2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers | $100 - $500

Christmas is just around the corner!! That means it is time to start thinking about gift giving, what you are going to buy that special loved one, and then buying gifts!

I have put together a selection of the best gifts to help make your holiday season a little less stressful.

This hand picked assortment is for if you want to spend a little more money on that special someone featuring the best gifts between $100 - $500 for the photographer or the photography lover.

Holiday gift guide for the photographer by Bessie Young Photograpy Gifts for a photographer


$100 - $500 | Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers:

1. A portrait lens (50mm lens)

So depending on what you shoot, the canon 50mm f1.8 lens is a steal of a deal. It is actually called the nifty fifty. So, if you are a canon shooter, or have an adapter this lens is amazing coming in at under $130. That is craziness for a lens. But, the lower the f stop the better the lens, and then the more expensive. There is the Canon 50mm F1.4 which comes in at under $400 and then there is the f1.2 that comes in at over $1200. So the lens ultimately depends on your budget.

2. Tripod

I used to hate tripods. I was definitely that person that thought I never needed to own a tripod. Boy was a W R O N G!  A tripod is a necessity to any landscape photographer. You just have to have one. No questions asked. If you disagree, I challenge you to give me a good reason in the comments below ;) . My tripod is a Vanguard Tripod; however there are multiple brands to choose from. I have found that the Vanguards aren't cheaply built, and still somewhat reasonable. (no I am not a sponsor, I am not that cool).

Basically, you want a sturdy tripod, that will withstand wind. Depending on the quality of the tripod, and the functionality, this will cost you around $400.

3. Landscape Fine Art Prints

All photographers love photographs! Plus, it is always awesome to have inspiration hanging on your walls throughout your home in order to help inspire you to get outside and shoot :)

4. Leica Sofort Instant film camera

Seriously what better than instant photos!!! Especially if you are buying for the little ones. This way there is no transferring photos to the computer, editing, or worrying on how to print. You just snap and boom! There it is! This is around $300.

p.s. don't forget to buy the extra film... just saying :)

5. Bose headphones

So these bad boys can range anywhere from $99-$400 ! When photographers edit photos, alot of the time they want to listen to music to put them in the creative mood. Same thing on blog posts, and just anything creative in general. Also, they are fantastic for talking on the phone. This way you can be hands free and ready to go! I am obsessed with my Bose headphones. I personally bought the wired earbuds that come in at $99 and I love them; however, some don't want to have a wire (it can be a hastle sometimes).

6. One Year Creative Cloud Subscription

So this is the new super awesome thing from Adobe. Ok, it actually isn't that new, but it is getting more and more popular as time goes on. This subscription allows you to edit your photos on the go! You don't have to be at your computer where you have photoshop downloaded... you can edit anywhere that has internet. Umm... pretty awesome. I don't even have this!

 7.  Lightroom

Every photographer, in my opinion, needs Lightroom to edit their photos. Enough said. This is going to cost about $150.

8. Photoshop Elements

So what you can't do in lightroom to edit your photos you sure as heck can do it in photoshop! Photoshop elements is perfect for any photographer, professional or not.

9. Amazon Gift Card

Sometimes gift cards are just better. This way you are insuring that they are getting the exact thing that they have always wanted and needed. Now amazon is an amazing place to get a gift card; however, for photography lovers you can also go to places like B&H Photo, Adorama, Horn Photo and so forth.

10. Heliopan polarizer filter

This filter is hands down my most favorite filter. It is my go to filter for ANY landscape photo! Basically this is a must have for any landscape photographer.  Now, it doesn't have to be a Heliopan polarizer. It can be any brand; however, I want to warn you.... do not buy the cheap ones. You get what you pay for. These are going to run you anywhere from $200-$400.


11. Of course a Bessie Young Photography Gift Card ;) I had to add this one :)


This list is meant to help you all with your gift giving this holiday season. Hopefully it makes it easy and you can now relax and enjoy the holidays a little more.

Merry Christmas!


Make sure to check out the other gift guides here:

Under $100 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

$500++ Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers


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