- Universal knob clamp
- Integrated bubble level
- Panning knob
- Laser engraved degree markings
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I know what you’re thinking…
Photography gear and accessories are expensive, so what could I possibly get for the photographer on my list for under $25?
It turns out, there’s a lot of options!
From camera cleaning kits to canvas prints, memory cards to coffee, you can find all sorts of great gifts for photographers in the list below.
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: CanvasHQ Print
It's tough to beat a large-format canvas print as a holiday gift...
Canvas prints offer a classic look with an interesting texture that helps bring the image to life.
What's more, when it's a well-made canvas, like those from CanvasHQ, the print can become a family heirloom - something that you cherish for decades to come. What a powerful gift!
I have tons of canvases in my home, the vast majority of which are from CanvasHQ.
What appeals to me about these prints is the impeccable quality. There is a great level of detail and sharpness, beautiful color accuracy, and the frames on which the print is stretched are handmade with kiln-dried wood to ensure the frame stays square and true for years to come.
Additionally, these guys use archival-grade canvas and commercial-grade inks to ensure long-lasting durability.
They also have a new product - a variety of floating frames - that add a touch of elegance and depth to canvas prints.
The floating frames extend along the sides of the print and don't obscure the front of the print, that way you can see 100 percent of the image. It's a clean, dynamic finish that looks great!
But CanvasHQ isn't just tops in the quality department...
They have excellent customer service that makes you feel heard and as though you're the only customer they have to worry about at that moment.
These guys are committed to getting it right, so if something doesn’t go as planned, you won’t be hung out to dry.
If you have questions, they’ll answer them. If you have a problem, they’ll fix it. If you need assistance with uploading your photo or even picking the best finishes for your canvas, they’ve got your back!
Start shopping for your favorite photographer today on CanvasHQ.
Gifts for Photographers Under $25 - Black Rifle Coffee
I don’t know about you, but when I start my day - whether it’s out in the field for a landscape photography shoot or here at home in my office - I absolutely have to have some coffee to get me going.
While coffee isn’t just a gift for photographers, it sure can give the photographer in your life the boost they need to get the day started.
What’s great about Black Rifle Coffee (apart from being really, really good) is that you can get a coffee club subscription and enjoy all kinds of coffee each month. But to get things started, you can give the gift of a 12 oz. bag of coffee that your photography loved one will enjoy.
There’s a huge selection, too - light, medium, and dark roasts and flavors that vary from The Headless Horseman’s Roast to Gunship Roast.
Just beware - whoever you give this coffee to will want to share, and then you’ll want to buy some for yourself!
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: Colorado Tripod Company Highline Mini
One of the ball heads that has surprised me the most in recent years is this little guy, the Colorado Tripod Company Highline Mini.
The funny thing is that this company has been sending me their ball heads to review, and when this one arrived, I didn't look at the details - I just started using it.
And after using it, I thought it would be something that retailed for $60-80 based on its build quality and features.
However, when I was on the phone with these guys to give them my feedback, the subject of price came up, and I was shocked to learn it's about a $20 ball head.
Not only is this ball head incredibly affordable, but it's a perfect size that fits on top of my SwitchPod tripod. It's also super strong and does the job great with my Canon EOS M6 Mark II and my Canon EOS R.
It’s not often you can find such a functional photography gift for this price, but the Highline Mini ball head definitely fits the bill!
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: Comica Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic
If the photographer on your 2020 holiday shopping list is also into videography, they might appreciate having an upgraded microphone for their video productions.
You can have the most gorgeous 4K video footage in the world, but if the audio stinks, the final video will stink too! Fortunately, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to give the gift of better audio…
The Comica Omni-Directional Lavalier mic is just what the doctor ordered for videographers that need high-quality audio to record their voice.
It can be used with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and offers a built-in metal shield and windscreen for improved audio performance.
Speaking of audio performance, it has an omni-directional polar pattern and a 50Hz to 20kHz frequency response.
All this in a package that costs less than $25!
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit
Every photographer needs a good cleaning kit for their camera and lenses, and that’s exactly what you get with the Altura Photo Professional cleaning kit.
This kit has everything the photographer on your list needs to keep their gear clean…
There’s a lens cleaning pen and a lens brush, an air blower and 50 sheets of lens cleaning tissues as well. There’s also a 2 oz. bottle for lens cleaner and a three-pack of oversized microfiber cleaning cloths.
There’s even a 90-day, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee!
Don’t let the photographer in your life take photos with a dirty lens or a sensor that needs to be cleaned. Instead, give the gift of clean gear with this cleaning kit!
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
All photographers need memory cards, so why not oblige with the SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I memory card?
This card offers loads of space, Class 10 speed for full HD video recording, and fast read/write speeds of up to 100MB per second.
SanDisk is one of the most trusted memory card brands, and for good reason. After all, this card comes with a full 10-year warranty! Besides, a memory card is a gift the photographer on your list will actually use, and they’ll use it over and over and over again!
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card 3-Pack
Just like every photographer needs a cleaning kit, every photographer needs lots of memory cards.
This three-pack of 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I memory cards from SanDisk will give your favorite photographer the backup options they need to ensure their photos and videos are safe and secure.
These cards are good options for photographers that don’t shoot a lot of video (though they can accommodate full HD recording). They are ideal for compact and point-and-shoot cameras and offer transfer speeds of up to 90MB per second
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: Fotodiox Pro 22" 5-in-1 Reflector
A reflector is one of the most useful gifts for photographers that take portraits.
This 5-in-1 reflector pack offers even more versatility with a translucent diffuser to filter light and a black anti-reflector to block light or change the contrast of light on the subject.
Additionally, there's a soft white reflector to reduce shadows, soft silver for brightening the image and increasing contrast, and a soft gold reflector that warms up light in the portrait.
In other words, the photographer on your list can reflect light, diffuse it or even block it!
The reflector pack collapses into itself for easy transport in the accompanying carrying case too.
Gifts for Photographers Under $25: 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.