Forget the camera-themed tie and get your beloved photo geek something they really want
Shopping for a photographer can be tricky. The gifts we like might not seem very flashy, but they're often extremely useful. So, rather than opting for a novelty or an impersonal gift card, we've put together a list of things a serious camera geek would be excited to unwrap.
Often, they're things we need and love, but hate buying on our own. Many of you know the pain of dipping into your lens savings fund when you have to buy something like a new hard drive. it's not fun. And that's why these are great gifts. They'll get used and abused. And that's the way it should be.
Micro Gaffer's Tape $21
Gaffer's tape is an essential piece of every photo kit. You can use it to hold a flash in place, cover up the logos on your camera, mend a broken strap, repair a snapped camera bag strap, and the list goes on. Micro Gaffer Tape comes in an assortment of colors. You can get black, white, and grey, but it also comes in neon colors in case you want to make it visible.
It's not as exciting to unwrap as a fancy lens or other more expensive kit, but it might actually save the day somewhere down the road. Because after a while, every dedicated photographer ends up with at least one piece of gear that's held together by gaffer's tape.
Oh, and if you're thinking of substituting with duct tape, don't. Duct tape isn't meant tone removed so it leaves sticky residue all over your gear that can ruin it.