Updated September 29, 2016
Fun and Inexpensive Gifts for Photographers
It is not easy to find a right and interesting gifts for photographers.
After receiving less than useful or exciting gifts from the members of my family in the past, I implemented a strictly enforced rule that forbids to get me any photography related presets. But receiving socks and pajamas year after year is boring.
This year I decided to put together a list of gift ideas to help our wives, girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends to find something special for us. I do not expect or want for our loved ones to buy us a new lens or a tripod but something inexpensive and fun.
I am planning to update this list regularly so if you come across something interesting and you think it should be included in this list, please let me know, leave a comment at the end of the post.
Gifts for Photographers Under $99
Bring your cooking into focus with this telephoto kitchen timer. This kitchen timer is amazingly detailed and makes for picture-perfect cooking and baking.
The Foldio is a pop-up studio, shrunken for your convenience. White walls and built-in LEDs give just the right amount of light under any conditions.
JumpDrive expands the memory of your iPhone or iPad by allowing a quick & easy transfer of your mobile photos.
Solar Panel charges your cell phone in 2 hours. You can use solar power with USB or 12V devices. It is foldable, and weather resistant.
If your camera does not have WIFI connectivity then EYEFI is the great alternative. You can selectively transfer RAW and JPEG images via an existing Wi-Fi network or via Mobi Pro’s own private Wi-Fi network.
Carbon Fiber Monopod is an extremely lightweight yet sturdy one-legged camera support that enables you to capture steady shots without needing to carry or set up a full tripod.
Hangit photo display by Umbra is a casual, artistic way to display your favorite photos. Inspired by country signs hanging on wire fences.
Spydercube accelerates RAW processing by providing references to set the white balance exposure black level and brightness right from the start. Simply take one reference shot with Spydercube under the same light condition adjust save as preset and apply to the entire series.
Insert bag separates your camera body and lenses with other belongings in your handbag or travel case.
Memory Card Carrier allows you to store 4 Compact Flash cards and 3 Secure Digital cards in a small, soft-sided compact package that fits easily in your pocket or attaches to your belt or bags. Includes business card holder for easy identification.
The ring adapter easily screws onto the front of any lens, and converts the thread size of your lens to the thread size of any other accessory (such as filters, hoods, flashes and lens converters).
I call it “Back to the Future” concept. After switching completely to a digital realm we realized that we miss the real things, something we can touch pass to our friends.
I call it an EMERGENCY TRIPOD. I bring it with me when I know in advance that I won’t be able to bring my regular tripod with me. It is really tiny, I can fit it into my small camera bag and it does not take any space. At the same time it is very versatile, I can use it with pretty much any camera; starting with a full-size DSLR to a smart phone or an action camera.
The Lomography Konstruktor Do-It-Yourself 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit provides you with all of the components needed to build your own fully-functioning camera.
Standing at just 35mm, the Polaroid Cube HD is here to prove that the best things do indeed come in small packages. This tiny action camera supports Micro SD cards up to 32GB, and is ready to capture your most exciting moments in full HD video or highresolution images.
Peak Design is the company that designes and manufactures the most brilliant and innovative products for photographers.
My Passport® Slim™ features a durable metal enclosure, ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity, automatic and cloud backup, and password protection with hardware encryption.
If you own WD My Passport external hard drive this inexpsnive accesoty is the mast. It is waterproof and shockproof. It is travel photographers dream.
The perfect fun gift for Canon shooters.
Any if you are looking for inexpensive but interesting gift for Nikon shooter this is a perfect gift.
The MUVI X-Lapse enables a photographer maker to take up to 360° degree sweeping time-lapse images that when edited together create an amazing time-lapse movie effect.
Messenger Bags are perfect for daily use. Carry your camera, accessories and personal gear around town and only you know it’s a photography bag.
Olloclip features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce. The 4-in-1 Lens enhances your field-of-view beyond iPhone’s built-in camera.
Combining flexible, wrappable legs and super strong neodymium magnetic feet in a sleek compact tripod form, the GorillaPod Magnetic allows you stretch your imagination and your picture taking capabilities.
Keep your expensive camera equipment clean and functioning optimally with these essential cleaning items in their own carrying case! Ideal for traveling.
Small, lightweight, accurate, easily stored – just slide the bubble level cube into your cameras hot shoe. Together with a tripod, horizons are easily leveled.
This is a tasty gift for the film lover in your life. Photographers live and breathe photography and now they can eat it too… well at least spice things up a little with these fun salt & pepper shakers dressed up as vintage rolls of film.
PhotoMug is a ceramic mug with printed camera design – the perfect way to finally combine the worlds of photography and hot beverages, helping you focus on deadlines and capture those all important clients.
Know how many pictures you can fit into a roll of film? 24 exposures? 36? Nah, try thousands!
Have fun with your iPhone.
Special Len & Filter Turret : Blue Filter with Clear Centre, Dual Image Lens, Triple Image Lens, Quadruple Image Lens, 60mm Macro Lens, Empty Hole, Red Filter with Clear Heart Shape Centre, Red Filter, Green Filter Yellow Filter with Clear Centre
Portable stabilizer will help you create professional looking, smooth scenes whether you’re walking, running, skating, driving etc.
Lensbaby’s new Creative Mobile Kit enables you to capture everyday moments with unique perspective on your mobile phone.
If you live in Florida this gift does not makes any scense. Buy if you are Canadain photographer like myself, this is a must have item.
Swiss knife with the twist.
Built for the weekend adventurer, the Gerber Steady combines the utility of a multi-tool and the functionality of a camera tripod.
The MightyMic S microphone gives your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch outstanding audio quality in a compact size!
Superb 12x optical zooming will provide great shots from a distance.
This retrospective presents large-format versions of the penetrating portraits and other scenes that McCurry has taken around the world, particularly Southeast Asia, over the last thirty years.
Remember F-stops? Real apertures? A great photography-inspired watch. Measure time by aperture. It’s almost F11 do you know where your children are? It’ll warp your mind!
Geeky and fun!
Get instant paper with the Polaroll toilet paper roll holder. Made of sturdy plastic and includes screws to install on to your wall.
The Pocket Spotlight is a continuous light source you can mount to your phone’s headphone jack, your camera’s hot shoe or off-camera in your hand.
It’s a tiny brick of extra energy for your phone or tablet. Charge it by plugging into a wall, or just crank that Soulja Boy handle.
For those who use photo editing software for several hours everyday, either because they love taking pictures and using the software or because they are photography professionals who must edit their pictures before sending them off to their boss, these magnets will seem heaven sent.