Holiday Drone Gift Guide: Drones For Everyone

//Holiday Drone Gift Guide: Drones For Everyone

Holiday Drone Gift Guide: Drones For Everyone

White drone hovering in a bright blue sky

White drone hovering in a bright blue sky

With the holidays fast approaching, it seems like everyone is searching for the perfect gift. for many, drones are on the top of their list. The good news is, it seems everyone is compiling their favorites for you into various gift giving guides and lists.

If you recently graduated from drone school, or are just considering enrolling in an FAA Part 107 course like the ones available at Drone Universities, then you should definitely continue reading.

Let’s start with the “best drones of the year”.

Drones are undeniably cool, but unless you have the necessary know-how making an informed purchasing decision is virtually impossible – there are so many options, from cheap quadcopters to expensive professional drones for which you’ll probably need to justify spending that much on a ‘toy’.

The best drones for 2017/2018

(To save time, I’ve put together a few “too long; didn’t read” short form lists for you.)

TL;DR

  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • DJI Spark
  • DJI Phantom 4
  • GoPro Karma
  • 3DR Solo
  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard
  • ViFLY R220
  • Hubsan H501S X4
  • Hubsan X4 FPV

The best drones for 2017/2018

Looking for a gift for yourself or someone else but constrained by a budget?

Buying a cheap drone can be a good introduction to remote-controlled flying machines as well as a great gift for someone else.

Compared to more expensive drones these require you to man the controls constantly. Typically there’s no auto hovering, no automatic flying and only basic stabilisation from an on-board gyro.
They’re fun, but flying time is limited to a few minutes, so budget for a few extra batteries – they’re usually cheap and readily available.

If you don’t want to splash out hundreds of pounds on your first quadcopter, these are the best drones which won’t break the bank.

The best cheap drones of 2017/2018

TL;DR

  • Revell Proto Quad XS
  • Nikko Air Elite 115
  • Cheerson CX-10
  • Hubsan X4 H107C
  • Revell Nano Mini
  • Parrot Mambo FPV
  • Hubsan X4 FPV
  • Syma X5C
  • Mota JetJat Nano

The best cheap drones of 2017/2018

If you are new to drones, then you might want to focus on these drones for beginners.

Many of us drool over powerful high-flying camera drones or superfast racing quads, but for adults or kids just starting out, a far cheaper toy drone is far more practical.

Made to zip around your living room or backyard for a few minutes at a time, toy drones are a good way to practice your piloting skills without worrying about watching something $500 or much, much more hit the ground or disappear into the trees. They’re also a lot of fun to fly — whether or not you’re into RC toys. And, because the tech inside is getting smaller and cheaper, you can find them with more advanced features like GPS for safer, easier piloting and cameras for first-person-view flying (FPV).

Five toy drones for beginners

TL;DR

  • Aura Drone with Glove Controller
  • Parrot Mambo FPV
  • PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane
  • Syma X5C
  • Sky Viper V2450GPS

Five toy drones for beginners

Drones show up not only on drone specific lists, but also in topic specific guides. Predictably, drones are showing up in techies guides, guides like this one, “The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide for the 2017 Holiday Season“.

Parrot Mambo Code (with Tynker) – If you want your kid to learn code, you’ll want to do it in a way that they have fun and enjoy the experience. Parrot knows this, and they’ve created the perfect drone to teach children to code. With the Parrot Mambo Code, they’ll learn to code and fly a drone like a professional. This kit includes a Parrot Mambo minidrone and a 6-month subscription to Tynker. They’ll learn to code as they program the Parrot Mambo drone to avoid obstacles. No experience with coding or flying drones is required. On sale for $149.99.

The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide for the 2017 Holiday Season

This next one, while logical, still surprised me. I found a drone in a gift guide for hunters, specifically the “Hunter’s Journal: The Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide“.

Finally, maybe the coolest of the cool gifts is a drone. I’ve heard of hunters using drones to scout their properties, so giving a drone with integrated camera and livestream capabilities is just a neat idea.

Drones marketed for commercial use may be out of the price range of some holiday shoppers, but lower-priced priced options exist. The X5UW Thunderbolt Force1 drone provides scouting capabilities through its 720p HD camera and accompanying app. The cool factor is strong in this one.

Hunter’s Journal: The Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide

At Drone Universities, we use DJI equipment. Students who enroll in our Introduction to Drones course (FAA Part 107 included) can optionally choose between the following drones:

  • DJI Inspire Series
  • DJI Mavic Series
  • DJI Phantom Series
  • DJI Spark

In my mind, these are some of the best drone choices available today, however they are on the pricier side of this list.

 

By | 2017-12-08T01:37:48+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Drones|Comments Off on Holiday Drone Gift Guide: Drones For Everyone

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Sam Estrin
I'm an avid drone enthusiast and part-time drone blogger living outside of the DC area. I track drone news and write editorials and timely drone news stories that I find interesting. If you like my stories, you can follow me on Twitter or visit me at LinkedIn. If you'd like me to write for your drone oriented publication or blog, you can contact me at info@droneuniversities.com.