There is no shortage of gifts for photographers out there. Photographers tend to live in a world all their own and are always looking for new tech, helpful accessories, and gear upgrades. There are a million options for gifts and if you’re not a photographer yourself, the list can be pretty daunting.
You can still impress them with our comprehensive guide to all things photography below. These picks will give you plenty of options for the coolest gift ideas for photographers around, from cute novelty items to thoughtful tech and the best accessories.
57 Unique Gift Ideas for Photographers
Your favorite shooters will adore these top gifts for photographers below.
Photography Crystal Ball
The photographer in your life may not be able to tell fortunes with this crystal ball, but they will love the creative fun they’ll have using it to take photos. The high-quality crystal ball allows cameras to pick up a unique fishbowl perspective to scenes. This unique tool is a must for photography lovers everywhere.
Photography Trivia Deck
This super fun trivia deck is the ultimate game for people who love photography. The 80-card deck is loaded with all sorts of interesting facts, trivia, and stories about photography history, photographers, and tech. The photo-taker you know will enjoy sharing their love for photography with you and others with this cool game.
Camera Lens Coffee Mug
Make morning coffee more interesting for your favorite photographer with this novelty coffee mug that looks exactly like a camera lens, right down to the F-stop ring and the lens, i.e., lid. As one of the most creative gift ideas for photographers, this mug will get conversations going in no time whenever they decide to bring it with them.
Woven Camera Strap
This elegant woven camera strap for a DSLR camera is an elegant choice in vintage design. The colorful floral pattern looks like it was plucked from a print photographer’s classic accessory collection of yesteryear. The adjustable straps and cool pattern will impress even the most staunch of photographers.
These filter accessories will transform your photography pal’s photos into something really special. The three magnetic pieces offer different filter looks to photographs. The set comes with a magnetic filter ring and mounts for easy use. A great Christmas gift, these filters are a lot of fun for photographers who want to get more creative.
Retro Camera Socks
These hilarious retro camera socks will offer a good sense of humor for photographer friends who need a laugh (and a pair of socks). The durable, cute socks for him are covered in retro manual cameras and a festive pop of color. They make a great birthday gift for camera lovers everywhere.
DSLR Camera Bag
This super-cool DSLR camera bag will make your favorite photographer feel special and get them organized at the same time. The canvas bag will keep all their gear in separate compartments while showing off a vintage flair in its design. This is an indispensable bag for photography enthusiasts who want to get their tech in order.
Camera Print Infinity Scarf
Aspiring female photographers who want to infuse every part of their life with all-things-photography will enjoy this infinity scarf for her. The scarf is delicately decorated with different vintage cameras. She will appreciate the whimsical quality of this scarf when she’s shooting her favorite new subjects.
Camera Desk Organizer
Get the desk of the photographer de-cluttered with this fun cardboard organizer that looks like a retro camera. Not all photography gifts need to be expensive when cheap items like this can delight photo takers just as much. The camera organizer can hold all sorts of desk accessories and brighten up a workspace instantly.
Photography Light Box
For iPhone photographers or anyone shooting products, this photography lightbox will make the ideal gift. The 20 x 20 tabletop tent box is foldable, portable, and equipped with 100 LED lights, so whatever they are shooting will surely pop. The box comes with a selection of backdrop colors to suit any brand or mood and will prove invaluable quickly.
Photography Idea Cards
This deck of 55 cards each contains two prompts for young photographers or for beginner photographers to get extra creative with picture-taking. The entertaining ideas will inject some spark into their work and the hashtags included will help them find other like-minded photographers on social media.
Portrait Photography Lighting Kit
This awesome continuous lighting kit is a must-have for professional photographers who may still be stuck with entry-level gear for amateur photographers. The kit comes with a set of complementary lights, stands, and umbrellas which will create soft, continuous light for any subject they choose to shoot.
Inspirational Photography Bracelet
This beautiful photography-themed bracelet will inspire any photographer to keep shooting. The silver cuff bracelet has an intricate mini camera on it, along with the message “Capture Life.” This jewelry makes a thoughtful thank you gift and will serve as a reminder of how cool photography is.
Solar Photography Kit
This super-cool solar photography kit will wow the photographer in your life who has everything. The kit uses the Sunography process so any photographer can create a blue-tinted image using an object, sunlight, and a water rinse. This engaging kit will provide a fun project for any lover of photography.
Canon Rebel DSLR Kit
This Canon Rebel DSLR kit is one of the best camera kits on the market for the photographer in your life. Give them an upgrade that includes the trusted EOS Rebel T7, which includes HD video and two different lenses for whatever their photo needs are. The camera lenses come in a durable carrying case and will prepare any photographer for new and exciting things.
DSLR Camera Cleaning Kit
When your photography friends have a camera, they need a camera cleaning kit. This DSLR cleaning kit will serve them well as the most practical types of gifts for photographers out there. The kit includes all the cleaning solutions, tools, and accessories needed to keep lenses looking their best. The photographer in your life will appreciate getting back to what’s important—taking pictures.
Novelty Photography Glass
When your favorite photographer needs a break from editing photos, they will value having this cool novelty photography glass. The stemless wine glass refers to itself as an “Editing Survival Glass,” along with a camera captured inside a gold heart design. Wherever they are in their editing process, photographers will love sipping some wine before, during, or after editing.
Waterproof Winter Gloves
This set of waterproof winter gloves is the ideal accessory for nature photographers to use. The comfortable, warm gloves will protect their hands when shooting outside, while the index and thumb finger-caps will allow their most important digits the freedom to adjust the camera settings. Whether they’re shooting a sunset over a mountain or a cat frolicking in the yard, they’ll be ready.
Notebook Camera Journal
This photography journal is a meaningful way to get your favorite photographers going when it comes to ideas, notes, sketches, and more. The 100-page journal’s cover inspires with a floral retro camera design, as well as the message “When Life Gets Blurry, Adjust Your Focus.” This gift offers the most help for new photographers who need to get their thoughts and visions organized.
Camera Wall Clock
This quirky camera wall clock will bring some cool timekeeping into the life of your favorite photographer. The wall clock is crafted from a recycled vinyl record which features a clock centerpiece that looks like it is captured in the lens of a camera. The message “Capture Life” lets all who see the clock know the spirit of its owner.
This elegant necklace is the perfect addition to the jewelry collection of a female photographer you know. The pendant displays a miniature camera on a chain, with a little jewel that captures the all-important shutter release when a moment is preserved forever. This thoughtful accessory will let her know how much you believe in her photography creations.
Light Reflector Set
This impressive light reflector set has everything the photographer in your life needs to play with natural light and capture the most memorable shots. The 5-in-1 reflector will shimmer with a white, black, gold, silver, and translucent tone, while the kit also has a selfie stick, tripod, and reflector holder clip to keep things in place.
This photographer’s t-shirt is an entertaining way to express their unique set of skills to the world. You can give them this inexpensive cotton t-shirt they can wear while scouting, shooting, or editing. They can enjoy the multitude of photographer jargon that is displayed on the shirt, letting everyone around them know just how much they know themselves when it comes to taking photographs.
LED Lume Cube
For film photographers, lighting is everything…so ensure they’ll have a successful shoot with this high-tech lighting cube kit. The adjustable light comes with all the lighting accessories that will guarantee a gorgeously lit frame. Any photographer you know will appreciate having this lume cube in their arsenal when it comes to their next shoot.
Digital Photography Book
The new or amateur photographer you know will appreciate this clear-cut 20-week photography course captured in this helpful digital photography book. From understanding the details of the latest in cameras to super-helpful instruction on each aspect of photography, this book will elevate your photo-taking buddy to the ultra-professional in no time.
Time Lapse Camera
This powerhouse time-lapse camera is one of the best gifts for photographers available. The fully updated version of a time-lapse camera will bring the astounding look of capturing time-lapse to your favorite photographer with ease. The camera can run for days on end and be customized so the end result is personal to its picture taker.
The photographer in your life may be talented, but they still need a safe place to keep their keys. This cute photographer’s keychain displays a DSLR camera charm, along with the message “I Shoot People.” Photographers have a very special sense of humor, which this keychain will hit home with.
This super-stylish camera bag for her plays like it’s an elegant oversized purse while concealing the multiple compartments tailor-made for her camera, lenses, and accessories. The mint-colored bag will stand out amongst a sea of black carrying cases with a style all its own.
Camera Christmas Tree Ornament Set
Capture the coolest set of cameras for your photographer friend this Christmas. These two complimentary Christmas tree ornaments will make any tree more interesting for all. The ornaments include a retro-style manual camera and its modern digital counterpart. The ornaments are a fun way to celebrate Christmas for a photography lover.
DSLR Rain Gear
This waterproof, nylon rain-cover for a DSLR camera will start saving the day immediately for the photographer you know. The non-slip cover fits over the camera and allows for both of the photographer’s hands to reach in to make adjustments. They will keep their kit dry as well as their hands while they plan the perfect shot.
Kodak Mini Shot Bundle
This unique Kodak mini-shot bundle gives the photographer you cherish most a cool retro-style instant camera they can experiment with. Once they take photos, modern-day tech comes into play and allows them to either print the shots on the companion printer or transport them to mobile devices via Bluetooth technology. They will get creative and have it all.
Vintage Camera Print Set
Decorate your favorite photographer’s wall with this set of four vintage-style prints. The prints each feature the original patents of manual vintage cameras. The awesome design and quirky look of these prints will make any photographer’s home more interesting, while the thoughtful gift for photographers will touch their hearts too.
DSLR Camera Strap Chest Harness
Expand the photography game of your good friend with this cool DSLR camera strap that acts as a chest harness. The harness provides comfort and even weight distribution for the shooter and a unique way to shoot their favorite subjects with total control and security. The strap will help them concentrate on their work without worrying about their camera’s location.
Adventure Challenge Scrapbook
Challenge your photo-taking loved ones to an adventure in shooting with this adventure challenge scrapbook. The book offers 50 different ways to engage in adventure, which they can capture in photos and display in the scrapbook. This book is a wonderful way to get creatives shooting and creating memorable good times too.
Personalized Photographer Coffee Mug
You can give this personalized ceramic mug to your favorite photographer and watch them smile as you’ve never seen them smile. The mug’s pretty design features a DSLR camera decorated with flowers and the customized name of the person who loves to shoot. The mug is a thoughtful way to express how talented you know they are.
DSLR Cheat Sheet
The next time the photographer you know needs a little guidance while they shoot, they will be thankful you gave them this fun DSLR cheat sheet to play with. The set of 30 mini pages has tips for everything from exposure, shutter speed, f-stops, composition, and more. Newer photographers can learn as they go and improve their skills with each card and each new shot they take.
Smartphone Camera Lens Kit
iPhone and Android photographers will appreciate this amazing lens kit that works with almost any phone camera. The five-piece lens kit has everything from telephoto and macro to wide-angle and more. All they need to do is attach the lens to their phone using the clip and they will instantly elevate their shots to something bigger and better.
Camera Wall Art
This inspiring piece of wall art will touch the heart of the photographer in your life. The sign is made of wood and features a special message about life being just like a camera and how you can always get another shot. The sign will make an entertaining piece of decor at home and make sure they keep going.
There’s no denying how important a good tripod is to a photographer, whether amateur or a pro. Any photographer will thank you for giving them this awesome Manfrotto tripod kit. The five-section kit with aluminum legs will keep things stable and steady while providing an easy release for cameras shooting both photos and video.
Content Creator Kit
The photographer you know can turn their hobby or professional work into influencer gold with the help of this content creator kit. The kit has a Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which is easy to use and has a touchscreen. The kit has a short tripod and webcam capability that will both make sure they share all of what they have to shoot, film, say, and show to the world.
Photography Backdrop Kit
This incredible backdrop kit can bring the work of your favorite photographer to an ultra-professional level. The kit has a stand that holds up a backdrop ranging from 2.6 feet to 7 feet. Along with clamps, sandbags, and other accessories, this set is the ideal way to use whatever backdrop they wish to when setting up their perfect shot.
This stylish tripod lamp will wow the photographer in your life who didn’t even know it existed. The lamp is shaped like a tripod and can sit on top of a table or a desk or be kept as a floor lamp. The detailed lamp light displays a vintage style and will light up the home of any photographer in the coolest way possible.
Portable External Hard Drive
This portable external hard drive is the ultimate practical gift for photographers’ needs. The slim pink drive is lightweight and quiet and, most importantly, will easily and securely store 250GB of photographs at once. Your photo-taking friends will love the feeling of having all their photos safe and sound in one trusted place.
This cool photo printer will allow any photographers you know to wirelessly print photographs from their mobile devices. The printer offers a personalized set of LED lights so they and others can know whose turn it is to print. The gadget is an easy way to turn digital art into physical keepsakes in a flash.
Postcard Card Book
This unique postcard book is a great way to share cool LA photos in postcard form with the photography lover you know. The set of 100 postcards features retro-style images of Los Angeles sunshine and Hollywood glam. They can be used as decor, actual postcards to share, or just an inspiration to shoot.
Camera Grip Hand Strap
Give your favorite photographer the most stylish way to shoot handheld with this camera grip hand strap. The lightweight hand strap wraps around their shooting hand and connects to the camera via a metal plate mount. Their camera will be secure in their hand, while the strap shows off a cute floral design just in case anyone is watching.
This magical photography deck has everything the photographer you cherish will love in the form of a Tarot deck: artful design, beautiful look, and magical properties. The 55-card deck provides a solid reference to all-things-picture-taking, from shooting the golden ratio to focal lengths and sensor size. All the instruction is packed into a darkly whimsical deck that will keep teaching as it enlightens.
Photography Charm Bracelet
This adorable charm bracelet is a thoughtful accessory to grace the wrist of a photographer near you. The copper bracelet has a mini camera charm at its center, along with the message “Because Every Picture Has A Story To Tell.” Any photographer will appreciate this sentiment and wear it proudly as a reminder of why they love to shoot.
Engraved Personalized Photography Tumbler
This engraved tumbler has been personalized for the photographer you know so they know it belongs to them. The stainless steel tumbler can be customized to display their name after the title “Photographer.” They will love how proud this accessory makes them feel when they bring it with them on the go.
Camera Dial PopSocket
This popsocket is a simple, necessary tool for propping or holding up phones and tablets, but is done in a photographer’s style. The popsocket looks like a camera dial on a DSLR, which lets a photographer set the dial to their preferred mode (hint: manual is always the mode!). Photographers will love receiving this fun version of an everyday item.
Datacolor Monitor Calibration
Professional photographers you know will love this super-helpful tool when editing their precious photographs. The datacolor monitor calibration works with their desktop to properly adjust the color accuracy on their monitor so they can achieve the ultimate precision when editing photos. The high-level tool is a game-changer for any serious photographer.
Smartphone SD Card Reader
This amazing new SD card reader will make editing life for your favorite photographer so much easier, thanks to you. The reader easily connects to an iPhone and allows the photographer to insert three different sizes of SD cards inside so they can copy or move their photos onto the phone in a snap.
Funny Photography Mug
This darkly funny mug for photographers will have them laughing. The ceramic mug will make a thoughtful work mug for them, but the mug’s message is what will really stick with them. The mug features a camera with the words “I Shoot People And Sometimes Cut Off Their Heads.” They’ll crack up every time they take a sip.
Wood Flash Drive Box
This gorgeous wooden box holds a matching wooden flash drive for the photographer you know to store their photos. The mini flash drive holds 2 GB for ample storage on the go, while the walnut finish gives this storage box a unique touch of class.
Funny Womens Photographer T-Shirt
Get your favorite lady photographer this cute t-shirt she can wear while shooting all the photos she can. The v-neck t-shirt has a colorful camera display with the quirky words “Oh Snap!” featured above. The all-around comfy t-shirt will work well for her whether she’s running errands, taking a nap, or photographing the coolest subjects ever.
Leather Photo Album
This stunning photo album hand-stitched from leather will make a beautiful addition to any photographer’s collection. In it, they can display their best work in portfolio form or a collection of photos that mean everything to them in the oversized pages. The 600 photo-capacity album will keep all the best photos in pristine condition for a long time to come.
Internal Camera Unit Pack
This internal camera pack is the ultimate accessory for the professional photographer to use. The multiple compartments are ideal for any lenses in their DSLR photo kit they need to keep organized or keep together while shooting on the go. The durable cube-shaped pack will be the best place for their lens collection to stay put until they decide to use them for some genius photography.
Gifts for Photographers FAQs
What Do All Photographers Need?
All photographers need certain things to ensure their photographs come out clear and high-quality. They need a good lens cleaning kit to make sure their best work is also clean work.
A tripod might be the most important element to taking good photographs. Small accessories from a remote shutter release, extra batteries, and memory cards to connecting cables, reflectors, and memory banks all come in handy when shooting and editing.
What Are Some Good Gifts for an Amateur Photographer?
Every new photographer needs to start with a basic DSLR camera. One or more lenses are also a good investment. A solid tripod will provide stability and crystal-clear shots. An onboard flash will elevate normal shots into super professional ones, while the best carrying bag you can offer will allow a new photographer to go mobile with their gear.
What is the Best Christmas Gift for Photographers?
You can spoil your favorite photographer in many ways with cool Christmas gifts they’ll love. Start with a high-quality reflector to manipulate light in any way, shape, or form.
Get creative with a masterclass that ups their photo game in a big way. Get funny with a novelty gift or two, like this camera lens coffee mug. Other filters, tools, and accessories will keep them busy learning and perfecting their craft for a long time.
What 3 Lenses Should Every Photographer Have?
Every type of photographer should have a basic zoom lens that covers a wide variety of shots. A macro lens is ideal for capturing all the details up close. A telephoto zoom lens gives photographers different options for shooting at a long distance and uses a narrow depth-of-field. No matter the shot, they will be all set with these three lenses in their shooting arsenal.
What is the Best Gift for a Photographer?
One of the latest top gifts for a photographer these days is this unique travel tripod. The lightweight design allows it to fold up easily and unfold on location. None of the accuracy and sturdiness is compromised with this inventive tripod that will assist any photographer on their photo adventures.
There is always the latest new invention in the photography world, so chances are, whatever is out now could make the best gift for the photographer you know (1).