Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Instagram Addicts


Thanksgiving was a time for feasting and family, but for those living in the Insta-universe, there was another reason to celebrate. According to social photo-sharing company Instagram, the service saw more photo uploads in a single day on November 22 than ever before. Users uploaded over 10 million photos on Thanksgiving, which means 226 filter-happy images were being shared per second. The Facebook-owned company’s popularity hasn’t waned since it first appeared in 2010, proving that those living in a vintage-tinged haze of coffee cup, cat, and sunset photos are truly addicted. We rounded up a gift guide for Instagram lovers everywhere. Go forth to our sepia and rainbow-colored gallery of bits and baubles after the break. Let us know what you’ll be buying for the holidays.

Casetagram, $40

Social design service Casetagram allows you to create custom phone cases (using their nifty selection of templates/shapes) right from your feed. Use the app to upload your photos and make a personal statement that you can always carry with you.

You can also buy a case that makes your phone look like an Instagram camera, or a decal that easily peels on and off.

ImageSnap, $4 – $35

Turn your artistry into ceramic tiles with magnets, tiles to hang on your wall, and tiles to cover your bathroom in. Sizes range from the “teeny tile” to the “slab.” They also sell an eco-friendly glue that won’t kill you.

Instagram Socialmatic Camera

You’ll have to put this one on your list for next year, but the folks behind the Socialmatic Project are aiming to have the first prototype around mid-2013. That means you’ll be seeing a camera with: “16 GB mass storage; Wifi and Bluetooth; 4:3 touchscreen; 2 main lens, first for main capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing; Optical zoom; Led Flash; Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real; Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets [with a sticky strip and room to write]; Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks; and InstaOs 1.0, which put together Facebook and Instagram App feature.” Get a feel for things in the above video, and bookmark the site so you can be first in line when it’s ready.

Printstagram, $10 – prices vary

We can’t resist these adorable sticker books, mini spiral-bound books, and tiny tomes on the cheap. Printstagram also lets you create personalized calendars and posters.

Hatchcraft, $19 – prices vary

Sustainable, handcrafted, bamboo frames to house your Instagram favorites in, shadowbox-style. You can choose from three color choices (lion, tiger, and bear), four sizes, and two styles.

We’re also digging these re-stickable decal photo frames.

Anagram Wooden Camera, $35

This wooden camera toy inspired by Instagram is handmade from sustainable wood, cork, and leather. It’s simple, but adorable.

Instagram Paper Ephemera, $5

Super cheap and super cute. An easy way to charm a holiday party host or hostess that you want to impress, but don’t know that well. Use them as gift tags, note cards, or make tree ornaments out of them.

Wood Photo Album, $108 – prices vary

“A modern, sleek, unique Instagram photo album.” Made from pine. Engravable and refillable.

DIY Nerdy Cross-Stitch Kit, $18

Give a crafty friend the gift of the first real instant camera, in cross-stitch form.

Instagram Pillow, $22

If you live in a sepia and rainbow-colored apartment, you need this.

Stitchtagram, $24 – $72

If you’d rather personalize your pillow, try Stitchtagram. They also let you make tote bags, wristlets, and coin purses.

olloclip, $70

To enhance your filterized photos with real-deal camera accessories, give olloclip a try. The kit comes with three lenses in one (fisheye, wide-angle and macro) that are quick to swap out, affordable, and lightweight. Best of all, “the olloclip will work with any application that uses the high-quality rear facing camera on the iPhone.” That includes the iPhone 5 and Instagram.

Mock Instagram Ear Plugs, $13

A set of mock ear plugs for a mock camera lover.

You can also buy kawaii-style Instagram earrings over here.


Daily Dot filled us in on this tiny Instagram projector that is currently wrapping up funding on Kickstarter. Watch the video introduction above to find out how to transform your Instagram photos into wheels of 35mm slide film and view them old school-style. The whole thing operates on three batteries and allows you to project up to nine photos. Put this Insta-accessory on your list for next year.

While you’re making a holiday list for the future, add the Impossible Instant Lab.

“The Impossible Instant Lab is an innovative tool that turns digital iPhone images into real analog instant photos on Impossible film, using an accompanying Impossible iPhone app. Having been presented in a successful Kickstarter campaign from September 10 – October 8 production of the Instant Lab is now being started in order to be presented to the market in early 2013.”

Bikepod, $25

Instagram on wheels.

Rare Film Gift Pack, $49

If your Instagram-savvy beloved owns a camera and enjoys taking real snaps with vintage appeal, Photojojo’s gift set will surely delight them. You get three rare, imported 35mm films (high-speed color, sepia-toned monochrome, and rainbow-licious) in a cute, illustrated box.