What are the best drones to give as a gift surprise for a beginner to RC flying. Even if money is no object you may want to think twice about purchasing a high end ready to fly quad as a present. Hobby grade kits might not be the best choice either.
A toy grade quadcopter is your best option for the beginner or if you are not sure what to buy. Here’s why.
1. The toy units are inexpensive and are specifically designed for beginners who will crash or lose track of it in flight. Replacement parts (propellers) and extra batteries are available and you should be sure to order these along with the quad. Check the reviews you’ll see comments like “I lost it in a tree for 6 days and it still worked”. Even though they are plastic they fare better in crashes due being light weight.
Tip: order from Amazon 6 to 8 weeks in advance for best price and free shipping direct from the manufacturers.
2. Think of the toy grade multirotor as a test or practice drone flyer. Once your loved one learns to fly the first one then a nice hobby grade kit for a mechanical person will be the next step up. If they are not mechanically handy with models or electronics, then a higher end ready to fly multicopter might be best way to go. It can take days to assemble, solder, and calibrate a kit patience and a PC are required. A ready to fly sUAVS setup can be in the air in less than an hour if your pilot has already learned how to fly with a practice quadrotor.
3. Most of the toy-grade machines can be flown inside when it’s too windy or the weather is bad. Hobby quadcopters require larger open areas to fly in.
4. Even if your pilot really wants that shiny new expensive DJI flying camera, they’ll thank you for helping them out with a similar practice quad, it will be a step in the right direction.
5. Even most experienced drone flyers will enjoy a new toy. Drone technology moves fast and manufacturers are always coming out with new stuff. If you get one with a camera or built in FPV your gift will be the one that gets talked about most.
The best tough unbreakable drone gifts for children
Most of the toy manufacturers recommendations are for 14 years old and up. I purchased the WL toys V929 as a practice quad for my 10 year old to use while I built the DIY FT Electrohub kit. My kids do fine with it indoors and have yet to break it or any windows. We have had it almost a year now and it’s tough. It’s been crashed into the roof outside, the windows and sliding glass doors inside. Since nothing has been broken I can highly recommend this one for a young child.
The Dormida Ominus (Dromida Ominus Quadcopter SLT RTF) would be a great buy for a younger child as well. It comes with an extra set of props and a USB battery charger. Make sure to get extra flight batteries. It takes about an hour to charge for 8~ minutes of flight time.
To wrap it all up for this post you can spend from $19.00 to $2900 on a multirotor, it all depends on who you are buying for and what they want to do with it. Hopefully we have given you some good gift ideas for the beginner pilot, kids, or an experienced hobbyist who needs something to bang around the house when the weather is bad outside.
Many people are buying the higher end units without knowing if they will even like the hobby. My favorite part of the hobby is building and upgrading from individual parts. Make sure you know the person’s skill level or play it safe with something under$500 to start out with.