More Gifts Under $40

A list of great documentary-related gifts that won’t empty your wallet.


Canon Camera Lens Mugs

Fun Stuff
Canon Camera Lens Mug (Black)

Can’t afford a new lens for a Canon DSLR owner? Grab the mug instead – it looks just like it! It can’t be used to film, but the coffee that goes in it can fuel a long day in the production schedule.

Price: $24
Buy It / More Info: Photojojo


I Know What I'm Doing' Director's T-Shirt

Fun Stuff
“I Know What I’m Doing” Director’s T-Shirt

Let everyone around you know — When you’ve got this shirt on, you’ve got it covered. This T-shirt comes in all sizes, a perfect gift for the youngest and oldest directors (or control freaks) in your life.

Price: $25.15
Buy It / More Info: Zazzle


A New History of Documentary Film: Second Edition by Betsy A. McLane

Books
A New History of Documentary Film: Second Edition by Betsy A. McLane

There’s always more to learn about the evolving history of documentary film. Take a look back and a look forward with this new edition.

Price: $28.81
Buy It / More Info: Amazon.com


Pro Tapes Pro-Gaff Gaffers Tape

Gear & Accessories
Pro Tapes Pro-Gaff Gaffers Tape

Like the towels on a wedding registry, a gift of gaffers tape is always welcome for a working documentary filmmaker. Yes, this was a gift idea from POV’s production department.

Price: $23.48
Buy It / More Info: Amazon.com


DCTV Gift Card (New York City)

Gear & Accessories
DCTV Gift Card (New York City)

New York’s Downtown Community Television Center has been providing invaluable support to filmmakers for 40 years. Share their abundant resources, from workshops to equipment rentals to events and screenings, with your favorite documentarian!

Price: $25-$400
Buy It / More Info: DCTV


Why Documentaries Matter by Nick Fraser

Books
Why Documentaries Matter by Nick Fraser

For serious fans, BBC4’s Storyville editor Nick Fraser examines the ways in which documentaries reflect and influence cultural trends. He answers the question “Why do documentaries matter anyway?” with a simple answer — documentaries matter because they change the world.

Price: $21
Buy It / More Info: University of Oxford


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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.