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Budget Friendly Holiday Gifts Under $50

By Hanssie on December 4th 2015

Now that the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, I hope you got a good start on your holiday shopping. But if you’re like me, you probably haven’t started quite yet and are beginning to panic just a little bit. Last year, I walked into Best Buy on December 23rd and bought something for everyone on my list in one fell swoop (I don’t recommend). This year, as with every year, I planned on starting early (in September) and technically, it’s still early-ish.

In the last few weeks, we’ve been publishing our gift guides and, while there are some really great items on those lists, it’s not in my budget to spend a ton of money on gifts for all the photographers in my life. I can, however, spend around $25-$50 for my photographer friends and so I’ve compiled the following gift guide for those that are looking for gifts under $50 as well.

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Joby Gorillapod $39.99

This funny looking Gorillapod is a super handy tabletop tripod stand that’s surprisingly strong. It can support 6.6lbs of weight, which means your Canon 7D or Nikon D7000 would be just fine attached to it. The flexible legs are great for wrapping around a tree or Light stand. I’ve seen the Gorillapod hold a Speedlite while strapped to a speaker at wedding receptions. It’s a versatile tool that fits perfectly in a camera bag and can be used in all sorts of situations. Plus it’s only $39.99.

Get the Joby Gorillapod here.

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Replica Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Thermo Cup $14.95

A perfect cup for those late night cups of coffee to get your through an editing session, this replica Canon 24-105mm lens thermos cup always gets a double take when I use it. It’s insulated and stainless steel, but who cares about those details. It’s just a cute cup that photographers will love. They also have other lens sizes and Nikkor lenses as well.

Get yours for $14.95 (and up for other lens replicas) here.

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Asilda Store Pins, Patches & Stickers Under $10

When I was younger, I loved to collect little trinkets – be it buttons, stickers, or pins, I proudly displayed my collection on my backpack. Every Saturday, I would wake up early, and my friend and I would work at the Swap Meet with my friend’s dad. He sold pins. I’d run my fingers through rows and rows of those pins, carefully straightening them on the corkboard and noting the ones I wanted. My backpack was covered.

The pins at Asilda brings me back to those childhood days of girl scout patches, pins, and stickers all with a photography adventure theme. Two of my favorites are the wedding photographer pin and the Traveler Patch. For under $10, these trinkets would make some great, nostalgic stocking stuffers for any photographer.

See the entire collection here.

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Working With Flash With Pye Jirsa [Creative Live Course]

If gifting our foundational Lighting DVDs are not in your budget for that photographer in your life, then the next best thing is Pye’s CreativeLive workshop from this year’s Photo Week. In the 13 lesson course, Pye teaches on-camera flash bounce techniques that you can use to create 1, 2, and even 3 light setups using simple and inexpensive light modifiers, as well as some basics into off-camera flash. The course is currently on sale from now until December 24th and is only $41!

Get it on Creative Live here.

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Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case $17.99

A memory card case isn’t the sexiest holiday gift, but it’s a necessity as almost every photographer needs one. And if you want the closest thing to sexy for a case, it would have to be a Pelican. This case stores SD, Mini SD, Micro SD Cards in a water resistant, Polycarbonate Resin case and like any Pelican, is pretty much indestructible! It’s only $17.99, so you have some extra $$ to throw in a few SD cards while you’re at it!

Get the Pelican Memory Card Case here and some memory cards here.

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Lightdow LD-160 Ultra High Power Dimmable 160 LED Bulb Video Light $29.97

This little light packs a powerful punch and is one of those unsung heroes in my photography bag. I can’t tell you how many times this LED video light has saved me while trying to focus during a dark reception or night time portraits. It’s also a great little light for when you’re digging in the bottom of your bag for those extra batteries at the end of the night. The light is dimmable, pops onto my hot shoe, and comes with filters.

Get it here.

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Cordito $45

If you’re an iPhone user, then in addition to your headphones and actual phone, you have to carry your charger with you everywhere you go (who feels my pain?!) This makes a tangled mess in my purse/laptop case no matter how well I roll it up and being of a Type A persuasion, I can’t handle messes. This leather case has slots to hold your phone’s cords, chargers, and small accessories and rolls up like a cute little burrito so you have all your neccesary cords in one neatly packaged case.

Get yours and one for a friend on Photojojo here.

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Wood Calendar From Artifact Uprising $29.99

Everyone needs a calendar, so why not give your friend a calendar with your images on it? Everything that Artifact Uprising offers is beautiful. I was able to touch the papers and products at a recent trade show and myself (plus most of the writing team) will vouch for the beauty and quality of these products. Even Oprah picked one of AU’s products as one of her Favorite Things of 2015 list. And who can argue with Oprah?

Get your custom calendar here.

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Sticky9 Instagram Magnets From $15.99

If you don’t have Instagram, you’re not a real photographer…I kid, I kid. But seriously, lots of people have Instagram and lots of people love Instagram (me included). I ordered a set of these magnets for fun and now I want to cover my fridge with my IG pictures.

Get your set of nine here.

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Hopefully, you got a few ideas so you can knock a few names off your Christmas list. Now, I’m off to work on my own list. Comment below with more ideas and links of your favorite under $50 gift ideas!

Be sure to check out our other gift guides:

 

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lee G

    The Joby Gorillapod mentioned is $29 on B&H right now.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    My daughter bought me the Canon lens coffee mug a few years ago.. l surprised her back showing I had that actual lens!

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  3. Andy & Amii Kauth

    We rock that Joby (though ours has the “ball head”). You can also get it on Amazon for $35 right now. :)

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  4. Tom Blair

    Nice gifts but Santa you can but my D810 in my bag,Thank you

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    • Hanssie

      Ha. Santa’s bringing me a lump of coal, so I guess I’ll just have to buy myself something from the above list…

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  5. penelope peralta

    The CreativeLive videos are definitely worth it!

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  6. Stephen Glass

    You know it does tend to do that Justin come to think of it. If you seat them well it’s not a big problem. I guess it doesn’t bother me is what it comes down to. There’s seldom anything perfect, unless of course its a Profoto B1, and if it is nearly perfect it is usually outrageously expensive.

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  7. Stephen Glass

    I can speak for the Pelican case. Very sturdy build.

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    • Justin Haugen

      I was turned off by the reviews of the foam not holding onto the memory cards very well after extended use, has that been a problem for you yet?

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    • Hanssie

      I’ve never used the on for the SD cards, but I had the one for the CF cards and it was great. Never had an issue

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    • Justin Haugen

      There used to be one with rubber grips for the cards, but they don’t make it anymore from what I’ve read =/

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  8. Joseph Ford

    Nice selection, for your significant photographer in your life.

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