Discover the best Mother's Day gifts for photographers in our buying guide.
Mother's Day is just around the corner on Sunday 22 March in the UK and Ireland, and if you're looking for the perfect gift, then you're in the right place. If you are in the USA, Canada, Australia and many other countries Mothers Day is coming up soon on 10 May. If your mum, step-mum or grandma is a keen snapper, then they'll love these ideal photography gifts that we've rounded up here.
And don't forget the card too... a great idea her is to find a memorable shot and turn into a personalised greetings card (find where in our guide to the best photo cards).
Whether you're planning on going all out and gifting your mum a new camera (lucky her!), or you think a beautifully put-together photo book would be more appropriate (and a little lighter on your wallet), we've got some fantastic options for you to peruse.
Help your mum relive her happiest memories
There's nothing better than sitting down and going through old photos together, but with so many recent photos being resigned to gathering digital dust on our phones, why not bring this time-honored tradition into the 21st century? Printing a photo book might initially seem like a daunting task, but it's easier than you might think.
CEWE's photo books are easy to design and great quality too – making them the perfect Mother's Day gift! If you're looking for something even more unique, why not browse their personalized photo gift range.
• Read more: Best photo books
2. Pandora Camera Charm
Charm your mum with this elegant trinket
It can be tough to consistently follow the traditional advice of keeping a camera on you at all times, but this Pandora camera charm will make it a lot easier! This small charm is the perfect subtle gift for a mum who loves photography.
You can pick up this beautiful little charm on Amazon US and Amazon UK. If you think this is the perfect gift, but your mum doesn't already have a necklace or bracelet, we particularly like this charm bracelet that's also available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
3. Lomography Konstruktor Flash DIY SLR Camera
This is a great project for a camera-loving mum
For just over £30, as the model name suggests, the appeal here is being able to build your own camera utilising the plastic kit shell provided. The upgraded version of the Konstruktor even comes with a PC socket for flash photography, though you’ll need the hot shoe adaptor in the optional accessory kit (another £17).
We enjoyed using the waist level viewfinder and the through-the-lens viewing that comes courtesy of the spring loaded mirror level. Very Heath Robinson it may be, but it’s not without charm if you don’t mind putting the initial work in.
4. Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System
Take your portraits to the next level with these wacky filters
Is your mum looking for a new way to switch up her photography? Sometimes one of the best ways to experiment with your photography gear isn't about what's behind your lens, but rather what's in front of it. The Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System is designed to add a splash of color to your images through this unusual set-up.
All you need to do is screw one of the filter rings onto your lens and then use one of the magnetic Effects Wands to help distort the light as it enters the lens. This is actually pretty similar to the common DIY hack of holding transparent sweet wrappers over the end of your lens to cast a colorful hue. However, this filter system helps make the creative process as easy as possible.
5. Umiko 3D iPhone Camera Design Case
Make an iPhone feel a bit more "camera-y" for taking photos
While it won't magically turn it into an SLR, the Umiko 3D Camera case will at least give your mum a stylish new upgrade to her phone. This iPhone case even comes with a lanyard that mimics a camera strap, should your mum be the sort that loses her handset all the time.
6. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang
A book that every shooter will get something out of
There are some fantastic photography books out there (and more than a fair share of stinkers, too), but unless it happens to be written by your mum's favorite photographer it can be hard to pick one that you know she'll like. Fortunately, one of the best books around is the fantastic How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang – simply put, if you enjoy using a camera, you'll enjoy reading this book.
A highly respected photographer and educator (or "sharer" as he prefers to put it), Ang has an effortless way of explaining things and his book really does show you how to photograph virtually everything. A great one for the bookshelf, and something mum will be sure to read cover to cover.
• See also the best coffee-table books on photography
7. Deyard K020 Water-resistant Memory Card Case
Keep all these cards extra-safe
Capacity: 12 SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and 12 MicroSD cards
This might not be the most exciting Mother's Day gift for a photographer, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one more useful. Scrambling to find all of your memory cards can be a total pain, but your mum will never lose one again with this handy memory card case.
While many camera bags will offer dedicated pockets for memory cards, we'd recommend getting something like the Deyard K020 Water-resistant Memory Card Case if possible. Equipped with a hard, protective polycarbonate shell, this case is shockproof and water-resistant, meaning it'll hold up even in challenging conditions and difficult weather. As well as SD cards, it also has space for MicroSD cards, i.e. the type that fit in an action camera or smartphone.
• See also our guide to the best memory card cases and wallets
08. Instant camera
Get instant respect from your mum with this gift choice
No matter what the occasion, an instant camera is the perfect vehicle to capture fun prints that you'll treasure forever. Plus, it's a camera that can be used by anyone, no matter their photographic ability. An instax is a fantastic instant camera that can also double up as a colorful piece of decoration as well.
One of our favorites is the Fujifilm instax Mini 9, which comes in a wide range of snazzy colors. Check out the best prices for your region above. If you've already got an instax, why not pick up some fun confetti-styled instax film instead?
9. SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C
Easily transport files with this useful device
If your mum is anything like ours, her phone will be stuffed with pictures of kids, grandkids and perhaps some nice flowers she saw yesterday. Save her from her next moment of panic when her storage runs out with this handy little device.
Designed for next-generation devices with the new USB Type-C port, you can now quickly and easily free up space on your smartphone with the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C. It can transfer files between devices at USB 3.1 high speeds of up to 150MB/s. The SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android is then available to help your mum manage her device's memory and content.
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