Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Photographer

Photographer with Camera Reflection Christmas Decorations

Do you have a photographer in your life that you need to shop for, but haven’t a clue what to buy them? Here are the top five holiday gift ideas for the photographer in your life.

Photographers can be tricky people to buy Christmas gifts for. What do they have already? What do they want? What can you get them that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Here is a selection of affordable holiday gift ideas that any pro or amateur photographer would appreciate.

1. Tripod or Monopod: A tripod is an essential piece of equipment for any photographer. Using a tripod helps to eliminate camera shake, resulting in crisp, sharp and in focus images. There are several types of tripods on the market, so to help you decide which to buy, think about how and when the photographer would use it most. For example, if they do a lot of hiking and outdoor photography, you’re going to want to look for a tripod that is lightweight and is quite small when collapsed, making it easier to pack around. Another option is to buy a monopod. When compared to a tripod, a monopod is typically lighter, smaller, and takes up less room when in use, which is great if the photographer often shoots in crowded places. Tripods do offer more stability than a monopod, however.

Silhouette Photographer Tripod Sunset Sunrise

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic Camera TripodRecommended: A GorillaPod. I’ve recommended this brand before when providing tips on what to bring with you on vacation to capture the best photos, “A company called Joby makes a line of incredible tripods called GorillaPods. Whether you’re shooting with your iPhone, a point-and-shoot, or a pro DSLR, there’s a perfect GorillaPod for your needs. What makes a GorillaPod unique and extremely awesome is its ability to support your camera on uneven surfaces. Joby even makes a GorillaPod with magnetic feet, making it possible to support your camera in even more crazy positions.”

2. Camera Bag: Another great gift idea that ranges greatly in price and options, a photographer can always use another camera bag. Again, considering the photographer’s needs will determine what sort of camera bag to buy. You can purchase camera bags in a vast array of sizes, materials, and shapes. Think about how much gear the photographer has, what conditions they shoot in (for example, would they appreciate a waterproof backpack?), and whether or not they need a case for a point-and-shoot digital camera or a DSLR camera.

Woman Photographer Camera Backpack Landscape

Lowepro BackpackRecommended: From light-weight on-the-go sling bags to rolling camera bags that can pack a heavy load, Lowepro makes a great line of products. My favourite? I’m quite fond of the Lowepro Rover Pro 35L AW camera backpack.

3. More Memory: You can never have too much memory. A lot of professional photographers like to shoot in RAW, which takes up a lot of space on a memory card. With point-and-shoot digital cameras offering larger megapixel counts than ever before, these too can take up a lot of memory. Even if the photographer already owns several memory cards for their digital camera, having extra is never a bad thing since memory cards don’t last forever. Before buying a memory card as a gift, check to see what card format the camera takes. If you don’t know and don’t want to outright ask the photographer directly in fear of giving away your gift idea, simply try to find out the type of camera they have and then either check online for compatibility or ask the sales associate in the store. Also, some photographers prefer using several memory cards of a smaller capacity over using one large memory card so not to put all their eggs in one basket. So when you’re shopping, you may want to consider buying a couple 8GB memory cards rather than one 16GB card.

Generic Memory Cards

Lexar Professional 32 GB Memory CardRecommended: I use Lexar memory cards and have never run into any problems. The Lexar Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Card comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities and its Class 10 rating means its high-speed performance won’t slow a photographer down. Check out Lexar’s article, High Speed Cards: Why They Matter, if you’re interested in learning more about memory card speed ratings.

4. Reading Material: There is certainly no shortage of reading material for a photographer out there, and it makes for a great Christmas gift. There are numerous books on the market geared towards photographers of all experience levels. Another idea is to buy a year’s subscription to a photography magazine.

Magazine pages folded into the shape of a heart

Photo Life MagazineRecommended: Any photographer would love to receive a subscription to one of these top five Canadian photography magazines.

5. Gift Certificate for Online Photo Printing Services: This is a great gift idea that allows the photographer to order exactly what they want. It’s also a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your shopping list. Thanks to the digital age, everyone has photos they admire and would love to see in a beautiful frame, made into a large canvas print, or even printed directly onto metal. The question is, do you know how, exactly, they’d like their photo turned into art? That is why a gift certificate is such a great idea! It’s also an excellent choice when you’re shopping for last-minute gifts!

Posterjack photo art collection Christmas holiday gift ideas

Posterjack Gift CertificateRecommended: Which company would I recommend for online photo printing services?, of course! When you purchase a gift certificate, you are immediately sent an email with the gift certificate attached. It looks great and can easily be printed and inserted into a card. Best of all, you can buy one late on Christmas Eve, whilst in your pajamas and sipping on eggnog, and nobody needs to know you waited until the very last minute to get all your holiday shopping done!

Stocking Stuffers and Other Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Three Christmas Stocking Fireplace

Here are some other last-minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers worth considering:

  • Membership to a photographer’s association
  • Camera cleaning kit
  • Lens cloths
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Extra lens caps
  • Lens hood
  • Polarizing or UV filter
  • Photo editing software: This may not be the best option, depending on the person you’re buying for. Many photographers have a photo editor of choice, one that they are already comfortable with – if this is the case, you could try to find out if they have the most current version of the software and, if not, purchase an upgrade for them.

What’s on Your Wish List?

Have any of the products mentioned above made it on your wish list? What are you really hoping Santa brings you this Christmas? Leave a comment to let us know!

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