42 Unique Gifts for Photographers

Gift shopping for birthdays and holidays can be a joy or a burden, depending on who you’re shopping for. It can be especially difficult to shop for someone who already has everything, or who doesn’t say what they want. Fortunately, if that person is a photographer, there’s always something awesome you can get.

Here’s a list of 42 unique gifts for photographers, organized into the following categories: Cameras, iPhoneography, Useful Gear and Accessories, Apparel, Office Space, and Random But Cool. (We’ve excluded t-shirts, mugs and camera bags, since those deserve a separate list entirely.) There’s enough variety here that you’re sure to find something for every type of photographer, as well as put a few things on your own wish list.

Cameras

When in doubt, get a photographer a camera. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive DSLR. A simple point-and-shoot can be a lot of fun, too.

Holga Camera

Holga Camera

Forget perfection. The Holga camera is meant for having fun. If you’re getting burned out from post-processing and technical stuff, take time to relax with this simple, plastic camera. The photos will be flawed and beautiful, allowing you to rediscover the joy of shooting again.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Camera

Instax Mini 8

For a more modern version of a Polaroid, try out an Instax Mini. It’s small and cute, and it takes great vintage-looking photos. What more do you need?

Polaroid Camera Package

Polaroid Camera Package

The Polaroid Camera Package contains everything you need to enter the world of instant photography. You’ll get:

  • an original, vintage Polaroid 600 box-type camera
  • 1 pack of 600 color film by “The Impossible Project” (8 pictures)
  • the “Quick Guide to Instant Photography” camera & film manual
  • 12 important tips on how to take beautiful Polaroids

Perfect for beginners!

Random Vintage Camera

Vintage Camera

If you want to get a vintage camera but don’t know which one to choose, try out this gift. The store Peace Love Cameras will send you a random vintage camera dating anywhere from the 1930s to the 1990s, along with a printed explanation of who it belonged to. The store will also try to give you some information about the camera, such as the years it was produced, where it was made, and what kind of film it takes. The camera won’t be perfect, but it’ll be in good condition for its age and no doubt fun to play with.

iPhoneography

The cameras on smartphones are getting so good that even professional photographers sometimes use them instead of a DSLR. For a really cheap gift, take a look at some of the more popular iPhone apps out there. Otherwise, the following gifts are also great choices.

Camera Lens Kit for the iPhone

iPhone Lenses

That’s right–you can use a lens with a smartphone. In fact, why not use a tripod, too? This CamKix camera lens kit provides it all: 12x telephoto lens, fisheye lens, macro lens, wide angle lens, tripod, phone holder, holder ring, hard case, bag and cleaning cloth.

Macro Cell Lens Band

Macro Lens Band

For a unique smaller gift or stocking stuffer, try out this macro lens band. It’s easy to use and fun to play with.

Backup Battery

LeadTry

You know that sinking feeling you get when you notice your phone’s battery is dying? It’s even worse when you’re a photographer shooting with your smartphone. That’s why every photographer needs one or two backup batteries like these ones by LeadTry.

100% Energy Apple Juice Power Pack

Apple Juice Battery

Backup battery + cuteness by PhotoJoJo.

Waterproof Case for Smartphones

iPhone Waterproof Case

Dropping your phone in water is even worse than having a dead battery. This waterproof case will take away that stress, so you can go out rafting or sailing without worrying about ruining your phone.

Flash Drive for iPhones

Flash Drive

This flash drive by HooToo is one of the easiest ways to store videos and photos from your iPhone. It plugs right into your phone, so you don’t need to transfer everything to a computer first. It’s especially great for trips, since it’s so small and light.

Game of Phones

game of phones

With this game, you can show off your photos and use your phone during parties without being antisocial.

Useful Gear & Accessories

When in doubt, get a photographer something useful. These gifts may not seem spectacular, but they’re exactly what a photographer needs.

Think Tank Battery Holder

Camera Battery Holder

Batteries can be a pain to find when they’re loose in a bag. With this ThinkTank battery holder, you can keep them organized in one place, cutting down on frustration and giving you more time to shoot.

Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Nikon Microfiber

This Nikon cleaning cloth is one of the best on the market. It’s soft yet durable, and when it’s clipped to your bag, it’s fast and easy to find.

LensPen Camera Cleaning Kit

LensPen DSLR Pro Kit

One downside of a cleaning cloth is that it can gather grit, which scratches your lens. Another great option is this Lenspen. One end has a brush for getting off grit, and the other end has a carbon swab for removing smudges. You just screw off the cap, clean your lens, then recap right afterwards, keeping both your camera and cleaning kit free of dirt.

White Balance Filter

White Balance Filter

For an inexpensive yet valuable gift, get this white balance filter. You can use it quickly and spontaneously to set an accurate white balance, free from yellow, red and blue color casts.

Flexible Tripod

Joby GorillaPod

The Joby GorillaPod tripod is perfect for outdoor photographers who want to pack light. They can take it into the mountains to get amazing cliff shots, or strap it onto a tree to get cool shots from above.

Floating Tripod Mount for GoPro Camera

Floating Tripod

Another necessity for an active photographer who loves their GoPro is this floating tripod by Mystery. You can take it on rafting and diving trips to get awesome group shots, or just use it in your pool for interesting underwater selfies.

Memory Cards

Sandisk

A photographer always needs more space for photos, and these Sandisk memory cards are great gifts.

Memory Card Carrying Case

Memory Card Holder

Already have a lot of memory cards? Get this carrying case to hold them all.

External Hard Drive

External Hard Drive

An experienced photographer probably already has a good external hard drive (like this one by Seagate), but a new photographer might not. This gift basically says, “Go for it!”

Protective Case for Filters

Filter Case

This inexpensive protective case by Altura Photo will keep your filters safe and organized. It’s a great gift for photographers who are starting to expand their skills and experiment with new gear.

Lens Wrap

Lens Wrap

A bulky camera bag can be a burden for some photographers, who prefer using whatever bag they already have. This strong, waterproof lens wrap by Tenba allows for that flexibility without compromising the camera equipment’s safety.

Gaffer Tape

Gaffer Tape

Gaffer tape is like duct tape, only better. You can tear, handle and reposition it easily, and it sticks to all kinds of floors without leaving residue. Use it for DIY projects, creative shoots, and on-the-spot solutions to unexpected problems.

Portable Lightbox Studio

Lightbox Studio

A lightbox studio is essential for photographing merchandise to sell online, but you can use it for creative still life shots, too. This one is easy to put together and folds flat for storage, so you can have a mini studio even in a tiny apartment.

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard

Photoshop Shortcuts

This shortcuts keyboard skin should really be included with every purchase of Adobe Photoshop.

The Photographer’s Pouch

PhotoJoJo Pouch

With this pouch by PhotoJoJo, you can keep sharp objects like keys in the same bag as your camera without risking any damage. It’s also useful for smartphone lenses and other small items that could easily get lost.

Apparel

There’s no shortage of photography-oriented clothes and accessories. The following gifts are good choices for photographers who like to wear their passion on their sleeve, hands and neck.

Buttons

Photography Buttons

A well-chosen button can be an excellent stocking stuffer, white elephant gift, or decorative touch on a larger present (like a camera). Bonus: they look good on camera bags.

Necklaces

Camera Lens Necklace

Camera Necklace

Camera Pendant

Camera-themed necklaces can be fancy, inspirational, funny, or kitsch, just depending on what necklace you choose. That’s why it’s best to get a necklace for a photographer you know well, like a spouse (or yourself).

Earrings

Camera Earrings

Camera Earrings

Bamboo Camera Earrings

Camera-themed earrings can also be hard to choose, mainly because there are so many nice options. Most are fairly inexpensive, though, so you can always get a couple pairs when in doubt.

Cufflinks

Camera Cufflinks

Camera-themed cufflinks are a subtle, classy way of showing off your hobby. It’s an especially appropriate gift for a photographer who likes to dress nicely, or who goes clubbing regularly to photograph night life.

Fun Lens Cap

Snack Cap Lens Covers

Now, your camera can look fashionable, too.

Photographer’s Gloves

Photographer Gloves

These gloves by Alki’i keep your hands warm when you go out shooting on a cold day. In case you haven’t already cut the fingertips off of all your other gloves…

Office Space

If you’re slogging away in a cubicle by day, doing something that’s not photography, it can be refreshing to have reminders around you of your real passion. Here are a few desk supplies to lighten up the office atmosphere.

Pen & Pencil Holder

Camera Pencil Holder

This faux camera is probably a better choice for pens than a mug from the office kitchen.

Paper Clips

Camera Paper Clip

Camera Paper Clips

A small, unique way to keep in mind what you’re going to do this weekend.

Digital Picture Frame

Digital Picture Frame

With this digital picture frame, you can easily show your colleagues and clients all your latest photos. It eliminates the awkwardness of passing around your smartphone, and the larger size and higher resolution will make your shots look better.

Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder

For a photographer who’s just started a business, or who you think should start a business.

Random But Cool

Trying to find the perfect, unique photography gift? Maybe one of these items will catch your eye.

Green Screen Backdrop

Green Screen

This gift could inspire hours of research and watching videos on Youtube, leading to some awesome, creative work.

Pico Flex Dolly Kit

Photo Dolly

Like a green screen, this gift can prompt creativity and experimentation with new techniques. Think: shooting in tight spaces, low-angle shots, stop motion animation, etc.

A Photographer’s Notebook

Photographer's Notebook

This notebook was made for jotting down details you want to remember about a shoot. You can enter your camera and film settings on one side, then put notes, sketches or whatever else on the other side. The notebook also includes a page for camera and film settings, as well a simple “Exposure Guide Chart” for when you leave your light meter in the car.

A Regular Notebook + Inspiring Quote

Photo Journal

Or, you can just get a normal notebook with something inspiring on the cover. Perfect for anyone who’s about to embark on a 365 project.

Lens Buddies

Shutter Huggers

This gift would probably confuse a landscape photographer, but a children’s photographer would think,”YES!”

Photography Magazine Subscription

Popular Photography

There is something special about seeing photographs in print.

100 Photographs That Changed the World

100 Photographs

Pure photography and history inspiration. A perfect coffee table addition.

Camera Cookie Cutter Set

Camera Cookie Cutters

Combine a love for photography with a love for cookies, and you get this.