Best holiday gifts for photographers

‘Tis the season to be jol…actually, not yet, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start thinking about some gifts for your photography-savvy friends! The best part about this is that there are tons of options out there and you just can’t go wrong.

However, if you don’t have the time to start looking for them, we’re here to help. We’ve made a list with some of the best gifts for photographers in 2016.

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Or, if you want, you can call it a holiday gift guide! Yeah, it sounds way better. But enough with the chit chat, let’s see what you can get your friends.

1. AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod

Tripod gift for photographers

Hey, every photographer needs one! This affordable, lightweight model, with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet is compatible with most cameras, including GoPros and smartphones, and it has a total weight of just 3 lbs.

It can extend from 25 inches to 60 inches, being great for taking some amazing shots.

Also, it features two built-in bubble view levels, as well as a 3-way head to allow tilt and swivel motions.

2. Joby GorillaPod Tripod

Small tripod gift for photographers

If your photographer friend already has a big tripod, you might as well consider a smaller, flexible model, with a ballhead supporting SLR and mirrorless cameras.

Thanks to the special design, with flexible legs, a rubberized ring and foot grips, you can bend it and rotate it, for enhanced stability. Heck, you can even get creative and place it in trees, poles or several other positions, in order to get creative with your photography!

3. Pelican Carry-On Hard Case with Foam

Camera case gift for photographers

Hey, every photographer needs to carry all his/her stuff somehow, so this box is basically one of the best gifts you can get!

It’s made from a hard copolymer polypropylene, which makes it watertight, crush-proof and dust-proof, while the foam on the inside keeps all the stuff safe and sound. You just can’t go wrong with it!

4. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP photo printer gift for photographers

A printer is always more than welcome and it’s an on-the-go model, things get even better.

HP’s Sprocket Portable model can connect all your social media accounts, through the Sprocket App, and instantly turn all your snapshots into colorful prints!

It connects via Bluetooth and it allows anybody to print their favorite moments from smartphones or tablets. It’s available in Black and White, by the way.

5. Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack

Camera bag gift for photographer

Ok, so if the hard case presented earlier is too big, you can always opt for a great backpack, one of the best gifts for photographers in 2016.

This model from Altura Photo is designed for optimal on-the-go use, featuring multiple dynamic compartments for camera, accessories and other personal belongings.

The high quality interior, with padded adjustable dividers will keep the equipment safe, while the sling constructions allows quick rotation, from the back to the front of your body.

6. Neewer 160 LED High Power Panel

Video light for photographer

Illumination plays a very important role in photography, so you might as well consider this 160-LED light as a gift, in order to help your favorite artist achieve that optimum illumination.

It comes with two filters, creating Spotlight and Diffuse effects, as well as reducing the color temperature to 3200K. The rotating switch is great for on/off and brightness adjustment and it’s compatible with five different kinds of batteries, because yes, it doesn’t include them.

7. Wacom Intuos Editing Tablet

Wacom Photo editing table gift

A graphic tablet can be a great accessory for anybody who wants to express their creativity. Basically, it’s a digital piece of paper, while the pen replaces your mouse and turns your computer into a digital drawing canvas.

Battery-free, the Wacom Intuos has a pressure sensitive pen, which you can use to draw thicker and thinner lines, depending on how hard you push on it.

Also, you can use your fingers to navigate, scroll or zoom, with multi-touch gestures. Definitely a great gift for photographers in 2016, available at an excellent price!

8. Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera

360 camera gifts for photographers

360 degree cameras were one of this year’s hits, being able to capture spherical panoramic images, as well as spherical videos, with a total length of up to 25 minutes.

Ricoh’s model can be used to live stream on your smartphone full HD videos at 30 fps, or upload them directly on YouTube.

Simple and effective, you can’t go wrong with such a gift!

9. SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card

SanDisk SD card for camera

Well, it’s pretty obvious that a microSD card is essential for anybody with a high-end camera.

However, professional photographers will always take tons of pictures, trying to obtain that perfect shot, and a 200 GB card is a perfect gift. With up to 90 MB/s read speed and class 10 for full HD video, this model from SanDisk is a great choice, especially if you’re on a budget.

10. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

Seagate portable hard drive for photo storage

Speaking about storage, an external HDD is also a very inspired gift for photographers in 2016.

Featuring a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port for fast transfers, this model offers enough data to store up to 1000 hours of video, up to 250 two-hour DVD films, up to 16,660 hours of digital music or, finally, up to 320,000 digital photos.

More than enough for an amateur, as well as a pro.

11. Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit for Camera

Altura camera cleaning kit for photographer

Dealing with dirty electronics is awful, but when these electronics are DSLR camera, things are even worse, as the image quality can be affected, thanks to the dust getting on the lenses.

This cleaning kit includes a lens cleaning pen system, 50 sheets of lens tissues, a handy air spray and three Premium MagicFiber microfiber cleaning clots, all of them inspected for quality assurance.

12. DJI Phandom Aerial UAV Drone

DJI Phanton drone gift

Now who wouldn’t love a drone as a Christmas gift, especially if it’s made by DJI?

Compatible with several action cameras and loaded with the latest technology, the Phantom drone is perfect for taking some amazing aerial shots.

With a maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles/per hour, it’s perfect for capturing almost any sport, event or scene!

13. CamKix Universal 3-in-1 Camera Lens Kit

Camkix smartphone lens kit for photographer

A great gift for photographers in 2016 would also be a smartphone lens kit, because hey, they don’t always carry their cameras around, so the phone remains the only way they can quickly capture a snapshot.

Well, why not do it in style?

The kit includes a fisheye lens, a macro lens and a wide angle lens, all of them made of high quality aluminum, for increased durability. They come in a nice velvet carrying bag, keeping them clean and safe all the time.

14. NIX Advance 8” Digital Photo Frame

NIX digital photo frame

Thinking again, this can be a great gift for everyone, not just photographers! Supporting photos and 720p videos, this digital frame, with an IPS LED-backlit display is perfect for showcasing some of your favorite moments in a high-tech way.

It features a Hu-Motion sensor, which turns the frame on when you enter the room, while the USB port and microSD card slot allow you to instantly display all your photos. It comes with an intuitive remote control and it also has clock and calendar functions, alongside a pair of stereo speakers.

Our Favorite

And we’re all done! Below you can find some of the best gifts for photographers in 2016, in our opinion!

Of course, it was very hard to pick what we would love to receive (except the drone, of course. Everybody would love the drone!), but since you just can interfere with some people’s choice of equipment, we would totally love the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer.

That little thing is awesome, being great for whenever you want to add a photo to the family album! And everything is done wirelessly!

But what about you guys? Which of these gift suggestions is your favorite? Let us know, by dropping a few lines in the comments section below!

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