The season of gift-giving is upon us and with it comes the nagging question that many of us ask ourselves every year:

“Am I really going to wait until the last minute to shop for gifts again?”

This year, do the right thing—make a list and start crossing off names now so you can spend the rest of the holidays worry-free in the company of loved ones.

We’ve got plenty of pre-owned gear looking for a good home, and we’re extending our warranty to 365 days and upgrading orders over $49 to free shipping until the end of 2018, so there’s no better time to upgrade your kit or introduce someone to the wonderful world of photography.

Why shop pre-owned, you ask?

First off, it’s a great value and your wallet will thank you! We consistently offer savings of up to 40% below retail price and gear is often available in like-new condition. You’ll also be glad to know that every pre-owned item we carry goes through a rigorous 10-point grading process to assure quality.

We know that finding the right gift can be a task, so if you don’t know what to get that special person in your life, we’ve put together a simple buying guide below that’s sure to have something for everyone.

Before we get into it—if you’re just not sure what to get, may we suggest a KEH Camera eGift Card? With our huge inventory of gear, they’ll be sure to find something they love. Our eGift card doesn’t expire and items purchased on the card have our same no-hassle return policy and warranty. Just choose the amount you want to gift and they’ll receive an email notification—it’s that easy! To get a KEH Camera Gift Card, give us a call today at 770-333-4200.

Now, let’s get into our guide!

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with the 18-55mm lens Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with the EF-S 18-55mm

For the budding photographer searching for their first camera, look to the EOS Rebel SL1 with the EF-S 18-55mm lens and the 420 EX Flash—this affordable DSLR combo from Canon is durable, lightweight and the body is compatible with dozens of EF and EF-S lenses, so it’s a system that can grow along their skill level. Same can be said about the excellent Nikon D3200, which when paired with the Nikkor 18-55mm lens makes a great first camera.

A popular alternative to a DSLR is the mirrorless Sony a6000—equip it with the 16-50mm zoom and you get a portable, yet versatile kit, perfect for someone who’s looking to step up from a smartphone camera. If you’re looking for a compact, look no further than the Canon Powershot G11—this tough point-and-shoot has everything you want in one affordable package.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

For the sophisticated traveler who’s seeking a stylish and compact camera to document their adventures, the Panasonic Lumix LX-100 (see our review) offers amazing image quality and portability. When wanting to capture spontaneous moments or group selfies, there’s no substitute for the fun of instant cameras—Fujifilm's Instax Mini 70 Moon White is small enough to take everywhere and creates instant prints that will last a lifetime.

For the globe-trekker who's prepared for anything, the Sony RX10 II has an amazing range of 24-200mm and can shoot 14 frames per second. If you’re going to be trekking across jungles or city blocks, it’s also nice to have a comfortable camera strap, and Monarch makes some of our favorites. Not your style? No worries, we have straps made for all types, shapes and sizes.

The Ricoh Theta S Ricoh Theta S

If you’re seeking immersive experiences that you want to share with others, the Ricoh Theta V and Theta S spherical cameras record high-definition 360-degree video or stills that put viewers right in the middle of the action. Speaking of action, a camera should be as tough as you, and the GoPro Hero 3+ is just that—it’s going to keep up no matter where your adventurous heart takes you.

For the photography hobbyist who’s in need of a capable kit, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-50mm lens gives bang for the buck—and if you pick up the compatible Metz 64 AF-1 flash, you’ll have an awesome all-around combo. On the topic of versatility, the Pentax K-50 with the 18-135mm lens covers a ton of focal ground and comes in a variety of color combinations. Rounding out this or any kit, the GTX carbon fiber tripod offers a light-weight and sturdy option for stabilizing shots and perfecting composition.

Want to step up to full frame while staying on budget? The Sony A7 with the 28-70mm lens grants you the image quality that you seek with the expandability of Sony’s ever-growing catalog of lenses. The Nikon D610 is another affordable full-frame camera for enthusiasts—pair it with the Nikkor 24-120mm lens and a SB-600 speedlight and there’s no situation you won’t be able to tackle.

Canon 6D MkII with the EF 16-35 f2.8 Canon 6D MkII with 16-35mm f2.8

Getting something for the professional photographer in your life is always a challenge, but we have the gear they depend on to get the job done. Take for instance full-frame workhorses like the Canon 5D Mark IV or the 6D Mark II—we have like-new copies in stock at prices that can’t be beat. Put a lens like the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 or the 16-35mm f/2.8 on those bodies and you’ve got a match made for professional work.

The more portable APS-C format is no slouch these days either. Take the Fuji X-T2 for example—it’s a hotshot that gives full-frame cameras a run for their money. Kit it out with the Fujinon 18-135mm lens and the Metz 44 AF-2 flash for pro-level features at half the weight and size. The Nikon D500 is another APS-C body with advanced features and massive capabilities. Pair it with the Nikkor 70-200mm lens, a set of Breakthrough Photography filters and you can shoot sports, wildlife, landscape and just about anything in between.

If your photo pro is already set with a body, maybe a camera grip is in order—give them more battery life, a better grip and even new functionalities for not much money. Plus, since there’s always more gear to carry, why not give them the gift of a stylish new bag? We really like the photojournalist friendly Domke F-2 Original, messenger chic Ape Case ACPRO1610W, and outdoor adventure ready Ape Case ACPRO1720W, but there’s a wide variety of other bags and cases in stock that can match their particular aesthetic. 

Tripods are an especially solid and nearly foolproof gift: having a spare tripod is always useful and best of all you don't have to worry much about determining compatibility (nearly all cameras made during the last couple of centuries use a standardized 1/4-20 thread size, even cameras that use the larger 3/8" size are easily adaptable to the 1/4-20 size).  Unless your photographer is using a very heavy camera rig the Ape Case ACPROTP100BK is a delightfully versatile travel tripod, and it's big brother the Ape Case ACPROTP250BK is a great alternative to have in the trunk for serious missions. 

JCH Street Pan 400 B&W Film JCH Street Pan 400 B&W Film

No holiday is complete without a stocking stuffed with goodies, and we’ve got a ton of fun and useful items for the photographer in your life. Everyone needs something to clean their lenses, and the Dot Line 10x14 is bigger than your average microfiber cloth. Got an analog shooter in your clan? Pick up a few rolls of black-and-white JCH StreetPan 400 film, or take a look at our extensive collection of camera film.

We hope you’ve found the perfect gift on our guide. If you’d like to dig a little deeper, visit our website and browse our entire catalog, or call up our friendly photography experts at 1-800-342-5534 and they'll be more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

Happy holidays!