Cameras By Max's 2023 Photography Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for your photographer friend or looking to treat yourself? Here is our gift guide for 2023, featuring gifts for people new to film and for experienced photographers.


If you are super stuck on which gift to get someone, or are not sure which camera they have, or which accessories would fit their camera, get in touch with us!


We have a live chat available on our website (see the little message bubble in the corner) or you can send us an email on our contact page.

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Our Festive Shipping Dates


UK orders 

Please place your Christmas gift orders by Sunday December 17th. We suggest selecting Express shipping at checkout if you would like your item to arrive promptly. All other orders are dispatched with Tracked 48 or 2nd Class.

Any orders placed after the 20th of December will be dispatched on the 10th of January.

International orders

Please place your Christmas gift orders by Monday December 11th. Express orders can be placed up until Friday December 15th. Please note, international delivery times can vary greatly, so we recommend getting your orders in as soon as possible.

Any orders placed after the 20th of December will be dispatched on the 10th of January.

Our 2023 Gift Guide:

Our top gift pick for 35mm film photography gifts

In its original packaging, complete with a case, strap, manual, and all of our Cameras By Max extras, the Olympus Trip MD3 is our favourite gift pick for 2023. This camera is simple, easy to use, stylish, and a great companion for a beginner or a seasoned photographer. 

Gifts for Beginners to 35mm Film

Looking for a gift for someone who is new to film? We have gift sets available with simple cameras, so people can get a taste for 35mm film photography before investing in a more expensive camera. 

Here are our recommendations:

If you are looking for a different kind of camera for someone new to film, have a read of our blog post with our recommendations for cameras for beginners to film.

35mm Film Cameras for Under £100

Want to get started with 35mm film, but don't want to spend lots on a camera? These are our recommendations for cameras under £100 that are worth the money. We always endeavour to have some high quality cameras for under £100, making film accessible for all. 

These also make very thoughtful gifts for someone who wants to develop their 35mm film photography skills, or just get started!

Our Exclusive Merchandise

We have some awesome merchandise that we have designed and made ourselves for our customers. These make awesome gifts for photographers and people who appreciate great designs. Maybe the perfect Secret Santa gift?

We also have greetings cards with our own adventure camera design on the front! This is a perfect greetings cards for your photographer friends, and they can display it after.

Stocking Fillers for 35mm Film Photographers

It can be hard to find small gifts for your photographer friends, so here are our stocking filler suggestions. 

Must-have 35mm Film Camera Accessories

We have tonnes of awesome camera accessories on our website. Here are our suggestions for must-have camera accessories that your friends probably don't have:

Point and Shoot Camera Cases

Ever seen your friend slinging their camera around with no case? Make sure they don't damage their beloved camera by getting them a great vintage case.

For the Experimental Photographer

These gift ideas are for the experimental photographer in your life that is always looking for something new to try in front of their camera.

You can view more of our products on our website. 

Look here for: 

Items under £10

Items under £20

Items under £30

Items under £60

Items under £100

Not sure what to get?

If you are super not sure what to buy someone, why not get them a gift card? This allows them the freedom to purchase whatever they want in the future! Or they can use the gift card to get one of their 35mm film cameras repaired by us. 

Still stuck on which film camera to buy?

Try our film camera quiz. All you have to do is answer a few questions, and then you will get a list of personalised camera recommendations. 

Or send us a message on Instagram, send us an email, chat to us on our live website chat, or read some more of our blog posts!

We also have lots of blog posts on our website to help people find their perfect 35mm film cameras, and to discover the world of 35mm film in more depth.

If you like what we do, but can't buy a camera from us, please consider buying us a cup of coffee! It helps us to keep these resources free, consistent, and accessible. 

Max, owner of Cameras By Max

Article written by: Max

Max is the owner of Cameras By Max. They work full-time repairing and refurbishing all the 35mm film cameras you see on the website. Their favourite camera (at the moment) is the Olympus XA, and their favourite city in the world is Edinburgh.


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