With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to stock up on gifts for family and friends. And while you’re looking for gifts for others, you may find something to share with people shopping for you. For those who thrive on instant gratification, why not get them an instant camera?
The Polaroid Originals OneStep2 Camera is fun to use and comes in white or graphite. Simply load an eight-exposure pack of Polaroid Originals Color i-Type or 600 Instant Film, shoot, and within 10-15 minutes the 3.1" square photo will develop as you watch—just like magic! And speaking of magic, what could be better than creating beautiful keepsakes to memorialize the festivities?
Friends and relatives who live too far away can join in the fun by sharing online holiday photos shot with one of many digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras. Fortunately, these cameras come in a variety of models designed to fit most shooting styles and budgets. One cheerful choice is the Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit, in seasonal red. The included battery, wrist strap, memory card, and pouch make it possible to shoot beautiful stills and videos right away.
For those who wish to have their holiday cake and eat it, too, there’s the Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10 Hybrid Instant Camera with Instant Film and SD Card Kit. This kit makes it possible to produce both 3.4 x 2.8" prints and digital images at the same time. Designed to inspire the artist in everyone, the camera can take double exposures, shoot in bulb mode, add filter effects, and it has a built-in flash for low-light photography.
Indispensable gifts that one can never have enough of are Memory Card Readers. Just like headphones and car keys, card readers are one of those things that can be hard to locate when you need them. The Delkin Devices USB 3.0 Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Memory Card Reader works with SD and CF cards, and has two slots for simultaneous data transfer. Best of all, you won’t have to worry if it’s compatible with the recipient’s computer because it also works with USB 2.0 and 1.1.
Finding a great gift for the photographer who has everything can be a tough task. Fortunately, we have an ideal suggestion—a new camera bag. One thing most photographers agree on is that they can never have too many camera bags. And whether the photographer on your list shoots with small compact cameras or large pro gear, there’s a Lowepro bag designed just for them. For instance, the Lowepro ProTactic SH 180 AW Shoulder Bag holds a DSLR, two to three lenses, and a variety of related accessories.
Another item photographers can never have enough of are tripods. Manfrotto has a fine line of tripods for most cameras and purposes. Small tabletop tripods, such as the red Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod, are small, lightweight, easy to carry, and able to hold a camera weighing up to 5.5 lb. This compact tripod makes it possible to shoot long exposures, self-portraits, and more. Because it’s an item that photographers most regret not having—they’ll be speaking your name with gratitude every time they use it.
One gift that’s great for photographers and non-photographers alike is a Wacom graphics tablet. These input devices for computers make it possible for aspiring artists to draw, paint, and edit photos and drawings with newfound freedom and creativity. The mint blue or white Wacom Intuos Draw Pen Small Tablet features a 6.0 x 3.7" active area, 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, four programmable keys, downloadable software, an included battery-free pen, and is Mac and Windows compatible. Don’t be surprised if the lucky recipient of this cool gift can’t wait to create with it.
The outdoor photographer in the family will be thrilled to receive a DJI aerial drone. Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used for photography and sport. Novices and enthusiasts alike will love the lava red DJI Spark Quadcopter. This versatile drone features a two-axis stabilized gimbal camera and is capable of 12MP still photos and 1080p/30 video. It offers gesture and TapFly control, flight autonomy system that can sense obstacles, GPS and vision position-based navigation, and much more. We’d wager you’ll find the recipient of this gift playing with it next year, too.
Small, yet so useful—Tiffen filter pouches make it easier for photographers to store, protect, and transport their favorite filters. This large Tiffen Belt Filter Pouch for four 62-82mm Filters accommodates some of the most popular filter sizes, has padded compartments for each filter, and is constructed from durable Cordura nylon. There’s also a label area on top of the case and an easy to open, touch-fastening fabric flap.
Want to amaze the social media video wiz in your family? If so, surprise them with a GNARBOX Portable Backup & Editing System. This fantastic device makes it possible to edit 4K video from a phone in real time, view, edit, and share RAW photos, and is available for iOS and Android users. The GNARBOX has a large 128GB flash storage capacity, 1.92 GHz Intel® Quad Core™ CPU, 2GB of RAM, USB 3.0, SD and microSD ports, and a rechargeable battery that can last approximately 4-6 hours. This is the kind of gift that might inspire one to ask, “How did you know I wanted one of these?”
B&H hopes your holidays are joyful and that every gift you get makes someone jump for joy. Please share some of your favorite gift ideas and suggestions with fellow gift-givers in the Comment box, below.