Inexpensive Gifts For The Photographer In Your Life (That They'll (Probably) Use!)
We're just a few days away from the biggest shopping holiday (shoppiday?) of the year, and photographers are notorious for being the toughest to shop for. I mean, what do you get for such an expensive art field, that isn't the lens mug?
For the Sweet Tooth Food Photog - $17.95
Keep long days from being a pain in the neck! - $15.99
Light up their life! - $11.20
Keep them from getting Tea-Hydrated - $14.95
What a Lens-saver! - $12 (On sale for $4.80)
For those who like to be babied - $19.95
Some other things...
If you have a few extra bucks after perusing this list, you may want to get your photog a few extra little things that we forget to get ourselves, such as:
• White/grey cards ($8.99): to set white balance for consistently color correct photos.
• Microfiber lens cloth ($7.99): (Do NOT use the corner of your shirt! And yes, I linked the one with 18 cloths, because you will lose a few.
• Reflector Kit ($7.99): Reflectors have their uses with indoor and outdoor photography, and each photographer should have at least one small one in their possession for general use, or in the event one of their powered light sources (or natural sun) just isn't cutting it.
So why didn't you suggest a camera bag or anything else like that?
First, this list was aimed at budgets of $30 or less. While there are camera bags in that price range, I will not suggest them due to their lack of overall quality. Believe me, I have 3 bags under $20, and I've dealt with ripped seams or torn interiors pretty quickly. To be fair, I do frequent some steampunk events, and these bags have come across an errant gear or sword in their time.
But camera bags aren't all alike. They need to hold not just a camera, but multiple lenses, a flash, and maybe a laptop/tablet. Is this an outdoor photographer? Then the bottom needs to have rubber, and the whole thing should be weather proof. Does it need wheels, or can it go over the shoulder? And yes, they come in many colors.
Unless you're willing to sink $80 or more in a gift that may not work (and I'm being generous with that amount), then I wouldn't suggest buying someone a bag unless they have specifically told you the exact make and model of what they want.