Drone Gift Guide: presents to suit any pocket

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If you are looking for a present or gift for a drone user, wannabe drone user or even yourself, look no further than this drone gift guide. Aimed to give you ideas and inspiration to suit all budgets from the inexpensive to the incredibly generous.

Drones

Okay, so the first thing your droning friend will need is a drone. There are so many different drones on the market these days, how do you choose the right one? First, work out what it will be used for. Is it just a toy that will be flown around for fun? Maybe it will be raced, used for taking photos and videos or it might be the springboard to a new business.

The most well-known drone manufacturer is DJI and the make of drones that I personally fly. Let’s have a look at the drones that DJI offer:

DJI Drones

The DJI Mavic Mini – from £369 and combo from £459

The latest drone from DJI, the Mavic Mini comes in at just 249 grams, which is just under the UK Registration threshold. Highly portable and with a flying time of 30 minutes, makes this an ideal starter drone, but also good for the more advanced drone user.

The downsides are that the Mavic Mini does not shoot in 4k or 1080p, just 720p and can be a bit light in when windy.

DJI Air – from £880

With the introduction of the Mavic Mini, the DJI Air has waned in popularity. Still a great little drone, they weigh in at 300g . and shoot in 4k, and a good step between the Mini and the Mavic Pros.

The Mavic Series – from £999

The Mavic series includes the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. All are good solid drones with the 2s replacing the Mavic Pro.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Specifications: 907 g, Hasselblad Camera, 20 MP 1” CMOS Sensor, 8 km 1080p Video Transmission, 31min flight time, Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing, Hyperlapse

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Specifications: 905g, 2 × Optical Zoom Camera; 4 × Lossless Zoom FHD Video; 8 km 1080p Video Transmission; 31min flight time; Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing; Hyperlapse

The Mavic Series includes:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ – from £2,599

This would be a very generous gift. The stable go-to drone for a lot of operators, it is bigger and heavier. If it is a travel drone you want, the Phantom 4 Pro+ will take up a lot more of your hand luggage than the Mavics, the Air or the Mini. Inflight stability is exceptional, but it is seen as a more professional drone.

Drone Accessories

For some less expensive gifts for the drone owner in your life (or for yourself), here are a few suggestions, some are general ones for all drones and others are drone specific:

Drone Accessories

Micro-SD Card

Micro-SD Cards – from £14.50

There is nothing worse than running out of space on a memory card when you are flying. A Micro-SD card with as large a capacity as possible, such as a 64GB SD Card or a 128GB SD Card with as high a writing speed as possible would be a perfect gift for a droner.

Drone Landing Pad – approx £9.00

A landing pad is useful when the ground is rough, but also it gives a target to land the drone on when the light is low. The drone landing pad is reversible, waterproof and with a bag to carry it in.

Anemometer – approx £12.00

The handheld anemometer measures wind speed, airflow and air temperature. It is a useful piece of kit to have handy and keeps you safe in the air.

Mavic Pro Straps – approx £5.00

These straps protect the blades on a Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom when it is put away and stops the blades from being damaged or bent.

Protector for Mavic Pro Thumb Controllers – approx £5.50

The thumb controllers on the Mavic Pro can be a bit susceptible to knocks and bangs, secure them when they are not in use with this set of thumb controllers. 2 in a pack one black and one red.

Lipo

LiPo Bags – from £9.99

For anyone taking their drone on a plane, LiPo bags to protect drone batteries are a must. Not only do they minimise the risk of the batteries bursting into flames down, but they protect them from getting bashed about and the damp out.

Each drone battery is a different size and has its own LiPo bags, here is a selection:

Flight Logbook – from £9.99

Track drone flights in this flight logbook with space for flight details, observations and flight times. Useful for professional or amateur drone flier.

Drone T-shirt – from £9.99

A fun t-shirt that gives the answers to all the questions asked a droner gets when out flying their drone.

Giving a Drone as a Gift

A drone is not just for Christmas, and with a drone come responsibility. I am not trying to put you off buying one, but there are a few things to be considered before you do. Check out the Drone Code or download the PDF on the right.

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30 thoughts on “Drone Gift Guide: presents to suit any pocket

  1. I have the DJI mavic air, and LOVE it. It is small enough to take on our weekend trips, captures photos and perspectives we on land could never get.

    1. I have just bought the DJI Mavic Mini to go along with my Air and looking forward to trying it out!

  2. I want to purchase drone to have beautiful aerial photography but was always confused what to purchase and what are the guidelines. You have explained in details about drone and its parts, so I would love to buy drone for myself.

    1. Fantastic Yukti, let me know what you buy!

  3. Super handy guide to picking a drone. Thanks Larch! You’ve got me just that bit closer to getting one!

    1. Come down and have a play with our drones if you need convincing Roma!

  4. I know this is a gift post, but I’ve been wanting to get a drone for some time now, and this has been very helpful for me! I appreciate you running down various models, but also giving an overview of all of the accessories. Buying a drone felt so overwhelming, but now seems more manageable.

    1. I am so happy that I have helped Catherine. Let me know what you decide to buy.

  5. Interesting post! I have a friend who teaches drone video techniques in Arizona. He uses them as part of his video business too. You can get some pretty amazing shots with these little things.

    1. I love my drones, and try to take them wherever I go, the shots can be amazing.

  6. Perfect timing. I am considering buying a drone by the rules and restrictions are keeping me back. Thanks for the overview!

    1. Great news Slavka. Do let me know what ou buy.

  7. That’s a great guide to pick the best drone. I have never bought them or used them , but now I’m interested.

    1. Oh they are great fun to use!

  8. I am finding it difficult to decide on if I want a drone or not, as a traveller and photographer I love the footage and images from above but here in Australia it is getting harder to find spots to fly it. Others in the area don’t seem to happy… So I still can’t decide but Christmas is coming soon, so I will have to make a decision!! lol

    1. I was on the fence too, but then decided to go for it and haven’t looked back!

  9. Since I hope to own a drone in the near future I was excited to read this post. So much to consider when making that first purchase, but I think it would really add to my videos. And who knew there was such a thing as a drone landing pad? Good to know!

    1. I do hope you get one Wendy, don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you want some advice

  10. I’ve never really considered having a drone until very recently when I realised how beautiful those high up shot pictures are. There’s still a long way ahead until I get one, but your article was very interesting, just to see the prices and accessories and all.

    1. I am glad it was of use Anna, we need more female drone pilots!

  11. This is so helpfull, I have wanted a drone for some time now but with the shoppingjungle its been hard to find the right one 🙂

    1. Great, and if you have any questions Ann, please just ask.

  12. I’m a drone widow lol. I’m totally getting my boyfriend that drone T-shirt, that’s exactly the conversations he has when out flying the drone, that’s so funny!

    1. I want to add “Yes girls can fly drones too!”

  13. Cool information. I bought a cheap drone in order to learn how to fly one. I kept crashing it and then got it stuck in a tree. They are pretty hight to fly when you’re first learning.

    1. I was nervous when I first tried mine, but after a few tries I fell in love with droning.

  14. My son has a drone and so I liked the idea of getting him a landing pad to put with his Christmas gifts. I am amazed at how high they go and what clear photos and videos they take. Such a great piece of tech.

    1. Thank you, Angela. The landing pad is so useful especially when you don’t have a solid surface like sand or more uneven ground. Hope he likes it!

  15. I love the idea of a drone and would love to master the art of flying one to take aerial photos for my website, but I don’t love the idea of having to carry it around with me from country to country. Plus with how the world is becoming safety conscious and the London airports being shut down because of security alerts which was just a hobby droner getting into the wrong airspace – I would be worried about getting into trouble for flying where I’m not meant to be.

    1. Most countries have similar drone regulations and there are apps you can get that will help you. Also the DJI app when you fly warns you if you should not fly. Any questions, just ask

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