Let’s admit that it’s so much easier to pick a gift for someone if you know exactly what their hobby is or what their job involves. In the case with gifts for photographers, picking a lovely present can turn into an extremely exciting mission. But, at the same time, a little bit nerve-wracking in case your main goal is to impress a friend/colleague/family member, etc.
If you don’t really know the person that well (or, let’s be honest here, don’t have a big budget), then we would surely recommend going for something fun and cute. Different home décor knick-knacks that meet the theme, for example.
But if you are really going for it and in case you are ready to splurge on the perfect gift, then high-quality photography equipment is certainly something that will leave the gift receiver speechless.
At the same time, there are so many amazing things in between, that you might find it difficult to make up your mind. That’s why we have come up with some gift examples that might help you make the final decision.
We divided our gifts for photographers into three major groups:
1. Home Décor & Other Cute Stuff
2. Journals & Books
3. Camera Equipment
So, let the ultimate search for the perfect gifts for photographers begin!
| Home Décor & Other Cute Stuff |
If you are in a hurry this is our list for home décor gifts for photographers & other cute stuff:
Things for a Photographer’s Home
Ok, we are not saying that a photographer’s place has to turn into a Mecca full of different equipment and everything photography-themed. But a little touch here and there would certainly become a mood and motivation booster, don’t you think?
Moreover, if a gift is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also useful, then it’s one hundred percent hit.
1. Vintage Camera Stylish Storage for Your Pens, Pencils, and More!
- Chronicle Books
This extremely cute organizer, for example, it can become an amazing addition to a photographer’s working place (after all, they really do spend a lot of time in front of their desk editing). Have we already mentioned that this charming organizer looks like a vintage camera? By the way, the little thing has quite a lot of slots to store pens, pencils, scissors, etc. Another great thing is that there is a DIY twist to this organizer and your photographer friend would need to assemble the thing on his own. It will only take a minute or two and no glue or scissors are required.
2. Vintage Camera Photo Album
- Used Book in Good Condition
- Publisher: Galison
- Edition no. 0 (05/01/2005)
- Spiral-bound: 18 pages
You just have to agree that vintage cameras look incredibly cool. No wonder that a lot of décor elements are stylized in such a way.
This vintage camera photo album will look incredibly cool on a coffee table, for example. Even though the thing is compact, it can hold up to 30 photos. After all, your photographer friend does need to store his works somewhere, right? And such a photo album can become a great presentation idea.
3. Funny Photographer Coffee Mug
- MAUAG christmas gifts funny Photographer coffee mug dishwasher and microwave safe, printed on both sides.
- Strong, ceramic construction, 100% pure white ceramic with money back guarantee.
- High quality ceramic, treat yourself or give as a gift to someone special.
- Exquisite fashion, easy-grip with handle, suitable for hot and cold drinks. Can be used for home and office.
- Great holiday or birthday gift for your best friend, dad, mom, brother, sister, boss, coworker, boyfriend or girlfriend. This represents an affordable novelty they will appreciate for years.
It doesn’t really matter whether your photography lover likes coffee or tea. We all need to have a sip of something once in a while. And if you decide to gift a mug, you can be 100% sure that it is a thing that will be used. Maybe even every single day. Choose a mug with a funny saying in case you want it to instantly lift the mood of your friend every morning.
4. Stainless Steel Camera Lens Travel Coffee Mug
- GOOD QUALITY MATERIAL: The travel coffee mug is made for beverages with stainless steel inside for safe drinking; the capacity of this mug is 280ML, it also comes with a closed lid to avoid leakages or spilling
- SUITABLE FOR TRAVEL: The top grade insulation is very convenient to carry the drinks and also keep your drink hot/cool with the same temperature; so you can have your drink at any time and anywhere
- MULTI-PURPOSE CONTAINER: This container is multi-functional which can be used for beverages and or you can use this to keep your pens, coins and so on; the coffee mug has a great durability and safety precaution to your liquids while traveling somewhere.
- IMITATION FOR COFFEE MUG: The rubberized exterior provides comfort and non-slip grip, the white exterior for a clean and sleek version of the real lens; the travel mug features an excellent look and also environment-friendly
- PERFECT GIFT: You can use this coffee cup for decoration in home, office, party halls and more on; It also makes a perfect gift for your friends and family members who are interested in photography
If you don’t like the coffee mug you can also go for a travel insulated tumbler that a photographer can take with him to work. Perfect for those who spend days working on photo shoots outside. Of course, if the tumbler looks like a professional camera lens – it is an additional bonus.
5. Photographer Clock
- Photographer Clock - best gift idea for photographers, photography lovers for men, women!
- You buy not only record wall clock - you buy photography themed vinyl clock décor with history!
- High quality - we produce unique wall clocks from Recycled vinyl records, silent clock mechanism and laminated dial sticker
- All vinyl clocks with 100% satisfaction risk-free guaranty! Unique Photographer wall clock!
- Reliable packaging - we send all vinyl record clocks in a reliable carton with damaging filler | SHIPPING TERMS: US - 14-30 days, Canada - 14 -40 days, Europe - 8-17 days
Another great idea is a clock with a twist. It is made out of a vinyl record and (you guessed it) is designed especially for all the photography lovers out there.
6. Smart Digital Photo Frame – Art Display – 7 inch HD Display with WiFi
- INCLUDED: Meural Canvas - Smart Digital Frame | Leonora Black + Meural Swivel Wall Mount + One-Year Membership subscription with unlimited access to the Meural library of 40,000+ works of art, giving you access to a world of diverse art - from classic to contemporary. This handcrafted frame is colored in Lenora Black to match your home interior. Our wooden frames are made only with FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood.
- KEY FEATURES: Smart Digital Frame | 27 inch HD Display (1920 x 1080p) | Wi-Fi Capable | 8GB Built-in memory | Upload Your Own Photos and Videos | Anti-glare matte screen | Ambient light sensor | Automatic Frame Orientation | Auto-Dimming | Discreet Controls | Seamless Design | Image-Playlist Shuffle | Renders Images Lifelike and Textured | Smart Home Integration with Amazon Echo | Download famous artworks through Meural Library | Manage Photos Through our App (iOS or Android)
- Introducing, the first smart art frame to render images as lifelike as museum art originals. We combine modern design, state-of-the-art tech, and a passion for discovery. Meural Digital Canvas renders images lifelike and textured from every angle with glare-free finish and auto-dimming to suit the space, the mood, and the moment. Easily upload, crop and filter your own photos onto the large 27" display with 1080p resolution through Wi-Fi connectivity.
- With TrueArt technology, our proprietary blend of hardware, firmware, and software renders images lifelike and textured. Browse art and customize settings with a wave of your hand or the Meural app or with your voice through Alexa integration. Hang your Canvas in portrait or landscape - it's easy to switch, and orientation is automatically detected. The ambient light sensor measures the room's brightness and automatically adjusts to match, and puts the Canvas to sleep when the room gets dark.
- The Meural canvas is designed to fit seamlessly into your home. The power button, light sensors, and gesture control sensors are all expertly placed to avoid distraction. It's fun to customize, easy to control from anywhere. With the Meural app, you can discover art and control your Canvas on the go. Each image has an "art card," detailing the history of the work and artist, with a wave of your hand. WARRANTY: Meural Authorized Dealer. The Canvas comes with a one year technical warranty.
In case your photography lover is someone truly special, then you might want to splurge on a meural canvas. After all, a photographer would be happy to display his or her works in their home, right? And a digital frame is one of the best ways to do that. You are not just hanging one single picture; a mural canvas has built-in memory, so your friend can easily upload thousands of his works. By the way, this smart photo frame also has access to a gigantic library of different artworks.
| Clothes and Accessories |
If you are in a hurry this is our list for clothes and accessories as gifts for photographers:
What’s so amazing about clothes and different accessories? The fact that your friend can totally take these things with him!
1. Funny Tote Bag
- Size: 14" x 14" x 3".
- 10oz. 100% cotton canvas - 22" black webbed handles.
- BeeGeeTees is the sole distributors of this item.
- Natural Tote with Black Colored Handle.
- Show your style with this handsome two-toned tote.
Ok, so a tote bag is an amazing gift. Firstly, a photographer always has some stuff that he has to put somewhere. Secondly, the tote bag is reusable (shout out to being eco-friendly). Thirdly, it’s just so cute with this retro camera image and a funny, catchy phrase. There is also a version of this bag for Nikon and Olympus camera users.
2. Short Sleeve T-Shirt Top
- Material: Cotton Blend,Soft and Comfortable.
- Features: Casual, Short Sleeve,Funny Letter Print,O-Neck,Fashion Tees
- This Blouse Is Ideal To Pair With Jeans, Leggings Or Trouser,and so on
- Don't bleach, hand wash separately in cold water and dry clean
- Package included: 1*Women Funny Letters Printed Short Sleeve Casual T-shirt Tops
You just can’t go wrong with a basic T-shirt. This particular one is made for the ladies, but you can easily find a similar model in case your friend is a guy. The idea here is to gift a really comfortable model that has a funny phrase or a cool image (or both).
3. Cufflink Set – Art Picture
- Great Quality - High Polished Brass and Metal Electroplating Craft,Safe and Healthy,Tarnish Resistance,Glossy and Super Smooth.
- Suitable Size - Cufflinks Diameter: 0.63 In(16mm), Perfectly Appropriate in Weddings, Anniversaries, Business Partnerships,Special Occasions.
- Easy Use - Bullet Back Closure Button, It is Convenient to Put on or Take off, Secure and Easy to Use.
- Handsome Gift - Each pair of cufflinks comes in a luxury gift bag so you can give them as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation gift.
- Perfect after-sales service: LooPoP provide the best jewelry, fine jewelry bag,30 days return and refund,100% service for our customer.Your feedback is our motivations to improve. We are looking forward to your 5 star review.Welcome to contact us!
Cufflinks stopped being only a male accessory and nowadays the ladies can totally rock them as well. If you don’t like the things that shout “I’m a photographer” right into your face, then you would certainly appreciate this option. The cufflinks look exactly like a pair of retro camera lenses and can become a cool addition to a photography lover’s wardrobe. By the way, if your friend specializes in wedding photography or has to wear formal suits quite often, then a camera lens tie pin can become a really delicate yet great accessory.
4. Personalized Camera Necklace
The ladies that are into photography would love to get a themed necklace as a gift. This particular one has a tiny camera and a customized disc with an initial. That’s simply amazing, when gifts have a personal touch to them, right?
5. Car License Plate Frame
- PREMIUM QUALITY: Give your vehicle a new look and more personality with our high quality 100% heavy duty zinc metal license plate frame that will last for years.
- PERFECT FIT: Our custom license plate frame for women and men is made to fit every license plate for cars, SUVs, truck & minivans in the U.S. and Canada. They fit 12x6 inches license plates.
- EASY INSTALLATION: Our license plate frames come with 2 holes pre-drilled to perfectly fit any vehicle. Simply screw it to the front or the back of your car! (Screws not included)
- WEATHERPROOF: This back and front license plate frame is specially treated against UV, humidity and water thanks to our ink curation so it will not rust or fade!
- CUSTOM: Have fun and let your imagination take over! Add the text of your choice and select among various fonts and colors to make your customized license plate frame unique!
The extra mile… Ok, this might seem like something even more random than our previous picks, but if your friend is crazy about photography (and has a car) then he or she would adore the gift. Yep, it’s a license plate frame that says “Proud to be a photographer”. After receiving such a gift, your friend would certainly be proud to have such a weird yet thoughtful person in his life.
| Journals & Books |
If you are in a hurry this is our list for books & journals as gifts for photographers:
Journals and Playbooks
This category is a real lifesaver for those who don’t really know what to get as a gift for a photographer. Let’s be honest here, you might not really know the person well. And the only thing that you do know is that he or she is into photography. That’s it.
Then a book or a themed notepad is one of the best gift ideas that you could come up with. It meets the person’s interest, but, at the same time, is not too personal.
Journals & Notebooks
1. Capture Life: Vintage Cameras Notebook (Journal, Composition Book)
- Joy Tree Journals
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Paperback: 110 pages
These types of things are always a great gift because we all need something to write in, no matter what our profession or hobbies are. And the great news is that you just can’t go wrong with a little notepad. By the way, you can be sure that even if the person already has something similar, he or she will still find the gift to be useful at one point. This cute notebook would be great for the ladies. It has a charming vintage design and lined pages. What else can you ask for?
2. Beautifully Designed Journal
- Inc. Compendium
- Publisher: Compendium Inc 2013-04-01
- Edition no. 0 (01/01/1970)
This Write Now Journal is a bit more of a creativity booster. The pages inside have beautiful illustrations and quotes. Everyone would enjoy having a chance to flick through such a piece.
3. The Photographer’s Playbook 307 Assignments and Ideas
- Publisher: Aperture
- Paperback: 427 pages
The Photographer’s Playbook is another fun and inspiring gift idea. The paperback has over 400 pages full of ideas, assignments, stories, and anecdotes. By the way, all of those come from professional artists and photographers. It is the perfect gift for someone who you know is suffering from a lack of ideas or simply needs a little boost. However, anyone will enjoy this exciting playbook, if they can find a few spare minutes per day.
Books for Photographers
Can there possibly be a more universal and a better gift than a book? These can become amazing home décor items that will look stunning on your friend’s coffee table. Or you might end up buying a book that focuses on various tips and pieces of advice for photographers. Bear in mind that if you are choosing a coffee table book with incredible images, then it should certainly be a hardcover. National Geographic Books are an amazing choice most of the times.
1. Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
- National Geographic Society
- National Geographic, Rena Silverman
- Publisher: National Geographic
- Hardcover: 224 pages
“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”, for example, is a wonderful book that celebrates the works of women photographers. Your girlfriend or the progressive guys out there would certainly appreciate such a gift.
2. National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
- National Geographic
- Publisher: National Geographic
- Hardcover: 400 pages
This is a New York Times bestseller that combines the images of the most mysterious, strange and rarely seen places of our planet. An amazing inspirational gift for a photographer that loves adventures and traveling. If you have decided to go for a book that can actually teach your friend something, then you would have to make sure that he or she doesn’t already have this particular one. In the worst case, your thoughtful gift might end up becoming a treat for someone else.
3. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs
- Laurence King
- Henry Carroll
- Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
- Paperback: 128 pages
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs, the title is pretty straightforward and we love it. The book covers all the important parts of photography: light, exposure, composition, seeing and lenses. This is really a good gift for a beginner photographer.
4. Behind the Camera: Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers
- Prestel Publishing
- Paul Lowe
- Publisher: Prestel
- Edition no. 1 (10/25/2016)
- Paperback: 288 pages
Behind the Camera: Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers is a great book. You can really learn from the best and that is exactly what this book can offer. It’s a great how-to guide that will make your friend want to grab the camera and go shooting right away.
5. The Modern Photographer’s Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life
- Amphoto Books
- Sarah Wilkerson
- Publisher: Amphoto Books
- Hardcover: 256 pages
This book will teach to see the beauty in the most usual and ordinary things. It will help your friend understand how to turn everyday things into true works of art.
| Camera Equipment |
This one can be tricky. If you have decided to go for something that your friend can actually use in his work, make sure to do your research. You have to be sure that he or she doesn’t have this thing and, most importantly, that your friend needs this exact lens, for example. Buying a lens or a camera for your friend photographer can be tricky and that is why we decided to stay away from this category of gifts. Still, if you are interested in buying this type of gift please check our recommended gear for photographers, here you can find the best cameras and lenses for any type of photography.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s check other camera equipment that you can buy as a gift for your photographer. If you manage to get the gift right, the chances are high that your choice will become the highlight of your friend’s celebration.
If you are in a hurry this is our list for camera equipment gifts for photographers:
1. Square Foam Swab for Cleaning and Detailing
- Swab-its by Super Brush LLC - Manufactured in the USA
- The best quality foam swabs on the internet: Lint-Free & Fiber Free
- Product Number: 71-4500-50 - 5.19" overall length foam swab. Wide rectangular foam mitt; non-reticulated foam; polypropylene handle.
- Bag of 50 Foam Swabs - Ideal foam swab for any cleaning and detailing solution.
- Head Width: 17mm, .66" Head Length: 25mm, 1" Handle Width: 6mm, .25" Handle Length: 126mm, 4.95" Overall Length: 132mm, 5.19"
Ok, there is one thing that a working photographer would certainly need at one point and those are cleaning swabs. These foam swabs have a very convenient form and are suitable for any cleaning procedures. Moreover, the pack has fifty of those, so such a gift will certainly last for a while. And it won’t break the bank!
2. VisibleDust EZ Sensor Cleaning Kit
- KIT INCLUDES 3 PRODUCTS -- All BRAND NEW Items with all Manufacturer-supplied Accessories + Full USA Warranties:
-  VisibleDust EZ Sensor THINLITE-X Cleaning Kit for Size 1.6x (16mm) ILC & DSLR Cameras +
-  Lenspen Cleaning Lens Pen +
-  PD 6pc Complete Cleaning Kit
If you are willing to go the extra mile with the cleaning theme, then why not buy a whole cleaning kit? These ones usually come with swabs, a few bottles of cleaning solution, an air blower, cleaning tissues, and a brush. The lens is certainly going to look brand new after such a ‘pamper routine’. Bear in mind that the kits can differ a bit depending on the model of the camera, so double check that.
3. Micro USB Battery Charger
- Ultra Thin Canon LP-E8 Charger: Only 0.71 inch thickness, Light Weight, Perfectly fit in your bag. Space-saving, convenient to travel. Obtain CE FCC Certification.
- Widely Compatibility: OAproda LP-E8 Replacement Charger is fully compatible with Canon LP-E8 Original Battery and Rechargeable Battery, suit for Canon EOS Rebel T2i , T3i , T4i , T5i , EOS 550D , 600D , 700D , Kiss X4 , X5 , X6 more Digital Cameras.
- Micro Input: 5V,1A, Output: 4.2V, 500mA. This canon battery charger with newest generation of CPU control, IC chip, double PCB panel, Built with multiple circuit protection ( over-charging,over current, over voltage, short-circuit, high-temperature)
- Micro-USB input : Multiple Charging Option: Charge wherever there is a USB jack, just connect with your USB wall charger, cellphone adapter, car charger, Portable Power Source, or external battery.
- For Security, do NOT Charge your Battery / Charger with Computer, in order to Avoid any possible Damages of Computer from High Temperature.
A micro USB battery charger is an incredibly useful gift that your friend is going to love. The best thing about this is that the battery charger is extremely compact and lightweight. It can fit literally into any bag and is perfect for traveling. We all know that photographers usually carry a lot of heavy stuff with them, so getting such a thin and light yet useful thing is the least that we can do. This one is for most of the Canon cameras so be sure to check which camera brand your friend is using.
4. Fotodiox Pro 5-in-1 Reflector with Easy Hold Handles
- Handles On Either Side for Easy Hand Held Use!
- Sturdy Pro-Grade Materials
- Collapsible for Portability
- 5 Applications In One for All Photo Occasions
- 24-Month Manufacturer Warranty
If your friend specializes in portrait photography, then a portable reflector will become a great gift. This model comes with different fabrics for various light effects (gold, black, silver, white, translucent diffuser). So, basically, it’s a 5-in-1 and we all love multipurpose stuff, right?
The disc itself is quite big, but you can easily fold it. The reflector comes with a case. Moreover, this particular one has convenient handles, so that it’s easy for the photographer or the assistant to hold the reflector.
5. Portable and Easy-To-Use Light Modifier
- Makes a bounce flash reflector, gobo, or snoot
- Packs flat / great for travel
- Attaches quickly & securely
- Adjustable to fit all popular brands of accessory flash
- For on-camera or off-camera flash
A Flash Bender is also an amazing and thoughtful choice. Lighting is crucial for photographers. You don’t always have an opportunity to hold the reflector, so what options are you left with?
This gift is a cool thing that the photographer can attach right around the flash head. It typically does the job, when the thing is used with the flash. The bender is shapeable, so the photographer can easily move the reflector in any direction. Of course, the thing packs flat and takes minimum space in a photographer’s bag.
6. Lightweight Tripod with Bag
- Lightweight tripod with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet
- Compatible with most video cameras, digital cameras, still cameras, GoPro devices, smartphone adapters (not included), and scopes.
- Recommended max load weight is 6.6 lbs (3kg) for optimal performance
- Weighs 3 lbs; Extends from 25 inches to 60 inches when center post is fully extended; Carrying case included
- Two built-in bubble view levels and 3-way head to allow for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options
You might consider getting a tripod for your friend. However, bear in mind that it might not be the best gift for a professional (unless you are ready to spend hundreds of dollars on one of an amazing quality). But if the photographer is only getting started and you know that he or she does not have a tripod yet, then this affordable option can be a great start. It is lightweight, comes with a bag and has adjustable-height legs with rubber. Easy to setup and use.
7. Medium Backpack for a DSLR Camera
- Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack - Removable Camera Compartment - Manfrotto 7 Year Limited Warranty (2 Year + 5 Year with Online Registration) - Bundle includes: - Manfrotto Street Shoulder Bag for DSLR Camera
- Manfrotto Protection System
- Perfect for DSLR/CSC with kit lens plus 2 additional lens and accessories
- External Tripod Connection
- Dedicated Compartment for 15" Laptop
Now, this is a gift that might totally top all the previous ones. A backpack that is made especially for photographers and all the necessary equipment they have. How handy is that?
The backpack has a removable camera compartment, an external tripod connection, a laptop compartment, a shoulder bag for a DSLR camera. Provides the perfect protection for all the equipment and comes with a 7-year warranty (with online registration). If your friend is really someone special, then you might want to consider getting such a stunning gift.
Also, take a peek at our guide on how to choose a camera bag, you will find other types of camera bags, not just backpacks. Maybe you will fancy some other type that you can buy as a gift.
Well, now you know that gifts for photographers can be both, fun and useful. We hope that you will manage to pick the right one for your friend (or even for yourself).
But always remember that it’s the attention that truly matters!!
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