Buying a birthday gift for a photographer may seem like a daunting task, especially if you have no idea or interest in photography yourself. There are so many options out there that it may become near impossible to choose something that matches your budget. And it’s not only about the budget either; you also have to find something that the photographer will actually use and appreciate.
To help you out with this predicament, we have made a list of the 25 best birthday gift ideas for photographers. In our list, you will find various kinds of options at different prices so you can settle on something that fits your criteria.
Taking smooth and stable b-roll footage is an essential part of making excellent videos. If your photographer friend shoots video and can use something to take their footage to the next level, consider getting them an Osmo Pocket which is a gimbal stabilizer with a built-in 4K camera. It will help them take excellent videos for their various projects.
Lenses are something very personal for photographers as they test many different ones to choose the right ones for their kit. However, you can’t go wrong with giving them a Lensbaby Sol 45 for their birthday gift. This is a selective focus lens with a 45mm field of view that will allow them to take extremely creative and dynamic photos thanks to its unique design.
A high-quality and durable tripod must be a part of every photographer’s kit. That is what makes this one a good birthday gift. It folds down to a mere 19” and has the ability to open up to an impressive 77”. It’s metallic build ensures durability and its light weight provides portability. It can also be used as a monopod by removing two of its legs, adding to its flexibility of use.
So many photographers out there today are switching to compact system cameras for their work because of the small size they offer without sacrificing image quality. For those people, especially if they shoot video, the PIXI Mini tripod is an excellent gift idea. It will allow them to stabilize their videos and take better photos. It has a push-button mechanism for locking which makes it easy to use. And it looks great too!
How about helping photographers work quicker with Photoshop? This keyboard skin for the MacBook Air and Pro is designed to visually show photographers the various shortcuts they can use in Photoshop. Each key has a small graphic showing a tool associated with that key and also the name of the tool. No more trying to remember all the keyboard shortcuts by heart!
For videographers, this table dolly from Neewer is a great birthday gift. It will help them take very stable shots on various subjects. The design makes it easy to operate and the high-quality build ensures a long life. It can move in straight lines just as well as it can move in curves. This is a great gift for any videographer who likes making high-quality videos.
Sometimes, even the most experienced photographers like to just have fun with photography. For those and the ones who are new to photography, the Instax Mini 9 instant camera by Fujifilm will make a great gift. The ability to capture moments instantly and then printing them out right away is something that every photographer will appreciate.
Taking photos in the cold with gloves on is not something enjoyable. It’s very difficult to press the small buttons on a camera or use a phone’s touchscreen with thick gloves on. These ones will help photographers operate their cameras and their phones thanks to the ability to expose their thumbs and index fingers very quickly and easily. This makes it a good birthday gift idea too.
Wildlife photographers will really appreciate this little camera that is waterproof, has night vision, and motion activation because they can set up the camera in the field overnight and end up with some amazing footage of animals in the wild. With this camera, they do not have to take the risk of being in a dangerous environment for their work.
One of the easiest products you could choose for any photographer as a birthday gift is a flash drive. This one is special because it is made from walnut and comes in a very nice walnut box. On top of that, it also includes a very nice and rustic-looking carrying pouch. It’s the kind of flash drive that anyone, even if not a photographer, will love to get.
What’s better than a gift that is actually personalized to the recipient? This leather camera strap is made from cowhide leather, is soft and durable, and very comfortable. To make it even better, it can be customized with the name of the photographer you’re gifting it to. Excellent choice for a birthday gift!
Having a color-accurate display is essential for photographers who print out their photos or publish them on their websites etc. But not all displays are made equal, which is where the SpyderX Pro comes in. It helps calibrate the colors of a photographer’s display quickly and easily to give them the best possible results from their monitors.
If the birthday boy or girl loves to take photos with their phones from time to time, then this 5 in 1 lens kit that will allow them to enhance the capability of their phone cameras will make a great gift idea. With this, they will be able to take wide angle, fish-eye, telephoto, and macro photos with their phone’s camera. Having these clip-on lenses will make taking photos with one’s phone camera a much more fun process.
Everyone loves a good coffee mug don’t they? Well, this one is designed like a camera lens, complete with a faux zoom and focus ring, a lid that looks like the glass element, and all the markings found on a Canon EF 24-105mm lens. The mug will keep warm drinks warm for quite some time and is just a fun gift to give a photographer on their birthday.
This is another gift for phone photographers who love to shoot videos on their phones as well. Those people know how difficult it is to capture professional-looking videos on their phones not because of a lack of quality but rather from a lack of good stabilization. The DJI Osmo Mobile is a gimbal stabilizer that can be used with iPhones and Android phones to take smooth and high-quality videos. It’s small, easy to use, very portable, and will see a lot of use by any smartphone videographer.
A very simple gift that can add some personality to a photographer’s home or office, this clock’s design is inspired by photography. Not only that, but it is actually created using a recycled vinyl record! If you know a photographer who appreciates cool things, this clock is definitely a good birthday gift idea.
Sterling Silver Camera Pendant
For female photographers, this pendant comes with a tiny camera hanging from a high-quality chain along with an inspiring quote. The pendant is made from sterling silver which is tarnish resistant and free from nickel and cadmium. This high-quality, premium pendant comes in a nice diamond-shaped gift box, making it a great option for a birthday gift for any female photographer.
To help a photographer improve their skills, there’s nothing better than a book filled with techniques of 100 photographers from around the world, The book has 10 sections based on different themes, making it easier for photographers to jump to exactly what they need to find inspiration and tips for. This is a great book for all kinds of photographers who are looking for inspiration, motivation, and guidance to improve their photography.
Having a set of reflectors handy can make any photographer’s life easier, especially if they take portraits, product photos, or food photos etc. This 5-in-1 reflector from Etekcity is a great birthday gift idea for that reason. It can be used to create five different kinds of lighting solutions, thanks to the included colored covers. It’s a lightweight, easily collapsible design that can be carried around if needed.
From beginners to professionals, every photographer can appreciate a good camera strap. This particular one is made from real denim and looks absolutely cool on any camera. The leather highlights at each end give it a very rustic look and feel, making it an excellent birthday gift for any photographer.
A messenger bag with a cool design, plenty of pockets, and ample space for cameras and lenses will be a very nice gift for any kind of photographer. S-ZONE’s bag is made from a canvas material, has a lot of space, and can carry a laptop as well. It also has straps at the bottom for a tripod, making it the perfect bag to take on a trip.
Yet another camera bag from S-ZONE, this one comes with a water resistant build. It is also made from canvas and has very nice PU leather trims for an additional vintage and rustic vibe. The bag comes in two sizes and three colors, all of which look very nice. The interior of the bag is soft and reduced vibrations and shock that may damage sensitive camera equipment. When not in use as a camera bag, it can work very nicely as an everyday bag too.
This is a very vintage-looking scrapbook with a leather cover, complete with an image of a camera on the front cover. It comes in various colors and all of them look pretty great. It has 30 black sheets inside where printed photos can be pasted, providing a very good amount of space for saving hundreds of memories.
If the birthday photographer is an adventure lover, then getting them a Hero7 action camera might be a great idea. This little camera can record videos with stabilization and stream them live on social media as well. It’s waterproof, has a touchscreen, and can be used with voice commands as well. If action cameras are the thing your photographer friend loves, then this is a very solid choice.
For those photographers who like to print photos and display them around their houses, these string lights on which photos can be displayed with clips is a very nice birthday gift. They can shape the lights however they like and display their images in a very nice and creative way. Not only do these lights give them a place to showcase their photos, but it also adds a very nice and warm lighting effect in their homes.
We understand that birthdays are special and everyone deserves to get a present that suits their needs. Knowing that the birthday boy or girl is a photographer narrows down the gifts for sure, but it is also bound to cause a lot of confusion if you don’t know anything about photography. So, if you have taken some time and gone through our list, you are probably less worried now and are already thinking of ordering one or two gifts for the photographer whose birthday is coming up.