7 Gifts Photographers Will Actually Want These Holidays

Photo by Cristina Matos-Albers

You gifted her a camera lens mug last year, and even to this day it has a place of pride. In the back corner of the cupboard, where the cobwebs grow. And that funny t-shirt you gave her? The one that said, “I came, I saw, I captured.” She wears it all the time. At least anytime there’s painting to be done.

It’s not easy to buy gifts for a photographer. It’s the thought that counts, of course. But let’s face it: some thoughts are just more awesome than others. So, as we’re getting closer to the holiday season, we’ve collected seven fantastic gift ideas that should put a smile on the face of every photographer.

How about a weatherproof camera bag, or a rock solid yet lightweight tripod? Perhaps a 3D-printed camera that can be had either fully assembled or as a build-it-yourself kit?

Take the stress out of finding perfect gifts for the photographers in your life. Our 2021 holiday photography gift guide has something for everyone!

Everyday Sling by Peak Design

If you take your camera with you, you’ll shoot more, period. Peak Design’s award-winning Everyday Sling offers a compact, rugged, and discreet way to bring your kit more places.

A weatherproof, 100% recycled nylon canvas shell protects in all conditions. A clean, modern aesthetic cleverly hides tons of thoughtful features for organizing photo, drone, and everyday gear. To name a few: FlexFold dividers, a tablet sleeve, a quick-adjusting shoulder strap, and external carry straps.

Available in 10, 6, and 3L sizes that cater to a range of camera gear, from a full-frame body with heavy pro glass down to a mirrorless street kit.

Learn more here.


SpyderX Create Kit by Datacolor

Everything needed to capture color inspiration, ensure color accuracy and sharp images, connect with newer devices, and even add some extra storage space to your work area.

• SpyderX Pro – SpyderX is Datacolor’s most accurate, fastest (4X), easiest monitor calibrator ever.
• ColorReader EZ – Scan an object to find its accurate paint color match, Savage Universal background match, precise RGB, Hex and Cie Lab color data for your digital workflow.
• Spyder Tripod – Stabilize camera for sharp images. Flexible legs, lightweight portability.
• Spyder Shelf – Provides vertical storage space by attaching to your computer.
• Spyder USB-C – Adapts USB-A cables to USB-C ports.

Learn more here.


FJ Flashes by F.J. Westcott

If you're new to flash photography or looking to upgrade your flash gear, Westcott has an ecosystem of flashes that make off camera flash simple, with the most features among all strobe manufacturers. Westcott is the only strobe manufacturer with a universal trigger for all camera systems, they have the fastest recycle times, most full-power flashes, and their ecosystem has consistent color between lights. Pair these features with Westcott's unmatched U.S. customer service and you've got a winning combination. The Ecosystem is led by the flagship FJ400, but they offer other models as well.

See all FJ Flashes here.


SLIK VARI-CF 700 Series Carbon Fiber Tripods by SLIK Tripods and Heads

The VARI CF-700 series carbon fiber tripods are 3 tripods in 1. Designed for hybrid shooters that need a single tripod that quickly converts between still and video shooting. The Rapid Column Exchange System is a simple tool-free release mechanism that lets you switch between 3 different center column options.

• Carbon fiber center column for quick height adjustment

• Video bowl mount for easy horizon adjustments

• Flat plate for low angle work and lightweight travel

In a matter of seconds, your VARI CF-700 series tripod can morph between 3 different tripod styles to match your specific shooting need.

Learn more here.


SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card

Professional photographers and videographers trust SanDisk brand memory cards to push productivity further. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card delivers the outstanding performance professionals need to streamline every creative project from pre- to post-production. With V90 and U3 ratings, these cards seamlessly capture uninterrupted cinema-quality 8K, 4K and Full HD video.

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Layflat Photo Book by Blurb

Made with ultra-thick Premium Lustre paper, Blurb's Layflat Photo Books are the perfect showcase for stunning panoramic images. Give each beautiful photo the room it deserves, with freedom to reach, uninterrupted, across expansive double spreads. Each Layflat book comes with up to 110 pages and an ImageWrap, Hard Cover. Start your Layflat gift today!

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SCURA 6×6 by Dora Goodman Cameras

The SCURA 6×6 is a 3D printed pinhole camera that uses 120 film to capture 60x60mm images.

Its unique curved back was designed to ensure that light reaches the film evenly from corner to corner, resulting in beautiful distortion-free photographs. While maintaining the minimalist approach of pinhole photography, the combination of a laser-drilled pinhole plate and a magnet-powered shutter allows for optimal precision and ease-of-use.

Being tiny and lightweight (only 0.27kg/270g) means that the SCURA is easily transported; put it in your pocket on the way out the door and it will go along anywhere with you. Due to its uncomplicated, but precisely constructed features, this is a camera made for all photographers, from beginners to professionals. Let yourself experience the magic of lensless photography at its best.

Learn more here.