You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. But just as you’re adding that last bow and tying the final ribbon, you casuallyglance over to the fireplace. Stockings. You forgot about the stockings.
Now, this can be you on Christmas Eve, OR you can consider this a cautionary tale and load up on some stocking stuffers right now. Here are nine items that are perfect for stuffing into those holiday stockings.
1. Porsche USB
LaCie and Porsche Design collaborated to create one of the most durable and best looking flash drives around. Like the sporty car, the Porsche USB is fast. The USB 3.0 interface delivers speeds up to 96 MB/s, meaning that file transfer is much faster.
2. Lensbaby Spark
Are you a Canon or Nikon person? Well, it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Lensbaby Spark—they offer a product for both brands. With this selective focus lens, you’re able to control depth of field and find the sweet spot to make your photos totally unique!
3. RØDE smartLav
This small, versatile microphone is designed for Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, in addition to many TRRS devices. This omnidirectional lavalier can pick up sound from every angle, meaning you’ll get a great recording no matter where you are.
4. Joby GorillaPod
These camera tripods may be little, but what they lack in size, they make up for in portability and flexibility. Bendable legs allow you to wrap the tripod around anything from tree branches to rails to get stable, clear shots in tough situations.
5. Pico Dolly
For making smaller video productions, the Pico Camera Table Dolly is simple and affordable. It allows the videographer to get shots at unique angles (even 360°) that are smooth and clean, which would otherwise not be possible.
6. iPro Lenses
iPhoneography. It’s a thing. As the most widely used camera in the world, it only makes sense to have added lens options for the iPhone. Schneider Optics developed the iPro Series 2 Lens Kit for the iPhone, which works with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s (not compatible with the iPhone 5c). This iPhone lens kit comes complete with a 2.5x macro lens, 0.45x super wide angle lens, and a 2x telephoto lens. If you’ve got an Instagrammer or iPhone addict in your family, this is the gift to give.
7. X-Rite ColorChecker Passports
Ever feel like your photos are just a shade off? Use a ColorChecker. These passports from X-Rite facilitate more accurate and consistent color.
The Nikon CoolPix S01 is about as small as cameras come. At the size of a credit card (3" x 2") and under $90, it’s the perfect, yet valuable goodie to stuff inside a stocking, a purse, or a pocket. The S01 boasts a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, easy to use touch screen, and HD 720p video. And this holiday season, the S01 comes with a $40 American Express gift card, meaning you’re basically getting the camera for half the price!
9. Camera Essentials
When it comes to photography, there is a lot we need. However, it’s often the little things we forget—a memory card here, lens cleaner there. Yet, a lens cloth and cleaner, batteries, memory cards, and a new camera strap always come in handy.