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Christmas is just three short months away, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the gifts you’re going to give this year.
Photographers can be notoriously difficult to shop for, though, so we’ve put together a fantastic list of ten gifts for photographers, all of which are less than $150.
With that kind of budget, you can give all kinds of gifts, from a handy photography vest to a beautiful print to a must-have filter for shooting landscapes. Have a look at these and many other options below!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: The Vest Guy Traveler Photo Vest
If the photographer on your holiday shopping list enjoys traveling, this Traveler Photo Vest from The Vest Guy would be an ideal gift.
With this vest, your photography gear is both easy to carry and easy to access at a moment’s notice when it’s time to take a shot.
The vest has many features that make it a comfortable and functional way to carry camera gear. There’s one camera strap and two large cargo pockets that are perfect for carrying items like a lens or a flash. There are also two interior soft-sided adjustable cargo pocket dividers and nylon MOLLE loops for carrying additional gear.
There is a hydration sleeve, a convenient carry handle, and the vest is available in a variety of sizes and colors. You can add a second camera strap and a name tag (which is great for advertising) if you wish.
On top of all that, these vests are made in the U.S.A. and there’s a lifetime workmanship warranty!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: PhotoRepairPro
Why not give the gift of making old new again this year?
If the photographer on your list is anything like me, they likely have tons of old photos in boxes in the basement or the attic. Some of those photos have probably seen better days, too.
That being the case, a great gift idea is to have a photo restored to its original glory!
For $34.99, you can give your favorite photographer a repaired photo, including an online proof, a JPEG download, and two 5x7 prints of the image. You even get free shipping on the prints!
No matter if the original image is faded, has creases, or needs to be colorized, PhotoRepairPro has your back.
What's more, they'll improve portraits by removing glare from eyeglasses, smoothing skin, or even changing the background.
There are simply a wealth of possibilities for breathing new life into old memories!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Deity V-Mic D3
With more and more photographers like myself getting into videography, the chances are good that the photographer on your holiday shopping list could stand to get a few video-related gifts this year.
Well, a great video requires great audio, and for that, the Deity V-Mic D3 is an excellent option.
This little mic offers broadcast-quality sound thanks to its low noise circuitry, extremely low distortion, and high-grade SNR. All that technology combines for top-notch off-axis sound performance.
The mic has a smart 3.5mm mic output and is compatible with any device that has a 3.5mm jack, including mirrorless and DSLR cameras, smartphones, and laptops.
Other features include one-button on/off, the ability to mount on a camera, and a 166-hour battery life off of a single AAA battery. Add in a unibody aluminum chassis for durability and you have the makings of the perfect gift for a photographer for under $150.
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Artbeat Studios HD Metal Print
If you ask me, one of the best gifts for photographers is a print of one of their favorite photos. It's a great way to honor their craft while also giving them a gift that truly keeps on giving!
And I know what you're thinking...metal prints for under $150 must be pretty low quality. Happily, though, that's just not the case!
Artbeat Studios is known as an industry leader for high-quality metal prints. One of the reasons for this is because Artbeat Studios’ HD metal prints have the image heat infused directly into the metal. The result is unsurpassed resolution and color vibrancy.
Metal is a gorgeous substrate for all manner and type of photos, too. The crisp, clean detail and modern look is just what the doctor ordered for highlighting a beautiful image.
What’s more, Artbeat Studios uses Chromaluxe® brand aluminum sheets. This brand of aluminum has a 3x better permanence than Kodak Silver Halide Prints and resists fading for more than 65 years. So not only is an HD metal print a great gift for this holiday season, but it’s a gift that will keep on giving for decades!
You can also customize the look of the print by choosing different finishes, surfaces, and mounts. One of the newest additions to the options list is the textured matte surface for a true fine art look.
Whatever options you choose, the result is a breathtaking and custom print that your favorite photographer is sure to love that won't bust your budget! And since Artbeat Studios won our 2020 Metal Print Shootout, you know you’re getting a high-quality product!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: PolarPro QuartzLine 82mm ND64 Filter
When it comes to filters for photography, it’s tough to beat PolarPro…
I’ve used PolarPro filters for years and they have proven to be well-made, durable, and supremely functional filters for my landscape photography exploits.
This particular filter is a 6-stop neutral density filter with a glass element that’s made of 99.9 percent pure fused quartz. As a result of the high-quality glass, this filter ensures that you can have supreme shutter control while getting zero image degradation and maintaining excellent sharpness throughout the image.
The frame is made of highly durable brass while the glass has optical coatings that offer nearly perfect light transmission without altering the color profile.
Likewise, the glass has abrasion-resistant and hydrophobic coatings that improve resistance from scratches while making cleaning super easy.
And since this filter comes with a lifetime warranty, should something ever go wrong, the photographer on your list has the peace of mind that PolarPro will make it right!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Holdfast Sightseer Small Lens Pouch
One of the best features of the Holdfast Gear Sightseer line of bags is that they are modular, so as your kit grows, your bag system can grow along with it.
Part of that modular system is the Sightseer Small Lens Pouch shown above.
These beautifully crafted lens pouches are constructed of waxed canvas and American Bison leather. Inside, the Aztec flannel fleece looks like a million bucks while providing a soft, secure environment that cradles your lens.
The outside of the pouch is weather resistant while the Aztec flannel on the interior is scratch resistant, which means your favorite photographer won’t have to worry about their gear getting wet or scratched no matter how many times they go out and shoot.
These pouches can be worn on any belt, on the Holdfast MoneyMaker, or on the exterior of the Holdfast Sightseer Bag, so there’s a ton of different ways for photographers to have their favorite lens right at their fingertips.
What better gift to give this holiday season than one that’s super functional, looks great, and is supremely versatile too?!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Ikan HomeStream 6-Inch Light With Tabletop Stand
What’s so great about the Ikan HomeStream light is that it can be used for multiple purposes. The photographer in your life can use it for studio lighting for videography work, as an accent light for portrait photography, and even as a light for taking self-portraits.
The light is 6-inches in diameter and has edge-lit LED technology for pure, clean light emission.
It comes bundled with a desktop stand and a ball head that enables you to tilt and rotate the light as needed. The included stand can be adjusted from 13.75 inches up to 21.5 inches to ensure the user has the flexibility they need to perfectly position the light.
With a color temperature range of 3200-5600K, brightness of 1050 lux at 0.5 meters, and a CRI of 95, this light puts out bright, pleasing light for any task in front of the camera.
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Ikan iLED 144 Bi-Color Flood Light
For another lighting option, you can opt to get the photographer on your list the iLED 144 bi-color flood light.
This little light is just 5.75 inches by 3.25 inches yet delivers bright, beautiful light that can be used for photography or videography pursuits.
With a bi-color LED array, this light offers color temperatures that range from 3200-5600K. It has a 60-degree beam angle, intensity dimming, and an on-board battery indicator. It’s also stackable for ease of setup with other accessories.
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Pre-Owned Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
If you’re shopping for a photographer that has a Nikon DSLR, this 50mm lens is an ideal gift.
This focal length offers loads of versatility. It can be used for portraits, landscapes, and street photography, just to name a few. It can even be reverse mounted (with an optional adapter) to be used for macro photography work. The 50mm focal length is also ideal for videography.
Additionally, this is a fast lens with a maximum f/1.8 aperture that enables better low-light performance. The bokeh it produces is also extremely pleasing to the eye.
Nikon lenses are well-made and durable, and this particular model is also highly compact and lightweight. This makes it a perfect all-day lens that doesn’t weigh photographers down or get in the way.
And since this is a pre-owned lens, you can save a good deal of money - perhaps enough to get your favorite photographer a second gift!
Gifts for Photographers Under $150: Amazon Gift Card
Totally stumped regarding gift ideas for photographers on your list?
Why not go the easy route and get them an Amazon gift card?
Though a gift card isn't exactly the sexiest gift, when the photographer in your family sees that you have given them carte blanche to get what they want, they'll be stoked!
With an Amazon gift card, they can put the card amount towards whatever they want - a new lens, a second camera body, lighting gear, a laptop - you name it!
As far as flexibility goes, there's nothing better to give a photographer than a gift card.