Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less

Holiday Gifts Ideas for Photographers for $50 or Less: Shopper’s Guide

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here. We want to help you find perfect, affordable gifts for the photographers in your life. You may not be able to get them a Canon SLR or a sought after professional series L Lens but we have creative, budget holiday gift ideas for photographers. If you are a photographer, make sure to “share” a link to this post with someone looking to buy you a gift.

You can also check out our 2010 Photographer’s Holiday Gift Guide, full of 20 more great ideas.

Canon or Nikon Shot Glasses. Use these fun containers for everything from desk organizers (to hold toothpicks, paperclips and more) to small flower pots. Of course if photography or photo editing stresses you out, you can fill them with an energy drink or other liquids. Get 3 shot glasses and use them however you please. Looking for a larger container?  Try the Canon or Nikon Lens Mugs featured in last year’s guide.

Camera Cookie Cutters: This gift is perfect for the photographer with two favorite hobbies, photography and baking. These fun vintage camera cookie cutters can be given as a present or if you like to bake, and your photographer friend does not, buy them for yourself and make them cookies.

camera cookie cutters

iPad Compact Flash and SD Card Readers: Super practical. A great present for anyone who owns an iPad and a camera. These card readers give photographers a quick way to get photos onto their iPads in seconds.

compact flash drive for iPad

Bokeh Kit:  This is the ultimate fun toy for a photographer.  Turn your bokeh into shapes. This kit makes it easy but we also have an almost free solution with our Do It Yourself shaped bokeh tutorial.






Camera Charms and Keychains: For the charm collecting photographer… (This one is no longer available – but there’s many more you can find at that link.)

camera charm


Chalkboard Speech Bubble: What a silly, expressive prop. So many ways to use it to add life to your photos and snapshots.

chalkboard speech bubble

Macro Lens for Camera Photos (such as iPhone and Droids): If you have ever tried to focus closeup with an iPhone, you know it is difficult if not impossible.  This little rubber band gadget allows you to get super close in and capture a photo, all while on your camera phone. Small and easy to carry, it is a must have for macro camera phone photography.

macro camera phone


Metal Photographer Parking Only Sign: This speaks for itself. Great item to hang in the garage or on a wall – a true discussion piece.


Camera Key Chain: Makes a shutter noise too – the perfect stocking stuffer for less than $5.00.  Also see the Vintage Camera Key Fob.

camera key chain

Rainsleeve: This item may be less than $10 but it could be worth thousands to the photographer in your life. If it starts to rain, you need something to protect your gear. And though it looks rather silly, it accomplishes the job.  It is available with and without the extra plastic to cover your flash.

protect your camera from rain

Vintage Cameras: For the collector, look for vintage cameras on eBay, Etsy, and at antique stores and garage sales. You may find some in working condition, but even if they do not work, they make cool props and look great in a photography studio too.

vintage camera

MCP Actions e-Gift Cards: Want the perfect, paperless gift? How about giving some Photoshop actions, Lightroom Presets, or Photoshop online training to a photographer this holiday season? Since you may not know exactly what is on their wish lists, an e-Gift Card is perfect! Available in $25, $50 and more… (cannot mention those other denominations since the title is $50 or less…)



And lastly … this one does not cost you anything! Our FREE Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets.  Enjoy!

resize and sharpen for facebook

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  1. Carlos A. Andres
    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 am —


  2. Alice C.
    January 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm —

    Wow! Those are all so cool! I might have to get those shot glasses.

  3. December 10, 2011 at 4:47 am —

    All most excellent blog post thanks for sharing !!

  4. December 10, 2011 at 1:13 am —

    🙂 Already got a little gift from this list …
    Really happy!!!

  5. December 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm —

    Just like to tell you my favorite MCP action is Sharpen/Defog
    works like a charm in photoshop CS5 thank you for this action

  6. Christine H.
    December 9, 2011 at 10:58 am —

    Awesome list! I want it all.

  7. December 9, 2011 at 10:33 am —


  8. December 9, 2011 at 9:09 am —

    Thanks for the great ideas! I will be adding some of these like the bokeh kit and camera charm to my wish list now.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less