Gift Ideas for the Photographer / Videographer

It’s gift giving time! And while you always want to personalize your gifts, it’s always tough figuring out what to give to your loved ones. To help you with this process or to spark your creativity, here are ten excellent gift ideas for the Photographer, Videographer, or in general any camera user in your life.

1. Magazine Subscriptions ($5 – $30)



The photography and videography industry is rapidly changing. So help keep your loved one up to date with a subscription to a trade magazine.


2. A realistic lens mug ($5 – $20)

Lets face it, there are a very few of us that can afford to give a lens as a present. So the next best thing may be to give a mug that looks exactly like a lens. There’s the 24-105mm Travel Coffee Mug (pictured above), the 70-200 F2.8 Is Coffee Cup, or the Nikon 24-70 Lens Coffee Mug, among others. Often being a photographer means  sitting patiently in the cold to capture the right shot. So a nice comfort to have along would be a thermos or mug filled with a warm beverage. Then again, your photographer may get these mugs confused with their real gear, so they may decide it’s best to keep these mugs for use at home or at the office.


3. Digital Photo Frame ($30+)

Every photographer needs to show off his or her photos some how, and a Digital Photo Frame is a great way to do so.Some photo frames even have the option of playing music while your photos are displayed. More advanced ones have features such as clock and weather display functionality. From simple to complex photo frames, they all would be welcomed gifts by photographers.


4. The Projecteo Gift Set ($35)


Feeling nostalgic for the days when families would gather around the projector and watch endless photo slides on a projector? Well then this is a cool little projector for you. The Projecteo mini projector displays photo wheels developed from images on your Instagram account. With the Projecteo app you can easily select your Instagram photos and order photo wheels to be displayed with the projector. The gift set from includes a projector and a gift card for one (1) photo wheel. The image below from the Project website shows you the process:


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5. Lens Cap Holders ($3 – $15)

Often in an attempt to get the perfect shot, photographers haphazardly take off their lens caps and stuff them into a pocket or bag. And this often leads to misplaced lens caps. The solution is to use a lens cap holder that can attached to camera straps, bags, or belts. Never lose another all important lens cap again.


6. White Balance Cap ($5-$30)

This is one lens cap you’ll surely not want to lose. It’s a lens cap which doubles as a white balance tool. Set your camera’s white balance based off of this handy dandy lens cap to get an accurate white balance. Make sure to get the right sized cap to match the lens.


7. Photography / Videography classes, seminars, or conventions.


There are tons of online training (Lynda, Creative Live, Kelby Training, Improve Photography, etc).Online classes allow the student to learn at their own pace and time. Not to mention that you can go to class in your pajamas. Some online programs are paid per courses while others are subscription based allowing the student to take as many classes as they want within a given time frame. Sometimes online learning just doesn’t cut it and you need face to face in person training. If that’s the case for your giftee, then check to see if your local community college offers photography classes and treat your friend to the class. Your city may also have  businesses offering in person training or seminars as well. You may also want to see if there will be any upcoming photo conventions. Perhaps your loved one would enjoy tickets to the convention.


8. A photo tour.

Even though you may have lived in your area for many years, a photo tour could still introduce to new areas or new ways of looking at familiar places. A good photo tour should be led by a knowledgeable guide who will take you to the best photo locations. Additionally, the guide should offer helpful advice on how and when to take pictures at that location, and should be open to answering any questions you may have.


9. Designer camera bags. ($80+)


For the women photographers in your life, let them know they don’t have to sacrifice fashion for practicality by getting them a stylish camera bag, such as the ones by These bags are sleek and sexy on the outside but still provide the protection and practicality of normal camera bags.


10. Digital storage ($5+)

Create special memories by giving the gift of memory. Digital memory that is. You can go the traditional route and purchase the ever useful hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, and so on. Or you can purchase unique memory options such as the camera shaped usb stick as shown above.

If you have any other great gift ideas, we’d love to hear them. Post them in the comments below. Happy holidays everyone!

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