As does the art of photography, the art of giving needs inspiration. In our holiday gift guide you can find all kinds of gift ideas for every type of photographer, beginner to pro. Our Gifts For Photographers buying guide has been a hit for years.
Even if the recipient is not a photographer, one of these gifts will easily make them want to become one!
In this collection of 130 creative gifts for photographers, you’ll find everything from instant cameras and portable lighting kits to cute camera mugs, smart chargers, and a whole pile of useful photography accessories. Whether you’re looking to please a special photographer in your life or you want to reward yourself for a great year, here you’ll find something to do the job perfectly.
The list is constantly updated! The latest version includes more photo gear carriers, the newest technologies, smartphone accessories, and photography books from the world’s most respected brands. Scroll down and enjoy!
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I’m pretty sure that a mug that looks like a favorite photographer’s attribute – a lens – is a dream for any photographer. The mug has highly realistic details.
The book that has taught photographers for many years how to put together the factors of light, aperture, and shutter speed to create a great image, including how you can capture star trails, change sharpness, and play with flash.
All four parts of the best selling series which includes around 1000 tricks the pros use to take better photographs. If your photos are lacking this is what you need.
A great gift for a professional photographer would be personalized stickers with a name or logo that can be used as an advertisement. Stickers will not just be unique but also a useful gift as they can be put on packaging or simply used for handouts.
This book will inspire you to discover all the beautiful things around you. Fantastic images are hidden almost everywhere; you just need to see them.
Built to handle high end workstations, this solid state drive allows you to render 4k videos without any moving parts to break or wear out, not to mention its small and light giving more mounting options in larger numbers.
This great waterproof bag is the best solution for long trips or walking in the rain. It will keep your beloved camera safe, secure and dry, even if the rain suddenly starts.
Customized canvas prints are currently trending to being one of the best size and value personalized gift to give to your loved ones. Pick your favorite picture by your special photographer today and show them that their work can create an entire atmosphere whether it is on prints to canvases, personal photos, or creative images, there are endless ways to make an impact in the living room, personal office, or bedroom.
These bookends are so sweet. I’d like to see them in my office. Old-fashioned, vintage camera bookends can be a great Christmas gift.
An iconic book that every photography enthusiast and history fan will be thankful for.
I dare say that the common tripod is dead. This flexible tripod supports your camera just like a mini version of an original tripod. Impossible angles, vacation photos with everyone from your company, long exposures…all this becomes possible.
It is a perfect gift for any photographer. The numbers of the F-stops in white marks are featured on this watch; every other number is unmarked. With this watch, it is always time to take photos!
From still lifes to children’s parties, thunderstorms to sunsets, close-ups to panoramas, every photographic subject, technique, and challenge is covered. The author shows you the best approach for each subject.
Have you ever lost your little, cute lens cap? I am sorry if you have! This camera buckle lens cap holder will keep your cap safe.
This course will teach you how to take professional looking photos. It includes such subjects as shooting modes, focusing, exposure, depth of field, lenses, movement photography, close ups, composition, using flash and natural light, low light and black and white photography etc.
Not a bad deal for this price! You also get access to an online community for help and support.
This book is a great gift for everyone. It covers the story about a photographer’s life that can impress and inspire you on your own achievements. Check out our collection of 10 more inspiring books for photographers.
They even made toilet paper for photographers! I’m afraid to think what will be next. Anyway, you can play a joke on your photographer friends or add some fun to your bathroom!
What could be better than the original pocket sized Mavic? The Mavic 2, with its 2x larger sensor and Hasselblad camera, longer flight time, new multidirectional object sensing/avoidance, 8 kilometer range, adjustable aperture from F2.8, and advanced activetrack 2.0
This classic instant camera has six shooting modes and endless possibilities to play around with.
When you need to get rid of those shadows on your subject without using lights. This pack comes with five of the most popular surfaces, so choose the one you like the best.
If your recipient does not know their iso from aperture, this is the book for them. DK is known for their well illustrated, easy to understand guides of all types and they don’t disappoint with this one.
The Polaroid SX-70 is the first camera to take internal instant film that probably will never be topped. The edition is limited, so hurry up!
This book will show you how to transform your favorite photos into clever displays and photograph subjects in new creative ways.
This backpack can do it all, with compartments for your DSLR, lenses, drone, tripod, batteries, etc.
This cool little remote lets you take selfies and other shots from up to 30 feet away. Works with both iPhones and Android phones.
This neat device converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 and 8mm negatives and slides to digital files. Now you can shoot either and have both. Also connects to your tv or computer for direct viewing and editing.
Getting tired of neck straps that hurt your neck and back all the time? Here is an alternative option for you – the camera holster!
Imagine the photos that will come out of this 42.4 megapixel, ISO 102400 beauty!
Why not surround yourself with the most delightful desk companions? This small, cute camera is not a camera at all! It is a useful and handy USB flash drive.
This cute mini camera does not take pictures, but it is a cool keychain that makes shutter sounds and flashes light when you press a button.
This clever system can help you get stable shots and new angles from your SLR, phone, or Gopro, not to mention it allows you to attach accessories.
Whether you are Richard Avedon or just a fun-loving tourist, there is a chance you’ll recognize the dial and icons for portrait, landscape, macro, action, auto and many more on these cute cufflinks. It’s a perfect gift idea for any photographer.
45. Camera Keychain
Your ultimate photo collection is at your fingertips now. This digital frame shows the pictures and receives them from the most popular social platforms.
What if your photos could automatically fly from your camera to the computer, tablet or even smartphone? With this flash memory card, you have no need to hunt around for the camera cable anymore because all your photos will land in data-based folders on your PC. Eye-Fi does all the work for you! Various capacities.
Definitely a unique set of Christmas Tree ornaments…
Everyone backs up their pictures, do they not? Available in many colors and very portable.
If you think 360 degree panoramas are cool, wait until you record your first 4k 360 degree HD movie and view it on Youtube or in a set of VR goggles.
Tell everyone who you are in a creative way. This T-shirt is super-stylish and comfortable.
This bounce flash device will show you how to shoot like a real pro.
If an underwater digital cam is not enough for a photographer because he does not let the SLR out of his sight, you can give him a camera case that will keep his equipment dry.
Rules are made to be broken. Break all the photography rules with this lomographic fisheye circle cutter.
Just go beyond the confines of standard landscapes and capture everything around you in one, 360-degree photo. It is possible with this lomography spinner camera.
Would you like your friend to take original and unusual photos? This cool, tilt-shift lens will help.
This camera is here to take general photography into a new, exciting era. Taking multiple exposures has never been so easy!
I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t learn how to type on the keyboard without letters on it, so why should you try to learn keyword shortcuts with no shortcuts on your keys? This custom-fitted, colorful keyboard skin is available for you.
This is a perfect choice for travelers: If there is no socket available nearby, charge your phone with a battery, but if there is a socket, then use this device as a regular charger.
This white-balance card perfectly fits in one’s pocket. Also, you can hang it on a hook or set it on the table…whatever! The card can be used in all your shooting situations.
This cute toy that looks like a camera and has a flashlight will be a great decoration for your bunch of keys. It is available in different colors.
This camera has an integrated printer with zink paper. So you can capture, edit and, in less than a minute, print your photo.
Get ready to experience photos, movies and games like you’ve never done before. Enter the world of virtual reality and be surrounded by your environments.
Forget about trip photos without you! Forget about asking, “Excuse me, could you please take a picture of us?” Being a photographer is not a reason to not show up in all memorable shots. This pocket extender will help you on any trip.
Change the photos at home quickly and easily. With sticker photo frames, you can change the images even every day.
A level camera cube will help you achieve balance in your shots.
You may think that your automatiс white balance is good enough. You have likely never seen the pictures that were taken using this white balance lens cap. You will feel the difference at once when you put it on your lens.
This futuristic looking camera takes 360 degree photos and videos with one click using two F/2 lenses and automatically stitches them together. Easily post to Facebook for interactive viewing or use a set of VR goggles such as those above.
A top-mounted strap is always getting tangled and getting in the way of photos, right? By replacing the mounting position to the camera bottom and integrating a 360-degree swivel, this C-Loop stays secure and tight and prevents strap problems.
This cleaning pen is safe for use on all lens, plasma and glass surfaces. Nothing will help you remove oily fingerprints better than this lens pen!
This useful, simple and lightweight dolly kit will help you take amazing shots. It comes with a travel bag and a clip for your iPhone. It is an excellent example of attention to detail.
Now you can print your pictures right from your computer, iOS and Android device. It’s all possible with this awesome, compact photo printer.
Trying to make your home more cozy and comfortable? Take a look at this nice pillow with an amazing photo print of a carousel. It’s like a flashback from childhood!
This pocket flash memory card reader and writer is a perfect solution for image and data transfer between your computer and other multimedia devices.
How many stunning photos were ruined due to camera shake, especially in low light conditions? A tripod is a typical solution, but there are situations when you’re not able to use it. This support system will surely allow you to capture great shots on just about any surface.
This fantastic wall collage is a great way to present your family photos. It can be a nice gift for a photographer.
Give your camera extra reach on top of your regular lens, when you’re not able to get closer.
Small flash memory cards and other teeny items will never be lost with this awesome carrying case.
It’s a perfect time to get ready for winter. These gloves are warm and comfortable. Check out the cut fingertips for easy texting, typing and taking those amazing winter shots.
This remote control works as a wireless shutter release that is capable of triggering the shutter at a distance. So now you’re able to take good self-portraits without any help as well as long exposures without shake.
A microfiber cleaning cloth is hidden inside a small bag that looks like a keychain and can be clipped to your keys or camera equipment.
This bag looks like a casual one, but in fact it is a cool travel bag. With it, you can always hide your favorite cam from the thieves.
This camera is an amazing combination of retro style, well-built design and functional application with integral film.
So you want a ring light that will fit your phone camera? Sure, it exists. Great for selfies and any time a constant, adjustable light source is needed.
This stunning necklace is available in 18″. All fashion girls rejoice!
It’s quite difficult to find a good photo album these days, but maybe this one is exactly what you want?
This golden bullet in your pocket is not a crime, but a necessary tool! And it stores photos too.
Fish eye-effect photos are popular today. So what are you waiting for? Buy this cute lens, and take creative shots with your Phone! Not to mention all the other effects!
This backup car-camera system will give you the ability to see everything behind you even if your car did not come with one.
Shooting with a Polaroid camera is so exciting! But sometimes you run out of paper for printing at the most inopportune moment! So stock up on it beforehand.
91. GoPro Hero
These cameras were designed specifically for use during sports but they are great whenever you need your hands free or even for drones. Don’t lose any interesting moments!
When the tripod is not helpful, use this cool bean bag to fix the camera and keep on taking good shots.
Of course you’ll never forget the moment when you see someone drink from a lens mug. One more cup from this collection, but with a cozy handle.
Soft pillow with photo prints on it. Transform your room into a cozy, fun place.
This touching and humorous story written by Tracy Leshay can be a real blessing for your special photographer. Not only is it made up of beautiful black and white photographs, but it is also a great way to introduce your favorite medium to a child – an opportunity many photography addicted moms and dads would appreciate.
Need a good clean background picture for your latest blog post? Learning the lighting principles? Need a quick yet high-quality photo of an item to sell? This pop-up studio comes with everything you need to take quality pictures anytime and anywhere. Its the secret of how product photos are taken without hours of background removal.
Unlike camera flash, the light is a constant source of light which can be easily mounted to the headphone jack of your smartphone, the hot shoe of your camera or just carried in your hand. Now, the lack of natural lighting is not an obstacle on your way to great photos.
Turn your smartphone into a nifty instant camera with this smart printer from Polaroid. It uses no ink, no toner, only a cutting-edge ZINK paper enabling you to print out your photos and graphics in seconds. You can even quickly make stickers out of your prints by simply peeling of their backs!
Bring your light painting to the “Pure Awesomeness” level with this programmable LED tool. You can light paint any shape, words, and even another photo across a long exposure. This thing can easily be your next favorite toy.
With this great device you can scan 35mm film right into your phone! Sharing your passion for analog photography was never this easy!
Ready to give a boost to your iPhone or Android phone, the power boost keychain could easily be the most useful keychain you’ve ever had.
With this 3.8X magnification filter for a GoPro Hero camera, you’ll be able to get a big picture of a smaller universe.
This colorful strap will give a warm feel to your photography outfit.
With this kit you’ll forget what bad lighting is.
Does your photographer enjoy astronomy and own a telescope? With this amazing imager he/she will be able to capture colorful nebulae and galaxies.
106. Shot Glass Lens Set
Whether you’re hosting a photography club party or sipping espresso before starting a busy day, these nifty shot glasses will add coolness to your experience.
How cool are these? Nice conversation piece and fashion statement. They can also be used to stop zoom lens creep on your lens.
Regardless of technology progress, lighting is a topic that will never be out of discussion in the world of photography and art in general. Fil Hunter’s guide on photographic lighting contains a goldmine of valuable information for both pro photographers and beginners.
The book by the renowned photographer Zach Arias provides a candid and valuable look inside the photographic industry. It is a great way to receive necessary advice and guidance as you’re navigating a rapidly-changing world of professional photography.
Light field photography is something you have to try to understand. You select depth of field after you have taken the photo, even in the comfort of your home after a trip.
Any event photographer working at concerts and other loud events for hours will appreciate these nearly invisible ear plugs. Not only do they lower the decibels, they make the sounds clearer so you can actually have a conversation with someone unlike traditional plugs.
Ever want to bring live nature and clouds inside your room? Now you can with this clever device that will project whats outside your window inside while making the image much brighter and sharper on your walls. Hope you have your camera ready!
It may not be the cheapest, but how great is this little metal replica of a Canon IV SB rangefinder camera.
What a great idea, this device turns your phone into an instant camera. You can print any image saved on your phone or take some photos and print them instantly.
The first of this sort of GoPro floating accessory. It’s made to take pictures or videos for extreme sports enthusiasts. It will keep your camera safe if its dropped in the water.
117. Camera Strap
This comfortable, heavy-duty camera strap has a special metal clip to keep your equipment safe on the go.
Take pictures with more control and comfort using this tiny shutter button.
A lovely device for all self-portrait lovers! With this shutter remote, you can take pictures of yourself up to 30 feet away. From now on, a photographer is able to be present in group photos!
The Nadine travel camera bag is designed for double duty as an everyday purse and practical camera bag, with a fully removable padding. Perfect gift for a special photographer in your life!
121. Polaroid OneStep
We like the nostalgic design of this instant camera, the availability of different colors and the fact that it comes with a couple packs of film to enable you to take photos right away!
Tamrac is known for making gear carriers tailored to the needs of outdoors photographers. However, their new Anvil backpack series looks stylish enough for casual use as well.
Stratus is the latest version of Tamrac’s iconic System and System Pro camera bag series. Retaining the high standard, it’s enough to satisfy the requirements of a modern pro photographer.
Fully customizable and durable, this removable belt system is a photographer’s great helper in organizing and carrying countless gear items both in the city and the great outdoors.
This casual day shooting bag does an excellent job combining a lot of well-organized space for carrying your gear with a modern urban style.
This old Victorian invention is for the true experimenter but its also a lot of fun. It can be paired with the brew of your choice to create unique and unprecedented visual effects. You dont have to tell us what you filled the lens with as long as you share some great images :)
127. Camera Canopy
Does your photographer often shoot in not so favorable weather? This clever invention which works with both mirrorless and dSLR cameras does away with the annoying bags to put your camera inside as it mounts on the hot shoe and leaves your hands free to operate the camera without things getting in the way.
These are so cool, a fun gift, and they take your creativity to a new level.
This is the most compact lighting system ( 5″ for the larger version) out there for those who prefer a constant light they can set up without having to take dozens of photos with a flash or for filming. The kit comes with items found in much larger heavier systems such as filters, barn doors, softbox, gels, is rechargeable, heavy duty and has wireless control. Best of all you can set the temperature of the light to simulate any lighting conditions.
This camera mounted filter system will have you getting super creative with your shots. It includes effect wands, multicolor crystals, color gels, lumi films and others. Let your imagination take over!
The future of on camera lighting. This is both a flash and a constant light so can be used for both photos and video. It mounts right to the camera and calculates the F-stop for you so you dont need a light meter. It includes lighting effects, such as lightning, fire, gunshot, paparazzi and TV flicker.
We hope this collection comes in handy. Happy gift giving!
*** Feel free to check out more gifts ideas for those who do not stop at still images in our new collection: Gifts For Filmmakers
If you cannot decide what gift to buy:
Let’s talk a little about buying a gift for a photographer. It is not easy. When you are shopping for a gift you should consider its usefulness, the quality, as well as the surprise factor. If you ever heard the phrase “a gift that keeps on giving”, it refers to something that your recipient will use in the future many times, not just once. For example a photography book can be such a present. Even if they are a beginner photographer, a longer book which covers more advanced topics than simply using the Auto setting on a dSLR can keep on giving. It may take a long time before they outgrow it, or they may never do so. This is a great type of gift. Best of all, they will think of you years from now when they open it for reference or inspiration.
How about a useful photography gift? Think about your little (or big) photographer. What do they really need or want? Do they have any pain points which are obvious? Has their camera been annoying them because they have to carry it in their hand while holding that baby while a backpack strap camera holder or shoulder strap solve this problem? They would really appreciate how you thought of making their life easier (or more productive). Sure, there are times for funny gifts, but a useful one cannot be beat.
Much like with any purchase and especially a present, consider if it is a quality item. For one, when you buy a quality present for your special person, you are saying they deserve quality. The more obvious reason for buying quality items is they will last longer, and the longer they last the longer the person will think of you. Also, since you are only buying them a present for a special occasion, or once a year for the holidays, it should be a quality item. You had time to save up and make this purchase special.
Let’s talk about surprises. What is more fun, something you know you will be getting or an item on your wishlist or a great surprise? Ever since we were children, we loved surprises and we still do. This is not to say sometimes we get really surprised at the surprise (as in when someone gets us something really inappropriate), but with a well targeted photography gift that shouldnt be an issue. After all, how can you go wrong with something related to this cool field? Besides, you know your recipient so you are good to go.
One last thing, it is not a good idea to buy a present that someone might re-gift. This is not difficult with photography related gifts because they are well targeted (and hopefully enjoyed), unlike some candle or generalized item, but keep this in mind nevertheless.
We hope that this guide of gifts you can give your photographer friend, loved one, or yourself has been helpful. We tried to keep most of the presents affordable so that they would be appropriate for any recipient. But you know your recipient best and that is why you will be making the ultimate choice which is why we have made the list rather long.
Online shopping for your photography lover is great because you don’t have to spend days driving around looking for the perfect gift, standing in lines (especially around the holiday season), and dealing with in person returns. Many sites allow one click purchases as well as offering discounts, free next day delivery and also one click returns, where they provide you with a return label which may even be prepaid, so all you need to do is have a carrier pick it up or drop it off there. Our parents sure never had it that easy…
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