The 8 Worst Gifts for Photographers

Stop giving these to us, we only pretend to like them.

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Receiving a gift like a Hasselblad medium format camera is certainly a photographer’s dream come true. However, most gifts photographers receive are not quite as monumental. While you could potentially resell a horse or a Hasselblad if needed (assuming your friend or family member wouldn’t be too offended), other gifts might not be as versatile or appreciated.

This doesn’t mean that great photography gifts must also come with a hefty price tag. In fact, many photographers appreciate thoughtful gifts that align with their interests and needs.

In this light-hearted list, we’ll explore some common gift ideas that photographers might not find as appealing. Remember, it’s all in good fun, and we hope to shed some light on what NOT to buy.

If you’re curious about what photographers would love to receive as gifts, check out our article here: The 7 Best Gifts for Photographers.

1. Camera Straps

Camera straps seem like a practical gift choice at first glance. However, many photographers either aren’t using one, have an old and worn-out strap, or simply have too many cameras and not enough straps.

Personally, I’ve been there. As a photographer, I have a particular affinity for brands like Couch Camera Straps (made from seat belts and guitar straps) and Hyperion Straps in Greece (for their stylish rope straps). The key here is that camera straps are more than just functional — they can be a personal expression of style for photographers. A well-intentioned gift might end up gathering dust in a closet if it doesn’t align with their taste.

This is especially true for photographers using “boring” looking Sony and Canon cameras. Okay, okay, calm down Canon folks… it’s all in good humor.

A camera strap can be a thoughtful gift, but only if you truly understand the photographer’s preferences and style.