It’s crunch time for holiday gifting. And filmmakers and videographers are notoriously difficult \ to shop for. If you’re a good friend outside of the visual creation world, then perhaps you’ve already driven yourself nuts googling “what to buy a filmmaker for the holidays.”
Here at Kitsplit, we want everyone to have a lovely, stress-free Chrismahanukwanzakah. To help, we’ve compiled a list of awesome filmmaker-approved gifts arranged by budget!
Gifts from $0 – $49
Lens Cap Holder ($10)
It’s cheap and functional and makes a great stocking stuffer. The Hufa Lens cap holder attaches directly to your camera strap and holds your lens cap in place, so you don’t have to worry about losing the cap when you’re on the go.
Ektachrome super 8 film is baaaaaaack! Okay, it’s on backorder, but for the most part it’s back. If you’ve never shot with this film stock it’s a super lush, daylight balanced, fine grain kind of celluloid that makes beautiful images. It’s perfect for film nerds and a great way to capture holiday magic.
Monogrammed Camera Strap ($20-40)
Etsy, the home of cute crafts and cross-stitched representations of your favorite beverage, provides a huge selection of camera straps. Get personal with a monogrammed camera strap. There are tons of options including this leather monogrammed one, this floral one for your initials, and brightly colored thin camera straps.
Kitsplit Gift Certificate ($50 and up)
Still not sure what to get the filmmaker or photographer in your life? What better gift than the gift of choice? With a Kitsplit gift certificate, your giftee will be able to rent any of the hundreds of thousands of items on Kitsplit. With a gift certificate, your pal doesn’t have to choose between Arri or Red, Zeiss or Cooke lense—they can choose it all!
Whether you’re looking for something sweet or functional, a gift for a travel photographer, DSLR shooter, or established cinematographer–there are plenty of options for all budgets. If you’re still unsure, contact our savvy Gear Experts/holiday elves to ask us about the latest and greatest gear–we talk gear all day and will be sure to point you in the right direction!
Storyclock Notebook ($13-$25)
This one’s a great one for your film friends with perpetual writer’s block. Storyclock Notebooks from Plot Devices help you get out of your head and put pen to paper in creative ways. It’s one step up from that moleskin you have filled with nonsensical phrases you wrote at 3am.
Gifts from $50 – $200
Moment Lens ($70-100)
This one’s great for those folks you know who can’t stop snapping pics with their phone. With six different lens options ranging from super wide to telephoto, Moment Lenses are perfect for the photographer who is sick of lugging their gear around everywhere they go. They even have ND filters for that tiny lens on your phone. And let’s not forget, there are quite a few successful films that were shot on phones.
Polaroid Camera ($70)
Who doesn’t love a good Polaroid camera? Give your photographer friend the gift of instant gratification with a new/old polaroid camera! Get cute with the Barbie Polaroid, or go simple and retro with the Polaroid OneStep 2 VF. Add film for $19 to capture holiday cheer.
Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II Backpack ($180)
The Lowepro Pro runner BP 350 is a highly functional bag that will last you forever. This backpack will hold a DSLR, 5-6 lenses, a laptop and tripod. It’s a great gift for documentary filmmakers and travel filmmakers alike. If you need something for two cameras, check out the bigger version for $200.
The gift that keeps on giving! Memberships are a great way to show the filmmaker in your life that you don’t really understand what they’re doing but you support them nonetheless.
IFC membership, NYC ($75 and up)
Help the indie film lover in your life save some cash by getting them a membership to IFC that includes discounted or free movie tickets, free popcorn, and free guest passes. IFC provides tons of great screening including classics like Casablanca, new independent films like The House that Jack Built by Lars Von Trier, host series like this one from Queer|Art.
SCADFILM membership, ATL ($50 – $70)
Get into the nitty gritty of the film industry with SCADFILM’s panels and workshops. SCADFILM, which operates out of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus, has hosted several panels and masterclasses to keep you in the know. Buy a loved one a membership and they’ll get the invite to exclusive member-only events and discounted tickets.
MUBI subscription, Earth ($72)
For those of you who are super sad about Filmstruck, have no fear! We still have Mubi. Mubi streams 30 curated films at a time. If you’re the film-a-day type, then you’ll be pleased by the diverse selection award winning films, cult films, and hidden gems. If you’re a film student, you can sign up for free.
ONA The Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack, ($409)
ONA’s Camps Bay Bag is a bit more stylish and expensive, excelling in both function and fashion. With this on you can hold a DSLR and up to seven lenses as well as a 17” laptop. Best of all? It doesn’t scream camera bag, which is great for fashion AND safety reasons.
Handheld Gimbal ($400-$749)
Gimbals are great. They’re every better when they’re lightweight and easy to use. One of Kitsplit’s most popular items of 2017, the Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis makes it simple to capture smooth motion and is a great gift for DSLR shooters. If you want to go a little fancier, check out the DJI Ronin-S for $749. Both are great options–the Zhiyun-Tech Crane wins in price at $400, but the DJI Ronin-S will give you smoother motion overall.
Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens ($549)
This lens is just fun. Inspired by the first lens ever made specifically for photography, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens can go super sharp or super dreamy with beautiful bokeh. It comes with Waterhouse aperture plates to give you a variation on Bokeh shapes, making it fun and versatile.
Sigma Art lens ($750 – $1000)
One of the best for budget filmmaking, Sigma’s Art line offers reliable and beautiful glass under 1,000. Sigma offers several mount options–Sigma, Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Be sure to check out what kind of camera your friend or loved one has before purchasing.
Do you have other gift ideas for filmmakers and videographers? Let us know in the comments!