So you need to get a gift for someone who loves drones, but you aren’t actually going to buy them a drone?
These drone themed gift ideas won’t blow away your budget (many of them are less than $20), and they are all unique, creative gifts sure to be loved by dronies that will instantly make you look like the most clever gift-giver on the planet.
Here are 25 drone-themed gift ideas — perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, thank-you gifts or just because:
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.
I know that only like .0001% of the American population still uses pencils, but this is seriously amazing. It’s a combination eraser and pencil sharpener, AND it’s shaped like a drone! You can buy various size packs, but this page sells them in 24-packs, making them a great party favor.
Price: $23 for a 24-pack
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.
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.
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.
DJI Care Refresh is an extended warranty plan that covers potential damage to your DJI product. How does it work? DJI Care Refresh is valid for 12 months and offers up to two full replacements at a significantly reduced price charge if accidental damage occurs. If you can’t spring for an entire drone as a gift, offering to pay for this extended warranty plan is a relieving alternative.
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.
Price: $79.99 to $189.99
What does Aviatrix mean? A female aviator! Hand-stamped on aluminum, this bracelet is 3/8″ wide and 6″ long.
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.
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.
This retro shirt is just plain cool.
So your pal has a drone? Help them get a license! And while this gift will cost a couple hundred dollars, it could be a long-term investment: becoming FAA certified is the only way to legally make money off of your drone piloting services in the U.S. I recommend either Drone Launch Academy or the online test prep course that I used, Drone Pilot Ground School. Both have 99% pass rates and offers to refund you if you fail the official FAA test.
- Price: Drone Launch Academy costs $199 (plus use coupon code DRONEGIRL50 to save $50 and bring your price down to just $149). Drone Pilot Ground School costs $299 (plus use coupon code DRONEGIRL50 to save $50 and bring your price down to just $249)
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.
Price: $10.96 for a set of four
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.
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!
You’re probably sick of Christmas cookies by now, so why not mix it up with drone cookies?! Yes!!!
9. 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.
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.
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.
For someone with a big yard, let them turn their land into the ultimate drone racing obstacle course playground!
Sun creating a glare on your tablet or smartphone? This is a small investment that pays off big, making it much easier to see your smartphone while your drone is in flight.
4. A website or domain name
If your favorite dronie has a slew or videos, odds are they want to showcase them on their own portfolio site! Sites like Wix or Squarespace offer you the ability to buy your own domain name and website. Why not pay for your loved one’s subscription and buy them the domain they always wanted?
This one is a bit (okay, big!) of a splurge, but is totally awesome. If your loved one has an aerial drone, odds are they’ll love an underwater drone. PowerVision is the leader in the underwater drone space, and their PowerRay is a great pick.
What’s a birthday without some cake? And what’s a drone birthday without some drone birthday cake?
Price: $12.99 for a set of 10
1. Your love and support
This one costs you no money — just time and effort. Offer to go out on a drone flight with your favorite dronie. Even if you think you aren’t interested in drones, support your dronie! You may find you get a gift out of it yourself — that you find a love for drones too!