The Best Gift Ideas for Photographers of All Ages

10 December 2023

One of the best things about photography is its wide appeal. Whether you’re a young hobbyist or a seasoned photographer, the joy of capturing the perfect still image is neverending.

At Ted’s Cameras, we believe in nurturing a love for photography at every age and any opportunity. If you’re celebrating an occasion with the photography enthusiast in your life and need gift ideas for photographers, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re shopping for your mum, dad, brother, sister, or the whole clan, we’ve got something for everyone, from the best compact and instant cameras, to DSLRs, lenses, and binoculars. 

To help you find the perfect gift that will inspire and delight photographers at any age, here are our top gift recommendations for children, teens, parents, and the whole family to share and enjoy:

Photography gift ideas for kids:

Ilford Sprite 35 II Flash Reusable Camera

Dubbed a throwback in every sense of the word, we call it a comeback for retro-inspired design film cameras. Sporting a classic film aesthetic that enthusiasts are once again pining for, the Ilford Sprite II reusable film camera is a budget-friendly film camera, especially since it comes with a bonus roll of Ilford XP2 135-24 Film.

Whether it's their first time or they’ve been using reusable film cameras for a while now, kids can enjoy the simplicity and charm of film photography with this easy-to-use camera. Just load the film, point and shoot! And with a push-button flash, shooting in low-light conditions is made even more accessible. Powered by a single AAA battery, the flash recycles in 15 seconds, allowing you to take more photos more often.

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Apexel 10-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit

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With many kids having their own smartphones these days, it only makes sense that they should put them to use for more creative purposes. The Apexel 10-in-1 lens kit encourages this creativity by providing a multitude of different angles and fields of view for your kid to explore as they take photos.

Compatible with most smartphones, this easy-to-use and travel-friendly accessory kit opens the door to specialist photographic applications. There are landscape-ready wide-angle lenses, wildlife suitable telephoto options and much, much more. This is a perfect stepping stone before you splash out on a dedicated camera.

Photography gift ideas for teens & young adults:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera

The Fuji Instax LiPlay is the perfect mix of retro and modern. Coming in a handy compact size, your teens will love taking this along to parties or on family trips. The LiPlay lets you create exciting instant prints anytime, anywhere, in as little as 12 seconds - so the whole family can experience the joy of instant photography. The camera works on a lithium rechargeable battery, which means there’ll be no time fussing around at the store when you run out of juice.

Tech-savvy teens will especially love the LiPlay’s unique audio recording feature, which allows users to record sound clips and attach them to instant prints in the form of QR codes. If you have any smartphone-using teenagers in your family (let’s face it, who doesn’t?), this camera is a no brainer. But if you’re after something a bit more old school, explore our pick of the top 5 instant cameras here.

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Canon EOS 200D Mark II

Ideal for the blossoming student photographer, the Canon EOS 200D Mark II is a great beginner-friendly DSLR. Its easy-to-use features are paired with a guided display mode, meaning that anyone can start creating beautiful, professional-looking images straight out of the box.

This is a beautiful Christmas present for anyone looking to learn the ropes without being disheartened or overwhelmed. Even better, there’s plenty of room to grow: the 24.1MP stills and 4K Videos ll keep users happy for a long time, so there won’t be any need to upgrade soon. 

Your knowledge-hungry teen will also have the option of learning the manual side of photography with the 200D Mark II. Plus, there is a wide range of EOS lenses available if they discover a specific type of photography that they are most passionate about.

Photography gift ideas for mums and dads:

Nikon Z30

With its DX-Format image sensor and portable, travel-friendly design, this Nikon Z30 is a great way for beginners to enter the popular Nikon Z mirrorless family. While the image sensor is smaller than its full-frame siblings, the Z30 produces brilliant still images with 20.9MP resolution and 4K video recordings.

If selfies, group shots, or even home movies are your thing, the Z30 obliges with its tilting LCD screen, while more serious vloggers will enjoy the unlimited record times, dedicated video record button, and of course mic input for attaching an external microphone.

The Nikon Z30 is a good choice for keeping up with the kids, or even grandkids as they run around the backyard at a rapid pace, thanks to its advanced autofocus system, and fast continuous shooting rate of up to 11 frames per second.

DJI Mini 2 SE Drone Fly More Combo

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The DJI Mini 2 SE Drone is ultra lightweight, making it the perfect drone for travel or for anyone looking for a convenient drone for everyday purposes. Weighing in at less than 249 grams, the DJI Mini 2 SE fits easily in a backpack, yet still delivers incredible results. This exceptional drone can produce 12MP stills and 2.7K resolution video recordings, offers 4x digital zoom, and even offers 3 different types of panorama shooting, sphere, wide-angle and 180-degree, so you can create your own unique wide-angle masterpiece with surprising simplicity.

This fantastic drone has a 31-minute flight time and 10KM HD video transmission, and level 5 wind resistance, which allows it to capture smooth and stable footage even in windy conditions. This drone is simple to use, making it a great drone for beginners. And if you’re not sure how to edit your drone footage, the DJI Mini 2 SE includes LightCuts, which automatically selects highlights from your videos and edits them into finished pieces with added effects, music and much more at just a touch of a button. Turn your drone footage into a masterpiece effortlessly!

Photography gift ideas for the whole family to share:

Ricoh WG-6

Waterproof up to 20 metres and shockproof up to 2.1 metres, as well as crush, freeze and dustproof, the Ricoh WG-6 is a rugged and ready waterproof compact camera that can go with you everywhere. And we mean everywhere!

Thanks to these advanced rugged features, the WG-6 makes for a fantastic photographic companion whether you’re heading into town, down by the beach, or hiking in the wilderness.

This camera is not only notable for its brawn, with 20MP or resolution and 4K video recording at its disposal, as well as a versatile 5x optical zoom range that can frame a variety of subjects both on land and underwater.

The Ricoh WG-6 also provides more advanced functions and features, such as built-in LED lights, a digital microscope, and even the ability to be used as a webcam. If you're looking for a camera the whole family can share, we can’t recommend this one enough.

Fuji Instax MiniLink printer 2

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The Fuji Instax MiniLink 2 printer allows you to experience the joy and wonder of instant photography from the comfort of your own smartphone, and seeing as everyone has a smartphone these days - this is a product that the whole family can enjoy!

With advanced control available using the dedicated app, as well as a print time of around 15 seconds, no one will become bored or distracted, making the MiniLink 2 printer the life of the party. With a lightweight and portable design, you won’t be tempted to leave the Fuji MiniLink 2 printer at home as you travel. This compact printer is compatible with the wide range of Instax mini-films and accessories, meaning it will always provide a fresh and exciting perspective to display your favourite happy snaps.

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Give the gift of a life-long hobby

Photography is a hobby that can be enjoyed at any stage of life, even without fancy equipment or professional gear. Our picks of photography gift ideas will help your loved ones unearth their hidden talents and potentially discover a hobby they’ll love for life.

For more photography gift ideas, check out our blog or head into your local Ted’s store for some expert advice today!

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