2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Photographers

If there's a photographer on your shopping list this year, sometimes it can be hard to buy them something you think they'll like but doesn't cost $$$ (not saying they wouldn't appreciate that new camera lens, of course!). Today I'm going to list some of my favorite photography-related items that would make great gifts especially for photographers, plus a fun bonus idea!

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera

This little retro instant camera is so cute and so much fun. I got one a few years ago and I love taking random photos with it and hanging the little prints everywhere. Don't forget to throw in an extra pack of film for their stocking!

2. Camera Strap or Hand Strap

I personally prefer using a hand strap, but if I received a gorgeous camera strap as a gift, I would definitely use it. I currently use this leather hand strap (it's inexpensive and comfortable), but I've had my eye on one of these lovely handmade straps from The Original Photo Blocks Props for a while.

3. Daily Planner

There are so many great planners out there! I usually pick up one of these cute Sugar Paper Kraft planners from Target, but I would be super excited to receive one of these awesomely detailed Simplified Planners by Emily Ley as a gift.

4. Editing Day Coffee Mug

I love everything from my favorite hand lettering shop, Chalk Full of Love (especially her fun holiday collection!), but this mug is perfect for photographers. While you're shopping, pamper yourself (or your photographer friend!) with one of these amazing gift sets as well.

5. Camera Bag

This is the priciest gift idea on my list, and you should definitely figure out what style of camera bag your photographer likes before deciding to purchase one for them. I currently have a discontinued mustard yellow shoulder bag from Jo Totes that I love, but I would love a canvas backpack style bag similar to this Jo Totes backpack or this Kelly Moore backpack as well.

6. Adobe Creative Cloud For Photographers

Your photographer friend probably already has Lightroom or Photoshop, but if they're like me, they might not have upgraded to the Creative Cloud Subscription yet. This monthly based subscription gives you access to all of the latest products and services that Adobe offers via the most up-to-date desktop and mobile apps. It's only $9.99 a month or you can prepay an annual plan for $119.

7. Expodisc or Video Light

I don't own either of these, but I have used them before and they're definitely cool! The Expodisc helps perfect white balance while you're shooting so you don't have to worry about adjusting it during editing, and a video light is super awesome for photographing wedding receptions or details when a speedlight just won't do.

8. Custom Logo Board

My friend over at Claire Court Designs creates the prettiest custom logo boards that any photographer (or small business owner, for that matter) would definitely love. You'll have to have a copy of your photographer's logo, but Nellie is amazing at creating durable and attractive pieces. In fact, you should probably buy one of her signature moose silhouettes or pretty much anything else from her shop as well!

9. Vintage Quilt or Afghan

I love LOVE the vintage quilts I found at Stitched & Found, and I always bring one or two to use during sessions. If your photographer is primarily a family photographer, she would probably really enjoy having a fun quilt to use!

10. Old School Letter Board

Photographers have a thing for all things vintage, so it's no surprise that I'm in love with these vintage letter boards from Letterfolk. I have one of the smaller boards and it's a good quality product. I think it's really fun to change out the sayings, and it makes a great focal piece in a collage as well.

11. Bonus: Fun (And Useful!) Accessories

Photographers love stylish accessories that are also professional and comfortable to wear (especially during those 10+ hour wedding days!). Here are some of my go-to shops for handmade accessories:

Nickel & Suede: Amazing lightweight leather earrings and leather bracelets. I wear these earrings daily and I love the flattering teardrop shape and variety of colors.

Flourish Leather Co: Stylish braided leather bracelets and slit wrap cuffs in so many fun colors. I especially love the coordinated sets!

Pretty by JL: Braided silk friendship bracelets with a grownup twist. They look great stacked together or worn alone, and they also go with the Flourish Leather braided bracelets really well.

DeBrosse NYC: Every photographer needs stylish cold-weather accessories for those chilly morning sessions! These cozy hand-knitted beanies and scarves are made with love and sold with a purpose. Every sale helps support orphaned children in Haiti, and everything is so well made and super warm.

Hunter Boots: As a photographer in the Pacific Northwest, I wear my Hunter boots to almost every session! But even if your photographer doesn't live somewhere quite as rainy, Hunters are still a great gift because they're durable and perfect for tromping through fields and woods.

I hope this list comes in handy as you're out shopping for that photographer on your list this Christmas! :)

Photographers: Which of these items would you like to see under your tree this year or what would you add to this list?