It’s not always easy to buy gifts for our loved ones at Christmas no matter how well you know them. There are always some who are notoriously difficult to buy for. But, if you have any friends or family who are into photography I thought I’d help you out. Below, I’ve put together a list of what I believe are 11 amazing photography related gifts under $100.
1. Camera Lens Coffee Mug
This is a gift that every photographer will love because what says photographer more than a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens! And even if they don’t like coffee, it can double as a pen holder. This one in particular is a replica of a Canon 24-105 f/4L series lens, can hold up to 400ml of liquid and is made of plastic and stainless steel. A definite stocking filler for any of your photography loving friends and family.
A LensBall is a K9 Crystal ball that refracts light from a scene creating some incredible images. What you see in the LensBall is a perfectly flipped version of the scene in front of you contained within the ball. This is all to do with the refraction of light. As the light enters the ball it is bent to create an inverted version of the scene that you can then photograph. You can hold these in your hand or put them in into the foreground to create some amazing photographs. They are a very popular accessory for photographers to experiment with and come in a variety of sizes.
Another super handy photography accessory. The GorillaPod is a mini tripod which features flexible legs allowing it to be used on almost any surface. This gives it a massive advantage over a normal tripod which typically can only be used on level surfaces. One disadvantage is the fact it is much smaller. This isn’t a bad thing however, especially if you want something light and portable.
I have the GorillaPod 3K and find myself using it a lot more than my Manfrotto. especially if I am taking photographs in London. For me it is more light weight, and gives me additional options such as shooting close to the floor.
4. Peak Design Camera Strap
This was the first Peak Design product I ever bought and is a huge upgrade over the camera straps that come with a camera. One of the big pluses for me was the ability to detach the strap quickly from the camera. No longer do you have to have your strap dangling from your camera on a tripod! This is done using the Peak Design clips that come with the strap.
These clips are universal across all Peak Design accessories and allows you to attach other accessories such as a wrist strap easily.
5. Portable Photo Printer
Anyone that takes photos, even on a smart phone will appreciate this as a gift! These portable photo printers print mini photos, usually on 3×2 inch sticky back photo paper making them perfect for photo albums and scrap books.
And because they are small and battery powered you can take them with you and share you memories with friends and family.
6. A Reflector
If you want to get an inexpensive gift that will encourage your friend/family member to experiment with other types of photography, this might be it.
A reflector is an inexpensive lighting accessory that is used to reflect light onto a person or object. They are typically used in portrait photography to redirect light on to the model that would otherwise not be there.
7. A Polaroid Instant Camera
Despite everyone having a camera on their phone these days, Polaroid style cameras have been making a comeback. There is something special these days about retro technologies and these cameras are no exception. Your smartphone just cannot reproduce the retro look of film and you get instant gratification of having in your hand after you have taken it.
Fujifilm’s Instax line of instant cameras seem to be the most popular these days (we have one in our house) and will make a great gift for anyone that likes photography.
8. A Disposable Camera
If you have friends or family that love to travel then a disposable camera is a great gift they can use to capture memories. They are relatively inexpensive and give a different way of capturing memories because you are limited in the amount of photographs you can take. You can also get different varieties of disposable camera such as under water ones meaning you can safely take photographs not even your camera phone can!
9. Memory Cards
One thing you can never have too much of as a photographer are memory cards. So if you have any friends or family members that are photographers, these will certainly be appreciated.
Personally, I use SanDisk Extreme Pro 170 MB/s cards in my Fuji X-T3. If you are buying these as a gift, definitely buy the fastest cards you can afford, as cheaper ones can affect the performance of higher end cameras.
10. Memory Card Case
Following on from the memory cards is a memory card case. Once a photographer begins to acquire a few of these they will need something to organise and store them in so this will make a great gift. They are relatively inexpensive and will make a great stocking filler.
11. A Power Bank
The last item on my list isn’t photography specific, but has come in handy so many times when I’ve been out travelling with my camera. With everyone these days carrying more and more electronics, a power bank can become invaluable.
I own a 20,000 mAh power bank which is enough to charge my phone several times over and it even has enough output to charge my MacBook Pro. I am also quite lucky that my camera can be charged by USB-C so when I’ve found myself low on power this has made sure I haven’t missed any of the shots I wanted to take.
So that brings me to the end of my list of sub $100 photography gifts for this Christmas. I hope it has been useful and given you a few ideas for things to buy your friends and family.
This will probably be my last post of 2019 so have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2020 with a lot more content!
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