10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

Marianne Stenger
12th November 2021

Christmas is fast approaching, and you’re probably already racking your brain to think of original gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. 

Since photography tends to be a rather expensive hobby, photography lovers are always thrilled to receive gifts related to their favourite pastime. It’s also a great way to show that you’ve put some thought into your gift. 

Need some inspiration? We’ve lined up some of the best gifts for photography lovers, from personalised coffee table books and wall art to useful gadgets for camera phones.

1. Coffee table book 

The coffee table book is a timeless and thoughtful gift that will make a wonderful addition to any photography lover’s home. With its beautiful hardcover and sleek pages, a coffee table photo book is the best way to display everything from landscape images to candid family portraits. Layflat bound books are perfect for highlighting your favourite images with double page spreads. If you need help with the design process, check out some of our handy guides

2. A photography course 

A photography course or workshop is always a great gift for a photographer, whether they’re just starting out and need to learn the basics, or are already more advanced and would like to learn about something specific such as studio lighting or portraiture. Which course would be most suitable will depend on their areas of interest and level of expertise. If you need some ideas, we’ve lined up some brilliant online photography photography courses and workshops in this blog post.

3. Magazine subscription 

So much of our reading is done online these days that it can be nice to sit down with a print magazine from time to time. For this reason, a magazine subscription is bound to go down well with any photography enthusiast. There are as many different titles to choose from as there are genres of photography, but some classic examples of photography magazines you might want to consider include National Geographic, Aperture Magazine, B&W and Outdoor Photography.

4. Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photographers are always in need of good photo editing software, but professional software like Lightroom and Photoshop doesn’t come cheap. Adobe Photoshop Elements is a much more affordable version of Adobe’s well-known editing software that still provides the average photographer with all the essentials they’ll need to edit high quality RAW files and touch up their photos.It’s the perfect gift for someone who is just getting into photography and wants to learn the ins and outs of photo editing.

5. Custom printed wall art 

Printing a custom piece of wall art for a photography lover is a guaranteed hit. You can have one of their favourite photographs printed on canvas and mounted on a sturdy wooden frame, or for a more contemporary feel, UV laser printed under acrylic glass with robust aluminium backing. Bob Books fine art matte posters can also be custom printed and framed, making them the perfect addition to a photographer’s studio or even student dorm room. 

6. Flexible tripod 

Tripods are essential for many types of photography, including landscape photography and long exposure photography. With this in mind, if you know an outdoor photographer who is always on the go, a portable and flexible tripod could be a great addition to their kit bag. If you’re not sure where to look, JOBY makes a range of flexible and lightweight tripods for a variety of situations, including some that are suitable for smartphone photography

7. Camera rain cover

Whether you know a keen landscape photographer, street photographer or wildlife photographer, one thing they all have in common is the need to protect their expensive camera equipment when the weather is less than favourable. A durable and portable camera rain cover will allow them to get outside and keep shooting in all types of weather. Just make sure you find out what type of camera and lens they use, as one size may not fit all.

8. Personalised photo calendar 

A photo calendar can also be a fun gift for a photographer, and the best part is that when you design one yourself, you can personalise it to suit your loved one’s interests. For example, you could put together a photo calendar featuring some of the UK’s best locations for nature or wildlife photography. Try to choose photos that match each season, using more colourful images for the spring/summer months and muted shades for the autumn/winter months. 

9. Smartphone clip-on lens 

These days, most of us take the majority of our photos with our smartphones, and photographers are no exception. So why not give your loved one a lens that will allow them to take their smartphone shots to the next level. There is a huge variety when it comes to smartphone clip-on lenses, and you can find everything from fisheye lenses to macro lenses to telephoto lenses.So, when deciding which smartphone lens to buy, think about the type of photography your loved one most enjoys.

10. Gift voucher

If you’re still not sure what to get for the photographer in your life or left it just a little too late, a Bob Books gift voucher is a wonderful way to give someone a photography-related gift of their choosing. Our printed gift vouchers are elegantly presented in a beautiful wallet and sent first class to ensure they arrive in the recipient’s letterbox within one working day. A voucher can be put towards any of our photo products, whether it’s a professionally printed photography portfolio or a beautiful gallery mount featuring a favourite photo. 

If you’re looking for more ideas on how you can use your photos to create meaningful gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, check out our personalised gift guide or take a look at some of these ideas for using your photos creatively.