Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I thought I’d round up 10 of the coolest Mother’s Day gifts for the momtog in your life! (Perhaps that’s you and if that’s the case, I suggest leaving this blog post up on your iPad or phone, see if the hubby takes notice! Or heck, just buy one or more of these items for yourself. You deserve it! :)) And bonus points, several of these items are on sale right now … score!
1. 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
This is an amazing lens for an amazing price. If you don’t already own this bad boy, be sure to add it to the top of your list. The 50 f/1.4 is wonderful for shooting in low light conditions with no flash. While it is more expensive than the f/1.8 version, it’s worth the added expense. I shot with this lens exclusively in studio for many years.
2. Stylish Camera Bag
This will definitely make the momtog in your life smile! This is the uber gorgeous, super stylish Libby bag from Kelly Moore, and the exact one I used to stash my dSLR and lenses in. Not only is this bag beautiful to look at, but completely functional, too. With 5 padded, adjustable, removable dividers and room for a laptop, the Libby is almost a necessity. There’s additional room to store memory cards, wallet, phone, even a juice box or two! 🙂 Style not quite right? Never fear! Kelly Moore offers many different types, I’m sure you’ll find one to fit her needs!
3. Camera Strap
Honestly, the strap that comes with your camera does just fine, but it really isn’t all that pretty (or comfortable). Love these camera straps made by Mod. This is the one I own, “Earthy Zig”. It was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law a few years back (thanks, Andy & Laura!) It is incredibly soft and has held up wonderfully – through many, many sessions. Again, huge variety of patterns and colors there’s no doubt Mod has the perfect one for your momtog.
4. Lens Cap Holder
Ugh! I am constantly losing/misplacing my lens caps! These adorable lens cap holders clip to mom’s camera strap and help keep those pesky caps from wandering away. Available as a downloadable PDF pattern, visit CraftyStaci on Etsy for more details. And Taran, if you’re reading this, I need one of these … stat! 🙂
5. Camera Lens Mug
Haha! This is fun gift, to give and to receive! My other sister-in-law (hey, Alyssum!) bought this mug for me several Christmases ago. Of course the functionality is terrific – keeps my hot chocolate the perfect temperature during that month of cold weather we get here in coastal Georgia. The best part of this gift is obviously how much it looks like a real lens! I don’t know how many times one of my boys has seen this sitting in the kitchen sink and said, “Uh, Mom!!! …..” Really. Just buy it. Too amusing to pass up.
6. Photoshop Elements
Little brother to the full Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements is a powerful program every serious hobby/enthusiast photographer should own. Priced starting at $99, I think the momtog in your life will be impressed with the astounding capabilities of PSE. The newest version includes animated overlays, redirecting a person’s gaze with face-tilt, you can even add inspirational quotes! I used PSE exclusively for my business for 2.5 years before upgrading to full Photoshop.
7. Smartphone PhotoMobile Printer
If you’re anything like me, you have probably have 4,600,399 images on your phone, all begging to be printed (we print what matters, right??). The awesome Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer is the perfect solution! This nifty hand-sized printer hooks to your smartphone via Bluetooth and spits out prints of your fave pics in less than a minute. For fun, you can even add special effects and fun filters to the image before printing using the Polaroid ZIP iOS app (there’s an Android version, too).
But the best part of all? The mobile printer uses special Zink zero-ink printing technology. NO printer ink to switch out! I’d call that a win-win! This cute little device is definitely on my Mother’s Day list this year. 🙂
8. Fun T-shirt
I absolutely adore graphic Ts and keep adding to my ever growing pile of them. This is an adorable choice by Salt Cove Jewelry.
9. Funky Pillow
Another obsession of mine (can you have too many of them?!) is pillow covers. I discovered several years ago that buying pillow covers is the way to roll. With two boys and three dogs it just makes the most sense to have covers I can remove and wash (plus it’s fun to switch things up!) This one by T and L Company is perfect for mamas!
10. Amazon or B&H Giftcard
Amazon and B&H are my go-to places for camera gear and equipment. If you’re unsure what to purchase for your momtog, a gift certificate from either of these places will be sure to land you a multitude of kisses of gratitude. And let’s be honest, you know she’s worth it, right?