Christmas comes with so many joyful things to keep us entertained: holiday parties, twinkling lights, and hot chocolate with marshmallows! But it can also be a bit daunting because this is the time where you’re expected to find that perfect present for everyone in your life (no pressure!). Well I’m here to help, giving you gifts for photographers on your list! There are so many variants in skill levels, but there is sure to be something to please everyone, from the seasoned pro to the hobbyist doing this for fun!
Gifts for Photographers
Camera Lens Mug
Because everything tastes better in a camera lens 😉 At first glance it might seem that you’ve ripped apart a perfectly good telephoto lens, then filled it with your hot beverage of choice. The included lens hood top keeps your drink hot/cold and doubles as a mini plate for cookies or other sweet treats!
Find it at Think Geek
Set your focus on this surprisingly tricky puzzle. Snap by snap, click by click, you’ll see photographer Jim Golden’s spectacular assembly of vintage cameras develop right before your eyes! Frame the finished piece to proudly display your accomplishment and your taste in art, or take it apart and tuck it away until the next rainy day beckons. A picture-perfect present that’s sure to enthrall and captivate pro and amateur photographers between shoots.
Find it at Uncommon Goods
Funky Camera Strap
Sure you could have the same old boring Canon or Nikon strap on your camera as everyone else… or you could show a little personality and grab one of these awesome straps! (coincidentally, the one pictures here is the strap I use 🙂 ). With lots of options (such as quick release or adding a gel neck pad), these babies are fully customizable and will have you rockin a new style without breaking the bank!
Find it at My Funky Camera
Vintage Camera Lens Necklace
You can find just about anything on Etsy, so when I searched for camera necklaces, the options were overwhelming! However, when I saw this camera lens necklace, It immediately stood out to me because of how unique it looked. Honestly, it’s something I wouldn’t mind having! (and my birthday is coming up soon! 😉 )
The seller gently reminds us that this is not an actual lens, but a small 2-dimensional FINE ART PHOTO UNDER GLASS of a great old Graflex Camera Lens.
Find it at The Pendant Garden on Etsy
And for the gentlemen…
Unique camera cufflinks with a zoom lens filled with black enamel set silver-tone mount. Conservative enough for the office; but far from boring. Each cufflink is a miniature camera and a BIG conversation piece. Pair with any classic shirt and pull out similar or complementary hues in a shirt or tie.
Find it at Amazon.com
Camera Lens Shot Glass Set
Three mini ceramic lenses that give ‘taking shots’ a whole new meaning! They’re perfect in every detail, from the teeny raised numbers to the focus-ring ridges to the wee auto/manual focus switch. They’re nice and heavy, too: sturdy ceramic that feels solid in your hand. Since you get 3, you can stash memory cards in one, make another into a tiny planter, and sip your espresso from the third!
Find it at Photo Jojo
Epiphanie Camera Bag
Investing in a good camera bag is one of the most important things I could recommend! There are lots of great options out there, but I’ve recently had my eye on this gorgeous bag! Practical for a shoot and perfect for traveling Madison was designed to accommodate your 15″ laptop, iPad or tablet/eReader, camera + attached lens, 1 long lens, 1 short lens, flash, battery pack and wallet. Extra pockets ideal for storage of keys, cell phone, memory cards, business cards, travel maps and more!
All dividers can be fully removed, so you can easily transition to an every day bag!
Find it at Epiphanie Bags
Once you’ve snapped that gorgeous image, take your photos to the next level by using this amazing program to give your pictures that POP. From first look to final image, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 makes everything about digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Perfect your shots with powerful new adjustment tools like the Advanced Healing Brush. Efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere.
Find it at Adobe
Camera USB Drive
Forget boring rectangular flash drives, bulky external hard drives, or worse yet, carrying your photos around on your ridonkulously weighty camera. Get the Camera USB Drive, a miniature, finely detailed replica of a DSLR with the powerful file-holding ability of 8GB! Just like a real DSLR, the lens detaches from the camera body. But lo, what is this? The lens is a USB stick, a most unique and stylish device for getting your photos and files from Point A to Point B.
Find it at Photo Jojo
Ebooks on Photography
There are so many options out there, but a few of my favorites are
Craft and Vision
Christopher O’Donnell Landscape Photography