Best Christmas Gifts for Photographers in 2020

Best Christmas Gifts for Photographers in 2020

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Photographers have a unique place in the world. From portraits to landscapes and everything in between, photos have the ability to create conflict, debate, love, anger, and many other emotions. When we look at the past year in photos, we can’t help to imagine the creators behind those images and the work they put in to get the perfect shot.

What better way to celebrate all the great photographers, professional and hobbyist alike than with a list of the best Christmas gifts you can buy for them this holiday season. With our list, they are sure to love whatever you get them this year.

Ready? Let’s go shopping!

Best Christmas Gifts For Photographers in 2020

Buying gifts for a photographer can be tricky and usually falls into one of two categories: high-end tech that they can use every day or versatile, affordable products and we think that our list easily captures both sides of that coin.

Best Christmas Gifts For Photographers in 2020

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard – $13

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard

The perfect Photoshop add-on

Adobe Photoshop is a must-have for any photographer these days but with all of the different functions that you can perform, remembering what each keystroke does can get confusing. With the Shortcuts keyboard skin, it effectively turns the keyboard of your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro into a Photoshop workstation. It is so effective in helping Photoshop users learn the program’s hotkeys that we think it should be included with the program when you buy it.


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Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Skin Hot Keys PS Keyboard Cover for MacBook Air 13 & MacBook Pro...
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Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Skin Hot Keys PS Keyboard Cover for MacBook Air 13 & MacBook Pro...
  • A good helper for Photoshop CS users, increase your PS speed to that of an expert. No more frustration searching for which key is which PS shortcut
  • Each XSKN silicone skin is heat molded to ensure a perfect fit. Then each color is paints taking by hand screened using silicone paint. Finally is heat fuses into the silicone keyboard skin to become...
  • XSKN, the inventor of silicone keyboard skins and continues to search for the best quality silicone to ensure that organic cashmere feel. XSKN hand screen keyboard skins is a craft that cannot be...
  • Elaborately lower key height design to give you better type feeling, especially after long time typing
  • Compatible with: MacBook Air 13 Inch (A1369 and A1466), MacBook Pro 13 Inch with Retina Display (A1425 and A1502), MacBook Pro 15 Inch with Retina Display (A1398), Old MacBook Pro 13 Inch with CD-ROM...


GoPro Hero 9 Black – $399

GoPro Hero 9 Black

The perfect camera for all of their action shots

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Weight: 158g | Waterproof: 10m | 4K video: up to 60fps | 1080: up to 240fps | 720: up to 240fps | Stills resolution: 20MP | Battery: 1720mAh

While traditionally used by the extreme sports crowd, the Hero 9 Black from GoPro is a tough, waterproof camera that can be put practically everywhere, giving you access to incredible shots you might not be able to get with another camera. The front-facing LCD screen is great for vlogging and the 5K video mode is better at capturing the fine details better than any other action camera. While the battery life has been improved, the rear touchscreen is slightly unresponsive but overall, you can beat the versatility that this camera gives you.


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GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD and Touch Rear Screens, 5K Ultra HD...
3,196 Reviews
GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD and Touch Rear Screens, 5K Ultra HD...
  • 5K Video - Shoot stunning video with up to 5K resolution, perfect for maintaining detail even when zooming in
  • 20MP Photo with SuperPhoto - Capture crisp, pro-quality photos with 20MP clarity. And with SuperPhoto, HERO 9 Black can automatically pick all the best image processing for you
  • Front Display plus Rear Touch Screen - A new, larger rear touch screen with touch zoom on HERO9 Black and a dazzling new front display makes for easy framing and intuitive camera control
  • Live Streaming plus Webcam - Live stream in 1080p on social, get HyperSmooth stabilization as you broadcast
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 - Experience the ultimate smoothness with our most advanced video stabilization ever


Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max – $1099

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The best iPhone ever (until next year anyway)

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Weight: 228g | Dimensions: 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.4mm | OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1284 x 2778 | CPU: A14 Bionic | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Battery: 3,687mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP

Even though the overall price could make anyone weary, the iPhone 12 Pro Max from Apple is without a doubt, the best, most feature-packed iPhone the company has produced (yet). The giant 6.7-inch screen houses the A14 Bionic processor behind it as well as 6 GB of RAM and also packs one of the best smartphone cameras ever made. All this, plus the battery life is better too. Powered by iOS 14, it is a great phone for photographers or anyone really, as long as they can handle the larger size and price tag that goes with it.


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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB, Pacific Blue) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription
  • OFFER INCLUDES: An Apple iPhone and a wireless plan with unlimited data/talk/text
  • WIRELESS PLAN: Unlimited talk, text, and data with mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, and international reach. No long-term contract required.
  • PROGRAM DETAILS: When you add this offer to cart, it will reflect 3 items: the iPhone, SIM kit, and carrier subscription
  • Ceramic Shield, tougher than any smartphone glass
  • A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone


Canon EOS R – $1799

Canon EOS R

A great capable camera from a great company

Sensor: Full-frame CMOS | Megapixels: 30.3MP | Autofocus: 5,655 phase-detect AF points | Screen type: 3.15-inch touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 8fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

If you have a photographer on your gift list this year, the EOS R from Canon, their first full-frame mirrorless camera might just be the thing they need. While the camera includes some of the technology that has already made Canon’s EOS DSLR line great, this camera comes with an impressive viewfinder that has a resolution of 3.69-million dots. While there are some features that we would have liked to see such as an additional card slot, the excellent autofocus, and very sound image quality make this a great camera to give as a Christmas present.


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Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera [EOS R]| Vlogging Camera (Body) with 30.3 MP Full-Frame CMOS...
  • 30.3 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5,655 manually selectable AF points
  • 4K 30P with Canon log and 10 bit 4:2:2 HDMI output; Dust and drip resistant
  • Built in EVF with 3.69 million dots, Vary Angle Touchscreen LCD and dot matrix LCD panel
  • Magnification Approx. 0.76 (with 50 millimeter lens at infinity 1 m 1)


Tenba Protective Wrap Tools – $34

Tenba Protective Wrap Tools

The perfect accessory for a bulky camera bag

You have a great camera bag that holds all of your gear. The only problem is that once you have everything stuffed in there, it gets really bulky and in turn, inconvenient. That inconvenience can lead to broken lenses, storage devices, even cameras. The Protective Wrap Tools from Tenba protect your tech with their water-repellent silicone-coated ripstop nylon outer laters and smooth interior lining. Available in a wide range of sizes, a 15-inch laptop can fit inside a 22-inch wrap which is pretty impressive when you think about it.


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Tenba Protective Wrap Tools 20in Protective Wrap - Blue (636-343)
  • Smooth interior lining of water-repellent silicone-coated rip stop nylon.
  • Velcro corners and a soft knit, Velcro-compatible fabric allow it to be rolled, folded or wrapped into many configurations, form-fitted safely around contents.
  • Available in three sizes - 12, 16 and 20 inches square.
  • Four available colors - black, gray, blue and lime.


Mystery Waterproof Floating Hand Grip – $10

Mystery Waterproof Floating Hand Grip

A match made in heaven with the GoPro Hero 9 Black

Remember a while back (4 products to be exact), when we told you that the GoPro Hero 9 Black could give you access to incredible shots? Well, here’s how. With the Waterproof Floating Hand Grip by Mystery, any GoPro user can get amazing shots from their outdoor adventures or a day spent kayaking on the lake. The best part? The grip floats which is important considering the GoPro doesn’t.


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Mystery Waterproof GoPro Floating Hand Monopod Mount Floating Handle Grip with Thumb Screw and...
  • [Prevent Camera Lost] The floating hand grip will keep your GoPro afloat when plunged or submerged in the water. Bring safety to your GoPro camera and enjoy recording the best moments you capture in...
  • [Lightweight] Extreme portable with Screwable Water-tight Endcap, easy to install. Mounts directly to your GoPro casing, no adapters needed, tightens securely. For increased shooting possibilities,...
  • [Hollow Compartment] The watertight compartment of the floaty grip can be used either as a storage for your valuable small items to keep dry; or to achieve neutral buoyancy during scuba diving,...
  • [High Compatibility] Compatible with Gopro Hero1, Hero2, Hero3, Hero3+, Hero4 and Hero5 Session cameras, SJCAM (SJ4000, SJ5000, SJ6000, SJ7000, SJ8000), AKASO (EK5000 EK7000), Geekpro, Xiaomi YI...
  • [Widely Used] The handler is perfect for traveling, family reunions, video diaries, video blogging, weddings, parties, the beach, concerts, aerial photos, hiking / camping, skiing, snowboarding,...


MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2020) – $2499

MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2020)

The best Apple laptop for photographers

CPU: 9th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M – Radeon Pro 5500M | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Screen: 16-inch Retina display with True Tone | Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD

Despite its 16-inch screen, the newest MacBook Pro doesn’t feel like the behemoth that is actually is. Looking at the specs, you would think that it would be bulky or awkward for someone to use and thus, make a terrible gift but you would be wrong. A perfect laptop for professionals and hobbyists alike, the MacBook Pro comes with a better keyboard and amazing speakers that leave other options in the dust. While the price tag is a bit hefty, the quality that comes with an Apple product more than makes up for it.


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2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage, 2.3GHz Intel Core i9) - Space Gray
  • Ninth-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
  • Stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M Graphics with GDDR6 memory
  • Ultrafast SSD


Shutter Huggers Monkey – $19

Shutter Huggers Monkey

Best gift for before your next family portrait

While we tend to focus on photographers who take incredible shots of nature and rolling landscapes, we also realize that not every professional photographer is sitting in the mountains with $10,000 worth of equipment and might just be shooting portraits at the local mall. For those who have to wrangle children to get a good photo, we suggest the Huggers Monkey from Shutter that gives children something else to focus on instead of the standard bribing techniques that we all know don’t work.


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Shutter Huggers Monkey Shutter Hugger MON001
  • "Hugs" your camera lens so your hands are free to stabilize your camera for the perfect picture
  • Gives Children something fun to focus on for more relaxed and natural portraits
  • Captures children's attention - no more bribery, begging, or yelling "Say Cheese!"
  • Camera not included along with the item


Life is like a camera decorative wood sign – $14

Life is like a camera decorative wood sign

A great way to motivate the photographer in your life

We can all use some motivation in our daily lives to help us work through whatever problems we might be having. Being able to offer some encouraging words that fit into the lexicon a photographer on your list may recognize is perfect. This wall decoration is a perfect combination of terminology a photographer will definitely understand plus it also does a great job reminding us what’s important in life. If you know a photographer who could use a little boost, this is perfect.


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Honey Dew Gifts Life is Like a Camera 5 inch by 10 inch Hanging Decor, Inspirational Wall Art,...
  • This wall hanging decorative wood sign is sure to brighten your day.
  • Made in the USA, this sign measures 5 inch x 10 inch sign is sure to be noticed by family and guests.
  • Crafted from quality materials, this sign is made from solid MDF wood fiberboard. The thickness measures 1/4 inch and twine that is securely stapled to the back, ensuring durability and lasting hold.
  • Although these signs are better for indoor use, they can be used outdoors as long as they are not exposed to moisture.
  • This sign is a great accent to any space. Makes a perfect gift for family and friends.


Canon DSLR Cheat Sheets Tip Cards – $15

Canon DSLR Cheat Sheets Tip Cards

A perfect addition to our previous Canon gift (hint, hint)

If you paid any attention to our list earlier and were intrigued about getting someone the Canon EOS R this holiday season, you should wrap it along with these cheat sheet tip cards that are also made by Canon. These cards are great for any photographer who is still learning how to use their new Canon camera and cover common situations, providing specific instructions for settings. A great feature is that they are waterproof so they can take them anywhere they need to.


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Canon DSLR Cheat Sheets Tip Cards for 80D 77D 70D EOS Rebel T7i T7 T6i T6 SL2 SL1 T5 T4 T3 60D 50D...
  • Covers all the information you need while out shooting! Refresh your memory or learn for the first time.
  • All of the most common shooting situations are covered with specific instructions on how to capture amazing photos (example: Sunset, Sports, Portraits, Fireworks, etc.)
  • Plastic cards are weatherproof and rip-proof and can be easily carried with you or clipped to your bag for easy access.
  • Great for beginners and advanced users!
  • Eliminates the need to carry a manual, study a textbook, or take photography classes to enable you to get out and shoot right away!


Vintage Classic Camera Patent Poster Prints – $17

Vintage Classic Camera Patent Poster Prints

Perfect for a history and photography lover

Many people who love cameras also love the design and history that go into the cameras that may have been used decades ago to capture some of life’s most important moments. With these Classic Camera Patent Posters, they can look back at the ideas that led cameras to where they are now. With their antique look, they will look great anywhere whether they are hung together or spaced out.


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Apple iPad Air 4 – $599

Apple iPad Air 4

The Undercover iPad Pro

Weight: 458g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm | OS: iPadOS 14 | Screen size: 10.9-inch | Resolution: 1640 x 2360 pixels | CPU: A14 Bionic | Storage: 64GB/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

With their latest iteration of the iPad Air, Apple has designed an iPad Pro to fit inside the case of an iPad Air and with a more affordable price as well. With its all-screen front, it certainly looks like a Pro and also supports the Apple Pencil’s second-generation design and the Magic Keyboard. The A14 internal chipset is the same one that currently resides inside the iPhone 12 and is actually a newer chipset than what is currently in the Pro. The iPad Air is a great tablet for a photographer and will help them edit their photos to look their absolute best. Best of all, there is a wide range of color options so you can tailor your choice specifically to their tastes.


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2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (4th Generation)
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2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (4th Generation)
  • Stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • 12MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Available in Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue


Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – $4

Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Still the best lens cleaning option out there

When it comes to cleaning their lenses, many photographers can be bombarded by the number of products that are out there when the simplest option is really the best. The Microfiber Cleaning Cloth by Nikon is the best cleaning cloth on the market. With its durable, yet soft design, they won’t risk scratching their lenses when they are wiping the dust and dirt away. Plus, its clip-on carrying case makes it a cinch to take anywhere they go.


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Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
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Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Perfect way to safely maintain and clean your lenses
  • Durable, micro-fiber material
  • Anti-static quality great for cameras and other delicate equipment
  • Use on any other lens optics such as binoculars, telescopes, and spotting scopes
  • Comes with clip-on carry case


Gechic 1101P – $229

Gechic 1101P

A great portable monitor for photographers on the go

Pixel-resolution: 1,920 x 1,080

Ok, we know. Many of the DSLR cameras available today already come with their own viewfinder screen but you know what? They can be kinda small and looking at the shots you’ve taken means you can either miss some important detail or give yourself a migraine. The Gechic 1101P is an IPS display that they can attach to either their camera or tripod. The monitor comes with FullHD resolution and supports 16.7 million colors. It also comes with all of the connections that they will need – micro HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and VGA.


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GeChic 1101P 11.6 inch IPS LCD 1920 x 1080 Portable Monitor with HDMI, VGA, MiniDisplay input, USB...
  • FHD MINI PORTABLE MONITOR: 11.6” full HD 1920x1080 (16.7M colors)
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: monitor weights only 480g with 11mm in thickness
  • PHOTOGRAPHER’S BEST EQUIPMENT: supports 50 Hz and 60 Hz video input from PCs but 1080p (24Hz/ 25Hz/ 30Hz) from cameras
  • MULTI-CONNECTIONS: headphone output, micro-HDMI, VGA video inputs, USB power source
  • VARIOUS APPLICATION: laptop, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mini PC, smartphone


JJC White Balance Filter – $15

JJC White Balance Filter

A great inexpensive yet valuable gift

A white balance filter is an easy way to set a custom white balance every time for perfect settings. Many white balance filters can be clumsy to use but the White Balance Filter from JJC is easy to use quickly and spontaneously with its convenient handle. A handy white balance filter can make all of their shots look even better and it’s a great stocking stuffer!


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JJC Hand-held White Balance Filter, White Balance Disc for Digital Photography, Easy to Use,...
457 Reviews
JJC Hand-held White Balance Filter, White Balance Disc for Digital Photography, Easy to Use,...
  • Provides Consistent, Accurate color
  • Allows digital photographers to quickly and easily set an accurate custom white balance.
  • Individually assembled, calibrated and certified for neutrality in the visible spectrum, and for 18% light transmission.
  • It can be used on-the-fly to set a white balance in-camera when shooting JPEG, or later in post production when shooting RAW. Using a JJC white balance filter to set a custom white balance results in...
  • Hand Held, Light Weight, Easy to Carry, Easy to use.


Best Christmas Gifts For Photographers in 2020

In 2020, while we have all been looking forward to the holiday season, choosing the right gift is never an easy process. We think that with our list of the best Christmas gifts for photographers in 2020, you should have no problem making a great decision this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

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