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Whether you're a procrastinator, who's left their Christmas shopping until December 24th, or the person who buys everyone's Christmas gifts months before Santa comes, you probably have someone in your life who loves photos. They might be a hobbyist photographer, a teen who is constantly taking selfies, or a grandparent who is constantly pushing their camera in your face at every family vacation. Regardless, there are thousands of gifts for photo lovers out there and it can be overwhelming to sift through and find the best ones. So I've done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the Best Gifts for the photographer in your life!
Now I want to point out that I am not endorsing these products, nor am I paid to put them in my article. As a professional photographer myself, I simply think these gifts are really cool!
The Selfie addict
You know that friend who is always pulling her phone out to take a selfie, then complaining about never having good light when you need it? Well maybe it's time to bring the light to her with an illuminating iPhone case! This Wellerly LED illuminated selfie case can be found on Amazon for about $17 (at the time I'm writing this) and comes with free two day delivery for Prime members.
Not digging the light-up selfie case? Check out these other selfie gifts:
- Selfie stick + tripod + wireless remote all in one | $22
- Selfie Ring Light | $13
- Mobile Photo Printer from Polaroid | $110
The Phone Photographer
Whether they love taking landscape shots or photos of their kids, we've all got that friend or family member who is always taking photos with their phone. For Christmas, why not get them something that will really make their photos stand out? These attachable lenses turn your phone's boring old camera into something spectacular with easily interchangeable lenses from fisheye, to macro, to telephoto. The best part is, they work with most smart phones! Olloclips' essential lenses range from $45 - $60. Check out Olloclips lenses here. You can also find them on Amazon!
Want something more? Check out these other great gifts!
- DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Foldable Gimble for smartphones | $120
- Flexible tripod for smart phones | $25
The Hobbyist photographer
There are a ton of hobbyist photographers out there, and chances are you have one in your family. They're the ones with a DSLR camera attached to their hip (or neck) and bring it to every family vacation without fail. You want to get them something thoughtful to show that you notice their love for photography, but don't know where to start. Don't worry, I've got you covered! Try this advanced Cleaning Kit from Walmart for $30, or this personalized leather neck strap for $75!
Want some other options? Try these out!
Camera Lens coffee thermos | $13
Don't Be Negative t-shirt | $17
The traveling Photographer
As a photographer, it's hard to travel safely with all of your expensive gear. Multiple lenses, camera bodies, speedlights, batteries, etc. Keeping track of it all is one thing, not to mention making sure your $2,000 lens doesn't get cracked. I'm getting anxious just thinking about it! So why not get your travel photog something they'll appreciate and use, like this padded Backpack from B&H Photo for $117. With padded dividers to keep their camera body from hitting their lenses, this Christmas gift is practical and cool looking.
Looking for something else? How about these:
Ona Brixton Leather Messenger Bag | $460
Instax Mini Case for Instax camera | $20
World Adapter for Charging | $20
the vintage camera lover
Vintage film cameras are making a come back and have gained popularity in recent years. With the resurgence of film, finding a techy gift for your film-lover has never been easier. Like this smartphone film scanner from Amazon for around $65.
Looking for another Christmas gift? What about these?
Wooden Camera Pencil Holder | $13
Kurt Adler Camera Christmas Tree Ornaments | $22
The Creative Photographer
Some call them artsy-fartsy, some call them boundary breakers, but I call them creatives. They are the people who look at the world in a different way and have an eye for outside of the box images. If you've got someone in your life like that, I have the perfect Christmas gift for your creative photo genius! This Glass lensball will turn their photos upside down, literally. This one can be found on Amazon for about $14.
Don't like that one? Try these:
Oh Snap! Notebook | $7
Floral Camera Strap | $15
the aspiring photographer
Know someone who loves photography and wants to learn to use their DSLR to its fullest potential? They need a no-fluff, straight-to-the-point course with educational videos and guides that provide easy, step-by-step information so they can take high-quality photos confidently and turn their visions into reality. Soon I'll be releasing a self-paced course that covers over 120 photography related topics! Everything from the basics to advanced editing and techniques.
Here's a sneak peek of the classes inside the course:
- What lens should I use for landscape photography?
- How do I photograph the milky way?
- What is aperture?
- How do I capture the best photos of my family on vacation?
- Compositing images in Photoshop
- How to take the best photos with your smart phone- How to take the best photos of the canyon with your DSLR
- What is the best lens to use in the Antelope slot canyons?
- What is the best DSLR?
- Lenses 101
- Crop sensor vs. full frame
- Shooting in full manual mode
- How to travel with your camera safely
- Neck strap vs. clips vs. holsters
- How to take steady photos in the canyon without a tripod
- 105+ more topics inside the course!
Be the first to know when this course opens for enrollment! Put your name on the list below:
9/23/2019 03:31:41 pm
This is a great guide, thank you! My husband will appreciate the traveling photographer backpack.
9/23/2019 09:58:39 pm
I like the idea of scanning film onto your phone. Not sure how well it will work, but worth a shot.
10/10/2019 10:28:23 am
Such and cool and thoughtful gift ideas! These would be awesome for teens as well!
10/10/2019 10:59:52 am
These are great ideas! I think I'm going to get that illuminated cell phone case for my teen daughters and maybe the camera strap for me!
10/10/2019 11:39:36 am
So many good ideas! Love this list!
10/10/2019 11:27:13 pm
Great photo gift ideas! I’m digging that film scanning app!
11/9/2019 09:52:36 am
These are great Christmas gift ideas for photographers. I've been looking for lens attachments for my iphone and these look like they'll do the job. Hopefully they will help me with my landscape pictures.
2/17/2022 01:05:05 am
Very much appreciated. Thank you for this excellent article. Keep posting!
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