The Ultimate Gift Guide for Photographers 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

 

Looking for some gifts for the photographer in your life? Or even yourself? Look no further. I've created the ultimate foolproof gift guide here for you! I promise you, you can't not go wrong with any of these gift ideas. While making this list, I kept in mind that some of you may not know much or nothing about photography, and that is why I made it foolproof. Your friend or loved one will appreciate that you got them something that they will REALLY use, I guarantee it.

 

I've listed a "why" after each item, so you know how this item will work. Or if you need to explain it a little further. Honestly, few of these things at first, I didn't think I'd have use for them. Until of course, I used them. Total game changer and I wouldn't be able to live without many of these items now.

 

You can find the majority (not all) on amazon.com if you're short on time by signing up for amazon prime. You can try it for free for 30 days and get your gifts fast! So I hope you find something here that will help you out and bring a smile to your friend or loved ones face. Remember, you can also buy gift cards or gift certificates from some of these shops.

 

Gift certificates for sessions with me are available for purchase too, just email me here!

From lowest to highest price w/o taxes.

Red = I have personally tested the product and given my approval.

Green = I have not personally tested the product but have read up about it.

 

$4.97 JJC Waterproof Memory Card Travel Case

TESTED: Yes

WHY: Perfect way to protect memory cards on the go, its compact, so it fits in your pocket.

WHERE TO BUY: ebay

 

$6.12 – $7.99 Fotasy RBC2 2x Rear Lens Cover and Camera Body Cap Set

(listing is for the canon 5d mark iii only but you can search "rear lens cover for nikon" too)

TESTED: Yes

WHY: Perfect backups, because honestly, we photographers lose these ALL THE TIME.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

Price varies but very affordable $ – $$: Disposable Camera

TESTED: Yes

WHY: Fun nostalgia

WHERE TO BUY: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Target

 

$8.99 – $45.55 SanDisk 64GB Ultra

TESTED: Yes. And CF versions too.

WHY: A photographer can never have too many memory cards.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$9.99 Holdfast SAFETY CATCH

TESTED: Yes

WHY: This extra "leash" has saved my equipment multiple times. Protects your camera if your camera strap loosens or breaks. Perfect for the everyday photographer.

WHERE TO BUY: holdfastgear.com

 

$9.99 – $12.99 Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras (comes w/ Air Blower)

TESTED: Yes, just the cleaning kit.

WHY: A photographer always needs a cleaning kit with their gear, extras are even better.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$12.00 Camera Buddies (Shutter Hugger, version 1)

TESTED: No

WHY: Perfect for photographing kids. This grabs their attention, which results in better photos. This also makes a great gift for any occasion, not just the holidays. Especially for parents (mother’s day, father’s day, birthday, etc.). Who wouldn’t want better pictures of their little ones.

WHERE TO BUY: etsy.com

 

$12.99 – $36.90 Panasonic Eneloop AA Rechargeable Batteries (currently testing Amazon Basic AA Version)

TESTED: Yes and the corresponding charger.

WHY: A photographer can never have too many AA rechargeable batteries.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$13.99 Potensic® 4-Pack Protective Waterproof Lens Neoprene Pouch Set

TESTED: Yes

WHY: These pouches are perfect if you just want to throw 1 extra lens into any bag. It really does protect your lens.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$19.99 Elephant Elite Waterproof/Dustproof Memory Card Storage Case

TESTED: Yes

WHY: If the photographer has too many memory cards, this case is the perfect at-home storage protection.

WHERE TO BUY: ebay.com

 

$20.00 Camera Lens Wrap (Shutter Hugger, version 2)

TESTED: No

WHY: Perfect for photographing kids. This grabs their attention, which results in better photos. This also makes a great gift for any occasion, not just the holidays. Especially for parents (mother’s day, father’s day, birthday, etc.). Who wouldn’t want better pictures of their little ones.

WHERE TO BUY: etsy.com

 

$21.99 – $45.99 JACKYLED Power Strip – w/ Outlet Plugs & USB Slots 

TESTED: Yes

WHY: The rotating tower design is very convenient. When photographers have big events, they need the space to charge multiple batteries and devices. We don’t have the time to decide which cords to unplug from our living room or look for another power strip.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$25 – $220 Tile “Mate” Bluetooth tracker

TESTED: Yes. I think I might try the “Style” version later on.

WHY: Perfect way to track and protect camera gear from getting lost.

WHERE TO BUY: thetileapp.com

 

$27.96 Amazon Basics Camera Backpack 

TESTED: Yes

WHY: This is perfect for a daily kit. Fits a DSLR, charger, extra lens, flash, rechargeable batteries & charger, and other small accessories. Very easy to access and use.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$39.99 Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank

TESTED: No

WHY: Photographers always need to have their devices charged, especially cellphones.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$39 – $55: Capturing Couture Camera Straps

TESTED: Yes, I own at least 6 straps

WHY: Very unique and stylish.

WHERE TO BUY: capturingcouture.com

 

$45 – $150 Audible Membership (Audiobooks) 

TESTED: Yes

WHY: Photographers work a lot on computers, so audiobooks makes it more fun.

WHERE TO BUY: audible.com

 

$54.95 Hidrate Spark (Smart Water Bottle)

TESTED: No

WHY: Most photographers (even I’m guilty of it) forget to hydrate during long photo sessions. Causing dehydration and possibly a slow workflow the next day. So having a bottle that reminds you to drink water is just perfect.

WHERE TO BUY: hidratespark.com

 

$79 The Creative's Planner (photographer-needs based planner)

TESTED: No

WHY: A planner designed for photographers, like this one, might make things more organized.

WHERE TO BUY: juliepaisleyeducation.com

 

Price varies $$: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (with or without film)

TESTED: No

WHY: Fun nostalgia

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

Price varies $$: CANON & NIKON Batteries (make sure to know what camera you’re buying for)

TESTED: Yes

WHY: Perfect backups.

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.com or KEH.com

 

Price varies $$ – $$$: WD Desktop or Portable Hard Drive (case can be purchased separately)

TESTED: Yes, I own two, My Passport is one.The other is very old, still works but I do not remember.

WHY: Storage is always needed.

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.com or Bestbuy.com

 

$99.95 Aquapac Waterproof DSLR Case

TESTED: No

WHY: Something new and fun to try, like underwater photography.

WHERE TO BUY: photojojo.com

 

$135 – $235 Spider Holsters

TESTED: No

WHY: Leaves your back free from camera/s. Making it possible to just add a light backpack with a few lenses or accessories. Perfect alternative for photographers with back injuries or with history of them.

WHERE TO BUY: spiderholster.com

 

$135 – $490 Holdfast Duo- Camera Straps (camera-swagg is my personal favorite)

TESTED: Yes, I own the Copper 3 Camera Camera Swagg Money Maker.

WHY: Perfectly distributes the weight of two DSLRS (with lenses on) against your back and a smaller camera in the front.

WHERE TO BUY: holdfastgear.com

 

$219.95 – $288.75 Pelican 1510 or Pelican Air 1535 WITH Padded Dividers

TESTED: Yes, both models with padded dividers only.

WHY: Makes traveling with equipment easy, also meets the carry-on size requirements.

WHERE TO BUY: amazon.com

 

$249 – $329 Apple Watch (fyi: 2nd generation is discontinued)

TESTED: No

WHY: Say during a wedding day, the bride or groom messages the photographer about a last minute change in the day. The photographer can immediately see it and proceed. Instead of having the message just sit inside a pocket for who knows how long.

WHERE TO BUY: target.com

 

*DISCLAIMER*

I can earn commission as an affiliate of only KEH.com, CapturingCouture.com, and Amazon.com for recommending their online shops. I have used these shops on my own many times. Thus, I chose to possibly review any products given, but opinions expressed about any product are solely my own. As of now, I have not been given any free item for review. Every thing I have recommended so far, I have purchased with my own money or were gifts from a friend and family.

 

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