Best Gift for Photographers – 16 Unique Ideas
This is a guide to the best gifts for photographers of 2021. Every product recommended here is unique, useful and perfect for photographers of all standards.
We’ve also included ideas for Christmas gifts if you’ve ever wondered what to get a photographer who has everything!
Photographers are a hard bunch to buy for, but with this list of photo gifts, you’re sure to find something original.
There’s something for every budget, so let’s dive in and discover the best gifts for photographers this year.
16 Gifts for Photography Lovers
1. Mobile by Peak Design Phone Accessories
Any owner of a smartphone, photographer or not, would love to receive one of the smartphone camera accessories.
Comprising of various mounts for iPhone and Android phones, Mobile by Peak Design revolves around an ingenious protective phone case, ideal for photographers.
On the back, a ‘SlimLink’ connector allows you to mount the phone onto various adaptors, by way of magnetic ‘soft-locks’, or a more secure ‘hard-lock’ button-release clip.
The SlimLink magnets allow you to attach/detach your phone to the mounts quickly and easily, and all with just one hand. When you need a more secure attachment (such as on a motorbike mount), the hard-lock feature comes into play – to release your phone, you simply press on the buttons either side of the mount.
With bike, car, desk and wall mounts currently available, there’s a way to secure your phone wherever you need it. There’s also a Mobile Photographer Tripod, wireless charging stand, Creator Photographer Kit, Kickstand Wallet, and various other accessories which all interact with the phone case.
Trust me, you’ll end up buying the various Mobile products as a gift to your photographer friends and to yourself too! Read our full Peak Design Mobile review to learn more.
2. The PhotoStick Photo Backup Flash Drive
The reason why it’s so hard to buy original gifts for photographers is that usually, they’ve already bought their camera, lenses and accessories. However, it’s safe to say that they may not have already got themselves the PhotoStick backup flash drive.
Every photographer needs an easy way to back up their photography, and it doesn’t come much easier than this – just plug the PhotoStick into a USB port, then load the application, which will scan the computer’s hard drive (or external hard drive) to find and backup all the photos.
You can choose what format images to save, and even select movie files too – the simple interface makes it easy to set up, making these little gadgets perfects gifts for the older generation or the non-tech savvy.
It’s also a great gift for a photographer who’s tired of paying monthly for online photo backup, whether that’s with iCloud or Lightroom.
In our review of the Photostick, we found it a cinch to use, and at this price, it really is a steal.
3. GoDonut Device Stand
Marketed as ‘the only device stand you’ll ever need’, this is the perfect gift for the photographer who has everything.
It’s super simple – just set down your phone on the GoDonut stand to enjoy a comfortable viewing position. To adjust the angle of the device, reposition the phone inside one of the two grooves.
Photographer friends will love how the GoDonut fits in your pocket and is lightweight, making it great for travel. You can use it to binge-watch the latest Netflix show, follow recipes while cooking, FaceTime, or even as a tripod with your phone camera.
Most photographers already have a camera, but the truth is, every photographer uses their smartphones to take photos. Having a GoDonut to stand the phone up for those selfies or group shots is convenient and fun.
4. Peak Design Sling Bag
The Peak Design Sling is our favourite camera sling bag of 2021, and a perfect gift for a photographer who already has a main camera bag.
Affordable, weather-resistant, customisable, lightweight, great-looking and with a lifetime warranty, it’s a fun, convenient and efficient way for photographers to carry camera gear and/or personal items.
Camera bags make great gifts for that favorite photographer in your life, and this one can be used every day easily too.
There are 3 sizes: 3L 6L and 10L – we prefer the smaller versions as the perfect size for a camera, two lenses, and your other small everyday-carry gadgets.
Available in 3 attractive colours, most photographers love the uber-cool all-black option with zero (visible) branding.
If you have a photographer pal who’s never used a camera sling bag before, click the button above to check out the latest pricing.
5. Luminar 4 Image Editor
Gifts don’t always need to be physical products – Luminar 4 is an award-winning photo editing software by Skylum software.
It comes with a photo organizer, filters powered by AI, and a number of great presets (called “Looks”), all in an easy-to-learn intuitive interface.
Suitable for pros, amateurs, and even newbies, Luminar has everything from one-click editing solutions (powered by AI), to detail-oriented filters that allow you to adjust everything from curves to micro-structure.
Best of all is the price, you can sometimes snag a Luminar 4 discount – see what’s available here.
A key advantage of this photo editing software over Adobe Lightroom is that with your purchase, you own the software outright – there’s no subscription. It also works as a plugin with both Photoshop and Lightroom, for photographers already using the Adobe ecosystem.
6. Peak Design Travel Tripod
All photographers need a good tripod, and this is one of the best compact travel tripods ever made. Although quite an investment on this list of gifts for photographers, for the right person, it’s definitely worth it!
No other travel tripod has such a low overall profile, yet is also strong, sturdy and tall. It literally packs down to the diameter of a water bottle!
Built for life on the road, the Peak Design Travel Tripod isn’t just made for travellers. Its size, quick set up, and built-in smartphone mounting compatibility make it a great everyday tripod that you can slip into just about any bag.
If the carbon fiber version is out of your budget, the aluminium version works well too and is nearly half the price. Either way, this is definitely our favourite ultra-portable travel tripod of 2021 – we gave it full marks in our review.
If you’ve got the budget for the favorite photographer in your life, there aren’t many other gifts that will bring a bigger smile to their face than this one! (Especially if you splash out on the carbon fiber version – what a gift!)
7. Peak Design Slide Strap
All photographers need a good camera strap, and this one if one of our top gifts for the year.
The Peak Design Slide Cross Body Camera Strap is one of the most versatile straps on the market and is something any photographer can put to immediate use if received as a gift.
Not only can it be worn as a sling, shoulder or neck strap, but it’s also super quick to adjust even while wearing it.
Hugely popular among both professional and amateur photographers, the Slide also comes with Peak Design’s popular Anchor Link system which allows for quick attachment and release.
For tripod users, the connection plate works with all ARCA-type tripod heads, saving the hassle of having to unscrew it.
Comfort-wise, the Slide gives you two options: grippy on one side and smooth on the other. The smooth, seamless side is especially nice on the skin compared to other camera straps.
The Slide comes in grey with brown accents or black with red accents – either would make an ideal gift for photographers who need a new way to carry their camera.
8. Fujifilm Instant Photo Printer
I bet your photographer buddy takes photos with a digital camera and edits with photo editing software… just like all the rest of us.
Maybe he or she would like to print out hard copies of photos instantly, like the old days of Polaroids? Portable printers make ideal gifts for all photographers.
The printing is ultra-fast (just 13 seconds for the average photo) and high definition.
The Instax SP-3 also allows you to print directly from your Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Google Photos, and Dropbox accounts right on the spot.
Size-wise at just 6″x6″, the Instax SP-3 is also nicely portable. Just stick it in your bag or purse and you’re good to go.
Perfect for events, travel, or parties, it’s so nice to have a physical reminder of a moment, rather than a photo stuck on a phone, which is normally the case here in 2021.\
Portable printers really make ideal gifts for any photographers.
9. iPhone Photo Academy Course
If you’re looking for a gift for photographers who love taking photos with their iPhone, sign them up for the iPhone Photo Academy is one of the best gifts you could give.
The iPhone Photo Academy provides over 10 hours of instruction on everything from how to get the best out of your iPhone, to how to see the world through the eyes of a great photographer.
When it’s on sale, this high quality and enjoyable video course is definitely the best bang for the buck out of all the other mobile photography courses out there… and it makes a great gift for someone who wants to improve their iPhone photo skills.
Photographers can get it at a steep 80% discount right here. It also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, a lively Facebook group, and copious online support.
Whether they’re an avid smartphone photographer or a pro who only uses their iPhone camera occasionally for photography, the iPhone Photo Academy is a great gift for any aspiring iPhone photographer.
Need something a little more advanced? Read our review of iPhone Landcape Mastery, the latest course from the same guys.
10. DJI Mavic Mini
Got a bit more budget for buying gifts this year? Trust me – all photographers secretly want a drone! What an incredible gift to receive!
The DJI Mavic Mini is ultra-portable, easy to fly, and comes with a high-quality camera lens, perfect for aerial photography.
The flight time is 30 minutes, which is more than enough to get some great footage, especially in Sports Mode, which allows it to fly up to 13m/s! Memory cards slot into the back, and everything can be charged with a micro-USD cable.
We love just how tiny it is – 5.51 x 3.22 x 2.24 inches (140 × 82 × 57 mm). You can even fit it into a jacket pocket!
Sure, there are newer models of DJI drone available here in 2021, but they’re also more expensive, and pack in plenty of features that aren’t necessary for the average photographer.
Best of all, it’s affordable (for a photography drone) too! It’d make an amazing gift for the photographer in your life.
11. Peak Design Capture Clip
Know any nature or wildlife photographers? Consider getting them the Peak Design Capture Clip as a unique gift.
The Capture Clip attaches to the various straps found on camera bags, or even just your belt, and holds your camera securely until you need it.x
From there it’s just a one-handed quick release to get your camera up and shooting!
The Capture Clip can be used with any camera that has a tripod mount, as well as with lenses and binoculars. It fits perfectly on most backpacks and stays out of your way until needed.
Unlike camera straps, it keeps your camera rigidly stable so it’s not flopping around. It holds over 200 lbs, which means it can hold even the heaviest of camera + lens combinations, for any kind of photography.
12. Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD
Most photographers have huge amounts of data to store and sometimes they need that data to be portable.
That’s what makes the Sandisk Extreme SSD a thoughtful gift, and something we’d love to find at the bottom of our Christmas stocking!
It’s palm-sized, light, and fits in your pocket. At the same time, it holds up to 2TB! That’s a lot of files on such a tiny drive.
The Sandisk Extreme SSD is also blazing fast, with read/write speeds up to 550MB/s. You can even edit 4K footage straight off the drive with no lag at all, which is simply amazing.
So if you know any photographers who need portable, lightning-quick performance in a solid-state hard drive no bigger than a business card, you can’t really go wrong with this.
Compatible with PC, & Mac.
13. Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
A lot of photography equipment is bulky and ugly, but not the Manfrotto PIXI Mini. For a table-top tripod, photographers can’t beat it for elegance or simplicity.
Designed for use with compact camera systems (phones, point-and-shoots and lightweight mirrorless cameras), the Manfrotto PIXI Mini sets up quickly, is intuitive to use, and holds your camera or phone securely.
It’s actually a joy to handle, thanks to its smooth contours that fit the shape of your hand perfectly – we know plenty of photographers who choose this mini tripod over a Gorillapod, simply because it feels better to handhold while collapsed.
The ball-head adjusts through the use of a red push-button that lets you position it in one simple movement, and then holds the camera steady as a rock once you take your finger off.
Best of all, it’s less than $20! It’s a fantastic deal and a thoughtful photography-related gift for a photographer friend who uses a small camera.
14. WANDRD Veer Packable Backpack
This is by far our favourite packable backpack for photographers of 2021. Camera bags this unique don’t come around often…
The WANDRD Veer is the first camera bag with an inflatable back panel, which provides protection and additional back padding when you most need it.
Coupled with the inflatable camera cube (sold separately and highly recommended), you can carry a full-size DSLR with 70-200mm attached, with more padded protection than most dedicated camera bags!
The WANDRD Veer also features numerous attachment loops on both the front and the shoulder straps, weather-resistant zippers, an expandable water-bottle pocket, air mesh shoulder straps, breathable air mesh back panel, theft deterrent buckle… and can all be packed away into a pouch the size of a paperback book!
It’s a great looking backpack in its own right, and you’ll be tempted to use it for more than just ’emergencies’ – fortunately, it’s comfortable and durable enough to do so.
Available in blue, rust and black, the Veer is also affordably priced – photographers will want one in each colour to have stashed inside larger luggage items, ready for fast deployment.
It’s the ideal day bag for travellers and a unique gift for photographers.
15. Mason Frame by Aura
Photographers should display their photographs, and nothing makes this easier than a digital picture frame.
Aura has produced a wonderfully minimal, tactile and well-designed frame called the Mason, and we’re in love with it. (So too is Oprah Winfrey, who named it one her favourite gifts of the year!)
The Mason looks and feels like a real picture frame, except that it has the added ability to store and display an unlimited number of your favourite photographs.
Everything is controlled by the simple-to-use Aura smartphone app, and if you choose to gift the frame to a photographer friend, you can even set it up to display a selection of pre-loaded images as soon as they plug it in.
(Speaking of the plug, even that is beautifully designed – a braided cord and silver-plated cube. It’s the details that make this product so special.)
Photographers will love how crisp images look on the screen in 1600 x 1200 HD resolution, with its brightness automatically when the ambient light in your room changes.
We named the Aura the best digital photo frame of the year, and we’re confident that whether you choose to buy one for yourself or to give a couple as gifts, you won’t be disappointed.
It’s a particularly good gift for a grandparent, or someone who doesn’t know a memory card from a birthday card, and who’s unlikely to ever print out a photo book or any 4×6 prints of their favourite photographs!
16. Vallerret Markhof Pro Photography Gloves
If you looking for gifts for photographers who live in colder climates, these high-quality gloves by Vallerret are a great option.
With a 100% merino wool inner and an additional layer of Thinsulate insulation, your photographer friends will love how warm their hands are kept while shooting this winter.
The ‘fliptech’ finger caps are ideal for photography in cold weather, allowing you to flip open the thumb and forefinger glove tips to expose your fingers to take a photo – the tips are kept open via magnets, keeping them out of the way until you’re ready to cover them up again.
There’s a non-slip grip, DWR suede and twill for durability and water-resistance, lens-cleaner and even a zippered memory card slot.
All in all, there’s no better glove for cold-weather photography. Highly recommended!
Buying Gifts for Photographers – FAQ
- What should I buy a photographer who loves street photography?
A ‘FRAMES’ magazine subscription is an original choice. Photographers love magazines, and this is one of the best – get it here.
- What should I buy photographers who want to choose photography gear themselves?
Memory cards or a camera cleaning kit are great gift ideas since all photographers need them. A novelty lens cap can be fun too!
- What are some good cheap gift ideas for the photographer who has everything?
A new camera strap is one option since every photographer needs more than one. Camera neck straps make great gifts and can be found affordably. A microfiber cleaning cloth is cheap too, and an essential tool to keep a camera lens clean, particularly if you don’t use a lens cap. it can also be used with a phone camera.
Gift Ideas for Photographers – Final Words
I hope you enjoyed these 16 unique gift ideas for photographers.
There are SO many amazing products for photographers on the market here in 2021, but stick to this selection to avoid decision-making overload!
Whether you’re buying for a beginner photographer, hobbyist photographer, or even a professional photographer, there’s something here for everyone.
Leave us a comment if you have any specific questions about any of the photo gifts listed above.
Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.