While they might be controversial, drones will step into the spotlight this year as one of the most gifted tech items.
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According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), drones rank as one of the top five most popular gift items among emerging technology products. This year, more consumers than ever (33%) will opt to buy a new, emerging tech item this holiday shopping season.
The CEA forecasts that 700,000 drones will ship in the U.S. in 2015, a 63% rise from last year.
"Drones are very popular gift items for both kids and adults," says Bill Brand, President of HSN (NASDAQ:HSNI).
HSN, in particular, has seen tremendous growth in demand for drones, with 120% year over year growth in their radio controlled technology category.
For those buying drones, Brand says that the three most desired features include a camera, protection from damage and a battery operated system.
And for holiday shoppers looking to gift drones this holiday season, the price points range anywhere from $20 to thousands of dollars for a high-tech, feature rich drone.