Top 20 Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers for $50 or Less

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Top 20 Hottest Holiday Gifts for Photographers for $50 or Less: Shopper’s Guide

Hanukkah and Christmas are coming. If you are looking to buy your photographer friends or relatives gifts this holiday season, but cannot quite afford to get them each a new Canon 5D MKII or a shiny new professional series L Lens, you will love these fun, creative ideas! If you are a photographer, make sure to “share” a link to this post so you can get some of these fun goodies too! Make sure to SHARE this post on Facebook and Twitter if you enjoyed it, and to leave a comment letting us know your favorite item on the list.  Mine is the lens mug, but there are a bunch of close 2nds.

Canon Lens Mug or Nikon Lens Mug. While it might not be as good as the “real thing,” photographers need caffeine! And what better way to drink it than in a lens.  These make amazing gifts and work well for both beverages and as pen and pencil holders, which is how I use mine. Want to WIN A LENS MUG? Check back later today to see how.

MCP Actions e-Gift Cards: Want the perfect, paperless gift? How about giving some Photoshop actions, Lightroom Presets, or Photoshop online training to a photographer this holiday season? Since you may not know exactly what is on their wish lists, an e-Gift Card is perfect! Available in $25, $50 and more… (cannot mention those other denominations since the title is $50 or less…)


Designer Camera Straps: These new Mod camera straps by jill-e designs are fun and functional.

Lens Bracelets: A whole new twist on manual focus. Instead of adjusting focus, you get to wear these replica focusing rings on your wrist!

Polaroid PoGo: An instant mobile printer. What could be more fun!

What the Duck Cartoon Book for Photographers: This book is perfect for those who love to laugh and enjoy taking pictures. Both hobbyist and professional photographers will find humor in these duck photographer cartoons. At this price, it makes for a great stocking stuffer.


Camera Necklace: How fun is this old time camera necklace?  I love it. Simple, cute and affordable. Many other great camera charms and necklaces can be found here.

Camera Cufflinks: What a fun gift for the male photographer. Great for the wedding photographer that has to get dressed up to shoot.

Camera Dial Cufflinks: These are equally as fun and slightly more casual cufflinks for the male photographer.

Cell Photo Wide Angle Lens or Fish Eye Lens: You know you want more flexibility when you are on the go.  These cell phone lens attachments are super fun, creative and make a great gift.

Wooden Camera Magnets and Stamp Set: How fun! Camera magnets – and a wood rubber camera stamp too. My kids might want to play with my new toys…

Vintage Camera Bookends: These are just sweet! I would love something like this for my office.  Hint, hint… And while on the topic, I have always wanted an old fashion vintage camera to display.   Lots of these on eBay.

The Gift of Time!: The most valuable thing I can think of is time.  We never have enough of it.  Autoloader is a program that works inside Photoshop CS3, CS4, or CS5, and I use it to batch edit my images. You have to use it to truly understand.  But it is a great gift for any Photoshop enthusiast who spends too much time editing! See a video tutorial of how it works and how I use it.

Mini Model Camera and Lenses: For the true collector of all things “camera” related… This tiny model of a camera with 3 detachable lenses is a must have for the photo enthusiast.

Dry Erase Photo Boards: Add photos to a calender or to-do list and make a fun gift – great to give or receive as a photographer.

Wooden Digital Frame: You take beautiful pictures.  Why not display them in a digital picture frame?

Photo-opoly: This gift can go both ways.  Buy it for a photographer OR photographers, you can buy it, fill it in and give it as a completed game to your friends and family. If you love Monopoly, you will cherish this even more.

Understanding Exposure: This classic book by author Bryan Petersen is a MUST HAVE introduction to photography.  If you have a new photographer on your holiday shopping list (or if you are one), you need this book!

Personal GPS Location Finder: As a photographer, do you ever wander from place to place, only to realize you are lost?  Bushnell’s personal GPS location finder will help you find your way back to where you started.  So now you can roam wherever you want, check out new locations, and find new areas to shoot…and still make it back.

And lastly … this one does not cost you anything!  The FREE Facebook Fix Photoshop actions. Make your photos look better on Facebook and the web.

For more great gift ideas for photographers, visit:

The Photojojo Store

Adorama Camera

Amazon

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 Top 20 Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers for $50 or Less

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and teaches Photoshop to photographers across the globe.

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    Mikkel says:

    Great post! Entertaining and helpful!

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    OMG…I have a photographer in my life and was seriously just yesterday, wondering what to get him for the holidays! Thank you so much for all the great ideas! :D:D:D

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    kate says:

    Love it all, but the necklace is ADORABLE!

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    Megan says:

    Fun ideas. I love the lens mug, I want the canon one for sure. I already emailed 3 people for a gift idea. LOL :)

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    Susan says:

    Oh Jody – what great ideas! I found at least 5 that I want! And I ordered the lens bracelets for myself and as a gift to my young photographer (teen daughter) who is studying photography at school – she is going to love this!

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    Marinda says:

    Great list! There are several things on this list that I’d love to have!

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    Nicole says:

    Oh my! It’s impossible to pick a favorite! I’ll be including quite a few of these on my list for Santa.

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    Beth says:

    I love the Nikon coffee mug!!

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    Rae Clevett says:

    These are some great ideas! I would love to get a camera necklace. I can vouch for the CM’s membership as a great gift. I’m a member and it is a wonderful community of both beginner and advanced photography enthusiasts!

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    Pam L. says:

    What a great list of goodies! I actually have those Vintage camera bookends, holding photography books of course. Would love to get the Photopoly game, and the bracelets, and the mugs…….why did I tell my kids I didn’t want anything?????
    Thanks for putting this together Jodi.

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    Tina Folsom says:

    Love so many of these! The one thing that is on my wish list is the camera flash drive from photojojo…I have one, but want more!

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    It’s a toss up between the lens mug (Canon, of course) and the Mod strap. Too stinkin’ cute. Do they customize??

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    Angela says:

    I just love the lens mugs.. Have to have them!!!

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    Shauna L. says:

    oh how mu husband will not like that I have added about twenty more things to my wish list! LOL but thanks for all the wonderful things to add!

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    I loved this list so much I had to share it with my readers on my blog today :) I should never be allowed to go on Photojojo’s site though…oh my gawd — they have the coolest, neatest, cutest photog stuff EVER! :)

    http://www.noordinaryhomestead.com/noh-stuff/blogtipping/top-10-lists-of-last-minute-gift-ideas/

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    John Parkett says:

    Just missed the holiday, but I came across a great little product for people who own a DSLR camera. A reflective bounce card that mounts to your camera’s pop-up flash, called the Zeh Bounce. Much better photo’s are the outcome when shooting indoors. $9.99 at B&H. I think Zeh Bounce has a site too.

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    Nikkii says:

    07/11/2011

    While searching for gifts to give to a professional photgrapgers friend I came across the Canon Lens Mug or Nikon Lens Mug. Please share with me where I can purchase these items, he will love it!

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    This is definitely a great list — I especially love the lens mugs and the phone camera lens attachments. My best friend got a USB flash drive shaped like a Nikon, with the lens detachable and reveals the USB. :D

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    Sunni says:

    Loved this. Unique and cool gifts (some made me chuckle!) Love the Lens mug! And what about those focusing rings? Too cool! And, of course, the free Facebook Fix Photoshop actions! (who didn’t ♥♥♥ these) Thanks for sharing, Jodi!

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    Elaine Bylos says:

    Awesome! Thanks Jodi.

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    Sophie says:

    Such great ideas. Absolutely love the Photo-opoly. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Hannah Cary says:

    In regards to the lens bracelets:
    Adam Elmakia

    He’s the actual creator of the original Lens Bracelet. He started the entire thing and now other companies are copying his idea. I think the real lens bracelet website should be advertised, not PhotoJoJo. It’s just like when fauxtographers swoop in with their low prices and take our clients. Regardless of the quality, it’s not a nice feeling. Adam Elmakias is not just an amazing photographer, but a great young business man.
    PLUS his range of bracelets is a LOT better.
    Whether PhotoJoJO have sponsered this or not, it’s not right to feature them over Adam.

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    Cristina Lee says:

    Thanks for the post. I love the straps!!

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    Carolyn says:

    great ideas, thanks for the help

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