Now that I have made my holiday book recommendations, next up are my stocking stuffer ideas that are under $100. If you have a loved one that is into photography, and you have no idea what to get him or her, here are just some ideas to help make the holidays a little brighter.
Lacie iamaKey 16GB USB Flash Drive. Now how cool is this? 16GB of storage, right on your keychain. $54.95 from B&H. They also have 8GB and 4GB versions if your budget is less or if you don't need 16GB.
Lacie iamaKey 16GB USB Flash Drive
Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap. I tried the strap on a recent workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have to say that I love how comfortable my camera was. Definitely recommended. They have a few other models available if you want to pimp yours out a little more. $54.00 at B&H.
Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap
Impact Super Clamp. This is the same thing as the more famous Bogen Super Clamp (with Quick Action Clamp), but at a lower cost. I have found uses for these clamps in many situations. I can easily attach a ballhead or flash unit onto the clamp, and then attach the clamp onto tables, pipes or whatever I can find. I have one of these in my bag on every single trip that I take abroad. $19.95 at B&H.
Justin Clamp. This is an essential tool for anybody who uses flash photography. Clamp a flash just about anywhere, and it doesn't weight that much. $54.95 at B&H.
Manfrotto 5001B Nano Compact Light Stand. This little guy fits easily in any duffel bag, and I can easily put multiple stands plus a ton of other lighting equipment in my Gura Gear Kiboko bag. They are lightweight and they don't take up much room. The collapse down to 19 inches and expand to 6 feet tall. Every traveling photographer needs to own a couple of these guys. I cannot guarantee that they are going to fit in your Christmas stocking, though.
Manfrotto 5001B Nano Light Stand