Best gifts for photographers 2021 with image of white presents with red bow

The holiday season will be fast upon us!  No matter what holiday you celebrate, giving gifts to the photographers in your life couldn’t be easier with this year’s gift guide.  There is a gift for every price range, and remember that with Black Friday quickly approaching many of these items will be on sale.

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Memory Card and Photo Storage Gifts

SanDisk 128GB SD Card

With memory getting cheaper these days, go for bigger memory cards. This will allow you to shoot longer before changing cards. This card is especially good for the standard DSLRs

PRoGrade 64GB SD Card

This memory card is designed for the fast read and write speed of the new mirrorless DSLRs. The fast speeds allow for faster shooting.

Samsung T5 External SSD Hard Drive

Using an external hard drive to store photos is a must. This is the hard drive that I use personally and I love it. Its small, light, and holds a ton of photos.

SanDisk SD Card Reader

This card reader is an absolute life saver. It allows you to download the photos from your camera without having to hook your camera up to your computer or transfer the files over wifi.

SD Card Holder

A place to hold all those SD cards will make life easier and keep you organized.


Canon 50mm f1.8 Prime Lens

One of the first prime lenses that is recommended to new photographers is the 50mm. This lens is affordable and will produce fantastic bokeh when shot wide open.

Nikon 50mm f1.8 Prime Lens

A great first prime lens for newbie photographers. This is the Nikon version. This lens is affordable and provides fantastic bokeh.

85mm Portrait Lens

The 85mm lens is the gold standard in portrait lenes. Any budding professional photographer should add this to thier arsenal of gear. Below are links for the Canon and Nikon 85mm lens.

Canon 85mm f1.4

Nikon 85mm f1.4

Tamron 24 – 70mm Prime Zoom Lens

This prime zoom lens is great for portraits and travel photography. The wide range focal length is perfect and with an aperture of f2.8, this lens produces beautiful photos. Make sure to check your camera brand and model for compatibility.

Sigma Art 35mm Prime Lens

The Sigma art series lenses are beautiful for portraiture and still photography. The 35mm is great for all types of photography and provides great clarity and bokeh. Make sure to check your camera brand and model for compatibility.

Creative Photography Gifts


The Lensball is the ultimate creative photography gift. This shoot-through crystal prism creates stunning imagery and is really fun to play with.

Lens Baby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optics

This is a selective focus lens that can take your creative photography to the next level. This lens has a very small focal slice and the rest of the image will contain beautiful blur. This is a manual focus lens, so takes some getting used to. It is available for a variety of camera manufacturers, so be sure to check your make and model.

Lensbaby Omni Filter System

This is a filter system that attaches to your lens and allows you to choose different objects to shoot through. This is the perfect gift for the photographer who is in a creative rut and just wants to try something new.

Fractals – Prismatic Camera Filters

Fractals are handheld camera filters designed to add amazing affects to your photos. This is another amazing gift for the photographer looking to try something new.

Holy Stone Drone with 1080P HD Camera

To take your photography skills to the next level, adding a drone will up your game and creativity. This is a great entry level option.

Photography Gear Gifts

Neewer Portable 2-in-1 Tripod/Monopod

A great tripod is crucial to photography. This tripod also converts to a monopod, is portable and super lightweight.

Peak Design 15L DLSR Backpack

This backpack is sleek and extremely functional. This small, lightweight camera backpack can hold 2 camera bodies and up to 4 lenses depending on size. With 4 way zippers, accessing your gear is easy. This is the only backpack I use!

Backpack Rain Cover

While the backpack above is completely rain proof, having an extra layer of protection for your gear is a good idea. This rain cover is compact and comes in many sizes to fit any bag.

DSLR Rain Cover

If you ever need to be out in the rain shooting, you will definitely want to protect your camera and lenses. This rain cover is easy to use and will keep your camera dry.

Photography Books as Gifts

Photography Education as Gifts

Master Your DSLR course mockup with images of course materials.

Master Your DSLR – Introduction to DSLR Photography

I would be remise if I didn’t include some photography education on the li. t. This course is designed for the beginner photographer who really wants to take control of their camera to get the photos they want.

Free DSLR and Mirrorless Settings Cheat Sheets and more!


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