A Fun Crowd-Pleaser Holiday Gift


I normally don’t advocate expensive gifts because I know firsthand how out of control holiday shopping and spending can get – and it’s a real damper on your finances if you don’t keep a close eye on it. I’m all about handmade, small gifts, which tend to be more meaningful anyway. However, there is one I’ll recommend any day…

I have to admit one of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a Fujifilm Instax camera, which I continuously use and enjoy. It’s a great gift for just about anyone who appreciates the fun and spontaneity of the instant camera (and who maybe is a little tired of taking pictures with a cell phone). Perhaps part of it stems from my early childhood, using my grandparents’ bulky Polaroid and then the disappointment when Polaroid stopped making the cameras and components. It’s always been, and still is somewhat magical taking a picture and then watching it develop before your eyes to see how it turned out. The Instax cameras also have features which allow you to leave the shutter open for an extended time while you take a photograph to get interesting light effects or even take a purposefully double-exposed photo.

It’s a really versatile gift for anyone who’s a bit of a shutterbug or even a younger friend or relative who’s learning about photography or just wants to scrapbook some fun memories!

Here’s the version I have, the Neo Classic (slightly better than the original) on Amazon, $129  

Instax film comes in a variety of frame styles, so you can get the traditional white or opt for something funky like these packs.