Looking for the perfect gift? Here are 12 items that will make great stocking fillers or tantalising gifts beneath the Christmas tree
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instax mini 9
This little instant camera is sure to prove a hit on Christmas day and any other special occasion thereafter – simply take a photo and watch it develop before your very eyes! The instax mini 9 features a mirror for those all-important selfies, a neat high-key mode for stylised shots and it ships with 10 sheets of instant film. If that wasn’t enough, the instax mini 9 is available in five colours: lime green, cobalt blue, ice blue, smoky white and flamingo Pink.
Instax Mini 9 with 10 shots - Ice Blue
Ryze Tello Drone
If you don’t like the idea of shelling out hundreds of pounds on a drone without any flight experience or if your kids are pestering you for the controls of your precious DJI Mavic 2 Pro, then the Ryze Tello drone might be of interest. Scoff at the 5MP camera and you’re missing the point. This little device is designed as an educational tool for inexperienced drone users and children alike. It also boasts DJI and Intel technology, and is an ideal gift to place under the tree.
Ryze Tello Drone
Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover
If there’s the slightest chance you’ll be facing a downpour or if you’re working in a dusty environment, you should always stow a light rain cover in your kitbag. Think Tank’s Emergency Rain Covers are seam sealed and available in two sizes, so both DSLR and mirrorless users can protect their kit from the elements. Each cover comes with a small storage pouch and features a transparent window so you can view your camera’s rear LCD.
Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover - Small
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
If you want to carry a tripod, but need to travel light, Manfrotto’s PIXI Mini weighs under 200g and is only 18.5cm in length, when closed. The tiny tripod boasts a sturdy construction and sports rubber feet for additional stability. The PIXI Mini can handle loads of up to 1kg and is the perfect pint-sized solution for the photographer on the go. Purchase the PIXI Mini today in black, red or white.
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Red
JOBY TelePod 325
At first glance, the JOBY TelePod 325 is a standard table-top tripod, but this versatile little accessory can actually function as a selfie stick, monopod and elevated stand too. That’s four uses from a single device! The TelePod 325 is designed for use with compact, action and 360-degree cameras and will easily slip into a small bag or rucksack.
Joby TelePod 325
Calumet Protective Wrap Plus
Look after your camera and accessories, and they should last for years. Our Calumet Protective Wrap Plus is available in three different sizes and is designed to protect your delicate equipment during transit or in storage. Hook-and-loop fasteners allow you to further customise the fit of each wrap, and the nylon interiors won’t scratch or collect dust.
Calumet Large Protective Wrap Plus 18 x 18inch
Peak Design Lens Changing Kit Adapter
Changing lenses is frustrating. You inevitably end up with one optic tucked beneath your armpit as you haplessly attempt to slot its replacement into a mount that’s been open to the elements for longer than you’d like. An extra pair of hands wouldn’t go amiss and although nobody’s invented a robotic photography assistant just yet, Peak Design’s Lens Changing Kit Adapter is as close as you’re going to get. This clever device can be attached to a bag strap or belt, and features two mock mounts in which to attach lenses (Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony E/FE). This leaves you with an extra hand free to effortlessly swap between lenses to your heart’s content, and you’ll probably keep your sensor cleaner for longer too.
Peak Design Lens Changing Kit Adapter - Canon EF Mount
KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer
Most people like to share their smartphone snaps on social media, but we’re willing to bet that only a very small handful of photos ever get printed. Well, the KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer is set to change all that. Once the portable device is unfolded, it only takes six simple steps to develop your first photo.
- Set your smartphone’s brightness to maximum.
- Bring up the desired image so it fills your smartphone’s screen.
- Ensure your phone’s rotation setting is locked.
- Place your smartphone over the KiiPix’s frame and line it up using the small mirror beneath.
- Press the shutter lever.
- Keep turning the dial until the film is released and wait for it to develop.
KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer - Cherry Blossom Pink
Canon PP-201 Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
You could argue that we don’t print enough images in this digital era of photography. But, if you know a photographer who owns a printer, a pack of Canon’s PP-201 Photo Paper Plus might just encourage them to print out a few hard copies. This pack contains 20 sheets of 5x7inch photo paper.
Canon PP201 Photo Paper Glossy II 5x7 20 Sheets
Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus
If you’ve ever spent hours removing unwanted smudges during post-production, courtesy of a dusty sensor, then you’ll know that a good cleaning kit is worth its weight in gold. Visible Dust’s EZ Cleaning Kit Plus includes 1.15ml of Smear Away fluid, a sensor cleaning brush and five MXD-100 Vswabs, everything you need for crystal-clear images.
Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus - 1.15ml VDust Sensor Brush and 5 Green Swabs (1.6x)
Manfrotto Element Monopod
If you’re looking for added stability, but don’t want to haul around a cumbersome tripod, then Manfrotto’s Element Monopod might just be the answer. This compact 5-section monopod stands at 150cm (fully extended) and has a maximum load capacity of 15kg. Weighing in at just 500g, it’s the ideal companion for the photographer on the move. (The attractive red variant is a Wex Photo Video exclusive.)
Manfrotto Element Monopod Aluminium - Black
Peak Design Clutch Hand Strap
Peak Design’s Clutch Hand Strap provides security without restricting access to camera controls. Billed as the only quick-connecting and quick-adjusting camera hand strap ever made, it’s manufactured from premium materials and inspired by high-end climbing gear. Designed for use with DSLRs, it’s compatible with most Arca-type tripod heads and includes a lifetime warranty on all parts. The Clutch Hand Strap is reliable and versatile — a solid option for both beginners and professionals alike.
About the Author
Mike Harris is Wex Photo Video’s production editor and is an experienced journalist with a passion for motorsport photography. You can view his portfolio via @MDHarrisPhoto on Instagram.