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"Cheapest" is easy to answer: the Rokinon 500mm f/8.0, and for a beginner, it might even be the best, to gain experience more than to make great photos, because it's really not a good lens at all (is anyone surprised, at that price point?): horribly slow, manual focus, comparatively low optical quality. But under the right circumstances (good light or ...
It depends on what type of wildlife, but typically you will probably need a really long zoom range. The problem however is that anything over 400mm is going to cost a lot of money but you may find that a zoom lens up to about 300mm will be sufficient, given your camera is a DX it will in fact make the zoom range more like 450mm which should be a good start. ...
One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet if an off camera flash stand. If they have an off camera flash and don't have a stand for it, that is within the $100 price range as well.
A ColorHug might make a great gift for a photographer. For those who haven't heard of it, the ColorHug is a monitor calibration tool (a display colorimeter) that is completely open source. At GBP 60/USD 100, it's a fraction of the price of competing products and has most of the functionality.
A set of Cactus V5 wireless triggers go for $60. To be sure you should know what type of camera and flash the person has as there are some minor incompatibilities.
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