If you have a friend who loves taking photos, then this article may be for you!
1. A goodie bag of essentials
These are the wool socks of gift giving in the camera world--they'll thank you later. You can never go wrong gifting the following items:
Batteries: you can buy the brand name, sure. But you can also get two Wasabi batteries for the price of one brand name. They're just as reliable as any other company. Bonus: Wasabi includes a European adapter (two prong)! [LINK]
Memory cards and a case: we can never recommend enough Class 10 memory cards. Get a colorful case for your shutterbug as well! [Memory Cards] / [Case]
Filters: these cheap life savers help prevent scratching the surface of a lens. They can really take a hit too. Just a heads up: you need to know what kind of lenses you're dealing with. A safe start is purchasing filters for kit lenses. Here is a youtube video showing you where to find the lens diameter for a filter.
Rocket Air Blasters: this is an oversight to many photographers. This can get any dust specks or stray cat hairs (speaking from experience) out of your sensor as safely as possible. [Link]