With the holidays coming up, I’ve been sending my family and friends different gift ideas/ products that I would love to add to my photography kit! So I thought it’d be a fun idea to compile a blog post of what I think are the best gifts for photographers!
Whether you’re looking for cheap gift ideas, or have a larger budget to buy some of the more expensive gifts for photography lovers (electronics can get pretty pricey), I think I’ve put together a really awesome guide!
From various camera straps, photography luggage, fun accessories, photo gift ideas, and customized products – every item on this list would be a truly special gift that I know they’d love (and actually use!
So without further ado, here’s what I think are…
The 50 Best Gifts for Photographers in 2020
I bought my first Peak Design camera strap about two years ago now, and I’ve never looked back! It’s an absolute must-have for anyone with a DSLR, and I’m always finding myself recommending them to friends and fellow photographers! Peak Design has tons of solid products, and the company really stands behind them, so definitely check it out!
I was recently in the market for a new backpack, so I bought myself this budget-friendly Estarer DSLR Camera & Lens backpack. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but for the price, I’m seriously impressed! It holds all of my camera gear easily, has a rear laptop pocket, and I love the material. While it’s not one of the fanciest or luxurious camera backpacks, it’s a fantastic and affordable option, and would make for an excellent gift!
Check out this fun YouTube video that goes over in detail a bunch of different backpacks, and it’ll give you a bit more of an idea of what’s available on the market.
This was the very first tripod I ever bought for myself, it’s the same one I still use and have used across ALL of my travels around the world. I think it’s one of the best tripods on the market, but it’s also one of the most affordable! It’s lightweight, compact, and easy to carry with you, but also can hold the larger DSLR and heavier wide-angle lenses! If you’re looking to buy someone a tripod, then I’d definitely look into gifting the Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod! It also has a great warranty (which I’ve actually used when a part became a bit wonky), and they’ve given me a brand new tri-pod for free!
I was first introduced to the Lensball photography accessory from a Facebook promo advertisement, and it sparked my interest (and had a fun promotion going on), so I bought it. I was completely obsessed with it for the first 6 months I had it, and it really is TONS of fun to play with. This is all about creativity, and the more you use it, the more you fall in love with it. It’s essentially just an ultra-clear Crystal Ball that
Here’s a fun photo I took with my lens ball in Macau! While this was taken with my DSLR, they also work great with smartphone cameras!
Now, I know you might be asking yourself, “why on earth would I buy a professional photographer a polaroid camera for a gift?” Well, these little devices can unlock some really fun and creative content! They’ve become really popular on Instagram, and I love seeing what people can do with them!
They are simply awesome, affordable, and would be a great gift for this upcoming holiday season!
Want to give them a gift that has to power to fuel their creativity and inspiration? Then, pick up a hardcopy of “Life: 100 Photographs That Changed the World“, because it’s filled with incredible stories and photography that is guaranteed to impress everyone! It’ll also look fantastic on the coffee table!
Sometimes photographers don’t want to lug around their DSLR cameras, that’s when the popular Xenvo Pro Smartphone Lens kit comes in handy! It’s the #1 best selling product in the industry, has stellar reviews, and would make for a perfect gift idea for the photographer in your life!
While I’m not quite sure how well these would work with the brand new iPhone 11 Pro, which has a built-in wide-angle lens and zoom lens, but definitely would be great for most of the other smartphone users.
This is widely recognized as being the best SD card for professional photographers, and buying 1 or 2 of these would be a great gift! SD Cards aren’t as cheap as you’d think, but you definitely need to buy a reliable product, because the worst thing that can happen to a photographer is having a corrupt SD Card. All of my SD cards these Sandisk Extreme Pro, and I’d highly recommend them! They come in a variety of storage amounts, so it really just depends on your budget!
Here’s a fun review video of the product for some more information!
While we’re on the topic of storage, buying someone an external hard drive would be an excellent gift for a photographer! What a lot of people may not realize, is that the majority of photographers shoot in RAW, which means the file sizes of every photo are insanely large! I’ve filled up at least six different external hard drives now, and the last three that I’ve bought have all been LaCie Rugged External Hard Drives! They work extremely well, and love the terrain durability of a drop, crush, and water resistance! While I don’t think you’d need it, the company also backs their products with a two-year warranty!
11) JOBY Gorillapod
If you’ve never seen one of these before, they’re super handy, and every photographer could use one in their gear kit! They’re incredibly durable yet lightweight and can help photographers get tough shots when they don’t want to carry a full tripod with them. Joby GorillaPod’s are also really fantastic for Instagrammers, Bloggers, and YouTubers! I use mine mainly for shooting video footage while walking around a city, as well as setting up a self-timer to get in photos when I’m traveling alone.
Take a glance at the video below to see which one would be the best gift for the photographer you have in mind!
If you’re on a tighter budget, and looking for a fun, quirky gift, then this Camera Lens Coffee Mug would be absolutely perfect! It’s pretty simple really, it’s just a coffee mug (that could double as a pencil holder in an office setting), that looks like a popular Canon lens. I’ve actually seen a few people with this at festivals, and think it’s awesome! I just bought one for myself actually!
Continuing on with coffee mug based gifts for photographers, there are a BUNCH of different mugs that I think are perfect! They’d make a great and affordable present for anyone interested in photography! Here are the two main ones from the photographs:
Professional cameras, lenses, and gear are quite expensive, and it’s important to keep everything in tip-top shape! This Altura Professional Cleaning Kit includes Dry Sensor Cleaning Swab, All-Natural 2oz. Cleaner, a Hard Carrying Case, a Lens Cleaning Pen, Lens Brush, Air Blower, 50 Sheet Lens Tissue Paper, and 2x MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths! It’s an absolutely fantastic deal, and would be a terrific gift! Even if they don’t use one or two of the items in the kit, you really can’t beat this package deal! A lot of the items in this kit can also be helpful around an office setting as well, and be great to keeping all electronics clean!
Do you know if the photographer you’re buying a gift for does a lot of work in low-light? If the answer is yes, then this McoPlus LED Light Wand would make for an excellent gift! It’s basically a LED wand that can provide portable off-camera light, easy-to-use, and comes with a bunch of different adjustable settings for capturing the perfect image. It’s not too expensive and comes with a 12-month warranty for some peace of mind!
While I haven’t personally used this yet, I have bought one and can’t wait to test it out at the next music festival that I shoot!
If this piques your interest, then watch the review video below for some more detailed information!
Every photographer needs a drone, and the best beginner/ travel-friendly drone on the market is hands-down the DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter. It literally fits in the palm of your hand, but produces truly stunning images & videos! While it may be one of the more expensive gifts on the list, it’ll certainly be one of the most appreciated!
If you’re feeling extra generous, I’d look into buying the Mavic Pro 2 & Fly More Combo! It’s the drone I’ve used the most in my life as a professional travel blogger/ content creator, and it’s probably my favorite piece of technology!
Take a watch through this super fun Mavic Air review by famous Youtuber Casey Neistat. It’s funny and filled with epic footage.
17) Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens (Nifty Fifty)
If you’re new to photography, a “nifty fifty” is a prime lens that has a focal length of 50mm. It’s well-known in the industry for being one of the most popular lenses that people get when they purchase a DSLR, but don’t let that fool you – it’s one of the most important lenses in a photographer’s bag. While it’s common for the person to buy the 50mm made by the same camera company (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc) – I’d strongly suggest buying the Sigma Art f/ 1.4 Lens! I rented this recently, and am completely blown away!
It’s one of the best-valued lenses on the market, and if the photographer in mind for this gift doesn’t have a copy already, I guarantee they’d love it!
18) Rogue Flash Gels
This is a really fun gift idea for that photographer in your life! Rogue Flash Gels consists of 20 different filters: 14 color effects, 5 color correction, 1 diffusion, produced by LEE Filters in the U.K (one of the world’s leading manufacturer of lighting filters). Photographers can use these in a bunch of different ways, but they’re most common for portrait/ studio work, but you simply attach it to your flash (which can add some really unique effects to photos!)
Here’s an incredible video on the subject of Flash Gels, which has been super helpful for me as I begin to get into more styles and photography techniques!
19) Peak Design Everyday Sling (Charcoal)
The ultimate low-profile, quick-access day bag for light carry and gear minimalists
The folks over at Peak Design recently launched their new bag the Everyday Sling, which would easily be a fantastic gift idea! It features their signature lightning-fast strap adjusters, excellent functionality with a side-loading main compartment, an extendable outer pocket, and a comfortable carry system.
It will hold the majority of DSLR + lens combinations, packs flat if you’re looking to travel with it in a larger bag, and has a weatherproof 400D canvas shell. While I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet, I hope to in the near future! It’s a top gift idea for photographers!
Photographers tend to be tech junkies, and sometimes things can get a bit messy! I’ve become a big fan of using tech pouches to stay organized (especially while I’m traveling), and this Sterkmann Tech Pouch has been perfect for me. I tend to store an external power bank, headphones, spare SD cards, my GoPro, and various necessary cables inside mine. It’s decently spacious, with tons of different storage compartments, and is backed by an incredible lifetime warranty!
Using light prisms are becoming a hot new trend in photography these days, and it’s also an excellent and cheap gift for photographers! They can create some awesome rainbow effects, kaleidoscopes, mirror, ghost, and dreamy images. You have to get a bit creative with it, but they can become quite addictive! This Amlong Crystal Optical Glass Triangular Prism is budget-friendly and top-rated! If you’re still unsure what you can accomplish with this fun gift idea, take a look at the video below for some stunning examples!
I always think that a personalized gift is always the best kind of gift, because it means you really put some thought into it. For photographers, it’s quite simple actually, because all you need to do is grab a few high-resolution photos to use! There probably are hundreds of different items you could customize, but I think a Mousepad would be a really simple, cheap, fun gift idea!
As a photographer myself, I know how many hours I spend on my computer editing photos – so every time they use their mouse they’ll think of the generous gift you gave them!
Now, these tend to be used mainly for portrait and wedding photographers who need to have access to two different lenses at the same time! While I would think that most photographers who need them might have bought one of themselves, but if they don’t have one – this would be an awesome gift!
This Dual Shoulder Leather Camera Holster is one of the top-rated products online, has stunning reviews, and is also incredibly stylish.
While I’m typically a bigger fan of using a tripod, sometimes photographers don’t want to lug it around, and that’s when a monopod can come into play! I’ve used my monopod at music festivals to help me keep the camera steady while taking longer exposure shots, as well getting unique angles high above the crowd! I just purchased myself one of these FANSHANG 73″ Camera Monopod’s for my own photography needs, and know they’d make for an excellent gift for this upcoming holiday season!
This was is meant for a bit of heavier duty videographers, but would also be useful for hobbyist photographers.
For the photographers out there who also love a bit of snorkeling or ocean shots, this affordable waterproof DSLR case would be a top gift idea! What you may not know is that professional DSLR underwater casings are actually ridiculously expensive, but this style of case works great and will be enough for the majority of photographers. It’s great fun at the pool with kids, snorkeling trips, surf photography, ocean sunrises & sunsets, and so much more!
This review video does a great job discussing this product, so worth a watch if you’re thinking about gifting one!
The shirt really speaks for itself! If you don’t get what it means, I guarantee the photographer you’re buying a gift for will enjoy it! Funny, cheap, and stylish.
So I bought myself a GoPro Hero 7 Black last year before my trip to the Maldives (as I knew I was going to be snorkeling quite often), and I was honestly blown away by the photography and videography capabilities! My favorite tool the GoPro Hero 7 has is the hyper smooth timelapse! You can create some really fun content with it, and I think it’s worth every penny. It’s also fantastic for capturing wide-angle shots & action videos, and deserves a place in every photographer’s bag.
I actually have two GoPro’s and get a lot of use out of them while I’m traveling.
If you haven’t seen these used before, they are completely mindblowing! If you put a few of these in the hands of a skilled photographer/ content creator, the results will be truly stunning! This 6-Pack Colorful Smoke Bomb would be a really unique gift idea, each of them last for 90 seconds, and it’s the highest quality available on the market!
Check out the video below for a bit more information and inspiration! This guy is a popular YouTuber and I’m a big fan of this video!
Instantly print your photos from your smartphone and social media and give them to friends and family! “Lifeprint’s Augmented Reality Hyperphotos make your photos come to life like magic in your hands. Just think magical Harry Potter photos.” Sounds pretty great, yeah?
This is one of my personal favorite gifts for photographers because the possibilities are endless! You can get really creative, print out some awesome content, and give them out at festivals & parties, as well as print out a bunch of pictures to put on walls.
This might just be the best cheap gift for a photographer! It costs less than $10, but is one of the best/ top-rated products online for SD card storage! It’s water-resistant and shockproof and comes complete with a snap-on locking system. This Kiorafoto Memory Card Holder is pocket size, which make it the perfect travel companion.
Check out the unboxing and product test video below!
With over 13,000+ stunning reviews, these Cowin Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are the #1 best selling product in over-the-ear headphones (which is really making a statement). Everyone needs a decent pair of headphones, and with the amount of time photographers typically spend traveling on airplanes, and working on their computers – it’s safe to say this would be a gift that would be appreciated.
Cowin has managed to manufacture a top-notch product at an incredible price, and they’ve proved you don’t need to spend $350+ on Beats headphones.
Does the photographer you’re buying a gift for have a dog? Well, then this could be a superb present idea! It’s a simple way to create some fun and unique content, and hell, they might even be able to understand their friendly animal on a deeper level.
The SmilePowo Dog Harness is a budget-friendly gift, well-made with durable material, super easy-to-use, and has got awesome reviews. Watch the video below for some inspiration!
33) Tile Mate (4-Pack)
If you haven’t heard of Tile Mate before, then let me introduce you to this awesome technology! It’s kind of like “Find Your iPhone”, but for all of your important items, which would work fantastic for expensive photography gear! They basically connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and you can track the location. So you buy this Tile Mate 4-Pack, and they could place one in their main photography kit, suitcase, tech pouch, and main DSLR.
I use this while I’m traveling to make sure I don’t lose anything valuable and keep one on my luggage and passport holder, and I know for a fact they’d make an excellent gift! (My mom actually gave gifted these to me a couple of years ago!)
34) Gary Fong Collapsible Light Sphere (White)
“The Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount will continue to provide photographers with the ability to achieve studio-style lighting effects, anywhere at any time.”
This tiny little sphere might seem like it doesn’t do that much, but attach this on top of an external flash and it can make a massive difference! I use one of these light diffusers anytime I shoot a music festival or do any portrait work, and I think it’s a must-have! It provides an equally secure fit for nearly all flash sizes (so you don’t have to worry about buying the wrong size).
35) MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (6-PACK)
Microfiber cloths are essential in the life of photographers, and MagicFiber is the #1 best-selling brand online and is regularly recognized for its premium quality! You can purchase a 6-pack of these for less than $10, and gift one of them to a bunch of different friends. They’re not only great for photographers, but perfect small gifts for everyone with an LCD TV screen, smartphone, glasses, computers, etc.
I’ve purchased a few packs of these now, and I’d highly recommend them!
Comes with silver, gold, black, white and translucent reflectors.
This Neewer collapsible and ultra-portable light reflector kit is extremely popular, and would definitely be a solid (and affordable) gift! The companies slogan is “Pro Quality. Amateur Prices”, and they’ve got the reviews to back them up (along with their 3-month warranty).
Check out this fun tutorial video below for a bit more information on how to use these!
“Meet Different Photography Needs for Photography Photo Studio Lighting & Outdoor Lighting”
Love photography and ripping shots of tequila? Well, then this is clearly a top pick! While I think these would be more suitable as a stocking stuffer, or an addition to a larger gift, I do think it’s an excellent gift idea! They are well-made with stainless steel, holds a capacity of 2.7 fl oz, and I love that they come on a keychain (which I think is quite adorable)!
You know what makes photo shoots more fun – some background tunes! I’ve been traveling the world for the past couple of years with my JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and I’d highly recommend it! It’s lightweight but powerful, the sound is excellent, and the battery life is truly astonishing!
While there are dozens of quality speaker companies, I’ve always loved my JBL, and think their entire line of portable speakers would make for an amazing gift for photography lovers! Take a read through some of the remarkable reviews, pick a color, and give the photographer the gift of portable music!
Whether they’re regularly spending long days shooting weddings or hiking through the mountains to get some epic landscape shots – every photographer needs a quality power bank! I just recently purchased this Todamay High Capacity Power Bank, and I absolutely love it! It’s got an awesome LCD screen which displays the remaining battery, is lightweight and portable but has an incredible 25000mAh capacity! Combine that with its affordable prices and outstanding reviews, and it makes it an excellent gift for photographers!
“Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.
Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn.”
41) Breakthrough Photography Neutral Density Filter (6-Stop)
Neutral Density filters are another photographer essential by eliminating harsh sunlight and unwanted glare. The first ND Filter I ever bought was from Breakthrough Photography, and I would highly recommend them to other photographers. Their filters are budget-friendly for the photographers (and gift givers) who don’t have the highest budgets, but they can help you achieve some truly stunning content! I’ve primarily used these for shooting long exposure shots during the day (to flatten water movement), especially during sunrises & sunsets.
Their products feature critically sharp optical glass made in Japan and have a very sleek and professional look to it. Complete with new nano-coating layer technology and weather sealed traction – it’s a top-notch product, and would make for an excellent gift idea for photographers! You will have to make sure to find out what size their lenses are, so you can pick the right one. I would think that the 72mm, 77mm, or 82mm would fit most full-frame DSLR lenses.
This is a photo I took in New Zealand using my Breakthrough Photography ND Filter during sunrise at Lake Tekapo
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With this awesome digital picture frame, you’ll be encouraging the photographer to proudly showcase their favorite work around the house! It’s much easier than passing around a smartphone, or all huddled around a computer! Skylight Frame has an undeniably beautiful 10” color touch screen that displays your photos with extraordinary clarity, color, and brilliance. They work really well, have outstanding reviews, and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
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This portable studio is essential to photographer’s who sel products online, and need to do photoshoots regularly! The Foldio1 Comes with LED lighting which makes it perfect for taking high-quality images of your products, art, or food! It’s a small, simple, and affordable gift idea for the right person!
While this would be primarily geared towards to the female photographers out there, I’m absolutely loving these Retro Camera Earrings! They only cost $9.95, but anyone wearing them will look like a million bucks ;-)
So this another gift inspired by my wonderful mother because she’s printed out dozens of custom photo coasters of our family/ various travels! It’s such a small and easy gift idea, but also really meaningful! All you gotta do is pick some of your favorite shots from the photographer you’re buying a present for, and send them over to the company! You can even add captions to the photos if you want!
These little tech gadgets are super handy and allow photographers easier mobility while still securing the camera in your hand. They can also decrease camera shake for sharper images. They’re compatible with any DSLR camera, including large full-frame bodies and cameras with battery grips, and Peak Design apparently created the world’s first camera hand strap that is quick-connecting and quick-adjusting! While I don’t have one myself yet, I definitely plan on gifting one to myself in the near future!
Mastering the art of creating time-lapses is not easy, but practice makes perfect, and this 360° Time-Lapse Tripod Head can be a super fun toy to play with! It works by slowly moving the camera over 120-minutes while it’s on timelapse mode, which will create a subtle movement adding a new element to the timelapse. It’s a cheap and fun gift for photographers, but can assist in making some epic timelapse content!
The Best Gift for Aspiring Photographers
Last, but certainly not least, Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop are two of Photographer’s best friends! They are crucial to the post-processing stage of photography, and I’d say that the majority of photographers use them these days. The frustrating this is that you can’t purchase these anymore, as they are all subscription-based. So if you’re looking for a perfect gift idea for a new photographer, buy them a 12-month pre-paid membership!
Am I Missing Any Awesome Gifts for Photographers?
There are really are countless gift ideas you can give someone who loves photography, but I think I’ve put together a really solid list of the best 50 products! If you think there’s any specific tech gadget, camera accessory, or photo gift that should be on the list, please do reach out to me so I can keep this post as up-to-date as possible!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post though, and have found some inspiration for what you can gift the photography lover’s in your life!
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