I don’t believe people will ever make Christmas only about spending time with those they love, I think gifts will always be a part of it, so I began to write this post because I wanted to draw attention to products made or sourced by small business owners, inspired by the Small Business Saturday movement that takes place today. It began to spiral out of control because I wanted to include some of the things I love that I often get asked about in emails and on FB and I have worked with some really wonderful companies this year who have let me test some incredible products and I wanted to include those as well. And then…it started to get a little, long. And now it’s an epic[ly long] gift guide! I hope each listing is clear but if not, feel free to email me. Items denoted with a ‘ * ‘ mean I received a product for testing or was given it by some other means, such as by winning a contest.
A few of these are affiliate links and that means if you click through and actually buy those products, I will make a very small percentage of that sale. It’s another way I earn an income from blogging and I appreciate your understanding that with grace but please know that I didn’t make this post for the purpose of sharing those links.
And now that we’re over the nitty gritty, let’s get to the list. Stay tuned to the end, it wouldn’t be a true gift list if there wasn’t a gift for you too!!!
For the Photographer
The Essential Guide to iPhone Photography $19.99 – This book, created by my talented friend Misho, is just as the name suggests: essential. It’s the bible of knowing how to get the very most out of your iPhone as a photographic tool. I wish I’d written this book first but once his came out, I realized that even if I had, I wouldn’t have been able to do quite as good a job so now I refer people to this book when they ask me where to start.
Lifeproof Waterproof Case for iPhone 4S $45* iPhone 5 $49 iPhone 5S $49 – I received the Lifeproof case to test for my 4S quite some time ago and on a job, the tiny cap that sealed the headphone jack was lost overboard on a boat. If that hadn’t happened, I would still be carrying this case around everywhere I travel. I’ve not yet found a better waterproof case for the iPhone than the Lifeproof and I’ve tested almost a dozen different models.
Sony Qx10 $248* Qx100 $498 – For all the years I’ve been using an iPhone only, even though I have been quite happy, I have at times been longing for something that would take it to the next level but which was still not a full size camera. This is the piece of equipment that fills those murky waters between a smartphone and a camera. It actually is a camera but it’s controlled by, and linked to, a smartphone and saves both internally and to the connected device. So far, they work with Android and iPhone through an app and I have the Qx10. It has remarkable clarity, capability in low light and is lightweight. Now that I have it, I am already lusting after the Qx100 which owes its more hefty price to the fact that it’s made with Carl Zeiss glass and shoots at f/1.8 which means gorgeous bokeh and shallow depth of field (so like, photogasmic capability)!
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