2023 Top 6 Photography Gift Ideas

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Alison’s Top 6 Favorite Photography Gift Ideas

I have two types of 2023 photography gift ideas:

  1. Custom gifts from your professional photo gallery
  2. Photo gifts straight from Amazon

The first category are custom gifts to make with images from your family photoshoot gallery. With the holidays coming up you have several personalized options right at your finger tips this very moment.

The second are gifts for your resident photographer type. The person always with a camera – even a phone camera. Or it might be someone who may not take a bunch of photos, but prints what they’ve got weather they’re professional or hobbyist images.

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My clients have access to a prints shop inside their own family photo gallery for 6 months. The galleries typically reopen at the holiday for print sales from the labs.

If you can’t find yours or need a fresh link, just shoot over an email!

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1. Double Sided Metal Ornament

These metal ornaments are hands down my favorite photography gift idea. Who loves seeing old photos on the Christmas tree from the 80’s? This ornament will be that in 30 years!

These ornaments are “ultra-hard scratch-resistant surface that is waterproof/weatherproof, with dyes infused into the surface.” They are durable, and wipe clean. The same image is printed on both sides.

Small kids can handle without worry. Toddlers and cats can knock them off the tree without a second thought.

It’ll last for decades. Who doesn’t love seeing their first Christmas or whole family on the tree??

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2. Print Box

This wooden print box comes with 10-100 prints of your choice. Make it a coffee table stable, or keep it on its sideo on the shelf. Printed photos ready to be enjoyed at any time without the need for organization – now that’s a quality photo gift idea! You can even customize the engraving.

They start at 4×6″ and go up to 8×10″ with the options for sliding top, hinges, or an additional USB for safe keeping those files.

Need a quick baby picture for a school project? Someone want to see their first birthday photos? A print box will have it! A photo print box can be customized and hold up to 100 images.

You can order 10 images from your session and add other photos from the year, or decade!

Pro Tip: Get one for your newborn session and add 10 from every few months of the first year!

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3. Photo Calendar

Calendars are terribly practicle photo gift… I have 3 in my view right now where I’m sitting: The family calendar, my planner and a my social media calendar. They hang up out of the way, provide extra value and then can be thrown away at the end of the year.

My 91 year old Granny particularly loves the calendar my sister makes for her every year. She requests photos from everyone in the extended family and makes a college of each months’ anniversaries and birthdays. She even goes the extra mile to note the date of each birthday and anniversary!

Enjoy new photos every month! Design it once and happy reminder all year long.

Pro tip: Tear off the photos and make the kids an ‘album’ at the end of the year!

Photography Gift Ideas from Amazon

holiday photography gift ideas

1. Skylight Digital Frame

Email photos directly to the frame! Skip the uploading, downloading – this frame has is own email address and will automatically display new photos sent from anywhere in the world! Perfect for Grandparents!

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2. Old Towne Photo Album

Each of these album olds up to 200 4x6s each! I have one for almost every year.

I get so bogged down in the design part of printing or ordering photo books that it never happens (ie: I paid $40 for a TEMPLATE of a maternity journal I never printed)

But… with organized Digital photos by year and month, I pick my favorite 200 images from the year, print them cheaply and put them in chronological order.

What I love most: there’s lines to write next to each photo slot. I can write in my own handwriting the birthday details, the vacation memories or just the simple “Field trip to the farm.” No font, color, size or design skills needed!

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3. Thrifty 50 – 50mm lens

If you’re on the market for a ‘big camera’ – skip the kit cameras! Do not waste your money. Those lenses are trash. Instead, buy the body of your choice and the super inexpensive 50mm lens that goes up to f/1.8 for only $150!

Nerd note: f/2.8 and wider is considered a professional lens. This is several stops wider than f/2.8 and none of the professional price tag.

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Always use a UV lens protector to protect your lenses from cracks. Better to break this $7 filter than the lens itself.

Don’t forget: Always get a UV filter for your lens! Its cheaper to replace a busted $10 filter than the whole lens!

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I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus.

They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!

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