Holiday Gift Guide for the Photographer



I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving 🙂  Annika and I definitely ate more than our fill!

I always wait to get in the mood for Christmas after Thanksgiving is over (though I tend to start Christmas shopping in August… I’m an early bird), so I thought I would do a photography gift guide now that it’s almost time for Christmas. I included items for everyone from the beginner photographer to the advanced (and accessories for anyone who wants to look like a photographer), and if you’re looking for photography books, I have you covered in my Cheap & Free Photography Books post! 

I know some people are hard to shop for, so I hope this photography gift guide helps! I own a lot of the items on this post (you can read about them in my camera accessories post) and a lot more on my wishlist (saving up for that Nikon D3300!). And if you’re interested in buying any of my photographs on my blog as prints, note cards, calendars, etc., just contact me 🙂

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Happy shopping! 🙂 


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Nikon D60

I absolutely love my Nikon D60, and it’s still in great condition after almost eight years! It isn’t too complicated for someone new to DSLRs, and it takes awesome photos. Bonus: this one comes with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens!

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Nikon D3300

A Nikon D3300 has been on my wishlist for a while now, and it has great reviews. It’s for the more experienced photographer and has some fancier bells and whistles. Bonus: this one comes with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens!


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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera

I have one of these, and they’re so much fun! They’re really easy to use, and the polaroids make for fun decorations. And the cameras also come in different colors!


Camera Gear


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Nikon 55-200mm Zoom Lens

Some people like using a fixed lens, but I love a zoom lens, especially one with a variety of length like this one. You can use this 55-200mm lens for close-up portraits or for taking photos from a distance.

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I use the Bohemia strap (the one on the right) and I love it! It has a fun design, and it holds up well (you can read my review of it on my camera accessories post). And as you can see, it comes in other fun designs (you can get the white and black one, the black floral one, the blue floral one, or the Bohemia one).

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Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film

If you’re getting a Fujifilm Instax camera, you’re going to need some film! You can choose from a variety of fun background designs and how many sheets you want.

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AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod with Bag

I haven’t needed a tripod yet, but I’ve been looking at different ones for when the time comes. This one is adjustable and comes with a bag.

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Joby GorillaPod 

If you’re more of an adventurous photographer, the GorillaPod might be for you. You can twist the legs around for uneven surfaces or even to wrap around a tree. I used some for my photography classes in college, and I really enjoyed using it!

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Fjallraven Classic Kanken Backpack

I love my Fjallraven so much that I named my blog after it 🙂 It’s a great sturdy backpack that can hold a surprising amount of camera equipment, and it’s ergonomically designed. And it comes it lots of fun colors!



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Kurt Adler Camera Christmas Tree Ornament

If you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, these camera ornaments are perfect!

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Busy Deals Camera Pillowcase

I think these pillows would look great in my new apartment 🙂

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Camera Lens Travel Thermos

Matt got this thermos for me and I love it! It’s still in great condition after many a use, and it keeps things very hot. And it looks so much like a lens that I’ve freaked many people out when I accidentally knock it over!

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FujiFilm Instax Film Stickers

I have colorful backgrounds for my polaroid prints, and it adds an extra pop of color to my decor. Plus, these come in all different colors and patterns!

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Vintage Camera Upcycled Dictionary Art Print

If you’re looking for some camera themed artwork, this unique art is actually printed on an antique dictionary page!

If you’re looking for other kinds of gifts, my blogger friends have you covered!
7 Unique Gifts for Guys by Drink the Day
Amazon Holiday Shopping Gift Guide by Crashbeauty
10 Gifts for the Fashionista by Paint the Town Chic
Gifts for the Trendy, Pop Culture-Obsessed Girl by Shades of Sarah
Great Gift Ideas for Entertainers by Chrystina Noel
Gift Guide for the Working Babe by Smoorelovin
Personalized Gifts for Your Man by Mrs. Imperfect
Gift Guide for the Holistic Babe by Skinny Affair
Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone by The Gold Sister 

I hope this photography gift guide and the other guides help you with your shopping! What kind of camera gear would you like to get for the holidays? Comment below! 🙂 

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  1. Kristine says:

    I agree with the 55-300mm lens, I had it since I had my Nikon D60 and still works perfectly for portraits and close up stuffs! I also have the camera lens thermos and it’s so lovely! My wishlisht now is to have a 35mm prime lens! Heheh.

  2. ALisa says:

    Love this little guide! I’m not a hard-core photographer, but I do love my Fjallraven and I’m considering getting that little Insta-Max for fun shoots 😉

  3. Great round up, as someone who’s got a growing interest in photography I would absolutely LOVE it if someone got me a new lens or chipped in to get me one.

    • Julia says:

      Thank you! You should definitely check out the deals around Christmas! 🙂 Or even ask for Amazon gift cards to help pay for one!

  4. Danielle says:

    Love the gift guide! You should totally do a section for some smaller camera cases too!

  5. Those Instax cameras are so stinking cute! I’m totally buying one for my daughter as soon as she’s able to operate it!

  6. Robin says:

    Great list!! I’m happy there’s still a camera like the Polaroid out there, I was so sad when they announced they were discontinuing the film! Also, I can vouch for the utility of the GorillaPod – great for taking self-timed group shots when you’re on an adventure 😉 Cute camera straps, too!

  7. Brittany says:

    This is such a good list! I’m a new DSLR owner and totally want a camera strap!

  8. I have that mug, too! And a DSLR that is nearly as old as yours =p. The mug for sure makes an interesting conversation starter. I’ve been eying up that Kanken backpack – you’re the second or third person who has sung it praises!

  9. Lisa says:

    I love my gorillapod!

  10. Lauren says:

    This is such a fun post! I’ve been thinking about getting an Instax just for fun… you may convinced me 🙂

  11. Sarah says:

    Thanks for including me in your round-up 🙂 I have a fjallraven mini kanken on my wish-list, I’m pretty excited about it!

    -xx smoorelovin

  12. Love this list! Especially love the camera themed products, like the camera thermos! So fun!

  13. Staci says:

    Love this gift guide, I rarely see one’s for photographers and always have a hard time finding cute gifts for my sister – the lens mug is perfect!!

  14. Kate says:

    I have the 3300 and I love it! Def worth buying.

    I’ve actually been looking at the gorilla pod! I was debating getting myself a tiny one for my trip overseas, so I don’t have to tote around a big one. And thanks so much for including my gift guide! x


  15. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE my instax! So much fun and great to use the photos for crafts. 🙂 Those ornaments are super cute, too!

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