Whether you’re looking to top up a stocking or hunting for that big present, this post will show you what to buy a photographer for Christmas in 2019.

With Christmas drawing close, it’s time to start Christmas shopping for the photographer in your life. 

No matter your budget there are options for everyone, so if your best friend loves landscapes or a family member photographs ferrets you’ll find something for them here. 

Here are my top picks for what to buy a photographer this Christmas.

Cheap Christmas presents for photographers

Looking for a cheap gift for a photographer or just want to fill a photographer’s stocking?

These cheap Christmas gifts will make any photographer happy.


SD Cards

Every photographer will tell you they never have enough memory cards. So the first present on any photographers list should always be a couple more!

Technology in cards is advancing rapidly and you can now store thousands of those Christmas family images on a single card.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB delivers up to 170MB/s transfer speeds allowing you to speed up your workflow, as well as shot speeds of up to 90MB/s and UHS speed Class 3 (U3) recording, meaning it can handle 4k video with ease.

SanDisk cards also come with a RescuePRO Deluxe code, which allows you to recover any lost data. So, should you accidentally delete some files from your memory card, you have peace of mind that you can easily recover them.

Lens mug

Who doesn’t like coffee?

This Splend Camera Lens Coffee Cup is a 320ml replica of the Canon 24-105mm L lens. Featuring double wall insulation, it’s going to keep your drink warm throughout the day.

It’s 100% food safe, nontoxic and BPA free.

Just be careful you don’t pour coffee in your actual lens by accident!

Rocket Blaster

Dust on a camera’s sensor can ruin a shot. Picking up an Air Blower will make sure you avoid any unwanted dust on those Christmas shots – and it makes a great Christmas stocking filler.

They’re super easy to use – just take your lens off and give the blower a couple of presses to blow off any particles you don’t want on the sensor. 

Joby GorillaPod

The JOBY 1K Kit is, as the name suggests, capable of holding 1kg of camera equipment and features a ball head tripod head.

GorillaPod was one of the first companies to really promote the knuckled leg design, which allows you to use the tripod on almost any surface by reconfiguring the legs to wrap around objects and keep your camera still.

The system is also fully modular, meaning it works with a range of the Joby accessories including mobile holder, flash brackets and extra arms to make the tripod fully customisable.

DIY Camera

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas present or want to get something to keep the kids happy, look at this DIY Haynes Classic Camera Kit.

It includes all the bits you need to make your very own classic twin lens reflex camera, which takes 35mm film.

Power Bank

A great stocking filler for any photographer is a power bank. 

This Anker PowerCore 20000mah bank has two usb ports and provides enough power to recharge an iPhone up to seven times, meaning you should never run out of power.

Christmas presents for photographers

Have a bit more to spend or want a big present for a photographer you know?

Try these gift ideas out for Christmas 2019.


Every photographer needs a “nifty-fifty” lens in their camera bag and Christmas is a perfect time to get them one!

It’s a cheap 50mm lens which can be used for most types of photography and its small size means it doesn’t take up too much room in your bag.

Each manufacturer offers its own version, but the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is the go-to if your photographer shoots on a Canon body or the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G if they shoot Nikon.

Moment Phone Lens

Moment make a range of lenses which, when using their phone case, allow you to attach a quality lens to the front of your phone. 

They make cases for most of the popular phones so you should be able to use it on any current phone.

The Moment – Wide Lens allows you to capture 2x more pictures with a multi-element glass design that provides edge to edge clarity.

Each lens is custom-made, with five layers of cinema quality glass and aerospace metal.

Camera Bag

The Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 350 AW is my bag of choice. It’s small enough to be carry on luggage if you travel a lot, and has loads of room to fit a DSLR with 2-3 lenses and an iPad in there, along with a full day’s hiking gear too.

The ActivZone suspension system makes it super comfy to carry and the vented back carries sweat away from your back to keep you dry all day too.

The best thing about this bag is the flipside opening system. Your gear is accessed through a panel on the body side, which means your camera cannot be accessed by would-be thieves from the back.

Peak Design Camera Strap

This Peak Design Camera Strap is one of the best camera straps available on the market.

They have a great quick release system so you can attach the quick connectors to as many cameras as you want and use the same strap between them all.

The internally-padded nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode. 

The two durable aluminum quick-adjust handles can be used with one hand so you can easily adjust the strap from 145cm to 99cm depending on your height.

GoPro Max

The GoPro Max is three cameras in one. 

Capable of 5.5MP still images, 1080p 60fps video and 16.6MP 360 images or 5.6k 30fps 360 video, it really does pack everything into a piece of tech small enough to fit in your palm.

If you’re into shooting video, the stabilisation built in to the Go Pro Max will be a lifesaver.

One of the best features of the GoPro system is the range of accessories you can get. Everything from wrist straps to selfie sticks works across the whole range.

All this can be controlled from the app via your phone too, making it one of the most useful cameras for family holidays and the festive season!

Mavic Mini

Last on our Christmas list for photographers is the DJI Mavic Mini. A pocket size drone with loads of power.

Sporting a 12MP sensor capable of capturing 2.7k video, this mini drone weighs just 249g.

It’s capable of flying for up to 30 minutes and can be controlled using your phone, so it’s ready to go anytime.

I hope this list of things to buy a photographer for Christmas had been a big help for your Christmas shopping. Have you had a gift idea which you think is great but I have missed? Pop it in the comments so others can see!

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