With the holidays almost here, some of you may wonder what to get for that special person who’s a photographer. Or perhaps you’re thinking of treating yo self with some goodies this Christmas? Well, this article may come in handy. The list below is a sum up of ideas and suggestions we gathered from over 180 photographers from all around the world. Know that there are no Canon lens mugs on this list. Also, keep in mind that we’re running a Christmas Sale on all our beautiful website designs! Save 25% on any theme with the code “Merry25” or up to $100 if you buy a theme + Advanced Setup bundle, with the code “Merry100”. Everyone deserves a great website, don’t you agree?
Now, here are some of the top requested gift types:
1. Massages or any type of Spa procedure gift cards were THE MOST REQUESTED type of present for a photographer. No wonder, many of them have had a hectic busy season, working long hours first at the wedding/photo shoot, then in front of a computer screen, editing images. Multiply that by at least 20 and you’ve got a really awesome and tired creative, who needs some proper care, pampering and relaxation. So do consider this, above all items mentioned below!
2. Camera and / or camera lens – there’s never too many, most photographers would agree. These are their favorite toys and tools to play with. If your budget allows, find out which brand and lens they are daydreaming about – Leica, Fuji, Canon, 85mm, 35mm, etc, and get one. Perhaps they’ve been thinking of giving film a try, or have always wanted one of those polaroid (instant) cameras. Options are endless here.
3. Vacation / Time off – this one is pretty close to #1. We all need to rest. If you can, plan big and take them to a different country, some place they’ve always wanted to go. Otherwise, plan a hike, a short road-trip to the ocean/seaside, get them a free pass to National Resort or some place new and exciting. As long as your photographer gets some time off, when they can switch off their brain, reboot, find some new inspiration and sights/experiences – it’s already the best gift ever.
4. Joke or not, a good bottle of wine, whiskey, tequila or any other liquor will do just fine for a good Christmas present. (hey, this is all based on stats and answers we’ve gathered:))
Next in line are camera straps (which we’ll mention later in this article) and various gift cards and vouchers for B&H, Amazon, Adorama or any other shop that with a large variety of gear, technology, etc.
A few more fun things to consider, before we jump to the list itself. These were mentioned once or twice, but we love the idea and felt the need to spread the word:
Editing elf or any type of free outsource for editing. While Santa’s elves may be free right after Christmas, perhaps some cool, popular presets by LookslikeFilm, Tribe Presets, Heck Yeah may also do the trick.
Book a session with them and buy some prints, haha – well, clients means business and income. If you’ve never been photographed by them before, could be a fun experience.
Health Insurance – might not be the “cool” type of present. But if your photographer doesn’t have one, this is one of the most caring and thoughtful things they probably ever got.
Crypto currency. A bitcoin. Just saying. But a puppy or a kitten will also do.
Other Gift Ideas for Photographers:
Storage space. There is never enough when you work with tens and hundreds of GB of images and video content. So getting them a bunch of memory cards, or a good external hard drive – will get them head over heels. Examples: La Cie External Hard Drive, G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile Hard Drive with Thunderbolt, etc.
Batteries or portable travel chargers. Again this is invaluable, especially when they travel a lot for work, or do mostly outdoor photo shoots/weddings. Just make sure that the batteries are compatible with the camera the photographer uses.
Software or Studio Management subscription. These can simplify and bring more structure to their workflow and daily routine. If your creative doesn’t use any, and has a lot on their plate – they will love you for this. Examples: Photomechanic, JPEGmini, Fundy Designer, any of these studio management tools, Smart Slides, etc.
Education. It can be a ticket to a workshop or conference, an online course, a mentoring session with one of the photographers/creatives they admire a lot. A book or a subscription to their favorite magazine. There are so many options. Examples: Way Up North, Grain Festival, Cosmos Gathering, Rural Workshop, Burn Workshop, Ostuni, Mystic, etc.
Fun & cool gadgets. Anything from a cool instant phone photo printer (Fuji and Polaroid have some really good ones), to a portable speaker, a Lightroom controller (Loupedeck or Palette Gear), a drone, etc. Or perhaps pre-order these awesome lens caps on Kickstarter that we’ve found out about from India Earl.
Camera bags & straps. Think about it. Your favorite creative works long hours at events, carrying heavy gear (a few cameras or camera lenses and other equipment) on their shoulders, always on their feet. While a spa or massage gift card is amazing, you can also solve this issue by eradicating the root of the problem. Get them one of those good camera harnesses and/or bags. So the weight of all their heavy gear is balanced correctly. Examples: HoldFast gear and Ona are some of the most popular brands in the industry.
We hope this fun & comprehensive list gave you some ideas and inspiration for the upcoming holidays! If you’re not getting yourself a present, don’t be shy, share this list so your friends and favorite clients see it and know what to get you. Also, treat yo self this Christmas with a brand new website design by Flothemes! Use code “Merry25” for 25% off any theme!