Shopping for a photographer in your life but don’t know where to start? Sure, you took a 101 class in your freshman year of high school, but in the time since you learned what aperture was, a lot has changed in the world of photography. Before you stress out scrolling through pages of multi-thousand dollar Leicas, check out our roundup of some of the very best picks at all different price points. Whether you’re shopping for an established pro or someone who’s just starting out, these gifts are picture perfect.
1. The Moment M-series 18mm Wide Lens
This lens converts a simple iPhone into a professional camera. After testing 50 mobile-photography lenses over four years while traveling to places including Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and the French countryside, Wirecutter picked the Moment as its top choice. What makes this one better than other smartphone-compatible lenses is that it captures crystal-clear wide images without fish-eye distortion.
2. Moment Photo Case
They’ll also need the Moment Photo Case to mount the lens to their phone. This one is super thin, which makes it easy for traveling yet durable enough to protect from scratches or drops.
3. Personalized Adjustable Leather Camera Wrist Strap
Five stars and more than 9,000 reviews don’t lie. Not only can you personalize the handmade leather camera strap with the recipient’s initials or name, but you can also choose the pattern and stain color. Customers rave in the comments section about the impeccable customer service and delivery speed, so you can confidently order this gem during the holiday rush.
4. The Capri II Tote from ONA
ONE37pm’s photo editor Sarah Jacobs recommends this high-quality, handcrafted tote. It fits a camera, two or three lenses and an iPad or 13-inch laptop and still leaves room for your wallet, phone, notebook and more. It’s basically the camera bag of all camera bags.
5. B&H Gift Card
If you’d rather leave it to the gift recipient to choose their present, a B&H gift card is the way to go. The specialty photography shop first opened in New York City in 1973 (the year the first cell phone call was made, for reference), so you can trust that a photographer of any skill level would be delighted to shop here. They ship to 179 countries around the world, making purchases a breeze.
6. Digital Camera SD Card Reader Adapter Compatible with iPhone/iPad
This tiny little adapter allows you to download photos and videos from your SD card directly to your iPhone or iPad. When PureWow’s senior audience development strategist Aly Owens (who spends her days capturing content for Instagram, TikTok and YouTube) calls it “the best thing ever,” we know it’s a must-have for folks who make and store a lot of content on the go.
7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
If they’re into the old-school vibe of film photography, treat them to one of these. Unlike other instant cameras, the Mini 90 Neo Classic offers a variety of settings to perfect images before capturing and printing them.
8. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Value Pack
Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a total newbie, you know that film goes fast and doesn’t come cheap. Help them stock up by gifting them this hefty value pack. Trust us, they’ll definitely be putting it to use.
9. Camera Cleaning Kit
Don’t let them go around shooting with a smudged lens. This professional cleaning kit is filled with all the tools they’ll ever need to keep their gear in pristine condition, no matter what level of camera they own.
10. Waterproof Memory Card Carrying Case
Always misplacing SD cards? This carrying case is a lifesaver. The protective, water-resistant design is fitting for adventure photographers who need to keep their memory cards safe from weather, water, damp and dust.
11. Ring Light
Great news: Bomb lighting doesn’t require lugging around tons of heavy, cumbersome equipment. This lightweight LED ring light is perfect for the professional photographer, casual smartphone content creator or even YouTuber. It includes everything from a light stand to a smartphone holder—and it all comes in a convenient carrying case.
12. Framebridge Gift Card
Make framing their beautiful work a priority by treating them to a gift card. Our top pick? Framebridge. Each piece is handled by an actual designer and a team of at least nine talented framers. It’s hard to believe everything is $209 or less and shipping is always free.
13. ‘Annie Leibovitz at Work’ Coffee Table Book
For the photographer who already has all the gear, opt for a coffee table book. In Annie Leibovitz at Work, one of the most celebrated American pop photographers of our time takes readers through the experience of how her photos were captured. It covers everything from reportage to portraiture to high-fashion photography.
14. ‘Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs’ Hardcover
And for those who appreciate nature, look to the O.G. photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Full of 400 images of his historical work, this is one of the most giftable books you’ll find for landscape photography lovers.
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