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Last-minute Mother's Day photo gifts

Last-minute Mother’s Day photo gifts

My procrastination is really setting in — Mother’s Day is this Sunday. This is going to be a tough deadline to meet. No Amazon ordering for me. If I need a photography-related gift, it means a trip to one of my local camera stores. It’s good to support your nearby camera shop; many people are surprised that you can actually walk into a camera store and check out the gear instead of just of making a few clicks on your laptop.

I recently received an email suggesting a Leica X1 as a Mother’s Day gift. My mom loves to take photos and I do love her, but a $1,995 camera might be a little out of my price range.

The email extolled the virtues of the camera: “Complete with a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and outstanding Leica lens, the Leica X1 delivers the best picture quality among compact cameras to capture images of unmatched brilliance. The chic, elegant finish of the X1 ensures that mom will have the perfect companion for all life’s important occasions.”

Certainly good reasoning — it’s a great camera — but I may need to stick with getting flowers.

Here are a few more last-minute photo gifts for your mom:

White Apple iPhone — Your mom could be the first one on her block with the new white iPhone 4. Remember, the phone includes an excellent camera. While it certainly took long enough to bring this phone to market,  the white iPhone does fit the chic category, and you could really get some brownie points for buying a white iPad to match. Personally, I like the old-school black version better because it seems less distracting and makes the viewing screen stand out much better.

Photo in a frame — It’s not too late to take a few photos to your local drugstore or department store, have a couple of 8×10 photos made, and then pick up a few frames while you wait. This will be quick, easy and much appreciated. A nice family photo in a frame makes a great gift.

Make a DVD — Put together a photo collage of old photos or videos which you can play on your mother’s television with music. It’s time to recycle all those old pictures and QuickTime movies gathering dust on your hard drive.

Photo album — Speaking of recycling — how about putting together a scrapbook with all those photos sitting in shoeboxes in your closet? Plan time for this activity; you’re looking at all day Saturday to make it work.

Nikon Coolpix S4100 — This new Nikon compact point-and-shoot seems just right for mom and is priced between $149 and $179.95, which is a little closer to most of our budgets. The camera has a 5x zoom, 14.0 megapixels and 720 HD movie recording, and is offered in an array of colors, including plum, silver, black and red.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 — This camera might just be the pick for those who want a Leica quality lens in a more affordable design. This Panasonic Lumix features a whopping 16.1 megapixels. Don’t get confused here; some experts disagree about how many megapixels are enough. This camera also includes an optical 8x zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, which translates into a 28-224mm 35-equivalent lens. This is a great range for photos around the house and travel. It’s priced between $150 to $200, depending where you shop, and is available in colors including red,  blue, violet, silver and black.

Photo mugs, mouse pads, calendar, and refrigerator magnets —  These are so yesterday. (Actually, I’m just saying that because there isn’t enough time to have any of these made. These presents are for people who plan ahead. This certainly doesn’t include me, but they really do make nice gifts.)

Flowers, candy, and jewelry — These are the more traditional gifts and always seem to be appreciated. Maybe one or more of these should be added to your photo gifts.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend.

Read more reviews and photography tips by Robert Lachman

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