Gifts for Photo Lovers

February 26, 2014    |    By +
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It’s no accident that Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” as their Word of the Year for 2013. These days, everybody’s a photographer. If there’s a moment worth capturing, you can be sure that someone has their smartphone out. We take pictures all day long—of our meals, our vacations, our friends, our kids, our pets, and yes, ourselves—so when it comes to framing an image, we’re pretty sophisticated customers. What do you give a photo-lover who has seen it all? I went on the hunt for gifts for photo lovers that kick it up a notch.

I began with a question. Every once in a while there’s a photograph, or a set of photos, that I want to return to again and again. How do you lift them out of the digital ocean? What do you do with your favorite pictures? I found an answer I love in this Memory Photo Tray ($49.99), which sandwiches a collage of favorite images between solid wood and glass in an object you can use every day.




Other creative solutions: an eye-catching sculptural Keepsake Photo Album, ($48) by Debra Folz—I dare you not to pick it up—and a Photo Frame Wall Clock ($29.99). It lets you personalize and showcase a family reunion, a favorite trip, a wedding, or any theme you can dream up, with this gentle reminder to seize the day.












A photographer who loves a real print will appreciate the new generation of Polaroid-style cameras, like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 Instant Film Camera ($136.99)—which magically whips up an instant, credit card size print to pass around.




Image-makers looking for timeless inspiration in an age of Snapchat might like to focus on gorgeously produced art books like Avedon: Women ($63.64), and America’s Wilderness: The Photographs of Ansel Adams ($85.36). These two photographers couldn’t have chosen more different subjects—Richard Avedon celebrated high fashion, Adams the stark landscapes of the American West—but both are considered among the few masters of the art.


 Want more? Zoom in on’s Cameras and Photography section for more photo-ready ideas.

Lavonne Leong lives with her husband and daughters in Honolulu, where she writes about arts, education, science, families, and yes, shopping. She’s the editor-at-large for San Francisco-based Red Bridge Press, and her first children’s book, Up in the Hawaiian Sky, was published in 2013.


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