2021 Holiday Buying Guide
Each year around the Holiday season, we at Mirth Films collectively gather a list of items we think could make great presents! We go and find an array of items from stocking stuffers to big time gifts. This year we decided to keep our list short and precise. We fully back all of these products and hope this guide helps you find the prefect gift for your special photographer, tech nerd or music lover. See our full list of gift ideas with descriptions in our buying guide below:
Entry Level Camera: Sony HX99
The Sony HX99 is an all purpose point and shoot camera for reasonable price. The camera takes quality takes quality photos with a long zoom range and features 4K Video features with a flip-up tour screen and electronic view finder. The HX99 is perfect for those who want a camera that does “everything” and can easily fit in your pocket. This is also a great camera choice for a back up camera since it is low cost. We recommend this especially fo those who attend concerts and festivals and can’t bring in SLR style cameras. Click here to buy.
Budget Friendly Full Frame Camera: Canon RP
The Canon RP mirrorless camera is one of the cheapest “Full Frame” cameras on the market today with a lot of features packed in. With 26.2 megapixels and 4K footage, this makes for a great hybrid camera for the vlogger/photographers out there. The Canon RP is great for family portraits, concert photography, Astrophotography and nature. While their are much better cameras out there, this is the best bang for your buck. Oh yeah, this camera is also great for live-streaming! Click here to purchase the Canon RP with the 24-105mm lens.
Aspiring Camera For Videographers: DJI Osmo Pocket 2
While this may not be a traditional video camera, the DJI Osmo Pocket 2 has a built in gimbal that is capable of shooting up to 4K 60 FPS with other features including time lapse mode, photo mode along. Why for an aspiring videographer? It’s because this camera is so good that it will encourage you to shoot more. With smooth footage all the time, you will never miss a shot. It is also wide enough of a lens to vlog with as well. Click here to purchase.
Mirth Films Merch:
Yeah, yeah, shameless plug. That being said we believe that the Mirth Films online store has set thing for everyone. From hats, to hoodies and tee-shirts, there is no excuse to NOT to be covered from head to toe in Mirth Merch. Prices Vary. Click here to purchase.
Hohem iSteady V2 Smartphone Gimbal:
This smartphone gimbal is one of a kind for many reasons. First off, the price! This is a reasonably priced gimbal for wahat it offers. Not only will it provide the smoothest stability, it also has face tracking as well! We also personally like this gimbal because of it’s Bluetooth capabilities. Once your smartphone is on and placed in the gimbal, you are able to completley control your camera app via the buttons on the gimbal, no cables required!!! Click here to purchase.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle:
A must have gift for anyone on your list. Save plastic and look stylish at the same time with the Hydro Flask Water Bottle. This metal water bottle keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It is well worth the price. Click here to purchase.
Xbox Series X
If you can get your hands on it, the X-Box Series X is the best way to play modern video games. The Series X version of the Xbox line is capable of playing original xbox games along with XBOX 360 games. If you are someone not comfortable spending a ton of money on one game, Xbox Game pass allows you to play hundreds of games including brand new releases for 14.99 a month. Oh yeah, and thanks to X-Cloud, you can now play your XBOX anywhere including your smartphone and laptop. Click here to purchase.
Games to Get:
Who doesn’t need gaff tape! Play it safe and stock up on the most useful tool in the game. Click here to buy.
A New Skateboard:
Is your significant others skateboard all thrashed up and sick of them complaining about it? Support a local skate shop and purchase a brand new complete set up. If you are local to the Capital Region, head over to Seasons Skateshop and if not, head over to their website! Click here to purchase a brand new skateboard.
Fare Thee Well: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead
The best way to support a photographer is not just giving the a follow on social media, but buying their work! In 2015, members of the Grateful Dead including Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby celebrated their 50th anniversary with a three night run in Chicago, IL, the last place the Grateful Dead played before Jerry Garcia’s death. Jay Blakesberg a long time Dead photographer put together a compilation of photos from the performances which also features words from basketball legend Bill Walton. It was quite the magical experience and while pictures don’t sum up a whole event, this book does a wonderful job. Click here to purchase.
Looking to catch your loved by surprise? Head over to Cameo to get a personalized Video message from famous actors, musicians and professional sports players. Click here to purchase. Prices vary.
A guitar or instrument in general is never a bad gift to give. You can get one at a reasonable price without breaking the bank. Pick a lesson book a long the way to help them progress past “smoke on the water..” Nothing like learning a new skill, and having someone serenade you to “Wonderwall.” Since guitars can range in cost, we are recommending the Alvarez Artist Series AD30. A great guitar at a fair price. Click here to purchase.