If I wasn’t a photographer, I think I’d make an excellent professional shopper. One time, I walked into Home Depot to pick up a can of gold spray paint, and I walked out with soil, terrarium food, terracotta pots … oh and NINE cacti. (I would have purchased more, but nine already getting a little crazy for someone living in an apartment in Chicago). You can take me ANYWHERE – Ikea, Trader Joe’s or a tupperware party, and I am walking out with a shopping bag. I’m on my way to Confessions of a Shopaholic.

So, with the holidays around the corner, I put together 15 gift ideas specifically for photographers. Yes, photographers actually like getting gifts that are photo related (and if they don’t, send it my way because I do.).

Gift ideas for photographers


1. WHO LIKES TO BE DIFFERENT : Holga 120N Plastic Camera

2. WHO LOVES TO DECORATE : Some photo themed artwork for their home like this or this or this

3. WHO LOVES THEIR IPHONE : Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone

4. WHO LOVES TO TRAVEL : JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod

5. WHO LOVES THE LOOK OF FILM BUT SHOOTS DIGITAL : VSCO film packs for Lightroom / Photoshop  

6. WHO NEEDS TO PRINT THEIR WORK : an Artifact Uprising gift card

7. WHO ONLY HAS A KIT LENS : a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens or a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

8. WHO IS A BAG LADY :  Shootsac Neoprene Lens Bag

9. WHO IS A FASHIONISTA : a fun, printed camera strap like these from Capturing Couture

10. WHO NEEDS COFFEE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING : a camera lens travel mug for the Nikon or Canon lover

11. EAGER TO LEARN MORE  : Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models or Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs 

12. WHO COLLECTS CAMERAS : Vintage cameras

13. LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION : a magazine subscription. I personally love W, Vogue and Esquire. Or opt for a subscription to a photo magazine like American Photo or Rangefinder.

14. WHO WANTS TO SHOOT REAL FILM : Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film

15. ….WITH EVERYTHING : Recycled Film Roll Magnets

Brittany XO Signature 2

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