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Gifts for Photography Lovers: Under $25 Edition

I'm working by the glow of the Christmas trees, so it must be nearly that time. If you've got a photography lover in your life, here are a few things he or she might appreciate finding under the tree in just four short weeks.

Miniature Camera Pendant Necklace: I can't take my camera with me absolutely everywhere, but I can keep this adorable little camera around my neck at all times. I lurve it.

I Shoot People t-shirt: I mentioned a similar shirt in last year's list, but this version is just enough different that I would happily own them both. It's available for women and for men.

Camera Strap: My absolute favorite camera straps have all come from this Etsy shop, but I'm digging this one I found on Amazon as well. No matter where you find one, a funky camera strap is a great gift. (Those of you trying to buy for me this year, I'm digging orange and blue right now.)

Bokeh Kit: This was gifted to me last year and I LOVE IT. It's not something you can use every day, but it is fun to pull out once in a while.

Camera Keychain: I'm kind of obsessed with keychains, so a keychain that is shaped like a camera seems like a fantastic idea in my book.

Camera Sleeve: Lately I've found myself not really wanting to drag my entire camera bag around with me. This sleeve is a great way to protect a DSLR so that it can be thrown into any handbag, backpack, or whatever. It's pretty inexpensive and has great reviews.

Photography Gloves: This is one of those things that seems silly until you've found yourself standing outside trying to photograph something and freezing your butt off. Regular gloves make it hard to adjust your camera's settings, but these photography gloves are made to keep your hands warm while still giving you great control. ME. WANT.

Photography Magazine: There are a lot of great choices for a gift that will give monthly or quarterly, but I like the idea of one that is accessible on the Kindle Fire.

SD Card: There is no possible way a person can have too many memory cards for their DSLR. No. Possible. Way.

Rechargeable Batteries: It's also impossible to have too many rechargeable batteries. Whether it's camera batters or plain old AAs for an external flash, they are a necessary evil. For the record, I swear to you that the far less expensive off brand camera batteries are just fine.

Vintage Camera case for iPhone: We all know you can't not have a case for your iPhone, so why not make it an awesome case?

Vintage Lighting Book: Seriously. SOMEONE BUY THIS FOR ME. Please? It's a book that features lighting techniques from 1910 through 1970. I love vintage photography, so this is totally up my alley.

And, for the record, I still stand by the items I listed last year. There are tons of great gifts for photography and camera lovers out there, and you don't have to spend a fortune to get them.


Great Price on an Entry-Level DSLR

There are approximately 21350923856 posts in my head that belong in this space, and just as soon as I manage to nail down a few minutes, some of them will start to appear. Really high on that list is my annual recommendations for gifts for photography lovers. I have ideas! Lots of them! And I need to write them so that my husband has his shopping list!


In the meantime, I wanted to share a pretty fantastic deal that is going on at Amazon right now. For the past few years, Canon has released a new DSLR in late summer. That means the previous version starts to go on sale. That exact situation has happened again this year with the release of the T4, and now the Canon T3 is at a great price.

The Canon T3 is a really fantastic DSLR. There are better cameras out there, certainly (the T3i shoots faster and the T4 is better in low light, for example), but at $429, I don't know that you can do much better if you are looking for an entry-level DSLR at a great price. Not only is it currently only $429, it also qualifies for some promotions, one of which is 2% back. That means you'd end up with around $80 to spend on later. Maybe you could get a new lens?

Pair the Amazon deals with some Amazon gift cards from Giant Eagle and you've officially found your way to a deal that beats the prices for a lot of point and shoot cameras.

Great camera (it's better than the one I shoot with, actually). Great price. If you're on the fence, now is the time to jump. Prices will climb as the supply diminishes.