30 Nov GIFT GUIDE FOR VIDEO CREATORS
I’m often asked for suggestions of gift ideas for someone who’s into creating videos and Stop Motions?
So here’s a gift guide of what you can give to the video creator in your life. Or if you’re a video creator yourself, you might like to add some of these ideas to your own wish list!
(This post contains some affiliate links – this doesn’t change the price to you, but I might make a small commission if you purchase through it)
You can gift a place on my new MAKE VIDEOS MEMBERSHIP. Probably the best present of all! You could even buy it for yourself as self gifting is most satisfying.
MAKE VIDEOS MEMBERSHIP gives access to resources, shooting tips and editing tutorials, with monthly project ideas and live check-ins for support and feedback.
Head over here for all the information and get in touch if you’d like to gift a course to someone.
Music subscription – Give the gift of unlimited hassle free music with a subscription to (Aff link) EPIDEMIC SOUND. I use this music library regularly for my videos. I love the ease of having plenty of tracks to choose from for my videos.
Headphones – For editing on the go and/or for a more immersive experience, I love editing with headphones on. I can really hone in my edits to the beats and flow of the music. I use the (Aff link) 2nd generation Airpods at the moment – I love them!
App voucher or Editing program subscription – A voucher is a great idea for a year subscription or in-app purchases to an editing app. My favourite editing apps are –
VLLO – iOS & Android.
Filmm – iOS & Android.
CapCut – iOS & Android. (It’s free!)
If you’re wanting to up your Stop Motion game, upgrading to the paid version of (aff link) Stop Motion Studio for mobile or desktop is a great option. Or the best software is Dragonframe. It’s an investment but worth every penny, all the professionals use it and it makes shooting Stop Motion a breeze!.
Power charger – For topping up your phone charge when you’ve been shooting all day. Something small and powerful is a good idea.
Although, since moving to the newer iPhones, I’ve had no issues as the battery lasts all day, even with constant shooting and editing.
So maybe add the latest iPhone to your wish list (wink wink).
Gorilla pod or mini tripod – I love a gorilla pod as a way of holding my phone for certain shots. It’s the best tool I’ve found and I have in my bag most days.
It’s great because the three legs are totally adjustable and can be put in any position possible. With either the three legs straight on a surface or wrapped around something like a fence or tree, to get a difficult to reach angle.
There are lots of different types/brands available. I use Joby, which is on the slightly higher budget level, but there are other alternatives.
With most of these gorilla pods, you will need to get an attachment for your phone and the one you choose will depend on the size of your device.
For the Stop Motion enthusiast, here’s an idea –
Using vinyl backgrounds to shoot on, can give your stop motions a unique look and can help if you don’t have the real surface to hand, plus they’re easy to store as they roll up. For example, I love my white floorboards, marble and wooden table from Capture By Lucy, as I don’t have tables like these at home.
Picking a vinyl background could make a great present, or get a gift voucher.
iPad – I love (Aff link) using an iPad for viewing the action I’m capturing on my DSLR. Gives me a chance to see the framing on a larger screen and even use it for remote shooting. I can adjust the shooting controls and camera settings on the iPad, making the process so much easier.
Lights! – Another equipment idea could be a light for shooting video or stop motion. There are all sorts of models depending on your budget and storage in your home! The (aff link) Neewer ring lights offer great versatility when it comes to shooting.
Accessories – Extra add ons could be a useful gift, like a (aff link) gimbal for steady shooting or clip on lens for your phone
How about adding a mic for better sound quality. I love the look of the new mic from JOBY.
Some ideas of lights and accessories can be found in (aff link) my Amazon shop (I know Amazon isn’t ideal for some people, including myself! But it’s easy to curate some equipment suggestions here, and you can always shop elsewhere.)
And lastly travel expenses – If your video creator loves exploring new places, you could contribute to travel costs or even organise them a city break. Or top up expenses for them to go on an adventure in 2024. I wish for plane tickets every year!