Gifts for Photographers
This is a guide to the best gifts for photographers, updated with the latest gadgets and tech for December 2019.
Whether the lucky recipient is a beginner photographer or a seasoned professional, we’re confident they’d be delighted to receive any of these!
We’ve also included some ideas for cool Christmas gifts for photographers, if you’ve ever wondered what to get someone that has everything.
You may have seen other enormous lists of gifts for photography lovers elsewhere on the Internet…
However, we prefer quality over quantity! We recommend only products that we’ve reviewed ourselves, and consider them best in class.
In short, these are products that any photographer would love to receive!
So let’s get stuck in. What are the best gifts for photographers in 2019?
23 Best Gifts for Photographers in December 2019
The Peak Design Sling is our favourite camera sling bag of 2019.
Affordable, weather-resistant, customisable, lightweight, great-looking and with a lifetime warranty, it’s a fun, convenient and efficient way to carry camera gear and/or personal items.
There are two sizes: 5L and 10L – we prefer the smaller version as the perfect size for a camera, two lenses, and your other small everyday-carry gadgets.
(In fact, this is my everyday camera bag of choice, here in December 2019)
Available in 3 attractive colours, our choice is the uber-cool all-black option with zero (visible) branding.
If you’ve never used a camera sling bag before, prepare to be impressed – check out the full Peak Design Sling 5L review for more details, or click the button below if you’re ready to take the plunge.
It’s packed full of features, has a DSLR-like dual-stage shutter button, and best of all, it actually doubles your battery life.
At just over $70 it may seem a little pricey, but the superior protection, battery life extension, and compatibility with Moment lenses really makes this the case of choice for iPhone-carrying photographers.
I have one protecting my iPhone 7 right now, and love the fact you can turn off the battery charging feature to preserve the life of the internal iPhone battery.
While smartphones can’t quite match dedicated cameras for image quality and versatility, they’ve definitely come a long way.
Moment lenses narrow the gap even further, offering multiple high-quality lenses for smartphone photographers who want to take their mobile photography to the next level.
Like all Moment products, these lenses are a bit on the pricey side, but you’re paying for serious quality – the lens casing is machined from solid aluminium, and the big chunk of glass ensures the lens is top-notch.
Pair the lens with a Moment case and the excellent Moment app and turn your phone into the next best thing to having a dedicated camera.
Compatible phones include the iPhone 6/6 Plus and later, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8/+ and later, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel and the Pixel 2/XL.
If you’re looking for original photographer gifts, why not think outside the box a bit with a smartphone lens like these.
Its sleek design looks just as good out and about in the city as much as it does on top of a mountain, while its fantastic build quality, multiple camera access points, and exceptional comfort have gotten it featured in National Geographic, USA Today, and even Forbes!
The WANDRD Prvke comes in two sizes: 21L and 31L, and the roll top adds another optional 5L on top of everything.
The 21L is just the right size for when you need a bit more space than a day-pack, but you don’t want to lug around a heavy hiking camera backpack.
The 31L (expandable to 36L with the rolltop) can seriously pack in a lot of gear – check out our WANDRD Prvke review for more examples.
We actually recommend buying the PRVKE Photography Bundle, which includes a rain-fly, waist straps, accessory straps (for a tripod), and the all-important camera cube.
By using a camera cube, you’re able to keep all your camera gear neatly stored in a removeable, customiseable ‘compartment’, ready to throw in the main bag when it time to use.
Definitely one of our favorite camera bags of 2019, and deserves its place in this guide of the top gifts for photographers of the year.
Looking for a great gift idea, photo lover? The Peak Design’s Slide Cross Body Strap is one of the most versatile straps on the market, and is something any photographer can put to immediate use.
Not only can it be worn as a sling, shoulder or neck strap, it’s super quick to adjust even while wearing it.
Hugely popular among both professional and amateur photographers, the Slide also comes with Peak Design’s beloved 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.
Want to know more? Read our review our Peak Design Slide Review, or click on the red button below.
Have a nature or wildlife photographer in your life? Consider getting them the Peak Design Capture Clip.
The Capture Clip attaches either to your belt or backpack strap, and holds your camera securely until you need it.
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, the Capture Clip keeps your camera rigidly stable so it’s not flopping around. Peak Design says it holds over 200 lbs, which means it can hold even the heaviest of camera + lens combinations.
If you want to see it in action, check out our Peak Design Capture Clip review, where a wilderness and adventure photographer puts it through its paces.
Ever wish you could print out hard copies of your photos instantly, sort of like the old days of Polaroids?
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 2019.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves taking photos with their iPhone, signing 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.
Right now you 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, the iPhone Photo Academy is a great gift for any aspiring iPhone photographer.
You can check out some testimonials in our iPhone Photo Academy review, or just click the button below to read even more on the sales page.
It’s never fun to have your phone, tablet or other USB-charged device die when you’re nowhere near a power source.
That’s where portable USB chargers like the Anker PowerCore 10000 can really come in handy.
The PowerCore 10000 is our number one pick, because it’s exceptionally small and light for the charge it holds.
In fact, it fits easily into a small purse or even your back pocket, and weighs less than my my iPhone with its case.
Using the PowerCore is actually far faster than plugging into a wall socke, meaning you can keep shooting with your smartphone or camera for longer, especially while traveling.
(If you need even quicker charging, you can get the Anker PowerCore 10000 QC with Qualcomm Quick Charge for a few dollars more.)
This is an awesome gift for photographers on the go, especially since its less than $30.
10. Sony Rx100 VII
Looking for a great pocket-sized camera to give someone as a gift? It’ll be hard to find anything better than the Sony RX100 VII.
This impressive compact camera comes with a 20 MP 1″ sensor, an incredible 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 lens, and pretty much the fastest, most accurate autofocus you’ll find in a camera that fits in your back pocket.
Perfect for both video and stills, this little gem can go from wide angle to telephoto in less than a second and focus as fast as lightning, all in a camera that’s not much bigger than a pack of cards.
Travelers, hikers, and parents will especially love the power of the Sony RX100 VII.
The ease-of-use, amazing image quality, and incredible performance, combined with the blazing fast autofocus and phenomenal zoom range make this compact camera the best of its class in 2019. Well worth the money.
Most photographers spend a lot of in front of the computer. Having the best tools to work with can make our screen time far more enjoyable. That’s where the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless mouse comes in.
An especially great gift for anyone that uses more than one computer at a time, the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless mouse can control up to 3 computers at once, quickly copy and paste between them, and even transfer files between Windows and Mac!
Most importantly for me, the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless mouse is extremely comfortable.
The contoured design fits my hand perfectly and unlike most mice, keeps both my hand and wrist from getting out of whack.
If you know a photographer who spends hours editing their pictures in front of Adobe Lightroom, this is definitely the mouse to give them.
For those who spend a lot of time editing photos, nothing beats a large monitor with vibrant, true colors.
While the Dell U2715Q isn’t the very latest offering by Dell, it’s still our all-round pick as the best affordable monitor for photographers here in 2019.
The image quality is excellent and the per-calibration colour accuracy is more than enough for the needs of the average photographer.
Overall, the Dell U2715Q is a reliable, high quality, 4k monitor at a great price.
If you don’t like the outdated thick bezel design, you can always go for the newer (and more expensive) Dell U2718Q. But if you’re on a budget, the Dell U2715Q really has everything most photographers need.
13. Gnarbox 2 SSD
For photographers who shoot street or journalistic photography or just tend to fill up their memory cards quickly, the newly released Gnarbox 2.0 SSD is the perfect alternative to carrying a laptop.
Lean, rugged, and holding up to 1 TB, the Gnarbox makes managing and backing up files direct from memory cards or compatible cameras in the field a breeze.
It comes with an on-board screen and buttons that allow you to backup your SD cards without a phone, tablet, or laptop. It also weighs less than a pound!
The battery is removable and a single charge delivers six continuous hours of file management or three hours of content review, so it’s more than good for a full day out and about.
It comes with up to 1TB of internal SSD, an SD slot, and two USB-C ports, making it a great gift for photographers who are often in the field.
14. DJI Mavic Air
If you’re looking for a highly portable drone with impressive image quality, the DJI Mavic Air is a great place to start.
It’s small, easy to fly, and if you buy the Combo, comes with everything you could possibly need to start off in aerial photography.
With the DJI Mavic Air, the fly time is just 21 minutes, but that’s more than enough to get some great footage, especially in Sports Mode, which allows it to fly up to 42 mph/68 kph!
We love the size (5 x 4 x 5″), which makes it super convenient to launch from a small backpack without having to lug around heavy gear. You can even fit it into a jacket pocket!
This particular Fly More Combo comes with the DJ Mavic Air, a remote controller, 3 Intelligent flight batteries, 6 pairs of propellers, a battery charging hub, carrying case, travel bag and many other accessories.
Above all, we recommend that you invest in more than one battery – there’s nothing worse that flying a drone somewhere picturesque, and not having the battery power for just one more flight!
15. Lensbaby Sol 45
If you’re looking for an inexpensive yet unique lens for a gift for the photographer who has everything, the Lensbaby Sol 45 just might be your guy.
Its selective focus, tilting, and creative bokeh blades add interesting effects and texture to even the most ordinary of scenes.
The Lensbaby Sol 45 is a 45mm f/3.5 ‘selective focus’ lens. that creates a tack-sharp circular area of focus surrounded by blur and smooth bokeh.
By tilting the lens, you can isolate your subject and make sure it falls within the area that’s in focus. This effect is normally only possible with a ’tilt-shift’ lens, most of which costs several thousands of dollars… as opposed to under $200 for the Sol – check the latest price here.
The creative effects do take some getting used to, but once you gain some experience the Lensbaby Sol 45 can really become an excellent tool for unlocking your creative potential… or for simply having fun.
Released in 2019, the Peak Design Travel Tripod is arguably the best compact travel tripod ever made. Although quite an investment on this list of gifts for photographers, for the right person, they’re surely worth it!
No other travel tripod has such a low overall profile, yet is also strong, sturd 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 travelers. Its size, quick set up, and built-in smartphone mounting compatibility make the Travel Tripod a great everyday tripod that you can slip into just about any bag.
If the carbon fiber version is out of your budget, the aluminum version works well too and is nearly half the price. Either way, this is definitely our new favorite ultra-portable travel tripod of 2019.
Read our in-depth Peak Design Travel Tripod review, or click the button below to see more images.
17. Capture Magazine
Have a professional photographer in your life? Or maybe an amateur looking to go pro? Consider gifting them a subscription of Australia’s premium photographic magazie, Capture.
Capture covers everything a pro or emerging photographer could ever want to know about the industry, from how to run a successful photography business to equipment and photography techniques to marketing and legal issues.
It also showcases the latest gear and software, as well as explores emerging styles and upcoming photographers.
No matter what style of photography your pro or aspiring amateur is into, Capture covers it, and all at a very reasonable price.
No matter where in the world you live, we recommend buying an annual subscription for that special photographer in your life – having a physical magazine arrive at your front door is a great feeling, especially in this digital age.
Subscriptions of any kind of usually overlooked when researching presents for photographers, but I strongly recommend you consider this gift idea for your favorite photographer.
If you’re looking for a gift for a portrait photographer, take a look at the Magbox 24″ Octa Starter Kit, a soft box system that’s virtually effortless to set-up and take down, and overall ingeniously designed.
The Magbox system uses magnets to hold everything together, so everything pops into place effortlessly.
Set up and take down could not be simpler or faster. It’s also sturdier than just about any other portable Octabox out there.
The 24″ Octa Starter Kit is a must for anyone keen on wedding or portrait photography, or simply looking for a lighting kit that’s a breeze to work with.
Note: the MagShoe & MagRing are necessities, so make sure to get the entire kit, not just the Magbox.
Check out our full Magbox review, or click the button below to learn more.
Most photographers have huge amounts of data to store and sometimes they need that data to be portable.
That’s what makes the Samsung Portable SSD T3 a great 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 250GB! That’s a lot of files on such a tiny drive.
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is also blazing fast, with read/write speeds up to 450MB/s. You can even edit 4K footage straight off the drive with no lag at all, which is simply amazing.
So if your photographer friend needs portable, lightning-quick performance in a solid state harddrive no bigger than a business card, you can’t really go wrong with the SSD T3.
Compatible with PC, Mac, & Android OS.
Recently Insta360 released its smallest, most convenient camera yet – the Go Steady Cam. Weighing just 20 grams and sporting 6-axis stabilization, the Go might just be the world’s smallest stabilized camera.
Speaking of stabilization, the Go Steady Cam’s really is impressive. Its video captures are smooth and buttery, and on par with what you might find in the most current Gopros.
Add to this the fact that the Go Steady Cam also does slo-mo, hyper lapse, and time-lapse and you can have a lot of fun with this little guy.
Since it only captures 30 to 60-second clips, the magic of the Go Steady Cam is convenience – no digging through hours and hours of footage. Its app will also auto-edit your clips using AI. Just plug in to your phone and the app does all the work for you. (You can also edit manually.)
Water-resistant, hands-fee, and easy to attach to just about anything, this little micro-camera may be the perfect gift for anyone who loves life-logging or just loves creating cool video without all the hassle.
Our favourite feature is the ability to ‘stick’ the Go to the front of your shirt, using a magnetic ‘necklace’.
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 vloggers who choose this mini tripod over even the best Gorillapod tripod, 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 thoughtul gift for a photographer friend who uses a mirrorless camera or smaller.
22. Luminar 4
Luminar 4 is an award-winning photo editing software by Skylum software, and one of the top all-in-one photo editing solutions in 2019.
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.
Up until now, Luminar’s AI filters have been best used with landscapes and travel photography. Now with Luminar 4, there’s a lot more focus on portraiture, including a Portrait Enhancer and an AI Skin Enhancer.
A key advantage over Adobe Lightroom, is that with your Luminar purchase, you own the software outright – there’s no subscription. Luminar 4 also works as a plugin with both Photoshop and Lightroom.
Honestly, for this price it’s worth it just for some of Luminar’s amazing filters and effects, if not as your main editor.
23. WANDRD Veer
This is by far our favourite packable backpack of 2019, and one of the most innovative products I’ve handled for a long time.
The WANDRD Veer is the first packable 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 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 WANDRD Veer is also affordably priced – you’ll be wanting to order one in each colour to have stashed inside your larger luggage items, ready for fast deployment. It’s the ideal day bag for travelers, and a great gift for any photographer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a good gift for a photographer?
We’re photographers, and we’ve chosen 22 options of great gifts we’d like to receive in our guide – it’s a safe bet that the photographer in your life would like to receive any of them too! If we had to choose just one thing, we’d recommend the Anker PowerCore 10000 – it’s small, light, cheap, and above all, really useful.
What gift to give someone who likes photography?
The difficulty of buying for someone who likes photography is not knowing what camera they already own. This makes it hard to buy accessories, which may or may not work with that camera. That’s why we recommend buying universal peripherals, photography books, or online courses as presents.
What camera do photographers use?
These days, photographers can use any number of camera – there are even some professionals shooting smartphones. It’s hard to recommend just one camera used by most photographers, but it’s a fair bet that a smartphone is still the most commonly used device to take photos.
Photography Gifts | Final Words
OK, admit it – have you trawled through all the gadgets and gizmos in this guide and thought more about what you can buy yourself, than buy a photographer friend?!
Don’t worry – all the products in this list have been tested by either me personally, or one of the Shotkit authors.
You’ll find them all in current or future reviews in the blog – we stand behind everything we recommend, which is what makes this list of gifts for photographers different to others you may find.
We’ll be adding to this list as we come across other great products, but in the mean time, happy shopping… I mean, gift giving!
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.