Buying a gift for someone can get as stressful as it is special. Knowing what the other person is interested in, what their needs at the time are, and then what to pick from seemingly endless lists of options is not an easy thing to do. It gets a little easier when the recipient is a photographer because at least then you know that you can get them something related to photography and they’ll be happy with it.
But then comes the question of price. Typical photography-related equipment like tripods, flashes, and lenses can get quite expensive. There are, however, many other options that are both useful and fun which can be had for very low prices. If you are interested in such cheap gifts for photographers, you’re in the right place.
This is a simple desk organizer that is designed like an old, vintage camera. It can be used to store anything from pens and pencils to memory cards and USB sticks. Thanks to its design, it will look great on any photographer’s desk and is sure to make them happy.
An acrylic lamp that gives off the illusion of being a lit 3D camera? What’s not to like here? It’s a cool gift for photographers who like customizing their spaces with something different. The lamp comes with 7 different colors and detailed linework in the design. It’s definitely a cool gift for photographers that doesn’t break the bank.
Oftentimes, when you add something personal to even the simplest of gifts, they become very nice options. This mousepad is just that. What makes it a good gift for photographers is that it has pictures of various kinds of vintage cameras printed on it, just for that added bit of personality that takes it into the ‘gift’ category.
If your photographer friend likes to be organized and uses Post-Its for writing things down, this note dispenser can make a great gift for them. It looks like an old Polaroid camera and dispenses one note at a time for working quickly without having to fiddle around. A great addition to any photographer’s desk.
A nice pair of 75% cotton socks with images of cameras and film rolls printed on them is a nice gift idea for photographers. These socks are manufactured ethically, and every pair that the company sells leads to the provision of drinking water for 1 person in Africa for 100 days.
A compact, foldable, and lightweight light reflector is something every photographer can appreciate. This one is translucent itself and comes with 4 additional colored covers that allow photographers to get creative with their lighting. It’s a great way to make photos look that much better and is definitely something photographers will appreciate.
A Leica-inspired design makes this pillow cover a potential gift for photographers. It looks very nice, is made from good materials, and has a good amount of detail to look great on any couch. You can get this in either black or blue to suit your friend’s taste or to match with their home or office decor.
Having a small wristlet bag to carry around a small camera or some other accessories like additional batteries, memory cards, or filters is something that can come in handy for photographers who shoot outdoors. This mini bag has an artwork of a camera printed on it so it has some of that photographic personality as well.
Some photographers out there really love to show off their love for photography by customizing everything they own. These camera stickers are made for them. These can be stuck to anything from laptops and phones to water bottles and journals. It’s a simple gift idea that can make someone very happy.
For travel photographers or those who like to plan out their photos or write down ideas as they go about their day, having a journal handy can go a long way. That’s why this one with a cover printed with photos of very old cameras is a good photography gift idea on the cheap.
A set of four original, patented artwork of various vintage cameras including their technical details printed on Fuji Crystal Archival paper so that they last for a very long time and look extremely vintage at the same time, is a gift that any photographer who loves art is sure to fall for. The prints are ready to be framed and hung on any wall and will definitely make any indoor space look more pleasing.
This is a simple white mug, made from high-quality materials, with a nice design of various F-stops and a funny ‘What The F?’ text printed on it. For any photographer with a sense of humor, this mug will make a very nice gift indeed.
The street photography edition of the pocket-sized Bigger Picture Cards is an excellent gift for street photographers who want to get some new ideas for their photos. The cards include up to 400 different possible challenges revolving around street photography and are great for anyone who has hit a creative slump or just wants to experiment with new styles and types of street photography.
A crystal triangular prism can help photographers get some very cool lighting effects in their photos, especially in portraits. By refracting the light in front of the lens, they can achieve some interesting rainbow effects, adding more personality to their photos. That’s why this set of two prisms is a good idea as a photography gift. It’s made from K-9 crystal which ensures clarity and durability, and comes with a 1-year replacement warranty.
For the fashion-forward photographers, these wristbands are a good way to let everyone know of your passion in style. They are inspired by lenses and are made from silicon latex. Other than being wearable, these bands can also be used to stop lens zoom or focus creep if ever needed.
This camera decal that has a heart on it too is designed for those photographers who want to flaunt their love for the art form. It comes in various colors and sizes to suit different needs.
This is a great gift idea for those photographers who have their own studios. It’s a ‘Photographer’ sign inspired by street or shopfront signs. It’s printed in a high resolution for excellent clarity and the colors of it pop as well. It’s a sign people will notice and it’ll add some character to a photographer’s studio.
Every photographer knows how easy it is to lose their USB flash drives in weird places. That’s why giving them a keychain might be a good idea so they can keep their drives safe. And if you’re giving them a keychain, why not get them one that looks like a vintage camera lens? Of course, they can also use the keychain for its intended purpose of keeping their keys safe.
Another keychain for those photographers who like to keep their keys and flash drives organized and safe, this one is designed like a tiny camera. It is made from stainless steel and alloy which makes it highly durable and premium-looking. The all-black design gives it a really cool look as well, making it a very long-lasting and cool gift for all kinds of photographers.
Getting the lighting right is one of the most important things in any kind of photo. But photographers can’t always carry large lighting setups with them at all times. That is why they like to use small flashlights that can light up a space quickly. However, these lights are usually very harsh and can lead to overexposed photos. This is why this excellent, compact, and universal flash diffuser is such a great gift for any photographer. It attached to any flash and diffuses the light to give a soft, balanced fill light in multiple situations.
If the previous two keychains on our list seemed a little too heavy or flashy to you, this one might be perfect. It’s made of leather so it is very lightweight. The shape is that of a camera, and it has some stitching done on it for some detail. A perfect gift for any photographer that won’t break the bank.
Taking photos outdoors becomes very difficult in case of heavy rain, even if a photographer has a weather-sealed camera. That is why this rain cover from Altura will make a great gift for such photographers. It covers the camera completely and keeps it safe from rain. The camera looks through a clear viewing window for perfect photos. It also has sleeves so the photographer can operate the camera normally with dry hands.
If you can’t think of anything else to get for a travel or outdoor photographer, get them this cool minimalist baseball cap with the words ‘The Photographer’ printed on it along with a small camera icon. It comes in different colors and is made from comfortable and durable materials.
This pack of four photo cubes is great for photographers who like to display small prints of their photos in creative ways. The cubes are completely clear on all six sides, so photographers can display a different photo on each side. It’s great not only for photographers but also for those people who like to print family photos etc.
An enamel-coated mug with a stainless steel rim and pictures of various cameras on it will make any photographer happy. The mug itself is not only functional but looks great thanks to the cameras that look almost hand-drawn. This kind of mug will look good on any desk, whether at home or in the studio.
Another gift idea for those photographers who like to decorate their space around a photography-inspired theme, this set of four resin cameras looks simply adorable. The cameras are made of resin and are very detailed even though they are tiny in size.
Why not give a photographer a coffee mug that looks very convincingly like a large camera lens? The mug comes with a stainless steel construction and a surprisingly detailed design. It even has a top lid that looks like the front glass element of a lens. This lens makes the mug leak-proof which leads to it being a very useful travel mug.
For female photographers who love to wear bracelets, this is a very cute gift idea. It’s a stainless steel charm bracelet with a tiny camera attached to it along with a couple of photography-inspired quotes. It is a very simple and highly elegant gift that any photographer who likes jewelry and accessories will appreciate.
Just because a gift is ‘cheap’ doesn’t mean it can’t make a valuable difference to a photographer’s craft. This book is full of tips and techniques to help photographers capture everyday moments perfectly. It helps them understand how they can take stellar photos on a day to day basis through large photographic examples and helpful text.
This last gift idea is for those photographers who love to customize their spaces and also like to play with words. The Photographer Kit of the Magnetic Poetry kit comes with more than 200 word tiles that are themed around photography. Photographers can arrange these words in various ways to create their own quotes and messages.
So, we can clearly see that there are a plethora of gifts that can be bought for all kinds of photographers without having to spend a considerable amount of money. A gift has to come from the heart, first and foremost. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on it if you give it some thought and purchase it according to the interests of the person you’re giving it to. By going through our list, without spending much money you can get something both meaningful and highly practical for a photographer’s work.