The Phantom 4 is currently the best value in drones today. If you want to get into flying drones for a reasonable price without buying a cheap toy, this is what you have been waiting for. For the next nine hours the Phantom 4 is only $849.
I'm not going to get into every detail about the Phantom 4 but I will say that I think this is a fantastic drone to learn on and to use professionally. It's super easy to fly, it has incredible features like obstacle avoidance and automatic return home that make it safer to fly than older models. Even though this isn't the top of the line model, the built-in 4K video camera is going to capture incredible footage. Even if you really get into flying drones, you may find that you don't have any real reason to upgrade.
The only reason to pay a little bit more in my opinion would be to go for the slightly more expensive Mavic. Just keep in mind the Mavic will be more convenient to travel with because of its size but the footage will not be as good and it will not fly as well in high winds. Either drone would be a great choice and of course the ultimate Christmas gift.