Finding gifts for photographers can be tough if you’re not into the hobby yourself. Camera equipment is really expensive. A framed print won’t cut it. And many products are tied to specific camera brands or models.
But there are lots of great gifts for photography enthusiasts! You just have to know where to look. We’ve put together a list of 10 awesome gifts that your photographer friends and family will love. These gifts are novel, but practical; aren’t too technical; and are reasonably priced.
Add Bling With a Unique Camera Strap
Most cameras come with rather mundane straps, and a new one can lend panache to any camera. Lace, plaid, stripes, spots, even straps with custom text are available. Think about it: your gift could become a permanent fixture around your friend’s shoulders.
Phatstraps has a huge selection of curious and delightful straps that make phenomenal gifts for photography lovers of any level.
Fabric, leather, reversible, wrist straps, even straps that are made from upcycled neckties and scarves. There are plenty of customization options so you can create a unique gift for your photographer friend or family member. The site sells gift cards, too, so you can let your recipient choose their own strap.
Phatstraps’ straps start around $29 and go up in price with various extra features. If you’re looking for gifts under $25, wrist straps start around $21.
For unique, handmade camera straps, look no further than Etsy. You’ll find a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, and options. The prices, like the camera straps, vary widely.
Inspire With Stylish Photography Posters
You might think of posters as apt decorations for dorm-dwelling college students, but there are lots of posters that make great gifts for photographers. A nicely framed poster can brighten someone’s day or help them get out of a photography rut.
A cool patent or blueprint, like this exposure meter patent print, is a great accessory for a photographer’s home:
This upcycled dictionary page adds a creative touch:
Or go with something inspirational, like this motivational “Life is a Camera” poster from Etsy.
Protect Lenses With a… Burrito?
Camera lenses are expensive — but that doesn’t mean you need to protect them with expensive-looking, serious wraps. This lens wrap looks like a burrito, and is sure to make your friend or family member smile every time they take out their lens.
The neoprene-and-Tyvek construction protects lenses from impacts and water, and the middle of the wrap is made of snap-bracelet-like material so it hugs the lens. And it holds lenses up to 200mm, so you don’t have to worry about it being too small for your photographer’s lenses.
Get Smiles With a Retro Camera Pencil Sharpener
Does your photographer friend still use wooden pencils? Whether they do or not, they’re sure to appreciate this adorable retro camera pencil sharpener.
Who knows? Maybe this sharpener will encourage your photographer to go retro with their writing instruments, too!
Make Timelapse Easy With a Motorized Mount
Time-lapse videos are really cool, but they can be a pain to create. This is a simple rotating stand that makes it easier to capture 360° timelapse videos or stills. It spins a DSLR, smartphone, GoPro, or other camera through 360° over the course of an hour.
With its small size, it’s easy to carry and set up, and makes for shake-free time-lapse videos. It doesn’t pack many features, but for the price, it’s a fun gift for a photographer to play around with.
If your photographer friend or family member is more serious about time-lapse photos, consider this Bluetooth-controllable base from Brinno:
Make Photo Editing Faster With a Customizable Interface
Editing is part of the photography process — but some people enjoy photo editing as much (or more) than the photography itself. For editing enthusiasts (or anyone who wants a better interface than a trackpad and laptop keyboard), the Palette is a super cool option. It’s one of the more expensive gifts for photographers, but it’s tough to beat on cool factor.
The physical sliders and dials offer photographers tactile feedback for better editing. And you can rearrange the dials and sliders, because they’re magnetic and reconfigurable. It works with your photographer’s workflow, no matter what it is.
It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for a gift that a photography lover will absolutely adore, this is a great way to go.
Warm Hearts With a Camera Lens Mug
This coffee mug looks exactly like a 24–105mm USM lens — and it will make any photographer happy on a long day of shooting photos (especially in the winter). It’s one of the quirkiest cheap gifts for photographers.
It comes in black and white, and with two different lid options.
There are tons of options for different types of lenses; some even come with a hood. And because most of them are very affordable, it’ll be easy adding it to another gift or sharing it with an acquaintance.
Banish Forgotten Media With Wireless SD Cards
Wireless SD cards are perfect for photographers — they let you transfer photos from a camera to a computer without taking out the SD card. (This is especially great if your recipient is forgetful and might leave it out.)
If you’re familiar with Eye-Fi, you might be wondering why we recommend a Toshiba instead. The short answer is that Eye-Fi seems to have been bought out by Toshiba, and their tech has been adapted into the Flashair series.
The Flashair makes it easy to transfer photos in a snap. You might want to make sure that whoever you’re giving this to doesn’t already have a Wi-Fi-enabled camera, just to be on the safe side.
Capture the Moment With Smartphone Camera Lenses
Let’s not forget our smartphone photographers. Just because someone isn’t using an expensive DSLR doesn’t mean they don’t count. And there are some cool accessories out there that will help take any smartphone photographer’s craft to the next level.
Moment makes some of the very best smartphone camera lenses. There are telephoto, macro, wide-angle, and more. Each lens will help a photographer capture more detail from their phone camera. (Keep in mind, though, that Moment lenses require a special case.)
Just be sure to get the right lens for your recipient’s phone; there are different lenses and mounting systems for different generations of iPhones. There are lenses for just about every phone out there, so if your friend or family member is an Android fan, just spend some time looking around on Amazon and you’ll find what you need.
When it comes to cheap gifts for photography lovers, this set of photography wristbands can’t be beat. Each wristband looks like a different type of lens — some are Nikon, some are Canon, and others represent specific parts of the lenses.
It’s a fun, quirky way to show off someone’s favorite hobby. (And possibly the best stocking filler for photographers.)
(Note that this particular company says that these bands can also stop lens zoom creep. While that might be possible, I wouldn’t count on it being a very effective solution.)
Which Gifts for Photographers Will You Be Buying?
It might seem difficult to find a gift for a photographer at first, but once you see how many fun and useful accessories there are, it gets a lot easier. Whether you spend a few bucks on wristbands or hundreds of dollars on a drone, your gift will be appreciated.
Are you shopping for a photographer gift this year? What might you buy? And if you’re a photographer, what would you love to receive? Share your thoughts in the comments below!