Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers, All Under $100

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It’s that time of the year again. I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy Christmas shopping as much this year what with the state of my wallet Oh, who am I kidding. I live for this shit.

Below are relatively cheap gift ideas for your photography-inclined loved ones.

Nikon Lens Pen Pro KitNikon Lens Pen Pro Kit
$19.21
We love our Nikon Lens Pen, that much we’ve made clear a long time ago. I don’t know how comfortable you’d be handing a single pen as a present though so try this kit. It says, “I thought about this long and hard and think you deserve the entire kit (even though you don’t really need the rest of it).” The brush has been specifically designed for lens use which makes sure that your glass will not be scratched. The felt tip on the other end of the pen is very effective in removing thumbprints and smudges without having to use a wet solution.

Lowepro Street and Field Deluxe Waist Belt
$35.95
Field BeltField belts are a great way to store your gear instead of lugging around a backpack or sling bag. The additional weight of your extra lenses are placed on your waist/hips instead of adding more load to your shoulders which already carries your camera. You also have the option of just attaching the exact number of pouches you need to really save up on space and weight. This is an excellent gift for event photographers.

What the Duck, Rule of Nerds
$32.00
What the DuckWhat the Duck is one of the funniest comic strips we’ve ever read. Like we’ve said before, it’s amazingly spot on. And how cool would you be, being bearer of all cool things. This is going to be a huge hit as a Christmas present for photographers, and the price is just right. Jeff is going to get me one. He just doesn’t know it yet.

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
$34.64
Adoble Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital PhotographersThis is still pre-order and the release date is on the 10th of January. It’ll be a little late and it’ll be slightly weird, telling your friend his gift is still being printed, but it’s still a pretty cool gift. We have the CS2 and CS3 books, and we’re more than confident this one is going to be appreciated more than you know.

Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector
$39.90
Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 ReflectorA reflector is a must-have in any photography enthusiast’s bag, as we’ve mentioned before. The ability to add, subtract, and modify light without having to take out and set up the strobes is invaluable. The Westcott 301 Photo Basics reflector has 5 surfaces you can use including: translucent, silver, gold, white and black.

Sandisk Extreme USB 2.0 3in1 Card Reader
$84.95
Sandisk Extreme USB 2.0 3in1 Card ReaderA lot of photography beginners rely on connecting their cameras directly to their computers to upload their photos. While this process will get the job done, it takes a lot of time to upload even just a few RAW images. This card reader has a rated read/write speed of 20MB/sec which will just blow you away if you’re used to using your camera for photo uploads.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
$84.95
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera LensWe can’t say it enough – the 50mm lens rocks hard. This little plastic lens that is just 1.67 inches long is not much to look at. However, under all it’s unassuming plastic barrel is an excellent lens that is capable to producing sharp images even when compared to others that are five times as expensive. This lens has been lovingly referred to us the “fantastic plastic” and “the nifty fifty” by photographers everywhere. It costs a lot more than the other gift suggestions, but you’ll be the hero.

If the person you’re getting a 50mm for is a Nikon user then you will need to add a few more dollars to your budget since the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens costs $114.95.

When all else fails, well, get a gift card.

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