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Small accessories that will get the photographer trying out a new technique (though you should expect they might replace your gift if they really get into the technique), some examples: A GorillaPod mini tripod (if they have no tripod or only a huge one) A cheap tripod (assuming they don't have a Pro camera/lenses) A shutter release cable A shutter release ...
Books For someone just starting out there are plenty of options (see DrFrogsplat's answer) but for serious amateurs and professionals there really isn't much in that price range. Another problem is that what is available in that range will be very basic / small. Case in point, the next accessory I'm after is a Really Right Stuff L-plate for a 1D, which is ...
For me, it would have to be a book. Any book of great photographs is inspirational, and can give you all sorts of new ideas that would do so much more for your photography than any single piece of kit. However, for that price, you could get a sensor cleaning kit (though not an Arctic Butterfly), or perhaps some ND grad filters.
I just ordered one of these Nikon lens mugs from Photojojo - https://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/camera-lens-mug/ I'm pretty sure any photographer/coffee/tea drinker would love them. I know Canon had an L-series mug back during the Olympics, but the Nikon 24-70 actually zooms!!
There was a list of accessories under $25 that was recently posted at digital-photography-school.com, they're not all great gift ideas, but there are certainly a few good ones. I also like to put things that are always useful, like memory cards.
I'm going to agree with a book. For whatever reason I feel pretty justified in buying the equipment I need/want (like a filter, cleaning stuff, etc.) but will almost never spend the money on a book for myself. Since you were asking for specifically gift ideas, I'd say book. Also, unless your family is into photography, I find it hard to ask for really ...
Print out a nice gift certificate for her and let her choose the camera. And don't worry about the small hands. I know a small handed photographer that has no problem with big equipment.
A vintage manual prime. One of the best ways to learn.
Polarizing filter Basic Tripod Portable folding reflector
I would say a diopter (or close-up) filter, this little filter (actually a lens) allows you to turn a regular lens into a macro lens without loosing any stops. You can get a +1, +2, +4, +10 kit for $10.
Cleaning Kit Invitation to a photo art gallery/seminar and some of items listed by drfrogsplat
Do you want to do it entirely practically (in real life) or is post production work a possibility. The easiest way to do it (since it needs to sit in the water) is to place the boat in to a photo of an actual river in Photoshop or GIMP. Alternately, on the practical side, you could float it in a filled section of dark colored rain gutter or similar, line ...
You're going to get loads of great suggestions regarding Nikon 3100/5100/7000 & equivalent Canons, but I'm going to go slightly left of field and suggest a second-hand film camera - the Nikon FE2 with a 50mm 1.8 lens. It's a wonderful old film camera with great craftmanship. A good example on Ebay will cost you about $100-120, and perhaps throw in a few ...
Two gifts I received recently myself included the following: LCD Timer Remote Control: $50 Intervolometer cable release, allows unlimited number of photographs to be taken at any interval from 1s to 100hrs X-Rite ColorChecker Passport: $100 A small-scale portable color checker card that may be used out in the field (or anywhere) to ensure correct white ...
Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector. I sure know I'd like to get one of them:-)
Magnetic gorillapod is about $25-$30. Nice and promising thing. Wireless synchronization system RF-602 (warning: NO TTL!) from the manufacturer.
Cheap! How about going to a library book sale and picking up an old book on photography. For 50 cents, I picked up a 250 page paperback called "Creative Photography". It's loaded with pictures, tips, ideas, and information. Sure some of it is directed to film photography, but that's great too. Learning the origin of terms we use today (like burn, dodge, ...
Memory card Simple and inside your budget. But I'd suggest you wait until the beginning of December because memory prices tend to fall. Just don't wait too long so the shopping spree season would start.
I really like my Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1 for my Canon SLR. Im sure there's an equivalent for Nikon.
Check if he has an off camera flash. If he does, Cactus Triggers would be a great gift. Also based on the type of photography you can snag a basic lighting kit.
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.
If you want to photograph the boat in a real river then one problem is that the boat will go downstream faster then you can setup. Solve this by attaching a nylon fishing line to the boat and anchoring it upstream. Done carefully the line will be invisible or under the water.
That sounds like a very nice gift. You have a couple of tough decisions to make. The first one is to either significantly increase your budget to compromise. There is no way you can get quality gear to do all of the above at that price or anywhere close. This leaves you 3 options: Buy more generic gear which is good enough for a variety of subjects but ...
Remote Shutter Release Cord LED Flashlght Lens Clearing Pen Equipment Wallet Cleaning Cloth Flash Diffuser Lens Cap Keeper Books Magazine subscription Photography workshop (You can find one in photography magazine under $100)
If you want to try macro (close-up) photography, you could try a set of extender tubes (like these ones). They will open up a whole new world of picture taking.
I know a gift certificate can feel kind of lame, but I know I would be extremely happy to get a $50-100 gift certificate for B&H Photo or Adorama. I really only need so many trinkets and knick-knack gadgets, but a gift certificate could go towards a larger "dream" purchase which I'd normally put off as too extravagant.
How about a frame? That is the best thing to give to a photographer. It is a rare thing for a photographer to have a framed photograph. WARNING Do not ask them to choose a favorite. It'll be ages before you get the answer.
An infrared or cable remote will fit your price range and will introduce you to new possibilities with your camera.
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