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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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 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:
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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Larch lives a semi-nomadic life. Her life changed 20 years ago when a silly accident left her with restricted use of her right arm and neck and was told she would never work again. She turned her life around, retrained herself and set up as a self-employed website designer. This allowed her to work wherever she was in the world. Her passion for travel led her to start up her travel blog The Silver Nomad, to inspire over 40s to explore new destinations and expand their horizons. In 2019 Larch qualified as a CAA Drone Pilot which she combines with her travels.