2018 Christmas Holiday Drone Guide – 50 Gift Ideas (Updated!)

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With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would share some drone gift ideas for drone pilots or for that drone obsessed friend or family member that you may be shopping for. Below you’ll find a wide list of drone gift ideas that work for any budget and that can work for a variety of ages. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about any of the suggestions below!


 

Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone

This is a highly rated, well-liked drone by many in the tech review industry. It’s stable, sleek, fast, and has great attention to detail. There is also a Tie Advanced X1 drone and 74-Z Speeder Bike drone, all which are limited edition, making these the ultimate Star Wars toy for any fan. {Check Price}

 


 

Scenes From Above 2019 Drone Wall Calendar

This 2019 drone calendar features some of my personal drone work from around the world. {Check Price}

 


The World’s Smallest Drone

Worried about spending over $1,000 on a drone? Then look no further than this micro drone. This super small drone works best indoors and while it’s not the easiest drone to fly (sorry no built-in GPS) it is fun to see who can best control it. This is actually something I fly indoors with my little girls and we all have a blast with it. {Check Price}


 

DJI Trello Drone

The DJI Trello drone is the perfect starter drone for both kids and adults who want a fun drone, packed with a bunch of features all at a super reasonable price. The Trello features a 720p camera, 13 minutes of battery life & modes for doing some awesome tricks. {Check Price}


 

Logbook for Drone Pilots

This drone record keeping logbook is perfect for the serious drone pilot who is looking plan and track drone flights. As FAA and other government regulations evolve, this logbook can serve as a valuable resource for those who will need to be on top of their record keeping and flight history. {Check Price}

 


DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggles provide unique first person viewing for DJI drones. These goggles make for a totally new way of flying by completely immersing you into the view coming from your drone’s camera by using two 1920×1080 screens. {Check Price}

 


 

Above the World: Earth Through A Drone’s Eye

This official drone photo book from DJI features incredible drone that ranges from volcanic eruptions, to urban landscapes and abstract patterns of nature as seen from above. {Check Price}


 

Computer Flight Simulator with Remote Controller

This computer app and drone remote controller helps you learn how to maneuver a drone, practice viewing the FPV camera and how to control the gimbal all without the risk of crashing a drone. {Check Price}


 

Umbrella Hat ;)

Fashion statement anyone? You can’t deny it’s utility though ;) Sure, is one way to keep your head, neck and arms protected from the sun while flying but more importantly it will keep your screen shaded so you can block the sun’s glare when flying out in sunny days. {Check Price}


 

Mavic Low-Noise Quick-Release Propellers

Mavic Low-Noise Quick-Release Propellers If you are looking for a small stocking stuffer for a drone pilot that already has a DJI Mavic Pro drone then consider getting them a couple pairs of the low-noise propellers. Not only can flight time be enhanced the entire flight will be quieter. {Check Price}


 

DJI Goggles

DJI Goggles drone These googles are perfect for the drone pilot that already has a drone but is looking for a serious accessory to add to their setup. DJI Googles provide pilots with a fully immersive first person view (FPV) of their drone’s flight, powered by a pair of 1920×1080 HD screens and an impressive head tracking feature that allows you to experience flight like never before. {Check Price}


 

Fireproof/explosion proof Lipo Battery Safe Bag

These are the bags I pack my batteries in when traveling. They provides conditions for safe charging, storage and transportation for Lipo batteries. {Check Price}


 

DJI Care

DJI Care for drones DJI Care is a service plan that provides drone pilots with the ultimate peace of mind during any flight because it covers damage to DJI drones, the gimbal or the camera. {Check Price}


 

Air

 

This incredible aerial book from photographer Vincent Laforet is an exquisite museum-quality book of record high-altitude nighttime aerial photos. They were taken over 10 of the world’s most iconic cities such as New York, London, and Sydney. {Check Price}


 

Take a Drone Course

UAV Coach Part 107 Drone Pilot School Course

Drone Pilot Ground School This is an online test prep course for drone pilots who want to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test for a Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107). This is a necessary license needed to fly a drone if you plan on making money with your drone. Over 99% of Drone Pilot Ground School {students pass on their first attempt. This is the course I personally used to pass my Part 107 test and I highly recommend it! {Use code DIRK50 for $50 off}

 


Drone Master Class

Drone Master Class is an online video course designed to challenge, inspire, educate and push your aerial filmmaking to a whole new level. Drone Masterclass covers such topics as:

  • location scouting
  • shooting style
  • shot choice & technique
  • editing
  • effects
  • sound design
  • color grading
  • getting your film out there
  • making money
  • licensing footage

From Where I Drone readers a $50 off discount code. To receive the discount just enter “FWID” at the Drone Master Class checkout page and the discount will be automatically applied.

 

 


Manfrotto Drone Backpack

This is hands down THEE best backpack I’ve personally tried. I like it because you can carry a DJI Phantom drone, a remote controller, a Mavic Air, a DSLR camera, a laptop and an iPad. It can also carry up to 5 batteries! This is my main bag for carrying all my gear when I go out flying or traveling. {Check Price}


25-Piece Repair & Hobby Tool Set

This kit provides you with the basic tools for any quick repairs that you might need to do when you are out flying. No more searching around for that 2.5mm hex driver since this kit is so small and compact you can just keep it with your drone at all times. {Check Price}


 

Ultralight Portable Folding Table

This is a super compact and lightweight table that can easily fold up and be carried in a backpack. The base frame is designed to pop up and fold with ease. This table can be handy for those times you wish you had a little more above ground space to set up your drone base. {Check Price}

 


 

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth

 

This book is inspired by the “Overview Effect” which is a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. In this book there are over 200 breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature that highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. All images are derived from one of my favorite Instagram accounts, @DailyOverview{Check Price}


 

Star Wars Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon

Anything Star Wars related is going to be hot again this year. That is why it’s fitting to include the Millennium Falcon drone. This is a remote-controlled version of the spacecraft commanded by Han Solo and his first mate Chewbacca. It can enter hyper drive at up to 200 feet away and is recommended for kids over 8. This would make a great gift for the young drone pilot in your life. {Check Price}


 

PolarPro DJI Filters Cinema Series Lenses

 

The PolarPro filters are great for drone pilots who want to to capture better quality aerial photos and videos. The pack features a Circular Polarizer Filter which helps you capture imagery with more saturated colors and improved contrast. The 2-Stop Neutral Density filter is great for when you are capturing imagery on cloudy days or during golden hour because it reduces highlights as well lens flares when shooting into the sun. The 3-Stop Neutral Density is best to use on really bright days because it allows you to use slower shutter speeds and can even reduce the rolling shutter seen when shooting directly into the sun. You can buy these for either the DJI drones or Yuneec drones.{Check Price}


The Drone Pilot's Handbook The knowledge, the skills, the rules

The Drone Pilot’s Handbook: The knowledge, the skills, the rules 

I recently finished this quick read and thought it was a great reference for those interested in drones. It provides readers with a basic overview of all the major drone topics and does so with fantastic illustrations. {Check Price} 


 

The Complete Guide to Drone

This is a super handy drone book that goes in even more detail than the one above. It features everything you need to know about drone terminology, drone parts, how to build a drone and how to fly a drone. This is great for both newbie and advanced drone pilots or the person who is just curious about all things drone-related. {Check Price}


 

Gigastone PhotoFast iOS Card Reader

This card reader lets you read/transfer content from your microSD card right on your iPhone or iPad thanks to the iOS Lightning connection. This is a super handy way to check out the photos and 4k video you captured when you aren’t near a computer. {Check Price}


 

Drone Stickers

Stickers for drone pilots! {Check Prices}

 


 

Fast-Fold Drone Landing Pad

This easy to setup drone launch pad helps keep your camera lens clean during take off and landing. It also protects your drone from dirt getting sucked through the rotor’s motor bearings. It’s rugged and quickly collapses into a carry bag. I never leave home without mine. {Check Price}


 

UDI 818A HDUDI 818A HD

This is another highly-rated toy drone that can capture photos and videos. I love flying it because you can easily do 360 flips with it which no other drone I have can do that. Also, it can impressively take quite a beating if you crash it. {Check Price}  

 


   

Hubsan_H501S_FPVHubsan H501S 1080P HD 

This drone comes with a built-in screen so you can see a live feed of your flight and the camera shoots 1080p video. It also has some cool smart features built-in like follow me, altitude hold mode, and auto return home.{Check Price} 


Syma S107

While not technically a drone this is a super fun little indoor flying toy that my 3 and 6 year old daughters and I love to fly. This heli is really easy to fly, charges via USB and flight time is about 7-8 minutes. {Check Price} Hot tip: Try taping a little coin underneath the nose. This will result in the heli tilting forward which will allow you to have better control and fly in a forward motion faster.


 

Barbie Star Light Adventure Flying RC

As a dad of three little girls I need to keep my eye out for things that are pink and that can fly :) If you are looking for a fun little flying toy for that special little girl in your life then look no further! This drone or “hoverboard” auto-launches/auto-lands and has three pre-set flying stunts that it can perform in the air. {Check Price}


 

Desert Air by George Steinmetz

George is hands down one of the best aerial photographers and this book is truly awe-inspiring. The way he shoots people, landscapes and patterns all from the air inspires me each time I look at this book. If you know someone that is in need of aerial imagery inspiration or just a beautiful coffee table book then look no further than this book! {Check Price}


SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB microSD

These are hands down my favorite microSD cards because they have the fastest read/write speeds of all the microSD cards I have tested (it can read the card up to 95MB/s & write up to 90MB/s). I personally own 4 of these cards and I have never had a problem with them. The cards come in 8, 16, 32, and 64 gigs options and each one comes with a micro SD adapter which plays nicely with laptops that have a built in SD card reader slot. {Check Price}

 


 

Syma X1 R/C Quadcopter

This is the drone I started with so that I could get the hang of controlling a quadcopter. This toy drone is what made me first fall in love with flying quadcopters. Not only is it a great starter drone because it can take a serious beating, but it’s fun to fly as just a fun toy! {Check Price}


 

Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones by Eric Cheng

Eric Cheng use to be the Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI and his book serves as an excellent field guide to all things drone-related. In this book Eric provides readers with a gear guide, drone setup instructions, flying techniques, tips and tricks for capturing aerial photos and videos and lots of inspiring photos and stories behind some amazing drone imagery that he and his friends have captured over the years. He also has a helpful chapter that covers drone restrictions, regulations and flying a drone commercially. {Check Price}


 

Smart Device External Power Bank

The is the #1 rated power bank on Amazon. If you have a smart-phone or a tablet you can’t go wrong with having one of these power banks handy. It can charge a smartphone or several times on one charge. If you are constantly needing to charge up your electronic devices like me when you are out in the field then definitely take a look at getting a power bank. {Check Price}


 

Rotor Drone Magazine Subscription

‘Rotor Drone’ magazine is an excellent resource I get throughout the year and is something I really look forward to getting in the mail. It features top drone news, interviews with pros, inspiration and drone tips. {Rotor Drone}


 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Tripod Mode

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The Phantom 4 Pro is by far my favorite drone I own (out of the 11 drones that I own). It cannot be beat in terms of ease of use, image quality and value. Most agree that this is the best consumer drone you can buy right now. Features like obstacle avoidance technology, automated take-off and landing, built-in GPS, and HD or 4K video capabilities make it hard to beat at this price point. If however you are on a strict budget then take a look at the cheaper Phantom 3 Standard or if you are looking for a higher quality 1080p HD camera then check out the Phantom 3 Advanced. Most of the images I personally share online are shot with the Phantom 4 drones. {Check Price} 

 


…And that’s it…I hope this Christmas gift guide was helpful to you! Did I miss anything that you think should be added? If so let me know via a comment down below! Please note that some of links on this page are affiliate links which means that any purchases made as a result of clicking on a link will help support this website at no additional charge to you! Thanks so much for your help in this way!! Thank you! Have a question or comment? Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] or just drop a comment down below.


 

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Dirk Dallas, also known online as @dirka, is the founder and curator of From Where I Drone, a blog dedicated to teaching drone pilots how to capture better aerial photos and videos.

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  3. The barbie one is hilarious! I wish I had one of those when I was younger!!

      • Someone suggested a drone race in my office today. The security guy overheard it and almost fainted. I am pretty sure thats what the cool kids do at school these days! LOL

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