The Best RC Gifts of 2022
RC gifts keep on giving long after the holidays and other special occasions are over. Whether the recipient is a beginner or an experienced radio control modeler, your RC gift will provide years of fun and may well launch a lifelong love for the remote control hobby.
Some of the best RC gifts of 2022 are complete, ready-to-run (RTR) RC cars, RC trucks, and RC boats. No assembly or special training is required. With the possible exception of a few inexpensive accessories like batteries, everything required for operation is included with one simple purchase and in one easy-to-wrap package. Ready-to-fly (RTF) RC airplanes are also available for anyone interested in learning how to fly.
Below we’ve listed some RC gifts that can be enjoyed by almost anyone right out of the box. All of these ready-to-run remote control models are affordably priced at around $150 or less. They’re the perfect RC gifts for first-time hobbyists and will also delight more experienced modelers. We’ve spotlighted a few favorite RC accessories as well that make excellent stocking stuffers.
These and many more great radio control products are available now at Horizon Hobby. There, you’ll find detailed product descriptions that explain what other items might be needed and help you select the very best RC gift.
Best RC gift for monster truck fans
For an RC gift that’s sure to make a big impression on monster truck fans, check out the 1/10 scale ARRMA GRANITE VOLTAGE MEGA SRS 2WD . This radio control monster truck powers over anything in its path while it turns heads with realistic, factory-finished monster truck looks.
Easy to drive even for first-time RC modelers, the versatile GRANITE VOLTAGE RC monster truck goes anywhere. You can take it from the backyard to the beach and from parking lots to grass fields. The durable, low-maintenance design makes this massive and fully assembled remote control truck a great RC gift for 2022. So does the low price of $149.99, which also includes the radio, electronics, battery, and charger.
Best RC gift for mini racing fun
In the RC car racing hobby, the TLR (Team Losi Racing) brand has a reputation for developing top-quality engineering that earns high-level competition wins. The Losi Mini-B 2WD Buggy RTR puts that same quality and performance into a 1/16 scale size, making it affordable enough to be a great RC gift for 2022.
Don’t let the “Mini” name fool you. The Losi Mini-B buggy is still more than ten and a half inches long. And while it’s suitable for beginners, it’s every bit as exciting to send tearing down the track as larger RC cars. The Mini-B also comes loaded with option parts in a fully assembled, ready-to-run package for only $159.99. Absolutely nothing else is needed. Even AAA batteries for the transmitter are included!
Best RC gift for crawling adventure
For the outdoor enthusiasts on your gift list who enjoy hiking, camping, and similar activities, the Axial SCX24 Deadbolt 4WD is a ready-to-run RC rock crawling rig that they can take along to drive over the trails — and it’s small enough to fit easily into a backpack. You’ll find plenty of heavy-duty steel components underneath the realistic body. Over off-road, mountainous, rocky, and desert terrain, the SCX24 Deadbolt has the strength and durability to keep pushing onward and upward.
The Deadbolt RC rock crawler’s entire eight-inch length comes loaded with authentic scale detail, including a working light bar. It’s fully assembled with everything required for action in the box. At $124.99, the Deadbolt is another great RC gift idea.
Best RC gift for boating
Even the youngsters on your holiday list will have a blast with the foot-long Pro Boat Jet Jam V2. It’s one of the coolest radio control boats on the market. The Jet Jam V2 can run in water as shallow as three inches deep and has a self-righting feature that prevents it from capsizing. Toss a ping pong ball or any other floating ball into the water and use the removable cup at the front of the boat to play pool soccer. It’s perfect for an afternoon of fun at the lake or pool.
Priced at just $99.99, the ready-to-run Jet Jam V2 package includes the fully assembled RC boat and everything else required except four AA batteries. You’ll create quite a splash with this great RC gift.
Best RC gifts for stocking stuffers
In addition to exciting RC models like those described above, a wide variety of inexpensive RC accessories are available at Horizon Hobby to fill your favorite hobbyist’s stocking. Here are just a few examples.
For under $60, you can give the gift of advanced, user-friendly Smart G2 charging technology with the at Spektrum S155 G2 1x55W AC Smart Charger. Any RC hobbyist, and especially those who use Spektrum Smart LiPo batteries to power their models, will enjoy the safe, simple operation and accurate charging that this popular Smart charger provides.
The Pro-Line Roll-Up Pit Mat is a portable, durable, 24 inch by 36 inch work surface to use outdoors or at the track for repairing and maintaining RC vehicles. It keeps small parts and hardware from getting lost in the grass and dirt. The security that this mat provides for only $28.99 makes it one of the best RC gifts you can give to radio control drivers. RC pilots love it on their workbench, too!
Every RC car or truck modeler needs a well-stocked tool kit, but also one that won’t weigh them down when traveling to the track. The Double Play Nut Driver from AKA Products lightens the load by combining the most-needed 7mm and 5.5mm wrench sizes into one tool. It’s compatible with the hardware on most 1/10 and 1/8 scale vehicles and a super stocking stuffer for just $27.99.
If you’re still not sure what to buy for the RC hobbyists in your life, let them pick the best RC gift of 2022 for themselves with a Horizon Hobby E-Gift Card . Horizon emails the E-Gift Card to you so you can either forward it to your recipient or print and wrap it to give to them personally. With over 25,000 products to choose from, your E-Gift Card recipients will have the time of their lives picking out their present!