Wondering what to get the food blogger in your life? This Food Blogger Gift Guide has the best ideas! From equipment to props, there are tons of goodies!
If you have a food blogger in your life, you’re probably aware that we’re a pretty unique breed of people. I like to think that we’re pretttty awesome, but some people might just think we’re crazy. Testing and re-testing recipes, spending hours styling, shooting and editing photos. Plenty of ‘WAIT, don’t eat that! I have to take a picture’ comments, a few cold or late dinners here and there (because it was just too good to not put on the site!) Use this napkin or that plate, move the food over to the window..the list quirky of things we do goes on and on. (Or maybe it’s just me and I’m quirky? I hope not!)
There’s a lot that goes into being a food blogger. It might seem like we just snap a quick photo and throw it up on the internet.. but a lot goes into getting that perfect shot. I pulled together a few of my favorite things that I think any food blogger would love, starting with camera equipment.
Many food bloggers will already have a good camera, but if they don’t this bundle is amazing! I have a Canon Rebel T5i, and bought this bundle when I purchased it.(I would recommend buying the T6 now because that is the most current model) At the time – I had no clue what I would do with everything it came with – but now, I’m so grateful that I have it all. It’s 100% worth the money with everything you get.
If the foodie in your life already has a camera, a camera lens is always a great idea. I bought this one this summer once I got used to my kit lens. The lens that the camera comes with is great, but this is a nice little upgrade. I’m thinking my next purchase will be this macro lens because it has great reviews, but I want to rent it first to test it out!
Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to be able to shoot in natural light all the time. (Especially with it being winter!) This lowel ego light is great for a small artificial light. It gets the job done!
The lowel ego light comes with a reflector, but I really like this one. I find that you really need a reflector when shooting with artificial light because otherwise it can make your photos look a little off.
That bundle I linked to above includes a tripod, but if someone already has a camera, this tripod is great. I don’t use it too often, but it’s essential for things like pour shots (like this one) because you need the camera to be super steady. A remote shutter is also great for this. So cheap, but a total game changer!
If you’re buying a gift for someone who doesn’t shoot with a camera yet, this phone tripod is also great! I don’t have one, but I want one!
In addition to camera equipment, most foodies will probably love any of these random odds/ends for their shots & their office!
I’m dying to get a standing desk. I won’t lie, a majority of my work is done sitting on the couch in my sweatpants. There.. I said it. Buuuut if I had this standing desk I would definitely be more inclined to do it there! Sometimes I have entire days where I spend them sitting doing work – it would be nice to have the option to stand!
Laptop & camera cases are also awesome gifts! I have had this laptop case for about 7 years and it has totally held up! Its light enough that I can throw it in a bag, but also really protects my laptop. Camera coats are SO awesome. My mom bought me this for Christmas a few years ago and I don’t know what I would do without it. They’re great for protecting your camera without having to lug around a big bag. I used mine everyday when we traveled in Europe. Plus they’re 50% off with code Black17 through Monday!!
Props are always fun. I have about a million linen napkins ( I like these from William & Sonoma), but any unique towels are great! Bowls and dishes are always welcome in my house too. (Although don’t tell Tyler, because we 100% do not have the room for them!) I prefer to shoot on solid matte plates when possible. The new Hearth & Hand Line at Target has really pretty dishes and mugs!
Food photography backgrounds are also technically a prop. I drool over the surfaces from Erickson Woodworks (photo below is taken on it), but I also found these on Etsy which are a little cheaper. You can also make them if you follow this tutorial!
Cute notebooks are a necessity. Whether it’s for writing down to-do lists, recipe ideas, taking notes of while cooking a recipe… you can never have too many!
Branded mugs or other memorabilia are always a great gift. Last year my brother got me mugs, pens, stickers and a t-shirt with my logo on it. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and drinking out of that coffee cup while doing work! You can get most of these things online via Vistaprint
For Learning & Making their Life a Little Easier!
Social Media Schedulers- Contrary to what most people think, we don’t spend every 5 minutes posting on social media. We pay for tools to do that! CoSchedule & Tailwind are two tools that I use to schedule out Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. They range in price from around $100-$300/year, but most food bloggers use them. I know I’d love to have it taken care of and not come out of my budget!
I really don’t make enough time to read, but two books that I absolutely loved and read over and over again are: Food Photography & Styling and Tasty Food Photography. I can’t recommend them both enough. Tasty Food Photography is so great for people who want to learn how to take better photos. This food styling book is great for those that are looking to learn more tricks about the trade!
A Food Blogger Pro Membership is also a great gift idea. I know I find it hard to spend money on things to grow my own knowledge. Food Blogger Pro has SO many amazing video tutorials. It would be a great gift for someone who is just starting their blog. I wish I had it a few years ago! Even 4 years in to blogging, I’m still learning so much about it from their forums and courses!
Lastly, but certainly not least- conference tickets/workshops would be an amazing gift! This year I went to the Tasty Food Photography Workshop (you can read about my experience here) and it was one of the best things I did for my photography! Being able to learn from Lindsay of Pinch of Yum was so amazing. It was worth every penny to be able to go to her studio, practice my photography + learn how to improve my skills. This year, I bought myself a ticket to Everything Food Conference,
When in doubt.. buy gift cards! Some of these items are a little pricy, so getting a gift card to Amazon, Crate & Barrel, or HomeGoods is always a good idea.
I hope this was helpful for finding a gift for the food blogger in your life! Most of the links in this post are affiliate links which means I make a small commission off of them. These are all products I love + use and would recommend regardless!