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Birthday Gift Ideas For Men Who Love Photography


Regardless of whether he’s a professional photographer, do some work on the side for friends and family, or just love to capture the world as their hobby, there is going to be something in here for him.

When you’re getting anyone a birthday present, you always want to make sure that you’re going for something they will truly appreciate. Something that caters to their interests and passions.

Photography is one of the nicest hobbies to have out there, and our picture-taking friends always need something more.

So in this guide, I will give you 15 great 50th birthday gift ideas for men that really knows how to handle the camera.

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Make it personal and fun by turning one of their prints into a jigsaw puzzle

Okay, I've done this one twice and I can guarantee you that it works. Even if he's embarrassed of his photos (because a lot of photographers are for some reason) he'll at least get a good laugh out of it.

Go over to Shutterfly, upload your favorite painting or drawing of his, and make a custom-made jigsaw puzzle from his photos!

Now if that's not creative and personal I don't know.


Elevate his photography, literally, with a tripod for his camera & phone

More camera equipment is always a safe way to go. One piece of equipment that is super useful, and also affordable, is a tripod.

I'd recommend you go with this one, and you'll be set! Just try to make sure that you're not getting him something he's already got.

Camera on tripod for landscape photography

Pull a 180 and gift him a photoshoot OF HIM.

The biggest curse of most photographers is that since they're always behind the camera, there are very few photos of them.

Put together a photoshoot by hiring a professional or one of your friends. Better yet, do a photoshoot where they pose with their camera so they can update any social media profile with their hobby.

... and if they have a dating profile, women love a man with a camera because we want to get our photos taken...

-- little tip for you there.

Bearded photographer standing near sea

Send his photography to the sky with a camera drone

Help him capture photos never possible before in the most fun way with a camera drone!

And no, they don't have to be that expensive. The best seller over at Amazon is just over $50!

Get it here.

Modern Drone with camera flying in the forest.

Gift him additional equipment with an external flash

Help him up his night-time or portrait photography with a high-quality external flash.

It's a must-have in every photographer's equipment bag. Go for the best-in-test here.


Gift him new skills with a photography workshop

Gift him a session or two for a workshop or photography class where he can learn some new skills, tips, and tricks.

Even just an hour with a professional can elevate a hobby-photographers skills to new heights, and not to mention: it's a lot of fun!

Google "photography workshops" near me and I'm sure you'll find lots of different options for you to choose from!

Photography is my hobby. Three men holding cameras and taking pictures.

Update his software by getting him an Adoble Photoshop subscription

Pay the subscription fee for a photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

This gives them brand new tools to edit his photos and pictures, and will help them elevate their craft and skills to new heights straight from their home!

It's also a great way for you to be flexible with your budget, since you can choose if you just wanna get them a month, 3, 6, a year or anything in-between.

Man using computer with photo editing software

Go old school by gifting him a vintage film camera

There are tons of awesome ways photographers can capture the world around them, and one of the most fun ways of doing so by a vintage film camera.

This is how they took photos back in the day, and it makes every photo taken look like it's from the 70's which is just such a unique and cool effect.

It's like driving a classic car: it's not necessarily more effective, but it's fun, beautiful and captures a piece of history in every single photo.

You can go with something cheap like this one from Amazon, or you can go into your local photostore and ask the clerk for recommendations and what you're looking for.

Vintage film camera

... and don't forget the actual film for the vintage film camera

Of course, if you end up getting them a vintage film camera- you need to get them film so they can actually take and print photos.

Alternatively, if you know that they already have a film camera and love to use it, restock their film supply so they can keep it going!

Get it here from Amazon or at your local film store.

Elegant black man with a film camera

Help them clean their equipment with a camera cleaning kit

Make sure they have lots of opportunities to keep their camera gear clean by getting them a camera cleaning kit like this one!

Another affordable but must-have tool for any photographer, hobby OR professional!

Check out the best on the market right here.


Gift them a photography vest for stylish effectivity

A fantastic piece of equipment that I don't see enough hobby photographers carry is a photography vest.

This thing helps out SO much during a photoshoot, as it allows the photographer to not have to constantly get in and out of their camera bag -- but rather strap their most used items straight to their vest and have constant easy access.

I've seen this one used the most during my own photoshoots (I'm the one getting my picture taken, I can't take photos worth a penny)


Bring their photography to life by turning it into beautiful wall art

Print their favorite photograph onto a canvas or frame, and gift them beautiful wall-art that they took!

If they have any form of public portfolio pick the photo you like the best, use Shutterfly to print it, and write a little note about why you like that specific photo so much.

I guarantee you that it's not the actual frame hanging on their wall that they will appreciate, but rather the fact that you liked it so much you just had to print it --

and he'll think of that every time they see the photo up!

home interior - green sofa with watercolor pictures on wall

Update his kit with a brand new camera bag

Get them a new waterproof camera bag for their equipment.

This is a much greater gift if they just received a new camera, or you know that their old bag is a piece of junk.

Check out the best-in-test right here.


Help them explore new heights with a photography challenge deck

Get them a photography challenge deck like this one that comes with a bunch of different challenges, prompts and ideas for their next photoshoot!

This is a wonderful way to encourage your photographing gift recipient to explore their hobby and go out of their comfort zone a lot more.

This one has a bunch of fun challenges that is bound to bring some new inspiration!



Gift a brand new polaroid camera for old timey fun

Get them a polaroid camera that comes with a few packets of film like this one!

It's yet another great way for your photographer to explore their hobby, styles and different ways of taking photos -- in addition to the fact that its fun to just take a photo and immediately be able to print the result.

My wall is full of polaroid photos from over the years!

Old instant camera

And There You Have It! 15 Great 50th Birthday Gift Ideas For Men Who Loves Photography

No matter what type of gift you decide to give for his upcoming birthday, the most important thing is that it comes from the heart.

Whether you pick one of our recommendations or come up with something entirely unique on your own, just try your best to show some interest in his hobbies and you'll already be doing great.

Need gift ideas for someone else? Check out our other gift-giving guides right here.

Good luck!

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