Our favorite gifts under $25

As we gear up for the biggest shopping season of the year, we’re presenting our favorite gifts for photographers this holiday season. Thanks to Capture One (Promo Code PHOTOFOCUS20), Mylio, Skylum, Excire, Fundy, MPB and Tamron, the sponsors of this year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Need more gift ideas, and want to see all the latest holiday deals? Check out our Holiday Shopping Guide!

Below are a few of our favorites that are valued under $25 — perfect for stocking stuffers!

OP/TECH USA 18″ Rainsleeve (Set of 2)

Recommended by Ken Lee | Read Review | $6.95; available via B & H

OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2)
OP/TECH USA 18″ Rainsleeve (Set of 2)

It’s inexpensive. And it works. I purchased one of these ten years ago, and it still keeps working. Weather through mist, rain, under waterfalls, or by the coast, it keeps your camera dry yet accessible. Oh, and it’s very inexpensive.

KAPUCTW Necklace Transparent Airbag Phone Case

Recommended by Jemma Pollari | $9.99; available via Amazon

For the mobile photographers out there, I just love this case I picked up a couple months ago. I pair it with my Peak Design Leash strap and wear it as a cross-body, and I’m instantly ready to snap photos on the go. The Peak Design system means I can take off the Leash when I don’t need it. Perfect for scanning QR codes or paying with your phone when shopping, too!

Vello White Balance Card Set (Medium)

Recommended by Julie Powell | Read Review | $10.49; available via B &

Perfect for setting the perfect white balance in photoshoots. Quick and easy to adjust in Lightroom Classic. Just get your model to hold one up to their face at the beginning of the shoot. I adore these as they are small and can fit in your pocket, or your pack or hang them off a light stand.

The Art of Misadventure: The Outtakes and Mistakes of an Adventurous Photographer

Recommended by Sara Kempner | Starting at $10.99; available via Amazon

The Art of Misadventure: The Outtakes and Mistakes of an Adventurous Photographer by Dave Brosha
The Art of Misadventure: The Outtakes and Mistakes of an Adventurous Photographer by Dave Brosha

The Art of Misadventure: The Outtakes and Mistakes of an Adventurous Photographer is the latest release from acclaimed photographer Dave Brosha. This refreshingly honest and engaging book is full of stories from the life of one of Canada’s most celebrated photographers, and is sure to both entertain and amuse the reader. The Art of Misadventure is suitable for photographers of any genre as it weaves humour, adventure and a little bit of self-deprecation into a thoroughly delightful read. 

Camera-shaped paper clips

Recommended by Lauri Novak | Starting at $14.99; available via Etsy

Camera-shaped paper clips
Camera-shaped paper clips

Really looking for something different for that photographer who has everything? These are fun and won’t break the bank.

Rechargeable Work Lights

Recommended by Bob Coates | $14.99; available via Amazon

Work Lights

I went boondocking, AKA car camping, and my friend had these lights. Can you say handy? They will stand up on a table on their own. They have a magnetic base to stick in a convenient spot on the car and they have a lanyard and ring attached to the base if you want to hang them up. Multiple power settings and red light settings help as well.

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster Large Dust-Removal Tool (Black)

Recommended by Bob Coates | $17.99; available via B &

Rocket air blaster

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster Large Dust-Removal Tool — I’ve found this air blaster to be extremely helpful in keeping my lenses and cameras in top clean condition. Good to have one for each camera bag and the studio as well. I recommend always blowing off your lens before using a lens cloth just in case there is a bit of sand or dirt that can leave scratches.

Tether Tools JerkStopper Extension Lock 3-Pack (Orange)

Recommended by Julie Powell | $23.99, available via B &

Jerk Stopper extension
Jerk Stopper extension

So maybe not the sexiest gift out there, but as a stocking stuffing for your favorite photographer, it keeps their Tether Pro cable nice and safe and prevents it from being stepped on in the studio. Being bright orange makes it stand out and stops people from tripping over it as well.

The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 assignments and ideas

Recommended by Lauri Novak | Starting at $24.95; available via Amazon

I’ve had this book for a few years and it’s great to pick up and pick an assignment when you’re feeling a lack of creativity or inspiration. The perfect gift for someone who might be struggling with their photography.

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