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10 Last Minute Kitschy Gifts for the Photographers In Your Life

By Hanssie on December 18th 2014

Kitschy – adjective : things (such as movies or works of art) that are of low quality and that many people find amusing and enjoyable –

Hooray, last minute shoppers! You are now down to the wire (again) this year and well, thanks for keeping FedEx in business. If you are doing the mad scramble for gift ideas for that photographer, filmmaker, or hard to buy for person in your life, how about a kitschy gift? I mean, my brother would love the Canon EOS C100 Cinema camera, but if I had $5,200 bucks, I’d go buy myself the new Fuji X-T1 and a bunch of lenses (sorry, bro). So, he’s getting a contact lens case shaped like a camera. Just as good, right?


I’ve searched far and wide to find some of the kitschy-est photo themed gifts that are pretty much useless, but a lot of fun and good for a few laughs. If you want to order though, hurry. The shipping deadlines are upon us.

1. HDE Novelty Camera Film Roll Canister Toilet Paper/Tissue Dispenser

How useful is this gift? It’s something EVERYONE uses every single day, it’s nostalgic and it’s only $8.49 (plus a boatload of money for expedited shipping, I’m sure).


2. Camera Lens Mug

You know your inner geek is freaking out right now (as mine did when I got this as a gift last Christmas). We use these camera lens mugs as demos for the UNDFIND bags at trade shows and people ask all the time where they can purchase them. And yes, they also have Nikon lens cups as well.


3. F Stop Watch

Tell time by apertures with this fun wristwatch. What time is it? It’s f2.8.


4. PhotoPhreezePhun Novelty Silicone Camera Ice Cube Tray

These molds of cameras, flashes and lenses will make any drink that much cooler.


5. Vintage Correspondent Camera Desk Clock (Folding Camera)

This clock is not so much kitschy as shabby chic and would look great on a desk next to aMacBook. Just think of the juxtaposition…


6. The Polaroid Cube

This actually reminds me of an old keychain I used to have that folded out into a working film camera. A modern, yet throwback to the Polaroid days, this tiny cube shoots stills and video up to 1080p HD!


7. Thumbs Up! Fotomatic Wallet

I apparently miss the Polaroid camera because here’s another Polaroid item. The best part about this wallet is that you can personalize it with your own photographs!


8. Betsey Johnson Gold-Tone Camera Pendant Necklace

It’s jewelry and it’s Betsey Johnson. If the photographer in your life is a woman, she’ll love this. And if she doesn’t, send it to me because I love it.


9. White Vintage Camera Print Infinity Loop Scarf

Infinity scarves are the it thing this season, so grab one of these camera imprinted scarves that is lightweight enough to wear all year round.


10. Vintage Camera Pillows

Snuggle up to your camera while watching Netflix. Also would be a good match for your film toilet paper holder (see #1).



Of course, if you don’t like the kitschy gift idea, you could always buy the gift that keeps on giving – some photography education. Like the Photography 101 Workshop. It’s not as cool as a toilet paper holder shaped like a roll of film, but then again, what is?

Well, have you been naughty or nice this year? Is Santa going to bring you anything fun? Comment below.


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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 Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    Love the mug.

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  2. Herm Tjioe

    . . .and a good kitschy article at that

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  3. Austin Swenson

    You guys are all a bunch of photo nerds. I mean seriously, who would buy all this crap? Well, me. I would buy this crap…

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  4. Daniel Thullen

    I use my 24-105mm Caniam Lens mug pretty much daily. Those desk clocks look interesting.
    Hanssie, which one is your must have item this Christmas?

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  5. Fabio Porta

    I have the 24-105 camera lens mug! :-D

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    Whaaaaat …best article ever this season …I love me some of the camera lens mugs and the fstop watch

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  7. Hans photoWerks

    Love the F-stop watch…

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  8. Chris Nachtwey

    I might just buy the f-stop watch for myself…love it!

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  9. Dre Rolle

    Those desk clocks are looking mighty tempting right now.

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