Christmas is right around the corner, so here's your 2018 gift guide for the photographer in your life! I have some really affordable selections this year! Enjoy! 😀
1) Travel Planner $5.56
I'm ashamed to admit the degree to which I plan for trips. It doesn't even matter if it's a day trip, road trip, or air travel. I love planning, and these travel planners from Mochi Things basically took all my neurotic planning and put it all into one handy book! Click the link to see just how detailed this planner gets - amazing! I may even pick up one of these for myself!
2) Fingerless Gloves $11.89
I learned recently how important it is to have these when shooting outdoors in cold weather. Regular gloves, while warm, just don't do the trick because you need your fingers to change settings, often times on a touchscreen LCD. You can find these at so many price points, but I thought these were a great compromise between cute and practical. If you're looking for major cute factor, check out this pair from Kate Spade - and buy me a pair, too! 😉
3) Photo Album/Binder $18.86
Every year, I tell myself I'm going to print more photos instead of letting them sit on my hard drive. This might be at the top of my new year resolution list! How cute is this album? You basically take your printed photos, slip them inside these mats that are hole-punched and keep them in the binder. I love that you can rearrange your photos, or curate a nice set to share while giving you the option to switch things up!
4) The Bucket List Coffee Table Book $23.79
Not only will this book give you a severe case of wanderlust, but it makes for a great coffee table book to peruse even when you aren't traveling or taking photos. It's filled with beautiful photos and inspiration to fill your travel bucket list.
5) Premium Photo Books from Mpix from $39.99
A few months ago, I finally had some photo books made. It was something I had put off for a long time, but was so rewarding to have once it was finished. The hardest part is picking which photos you want to include! I couldn't find a gift card option on their website, but Mpix does great photo book with many options. Perhaps you can summon up your creative side and make holder that includes a Visa/Mastercard gift card?
6) Peak Design Tech Pouch $59.99
All photographers have a bunch of little bits and bobs that go along with their expensive hobby. What's a better accessory for an expensive hobby than an expensive tech pouch? I've been lusting after this for a few months, and now they're readily available on Peak Design's website! It's pricey, but look. at. that. organization! I may need this in my life. 😃
7) Moment Lenses starting at $69.99
This made my list last year, and I don't even feel bad about having it on my list again! The only thing preventing me from buying these right now is that I have an older iPhone. Rest assured, once I get a new iPhone with a better camera, this will be the first thing in my shopping cart! There are a variety of lenses, and I love that they are 1) well made and 2) made of real glass. Their website offers so much more than just a place to buy these lenses, too. You'll find tips for photography, and photos from some amazing locations/trips! Check it out!
8) Ona x Passion Passport Bowery Bag $149
Like every bag addict, I also looked at the Ona Bowery bag as an option to carry my gear for a light day of shooting. Being all leather, the price point was a bit too much for me to pull the trigger. Low and behold, Ona has come out with a collection of Bowery bags made of weatherproof canvas in different colors! I'm definitely eyeing this orange one in the color "clay". It would still look cute as a purse even if you weren't carrying camera gear in it.
9) LaCie Portable External Hard Drive $159.94
Photographers can never have too much storage. I first saw this product at WPPI back in February, and was definitely intrigued. I love how rugged and durable it looks, and from what I've read, it is very reliable.
10) Leica D-Lux 7 $1,195
Ha! You knew I had to have at least one crazy item on this list, and here it is! Recently Leica released their D-Lux 7 camera. I had the Leica D-Lux 6 and ended up selling it to get a Canon G7x. I still remember the day my friend Patty and I were in the Leica store in Washington, D.C. and decided on a whim we would both buy ourselves a D-Lux 6 camera. I loved that camera, but will admit I was never impressed with its image quality, especially as better options were being offered by other camera makers. Well, aesthetically, I am drooling all over the D-Lux 7. It even has an electronic viewfinder (EVF), and while I'm not a huge fan of EVF, the D-Lux 6 didn't have one, so this is an upgrade (complete with an upgraded price, of course)! The specs on this camera are nothing to write home about, but that's not why you buy a Leica, is it? 😏
Hopefully, I gave you some good ideas for what to buy the photography-obsessed person in your life. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping! 😊
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