Curious what to buy a certain photographer in your life? Or perhaps you just want inspiration for what goodies to sprinkle into your own holiday wish-list (’cause baby you’ve been good this year!) Either way, I’ve got you covered!
Here’s two photographer gift guides that will work with a variety of budgets: Under $60 (+ Stocking Stuffers!) & the ULTIMATE Gift Ideas for that extra-special someone. Each has been curated with the stylish, modern photographer in mind. You wont find any of the typical cheesy photographer gifts that almost immediately end up in the re-gift or donate piles. These are gifts the photographer in your life will love & appreciate!
****DISCLAIMER: Nothing in these videos or gift guides are sponsored – It’s all stuff I truly love! :) ****
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ($60)
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- SOOC tee or tank ($29)
These shirts are both fun and stylish, with the tees fitting slouchy (great for a loose off-the-shoulder style) and the tanks with a cute racerback silhouette. I own two & love them!
- Art Books:
Art books are always a fantastic gift! Here’s a few of my personal favorites:
– STOPPERS: Photographs from My Life at Vogue ($48)
For the person that loves both fashion and photography, look no further! This is an incredible, inspiring book featuring extrordinary editorials and images from legendary photographers: Anton Corbijn, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, and Bruce Weber.
– Richard Avedon Portraits, or Similar: Richard Avedon Photographs ($53)
- Black Widow Spider Holster ($60)
15% Discout Code: CHELSEANICOLE
I love Spider’s camera belt system (great for getting gear off your shoulders!) I use a Spider Pro ($135) that I use with my Nikon D4, but we also own a Black Widow which is a great option for the SonyA7S, smaller bodies & personal cameras.
- Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit ($18)
This adorable emergency kit is chock-full of 21 little essentials, from breath freshener to hair spray toa sewing kit (anything you might need!) I keep one of these in my camera bag for wedding days in case any little hiccups pop up, and it’s also handy for the photographer that travels a lot!
- Editing Day Coffee Mug – $17
Because editing + caffeine go hand in hand! These mugs from Click & Blossom come in a variety of cute designs that I think would be the perfect gift for photographers.
- Customized Gifts
If you want to go that extra mile, doing something custom is a great option! Here’s a couple ideas based on my FAVORITE gifts gifted to me from couples (yes, my couples are the BEST!)
TIP: Customize it with a tagline, quote or anything that you think would make it special for the recipient! These were customized with ‘Vibrant Hearts Unite’ (my company tagline). Simple, yet so lovely, thoughtful and impactful. I’ve had them for years and every time I look at them they make me happy. :)
- Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery ($139+)
Fabric styling boards for lay-flats or editorial-style detail images. (Great for wedding photographers!)
Discount Code: GIFT10 – 10% off anything in the styling board collection
- Holdfast Money Maker ($230+)
Great for two-camera swingers, these camera straps are both stylish and functional and come in several colors, choice of thick or thin strap & different leather options.
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones ($200)
These headphones are fantastic for editing or when you really need to get in the zone and get lots done. I own the rose gold (naturally!) but they are also available in a wide range of colors. Also great for destination photographers or a person who travels a lot!
- Polaroid Originals Land Camera SX-70 ($380)
For those that area a fan of both film & vintage, this is just an all around fun and iconic camera and is available refurbished from Polaroid Originals
- Spider Holster Pro ($135)
I’ve used the Spider Holster for years and it’s saved my back at countless weddings & long shooting days. It’s designed to take the weight of your gear off your upper body and put it at your hips (the most ergonomic place to carry heavy gear) when not shooting. For those that suffer from back and shoulder pain post-wedding, I can’t recommend this enough!
Discount Code: CHELSEANICOLE for 15% anything at www.spiderholster.com
- Apple Watch Series 3 ($360)
No more paper timelines or missed texts – Apple Watch is a great way to keep organized & time on a wedding day! In addition your save save inspiration to your watch and have it remind you throughout key parts of the day. There’s so many great uses for photographers!
- Bose Soundlink Mini ($180)
- Think Tank International Camera Bag ($400)
This has been my main roller bag for several years. It holds a ton, but is also wonderful for travel!
- Creative Cloud Photography Plan ($120)
12-month membership to Lightroom and Photoshop CC
- Drone: Mavic Spark ($600), or Mavic Pro ($1088)