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The dPS Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers (2022)

Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

In this 2022 gift guide, we offer plenty of gift ideas for photographers, whether they’re a beginner, a hobbyist, or even a professional.

We share the best photography gifts at all price points, including cameras, lenses, accessories, creative photography tools, and much more. So no matter your budget and no matter the photographer, you’re bound to find the right item! 

Take a look:

Holiday gifts for photographers

In many ways, the best gift for a photographer is education, which can teach skills that’ll last for a lifetime. That’s where the Photzy Snap Card pack comes in; it contains 20 instantly downloadable cards, which are jam-packed with photography essentials, from autofocus and exposure settings to lighting and special techniques. 

What makes the Snap Cards especially great is their portability. You’re free to print them out and carry them in your backpack – then, when you encounter a problem, just whip out the Snap Cards, quickly study the relevant materials, and make the necessary corrections.

Of course, you can give the Snap Cards as a digital gift, but if you want to go the extra mile, why not print them out, laminate them, and add them to a key ring?

The Snap Cards are an amazing gift for any beginner photographer or enthusiast, and you can currently grab them for 93% off (just $7!), though be sure to buy them before the deal disappears.

Holiday gifts for photographers

Know someone who wants to improve their photos? Then get them the Photzy Action Card set, which features some of the best photography education on the planet – but condensed into 65 easy-to-understand sheets. 

The Action Cards feature comprehensive lessons on every type of photography you can imagine, including:

  • Flower photography
  • Waterscape photography
  • Still life photography
  • Street portrait photography
  • Architectural photography
  • Newborn photography

And there are also plenty of Composition Cards, which cover key concepts such as:

  • Spirals
  • Patterns
  • Curves
  • Layering
  • Juxtaposition
  • So much more!

Like the Photzy Snap Cards, the Action Cards can be printed out, laminated, and carried into the field. They’re great for pretty much any student photographer, including beginners, enthusiasts, and even more advanced shooters, plus they’re 88% off (for just $39). 

You can grab the Photzy Action Cards right here! And if you want to create the ultimate photography gift, why not grab both the Photzy Snap Cards and the Photzy Action Cards while they’re still on sale?

Holiday gifts for photographers

Budding portrait snappers will love this handy kit from Photzy, which is jam-packed with resources to jumpstart – and level up – their portrait photography.

The Portrait Kit contains a wide variety of materials, including quick guides, cheat sheets, video tutorials, and more – so no matter the user’s learning style, they’ll find something to love. The cheat sheets are especially impressive; they offer easy-to-digest information covering topics such as indoor natural lighting and portrait cropping, plus they’re designed to be printable so the photographer can carry physical copies in the field.

And even experienced portrait photographers will appreciate the quick guides, which cover:

  • Headshot photography
  • Portrait composition
  • Portrait lighting essentials
  • Posing models
  • Much more!

Normally, the Portrait Photography Resource Kit costs $99, but you can currently grab it for just $2.99 (no, that’s not a typo!). It’s the perfect gift for beginner and intermediate portrait shooters, and given the insane price, there’s no reason not to buy it.

Holiday gifts for photographers

Like the Portrait Photography Resource Kit above, Photzy’s Landscape Photography Resource Kit boasts an array of incredible video tutorials, quick guides, and cheat sheets – all designed to revolutionize any landscape photographer’s workflow.

The Kit is geared toward landscape photography beginners, but the resources will undoubtedly impress even veteran shooters. For instance, the four printable cheat sheets offer plenty of useful information on sunset photography, compositional layering, and more; there’s even a handy little checklist, which photographers can run through before pressing the shutter button. And the six quick guides discuss topics that’ll interest landscape shooters of all experience levels, including landscape settings, landscape composition, and the use of graduated filters.

The Landscape Photography Resource Kit is perfect for pretty much any up-and-coming landscape photographer, and it’s currently on sale for just $2.99 (compared to the usual $91). You can purchase it here!

Holiday gifts for photographers

Know any beginner or intermediate street photographers? Then consider buying them Photzy’s Street Photography Resource Kit, which is an amazing gift for street snappers of all stripes.

The Resource Kit includes a bevy of cheat sheets, quick guides, and more. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • A quick guide on photographing strangers
  • A quick guide covering candid photography
  • An environmental portraits cheat sheet
  • A street portraits cheat sheet
  • A fun case study on including blur in street shots
  • A “Mastering Motion” video tutorial

What we especially love about this product – and Photzy’s resource kits more generally – is the variety of resources it includes. People learn in different ways, and the Resource Kit is designed to satisfy everyone, including more textual folks as well as hands-on learners.

The Street Photography Resource Kit normally costs $91, but you can currently buy it for just $2.99!

The Lightroom Mastery Ebook

Holiday gifts for photographers

Know any friends or family members struggling to master Lightroom Classic? Adobe’s popular editing program is more powerful than ever, and with the right approach, you can use Lightroom to dramatically enhance your images. Unfortunately, getting to grips with the program is hard, even for more dedicated photographers.

Fortunately, Contrastly’s Lightroom Mastery Ebook promises to turn photo-editing beginners into Lightroom experts practically overnight. In over 300 pages of easy-to-understand instruction, this ebook covers everything a photographer might need to know for amazing results in Lightroom, including:

  • How to use the Lightroom Library to organize photos
  • Basic edits that can be applied to every image
  • How to enhance photos with color grading, local adjustments, and more
  • How to work with presets for amazing results
  • So much more!

The ebook is the perfect gift for photographers who already own a Lightroom subscription but who are looking to maximize their results – as well as those planning to grab a subscription and want to hit the ground running.

The Lightroom Mastery Ebook normally costs $39, but dPS readers can grab it for $19; just make sure you use our special link to get the discount!

Photoshop Basics for Photographers

Holiday gifts for photographers

Due to its sea of tools, complex interface, and array of menus, Photoshop is a notoriously difficult program to learn. But Photoshop is also insanely powerful; photographers can use it to modify colors, remove distractions, retouch portraits, swap skies, add textures, and so much more.

That’s where Phil Steele’s Photoshop Basics for Photographers course comes in handy, which offers “a way for anyone to learn Photoshop – without confusion or struggle – in just three hours.” It explains everything a beginner needs to know to master Photoshop, and it does it in simple, easily digestible language. The course consists of 13 videos, which cover topics such as removing unwanted objects, working with layers, mastering the Photoshop workspace, and using masks. And while Phil doesn’t tackle Photoshop’s super-advanced features (e.g., high-level compositing), he discusses pretty much every tool and concept used by serious photographers on a daily basis.

Photoshop Basics for Photographers is an online course, which means that it can be downloaded instantly. And once purchased, users get lifetime access to the course, so there’s no need to worry about expiration dates or subscription renewals.

Normally, the course costs $69, but dPS readers can grab it for just $39 via our special link.

Canon EOS R5

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Canon EOS R5 isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market today; if you have the budget and you know someone who could use a pro-level video and stills model, it’ll make an amazing gift.

The EOS R5 offers a slew of features for photographers and videographers, including an incredible 45 MP sensor (perfect for producing detailed landscape shots, beautiful commercial images, and even wall-sized prints), blazing-fast autofocus (essential for serious sports and wildlife snappers), and a beautiful electronic viewfinder (for a lifelike shooting experience, not to mention easy evaluation of focus and exposure). There’s also gorgeous 8K/30p and 4K/120p video, a fully articulating screen, and in-body image stabilization. 

You can grab the EOS R5, body only, for $3699. Like I said, it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a fantastic mirrorless model for high-level enthusiasts and professionals, and it provides access to a wide range of incredible Canon lenses, so it’s bound to satisfy pretty much any serious shooter.

Sony a7 III Bundle

Holiday gifts for photographers

Yes, it’s been somewhat overshadowed by the Sony a7 IV – but the a7 III remains one of the absolute best all-around full-frame models for still and video shooting and is a fantastic addition to any serious photographer’s gear bag.

Portrait and action photographers will love the outstanding autofocus as well as the blazing-fast continuous shooting speeds. Street and travel photographers will appreciate the compact design and excellent ergonomics, while landscape shooters will fawn over the class-leading high-ISO performance and pro-level image quality. And the a7 III’s video capabilities are perfect for any vlogger or hybrid shooter, thanks to 4K/30p, in-body image stabilization, and S-Log recording.

Plus, this particular package comes with the Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, a versatile model that’s perfect for plenty of shooting scenarios. If you know an experienced photographer looking to go full frame, or even a beginner hoping to dive straight into photography and/or videography, check out the a7 III (with the 28-70mm lens) here.

Nikon Z fc

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Nikon Z fc is an eye-catching, stylish camera – check out the retro body, knobs, and dials – but don’t let that fool you; it’s still plenty capable, and should satisfy beginners as well as more serious shooters looking to make the jump to mirrorless.

Image quality is excellent, and the Z fc’s 4K/30p video quality is equally impressive. Vloggers will appreciate the fully articulating screen, while anyone hoping to capture action will love the 11 frames-per-second shooting speeds and snappy autofocus. 

While the Z fc isn’t in the same league as the a7 III and EOS R5 featured above, its 20 MP sensor packs plenty of punch. Expect outstanding dynamic range, not to mention incredible sharpness and impressive performance at high ISOs. 

You can grab the Nikon Z fc (with several kit lens options) right here.

Sony a6400

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Sony a6400 is a high-quality, compact mirrorless camera, perfect for travel photography, street photography, vlogging, and more – and despite its age, it’s still one of the best APS-C models on the market.

It offers a very nice 24 MP APS-C sensor as well as access to Sony’s class-leading autofocus, so it should certainly impress sports and wildlife photography enthusiasts, and the impressive low-light performance makes it ideal for indoor and nighttime photography, too.

It has a rear LCD screen that can flip up 180 degrees, which is ideal for vloggers or those who want to monitor footage while in front of the camera. And the electronic viewfinder is great for previewing exposure and color in the field. 

You can purchase the Sony a6400 here!

Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Holiday gifts for photographers

If you know anyone who recently purchased a Canon EOS R mirrorless camera – like the EOS R10, the EOS R7, or the EOS R5 (featured above) – then the RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens might be the perfect gift. 

Not only is the 50mm f/1.8 cheap, but it’s also extremely sharp and astonishingly flexible. This kind of 50mm lens can be used in all sorts of scenarios, including portraiture, street shooting, intimate landscape photography, indoor event photography, and so much more, which is why it’s often referred to as a “nifty fifty” – and why it makes a great first or second lens for beginners. 

Plus, unlike most starter lenses, the 50mm f/1.8 isn’t one that photographers will outgrow; instead, even as they expand their kit, that 50mm model will continue to find its way into their gear bag!

You can purchase the RF 50mm f/1.8 STM here for $150. (Note that Canon also offers a DSLR version, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, which is similarly outstanding and can be purchased here.)

Nikon Z 24-120mm f/4 S

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Nikon Z 24-120mm f/4 S is an insanely impressive lens, one that’ll appeal to photographers of all stripes, including landscape photographers, travel photographers, street photographers, and casual walkaround photographers, to name just a few. 

The 24-120mm offers amazing optics that’ll satisfy even professionals, and it also boasts an incredible focal length range. At 24mm, you can capture beautiful wide-angle landscapes; at 50mm, you can shoot travel portraits; and at 120mm, you can capture distant street subjects and intimate landscape scenes. 

In general, it’s tough to find a lens with such an expansive zoom range that takes high-quality photos and doesn’t break the bank, but the Z 24-120mm f/4 really does check all the boxes. If you’re shopping for a Nikon mirrorless shooter and they don’t already own this lens, it’s a great choice, so purchase it here.

Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 isn’t the priciest lens out there, but don’t let that fool you; it packs a powerful punch, combining a durable build, speedy autofocus, and a handy zoom range for very nice results. 

Wildlife and bird photographers, in particular, will love the Tamron 100-400mm. You can capture environmental wildlife portraits at 100mm, larger mammals in the 200-300mm range, and birds at 400mm, plus you get a serious focal length boost if you shoot with an APS-C camera. 

Then there’s the image quality: The Tamron 100-400mm is pretty darn sharp, which is impressive for a sub-$1000 telephoto zoom. Your wildlife photos will feature gorgeous detail, especially with Vibration Compensation active (this allows you to handhold at impressively slow shutter speeds).

So for hobbyist wildlife photographers, bird photographers, and even sports photographers, the Tamron 100-400mm is a great choice. Get it for Canon here and Nikon here.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC ART Lens

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is fast focusing, it’s ultra-sharp, and it offers a great focal length range for landscape, street, and even portrait photographers – which makes it one of the most high-performing, versatile lenses you can buy in 2022. 

Note that this is a Sigma DC lens, so it’s designed for crop sensors. But for photographers who have an APS-C DSLR, this is the lens to get. At 18mm, you can capture stunning landscapes; at 24mm, you can create beautiful environmental portraits and wider street shots; at 35mm, you can photograph standard portraits, detail shots, and more. 

Also pay attention to the f/1.8 maximum aperture, which guarantees beautiful background blur at longer focal lengths (for that professional look so many photographers struggle to achieve). 

For any casual photographer, street photographer, or landscape photographer, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 is a stellar choice. You can purchase it for Canon, Nikon, or Pentax here.

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD for Sony

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 isn’t the flashiest glass on the block, but it might just be the best value-for-money lens we’ve ever seen. 

The 70-180mm costs just over $1000, yet it can hold its own against lenses three times as expensive. Image quality is outstanding, and the f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for beautiful background bokeh and low-light shooting.

The focal length range is outstandingly versatile; at 70mm, you can capture half-body portraits and casual street photos, while at 180mm, you can shoot intimate landscapes, portrait headshots, and even wildlife.

So if you’re looking to give a budding portrait, landscape, or event shooter the gift of their life, grab the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 right here.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

Holiday gifts for photographers

Every photographer needs a good tripod. Unfortunately, many are either bulky or unstable. 

The Peak Design Travel tripod, on the other hand, manages to combine stability and portability into a single reasonably priced package. The carbon fiber version weighs just 2.8 lb (1.29 kg), but it can handle up to 20 lb (9 kg) of gear. It’s also highly compact, so photographers can easily fit it in a suitcase or tripod sleeve. 

You also get a nice center column for increased flexibility when positioning your camera in the field. And the legs can be expanded to almost 180 degrees, so you can capture close-up and low-angle shots from down on the ground.

For photographers who love to shoot landscapes, long-exposure travel photos, and even portraits, the Peak Design Travel tripod is an outstanding purchase. 

You can grab it here.

Skylum Luminar Neo

Holiday gifts for photographers

Skylum’s Luminar Neo is the hottest editing software on the market right now, and it’s a program that every photographer should try, from beginners all the way up to professionals.

Skylum has long been known for its powerful yet easy-to-use software, and Luminar Neo is the company’s most impressive offering to date. It features a slew of AI-powered editing tools, including Relight AI, AI Power Lines Removal, Sky Replacement AI, Portrait Bokeh AI, and more. And that’s not all; since Luminar Neo’s initial launch, Skylum has released a series of paid Extensions, which allow you to:

  • Merge HDR images
  • Upscale low-resolution photos
  • Focus-stack files
  • Reduce and remove noise
  • Sharpen blurry photos
  • Effectively mask out backgrounds

(There’s also an upcoming seventh Extension, which will be released this December and is included in all current Extension packages.)

Luminar Neo is perfect for beginners hoping to level up their images with minimal experience, but it’s also a great choice for intermediate and advanced photographers looking to produce breathtaking edits with just a couple of clicks.

Note that you can purchase Luminar Neo a few ways; there’s a lifetime license, which costs $149 (though you’ll need to pay an additional $299 for the 2022 Extensions pack), and there’s also a subscription plan, which includes all current and future Extensions and costs $119 per year.

ON1 Photo RAW 2023

Holiday gifts for photographers

ON1 Photo RAW is a do-anything photo editor, featuring a comprehensive set of image organization and processing tools (like Adobe Lightroom, but – in many ways – even better).

The layout is intuitive, which makes it great for editing beginners, and it’s sleek, too. Plus, ON1 Photo RAW manages to remain well organized even while featuring a tremendous set of editing tools – including all the basic adjustments, but also masking, text design, image transformation, and more.

For photo-editing beginners as well as advanced editors in need of a no-subscription program, consider getting an ON1 Photo RAW 2023 lifetime license here. Alternatively, you can grab a yearly subscription – which comes with a handful of cool extras, including access to ON1’s incredible plugins – right here.

TourBox Neo

Holiday gifts for photographers

The TourBox Neo is a neat little console designed to enhance your editing experience; it features a set of handy knobs, dials, and buttons that interface with programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, and much more.

Instead of relying on menu dives and keyboard shortcuts, TourBox Neo lets you do pretty much anything with the tap of a finger. It’s intuitive, too; imagine spinning a dial to adjust exposure and contrast, tapping a button to create a new layer, and adding a color grade with a couple of quick touches.

Best of all, the TourBox Neo is compatible with dozens of programs, including editing staples like Lightroom and Photoshop, but also Capture One, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and even Microsoft Excel. 

The TourBox Neo is the ultimate gift for a photo editor, video editor, or graphic designer. You can buy it here.

SanDisk 2 TB Extreme Portable SSD

Holiday gifts for photographers

These days, thanks to high-megapixel image files, computer hard drives fill up fast. Plus, without a proper backup system, it’s easy to lose photos to accidental deletion, hard drive failure, and file corruption. 

That’s why – at least in our view – every photographer should have at least one external hard drive. While it may not seem like the most exciting purchase, this SanDisk hard drive is a highly useful gift, one that any hobbyist photographer will appreciate for years to come. Thanks to its tiny size, it’s the perfect solution for photographers in need of storage while traveling, and it’s extremely fast, so the user won’t have to wait around for hours when transferring thousands of photos.

Of course, you don’t have to go with the 2 TB version; SanDisk sells 500 GB, 1 TB, and 4 TB drives, though the 2 TB model does offer a nice balance of size and budget-friendliness. So purchase the perfect external hard drive right here!

Dnaleao Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Holiday gifts for photographers

It’s no secret that snowy landscapes, street scenes, and portraits look amazing. However, many photographers hesitate to go out once winter sets in simply because it’s tough to stay warm while operating a camera.

That’s where Dnaleao’s Rechargeable Handwarmers come in. They can be slipped into gloves, so they’ll keep any photographer’s hands warm regardless of the temperature – and they last a whopping 12 hours before needing a recharge, so they’ll work for even the longest, most grueling photoshoots. 

(Plus, they perform great in non-photography scenarios, too! In my experience, handwarmers are great for pretty much every outdoor activity.)

Did I mention that they’re on sale? At the time of writing, you can grab these warmers for just $30. What’s not to love?

EnergeticSky Winter Gloves

Holiday gifts for photographers

As a photographer who loves photographing in the winter, I spent years struggling to keep my hands warm – until I found these waterproof gloves from EnergeticSky.

The gloves are cheap, and yet they’re so warm. I use them on day-long photoshoots in snow and freezing temperatures without issue (and according to the manufacturers, they work great in temperatures down to -10 Fahrenheit). They’re also touchscreen-sensitive, which is great for photographers who like to focus via the LCD, and they include removable thumb and index-finger tops so photographers can gain greater finger precision as needed.

You can grab these EnergeticSky gloves for just $25 (and if you want to really please your gift recipient, combine them with the Dnaleao Rechargeable Handwarmers featured above!). 

Moerdeng Waterproof Ski Jacket

Holiday gifts for photographers

No winter-loving photographer’s kit is complete without an ultra-warm winter coat. After all, it’s tough to capture sharp photos when you’re hopping up and down and shivering – which is why we recommend this ski jacket from Moerdeng. 

The jacket itself is warm, it’s waterproof, and it includes several handy pockets for improved convenience. It even boasts a little breast pocket, which you can use to store memory cards or batteries. And the jacket is pretty stylish, too; the outer material looks sleek, plus you can choose from quite a few different colors.

Normally, this Moerdeng ski jacket costs $90, but it’s currently on sale for just $41. You can buy the men’s version here and the women’s version here.

Handheld Light Wand

Holiday gifts for photographers

If you’re after a creative photography gift, consider the Handheld Light Wand, a light-painting tool that’ll let any photographer capture gorgeous colors when shooting at night. 

You can use the Wand to produce colorful off-camera lighting, or you can include it in the frame for eye-popping portraits, long-exposure landscapes, and even jaw-dropping car photography.

The range of colors is fantastic, plus the Wand is decently portable for shooting on the go (imagine doing a city photoshoot at night!).

So grab the amazing Handheld Light Wand right here.

KUVRD Universal Lens Hood

Holiday gifts for photographers

KUVRD’s Universal Lens Hood is one of the most innovative and unique products of the decade, offering a convenient way to cover every lens you own – without taking up critical space in your camera bag. 

Standard lens hoods are big and bulky, plus you need a new hood for each lens you buy. Once you misplace a lens hood, then you’re without protection. KUVRD’s Universal Lens Hood, on the other hand, is, well, universal. It mounts on the front of pretty much any lens, which means you can take one or two KUVRD lens hoods in your bag and use them with all of your lenses. Plus, they’re rubber, so they can be folded and slotted into a side pocket or even a purse.

And the Universal Lens Hood offers additional benefits: 

For one, it allows you to mount most filters in front of your lens, regardless of thread size. It also eliminates reflections when shooting through windows. 

So for photographers looking for an easy, space-saving way to protect their lenses, the KUVRD Universal Lens Hood is a perfect choice. Get it here.

256 GB SanDisk Extreme Card

Holiday gifts for photographers

Without a memory card, you can’t capture a single photo – which means that this card will be appreciated by every SD-using photographer around, no matter their level of skill. 

The 256 GB Extreme card has a high-speed transfer rate of 180 MB/s, which makes it ideal for photographers who shoot lots of RAW photos – and the 256 GB capacity ensures that the card can fit thousands of photos without filling up. In fact, with 256 GB of storage, even trigger-happy photographers will be able to shoot an entire trip on a single card.

So to get this 256 GB SD card, click here.

Altura Cleaning Kit

Holiday gifts for photographers

A camera cleaning kit is a must-have for every photographer. After all, it’s impossible to keep lenses and sensors completely clean all of the time. Dust and dirt can easily make their way onto the front of the lens and sometimes onto the sensor when changing lenses (especially when you’re out in nature).

This Altura cleaning kit includes a brush for sweeping away dust, a rocket blower for removing dirt, a two-sided lenspen for removing particles from your front lens elements and filters, plus much, much more. A camera cleaning kit may not be glamorous, but it can be a photographer’s savior when out on a shoot!

So grab your Altura cleaning kit right here.

KUVRD Universal Lens Cap

Holiday gifts for photographers

Lens caps may seem boring, but they perform the essential job of protecting a photographer’s lenses during travel, and they’re really, really easy to misplace. 

That’s why every photographer could use one (or several) of these KUVRD Universal Lens Caps, which fit over 99% of lenses thanks to the uniquely stretchy design. They’re also quicker to clean than standard lens caps – always handy for photographers who work in sandy or dirty conditions – and they fold up, so they won’t take up much space in a camera bag or backpack.

You can purchase a KUVRD Universal Lens Cap for under $15 on Amazon (and if you know a photographer who could use a whole bunch of these products, you can purchase a multipack for $30).

Peak Design Everyday Backpack V.2

Holiday gifts for photographers

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack offers everything anyone could want in a camera carrier.

It’s durable. It’s stylish. And it fits a surprising amount of camera equipment into its highly configurable storage compartments. The Everyday Backpack also includes a laptop sleeve, so you can edit your photos on the go. And the clever locking mechanism ensures your gear is always safe from others – but easily accessed by you!

So for photographers in need of a spacious camera backpack that’s easy to use, boasts a lot of flexibility, and looks great, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is an outstanding choice. 

To take a closer look at this gorgeous photo backpack from Peak Design, click here.

Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit

Holiday gifts for photographers

This flexible mini-tripod is an ideal photographer’s companion; it’s perfect for anyone who needs a tripod but doesn’t want to take up too much space in their camera bag or backpack.

The GorillaPod’s flexible legs allow it to be wrapped around objects such as tree branches, poles, and much more – so that photographers can keep their camera stable when capturing photos and videos in just about any location. This particular model can handle smaller cameras with standard and wide-angle lenses, though Joby also offers a 5K kit for larger setups.

You can purchase the GorillaPod 3K kit right here

Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter

Holiday gifts for photographers

A light meter like the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate is a lifesaver for serious portrait photographers and videographers. 

Why? While most cameras offer built-in light meters, they just don’t boast the same level of flexibility and accuracy as the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate. 

So for photographers looking to get their exposure consistently right, this handheld light meter is a great buy. It’s the perfect studio photographer’s companion – but it can also be taken on location when shooting portraits.

Check out the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate right here.

Lens Coffee Mug

Holiday gifts for photographers

Need a photography gift for a coffee drinker? Consider this coffee mug, which looks just like the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens and features a carefully designed exterior plus a “front element” cap for added realism.

It’s nicely sized, it includes a stainless-steel liner for added durability, and it’s budget-friendly, too. Of course, it’s not the most serious of gifts, so make sure the recipient has a sense of humor. (And whatever you do, don’t give it to a Nikon or Sony user; you never know how they might react!)

You can purchase the lens coffee mug here.

Altura Camera Hand Strap

Holiday gifts for photographers

Pretty much every camera comes with a neck strap, but for photographers who like to go on photowalks, shoot lengthy portrait sessions, and/or need to keep a low profile, the Altura Camera Hand Strap is the perfect buy. 

The Hand Strap allows photographers to comfortably hold a camera for hours on end – and, thanks to the stylish design, they’ll feel cool while doing it. The dark leather is inconspicuous, so it works great for street photographers who need to stay unnoticed while shooting, and it’s strong enough to support plenty of larger DSLRs and mirrorless models. 

Plus, this Altura strap is relatively cheap, so while it’s a thoughtful gift that’ll be much appreciated by your photography friends, it won’t create a giant hole in your bank account. You can grab it for just $25 here.

Camera Collection Puzzle

Holiday gifts for photographers

Know a photographer who likes to puzzle? Consider gifting them this 500-piece Camera Collection puzzle from the New York Puzzle Company, which features over 100 cameras and lenses – from the classic Kodak Brownie all the way to (semi) modern SLRs. 

The puzzle itself is well made, though it’s not for the faint of heart (as one reviewer pointed out, many of the antique cameras are nearly identical). But for the serious puzzler who loves cameras, it’s the perfect gift.

Check it out here!

Best gifts for photographers: final words

Well, there you have it:

35 photography gifts, covering cameras, lenses, accessories, software, and more. Hopefully, you found what you were after – and you’re ready for a fantastic holiday season!

Now over to you:

What do you plan to get as gifts for photography lovers this year? Share your gift ideas for photographers in the comments below!

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Jaymes Dempsey
Jaymes Dempsey

is the Managing Editor of Digital Photography School, as well as a macro and nature photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. To learn how to take stunning nature photos, check out his free eBook, Mastering Nature Photography: 7 Secrets For Incredible Nature Photos! And to see more of Jaymes’s work check out his website and his blog.

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