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What To Buy The Photographer In Your Family? Here Are Some Cool Gift Ideas For Photographers

In some ways photographers can be great to buy presents for: they have a hobby that they love, so you don't have to pluck an idea of of thin air! But on the other hand, it can be tricky finding something they need that they don't already have.

I often buy gifts for friends who enjoy photography (and sometimes receive them too!), and have developed a nose for where to look. There are loads of cool options - ranging from equipment accessories, gadgets and quirky little items, to custom prints, cards, books and magazine subscriptions. So don't be lost for ideas, check out my suggestions below!

Gifts For Photographers

gifts for photographers

All photographers have a 'list'. It's the bits and pieces of equipment, large and small, that we've been coveting for however long we haven't been able to afford them for! So when you're buying gifts for photographers, always make sure you know a bit about their lists!

Below is an article with tips and advice on buying photography equipment for other people. Plus, check out my suggestions for cool smaller gifts that would make fun surprises.

Choosing gifts for photographers

Don't be dazed technobabble from a camera salesperson! Read my advice and suggestions - in plain English - on choosing gifts for photographers.

Cool and quirky little gifts for photographers

These are the best cheap but brilliant little gadgets that I've stumbled across on my travels around the world of photography!


Books and Magazines

digital photography magazines

I was given a gift subscription to Digital Photo magazine when I first began to really enjoy photography. It was a brilliant introduction to the whole world of photography and I'm still a subscriber. I've since discovered several other brilliant mags that I want to tell you about. Plus, take a look at the reviews of the best photography books in my library.

Brilliant digital photography magazines

Photography lovers' heaven! These publications make it fun to learn about photography.

Coffee table photo books

As photo gifts go, a really stunning collection of images by a great photographer is up there with the best of them.

Photography guides

Scott Kelby has a knack for keeping things simple and is as good a tutor for beginner photographers as I can think of.


Cool Personalized Photo Gifts

personalized photo gifts

Once you've discovered just how good these services are - how professional your cards and calendars can look - you'll be a fellow addict! So here's a heads up on which companies I've been most impressed by for printing personalized photo gifts. Who makes the coolest calendars, the plushest posters and the greatest gift cards...?


The best online photo printing companies

Here's a quick glance at the services I use the most, with descriptions of what they have to offer.

Personalized gift cards

There are so many services who print cards now, but these are the best ones I've used.

Personalized calendars

Sounds like it might be complicated to do, but actually it's a snap and a lot of fun! Also a good way to impress people!

Personalized mugs

Comparison of the results from 3 online digital photo printing companies I've used to create mugs.

Personalized photo books

My favourite photo gifts of all! A unique cookbook, holiday or family album is an impressive gift.


Photography Art

photography art

Posters and photography art prints make great presents too. You can get really nicely produced, fine art quality reproductions made quite cheaply now. Certain places have excellent customization features for the mounting and framing. I tend to use 2 or 3 places the most, and sometimes splash out on a special print from Magnum.


Where to buy great photography art prints

I've not gone wrong with these online stores, and thoroughly recommend them to you as places to buy prints.


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