In case you haven’t noticed, camera tchotchkes and trinkets can be found just about everywhere. Camera necklaces, camera decorative pillows, camera themed wall art, camera phone case, camera pencil sharpeners (this is real, I got one once), camera pencil pouches, and my personal least favorite, the camera lens travel mug. Trust me on this, we all already have one, we all get tagged in Facebook ads of them by well-meaning friends and family, we definitely know they exist. There is CERTAINLY a better use of that $15, because that lens mug is going to sit in the back of the cabinet forever with the other one they got four years ago. Of course we are all grateful for any gift by a loved one that considers our work or hobby, but please, don’t make them pretend like they’ve never seen one of these while they smile through their teeth knowing that this particular gift will never see the light of day.
Guys, do not waste your money. Photographer’s want FUNCTIONAL gifts. And there are plenty of things that are actually affordable. So I’m going to show you ten gifts that any photographer ( I mean, I think. I can’t read minds) would be thrilled to be gifted!
A cleaning kit makes a great stocking stuffer!
Reflectors come in a variety of sizes, this kit is compact and offers many material coverings. Easy to toss in the trunk to be on-hand when needed!
This is SO boring, I’m almost embarrassed (not quite though).
As cards fill up with photos, many people slip their cards into pockets of their camera bag, but bad things could happen to them in there all unprotected-like.
A memory card case is a great solution. Shockproof, waterproof, dogproof probably (don’t quote me on that one).
These batteries can kick Duracell in the butt.
Memory cards! Fast ones! Small and mighty, any photographer would be happy to receive some quality memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro cards are my personal favorite, at least 95 MB/s, but the faster the better. The nice thing about SD cards is that you can guarantee they will fit most modern cameras. Entry level cameras almost always use SD, and pro cameras often have dual card slots, one for SD and one for CF.
This tripod is smooth, nicely compacts, and offers so much flexibility in positioning a camera. Even if it doesn’t get regular use, having a nice, reliable tripod is so niceeee.
I LOVE this camera strap! When I shoot with just one camera, this strap is my best friend. You wear it cross-body and your camera sits comfortably on your hip or around your back.
Not only is it low profile, it also keeps the weight of your camera off of your neck and onto your torso.
Back, back, back it up.
We’re all doing it, all the time. Extra storage space is ALWAYS welcome. And these rugged hard drives can put up with on-the-go lifestyles.
Fujifilm has an entire line of instant film cameras, including more affordable versions which come in a variety of fun colors, you can see them here. But this baby, this is the one I have. I got it for Christmas three years ago and I am still regularly shooting with it. Most of the gifts on this list are boring, lets be real. Super functional, but boring. But this, this is fun. And I believe any photographer would love a small, instant film camera to document their personal life with.
And while you’re at it, go ahead and buy them bulk film too.
But if I hear you call your Instax print a “polaroid” I will appear from your photo like a genie from a bottle, look you deep in the eyes, and say “INSTAX IS NOT POLAROID.”
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.