Christmas is approaching and photographers are getting busier because they are preparing for some Christmas photo sessions. Whether you’re a photographer or not, you must admit that photographers have a pretty tough job.
If you’re a photographer or you want to surprise your loved one who is a photographer, you’ve come to the right place and just on time before Christmas. In this article, we’re going to go over some creative Christmas gift ideas for photographers. If you’re already excited, and you should be, let’s kick this list off!
9 Creative Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers
Lowepro Adventura TLZ 30 II Holster
- The Adventura TLZ 30 II fits a DSLR with attached kit lens (such as Canon Rebel T5i with 18-135mm), spare memory card and small accessories
- A durable, custom-molded base safeguards gear from moisture, debris and impact
- Features a built-in memory card pocket and two pleated side pockets for accessory storage
Lowepro Adventura TLZ 30 II is a perfect little gift for a photographer with one small DSLR or mirrorless camera and one lens. As its name implies, it’s a beautiful holster with lots of great features. Despite being a holster, it offers a lot of space for other accessories, aside from your camera and lens.
On the sides, it has two pockets where you can put your smartphone, SD card, microphone, or whatever you want. Given its quality design, you can carry it on your shoulder or use the handle on top of it to carry it in your hand. The strap can be removed if you want, allowing you to hook it onto your belt.
With over 40 positive reviews on Amazon, Lowepro Adventura TLZ 30 II represents one of the best camera holsters for a modest photographer. Just don’t expect it to carry a big DSLR and a couple of telephoto lenses. After all, this is a neat little gift that isn’t going to cost you a fortune but will surely satisfy even the most demanding semi-professional photographers.
Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer (Gold)
- Create instax photos by sending images from smartphones and tablets using the free share app
- High resolution images with print pixels of 800x600 dots and 320 dpi to show detailed gradations, facial expressions, characters or objects clearly. Uses 256 levels per color (RGB)
- A new laser exposure system achieves a faster printing time of 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output. Supported image format: JPEG, PNG
A bit more expensive than the previous idea, Fujifilm INSTAX Share is a unique present for a photographer that’s going to make him jump in excitement.
The great thing about this cute contraption is that you don’t need any wires, batteries, or chargers, so you can print the photos anytime you want. This gift is a perfect match with the previous one on the list, given its compactness. You can easily fit it into an average-sized holster for added convenience.
WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive
- Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files.Specific uses: Personal
- Transfer data at maximum speed with USB 3.0; USB 2.0 compatible
- Improve PC performance - When your internal hard drive is almost full your PC slows down. Don’t delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements portable hard drive and get your laptop moving again.
A passionate photographer who snaps hundreds of photos a week always needs a reliable storage solution. Luckily, WD is here to give you a hand with their high-quality portable external hard drive coming in three variants – 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB.
The reason we went for a terabyte hard drive is that it offers the best value for the money and in many cases, it’s more than enough unless the photographer shoots 4K videos every day. Then, a 3 TB one would probably suffice.
Additionally, it has USB 3.0 port to provide you with steady, reliable, and blazing-fast data transfer. This USB type is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0, making the hard disk more versatile.
Design-wise, there’s nothing new and flashy – it’s a black rectangle with a white WD logo on the front side. This is both good and bad. Good for minimalists and bad for those who want a flashy hard disk.
A little caveat is that Mac users will need to format the drive before using it but still, it’s suitable for Mac computers, so there’s almost nothing to complain about.
Gorillapod Hybrid Tripod
- Flexible: Grip it. Wrap it. Stand it. Wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera equipment to virtually any surface
- Versatile: Mount mirrorless cameras, flashes, speakers, video lights or any device weighing less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) with a ¼"-20 tripod mount
- Portable: Compact & lightweight for easy transport in pocket, handbag or backpack
Tripod is an essential piece of gear for a photographer. It allows for increased stabilization and decreases motion blur when taking photos. This time, we present you the Gorillapod Hybrid Tripod, which represents the best tripod you can buy as a gift for your photographer.
It’s compact, lightweight, and very strong. So strong, that it can support one nasty DSLR of up to 1 kg. Conventional tripods aren’t as versatile as this one. Whereas standard tripods have fixed legs, this one can bend over backward and serve as an everyday tripod.
Given that it can wrap around almost anything, it opens up many different possibilities for photography, which results in some unique angles and positions.
The tripod also comes with a ball head which makes setting the frame much easier. Don’t mind its compact dimensions, Gorillapod Hybrid Tripod is a great option for amateur and semi-professional photographers. Don’t buy this one for a professional photographer.
Related: Best Tripods for Photography
Samsung Portable SSD 1TB T5
- Superfast read write speeds: SSD with V-NAND offers ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 540MB s (up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs); Ideal for transferring large-sized data including 4K videos, high-resolution photos, games and more
- Compact and portable design: Top to bottom shock resistant metal design fits in the palm of your hand and easily slides in your pocket or purse to take work and entertainment on the go
- Secure encryption: Optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps your personal and private data more secure
If you want to spend a bit more on a quality solid-state drive, Samsung Portable SSD 1TB T5 is a great option. Here, we’re talking about the 1TB version since it’s more than enough for most photographers.
The thing about SSD is that it is multiple times faster than the ordinary HDD and because of that, it’s much more expensive. This one, for example, is four times more expensive than the HDD we’ve mentioned before.
On the brighter side, it comes in a beautiful blue color, has modest dimensions, and has blazing-fast speed. Those who trust only the strongest brands in the world are going to be happy because we have good old Samsung here. Samsung is known for producing some of the best memories in the world, from hard drives to RAM, making them very reliable in this department.
Every piece of tech comes with a caveat and here, it’s the lack of hardware data encryption. Also, we find the decision to not include every color with every capacity a bit odd.
Rode VideoMic Go
- Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone with Windshield
- Integrated Rycote Lyre Shockmount
- Plug--play Operation
Photography isn’t all about taking photos, so we need to throw in something that’s going to satisfy videographers. This is where the amazing Rode VideoMic Go comes into play, an outstanding microphone for your GoPro videos.
GoPro cameras started to gain traction a few years ago and nowadays, everyone who loves traveling and exploring has one of them. Unfortunately, some GoPro cameras compromise on the sound quality but VideoMic Go doesn’t. It’s here to bring the sound quality to impressive levels, even if you have a more expensive GoPro camera that already produces decent sound.
Older GoPro models may not support this microphone, so you’ll need to buy an appropriate adapter. Also, the microphone isn’t waterproof, so don’t go swimming while carrying this baby.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- The 2 in 1 that’s your all in one; Instantly transform your Android tablet into a PC desktop experience when you attach the keyboard1 with built in trackpad
- Power to multitask; Thanks to the speed of the fast mobile processor, rapidly switch between apps and tasks or immerse yourself in graphic intensive games; Plus, get PC caliber internal RAM
- All new S Pen included; Now the included S Pen lets you pause and skip at the press of the button; Plus, you can still mark up papers, sign docs and take notes; The S Pen even attaches magnetically for easy storage and charging
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the newest iteration of Samsung’s well-known tablet series that comes jam-packed with great features. Being only 5.7 mm thin and around 420 grams heavy, this tablet is a compact beast.
Having a razor-sharp AMOLED screen that packs 10.5 inches in size, it can be used as a portable photo editor. Samsung hasn’t let us down when it comes to the screen resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The tablet has one of the strongest chipsets in 2019 – Snapdragon 855, as well as Adreno 640 GPU accelerator.
This combination makes photo and video editing a joy, as the tablet breezes through everyday photography tasks. If 128 GB of internal storage isn’t enough, there is a MicroSD slot that supports SD cards of up to 1 TB.
Furthermore, it is possible to connect an external hard drive and get additional storage. Although we didn’t recommend this tablet because of its cameras and its photo and video-editing capabilities, Samsung included two cameras on the back of this tablet. One is 13 MP wide, and the other is 5 MP ultrawide, nothing spectacular but it can be used as well.
The only downside is that there’s no 3.5mm jack but Samsung included Dolby Atmos sound for added sound quality. This is the most expensive gift idea on the list and if you have money to spend on it, your photographer will never forget the moment he opened this gift.
Foldio3 Portable Studio Light Box
- [Portable & Foldable] Set up in less than 10 seconds ] - Its own magnetic structure enables users to assemble the Foldio3
- [ Size(opened) : 25” x 25” x 22” (62.5 x 64 x 55 cm) / Size(folded) : 25” x 15” x 2.6” (62.5 x 39 x 6.5 cm
- [Dimmable Triple LEDs] 96 LED Chips(5700K, CRI 95+) with 48Watt Maximum capacity triple LED lighting system
A lightbox studio is necessary for shooting goods for online sales, but it can also be used for imaginative still-life photographs. For photographers, this is a wonderful gift.
This Foldio3 Studio Light Box is portable and foldable. In less than ten seconds, you can set up. Users can put it together because of its unique magnetic structure. It has dimensions of 25″ x 25″ x 22″ when it is opened and 25″ x 15″ x 2.6″ when folded, giving the impression of being a miniature studio.
It features colored backdrops. Using several colored backgrounds gives your images additional variety. These backdrops are made of strong non-see-through PP material, are seamless, and can easily be cleaned. Furthermore, it may be fixed in 3 seconds. Just roll up the backdrop to fix it at the top of Foldio3, then attach it at the bottom.
It features halo Bars as well. This will help your images gain more exposure. You can quickly attach these magnetic lighting attachments to the side or bottom of your Foldio lightbox.
Selvim Phone Camera Lens Phone Lens Kit
- 【Industry-leading 4 in 1 Phone Lens Kit】 Designed for enthusiasts and professionals. This lens kit includes a 22X telephoto lens, 235° fisheye lens, HD 0.62X super wide angle lens & 25X macro lens, flexible clamp, phone clip, upgraded metal tripod, an eyecup, cleaning cloth & storage case. Selvim phone lens is a great addition to turning your phone into a go-to camera. (Notice: first fix the clip on the phone, adjust the ring to align with phone camera, and finally rotate the lens to fix it.)
- 【Expand Your Phone's Picture-taking Capabilities】 22X telephoto camera lens - Magnify distant subjects and zoom in for vivid close-up shots; 235° fisheye lens - Create fun and unique circular mystical result picture; 25X macro lens - Capture all the intricacies and details with precision-focus for razor crisp macro photos (Not for zooming in on distant object); HD 0.62X super wide angle lens - Capture a wide field of view for stunning perspectives with virtually no distortion.
- 【Must Have for Photography and Videography Pros】10-10 multi-resistant coating are adopted to these lenses to handle every shot from portraits to landscapes, which minimizes ghosting and flaring and helps to prevent smears and fingerprints on the lens. Say bye to frustrating photo "retakes" and leave wonderful memories in your brilliant photos.
Indeed, the latest generation of mobile phone cameras is developing every year, especially with the introduction of these small mobile lenses. At a modest price, you can purchase these telephoto, angle, and macro Selvim Phone Camera lens pack compatible with all models. With the use of this lens, your phone may become your primary camera.
In this kit, you may increase the photo-taking capabilities of your phone with its 22X telephoto lens. For brilliant close-up photographs, you can zoom in and enlarge distant subjects. Also, its 235° fisheye lens can produce an interesting and amusing circular mystical result image.
Also, the 25X macro lens’s precision focus allows it to take incredibly sharp macro shots of even the smallest details. Moreover, the camera boasts an HD 0.62X super wide-angle lens, which captures a broad field of view for breathtaking perspectives with almost no distortion.
These lenses have a 10-10 multi-resistant coating, which reduces motion blur and brightness and helps to keep smudges and fingerprints off the lens.
This is the perfect present for photographers, particularly those who enjoy traveling. An amazing lens protector is included in the kit. This carrying cover is excellent and remarkably portable if you want to take pictures with your phone camera or whether hiking, climbing, traveling, etc.
Other Creative Christmas Gifts for Photographers
If our main list was not enough we have prepared for you even more Christmas gifts for photographers. These gifts are somewhat simpler but are still worth considering. Maybe some of these gifts on the list are just what your friend photographer needs:
If this list of gifts is not enough for you, we also have another one with 25 + best gifts for photographers. Using these two articles, we are sure you are going to find your perfect Christmas gift!