Gifts for Photographers, from Photographers

Gifts for Photographers From Photographers

Gifts for Photographers, from Photographers

For someone who doesn’t know anything about photography, trying to find gifts for photographers can be a bit overwhelming. The terminology takes a while to pick up (megapixels, lenses, DSLRs, etc) and everything seems to be somewhat pricy. Even myself, someone who grew up around photography because my parents have a deep passion for it, doing the research on and understanding that world is tough. Yet, here at the Gift Monk, we think tapping into people’s passions are a great way to come up with good ideas, so in a situation where we lack the understanding to find a great gift, we’ll go to experts who do.
For this list, we reached out to some prominent photo bloggers from around the web to get their input on some great gifts for photographers. We asked them what they themselves would like receiving as gifts, and the result was an extensive list of awesome gift ideas for the photographer in your life.

 Gifts for Photographers from Garrick Fujii (

  • Magnum Contact Sheets – “This is an amazing book that includes the contact sheets from the world renowned Magnum agency. They consist of the world’s best photojournalists and are one of the most prestigious photographic organizations that has ever existed. The book is full of beautiful imagery and really allows the viewer an inside peek at the photographer’s process and methods.” (Buy Now)
    Magnum Contact SheetsMagnum Contact Sheets
  • Steve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment “Most famously known for “The Afghan Girl” National Geographic cover image, Steve McCurry is one of the world’s leading photojournalists. This is an absolutely gorgeous book created by him and published by Phaidon. The size is just perfect for poring over the fine details of his work.” (Buy Now)
    Steve McCurry: The Unguarded MomentSteve McCurry: The Unguarded Moment
  • Fuji Instax Wide 300“I feel like the Instax Wide format is highly underrated, but the colors and stability of the Instax Wide film have been more pleasing to shoot than the Impossible Project and the peel apart Fuji FP series film for me. Being able to shoot a frame and not really worry about has huge advantages in the field. Instant film is one of those things that I’m not quite sure will be around in 10 to 20 years so I would highly encourage our generation to embrace it while we can.” (Buy Now)
    Fuji Instax Wide 300Fuji Instax Wide 300
  • Domke F2“Tried and true. This is one of the most rugged bags out there and it will hold all the gear you need for some serious shooting. I’ve personally taken my Domke bags with me on adventures all over the world and they have never let me down. The strap is sewn directly into the bottom of the bag so no matter how much stress is on the strap it can definitely handle it. The price point is also extremely fair which doesn’t hurt either.” (Buy Now)
    Domke F2Domke F2

Gifts for Photographers from Karen Hutton (

  • Polaroid Zip Printer“It’s fun to print your images. And today’s mobile cameras are just freakin’ amazing, so why not? Remember to buy some paper too!” (Buy Now)
    Polaroid Zip Printer
  • 4-in-1 Olloclip Lens “I’m mentioning Olloclip here, because they’re good quality and the company was among the very first to build them. They’re not the most expensive, nor the cheapest. They’re just GOOD… and solid.” (Buy Now)
    Olloclip lens4 in 1 olloclip lens
  • Panasonic Lumix TZ70“The bottom line: this little gem all adds up to a great entry-level experience that could encourage our budding beginning to become an intrepid intermediate!” (Buy Now)
    Panasonic Lumix TZ70
  • WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External USB 3.0 Hard Drive“It may not sound sexy, but it’s a fantastic gift for someone like me with a ton of photos they can’t afford to lose! The USB 3 means that in the event of a hard drive crash… I can just unplug it, move it to another computer and continue working with no loss of time or data. Genius!” (Buy Now)
    WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Gifts for Photographers from Annie Hall (

  • Set of Wood Frames“Because a photographer should always be encouraged to get those jpegs off the computer and onto the wall. An image that’s been printed, framed, and hung on the wall will never be forgotten.” (Buy Now)
    Set of Wood Frameswood frames
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 8“There’s nothing quite like the look and feel of a tangible print, and even better when it has its charmingly snapshot-ish image that pops out. The instax system is insanely simple and a really great toy to take along for parties and travel.” (Buy Now)
    Fujifilm Instax Mini 8Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
  • DO NOT BUY A LENS COFFEE MUG“Most photographers have a lens mug of some sort. I actually have to explicitly ask NOT to receive them because I already have two from gifts. They’re cute at first, but not that practical – and personally, I’m all about practical things.”
    Lens coffee muglens coffee mug


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