stay in the air longer for up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery.
  • Max Speed: 29 mph (13 m/s in sport mode).
  • Notable Attributes: DJI geofencing, visual positioning system, return-to-home, and AeroScope remote identification.

Under $800

DJI Mavic Air 2
With 8k hyperlapse, 34 minutes of flight time, and 4K resolution, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a serious hobbyist drone.
  • High-Resolution Camera: Capture impressive 48MP photos with a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor while the 3-axis gimbal provides 4K/60fps video.
  • Flight Time: An impressive flight time of up to 34 minutes allows you to pull off epic, fast-paced shots.
  • Max Speed: 42 mph (67 kph) in sport mode.
  • Notable Attributes: DJI geofencing, 8K hyperlapse, return-to-Home, OcuSync 2.0, and APAS 3.0 obstacle avoidance.

Under $1000

Skydio 2 Starter Kit
Designed to be your personal film crew in a case, Skydio 2 captures stunning 4K60 HDR content, follows subjects, and avoids obstacles to create previously impossible shots.
  • Camera System: Equipped with six, 200-degree color cameras.
  • Flight Time: Advertised flight time of 23 minutes.
  • Max Flight Speed: 36 mph (fully autonomous).
  • Cinematic Skills: Motion Track, Fixed Track, One Shots, Cable Cam.

Under $1500

DJI FPV Drone
Fly FPV like never before with a hybrid design that is great for both cinematic flying or racing.
  • 4K Camera Sensor: Record 4K/60fps video at up to 120 Mbps, capturing crisp details that make the footage look as exhilarating as the flight.
  • Flight Time: Advertised flight time of 20 minutes.
  • Advanced Safety Features: An auxiliary bottom light, smart return-to-home (RTH), low battery RTH, and obstacle sensing are all integrated to help ensure a safe flight.
  • OCUSYNC 3.0 Transmission: Enjoy crystal-clear real-time and HD low-latency transmission video, even at distances of up to 6.2 miles.

 

02

Drone Flying Lessons

Know someone who’d enjoy flying a drone or sharpening their skills? Email us at  to buy a gift certificate for one of our lesson options.

Hands-On Flight Training:
Our hands-on flight training is a private 2-hour class taught by a professional drone instructor. Each class is tailored to the student’s skill level and goals. We currently offer classes in 20 U.S. states and they are held in convenient locations like public parks and school athletic fields.

Virtual Flight Coaching:
Our virtual coaching is a private 1-hour Zoom session taught by a professional drone instructor. Our drone instructors can cover a wide variety of topics including setting up your drone, specific mission questions, advanced photography tips, and more. Virtual coaching is perfect for those looking to connect with a professional in the convenience and comfort of their own home.

03

Drone Certification Course

 

Know someone who wants to grow their drone career? Help them study for the drone license exam with the #1 online test prep course trusted by 40,000 people. With 2,500 rave reviews, this self-paced course gives you lifetime access.

 

04

Drone Travel Accessories

MicroSD Card Carrying Case
The Honsky MicroSD Card Carrying Case stores your SD cards so you never misplace them again. With a premium hinge and easy one-touch open, your SD Cards are always just a click away.
  • Tough Design: Shock-proof aluminum brushed case with a durable mechanical hinge.
  • Storage: 16 compartments in total, 8 x SD cards, 8 x microSD cards, suitable for SD / Micro SD / SDHC / SDXC /TF.
Rugged Drone Backpack
The Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250 backpack is lightweight and easily configurable at an affordable price.
  • Secure Drone Carry: Securely house a DJI Mavic 2 Pro (or similar drone), transmitter, and up to 5 batteries. Also, its removable organization panel and elastic straps are designed to hold fragile parts in place, protecting them during movement.
  • Store and Protect: Compression-molded Form Shell technology protects gear from impact without added weight or bulk. The transmitter pad protects delicate control knobs during transit.
  • Comfortable Carry: The BP 250 has a moisture-wicking back panel to keep you cool and comfortable. Adjustable chest and waist straps keep the pack in place while on the move.
Luxury Drone Backpack
The PGYTECH OneGo 18L backpack features a versatile design suitable for traveling, commuting and shoot days.
  • Secure Drone Carry: Creative design of 180° opening and two sides access to allow for instant access to your drone and accessories.
  • Store and Protect: Front, rear and side pockets are dedicated to storing more gadgets. You can put your clothes, DSLR cameras, tripod, laptop, drone, and other travel goods easily with each in their own space.
  • Comfortable Carry: The “AirFiber” back panel gives a ventilated and sweat-free experience.
05

Flight Operations Accessories

Drone Landing Pad
Take-off and land your drone with ease using the KINBON Drone Landing Pad. Never land on rough terrain again with the nylon waterproof design, which is also reversible.
  • Premium Material: Made of high-quality waterproof nylon material that is fade-resistant and features double-sided color/print.
  • Everything You Need: Includes 8 reflective straps, 3 stakes, and a carrying case.
  • Universal Design: Compatible with a wide range of drones.
Remote Controller Sun Hood Shield
The Skyreat Sun Hood Cover is an essential accessory for flying a drone in sunny conditions that is easy to install on DJI Mavic/Mini-Series controllers. 
  • Simple Design: Easily folds for quick storage travel and storage.
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Will fit phone screens ranging from 4.7 – 6.7 inches.
  • Drone Info: Specially designed for the new DJI remote controller, it works with DJI Mini 2 & Mavic Air 2.
Tablet Drone Controller Mount
Why settle for a smartphone-sized screen when flying your drone when you can use a tablet? Get a stunning view on a large screen with the RCGEEK Drone Remote Controller Mount.
  • Tough Design: Sturdy aluminum featuring a retractable screw with the ability to attach a Crystal Sky display.
  • Compatibility: Use with 7 Inch width Tablet/iPad or smaller. Devices include iPhone X/8/7/6, iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″, and more.
  • All The Extras: Includes Adapter kit for Crystal Sky, clamp, and controller lanyard.
Drone Strobe Light
Fly your drone at night with the FAA compliant Lume Cube Strobe light that easily attaches to any drone.
  • Smart Design: The Strobe’s dome-like design allows you or nearby aircraft to detect the strobe from 360º.
  • Compatibility: Mount your Strobe to ANY drone on the market using 3M Dual Lock Technology.
  • Battery Life: 6 hours run time, recharges in 60-minutes.
  • All The Extras: Includes Micro-USB charging cord and three different light caps (red, green, clear).

 

06

Photo & Video Gear

MicroSD Card for Photo & Video Storage
Give the gift of storage with the SanDisk Extreme MicroSD Card. The high-performance design of this card makes it a perfect choice for 4k drone photos and videos.
  • Durable Design: Built and tested in harsh conditions: temperature-proof, water-proof, shock-proof, and x-ray proof.
  • Performance: Up to 160MB/s read speed, 60 MB/s write speed.
  • Extras: The Included SanDisk MobileMate microSD Card Reader is compact and has transfer speeds up to 170 MB/s.
VND Drone Filter
Create Hollywood like footage with the PolarPro VND Cinema Series Filter for the DJI Mavic Air 2. This VND features 2-5 or 6-9 stops of precise light control, ideal for afternoon or golden hour flights.
  • Tough Design: Constructed of an aerospace aluminum frame and 16 optical coating layers.
  • Compatibility: DJI Mavic Air 2
  • All The Extras: Includes Storage case with 2 empty slots for additional VND filters.
Shutter Drone Filter
The PolarPro Cinema Series Shutter Collection for Mavic 2 Pro controls camera shutter speed without changing your color profile.
  • Tough Design: Constructed of an aerospace aluminum frame and multiple optical coating layers.
  • Compatibility: DJI Mavic Pro 2
  • All The Extras: Includes Storage case with a cleaning cloth.

 

Note #1: All specs/features are obtained from the manufacturer or retailer.

Note #2: On this list, we’ve included products available for sale on Amazon, one of the largest and most respectable online retailers. As an Amazon Associate, UAV Coach earns commission from qualifying purchases. We’ve tested many of the products on this list, and we wouldn’t recommend anything we wouldn’t use ourselves.

 

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