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:
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]