2017 Holiday Gift Guide
For Filmmakers

Gift Ideas in Electronics, Video and Filmmaking

Filmmaking Gifts (Under $100)

Movo Photo SCG-30 Universal Aluminum DSLR Camera Cage

Universal Camera Cage


Take the load off your DSLR with the Movo Photo SCG-30 Universal Aluminum DSLR Camera Cage. Instead of loading down your DSLR with a mic, monitor, light and a million other gadgets, a cage or other type of rig helps keep everything tidy. Think of it as a tool belt for your camera!

JOBY Gorillapod Tripod



A great little accessory for your DSLR or other camera to capture those tough-to-get shots. Wrap the Gorillapod around a tree, light pole or any object you can think of. Total creative freedom!

Photo/Video Bag


Every filmmaker needs a good bag to hold their gear. This Case Logic water-resistant backpack can hold everything from your laptop, tablet, your DSLR (with an attached lens) with room for up to eight additional lenses or accessories. A top loading function is great for run-and-gun shooting for quick access to your gear.

Camera Video Light


A nice pop of light really comes in handy when the shooting in a "run and gun" situation where the lighting is not ideal. Great for documentaries, weddings, conferences and other events. 

Lume Cube


For action cam/GoPro users, Lume Cube's 1500 Lumen Light is a wonderfully versatile, bright and compact lighting source. It can be used either as a video light or a still photo strobe. It's waterproof and can be controlled via wifi. Big impact in a little package.



A great set of headphones is filmmaker's best friend. Anyone who's been in the filmmaking business for any length of time knows that audio can make or break a production. A professional headphone set insures excellent recorded sound every time.

Audio Recorder


And speaking of audio, don't rely on your camera's internal mic to capture sound (can we all say "amateur"). An external audio recorder such as the Zoom H1 (left) is a little gadget that will help create big results for a small price.

Collection of Lenses


Any filmmaker would be thrilled to open up a gift that includes a nice set of lenses. This particular pack is a great starter kit for the Canon Rebel series of cameras.

Kidizoom Action Cam


Got a young filmmaker in the making? Action Cam is a popular waterproof camera designed just for kids. Ability to take videos, photos, stop-motion and time-lapse photos. The camera records 240 minutes of 640X480 videos or 278,400 photos. The video quality is not up to par for professional productions, but is a great practice cam for ages 4-9.

GoPro Accessory Bundle


For GoPro users, here's one example of a nice bundle of accessories. This kit comes with a bobber, removable floaty and anti-fog inserts. Great for the filmmaker who's shooting in and around water.

GoPro Selfie Stick


Who wouldn't want a selfie stick? Especially for the GoPro. This waterproof selfie handheld monopod for the Hero 1 2 3 4 is a great addition to any filmmaker's gear bag. Great for sports and on-the-go filming.

Filmmaking T-Shirt


Filmmakers pretty much live in t-shirts, so you can't go wrong here. "Because I'm The Director That's Why" T-shirt. Or any other message you can think of. This is a great gift to help expand the wardrobe of any wanna-be or current filmmaker.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck


Learn the basics of video production in this no-nonsense video production guide. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of Two Weeks, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. 

Shaking the Money Tree


This is a must-have item for every documentary filmmaker who is in need of funding. Considered by many the "bible" for independent noncommercial film and video fundraising. Highly recommended!

Director's Hat


This embroidered washed two tone adjustable cap is a great gift for any director or filmmaker. Made with 100% cotton, adjusts to fit almost any size.

Director's Clapboard Slate


If you're using two pieces of equipment to capture audio and video separately, you'll need a clap board to help sync it all up in editing. It's also a great way to visually "mark" each scene while you're out in the field shooting.

Shut Up And Shoot Documentary Guide

Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide


Got a filmmaking friend who's all talk and no action? Or maybe that's you! Give yourself a kick in the pants with this book. The title says it all. This is a wonderfully in-depth and comprehensive overview of documentary filmmaking with an edgy fun attitude. 

Light Reflector


This is a MUST-HAVE item for every documentary filmmaker or video enthusiast. You never know what kind of lighting situations you'll encounter and this handy reflector can turn an ugly amateur-looking shot into a golden and gorgeously lit scene.

Rode Deadcat Wind Muff Microphone Cover

Microphone Wind Muff


Don't let the wind ruin your audio. This handy furry friend can be a life saver when you need to get the shot and want to keep out unwanted wind noise.

Movie Poster


Movie posters are great fun to put up in your editing suite or dorm room as inspiration.

This Star Wars poster is a classic or choose from thousands of others.

Filmmaking Gifts (Above $100)

GoPro HERO 5


We absolutely love the GoPro Hero series of action cams. Creates super cool fish-eye shots. You can attach to a bike, a car, a boat, a helmet... or use it to film inside tight spaces. The latest GoPro5 shoots in 4K, has voice controls and is waterproof even without the casing. 

GoPro accessories are also great gifts.

iPad Teleprompter


Any tablet such as an iPad or Kindle (even a smart phone!) can be transformed into a teleprompter with a teleprompter app such as the "Easy-prompter" ($1.49). The tablet can then be rigged up using a pre-made rig such as the one pictured or you can make your own homeade rig. 

Quadcopter Camera Drone


Who wouldn't want one of these fun toys. Capture amazing aerial footage with one of many quadcopters on the market. The DJI Mavic Pro (left) shoots 4K video and is super compact, easily fitting inside a backpack. 

Apple Mac Book Pro Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro Laptop


Ready to splurge!? You can't go wrong with the latest Apple MacBook Pro laptop with Retina display and touch bar.

Awesome for video editing on the go!

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