Honestly, the best bet would be to go to your local RC airfield and ask any of the pilots there for suggestions. Some cities have strict ordinances about flying remote control vehicles so make sure you check so your husband knows if he needs to have a permit or if he can just fly it in his backyard. Most times, on your own private property you are fine. RC airfields can really be a lot of fun and are great for teaching beginners how to control their air vehicles. Also, depending on where you are located you may be able to stop by a hobby shop (just do a quick google search of RC hobby shops in your area) and be able to physically see and company helicopters as well as get advise from the shop owners who should be able to point you in the right direction.
If he has limited experience flying aircraft, then I would start with a basic 2 or 3 channel helicopter. Coaxial helicopters are very stable which also helps beginners (coaxial means it has two counter rotating blades).
I wouldn't buy an expensive one to start off with - just a cheapo one that won't be too big of a loss if it crashes into something and breaks - something in the $30-$50 range, and then get a 2nd model once he is comfortable with it
Look at http://www.towerhobbies.com. Get a battery powered one and make sure to get a decent charger and at least one spare battery (LiPO is best). Also get him "training gear". This clips onto the skids and gives him a much larger span to mess up. Make sure to get a "RTF" (ready to fly).
Make sure to check part availability and get him the following parts for WHEN he crashes it.
rotors (5 spares)
landing skids (2 or 3)
rear rotor (2 or 3)
E finita la cuccagna
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