Father’s Day is just around the corner (don’t worry, you have almost two weeks before the big day). Admittedly, there isn’t as much hub-bub for fathers as there is for Mother’s Day, but nonetheless, it’s a day to celebrate and recognize the amazing dads out there.

Every year, I encounter the same problem. Dads are hard to shop for. Beyond a new BBQ or another tie (both of which we already purchased last Christmas and birthday), what do they want? If your dad is a photographer, or just loves to take photos, here are some of the hottest items in the photography world that fits all sorts of budgets.


1. DJI Phantom Quadcopter

If you want to totally spoil your dad this Father’s Day, consider getting him the hottest accessory on the market, an unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone). You can get ones for under $100, but the cool kid on the block is the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. And if you’re going to drop that kind of dough, why not go all out and get dad the latest GoPro HERO4. You’ll be the golden child for sure with that combo.


2. Stylish Camera Bag

Sometimes dads need help in the style department, and you might be able to teach him a thing or two. Jay Cassario just reviewed the Bowery Bag from Ona. It’s not only stylish, but durable. You can read Jay’s thoughts about it here. If your dad is more the rugged mountain climbing type, F-Stop Gear just released some of their rugged backpacks in quite a few styles and colors. Matt Saville is taking one for a spin somewhere in the middle of nowhere in a few weeks, so be sure to look for his full review coming soon. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, check out Anthony Thurston’s article on the top 5 sling bags for under $100.


3. Photography T-Shirt

If your dad is like mine, then he relies on mom to buy him clothes. The most he does is make sure it’s clean (if even that much) and doesn’t give it a second thought. If that’s the case, maybe a cool photography t-shirt will help enhance his closet. I found the Shoot Manual shirt (pictured above) on this website, which has a lot of fun photography shirts to choose from.


4. WD My Passport Wireless

With the new update, the Western Digital My Passport Wireless is faster, more functional and perfect for an on-location backup. Anthony recently revisited the drive after 8 months of using it. You can find Anthony’s thoughts on how it performs after the update here and his original review here.

5. Fstop Watch

My dad’s motto has always been, “If you’re on time, you’re late,” which is why I tend to find myself sitting at the airport after a visit about 3 hours before my flight leaves. If that’s like your dad, then maybe getting him a new watch would be a perfect gift (because those types of dads have at least three time telling devices on them at all times). This watch from Photojojo will make your dad even cooler than he already is.


Bonus: If your dad is a new photographer, consider giving him the gift that keeps on giving. I’m talking about education, of course. Our popular Lighting 101 Workshop is a perfect choice for those dads that want to learn everything they can about lighting and don’t know where to start. Right now, we are having a Father’s Day sale where you can get 25% off of the Lighting 101 DVD. Use the code: dad2015 to save!

What are you thinking of getting dad for Father’s Day?