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peaking from experience, while my wife is absolutely lovely and thoughtful when it comes to gift giving, she cannot for the life of her pick out good photography gifts for me.
I definitely don’t blame her. I’ve been in the photography business for a long time, so I have most of the things I need, and she doesn’t understand the technical equipment that I really want. So, she gets me holiday gift cards almost every year to my favorite camera retailers.
Buying a photography gift card ensures that the photographer in your life will be able to purchase exactly what they want. The problem, though, is that if you aren’t in the photography industry, you probably don’t even know what gift card options for photographers are available.
That’s why I decided to create this article. It outlines some of my favorite stores to purchase photography equipment from so that you can stop perusing the internet for gift ideas for photographers.
CanvasHQ is one of the more unique gift card options for photographers on our list, and it’s a great option for the photographer that has everything.
CanvasHQ specializes in incredibly high-quality canvas prints. Every canvas that they make, they make in house. They build the frames by hand, to prevent warping over the years. They stretch each canvas onto its frame by hand, to prevent ink cracking. Each canvas only uses the highest quality ink that is UV-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your canvas fading in the sun.
CanvasHQ also has incredible customer service representatives who work with photographers from a wide array of backgrounds. If the photographer in your life doesn’t understand how to edit their photos, CanvasHQ can edit the images for them. Then again, if the photographer in your life is incredibly picky, the CanvasHQ service representatives can walk them through exactly how long their print will take to be completed and each canvas print is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. It’s a win-win.
CanvasHQ gift cards are also a wonderful option for photographers who run their own photography businesses because canvas prints make wonderful client gifts and can make photographers a lot of easy money through the art of upselling clients.
CanvasHQ is currently offering gift cards in any custom amount and are deliverable via email. You can purchase a CanvasHQ gift card here.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Adorama, it’s essentially like the Walmart of photography equipment. Adorama technically also houses other electronic needs, like computers and video/audio equipment, but their wide selection of photography tools make them a favorite amongst photographers.
This Christmas, Adorama has joined this long list of gift card options for photographers. Adorama is offering gift cards in any amount from $10 to $1,000.
Once you’ve purchased a gift card here, you can either send it to your recipient via email or snail mail for no extra charge.
You can purchase gift cards for Adorama here.
Obviously you’ve heard of Amazon before. But a lot of people don’t think about the wide array of photography equipment sold on Amazon, which is especially helpful for photographers who want to purchase used equipment at a discounted rate.
That makes Amazon one of our favorite purveyors of gift card options for photographers.
Amazon is doing a holiday-themed gift card box this year, in any amount from $50 to $2,000. Of all of the gift card options for photographers on this list, an Amazon gift card is definitely the most versatile. It would be a good option if you aren’t quite sure whether the photographer in your life really needs any new equipment right now.
You can get an Amazon gift card here.
B&H, like Adorama, is a one-stop shop for all of your photography needs. They sell digital cameras, drones, lenses, and film. B&H is an especially attractive option if you have a budding photographer in your life because they sell all of the newest, entry-level cameras, like Instax which are really popular with teenagers right now.
This is one of the best gift card options for photographers who are new to the hobby and don’t quite know what they’re looking for yet because the customer service representatives at B&H are especially helpful and there is a live chat option on their website that can connect you directly with a sales agent to help figure out what you want.
You can purchase a B&H gift card for $20 to $1,000, and like Adorama, you can either have it sent via email or traditional mail.
You can purchase a B&H gift card here.
I’ve written pretty extensively about Samy’s Camera before because I recognize the value of a smaller shop.
Samy’s Camera aims to do exactly what Adorama or B&H do, but on a smaller scale and with more variety. They sell all of your photography and videography needs, but they also sell really rare cameras, as well as vintage cameras.
Samy’s Camera would be one of the best gift card options for photographers who are into especially hard to find equipment. For example, you can find vintage Leica accessories or vintage Kodak cameras here.
You can purchase a Samy’s Camera gift card from $10 to $500 and can do so here.
Hunt’s Photo & Video
Hunt’s Photo & Video holds a special place in my heart because it was the first place that my wife ever purchased a gift card for me from.
Hunt’s Photo & Video is the oldest operating camera store in the United States. It’s been around for hundreds of years. So, it’s an instantly recognizable name, which means it would be one of the best gift card options for photographers who may be new to the game and not recognize other big name stores like Adorama or B&H.
Hunt’s Photo & Video sells a wide array of photography and videography equipment, as well as office supplies so it’s a great place for working photographers to get everything they need for their business.
Hunt’s is selling gift cards in $50 increments and you can purchase them here.
Robert’s Camera is a bit different from some of the other photography stores on this list, because while they do sell cameras and camera equipment, they also operate an online photo lab which allows photographers to get prints and photo albums.
If you’re looking for gift card options for photographers that also include a hint that you’d like some of their work printed out for you, Robert’s Camera is perfect.
Robert’s Camera is offering gift cards from $5 to $3,500, which you can pick up here. These gift cards are only deliverable via email.
Unique Photo is a camera retailer that does it all. You can purchase photography equipment from them, you can rent photography equipment from them, and you can print photos through them.
Unique Photo has great gift card options for photographers, but they also make great gift card options for someone who is absolutely brand new to photography. If you have a younger child who thinks they may be interested in a photography hobby, Unique Photo allows them to rent equipment for a short period of time to see if they really like it.
Unique Photo has gift cards available in $50 increments that are only available to ship out. You can purchase them here.
Once again, you’ve obviously heard of Best Buy. But, sometimes the big chains offer the best selection and it’s always nice to be able to speak with a sales representative in person if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. It’s also nice to be able to pick up a camera to get a feel for it before deciding to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on it.
Plus, since Best Buy is a national chain, you can be sure that they will have a store near you. Best Buy offers physical gift cards and e-gift cards. In order to get free shipping on the physical gift cards, they must be for at least $25.
You can purchase gift cards from Best Buy here.