Christmas is coming around fast and no doubt many of you have left the Christmas shopping late, but thankfully it's nowhere near too late yet!
Photographers are notoriously difficult to buy for. Not only is our hobby often expensive, but the gear is highly subjective and takes a lot of research before committing to a purchase. Fortunately you have a photographer here to guide you, and there are plenty of more budget friendly Christmas gifts that any photographer in your life would absolutely love!
If you're a photographer yourself reading this, these are perfect little purchases to gift yourself with this December!
Budget Stocking Fillers for Photographers
My wife actually bought me this for my birthday and it's a fantastic purchase that looks much more expensive than it's modest £12.99 price tag. The LED lighting strip illuminates the entire box and it's useful for everything from product photography to minimalist macro photography. An absolute must-have!
Another gift that I've received in the past, and one that I still use to this day. Almost every photographer working outdoors packs a flask to take along with them. A sunrise just doesn't feel complete without a warm mug of coffee, and this replica lens mug keeps you in the photography spirit! It's small enough that you'll barely notice it in your camera bag and also makes for great entertainment when confused passers by see you drinking out of your lens!
For the photographer in your life who likes to look the part as well. Cufflinks are a great way of putting your interests and hobbies on display at formal events and can stir up conversation during those dreaded awkward moments. A great, affordable, and really unique gift for the photography lover!
Another great novelty gift that will have any photographer smiling and praising your originality! When you click the shutter release the lens becomes a mini torch and the 'camera' makes a little shutter sound to add to the effect. It comes with the required batteries already installed as well, so there really is no downside!
Mid-Range Gifts for Photographers
I wouldn't be without my Gorillapod now. It's a great little invention that allows you to carry a tripod around no matter how restricted you are, and not only that but it attaches to almost anything. I've used this to support my camera off railings at the beach, tree branches, the car door, and many more things. It comes away with me everywhere because it's so light, portable, and above all useful. It's a great addition under the Christmas tree and something that will keep your loved ones entertained as they attach it to everything they can lay their hands on.
This has got to go down as one of the best purchases I've ever made for under £30. Every consumer camera these days comes with the branded neck strap that not only displays your expensive brand of camera to everybody in sight, but is also inconvenient and uncomfortable. It may not seem like a big deal, and I didn't think so until I was forced into a new camera strap when my original one snapped. I opted for this sling strap and I would never go back. This makes it much easier to carry, and rather than it bouncing off your chest when you're walking it plods along happily by your waist. With one quick movement I can have the camera up to my eye, and I can detach the strap when I'm tripod mounting to stop the wind blowing the strap around. There is literally no downside to using one of these!
This will keep your photographer loving loved one hours of fun on Christmas day, although be warned that it might result in you standing by a window and posing for photos for a while. The Neewer 5-in-1 reflector allows you to manipulate light, whether natural or artificial, to do a variety of things. This includes evenly lighting a portrait, diffusing harsh light in macro work, or using one of the silver or gold ones to add an element of warmth into the photo. An absolute bargain at under £30.
4. F-Stop Watch
A beautifully creative style of watch for your loved one this Christmas. The middle of the watch face is designed in an aperture styling and rather than the traditional numbers we have some of the more common aperture settings instead. What time is it? Time to take some photos of course!
Are you sick and tired of all those photography books falling over on the shelf? I know I wasn't, but I still went ahead and bought these absolutely gorgeous vintage camera bookends to add a bit of photography style to my bookshelf. Perfect for the bookworm-come-photographer in your life this Christmas!
High End Gifts for Photographers
Camera bags are an important part of a photographer's life, and versatility is one of the main factors in a bag. This is as versatile as they come. Mine has come up mountains with me on camping trips, but hasn't been out of place on a city break and when shooting a wedding either. It's big enough to fit a camera body and a variety of lenses and comes with a strap for attaching your tripod.
Fuji are known for making gorgeous, retro looking cameras with modern technology inside them. This is one of their finest in the realm of compact cameras, offering stunning image quality from it's 16.3 megapixel sensor and beautifully designed Fuji 16-50mm lens. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, and it's something that comes with me everywhere. I use it as a second-shooter when I've got my DSLR kit, I take it on dog walks, I take it on city breaks. It literally never leaves my pocket.
Are you feeling extra generous this Christmas? If you are there is nothing I can recommend more highly than this. Drones are always in demand because... Well, because they're drones! This one even more so though. It's so small that you can take it out on long hikes in the landscape. It's packed full of features such as flyover modes, return to home, and follow-me. It can fly up to 40mph and has over 4 miles of transmission range. Not only that, but it records full 4k video and has a great quality 12 megapixel camera. Yes, it may cost nearly £1,000, but it will provide countless hours of fun and some great photography! Go on... You know they're worth it!
If you were feeling generous and shelled out on the DJI Mavic Pro then why not take things up a notch and add these Wireless VR Goggles into the mix? These pair up with your DJI drone and live stream exactly what the camera is capturing, giving you the sensation of flying along with it.
There You Have It
Your Christmas shopping list is now full of great ideas for the photographer in your life, with everything from stocking fillers to high-end purchases covered. All of these items are things that I've either personally got and use or that I've seen in action and can definitely recommend. Is there anything you love that I've missed off? I'd love to hear about it.
If your loved one has a Nikon DSLR, why not take a look at our must-have lenses for Nikon article and find them the perfect gift!