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Picture Perfect Presents: Best Gift Ideas for Photographers [2023]

Here is the Nerdy Photographer’s list of best gift ideas for photographers (and videographers) for 2023, because photographers are notoriously hard to buy gifts for. Just ask my family members!

And we also make finding a reasonably priced gift for a photographer an arduous task! How many gift guides have you seen that include $5000 cameras? While that may be the budget for some people looking for a gift for the photographer in their life, it’s certainly not the norm.

So, I’ve put together a list of items at a wide range of price points. Also, and perhaps most importantly, you won’t find any cheesy lens mugs OR LENS BALLS on this list:

If you are looking for our annual round up of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for photographers, you can click here for that list. Or, if you are looking to purchase a camera for yourself or a loved one, you can check out our Camera Buying Guide for some tips and advice in that regard.

Editor’s Note: 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!


Best Gift Ideas for Photographers

In a world where a picture is worth a thousand words, what better way to celebrate the photographer in your life than with a thoughtful gift that captures their passion? Whether they’re a seasoned pro or just starting, here are some picture-perfect present ideas to inspire their next shot.

  1. Camera Accessories:
    • Lens Filters: Enhance creativity with a set of high-quality filters like polarizers or ND filters.
    • Camera Straps: Upgrade their camera strap with a stylish and comfortable alternative. Get a sleek and simple Black Rapid strap, or go super stylish with the Hold Fast Moneymaker Camera Harness, available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.
    • Camera Bag: A durable and stylish camera bag for carrying gear in both comfort and style. The ONA Bowery bag is both stylish and functional.
  2. Photography Books:
  3. Tripod Upgrades:
    • Compact Travel Tripod: Perfect for on-the-go photographers who need stability without the bulk. Check out the Peak Design Travel Tripod.
    • Sturdy Tripod: A gift that will last for a long time. Seriously, spend money on a good tripod. They will last for a decade or more. Cheap tripods will break, endanger your equipment and you will end up spending as much money as you would on a more expensive tripod and then realize you should just get the more expensive one. I have had my Manfrotto tripod for thirteen years and it shows no signs of wear. I highly recommend it, here’s the link.
  4. Memory:
  5. Photography Classes or Workshops:
    • Online Courses: Gift them access to reputable online platforms offering photography classes. PhotographyCourse.net is a good place to start.
    • Local Workshops: Enroll them in a photography workshop or tour to learn and shoot in new environments.
  6. Editing Software:
    • Subscription to Editing Software: Ensure they have the latest version of their preferred editing software. Click here to check out Skylum Software’s Luminar Neo, an affordable and powerful editing software option.
    • Presets or Plugins: Unique presets or plugins to enhance their post-processing workflow.
  7. Prints and Photo Products:
    • Canvas Prints: Turn their favorite photo into a work of art for their home.
    • Customized Photo Book: Compile their best shots into a professionally printed photo book.
    • Recommended Print Lab: Printique by Adorama has a wide selection of high quality print products, including photo books and wall art.
  8. Lighting Equipment:
    • Light Modifiers: Softboxes and other modifiers can help portrait photographers create beautiful images. I’m a big fan of the GLOW Parasnap modifiers, they fold down flat and they don’t require latching any sort of umbrella mechanism to operate them.
    • Reflectors: When you don’t have artificial light to work with, a simple diffusor/reflector can help create amazing photos in even the most difficult lighting situations. Get this Neewer 41 inch 5-in-1 reflector/diffuser which will give you a lot of flexibility.
    • Portable Lighting Kits: For on-location shoots where natural light may be insufficient. I highly recommend the Godox AD 200 / Flashpoint XPLOR 200 as it is a highly versatile light that can be used for events, portraiture, and much more.
  9. Camera Cleaning Kit:
    • Lens Cleaning Solution: A high-quality solution to keep their lenses pristine.
    • Camera Cleaning Kit: Help them maintain the cleanliness of your optics and sensors. A good kit will include everything you need, such as this one.
  10. Photography Apparel:
    • Camera-themed Clothing: T-shirts, hoodies, or accessories featuring camera designs. Get some Nerdy Photographer photography themed apparel at this link.
    • Photography Gloves: Keep their hands warm while allowing easy camera adjustments.
  11. Subscription to Photography Magazines:
    • Inspiration in Print: Regular doses of inspiration and the latest trends in photography. One year my mom got me a subscription to Arizona Highways magazine as a gift. I had no idea where it came from but the photos in each issue were amazing. It wasn’t until several months later when I said something about the magazines showing up that she took credit for signing me up.

Remember, the best gifts are those that show you understand and appreciate the recipient’s passion. With these gift ideas, you’ll be supporting your favorite photographer in capturing not just moments, but memories that last a lifetime. Happy gifting!


Inexpensive Gifts for Photographers

The Photographer’s Playbook

Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing. The Photographer’s Playbook includes 307 assignments, ideas, and stories from photography professionals.


Nerdy Photographer T-Shirts and Artwork

photography and camera related t-shirts

Show off your love of photography with one of our many humorous t-shirts or decorate your studio with photography quote artwork.


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! The new Lens Pen kit includes one pen for your lens optics, another for filters, and a micro pen for cleaning eyepieces!


Microfiber Wipes

You can never have enough micro fiber wipes!! For cleaning off pretty much anything. Makes sure you don’t leave any scratches! Also, if you wear glasses like I do, they are a MUST have to ensure seeing clearly as I manage to smudge my glasses every 15 seconds.


Manfrotto Mini Tripod

mini-tripod photographer gift

Photographers can use a mini tripod for low-angle photos or to steady a mirrorless camera. You can even use them to hold a phone, speedlights, or even a video light! This particular mini tripod has an extending pole that can allow for slightly higher angles or be used as a handle for video shooting (or taking a selfie)


Professional Rain Cover

best gift ideas for photographers

If the photographer in your life likes to work outdoors, it is always helpful to have a rain cover on hand. Just in case!


Faster Memory Cards

best gift ideas for photographers

Professional grade memory cards are never something you stop needing as a photographer or videographer. Get these high speed professional grade memory cards.


43 Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

Every photographer can use a good reflector!


RogueGels Filter Kit

Add dynamic, dramatic color to your images with this set of 20 color filters.


Portable Lightbox Studio

portable photography lightbox

Perfect for anyone who shoots products or food photography. This portable lightbox includes its own dimmable LED bead lighting, a mini tripod, and six different color backdrops.

portable photography lightbox

The 100 Photographs That Changed the World

holiday gift list for photographers

The title pretty much says it all…


Pocket Calibration Target

best gift ideas for photographers

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!


Who Shot Rock ‘n Roll

I love this book! It’s inspiring on so many levels – even if you aren’t a music photographer!


Ultra Slim Portable Power Bank

  • 4 Output Ports!
  • Power for Days: Step into the upper echelon of battery capacity with a muscled 26,800mAh, fully capable of recharging your phone or tablet several times over.
  • Charge via Micro USB, USB C, or Lightning Connection
  • One for All: Compatibility at its finest, not only ready to charge almost all USB powered devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones and more, but also portable charger can charged by all the cables.
  • Ultra Slim Design!

Unique Photography Gifts

Custom Photographer Bobblehead

custom bobblehead for photographers

What’s more unique than a bobblehead of your favorite photographer? The level of detail available on these figurines is pretty impressive, but the more detailed and accurate you get, the more expensive it will be. There are several companies that make them, and prices start around $70.

Here’s a link to a company we found that seems to do high quality work.


Custom Funko Pop

custom funko pop

Make your very own fully customized Funko Pop! vinyl figure online today! Create your unique collectible of yourself or a gift a loved one this holiday season. And, yes, you can put a camera in your Funko’s hand! Click here to get started!


Magnetic Poetry Tiles for Photographers

Create original poetry with picture and image focused magnetic tiles.


Camera Patent Posters

camera patent posters gift idea for photographers

Unframed set of four 8×10 “vintage” iconic manual camera black and white patents artwork reinterpreted to capture the spirit of innovation, engineering, and hand crafted to infuse the classic, vintage feel. If you don’t like these particular designs, there are other available.

DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Bundle

An amazing gift for any creator in your life. The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 boasts 4k recording at up to 120fps, fast focusing and ActiveTrack which allows you to set up the camera and it will track you while it records – no need for a camera person. Record in vertical or horizontal modes depending on where your video is headed.

The “creator bundle” includes a wireless microphone, a battery grip, and a mini tripod. You can also connect the camera to your phone and use it for live streaming or creating your next TikTok video!


Peak Design Everyday Backpack

photographer backpack gift ideas for photographers

This large waterproof backpack can hold a full size DSLR plus 3-4 lenses, plus plenty of pockets for memory cards, filters, and other accessories! Easily access your gear and change the configuration to fit your style of shooting!


DJI Mini 2

Fly farther and see clearer! Capture 4k video and 12MP still images with the DJI Mini 2. This tiny, foldable drone fits in the palm of your hand but packs a big punch. With a 10km range, level 5 wind resistance, and pre-programmed ‘quick shots’ that automatically capture cinematic videos for you, the DJI Mini 2 has everything a budding drone enthusiast can ask for. This bundle also includes two extra batteries that help extend your flight time up to 90 minutes!

Holiday / Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

  • Photo book
  • Camera strap
  • Photo editing software
  • Lenses (check their camera compatibility first!)
  • Tripod
  • A cleaning kit
  • Light modifiers

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Photographers

  • Microfiber wipes
  • Mini-tripod
  • Memory cards
  • Mini external hard drive
  • Portable power bank

What do you think of this list of best gift ideas 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!

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