Need to get a gift for someone who loves drones, and you aren’t sure what to get them? If buying a brand-new drone isn’t in your budget, then these adorable gifts are the next best thing.
Here are 18 drone-themed Christmas gift ideas to add to your Christmas 2018 wishlist (and we hope to see these under The Drone Girl Christmas tree ourselves!!):
18. Drone Ugly Christmas Sweater: Ugly Christmas sweaters have been a holiday office party staple, but have you seen a drone themed ugly Christmas sweater? This one is certainly a conversation starter.
Price: $31.9017. Drone Pilot Mug: You can never have too many mugs, and this one is adorable. It says “I don’t always play with drones…oh wait, yes I do!” Same.
16. “Before You Ask” Drone Pilot shirt: If this isn’t the most relatable drone-themed shirt on the planet, then I truly don’t know what is. I seriously need to wear this every time I fly. It’s brilliant.
15. Set of drone filters: Neutral density (ND) filters are coin-sized pieces of semi-transparent glass that have long been used by videographers. ND filters fix common problems you see in any photo — but particularly aerial photos — including glare, overexposure, harsh shadows and other issues, making them a perfect gift for dronies who want to step up their photography game.
14. “Best Drone Master In The Galaxy” shirt: Any longtime Drone Girl reader knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan. This shirt combines the best of both worlds: drones and Star Wars.
13. Propel Star Wars drone: If you’re a dronie who loves Star Wars, then the shirt is cool. But you know what’s better? An actual Star Wars drone. Propel has a line of highly-detailed, hand-painted drones that come in three different designs: the 74-Z Speeder Bike, the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and the Tie Advanced X1. Read my complete review of these drones here.
12. Lume Cube drone lighting kit: Lume Cube’s drone light kits essentially turn your drone into a flying spotlight, allowing you to do fantastic, long-exposure, aerial light painting. The lights are controlled via bluetooth or app, allowing you to adjust brightness or strobe levels. Read more about them here.
11. Aviatrix Bracelet: What does Aviatrix mean? A female aviator! Hand-stamped on aluminum, this bracelet is 3/8″ wide and 6″ long.
10. “Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones” book by Eric Cheng: This book is an oldie, but it’s still a goodie! It was written by Eric Cheng, formerly DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging. Cheng’s book perfectly outlines everything a beginner to drones needs to know, from safety to a basic overview of how the equipment works, to tips for better photography. Read more about his book here.
9. DJI Osmo Pocket: The DJI Osmo Pocket is a teeny, tiny, gimbal camera made by the world’s largest dronemaker, DJI, that shoots 4K footage, and it’s only a few hundred dollars. Like DJI’s drone cameras, the Osmo Pocket also has various “shooting modes,” including ActiveTrack (the camera stays fixed on a particular subject), Motionlapse (adds smooth camera movement to a timelapse) and FPV mode (follows the gimbal’s orientation). The DJI Osmo Pocket also has some other cool features, including a universal port to connect the camera to your smartphone and a noiseless cooling system.
8. Retro Vintage 70s Drone Quadcopter T-Shirt: This retro shirt is just plain cool.
7. DJI Phantom Quadcopter Patent Prints: Want to bring a retro twist to your living room or office? These 8×10 prints take the original DJI Phantom patent designs and give them a vintage overlay for some totally unique (and chic!) room decor.
6. Good old fashioned memory cards: For the person who appreciates practical gifts, how about a memory card? I go through (aka lose) these like crazy, and can never have too many. This isn’t the most exciting gift, but it may turn out to be the most useful.
5. Official Drone Girl Shop Merch: This one is a straight up shameless plug for myself! The Drone Girl shop has tons of adorable t-shirt, mug, tote and jacket designs that celebrate Girls Who Drone!
4. Drone Cookie Cutters: You’re probably sick of Christmas cookies by now, so why not mix it up with drone cookies?! Yes!!!
3. Tello drone: Tello is a $99 kid-friendly drone that combines DJI flight technology and an Intel processor to create a budget camera drone that also can be used to teach newbies the basics of programming.
2. Paper Airplane Necklace: Looking for a classy gift for the dronie in your life? This paper airplane necklace matches with an outfit, and I love how light and simple it is.
1. Drone Ornament: In the spirit of the Christmas season, what’s more perfect than a drone Christmas tree ornament? This 2-inch ornament is sold on Etsy and is made from polymer clay and painted with a clear gloss glaze.