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Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less

Holiday Gifts Ideas for Photographers for $50 or Less: Shopper’s Guide
Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here. We want to help you find perfect, affordable gifts for the photographers in your life. You may not be able to get them a Canon 5D MKII or a sought after professional series L Lens but we have creative, budget holiday gift ideas for photographers. If you are a photographer, make sure to “share” a link to this post with someone looking to buy you a gift.
You can also check out our 2010 Photographer’s Holiday Gift Guide, full of 20 more great ideas.


Canon or Nikon Shot Glasses. Use these fun containers for everything from desk organizers (to hold toothpicks, paperclips and more) to small flower pots. Of course if photography or photo editing stresses you out, you can fill them with an energy drink or other liquids. Get 3 shot glasses and use them however you please. Looking for a larger container?  Try the Canon or Nikon Lens Mugs featured in last year’s guide.
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Camera Cookie Cutters: This gift is perfect for the photographer with two favorite hobbies, photography and baking. These fun vintage camera cookie cutters can be given as a present or if you like to bake, and your photographer friend does not, buy them for yourself and make them cookies.
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iPad Compact Flash and SD Card Readers: Super practical. A great present for anyone who owns an iPad and a camera. These card readers give photographers a quick way to get photos onto their iPads in seconds.
Screen shot 2011 12 05 at 10.47.43 AM Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or LessSLR Camera Piggy Bank: Start saving your pennies. I love having this replica camera on my desk.  Any time I have loose change, I can throw it into the “camera” bank.  While it may be impossible to save up enough for a new camera, you may be able to fund some camera accessories just with the coins you deposit in time.
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Bokeh Kit:  This is the ultimate fun toy for a photographer.  Turn your bokeh into shapes. This kit makes it easy but we also have an almost free solution with our Do It Yourself shaped bokeh tutorial.
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Camera Charm by Fossil Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less: For the charm collecting photographer…
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Chalkboard Speech Bubble: What a silly, expressive prop. So many ways to use it to add life to your photos and snapshots.
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Macro Lens for Camera Photos (such as iPhone and Droids): If you have ever tried to focus closeup with an iPhone, you know it is difficult if not impossible.  This little rubber band gadget allows you to get super close in and capture a photo, all while on your camera phone. Small and easy to carry, it is a must have for macro camera phone photography.
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Metal Photographer Parking Only Sign Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less: This speaks for itself. Great item to hang in the garage or on a wall – a true discussion piece.
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Camera Key Chain Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers: Top 12 for $50 or Less: Makes a shutter noise too – the perfect stocking stuffer for less than $5.00.  Also see the Vintage Camera Key Fob.
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Rainsleeve: This item may be less than $10 but it could be worth thousands to the photographer in your life. If it starts to rain, you need something to protect your gear. And though it looks rather silly, it accomplishes the job.  It is available with and without the extra plastic to cover your flash.
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Vintage Cameras: For the collector, look for vintage cameras on eBay, Etsy, and at antique stores and garage sales. You may find some in working condition, but even if they do not work, they make cool props and look great in a photography studio too.
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MCP Actions e-Gift Cards: Want the perfect, paperless gift? How about giving some Photoshop actions, Lightroom Presets, or Photoshop online training to a photographer this holiday season? Since you may not know exactly what is on their wish lists, an e-Gift Card is perfect! Available in $25, $50 and more… (cannot mention those other denominations since the title is $50 or less…)

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