Buying gifts isn’t always an easy task. You have birthdays, anniversaries, and the annual Secret Santa with your work colleagues. Finding great gifts for everyone can be difficult.
But if you’re looking for gifts for a photographer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a load of excellent gift ideas for photographer friends, family members, and colleagues.
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57 Awesome Gift Ideas For Photographers
We’ve broken our list down into manageable categories so you can find the perfect gift for your photographer friends and family.
If you have a beginner photographer who’s looking to level up, the X-T30 from Fujifilm is an excellent
This camera is tough by name and tough by nature. It’s a compact camera built for life in the wild. It’s waterproof down to 15 meters. And it gives you five underwater shooting modes. It’s a gift for the photographer who’s addicted to the great outdoors.
The GoPro Hero9 is an ideal gift for an adrenaline junkie. The camera is a waterproof action camera that can record video with 5K resolution and shoot 360° photos and videos.
The Insta360 One X2 is the best 360° camera there is. It makes it easy to create high-quality 360° videos and images. It’s a wonderful gift for influencers, vloggers, or anyone who wants to spice up their social media content.
Buying camera lenses for photographers isn’t easy. There’s a lot of information to decipher. But if you’re buying for a Nikon camera user, you can’t go wrong with this Nikkor 50mm.
If the recipient is a Canon user, you can go for their EF 50mm camera lens. It’s similar to the Nikon 50mm, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. It’s a superb all-around lens and an excellent photography gift.
There are models for both Nikon and Canon cameras, so be sure to select the correct one. The Tamron brand is cheaper than both Nikon and Canon, but the quality is excellent.
The Sigma 105mm is a macro photography lens. If your photographer friend or family member likes getting up close to their subjects, this is the lens for them.
Sigma makes excellent quality camera lenses. And this lens is compatible with Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras.
Light and Light Accessories
If you’re in the dark about photography gifts, try this Speedlite flash from Neewer. Neewer makes excellent mid-range, budget-friendly photography equipment.
This flash unit connects easily to your camera using the hot shoe. And this model is compatible with Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras.
Another great gift to accompany the flash is a set of coloured light filters. This Neewer filter set comes with 30 different coloured gel filters.
This strobe flash is a powerful unit, working well for studio and location shoots. Any portrait or fashion photographer would be pleased with a flash unit packing this kind of firepower. And it connects wirelessly to all the top camera brand models.
A flash diffuser is another top gift for any studio photographer. Whether they shoot portraits or fashion, this item will come in handy. This Neewer attachable softbox diffuser is useful and good value for money.
If they need a bigger light diffuser, this collapsible ring diffuser from Neewer could be the perfect item. It softens a bright flash and gives you an even spread of light. It’s another great value product from Neewer.
If your studio photography friends don’t need a light diffuser, perhaps they’ll like a light reflector. This unit from Neewer is five reflectors in one, making it a versatile piece of equipment. It’s an affordable camera accessory from Neewer.
If you know someone getting started with product photography, a studio tent is a perfect present. A studio tent gives you a small photography studio you can set up at home. And there’s no need to move furniture or redecorate. You can set it up on a table.
White balancing cards are useful little items. They’re inexpensive, and you can clip them onto your kit bag. Taking a picture of a white card at the start of a shoot will help you set the perfect white balance on your camera. They’re a great present idea for photographers.
Camera Bags and Cases
The Rimo I is a messenger bag for professional photographers. All of Black Forest’s products have excellent build quality, but the Rimo I is the pick of the bunch. It’s hand-crafted with genuine tanned leather, making it a robust and stylish camera bag.
This sling bag from Peak Design is the perfect casual camera bag for photographers of all skill levels. It’s big enough for a camera or two, along with extra accessories. Peak Design makes excellent outdoor wear, so you won’t need to return this gift.
The JAEP backpack is weather-resistant, and it has padded dividers for camera bodies and lenses. It also has space for your laptop. This backpack is a great gift for all outdoor photographers.
The Tahoe from LowePro is another backpack-style camera bag. This option has more of an outdoors and inconspicuous design. It has specially designed compartments for cameras, lenses, and other accessories. And camera bags aren’t usually this affordable.
When photographers travel internationally, they need to know their equipment will survive the trip. If you know a photographer with this concern, the Pelican Air 1525 is the best hard case you can find.
It has a customisable foam interior for all your camera bodies and accessories. It’s shockproof and waterproof, so your gear is safe no matter what happens.
The SKB 3i-1309 is a handheld hard case option if the Pelican case is too big. It’s incredibly robust and compact with a padded foam interior. And there’s enough space for a camera and additional lenses.
Accessory Bags and Cases
There are a lot of bits and bobs that go with a modern camera, not to mention the other electronic items the modern photographer needs. A cable organiser will be a welcome gift for Christmas or a birthday.
A case for memory cards is a perfect gift for any photographer with a digital camera. This option from Kiorafoto is water-resistant and durable. And it has a handy clip for attaching to larger bags.
If a specialist camera bag isn’t on their gift list, your photographer friend might like a protective wrap. It’s perfect for a camera lens, body, or anything else you might need to protect from knocks and bangs.
A new strap is always a fab gift for photographers. You don’t need to know any specifics about which camera they use or whether they prefer colour or black and white. This reliable Peak Design strap will attach to any of the major camera bodies.
Another option is the Tarion camera strap with a brown and white weave. It’s sturdy and looks great with vintage cameras.
If you want a simple camera strap, this rope-style strap from Eorefo has a no-thrills aesthetic. They’re solid, simple, stylish, and a good value for money.
Tripods make superb gifts for photographers. And with its flexible and bendy legs, the Joby Gorilla pod is an extremely versatile tripod. You can bend the legs to adjust the height or wrap them around a post for unconventional stability.
The Pixi Evo is an excellent mini tripod from Manfrotto. It works well with lighter DSLRs and mirrorless cameras for tabletop photography. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for photographers that need a bit of support.
If your gift recipient needs a tripod on the larger side, this action tripod from Manfrotto is excellent. Manfrotto has a good reputation for mid-range photography gear, and this tripod is no exception.
It’s a compact item that’s easy to store and carry, making it ideal for travel photography. And once it’s opened, you get terrific stability for any DSLR or
If you need a present for a smartphone photographer, the Griptight One from Joby is the best flexible tripod you can get. It has the same flexible legs as the larger GorillaPod. But this one is pocket-sized and made for phone photography.
Gifts for Film Photographers
Buying film for a film photographer might seem a bit obvious and unimaginative. But believe me, they will appreciate it. A film photographer can never have enough film, and you’ll save them a few pennies on a necessary item.
Kodad Color Plus 200 is one of the best film rolls for all-around photography. It has an ISO of 200, giving you a lovely colour saturation with a soft grain texture. The results are wonderfully consistent, so it’s a fantastic film stock for anyone new to 35mm photography.
If the intended recipient is a more seasoned film photographer, you can go for more specialised film stock.
Kodak Portra 160 is 120mm, which means it’s made for medium format cameras. If they already have a medium format camera, they’ll definitely be pleased with some extra rolls of 120mm stock. And Kodak Portra 160 is highly regarded in the medium format community.
If you know a black and white enthusiast, you can’t go wrong with a few rolls of Ilford. They’re one of the most renowned names in black and white photography. And their HP5 400 ISO stock is one of the most popular.
People of a certain age will remember how much fun you can have with a disposable camera. Lomography is giving you the chance to have that kind of analogue fun, this time without the waste.
The Lomography Reloadable Camera is a great gift idea for amateur film shooters or people who like a bit of nostalgia. It’s a fun, reusable camera. They won’t last a lifetime, but it’s a great way to shoot a few rolls with your friends.
Storing developed negatives can be a nightmare. You don’t want them to get lost or damaged. That’s why a set of negative storage sleeves is a perfect gift. It’s thoughtful, helpful, and a film photographer at any skill level will appreciate them.
Polaroid is an iconic camera brand known for its instant film photos. You shoot, it prints, you shake it, and you have your photo.
They’re great fun and an excellent gift for photographers of all levels. Anyone can have fun with a Polaroid camera.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is another instant photo camera. You take your picture, and it’s printed in a matter of seconds. They’re great fun. And the Instax Mini is a little bit more budget-friendly than the Polaroid.
Some extra film sheets make an excellent stocking stuffer to go with the Fujifilm Instax camera. And with these, you can try something a bit different in black and white.
Great Gifts For Smartphone Photographers
If you need a ring light for a selfie expert or an influencer on the up, then the Aureday 30.5cm ring light makes an excellent gift. It comes with a stand and an adjustable phone mount. It’s perfect for selfies, vlogs, and makeup tutorials.
There’s nothing like a printed photo. And the Kodak mini printer lets you combine the ease of smartphone photography with the pleasure of having printed photos. You connect your phone to the printer using the app, and then you can print photos from your smartphone.
It’s small and wireless, so it’s portable and easy to use. It makes an excellent gift for keen smartphone photographers.
After a few photoshoots, you might start to find your phone camera a bit limited. A set of smartphone camera lenses can make a huge difference. They broaden the possibilities of camera phone photography.
This set from AJF Sweden includes five lenses. And you clip them on, so they’re compatible with iPhone and Android phones.
A wide-angle lens is perfect for real-estate and landscape photographers. And if they’re using a smartphone, it’s no different. This attachable wide-angle lens will give you incredible smartphone photos, taking your phone photography to another level.
There’s nothing worse than running out of battery when you’re out shooting with your phone camera. And camera apps can drain the batteries at quite a pace. Any smartphone photographer that enjoys working outdoors will be pleased with some extra battery power.
Camera Accessories for Any Photographer
Light meters are a fantastic gift for studio photographers. They can save time, and to professional photographers, that means saving money.
This light meter from Sekonic is easy to use and functions really well. Even if you’re buying one for an inexperienced photographer, they’ll get the hang of it in no time.
If you know a landscape photographer or someone that enjoys long-exposure photography, then a set of ND filters won’t disappoint.
Neutral density filter stop levels of light from getting to the camera sensor so you can shoot with a slower shutter speed. A set of ND filters belongs in any photographer’s kit bag.
Digital photographers can never have too many memory cards. There’s nothing more frustrating than deleting photos to make space for new ones. If you have spare memory cards, you’ll never have that problem.
This memory card from SanDisk has 128GB of storage, so it holds plenty of photos.
A USB memory card reader will always be well-received by digital photographers. It allows them to upload pictures quickly and move their shots to a more secure device. It’s a pocket-sized gadget that is extremely useful.
Rain can damage a digital camera, but sometimes the photographer has to keep working no matter the weather. Wildlife photographers can just pop inside this rain cover when the heavens open. And the same goes for sports photographers.
A camera rain cover makes a superb gift for outdoor photographers. They enable photographers to keep doing their best work even when the conditions are against them.
These may seem like a dull gift, but they’re a vital item in any photography bag. Lens care is an essential part of the photography process, so you can help them by gifting them with some high-quality microfiber cloths.
A lens pen can take lens cleaning to another level. It’s one of the best tools for keeping your lenses in the best condition. Any photographer will appreciate this gift.
Fun Photography Gifts
If you’re looking for something fun, then give your photography friends a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. It’s a great way to get your morning caffeine hit.
You can help a photographer bring a bit of fun to formal events with these Cuff-Daddy photographer cuff-links. They’re a stylish conversation piece that will make any photographer smile.
Finding gifts for photographers isn’t easy. There’s so much equipment and accessories to look through. But I hope this article has given you some great gift ideas so you can make your favourite photographer happy this holiday season.
If you’re buying someone their first camera this holiday season, gift them our Photography for Beginners course to go with it!