This holiday season, you should expect to spend anywhere from $500-$1,000 on gifts. And let’s not forget about the friends, family members, and co-workers who have expensive hobbies like photography (just take a look at DSLR pricing).
Tack on the pressure of random White Elephant Gift Exchanges and pollyannas, and you’ll start racking up the dollars.
Even so, don’t feel like you have to purchase the newest RED 8k product to make headlines with your loved ones.
If your plan is to save money in the new year, you can still hit a homerun with these inexpensive gift ideas for your photography friend:
Much like a Wii Remote flying into the TV, a camera on the go gets knocked around and dropped, so a camera strap is essential.
But let’s be real: personalized camera straps just look cool and professional. A little vanity is fine, right?
Save your loved ones’ wallet (and pride) by gifting a personalized camera labeled with an inside joke, thoughtful saying, or a nickname.
Skip the newest Canon or Nikon lens that’ll burn a $5,000-$20,000 hole in your wallet. Consider this instead: a FAKE camera lens.
If the gift receiver depends on coffee to power through late night editing sessions, they’ll love a new mug disguised as a camera lens.
For the David Dobrik in your life, a flexible tripod will help your vlogger friend capture all the important, candid moments.
Any piece of hardware that your friend doesn’t have will be greatly appreciated, no matter the price.
For the professional and serious photographer, any book about enhancing current skills and learning new ones is a win.
Maybe your friend specializes in 35mm film or wants to try new lighting techniques. A “how-to” book will be their best friend (alongside you!) this holiday season.
A photographer traveling outside their native country will certainly run into the plug issue. With different countries having different plug and voltage options, a photographer needs to plan ahead.
If the photographer in your life is a big world traveler, save them the stress of traveling with the inexpensive LOOP adapter plug. They’ll be able to edit and save photos and charge their gear without worry.
If you purchase any of these gifts for a friend, family member, or co-worker, tag us in your photo or story on Instagram! We’d love to check it out.