If you’re looking for the best gifts or even gift ideas for photographers (and videographers), you know how difficult that can process can be. We’re notoriously hard to purchase for because we generally want something really expensive (a camera, a lens, etc.) and we don’t want to ask for something that expensive as a gift…
And that can make finding a reasonably priced gift for a photographer an arduous task…just ask my wife! All of the items on this list are under $100!
Well, I’ve put together a list of items at a wide range of price points that are, most importantly, not specific to one camera brand! Also, you won’t find any cheesy t-shirts or lens mugs in this list.
Editor’s Note: Yes, this post contains affiliate links. I make a small percentage off these links if you purchase something, and that helps me keep making these lists and creating other content for this website!
Gifts Under $25
The Lens Pen
EVERY photographer should be cleaning the glass on their lenses. The lens pen offers a compact cleaning option that is also environmentally friendly. No fluids or chemicals. No drips or leaks. And it’s cheap and will fit in every photographer’s camera bag!$8.95 on Amazon!!
You can never have enough of them!! For cleaning off pretty much anything. Makes sure you don’t leave any scratches!$8.99 on Amazon
Creative Live offers a number of FREE classes for photographers as well as loads of other classes taught by some of the best in the business on such topics as wedding photography, portrait photography, running a photography business, Photoshop & Lightroom, and more!Gift cards starting at $25!
Design Aglow Gift Card
Design Aglow offers a wide variety of high quality products for photographers, from templates to training to albums and packaging. You can purchase a gift card for as little as $25!Gift cards starting at $25!
Humans of New York: Stories
From the popular blog of the same name, read the stories collected by Brandon Stanton and check out his great street portraiture that captures the personalities of his subjects.$13.95 on Amazon
SD Memory Card
Professional grade memory cards are never something you stop needing as a photographer or videographer. Grab this 128 GB card from Lexar for just $22!!$21.99 on Amazon
Manfrotto Mini Tripod$18 on Amazon
Professional Rain Cover
If the photographer in your life likes to work outdoors, it is always helpful to have a rain cover on hand. Just in case!$15.99 on Amazon
Gifts Under $50
Nerdy Photographer Workflow Resources
Photolemur is the perfect editing software for photographers who are just starting to learn photography or those who don’t have a lot of time to edit their photos. For just $35, you receive software that can enhance your images with the power of artificial intelligence!Learn more!
Pocket Calibration Target
An aid for getting proper exposure, metering, and white balance, this target from Photovision folds up to fit in your pocket. It even has a silver reflector on the opposite side!$31.99 on Amazon
Nerdy Photographer Contracts
43 Inch 5-in-1 Reflector$26.45 on Amazon
Who Shot Rock ‘n Roll
I love this book! It’s inspiring on so many levels – even if you aren’t a music photographer!$35.00 on Amazon
Compact Flash Cards
As I stated before, you can never have enough high quality memory cards. Just be sure you know which type your photographer’s camera uses before purchasing!$29 on Amazon
RAVPower Portable Power Bank$29 on Amazon
Just like with memory, you can never have enough power on hand. This 20,000 MAH Portable Power Bank/Charger can charge phones and other portable equipment through its 3 USB ports.
Gifts Under $100
Think of Luminar as Photolemur’s older, more powerful brother. It gives you a full suite of AI powered photo enhancement tools as well as helping you manage your photo catalogue! All for under $90 – no subscriptions! Use code NERDYPHOTO at checkout and save $10!$89 with no subscriptions!
LED Light Wand
Know someone who wants to get into light painting? Or maybe the need a portable constant source of light? Or perhaps you want a light for both photography and video. These LED light wands pack a lot of flexbility:
- Remote Control: With the wireless remote control, you can adjust the brightness of wand within 23 feet. That would be very convenience when taking pictures with far distance.
- 30 Levels of Brightness: With 3000K-6000K natural color temperature, super bright function with maximum 720 lumens, the brightness and color temperature of this light wand can satisfy many of your photography and videography lighting needs.
- It can be used on the tripod or light stand. A good helper for both photographers and home daily lighting.
- This light wand can work for 4 hour continually after full charging.
I have two of these lights which I use for lighting still lifes, photo shoots on location at night, and for lighting videos.$59.99 on Amazon
Peak Design Camera Strap$64.99 on Amazon
LED Light Panel
Get high quality LED, remote controlled light panels for under $70 each!!$69.99 on Amazon
Portable Lightbox Studio
Perfect for shooting products for online stores.$69.99 on Amazon
2 Terabyte Portable Hard Drive
Storage is cheap these days. So there is no excuse for not having enough space! Grab this Seagate 2 terabyte portable hard drive for $65 or double that (4 TERABYTES) for under $100$64.99 on Amazon
What do you think of this gift idea list for photographers and videographers?
Is there something you’d love to have as a photographer you think should be on here? Leave a comment and let me know. I’ll keep updating it. Here’s wishing you a a happy holiday season and a prosperous year!