Well, hello again! So I have been compliling a list of a few cute gift items and other things that I think my avid photographers will enjoy! Aside from the obvious things (and more expensive, like lenses ad upgrades), here are a few relatively cheap items you may consider gifting or buying for yourself. Plus, you don't need to be a camera enthusiast yourself to understand and appreciate these things. I consider buying new lenses and other higher-priced items a very personal thing, and unless I tell you I need it and give you specifics, I'd rather spend my money on the expensive stuff and get some of the fun items below as gifts.
Pandora Camera Charm
Sterling Silver and oh so cute for Pandora wearers! http://www.preciousaccents.com/p-PND-790961.html
Other Photo Inspired Jewelry
DSLR Pendant at Café Press. They also have jewelry cases, earrings, and more that cater to photographers at affordable prices. Keychains and other small items and accessories are an options too. http://www.cafepress.com/+dslr_function_necklace_circle_charm,646281596#
Camera Lens Mug
Cool! You can also search Amazon or eBay for Cannon and other brands and styles. Can be used as an actual mug, or for pens in the office, or as a bank or storage for other things. You may also consider personalizing a photo mug for him or her as well. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KTJU9O/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_c7VDrb0WTP7SF
Camera Straps or Swings
You can get these just about anywhere. I just suggest get one with some degree of padding. Those cameras can get heavy and really take a toll on the neck!!! A photographer can never have too many and switch them out as he or she pleases. http://www.backdropoutlet.com/CAMERA-STRAPS/products/1270/
This bag is so stylish and at a good price! You can spend ALOT of money on a camera bag, but this one is of a great quality and functionality, so why should you?! If you don't mind spending more on a bag, and maybe want a different style or color, search for Kelly Moore bags on Amazon. Those are really nice too! I have a standard Nikon bag, but will be looking to make my gear more stylish soon!
Memory Cards and Storage Cases
You can get these anywhere from online, to camera shops, to your local drugstore. The higher the storage capacity the more expensive. The higher the class, the faster it write the images. Class 6 is typically good for most photographers, in my opinion (or at least it is for me). A photographer can NEVER have to many of these!
Ways to Display their own Photos
A photographer most likely is OBSESSED with displaying their own personal pictures in their home. Check out my previous blog for a list of both store bought and DIY ideas for photo displays. (link is under this picture)
Some other things not listed on this list are collages, coasters, calendars, photobooks, mousepads, phone/tablet cases and other items that I can actually personalize and make for you or you can buy at many other places online.
Wine Bottle Holder
Soooo creative! I love it! I think it may be a bit overpriced, but so unique it's worth it! There are some other ideas on this site too. http://www.occupationgifts.com/photographer-gifts-photography.htm
iPad Zoom Lens
This is so funny, and I have no clue if it works, but if it does, I WANT ONE!!! Other cute ideas here as well. http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/ipad-telephoto-lens/
Cute spin off of the original Monopoly...needless to say. Amazon sells it the cheapest, but you can alo pick up at your local Toys 'R Us. http://www.amazon.com/Late-for-the-Sky-4102345/dp/B000K6DAAG
A Tie for the Guy
Check it out! I'm sure you can find these at other stores as well. I have seen cufflinks on other sites that are pretty cool too. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/camera-tie
Photography Magazines and Books
There are many out there to choose from, just do a little research to see if the magazine matches the recipient's needs. Most photographers are always looking to learn new things and better their skills. Books would work as well...either instructional manuals or those that contain photo art! http://www.magazinediscountcenter.com/magazine-subscription/Popular-Photography-and-Imaging.html?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=Photography&utm_term=Exact_popular%20photography%20magazine
Great idea for those living in cold climates! These gloves allow the photographer to remain in control of their camera dials and buttons without getting numb, freezing fingers. Comes in men/women/unisex and in many different materials on this particular site. http://www.freehands.com/#womens
Camera USB Drive
Amazon has these in a variety of storage capacities and designs. Nifty (and CUTE!) devices that every photographer can use for photos and files! http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=camera%20usb&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acamera%20usb
Gift Cards and Certificates
This is probably the easiest and most obvious way to give your recipient something you know they can use for sure based on the person's needs and desires, although some people consider gift cards to be impersonal and "they easy way out". You can get creative here and get them from retail stores or any specialty camera shops or gift giving sites online. I also offer them for pictures and services I offer for your preexisting photos and ones I take for you. Check out my link!http://www.bmgphotographyhouston.com/gift-certificates.html
Some people may think is it a bit cheesy, but I think it would be much appreciated as a smaller gift for someone. This site has other gifting options as well for photographers and other professionals. http://www.giftsforprofessionals.com/item/photographers-camera-award
I have one of these, and while you in no way get a true professional print, it's so convenient if you just want a quick print of mediocre quality. There's no ink to refill so that's neato too! http://www.amazon.com/Pandigital-PANPRINT01-Portable-Printer-Bundle/dp/B0083CYMHO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368413503&sr=8-1&keywords=pandigital+printer
Shirts and Other Apparel
Funny T's, hats, and other apparel are great for gift giving!
Device to Calibrate Displays
This gadget will help your photographer friends calibrate all their devices so that the colors and brightnesses of images will be consistent on each device they use. Grand idea and I totally want one!
Business Card Holders
Most photographers carry business cards and this one is PERFECT for the photo-loving individual. This site even has pill boxes, money clips, nightlights, and more with similar camera designs. Awesome! http://www.kyledesigns.com/c=Pt66k79ZJO3Wk8HLGv6LnX6qk/product/BC260-CAMERAS-FILMS/Unique-Camera-Business-Card-Holders.html
If you still haven't figured something out for your photo buddy, you can always just ASK them what they want or need and go from there! You can also consider purchasing a new camera, DSLR or a point and shoot, or lenses and lighting equipment or props/backgrounds (can be an expensive and daunting task!), but as I stated earlier, just make sure they can use the new items with their current equipment and will that they will want what you have in mind.
Here are a few other options and tips:
Cheaper camera accessories like filters, cleaning supplies, spare batteries/charger, battery grip, lens caps, tripods, camera covers, portable studio supplies and stands, flash diffusers, remote shutter releases (may need to know specifics about the camera it is being used with on some of these)
Gift basket with a bunch of the inexpensive things listed above
Personalized or engraved items such as photo frames, apparel, and photo gifts
Waterproof encasing bags for their camera
Cheap, fun distortion lenses or attachments
Check out Etsy and eBay to see if you can find something that is handmade and cute
Hope this was informative and you now have some ideas for the perfect photographer's gift. Please feel free to comment with other suggestions!