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People are unwrapping drones for Christmas and it's not going so well

People are unwrapping drones for Christmas and it's not going so well



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Thanks to the massive rise of consumer drones, one of the most popular items under the tree this year is likely to have four rotors and a camera. The FAA even released a video this week that proposes best practices to help people "stay off the naughty list" as they play with their airborne gifts.

Drones are no longer specialty items, they come in all shapes and sizes. From DJI's affordable film-quality options to Parrot's toy-sized mini versions, they've practically become a stocking stuffer. And looking at social media, it appears some people are having a lot of fun with them already:

Nouveau jouet #toys#drone#gopro#Noël#family

A video posted by gherardi Loris (@vie_de_thug) on

...even if they aren't very good at using them yet:

Boy meets drone. #Christmas #England #Drone

A video posted by Penelope Lane (@penelope_lane) on

10 mins in and my brother is already fishing my nephews drone out of the tree #itschristmas

A photo posted by Scott whitaker (@scottwitty) on

It's safe to say drones were one of the hottest topics in 2014. "Drone porn" became a thing, and the FAA spent so much time going back and forth on how to regulate them that we might not have regulations until 2017. So it's no surprise that the issue of privacy is actually on a lot of people's minds:

If you got one though, just be careful where you fly it:

But the best drone recipients are the dads. It's like the dad world is collectively experiencing one big nerdy mid-life crisis, and they are excited:

Someone was surprised! #xmas #drone #merrychristmas @chipsmith1070

A photo posted by Sydney Smith (@surprisinglysyd) on

Someone is loving their gift from @phova71 #Drone

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For many of them, though, it's not going so well:

Did you get a drone for the holidays? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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