1. Research the photographer first
I don’t know how many times I got a gift that wasn’t right for me. I have a Canon camera and i was given a lens for Nikon. Just doesn’t fit. So get in touch with a spouse or a coworker first to get the information.
2. Cheap is Cheap
When it comes to camera and photography equipment, you get what you pay for. Do not try to cross corners when buying this gear. Sure you might be able to save some money if you buy it online but don’t try to go with cheap unknown brand.
3. Giftcards are nice when in doubt.
If you didn’t have enough time to research and find the correct gear, then it is better to to be safe than sorry. Going with a giftcard to Bestbuy, Bhphotovideo or Adorama are always safe bets. According to a source, 85% of all professional photographers prefer this option, while only 20% hobby photographers prefer a gift card.
4. Hobby or professional?
This is key when trying to find the right gift. A hobby photographer will accept most things and will probably also accept that mug that looks like a lens. After all it is the thought that counts right?
A professional will be super picky so make sure you know what they want.