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The 15 best functional and exciting gifts for photographers

What makes photography a great hobby or profession is that it not only allows us to preserve and capture memories but it also helps us see various portraits and landscapes in a new light. If you’re in the market for something you can give a friend who is a pro or an enthusiast, we’ve got you covered with our top picks of the best functional and exciting gifts for photographers you can buy online, from cool drones to lens-shaped coffee mugs and backpacks to carry all their gear. There is no doubt they’ll love you more for your thoughtfulness.

At a glance:

  • Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera$597, was $847
  • GoPro HERO 7 $185
  • Sony SF-G Tough Series Memory Card$60
  • JOBY GorillaPod$98
  • CoPedvic Phone Camera Lens Kit$33
  • TARION Camera Backpack — $80
  • Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit$33
  • STRATA CUPS Camera Lens Coffee Mug $17, was $30
  • Humans of New York Photography Book$15
  • VILTROX LED Light Panel — $45, was $62
  • Morpilot Ring Light$40, was $144
  • Neewer Background Support System$160, was $200
  • DJI Mavic Mini Drone $399
  • Kiorafoto Memory Card Case$9
  • Sony Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens $1,248, was $1,348

Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera

The Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera is regarded as the best DSLR for beginners who want to accelerate their journey from a point-and-shoot camera to manual photography. It is compact and easy to use with intuitive menus and tremendous 1,550-shot battery life. You also won’t be disappointed with its superb image quality especially since this model comes with an 18-55-millimeter and 70-300-millimeter lenses. The only drawbacks you’ll find are that it does not feature 4K video, Wi-Fi, or touchscreen control but it is nonetheless a great bet for its value as it has most of the traditional advantages of DSLRs.

GoPro HERO 7

Anyone who has a sweet spot for adventure will appreciate the GoPro HERO 7. It may not be the latest flagship but it sure has everything you’re looking for in a small, rugged, and waterproof camera. More than being able to snap pictures, you’ll also have the capacity to take 4K videos and cool time-lapses. And with HyperSmooth stabilization, your takes remain steady no matter what you do, be it snorkeling, skiing, or running. Those who want a hands-free experience will not be missing out too with its feature for voice control.

Sony SF-M Tough Series Memory Card

Losing photos counts as one of the worst nightmares any photographer could have since all those hours spent getting the perfect shot at the right time and angle will have gone to waste. One sure way to prevent that from happening is to have the Sony SF-G Tough Series Memory Card. You can select from 32GB to 128GB of storage capacity then you won’t have to worry so much about the elements with its IPX6 dust-proof and IPX8 waterproof ratings. Plus, with its 10N rating, Sony claims that it is about 18 times harder than the typical SD card.

JOBY GorillaPod

Sometimes we all can use an extra hand. The JOBY GorillaPod can hold DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, lights, speakers, any other gear weighing up to 11-pounds, and smartphones with the included mount. Its flexible jointed legs allow you to stand and attach your equipment anywhere or to use it as a selfie stick while the rubberized joint rings and feet provide you stability on any kind of terrain.

CoPedvic Phone Camera Lens Set

Nowadays, there is a lot we can do with our smartphones and that includes taking vibrant pictures. The CoPedvic Phone Camera Lens Set simply enhances its distinct capabilities with four interchangeable lenses, namely the 22X telephoto lens(fixed focus), a 205-degree fisheye lens, a 4K HD 0.67X super wide-angle lens, and a 25X macro lens (screwed together). And the best part about it is that it is compatible with most smartphones, be it iOS or Android. A metal tripod allows you to take stable shots and a telescope is provided to pair with the telephoto lens to help you see something from afar.

TARION Camera Backpack

With the TARION Camera Backpack, you can forget about looking all bulked up. Now, you look stylishly, sleek, polished, and prepared with room for about 17 liters of gear and an expandable inner top drawstring. There is no need to worry about your gear ever getting wet since it is designed with two layers of protection, one being the water-resistant fabric, and two is the IPX5- waterproof rated rain cover. Since its compartments are removable, you are free to customize and organize it however way you want.

Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit

Camera lenses will inevitably get smudges from fingerprints and environmental factors. The Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit has your back with everything you need to clean your lenses in a small travel case. All it takes is a spray of the all-natural cleaning solution and a few tools to remove streaks and blemishes from all kinds of electronics.

STRATA CUPS Camera Lens Coffee Mug

The STRATA CUPS Camera Lens Coffee Mug makes for a thoughtful gift. It is made to look exactly like the Canon 24-105mm camera lens for both coffee and photography enthusiasts to appreciate. It comes with two screw-top lids that give you the option to sip on it or keep it fully closed to avoid spills. You are assured that your drink stays at your preferred temperature, thanks to its stainless steel interior. You are also provided a spoon to blend in the cream and sugar.

Humans of New York Photography Book

Just like every artist needs a muse, every photographer needs inspiration and sometimes that means appreciating other photographers’ styles and techniques. The Humans of New York Photography Book is based on the blog that contains a beguiling collection of photographs and stories of the city. This book captures many personalities from all walks of life that are meant to celebrate individuality.


Get the best lighting no matter the weather or the time of day with the Viltrox LED Light Panel. Both its brightness and color temperature can be adjusted to make shots look as natural as possible while the LCD makes settings visible and clear. Mounting it is no issue at all, as you can attach it to a DSLR, DV Camcorder, or on a tripod.

Morpilot Ring Light

Phone cameras have gotten significantly better through the years but often struggle in low-light conditions. With the Morpilot Ring Light, you can certainly up the ante with the option to adjust its brightness, and to choose not just between warm or cool light but also from eight RGB color modes. It is also easy to make changes in settings and orientation with the included Bluetooth remote while posting on multiple platforms is possible with two phone holders. Charging it is no hassle with a USB power supply that can be connected to laptops, AC adapters, PCs, power banks, and so on.

Neewer Background Support System

The Neewer Background Support System includes everything a photographer would need to set up their own indoor studio. They can switch between black, white, and green backdrops while each stand has three solid legs that are adjustable and capable of stable heavy-duty work. They can then trust the umbrellas to help soften or broaden the light to match a natural light source.

DJI Mavic Mini Drone

Those interested in drones will be drawn to the DJI Mavic Mini. It is lightweight at only 249-grams, portable, and super easy to fly which makes it the perfect drone for anyone who is just starting out. It can take pretty good photos with its 12-megapixel camera and good quality 2.7K videos. It may be small enough to fit the palm of your hands but that is no reason to underestimate its tremendous battery life of 30-minutes

Kiorafoto Memory Card Case

The Kiorafoto Memory Card Case helps prevent photographers from misplacing their prized memory cards. It can hold 12 SD Cards and 12 Micro SD cards as well as keep them protected in its weather-resistant seal that is designed to keep water, debris, and dust out. Its snap-on locking system makes it accessible while the molded eyelet makes it easy to attach to a strap or hook.

Sony Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Those who have one of the Sony Alpha cameras may want to get the Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens. It is lightweight and possesses great Zeiss build quality with a 35-millimeter full-frame wide-angle zoom lens, anti-reflective coating, and a sleek metal exterior. It also has a built-in OSS (Optical SteadyShot) to ensure that nail image stabilization.

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