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Best Gifts for Photographers

Updated on October 11, 2013

Christmas Gifts for Photographers

Are you searching for the best gifts for photographers? If you have an avid photographer on your gift list, this page can help you find gifts he or she is sure to love.

These gifts are perfect for any avid photographer with an SLR camera, and you don't need to know anything about photography to choose one. Even if you don't know your ISO from AEB, these accessories, gadgets and gifts aren't too technical, so you won't need to worry about getting the wrong item. There's something here for any shutterbug.

(Image of camera lens coffee mug provided by amazon. See link below.)

Camera Lens Mugs - They'll love drinking out of a mug that looks just like a camera lens!

Don't try attaching these to the camera! Though these may look like a camera lens, they're really a cleverly disguised coffee cup. Any photographer would love drinking their morning coffee or tea from one of these mugs. And don't worry if your gift recipient is a Nikon user who wouldn't be caught dead drinking from a Canon lens mug or vice versa -- there are mugs designed to look specifically like a Canon lens or a Nikon lens, as well as mugs that have no particular brand associated with them.

Camera Cookie Cutters Set - Goes great with a camera lens mug

Ah, time for some cookies and tea. These cookie cutters will make camera-shaped cookies that your favorite photographer can enjoying while sipping tea from their new camera lens mug.

Camera Cookie Cutters
Camera Cookie Cutters


- Decorate or eat right out of the oven

- Three Camera Cookie Cutters: SLR, TLR, Rangefinder

- Both an outline cutter and a stamp


Joby Gorillapod - A flexible tripod to use anywhere

Tripods are great for taking long exposures or self portraits that don't require you to hold the camera at arm's length. But most of them require a flat (or fairly flat surface) to stand, and they can be bulky to carry. The Gorillapod makes both of those issues a thing of the past. Even if your gift recipient already has a tripod, the Gorillapod is a great accessory to have.

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom. Flexible Tripod for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Up To 3kg. (6.6lbs).
JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom. Flexible Tripod for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Up To 3kg. (6.6lbs).

The flexible tripod can be wrapped around a tree branch, fence, park bench, or just about anything to give you a stable mount for your camera, yet the model shown here (which is designed to hold SLR cameras) weighs just 8.5 ounces, and measures a mere 9.8 inches in length, so it can fit easily into a purse, jacket or backpack. There are even smaller models available for smaller cameras.


Don't Make Me Shoot You T-ShirtCHECK PRICE

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Keep Calm and Carry a Camera T-ShirtCHECK PRICE

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Photo Vest - Every photographer needs a place for their gadgets

If your gift recipient is an avid photographer, you may have noticed that he or she has lots of accessories and gadgets - light meters, batteries, extra memory cards, lens filters and hoods, flashes, remote controls, and so much more. And you need to have them at hand where you can grab them quickly when the situation arises. Bags and backpacks are great for getting photo gear to a shooting location, but if your favorite photographer wants the fastest way to access his most-used equipment, he'll love a photo vest. They're one of the best gifts for photographers you can buy. They typically come in a choice of khaki or black in all sizes, so there's one for everyone.

Best Gifts For Photographers Under $15 - Every photographer could use these inexpensive items

You might think it's impossible to find inexpensive camera accessories for expensive electronics. But some of the best photographic tools are low-budget. These three items are something every photographer can use. The rain cover will protect your favorite shutterbug's equipment in the rain. The cable release will help capture close-up shots without any camera shake or will hold the shutter open for extra long exposures. And the reflectors will help create perfect natural lighting without the need for a flash. These gifts are perfect for any photographer and easy on your budget!

OP/TECH USA 9001142 Rainsleeve - Flash, 2-Pack (Clear)
OP/TECH USA 9001142 Rainsleeve - Flash, 2-Pack (Clear)

This rainsleeve will protect your gear in bad weather.


Funny Gifts for Photographers - Affordable novelty gifts for your favorite shutterbug

If your camera-toting gift recipient has all the gear he or she could possibly want and you simply want a fun gift idea, here are some silly options that won't break your budget.

HDE Novelty Camera Roll Toilet Paper Cover Holder Film Canister Tissue Dispenser Box
HDE Novelty Camera Roll Toilet Paper Cover Holder Film Canister Tissue Dispenser Box

Is your favorite photographer old enough to remember film cameras and film canisters? If so, this toilet paper dispenser would make a great gag gift. It's sure to brighten any photographer's bathroom! Also available in other colors.

StickerPirate Photographer Parking Only 8" x 12" Metal Novelty Sign Aluminum S360
StickerPirate Photographer Parking Only 8" x 12" Metal Novelty Sign Aluminum S360

You never know when you're going to see something that requires stopping the car immediately to jump out and take a photo. But where's good parking when you need it?? If your favorite photographer has ever been stymied by lack of parking, they're sure to get a kick out of this sign.


Camera-Shaped USB Flash Drive - The perfect USB thumb drive for a photographer

USB flash drives are a great way to backup your photos or to port them to another device. And these USB drives make the best gifts for photographers because they're shaped to look like cameras!

Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards - Upload your photos wirelessly from wherever you are

These wireless memory cards are the perfect gift for impatient people or anyone who needs to get their photos uploaded to the web instantly. They allow you to upload images from any camera to the web wherever there's a Wi-Fi signal. So when your favorite photographer can't wait to get back home to upload photos, all they have to do is drop into the nearest Starbucks and put their Eye-Fi card to work.

Available in various card formats and sizes. Click the image below to see more options.

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Which Do You Think Are the Best Gifts for Photographers? - Please share your thoughts

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    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Camera Lens Mug is a really good choice, aha...

    • jerbo63 profile image


      6 years ago

      That toilet paper dispenser is great. Should be good for a laugh in any ones bathroom and of course we all need a good place to put toilet paper.

    • KandH profile image


      6 years ago

      I know several photographers and a few people who never need a "reason" to take pictures they just seem to have a camera at the ready all the time ...and I am not talking about their phones. Thanks for sharing these cool gift ideas - I love the cookie cutter :)

    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      The Photographer Parking Only Sign is funny!

    • PippiDust profile image


      6 years ago

      What a great idea - camera lens mug! I love it.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      WONDERFUL ideas here! Happy holidays and congrats on your feature!

    • malena10 profile image


      6 years ago

      Funny lens and very interesting stuff for photographers.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      The toilet paper dispenser is too funny - and yes, I'm definitely old enough to remember when film came in canisters.

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      6 years ago

      That camera lens coffee mug is awesome! It would make a great gift for my 19 year old as she is really into photography right now.


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