With Thanksgiving firmly in the rearview and the holiday season quickly approaching, it is finally time to talk about gifts! The photographer appropriate presents listed here are sure to fit any budget; Spanning from handmade to electronic and everything in between, they’ll meet the needs of every shutterbug.
1. The king of novelty gifts, thinkgeek.com, comes in at number one in this guide with a quirky coffee thermos that looks just like an SLR lens. For $14.99 it makes a great present for friends, colleagues, or family members with an interest in photography. Plus the lens hood doubles as a cookie holder! Get the thermos here.
2. AGPtek offers a great set of lenses for iphone users, available at amazon.com for $24.75. The set includes a fisheye, macro, and wide angle lens that attach to any iphone or ipad via magnetic rings.
3.A gift that gives is always one that allows for hands on use and creativity. That’s why Ridleys pinhole camera kit is so enjoyable. Easy to assemble and fun to use, this realistic looking paper camera will provides tons of excitement without a large price tag. Purchase one today at eriedrive.com for $9.99 with free shipping. For a sturdier pinhole try the DIY Fotodiox twin lens lomography kit, available at amazon for $15.72.
4. For a fun and useful gift that will work with any Canon or Nikon DSLR look no further than the lensbaby tilt shift lens. This lens is easy to snap on and awesome for experimenting with photography . Buy it at photojojo.com for $80 with free shipping.
5. One of the best gear gifts for photographers is a drawing tablet. Not to be confused with Galaxy tabs and iPads, drawing tablets use stylus pens and pressure detection to create digital images and selections. They allow for more control over photo editing and faster workflow while also lending themselves to tasks outside the realm of photography, such as digital illustration. Wacom has a great line of tablets for creators called the intuos series. Starting at $229, these bad boys may not be cheap but they are effective.
6. Emblazoned with classic camera imagery and phrases such as “I’ve been known to flash people” and “Don’t make me shoot you”, the groan worthy shirts at Ice Cream Tees will add humor to holiday festivities. Ice Cream Tees is running two great promotions for the season: buy 3 tees get 1 free or get 10 for $10 each, regularly priced at $14.99. You can find the shop here at etsy.com.
7. Photography is pricey, it requires some saving up and squirreling away. That is why this next item is perfect for photographers. Introducing the DSLR camera bank, a coin bank that’s the spitting image of a real Canon setup! This novelty gift is available at 100milograms.com for $24.50.
8. This is an age of fast technological advancement but Polaroid is still the top dog of instant photography. Unfortunately, finding Polaroid film is nearly impossible. That is where the Impossible Project comes in. With a newly developed line of instant film for antique Polaroid cameras, the Impossible Project is reviving interest in instant photography. Pick up a pack of impossible film today for $23.49 and get shooting.
9.For readers that are skilled with a needle and thread, the online fabric store spoonflower.com sells a great fabric template of a 1960’s Diana camera purse and coin clutch. Simply order a fat-quarter, cut it out, and sew. That template can be found here, pricing starts at $10.50 for basic cotton. Less crafty shoppers can still get a pre-constructed bag for $24 here on etsy.
10. When looking for a gift with tons of sentiment but a tiny cost, consider constructing a pinhole camera. Working just like the Ridley’s and Fotodiox kits above, these fun and creative devices can be made with anything from a matchbox to an oatmeal can, or put together from scratch with printable templates. They can also use either sheet film or regular roll film depending on their construction. Follow this link for instructions on creating an oatmeal pinhole, this link for the matchbox, and this link for printable templates from Creativetechs.