Best Gifts for Photographers
Photography is a specialised art form and just like an artist needs the best canvas paint and paint brushes, a lover of photography needs the best camera body and lens and other paraphernalia that is used with photography. Find exactly the right gift for a photographer is not easy, but we have reviewed a comprehensive list of gifts that you can give from novelty gifts to digital cameras and more.
We look at all the different types of gifts you can give to photographers including t-shirts, cups and other novelty items that will make any photographer smile when they receive them.
50+ Best Gifts for Photographers in 2017
- Vintage CameraBag
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Evolution of the Photographer
- Funny Photographer Coffee Mug
- Black-Leather Media Card Holder
- Blue Q Shoulder Totes
- Crystal DSLR Camera Paperweight
- Camera PendantCrystal Necklace
- Alpha Power Battery Charger
- Photo Professional Cleaning Kit
- PANASONIC LUMIX LX100 4K
- Mustard Tea Coffee Mug Cup
- Camera Toilet Paper Holder
- Phone Camera Lens Kit
- Battery Holster
We also look at accessories that you can get for those who love to shoot to use for their photography – click to see our guide of the best point-and-shoot cameras. We also look at different lenses and digital cameras themselves that you could give as a gifts. We also cover printers and other technology that all photographers need.
Buying a gift for your photographer friend or family member will be easy once you have gone through our comprehensive list of photography gifts and looked at our breakdown of the best photography gifts from $1000 to stocking fillers you will be sure to find something that is just right for you to give to your photography loving friend.
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There is a photographer in all of us. We all like to capture the moments that mean something to us, that graduation, birthday or family vacation. We like to document our travels and our achievements and we love to do with photography. In todays world with the advent of technology and the mobile phone with built-in camera, everybody has become a photographer. Everybody is a photojournalist and the paparazzi all rolled into one. No matter where or when something happens somebody is there to immortalise it in photo or video.
So what can you give the budding photographer in your family as a gift, what gifts do you give to a professional photojournalist and what gift is great for the hobbyist who loves to shoot. Photographers always need something to clean, maintain or add to their camera setup. Photographers need high end laptops to be able to edit and publish their pictures and every photographer needs a high quality printer to reproduce their photography. These types of gifts are always welcome.
We have looked at gifts ranging from expensive to very affordable, from serious gifts such as cameras to novelty gift such as camera style travel mugs. Photographers not only need the actual camera, they need bags to transport them and keep them safe, they need memory cards and card readers as well as straps and more, so there is a plethora of gifts out there suitable for these types of people. Looking for something more personal, we have you covered there too with jewelry as well as photo frames and books.
We have covered a range of options in our reviews and to make it even easier for you we have broken it down to best under $1000, $500, $100 and twenty dollar gifts as well as the best stocking fillers for Christmas or other special occasions. We have included four of the items on our comprehensive list of gifts in each of the four categories. No matter what type of gift you are looking for whether it be a gag gift, graduation gift, Christmas gift or birthday gift we have something on our list that you know the photographer in your life would love to receive.
Top Gift under $1000
PANASONIC LUMIX LX100 4K
A camera, there is one of the best gifts for photographers, camera gifts allow the budding photographer to practice their art and explore their world from behind the lens. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is designed to allow you to explore your creativity with manual controls. It offers a host of features to enable you to get the best and clearest images no matter what the light is like.
It will provide both video and still photo abilities with 30p 4K Ultra HD Video and 4K camera mode. Some of the features include large multi-aspect micro four thirds sensor. A 24-75 millimetre Leica DC lens for the Bokeh defocus effect. Stable framing with the eye-level EVF and an external flash which is also included.
Photographers will appreciate the imaging features allow you to adjust aperture, zooming and focusing as well as speed and exposure. The Micro Fourth Thirds High Sensitivity MOS Sensor gives you richer, fuller textures and allows you to capture all the nuances of the scene you want to capture using the multi-aspect ratios. Control the amount of light with the S/N ratio so that you can minimize the noise in the photo. There are three aspect ratios to choose from so you can record in the 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 and selecting them is very easy with the switch located on the lens barrel.
This lens is a photographers dream. The lens is a F/1.7-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summlux Lens, this will ensure that you get the detail you want from corner to corner – click to read our review on Leica M Cameras. The lens consists of 11 elements in eight groups with 5 aspherical lenses, including tow ED lenses. The lens and the compact camera work together in harmony to produce sharp and precise photography.
The defocus effects gives your photography shallow depth of field and invisible edge lines and onion rings. The 9 aperture diaphragm will produce the Bokeh effects. The depth from the defocus technology will slash focus time as it will calculate distance to the subject of your picture by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, this will result in about 0.14 seconds AF.
The 2764-dot Equivalent High Resolution LFV or Live View Finder will deliver 100% color reproduction so you will be able to shoot perfectly even under strong sunlight, making life a little easier for the photographer to get the best shot. The Eye Sensor AF will start auto focus as soon as you look into the lens. Not only will the Lumix shoot 4K Ultra HD video recording it will also grab 3840 x2160MP stills from your video footage.
You can record 4K video for a total of 15 minutes and you can use high-speed burst shots to get spontaneous shots in 8MP resolution. The aspect brackets will allow for you to shoot images at 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1. It has a white balance bracket which will record 3 images with different parameters at a single shutter release. The Monochrome Filter in the Photo Style function will help you to create rich smooth images with limited hues of monochrome.
The multi-exposure enables the camera to shoot 4 exposures in a single frame. You also get RAW data development, time lapse shot, and focus peaking with control ring, stop motion animation, level gauge and fast shutter speed. All in all this is a great camera and lens set that will surely capture the photographer in your lifes imagination. Every photographer will appreciate the manual controls and all the great features it offers.
Apple 13″ MacBook Air
Every photographer needs something to process their photography on, photographers need to be able to edit, and publish their photography in order to make a living and a gift that will allow them to do this is always appreciated. This is a lightweight, weighing only 2.96 pounds, thin with a 0.68 unibody, and powerful laptop for you to work and play on. It contains 5th generation Intel Core i5 processors with Intel HD Graphics 6000.
You can edit your photography, browse the web or do anything else you need to do on your computer with lightning fast speed. It has a standby time of 30 days and can go 12 hours between charges. The MacBook Air offers WiFi at 3x the rate of previous MacBooks. It will connect instantly to AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. The SSD storage operates 17 times faster, and it will come out of hibernation faster as well. The MacOS operating system helps you work effortlessly between devices.
The MacBook comes with 3 USB ports so it will work not only as a laptop but also a workstation. It offers 1440×900 pixel resolution and LED backlighting, so it will give you bright colors and crystal clear display so editing your photography, watching a movie or getting that presentation up to scratch is easy. You get the FaceTime HD camera to allow you to stay in contact with friends and family.
The multi-touch trackpad and macOS combine to make everything on your MacBook Air intuitive. It is compact and easy to travel with and the keyboard is backlit so you can work in almost any lighting. The perfect gift for photographers to allow them to store, edit and share their photography whenever they want to and at lightning fast speeds.
Wireless Color Professional Inkjet Printer
A photographer appreciates a gift that caters for the need to produce the results of his photography on. This exceptional printer will offer you stunning black and white prints as well as color prints with perfect gradient. The optimum image generating system will reproduce colors as clear and crisp as they appear on your screen, it intuitively selecting just the right color combinations to enable it to print the precise colors you desire.
It is compatible with CLI-42 Ink Tanks which include Black, Gray, Light Gray,Cyan, Photo Cyan and Magenta as well as Yellow and Photo Magenta. It can print at 4800×2400 dpi and FINE technology and to a maximum size of 13 x 19. The perfect gift for any photographer who wants to print their own snap shots with crystal clear clarity and perfect color, or in stunning black & white prints. A wonderful birthday or Christmas gift.
Portable External Hard Drive
Being able to store your photos, music and data safely and securely is very important to the photographer and a gift that can provide them with this ability is always welcome. The My Passport portable hard drive will store huge amounts of music, videos and photos for you allowing you to take it with you wherever you go. It is equipped with WD Backup, just set the time and how often you wish to back up and it will do it automatically.
A photographer, especially a professional photographer needs to keep their pics safe and secure. This portable external hard drive has encryption hardware with password protection so your private pics and documents will stay private. You can even add a little message which will tell whoever find it to return it to you. The My Passport is very simple to use all you have to do is connect it up and you are ready to go.
To connect it attached a USB cable to it and your computer, it is compatible with windows but will have to be reformatted is you are using Mac OS. Then all you need to do is open My Passport, load the WD Apps setup and install. It is sleek and compact and will not take up too much space on your desk, it comes in many different colors as well. My Passport can hold up to 4TB which equates to enormous amounts of pics, music, video and anything else you want to store. It has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility. It is durable with shock tolerance and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.
Top Present for Photographers under $500
Ricoh Digital Camera
Another great accessory for a photographer to add to his tool box and not the standard camera gift. A different type of camera that will provide you with spherical panorama images of 360 degrees. It will also provide you with up to 25 minutes spherical videos. The video you can record is full HD and record at 30 frames per second. The Ricoh Theta S has a large image sensor which offers 14MP spherical images. Shoot in low light and still get the best resolution.
It offers shutter speed of up to 60 seconds, a built-in memory which will store 8GB of data as well as live view and live streaming. It features twin-lens folded-optical system. A wonderful addition to your arsenal of cameras that will take unique 360 degree photos or video in HD. This is a great gift for photography enthusiast that is something different to the norm. It will make a great birthday or Christmas gift and all for under five hundred dollars.
Every photographer knows that you not only need to take the photos you need to edit and store them too so getting a gift that will provide this for you is special. So you have the camera and have some spectacular photography, but you need something on which to process, print and share them. The HP notebook is just what you need to edit your photos. It is a 15.6 HD WLED-backlit display that is touchscreen. 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40GHz dual core Processor with a 3M cache and an Intel HD Graphics 620.
It offers 8GB of memory with a 1TB hard drive. The HP notebook also has headphone and microphone input and output as well as TrueVision HD webcam ability. It is compatible with window 10 and has a 3-cell lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable. These are wonderful presents for anybody who enjoys this hobby, or any person at all. Offering excellent features to manage, store and edit your images. It will make a great Christmas or birthday gift for the photographer in your life.
Polaroid Digital Camera
Amateur photographers will love this camera. Would it not be absolutely fabulous if you could snap your photo and immediately print and share you pic to friends and family. Simply shoot it, print it and then share it. The camera is sleek and stylish with a retro look just like the Polaroid cameras of old. It offers a touchscreen display with a 3.5 LCD viewfinder. Instantly develop your photography images using the 2x3 Polaroid Zink Zero Ink Paper. You can record HD video as well as taking still photography images with ease, take selfies, or use it in Photobooth and Burst Modes.
The LCD screen provides easy navigation. The printer requires no ink and no toner, all you need is the adhesive-backed paper from Polaroid and your image comes to life before your eyes instantly. The camera is compatible with smart phones and is Bluetooth enabled. Use the App for both iOS and Android operating systems and you can print and edit adding borders, text and filters as well as many more other fun things to your image.
It comes with a Micro USB cord as well as a 10 pack of paper. Keep your camera close to hand and safe using the wrist strap that is included. It comes in fun and funky colors and is small and compact enough to take anywhere. This is a wonderful photographer gift that will allow them to shoot and print almost simultaneously.
The photographer knows that having a great camera and lens is wonderful but you need to be able to take it around with you in a bag that keeps not only your camera, lens and accessories safe and secure but also looks great. The Kattee is a high quality bag made specifically for the photographer on the go, it is made with durable canvas on the outside and cotton liner inner. A touch of class is added by the genuine cow leather trim on the bag. The bag has a buckle closure so you can close the bag up to avoid spillage or theft.
The design of the bag is so that is can be used to hold a DSLRor Digital Camera such as the Sony, Canon, Nikon or Olympus (click here for our guide). It can also accommodate a Vintage Camera. It also has a number of pockets to be able to store and organise your accessories and more. It contains self-adhering dividers that are padded in order for you to customize your internal space and will help protect your camera from shock and other damage.
Top Gift for Photographers under $100
WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame
A wonderful personalised gift for the photographer and especially photography lovers to display their own photography images in. The photo frame allows you to send your photography directly to the frame using your smart phone app, both iOS and Android operating systems are compatible. It also allows you to create a playlist of your pictures, download your pictures of memorable occasions from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Flickr or any social media sites. You can store all of your photography to Nixplay securely.
You can also manage your frame or multiple frames from your Nixplay Cloud account. You can link up to five different frames and store 10GB of photos on them. You can also watch HD video including audio from a USB or SD/SDHC card. The backlit LED display has anti-glare. The frame offers WiFi connectivity and can be mounted on a wall or placed securely on a flat desk top.
Crystal DSLR Camera Paperweight
A unique photography gift for camera enthusiasts and photographers both professional and amateur. This lovely crystal camera is hand-carved and resembles the 7D camera with a zoom lens. The detailed carving is stunning and can be used as a paperweight or as bookends. A fantastic display for your home or office or photography studio. These make wonderful photographer gifts under $50 and any camera lover or lover of photography will enjoy this as a housewarming gift for the photographer in your life or as a Christmas gift. Looking for something more suited to your grandparents – click to see our full guide here.
Photography Portrait Studio
A photographer knows that being able to properly light your subjects when practicing studio photography is of vital importance. With this extensive kit you get three Energy Saving Daylight CFL Continuous Light Bulb, two 33-inch White Umbrella Reflector and three Single Head Bulb Sockets. Along with these features you also get 2 x 86-inch Light Stand Tripod and a 28-inch Light Stand Tripod.
The Heavy Duty Carry Case Bag and a Bulb Carry Case Bag. Starting off as a studio photographer is not easy especially if you do not have the kit you need. This is a great gift for any new graduate just starting out on their photography career. It will also make amazing gifts for any budding amateur photographer with an interest in portrait photography.
4K WIFI Sports Action Camera
If you are a sportsman and a photographer who loves to document your achievements then this is a great camera for you to use. It is a 4K Ultra HD Action Camera that will capture video at 30 frames per second and 12MP photos also at up to 30fps. Resolution on this camera is four times better than that of your traditional HD cameras.
It has a built in WiFi and HDMI for you to be able to edit and share your photography in mere minutes. Use the iSmart DV App to connect with your smartphone or tablet. The sports photographer will love the fact that this camera is waterproof to 100 feet and is designed to work in even the most extreme environments. Durable and sturdy it is the perfect accessory for any sports photographer to use. You can use the wireless wrist remote control to operate you camera.
Best Gift under $20
Thermo Steel Insulated Tumbler
Those that love photography often have early mornings and late nights and both can be made easier with a cup of coffee. Why not drink your coffee or any other beverage out of your very own replica Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM camera lens travel mug. Not only does it have a fun look it is very practical. Made from food grade PVC outer and a stainless steel thermos interior it will keep you coffee, hot chocolate or any other warm beverage hot until you are ready to drink it. It can also be used on your desk in your studio or office as a pen holder. Gifts for photographers under $20 are hard to come by but this one is perfect for the photographer in your life.
Professional BluetoothSelfie Stick
You dont have to be into photography to be able to take the perfect selfie with your best friend while out on the town, or with your family and the once a year family gathering or any time for any reasons is great. This selfie stick includes two interchangeable phone mounts, a one screw tight mount and a spring mount with an extra mirror attachment. It is compatible with all smart phones even those with very thick cases, it will mount smart phones, GoPros and digital cameras.
With a handle that can extend to 49 you will not even know it is a selfie picture. The quick flip locks require no twisting and the tough durable material with the non-slip rubber handle makes for wobble free selfies. The Bluetooth remote connects fast and has a rechargeable battery with a 300 hour standby time. This is a wonderful gift for photographers for under $20.
Most Influential Images of All Time
You are into photography and you like to see what great images are taken by other shooters that you can learn from. This is a book published by Time Magazine which is not only synonymous with journalism but also with photojournalism at its best. This book celebrates the 175th anniversary of photojournalism and shares with you some of the most compelling and influential photography in history. Photography has changed the way we look at life, it gives us graphic depictions of events allowing us to be influenced and sometimes spurring us on to change the course of history.
This is a must have book for all photography lovers who appreciate the art and appreciate the contribution it has made to our society on all levels and it makes especially great gifts for professionals to remind them of how important their work is. This book as makes a lovely coffee table book on photography and therefore will make a wonderful housewarming gift.
Clip on Selfie Ring Light
You need a light to be able to achieve the best results from your photography and using the flash on your camera tends to flood the lens and affect your pictures negatively. You need soft lighting to enable you to get the best selfie you can. Never have to worry about replacing your batteries, do not worry about finding the best lighting before you take your selfie and you will not scratch your smartphone with the scratch-resistant sponge so it will not fall off.
Make videos at night or take selfies in the dark and you can use it even with your rear camera. All you have to do is to connect it to your phone and you are good to go. It has multiple uses such as an emergency light and even a torch.
Recommend Stocking Filler
Pocket Memory Card Reader
As a photographer you usually have taken a lot of great images on your travels and now you need to transfer your data quickly between your memory card and your smartphone, PDA or computer. This is where the Pocket Memory Card Reader comes into play. It supports SDXC or Secure Digital High Capacity and micro SDXC cards up to 64 GB. You can transfer 480Mbps at lightning fast speeds. The IOGEAR 12-in-1 Pocket Card Reader / Writer works with 12 of the most common memory card formats including SD, SDXC, as well as micro SD, micro SDXC, mini SD and MMC. It will also work with memory stick and MS Duo.
It is compatible with windows 2000, XP & Vista, Windows 7 as well as Window 8/8.1 and Mac OS x 10.3.9 or later. It will support USB 2.0. To a photographer being able to store and download your photo, videos and music easily and at lightning fast speed is a really great benefit to any photography. These are great stocking fillers for a photographer at Christmas and excellent cheap gifts for photography lovers on any occasion.
Photo Professional Cleaning Kit
Bing into photography, whether you are professional or not, you need to keep you camera and equipment clean and ready to use. Your equipment is delicate and if you do not keep you lenses clean you will not be able to take exceptional photographs. This great kit for photography lovers includes a lens cleaning pen system as well as a lens brush, air blower cleaner and fifty sheets of lens tissue paper.
It does come with a spray bottle however it is empty and ready for you to fill it with your favorite cleaning solution. The three microfiber cleaning cloths MagicFiber cloths. Photography is demanding, every item has to be clean as the slightest mark on your lens can lead to disaster. The photographer know this and will love this great professional cleaning kit as gifts on their birthday.
Wireless Remote Control for Canon
Every photographer will love this great device as it will activate your shutter remotely and allow you to get better clarity and suffer less vibration. You can use the remote to take full family portraits and a multitude of other photos such as low-light photos. Make portrait or group photography easy. It is compatible with various Cannons including the T5i, T4i, T3i, T2i, T1i and XT, XTi and XSi. It will also work with the 5D Mark II, III, 100D, 6D, 60D as well as the 7D, 70D, 300D, 350D,400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D.
It is battery powered and it can work at a range of 10 feet. These make great gifts for photography lovers for Christmas, their birthday or even for graduation. Take group photos including yourself without having to rush back and get half of your body cut out of the picture.
Camera PendantCrystal Necklace
Show everybody that you love photography or that the lovely lady in your life is into photography or loves cameras, and any woman loves jewelry. So if you are looking for the perfect gift for that lucky lady then the Pendant Crystal Necklace which will appeal to any girl, teenager or woman. The pendant is small measuring only 1×1 inch in size. It comes with a snake chair that is 18 inches long and will fit most neck sizes easily. It comes in a gift box ready for giving.
This stunning necklace will make a wonderful Valentines Day for your lady love, or it will make a very nice graduation, Christmas or birthday gift for those who love their cameras.