With Christmas right around the corner, I know many people are brainstorming gift ideas for their friends and family. Me included! So I’ve decided to make your thought process a little bit easier… at least it will be if you have a photographer in the family/amongst your friends. If not, sorry! You’re still on your own lol but good luck! 🙂
So… here are 5 gift ideas for the photographer in your life:
- A photography book
There is a whole section of Barnes & Noble dedicated to photography alone. There are books on how to take better pictures, how to edit pictures using Photoshop, ideas for what to do with photos once you’ve taken and edited them… the resources are endless. If you’re overwhelmed about which book would be the best for your photographer specifically, a gift card with a little hint on what exactly you’d like to for them to purchase with said gift card is also a great idea.
2. Starbucks giftcard
This may not seem like a gift especially for photographers buuuut I mean…. who DOESN’T love Starbucks? There’s nothing better than a tasty coffee to warm you up before heading out for a photo session, or a sweet chilly treat to cool you off and wake you up during the summer before sweating in the summer heat to get that perfect shot. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with a Starbucks gift card.
3. Camera lens travel coffee mug
This cute travel coffee mug is actually on MY wish list (hint hint to anybody reading!) and a great unisex idea for any photographers you may know. There are so many options to choose from on Amazon and most run anywhere from <$10 – 20. It simultaneously falls under both the affordable and thoughtful gift lists.
4. Membership to Clickinmoms.com
I know this may sound weird, BUT you don’t actually have to be a mom to be a member of this website. There are numerous tutorials, workshops, and other helpful information that you have access to as a member of this forum. A year-long membership is $60, but I’m sure with a little searching a discount code can be found and used to make the membership a bit cheaper. This is definitely a gift any female photographer would be thankful for. If your photographer is already a member of the website (or any similar website, i.e. InBeautyAndChaos.com) a gift certificate is also a great idea.
5. A “nifty fifty” lens
This lens has been dubbed “the nifty fifty” because it’s super cheap (runs you less than $150) but takes awesome quality pictures. You want to make sure you’re getting f/1, NOT f/1.4 (which will cost you a little more than the nifty fifty). This is an awesome lens for a beginner or someone looking to take beautiful pictures without shelling out thousands of bucks. This is currently the only lens I own besides the kit lenses that came with my camera, and I’m in LOVE with it. It’s on my camera body 99% of the time and I know it’ll be a lens I always reach for. If you have an extra special photographer you’re buying for, this is definitely the gift you should be looking at.
I hope these ideas are helpful as you head out into the crowds, scouring stores for the perfect gift. I’d be thankful for any of the above gifts and I’m sure your photographer would be too!