The lens mug craze seems to be cooling down, but now there’s another product on the market that can help you stay cool (literally): the Canon lens cooling fan. They’re powered by two AAA batteries and somewhat resemble the same Canon 70-200mm lens that the original mugs were based on. You can buy one for $5.60 with free shipping from DealExtreme.
Unique SLR Zoom Lens Shaped Handheld Cooling Fan (via Crave)
Here’s a old-fashioned wooden camera tape dispenser that would make a cute gift and addition to a photography-lover’s desk.
Quirky and cute, this handy-dandy desk accessory is shaped like a small camera and doles out all the sticky transparent film you need for piecing together pages of paper or posting reminder notes on your computer monitor. When the included roll runs out, simply detach the magnetic knob at the back and slide another one on the reel.
You can pick one up for price of $22 over on ModCloth. It’s a pretty simple design though, so you could also try making your own!
Caught On Camera Tape Dispenser (via KEH Camera Blog)
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t gotten anything for your mom yet we think these tiny Polaroid magnets would make an awesome gift. Simply download the template, add your photos, print them out, glue them to chipboard, and attach a magnet to the back. Graphic designer Jennifer Kirk has a writeup and tutorial over on her blog Ambrosia Girl.
Tiny Polaroid Magnets (via KEH Blog)
twine, the same store that sells the ceramic cameras we featured last week, sells these neat Polaroid-shaped beeswax candles. They give off a subtle honey scent, last for approximately 40 hours, and cost $38 a pop from the twine website.
This “Sky Aperture” t-shirt is a nice way to sport some photography-related apparel without being too geeky. You can grab it now for $20 over on Threadless, though if you wait you might be able to grab it for $5 or $10 during a sale.
Forget Little Trees. “Sweet Snapshots” are the air fresheners photo enthusiasts should have hanging from their rear view mirrors. ModCloth sells them for $6 a pop in yellow grapefruit or pink peach. The reviews say the scents don’t last very long, so just know that you’d be buying them mostly for aesthetics.
Sweet Snapshots Air Fresheners (via KEH Camera Blog)
You’ve all seen multi-photo picture frames before, but the “Comic Strip Picture Frame” goes a step further by providing 45 speech bubble stickers (and a pen) that allow you to turn the frame into a comic strip. You can buy one for $18 over on Perpetual Kid — or you can just take this idea and create your own speech/thought bubbles.
Comic Strip Picture Frame (via Boing Boing)
Chicago-based designer Dan Riordan woke up one morning, saw his Polaroid Land Camera 95A, and thought to himself, “I can make a lamp of out that”. So he did. Now, after several months of perfecting his build process, he’s selling these hand-crafted lamps for $150 through his Etsy store. The lamps are LED powered, last 50,000 hours without needing a new bulb, and are dimmable so you can adjust the brightness to your liking.
(via KEH Blog)
The “Photo Hanger” is a mini steel wire paperclip shaped like a miniature clothes hanger, and can be a neat way to display photographs your wall when combined with pushpins. You can also hang some string across your room or wall, and hang the photos up like you would hang clothes on a clothes line. Novelty and awesomeness, however, comes at a price — for $9.50 you get only 7 of these sweet clips over at arango.
Photo Hangers (via Wired)
Here’s a unique way to keep your photographs close at hand (literally): USB flash drive cufflinks. Removing the lid on each cufflink reveals at 2GB flash drive, for 4 gigs of total storage. They’re available in gunmetal and gold finishes, and can be customized with an engraving. Sadly, these novelty items are usually absurdly expensive, and these cufflinks are no exception — the pair costs a whopping $195.
4GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks (via Wired)