It's the season of giving – and receiving, if you need an excuse to spoil yourself with a treat! But of course, with photography being such an expensive hobby, it can be challenging to find a worthwhile gift that doesn't break the bank.
Don't worry, though – we've put together a great gift guide to suit a variety of budgets. There's something here for everyone, from bags and software to cameras and lenses.
And to make your budget stretch even further, think about picking up some kit second-hand. Buying used kit from retailers like MPB, the world’s largest resale platform for digital photography and film-making kit (opens in new tab), isn't just better for your wallet – it's kinder to the planet as well.
Christmas Gifts: Under £100
Giving a great gift doesn't have to wipe out your Christmas bonus! Check out these smart bargain buys with real photographic flair.
Luminar AI Photo editing software
Powerful yet intuitive, this is a great standalone app and Adobe plug-in.
£59/$79 www.skylum.com (opens in new tab)
3 Legged Thing Ellie L-Bracket
A universal L-bracket for easy tripod shooting and adjustments.
£51/$52 www.3leggedthing.com (opens in new tab)
SRB Photographic Elite Bundle Kit
A superb filter kit with a circular polariser and 10-stop neutral-density.
£80/$111 www.srb-photographic.co.uk (opens in new tab)
A brilliant beginner’s camera, complete with built-in interactive tutorial. (Good condition)
£79/$110 bit.ly/2021mpb100 (opens in new tab)
Christmas Gifts: Under £150
If you've got a little more cash to splash, these quality gifts see style meet substance – but still won't break the bank.
Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod
A small-folding yet tall travel tripod, with a pivoting centre column.
£139/$210 www.kenro.co.uk (opens in new tab)
GVM 800D RGB LED Video Light
A versatile LED panel, with a full colour range and a neat range of special effects.
£120/$99 www.gvmled.com (opens in new tab)
Benro MSD46C SupaDupa Monopod
A sturdy yet lightweight carbon-fibre monopod that gives solid support.
£130/$160 www.benroeu.com (opens in new tab)
Lowepro Flipside BP300 AW III Backpack
The latest generation of Lowepro’s legendary Flipside camera backpacks.
£135/$150 www.lowepro.com (opens in new tab)
Syrp Genie Micro Remote Controller
A clever wireless camera controller that works from a smartphone app.
£139/$159 www.svrp.com (opens in new tab)
7artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 II Fisheye Lens
A manual diagonal fisheye lens
for various crop-sensor cameras.
£129/$139 www.7artisans.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head, 200PL
Our favourite ball head, with Manfrotto’s smart quick-release plate.
£104/$175 www.manfrotto.com (opens in new tab)
Christmas Gifts: Under £200
If you're looking to spend a little bit more, check out this seriously good gear that’s not just for Christmas.
Billingham Hadley Small camera bag
This smaller version of an iconic camera bag is perfect for mirrorless setups.
£187/$230 www.billingham.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Canon Pixma TS6350/6320 printer
The perfect choice for printing both documents and high-quality photos.
£155/$130 www.canon.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone
Ensure the audio quality of your videos is up to snuff with this directional mic.
£179/$230 www.en-uk.sennheiser.com (opens in new tab)
Interfit Badger Beam LED Monolight
This LED monolight is a constant-light alternative to using a flash head.
£199/$219 www.interfitphoto.co.uk (opens in new tab)
A high-performance compact mirrorless body with real retro chic into the bargain. (Good condition)
£199/$275 bit.ly/2021mpb200 (opens in new tab)
Christmas Gifts: Over £200
If your wallet can accommodate it, pick out something special from this list to show how much you care.
Hähnel Modus 600RT Mk II WK
A top-end flashgun and RF wireless trigger kit in various options.
£299/$284 www.hahnel.ie (opens in new tab)
Samyang MF 14mm f/2.4
This ultra-wide-angle prime is brilliant for interiors, landscapes and astro.
£369/$499 www.samyanglens.com (opens in new tab)
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
Powerful and feature-rich, it’s a stellar pocket-sized camera – and a great buy from MPB. (Good condition)
£384/$531 bit.ly/2021mpb200plus (opens in new tab)
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