November 21, 2018 4 min read
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know what that means: it’s time to start shopping for holiday gifts! And now you’ve just realized you have no idea what to get for the photographer in your life. Maybe you’re an expert photographer yourself, but you hate buying gifts. Maybe you don’t know anything about photography and need help choosing a gift for someone else. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best holiday gifts for your favorite photography enthusiasts.
It’s not uncommon to feel like you’re up to your neck in a sea of gizmos and gadgets in the world of photography. (We’ll admit we love gadgets here, too). But sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that are simple and efficient. Regardless of experience, style, or expertise, every photographer needs these essentials:
This camera strap is perfect for beginners and experts alike. With its extra long 63-inch adjustable sling, you’ll be able to keep your camera comfortably and safely at your side, and readily available to snap a quick shot. It’s made from high quality materials - its micro-pore neoprene foam shoulder pad provides maximum comfort, and the strap’s double-ply polypropylene webbing provides durability while remaining lightweight.
If you’re looking to splurge on a nice camera bag, then look no further. This messenger bag, released by Peak Design earlier this year, gives you a little of everything: it’s classy, it’s weatherproof, and it’s spacious enough to fit your laptop along with all your gear and, of course, your camera. Inside, the origami-inspired FlexFold dividers keep your camera and all your gear safe and secure. You’ll need to reach a bit deeper into your pocket for this one, but if you’re willing to spend a bit, you’ll be getting an awesome gift for any photography lover.
Another essential for every photographer is the tripod. Simple, sturdy, and dependable, these three-pillared pedestals are an important piece of virtually every photographer’s kit. The tripod’s more sophisticated companion, the tripod head, is a bit more niche. Still, it makes a great addition to anyone’s collection, and makes for a cool gift for a photographer
This is probably the best tripod on the market. It’s portable, weighing in at a little over 4 pounds. It’s sturdy, capable of holding up to 22 pounds. And it offers an impressive maximum height of five and a half feet when fully extended. This is the cream of the crop, so it will be a bit on the expensive side, but if you are looking for quality, it’s worth every penny.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the MOVO MV-T1 is your best bet. It is lightweight and compact, weighing only 11 ounces, making it very portable and easy to travel with. Plus, it’s compatible with any type of device - DSLR cameras, GoPros, and smartphones. An all around solid option for those looking for a gift for beginner-level photographer, or just looking to save a few bucks.
The MOVO MTP-11 is the perfect gift for any outdoor or landscape photographer. The motor operated head has multiple settings to control the rotation angle, speed, and direction, giving you plenty of options to perfectly capture a timelapse of a breathtaking sunset or a group of clouds passing over a lake.
What’s a camera without a lens? Well, it’s still an impressive and complex piece of machinery, but not one that can take any photos. The point is, the lens is an essential and expensive component of any camera, and it’s important to take good care of it to keep it in good condition. Having quality protective cases and lens cleaners go a long way toward keeping your lenses in tip top shape.
This set comes with three different sized pouches for your small, medium and large lenses. Made from thick neoprene, these pouches are both incredibly durable and waterproof. At only $11.99, this package makes for a great gift for photographers at any level.
Ensuring that your pictures come out clear means making sure that your lenses are clean. This lens and sensor cleaning kit comes with everything you need to do just that: sensor cleaning liquid, cleaning brush, rocket air brush, cleaning swab, lens cleaning pen, and microfiber cleaning cloths. Another great and affordable gift that every photographer would love to get this holiday season.
We hope this list was helpful. If you’re still struggling to find that perfect holiday gift, check out our Holiday Gift Guide for a much wider variety of options. Good luck!