Gifts for Amateur Photographers

If you know someone who wants to get into photography or has recently started taking it more seriously, there is a big chance that they will soon realize that it can get very expensive. The camera bodies, lenses, and various other equipment a photographer needs ends up being quite pricey. So much so that at times, amateur photographers just give up on their passion.

So, if you know someone like that and want to make sure that they don’t give up on photography, consider doing something to show them that you support and appreciate them. One of the things you could do is get them a nice photography-themed gift. It could be something that actually helps them in their craft, or something that just shows them that they have someone in their corner.

The following list will give you many different ideas as to what you can get for someone like that, so have a look and see what suits you best.


A Photography Mug

A Photography Mug

Just to help new digital photographers feel like they are on their way to becoming professionals, this enamel coated mug with pictures of cameras on it is a simple and useful gift. It will be a reminder to them that someone out there is rooting for them and thinks that following their passion is worth it.


A Book with Assignments

A Book with Assignments

To give amateur photographers some new ideas that they can work on to find out what kind of photography they really enjoy, ‘The Photographer’s Playbook’ is a great gift idea. It has 307 different ideas inside as well as assignments that can help any kind of photographer be motivated to take more photos.


amateur photographer couses gift

A Photography Course

Offered by Michigan State University, this photography course can turn out to be a great gift for amateur photographers who are serious about improving their work. It will teach them the basics of photography, from composition to exposure. No matter what kind of camera they use, photographers can learn a lot from this course and apply it to their photography.


A Phone Lens Kit

A Phone Lens Kit

With phone cameras improving so much these days, a lot of photographers are using them more and more to get the shot they want. To help such photographers get the most out of their phones, gift them this clip-on lens kit for phones. It will add different focal lengths to their cameras and allow them to be more flexible when framing their photos.


A Set of Tiny Cameras

A Set of Tiny Cameras

4 resin cameras, made with a good amount of detail, made by hand, and miniature in size. What’s not to love here? These are a great gift for amateur photographers when you just want to give them something they will cherish and use to decorate their room or studio space.


A Pair of Earrings

A Pair of Earrings

What’s more of a sign that someone loves photography than wearing something that screams it? This pair of earrings is designed like tiny cameras and looks very nice indeed. It’s going to be a great gift for any female photographers you know who love to show off their love for camera gear and photography.


A Bracelet

A Bracelet

Continuing with our jewelry theme, you can also gift this charm bracelet with a tiny camera hanging from it to any amateur photographer you know. It also has photography-related quotes on it for some inspiration and motivation. The materials are high-quality and long lasting, and the shiny silver finish looks very premium.


A Lens Mug

A Lens Mug

If you can’t afford to buy an actual lens for an amateur photographer, you can get them this mug instead. It’s a replica of one of the Canon’s most famous lenses, complete with all the design elements and text found on the actual lens. It works for both hot and cold beverages, thanks to the insulated stainless steel interior. When closed, it looks like the actual lens because the lid is designed like the front glass. It’s a cool and fun gift for any photographer.


A Deck of Ideas

A Deck of Ideas

Beginner photographers can often get confused as to what kind of photos they should take which is why you can get these Photography Idea Cards for them. This deck has 72 different cards, each with its own idea of challenge for photography. It’s a great way to help an amateur photographer get started with taking more and more photos without having to think too much about what they should be doing.


A ‘Camera’ Organizer

A ‘Camera’ Organizer

This is a fun gift for photographers who like to keep their desks organized. It’s an organizer shaped like a vintage camera with enough space for cables, flash drives, and even stationery. It is something that will help new photographers keep their equipment safe and tidy, and also give their space a nice personalized touch.


A Lighting Kit

A Lighting Kit

To help budding photographers up their photography quality, consider getting them this lighting kit that comes with softboxes to provide even, diffused light, bulbs that have a color temperature close to that of daylight, and stands for the softboxes that can be easily collapsed and opened up again like an umbrella. All of this comes with a bag that can be used to take this kit along when traveling or taking photos outdoors.


A Clock

A Clock

A clock designed based on a DSLR camera is cool. A clock designed based on a DSLR camera that’s made using an actual vinyl record is much cooler. That’s what this is, and it will definitely be appreciated by any amateur photographer you gift it too. It has a cool black and white look to it which just makes it perfect for any kind of space.


A ‘Camera’ Lamp

A ‘Camera’ Lamp

Following the theme of things that can make indoor spaces feel more personalized, this lamp that looks like a 3D camera body that’s lit up is a pretty cool gift to get. The actual lamp is made from a flat acrylic plate mounted on a cylindrical base, but the design is pretty convincingly 3D. There are 7 possible lighting colors to choose from, making it a great accessory for any photographer to have.


A Silver Necklace

A Silver Necklace

Who won’t appreciate a sterling silver necklace that has a tiny camera hanging from it along with words of encouragement and motivation? This is an excellent gift idea especially for female photographers who want to flaunt their love for what they do. The necklace is very high quality and long lasting, and comes in a nice diamond-shaped gift box.


A Mousepad

A Mousepad

Every digital photographer today uses a computer to finalize their photos. Even if they don’t, gifting them this mousepad with pictures of many vintage cameras on it is a good idea to show them that you support what they do. It’s a simple gift idea but one that will do the job. Also, it’s a pretty good quality mousepad.


A Pair of Socks

A Pair of Socks

This is a nice pair of very comfortable socks made from combed cotton, nylon and spandex. It’s designed around the theme of photography and has cameras and film rolls on it. The company also donates drinking water to people in Africa based on their sales, so it’s a good idea to buy these as a gift for any photographer you know.


A Reflector Kit

A Reflector Kit

One of the very first things amateur photographers need to learn about in their photography is lighting. Sometimes, they are going to need special solutions to get the lighting just right, and reflectors are one of the most common solutions. This kit comes with a translucent reflector and 4 additional colored covers to give different kinds of lighting effects. The design is simple, easily collapsible, and lightweight, making it ideal to take these out and about too.


A ‘Leica’ Pillow Cover

A ‘Leica’ Pillow Cover

Yet another gift idea to help a photographer personalize their home or office space, this pillow cover is designed to look like a Leica camera. The cover itself is made of good quality plush material, comes in black or blue colors, and is suitable for the couch at home or in the office.


A Mini Bag

A Mini Bag

Every kind of photographer can find use for a small bag they can carry around, making this an ideal gift for them. It has the drawing of a camera printed on the front and is made from canvas material, keeping it light and easy to carry. Photographers can use it to carry small cameras or other equipment like flash drives, memory cards, chargers, and much more.


A Pack of Stickers

A Pack of Stickers

This pack comes with 35 stickers, each shaped like cameras of various types. They are perfect for adding flair to everything from laptops to books. Photographers can give everything they own some more character by applying one these really cool-looking stickers.


A ‘Shutter Hugger’

A ‘Shutter Hugger’

Amateur photographers who are looking to get into family photography and might need to photograph young children as a result can use such a ‘shutter hugger’ to help young children focus on the camera lens and smile. These huggers are designed like various animals and you can choose any one of them and it’ll likely be perfect for helping children feel at ease while being photographed.


A Journal

A Journal

Beginner photographers can get a lot of help with their photography if they start noting down their ideas into a journal. They can also note important settings that they use or cool locations they have found into this journal. That is why a journal will be a great gift for them, and this one has a front cover themed around photography to give it some more personality.


A Humorous Mug

A Humorous Mug

A nice, minimalist mug with the words ‘What The F?’ printed on it, relating to various aperture numbers used in photography, is a simple yet useful gift for all kinds of photographers, not just amateur photographers. It’s something they will happily use on a daily basis whether to drink some beverage or just for storage or decorative needs.


A Deck of Street Photography Cards

A Deck of Street Photography Cards

This deck of cards is an ideal gift for those photographers who like to take photos on the street. The deck has 50 cards and 400 possible challenges related to street photography. There are 10 cards that provide some knowledge as well. It’s a great way for amateur photographers to learn more about street photography and also to get some ideas and motivation to try out some new things.


A Bottle Holder

A Bottle Holder

This is one of the more quirky gifts on our list. It’s essentially a wine bottle holder but it is very carefully designed to look like a photographer who is looking through a camera mounted on a tripod. The material used to create it is polished metal to give it a very nice and premium look. This is the kind of gift that can make any indoor space look a little more interesting and also spark a conversation.


A Camera Decal

A Camera Decal

To help them showcase their love for photography, you can gift this decal to amateur photographers to place on their car. It’s shaped like a camera with a heart on it. It comes in different colors so you can select the one you like most.


A Funny Tote Bag

A Funny Tote Bag

A tote bag can be used by photographers not only to carry various equipment but also their cameras. This tote bag has a camera printed on the front along with the words ‘I Shoot People’. It’s a funny design that’s aimed at photographers, making it a fun gift idea.


A Photographer Sign

A Photographer Sign

If you know an amateur photographer who is trying to start off their business, then maybe this cool sign designed for photographers will help them make the studio or office space more professional for potential clients. It’s a high-quality, high-resolution sign that adds a lot of character to a photographer’s space.


A Camera Keychain

A Camera Keychain

You can’t go wrong with a high-quality keychain. Photographers can use keychains to not only hold their keys but also flash drives and other such items. This one is designed like a camera and made of stainless steel and is jet black to give it a very cool look and feel.


A Camera Lens Keychain

A Camera Lens Keychain

This is another keychain designed for photographers. Unlike the previous one, this is designed to look like a very old camera lens. It has various markings on it like a vintage lens would and even a center that resembles the glass element of a lens.


Gifts for New Photographers

And with that, we come to the end of our list of the best gifts you can get for amatuer photographers. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive but just something that will let the photographer know that you appreciate what they are doing and you are there to support them throughout their photographic journey. So, go through our list and make someone’s day better!