Joby GPod Mini Magnetic tripod
Photographers have long relied on the GorillaPod -- the little camera tripod with bendable legs -- to keep their cameras secure and stable. The GPod Mini Magnetic gives them even more options by putting strong magnets at the ends of its three legs. That lets the tripod stick to all sorts of metallic surfaces: sign poles, park benches, stairway railings and so on.
It can only hold a camera weighing about 11 oz., so it's not suitable for a DSLR; but it's ideal for a point-and-shoot or a small video camera. Add a $20 GripTight Mount and you can use it with any smartphone.