Holiday 2012: 40 Under 40


These days holiday cheer is synonymous with holiday gifts. One usually leads to the other. Unfortunately, shopping for everyone on your list can turn holiday cheer into a holiday nightmare. That’s why we came up with this gift guide that features 40 B&H photo, audio and entertainment products that cost less than $40. It’s one-stop shopping for everyone on your list. The short descriptions below should give you a basic introduction to the product and what it does. For more in-depth descriptions, as well as thousands of other gift ideas, be sure to visit the B&H website or the B&H SuperStore in Manhattan.

You may notice more than 40 products in this article, but we couldn't resist sneaking in a few more unique items. Enjoy!


The Shutter Huggers Dalmatian is a stuffed animal camera cover that promises to be your most valuable tool for photographing children.

If you're looking for an owl or ladybug to grab your kid's attention, the Camera Creatures are also cuddly stuffed animal camera covers that feature a built-in squeaker. (a)

Available in multiple sizes, the Free Hands Stretch Thinsulate Gloves feature thumb and index-finger slots for extra dexterity during winter-weather photography. (b)

The Vello Universal Softbox with Colored Gels Kit includes six colored gels for spreading and diffusing the light from an on-camera flash. (c)

The Digital King Magnet Mount is a wide angle conversion lens that uses magnetic attraction to mount the lens to your iPhone 4, 4S or 5. (d)

Available in multiple colors, the Flipbac Angle Viewfinder enables high- and low-angle shooting and doubles as an LCD screen protector for 3-inch point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras. (e)

The Canon Mugs Canon Lens Wristlets are silicone bracelets designed to look like the zoom rings on various Canon lenses.

Available in multiple colors, the LENSband Lens Bands are designed to fit over your lens and stop lens creep on 67-110mm-sized zoom lenses. (f)

The Vello ActionPan is a professional-grade stabilizing action grip/handle that attaches to the standard ¼"-20 mount on most DSLR cameras and camcorders. (g)

The Strap Buddy Camera Strap Buddy attaches to the tripod mount of a DSLR and provides a more effective way to carry your camera when a long lens attached.

The SteadyWeb String Tripod fits in your pocket, attaches to your belt loop, and mounts to your camera to greatly reduce camera shake.

The Vello FreeWave Plus is a wireless remote shutter release discounted for the holidays. It has a 320-foot range and is made for a variety of camera models including Nikon, Canon, Sony and more. (h)

The Flex Lens Shade is a flexible lens shade that can be attached to any lens to block unwanted light and will also stop rain from affecting your photos. (i)

The SanDisk Image Mate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader is a multi-format card reader with a USB 3.0 interface that supports fast transference of photos and video.

The Oben TT-100 Table Top Tripod features a mini ball head, a maximum height of 4.2 inches and a load capacity of six pounds. (j)

The Vello White Balance Card Set for Digital Photography features a white card, a black card and a neutral gray card for achieving perfect color balance in your photos.

The Crumpler Noose Wrist Strap is a wrap-around neoprene camera wrist strap with polypropylene webbing and a convenient memory-card pocket.

The Joby GorillaPod Micro 250 is a tabletop tripod with a mini ball head, and 8.8 ounce load capacity, which folds up under your digital camera while still attached.

The Ruggard Denim Camera Pouches is available in two sizes that both feature room for a compact camera, a memory-card pocket and a convenient belt loop. (k)

The HandlePod Camera Handle / Tabletop Quadpod features a handgrip, an elastic cord and a tabletop quadpod for shooting in a variety of situations, with your compact camera.

Available in a variety of colors, the Hatcams Hatcam Mounting System is designed to mount a pocket camcorder, weighing 7 ounces or less, to your hat with a 1/4”-20 tripod screw.

The Lenspen DSLR Pro Kit with MikroKlear Cloth includes everything you need to keep your lenses, filters and viewfinders clean.

The Lenspen Lens Cleaner is a small, pen-shaped cleaning tool designed for cleaning camera lenses and other optical devices.

Available in a three-axis or two-axis model, the Vello Hot Shoe Bubble Levels let you quickly and accurately align your camera on multiple planes. (l)

The Vidpro LED-36 Video Light Kit includes a 36-LED-array lamp, a battery charger, two Lithium-Ion batteries, an aluminum bracket and an adapter for a Sony shoe mount. (m)

The Opteka Right Angle Spy Lens fits digital camera lenses with a 58mm thread and lets you take pictures even while aiming the camera away from your subject.

Entertainment and Audio

The alm External Mounted 180° Rotational Microphone is a rotating mic that works with any smart phone or tablet with a 3.5mm mic input jack.

The i.Sound GoSync is a portable Bluetooth receiver that lets you play music wirelessly from a Bluetooth device through your speaker system. (n)

The Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit lets you import digital photos from your digital camera or SD memory card directly to your iPad.

The Apple iPad Dock is an upright, portrait-style dock for you iPad that allows you to watch movies and use your iPad like a digital picture frame. (o)

The Holga iPhone 4/4S Lens Filter Kit & Case is a snap-in case that features a rotating filter wheel for the iPhone camera lens with nine special shooting effects. (p)

The Bluelounge MiniDock is a wireless dock that lets you charge your iPod or iPhone by attaching directly to your Apple USB Power Adapter.

The Leatherman Sidekick and Blast Tool with Leather Sheath and Gift Tin are stainless steel, full-size multi-tools with locking blades, pliers and more. Both are discounted for the holidays.

The Griffin Technology A-Frame is an adjustable tabletop iPad stand that supports portrait or landscape viewing, as well as multiple viewing and typing angles.

The iLuv A Sante Pro is a sports armband case for your iPhone 4/4S that features a credit-card pocket, a holder for your earphones and a reflector for jogging at night. (q)

Available in multiple colors, the Skullcandy Chops Sport Earbuds feature ear loops for added stability while exercising and listening to music. (r)

The white OverBoard Waterproof In-Ear Stereo Headphones are submersible down to a depth of 19 feet and they feature multiple ear tip sizes and neodymium drivers.

Available in multiple colors, the iLuv FitActive In-Ear Stereo Headphones feature an in-line SpeakEZ microphone, in-line remote, dynamic drivers and in-ear brace design for comfort.

The Logitech C310 HD Webcam features 720p HD resolution video, 5MP still images, a built-in mic, RightLight technology, RightSound technology and editing software.

The Coby DP180 is a digital photo keychain with a 1.8-inch display, and the Digital Foci Pocket Album Deluxe is a digital photo keychain with a 1.5-inch OLED display.

The Xuma USB Car Charger plugs into your vehicle’s lighter port and features a 2.1-amp charge, as well as an iPad/iPod/iPhone charge and sync cable.

The Avangard Optics Car Alarm Remote Spy Camera is a compact camera at a special price. It features 720 x 480 video resolution with storage for up to 100 minutes of video or 120,000 photos. (s)

Available in multiple colors, the Native Union POP Phone features a soft touch paint treatment, a retro style handset with spiral cord and compatibility with most mobile devices and computers. (t)

The IK Multimedia iKlip MINI is a universal microphone stand adapter case with multi-angle adjustment design for your iPhone or iPod touch. (u)

Available in multiple colors, the Bluelounge CableBox is a cable and power strip storage box that eliminates unwanted cable clutter. (v)

The denim Hex Academy Core Case and khaki Hex Academy Core Case are both water resistant, custom molded snap-on cases for the iPhone 5. (w)

Available in multiple colors, the Boostcase Hybrid Wallet / Snap-On Case are iPhone 4/4S cases that feature an integrated wallet, genuine lamb-skin leather and full camera access. (x)

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