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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
🎁 BEST GIFT IDEA - Vintage Photography Camera related theme 📷 clock for Professional Photographers, Enthusiasts, Beginners 📸 for adults - women, men. Teens or kids - girls and boys 😃! We produce unique wall clocks made of recycled vinyl records in great condition only! You buy not only record wall clock - you give brand new life to a real vintage LP disc with history! It is very environmentally friendly and promotes recycling and upcycling!
👐 HANDCRAFTED AND HIGH-QUALITY – Each clock is assembled by hands in Europe. SomeThings team produces unique handmade wall hanging novelty clocks with laser cut technology made of recycled vinyl records, silent quality quartz clock mechanism, dial sticker and protective decorative clear plastic disc. We pack your clock in cardboard box with reliable foam protection!
🧭 REALLY USEFUL GIFT - This unique decorative clock will fit to any interior home design - modern, farmhouse or classic and trendy minimalism. It becomes awesome and cool black wall decor of the photo studio, nursery, childrens’ room, living room, kids room, bedroom, kitchen, office, dad and mom home and even for the garage of Photography fans!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 time.
1. Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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: 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)
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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
The backpack has a removable camera compartment, an external tripod connection, a laptop compartment, a shoulder bag for a DSLR camera. It 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.
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