1. Whatever YOU most want. Merry/Happy Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus/Solstice to you and yours!
2. Crystal camera paperweights from Fotodiox. There's a Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, or Leica. Irresistable.
3. The F-Stop Watch. Wholly impractical (who wears a watch these days? Nobody under thirty) and it doesn't even make a whole lot of sense conceptually (a shutter-speed dial might be better in that respect). Even so, the F-Stop Watch from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild works as a conversation piece as well as a timepiece. And it's fun. And not even too expensive.
4. Ona Union Street messenger bag in walnut color. Hand made of distressed Italian leather intended to acquire more character with use. And, in a sop to the modern, holds a 15" laptop.
5. Stuffed Duck, mmm. 'What the Duck' plush toy—a must for the well-appointed home. Available from the source.
6. Trent Parke tote.
7. The wee little Western Digital My Passport hard drives are wonderful. We chose the the 2TB USB 3.0 model for Mac, for $99—and the hard carrying case, for $6—but there are lots of different models—and different colors, even. B&H Photo carries them too. Small enough to stuff in a stocking. Here's the link to Amazon UK.
8. Real Men Shoot Manual T-shirt. We won't comment on the implied sentiment. There are some other nice T-shirts at the link too—we like "Shoot, Edit, Sleep, Repeat," for one.
9. Zeiss Lens Care Kit. And you can buy the "moist towelette" pre-moistened Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipes separately, too—for lenses, eyeglasses, or smartphone or tablet screens. A plug here for our favorite, the Lenspen, with the caveat that some people don't like 'em. (You have to follow the directions.)
10. Photographer wine-bottle caddy. There are four available on eBay; I don't know where else to get one.
Clearly there are ways to add elegance and good taste to your festive board—and this isn't one of them! It is, however, one way to insure that you're not the dorkiest photographer at the table.
And hey, after this weekend, it starts to get lighter again!
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Steve Rosenblum: "Speaking of ONA bags...Carl Weese turned me onto the ONA Bowery bag as being the perfect size for a Micro 4/3 camera, several lenses, and a charger. It also comes in leather, but I really love my canvas version with 'leather accents.' It's perfect—looks great, hangs just right, easy access, and doesn't scream 'RIP ME OFF!!' Actually, it would be pretty hard to rip it off as the strap is made out of seatbelt material and the hardware is quite serious. It's small enough that when I fly I can just throw it inside of my carry-on computer messenger bag. Five stars!"