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 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.
Of course, you should check out my drone buying guides for recommendations on actual, top-of-the-line drones. I’ve got guides to the best camera drones, the best follow-me drones and more. But what if you don’t have a $1,000 budget? What if you’re looking for a gift for someone who already has a drone — but they want another sort of product?
Here are the best drone gift ideas that aren’t just more drones. These drone gift ideas are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, thank-you gifts or just because:
The best drone gifts
- Drone gifts for the home
- Drone accessories and other small tech gadgets
- The best drones to gift (that you wouldn’t normally consider)
- Fashion and clothing gifts
- Digital drone gifts
- Free or cheap gifts for drone pilots
Drone gifts for the home
From office supplies to cooking accessories, there are ways you can incorporate drones into all aspects of your life by decking out your home with drone-inspired products. Here are some fun ones:
Everyone loves food, and especially cookies. Even better is drone cookies.
This drone cookie cutter is about 1/2 ” deep, enough to make thick cookies. And how’s this for neat tech? It’s 3D printed, with a 70 micron resolution (and it’s made out of PLA plastic which is biodegradable and better for the environment than most common types of plastic).
Sure, you could gift your favorite drone enthusiast these cookie cutters, or you could buy these for yourself and then make them drone-shaped cookies. Or, why not both? Bake them a fresh batch of drone cookies and give them the cookie cutter too so they can make their own.
The drone photographers in our lives take beautiful shots and they deserve to be shown off. Why not take one of their photos and turn it into a puzzle for everyone to enjoy? Of course, you could make a personalized puzzle with any of your photos, but one of your aerial drone shots (or a shot taken by the gift recipient themselves) would be special.
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 unique (and chic!) room decor.
Price: $15 for a set of four (frame not included)
Whether you’re shopping for a kid seeking an actual toy to play with, or you’re shopping for an adult looking for a nifty new mantlepiece, consider any number of these Lego sets that feature drones.
In fact, Lego has made dozens of products that feature drones, varying from depictions of realistic drone use cases like police and emergency response, as well as using drones for sailing photography. Other depictions of drones are a bit more fantastical, such as the Spider-Man Drone Duel Kit based on the Marvel film.
Price: Varies, but usually $10-$59
Also hilarious for kids (and hey, adults too) is the Drone Home Board Game. The board is in the shape of a drone, and the game itself comes with a real, flying drone. The game is a finalist in the 2021 Toy of The Year Awards.
Disclaimer: I haven’t played this game myself, but I keep seeing it online and it looks like a hoot!
This coffee table book is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a hefty book filled with large, beautifully printed aerial images. Guests will love to thumb through it (and so will you!). Read my full review of the book here.
Other drone-reading books
If your drone lover is also a book nerd, there are many excellent drone books on the market beyond just pretty photo books. Separately, I’ve put together two guides. One is for the best drone children’s books, while the other captures all sorts of excellent drone books that adults would want.
Drone accessories and other small tech gadgets
If you’re not going to go all out on gifting a drone, your beloved drone pilot would love some accessories to augment their kit. Here are some small tech gadgets that any drone pilot would love:
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.
Note that the link here is specific to filters for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. Make sure you’re purchasing your loved one a set of filters that’s compatible with their drone.
Learn more about how drone filters can improve your photography.
Price: Varies by type of drone
Drone landing pads tend to be quite affordable. The best drone landing pads, such as the Ruggard drone landing pad fold up tightly and spring to open, making storage easy.
With a landing pad, you can protect your drone from any sort of debris on the ground. And on some types of ground, such as sand, mud, high-cut grass, or just super dirty terrain, a drone landing pad is imperative.
Price: Varies, but expect to spend about $15
Drone logbooks are useful for recording pilots’ time and training, tracking progress toward future certificates and ratings, and maintaining currency to stay in regulatory compliance.
There are plenty of drone logbooks out there to choose from, and they almost always cost less than $20. Some are paper, such as the Drone Operator’s Logbook which sells for less than $15. Also consider the Aviation Supplies & Academics 104-page logbook geared toward Part 107 drone pilots, which also sells for less than $15.
This is an easy, affordable gift that you can all but guarantee will get well-used, is easy to pack (in fact, some are digital!), and won’t bust your budget.
Price: Varies, but expect to spend less than $20
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.
Most drones rely on microSD cards, which is exactly what it sounds like a mini version of a typical SD card. Check with the pilot whom you’re buying a gift for to ensure their drone takes microSD versus regular SD (though it’s likely the former).
The best microSD cards have features like ultra-fast read and write speeds and large storage capacity. Other excellently nice-to-have specs include lifetime (or longtime) warranties and durability (waterproof is likely not something you’ll find, but wear out-proof and drop-proof are something you can find without too much work. Drone Girl’s top pick microSD card for drone users is the Samsung PRO Ultimate, starting at $20.
Price: Varies by size, speed, capacity, etc.
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 an app, allowing you to adjust brightness or strobe levels. Read more about them here.
Price: $79.99 to $189.99
For a drone pilot who wants to turn their existing drone into an FPV drone, the DroneMask 2 offers an affordable way to make that happen.
The mask works with all camera drones that also use a smartphone to display what the drone’s camera is seeing. For someone considering an FPV drone but not sure if they want to buy a full-on, separate drone (say, DJI Avata), this is a cheaper alternative to test the waters.
Check out our full DroneMask 2 review.
The best drones to gift (that you wouldn’t normally consider)
Sure, I have plenty of guides around the best drones for photographers, the best follow-me drones, etc. But when you’re giving a gift, you want to give something out-of-the-ordinary, particularly if your beloved drone pilot already has a drone.
But while the recipient likely already has a camera drone, some other more unique types of drones can often make a great gift, even for the drone pilot who already seemingly has it all.
If you’re a dronie who loves Star Wars, then this collector’s drone is an absolute must-have.
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.
While these might sit on a collector’s shelf, they’re also super fun to fly — and they can battle each other if you have multiple drones. Built-in (eye-safe) lasers can be fired at other Star Wars drones in a battle game, where the drone actually wobbles and the controller vibrates in your hand if hit. After three hits, the drone crash lands.
Tello is a $159 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.
This tiny drone checks all sorts of boxes. It’s my favorite drone for under $160. It’s considered my top indoor drone recommendation. And, it also comes in as my top pick for the best educational drones to use in STEM programs.
The only problem? Tello might be discontinued. Stay tuned to The Drone Girl for more updates on the potential no-more-Tello saga. And if you want one, jump on it now.
Check out my full Tello drone review.
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.
Underwater drones can certainly be an all-purpose tool for people working in and near water and can be used for purposes such as inspecting the bottom of boats or scouting for fish. They can also just be a fun way to explore life underwater and take neat underwater photos — without having to don a scuba suit yourself.
PowerVision is the leader in the underwater drone space, and their PowerRay is a great pick. The Gladius Mini underwater drone is slightly newer to the scene. Currently, one can often be found for under $800 at B&H.
Price: Varies, but typically about $780.
Fashion and clothing gifts
A great way to tell the world you’re a drone pilot is to embrace it in the way you dress! Here are some fashionable items (and just practical clothing items) that are great for drone pilots:
When operating drones in the cold, you likely want to be wearing gloves. Touchscreen gloves allow you to keep your hands warm while also still operating your smartphone or other touchscreens.
Given their affordability and ease to acquire (big retailers like Amazon can typically ship a pair in less than a day), this is a great gift for last-minute shoppers.
Price: Varies, but usually $6-10
This baseball hat with the simple drone design is an understated accessory to add to any drone lover’s closet.
These two-inch, military-grade FatStraps for FPV goggles add your style to your FPV piloting. The available designs are pretty fun and include patterns like camo, skulls and nebulas. And yes, they are compatible with DJI Digital FPV Goggles.
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. It’s perfect for not just drone pilots, but folks across all areas of aviation given its simple plane design.
There’s also an option for personalization with an initial charm.
It’s especially gift-friendly because it arrives in absolutely beautiful packaging. No need to do your own wrapping!
Digital drone gifts
If you want to give a gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped, won’t collect any dust and doesn’t take up any space, give an intangible gift. Here are some ideas:
A website or domain name
If your favorite dronie has a slew of videos, odds are they want to showcase them on their portfolio site! Sites like Wix or Squarespace offer you the ability to buy your domain name and website. Why not pay for your loved one’s subscription and buy them the domain they always wanted?
Price: Varies (but usually between $10 to $20 per year)
For the drone enthusiast who loves building and creating, get them a Drone Dojo subscription. For $27 per month you’ll get a Blue Belt Membership, which unlocks access to Drone Dojo courses, projects, and more. The courses teach you everything from how to build a drone from scratch, to how to program a drone to make it truly autonomous.
Check out our in-depth look at Drone Dojo’s monthly subscription model.
Price: $27 per month
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.
Price: Varies by DJI product
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 offer to refund you if you fail the official FAA test.
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).
For camera drone pilots who want to level up their photo and video editing skills, gift them an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This suite of software includes Adobe Premiere for video editing, Lightroom and Photoshop for photo editing, and Dreamweaver for website design.
This gift is super last-minute friendly. Once you check out, you’ll near-instantly get an email with a link and instructions for how to download it sent to your inbox within minutes.
Price: $660 (currently on sale for $450!)
Free or cheap gifts for drone pilots
These gifts typically cost you no money, instead largely relying on your time and effort.
Here’s a gift that might cost less than a dollar: prints of drone photos. A drone photographer would surely appreciate a printed copy of one of their pieces. Print to the size and quality that fits your budget (and maybe throw in a frame too.
While Amazon Photos makes photo printing supremely easy (you simply upload a photo file to their website, select the size and type of print you want, and type in an address), those might not ship in time. Though, you can also head to some Walgreens, Target, or Fedex, and they can print out photos instantly, or within a few hours for you as well.
This gift idea is unique, personal, and budget-friendly.
Price: (starting at $0.17)
Your love and support
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!
What other drone gift ideas do you have? Anything that made the recipient particularly surprised? Any great deals! Leave your top drone gift ideas in the comments!
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