My Analogue Life: Merry Christmas — To Me?


Everyone is good at something. Some people are naturally co-ordinated and to them, sports come easy. Others sing effortlessly, in tune every time. There are those who can draw almost anything. And then there are people like me who can’t draw, sing or walk six blocks in the snow without breaking my arm for a second time in two months. I do, however, excel at shopping and it’s that time of year when this particular talent is put to the test.

I love the thrill of the hunt, of finding that extra-special something for that super-special someone. I look for unique, vintage, or unexpected items, perhaps something the person wouldn’t think to buy for themselves. You know, that thing they didn’t know they needed before you gave it to them?

While this is all swell and good, there’s a dark side to my holiday shopping: I can’t help but come across things I just have to have for myself. For instance, I picked up Fuji Instax Mini cameras and film for my teenaged soon-to-be brother and sister in-law from the Lomography shop. But, while I was searching for their gifts, I came across a close-up Holga lens pack I hadn’t noticed before and promptly dropped it in my cart. It’s a small thing, it’s not expensive, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer. Merry Christmas to me.

Then there’s my business partner: he’s recently developed very strong feelings for my Spinner 360 camera. I’ve lent it to him, but they’re relationship seems to be growing more serious every day, so I fear that unless he gets one of his own, I’ll never see mine again. So it was off to the charming boutique just around the corner from my home that carries the city’s biggest selection of Lomography merchandise, where I didn’t find a Spinner (there’s still time for me to order one online, or get a friend to pick one up for me at the new Lomogaphy Gallery Store in Toronto), but did find plenty of other cameras, accessories and film — for myself.

Now I have a Diana Mini with flash package, those Holga lenses and yet more boxes of film. And my holiday shopping? Thankfully, it’s almost done. Hopefully, I’ve sated my shopping cravings for now, but there are still over three weeks left, and there is that Tunnelvision Lens I’ve had my eye on….

How do you deal with holiday shopping and what’s on your must-have list this season? Share your thoughts with me!

Pamela Klaffke is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now works as a novelist and photographer. Her column appears weekly in the Analogue Lifestyle section of Lomography Magazine.

written by pamelaklaffke on 2010-12-15 #lifestyle #holga-cfn #fuji-astia-100 #pamela-klaffke #xmas-fox


  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i actually do not like buying things for an occasion, this MUST i do not want. so i am giving away presents throughout the year... and damn, i find lots of things when i do not want to find them. games for friends (so i can join playing), a nice bottle of wine (when we have dinner together),... so everythign i give away comes in handy for me, too in a way ;) if i give away food i made or cakes i cannot it it, so i can stay slim ;) hahaha
    so what you have on christmas, i have the entire year: giving presents to myself. earned some money with something, give yourself a nice little something like a rare or expensive film and what about the new book of...? and the cd?! and how to spend piggie points?!
    and i really like second hand stores.... stuff is cheap. and doesn't my bf need this bread cutting thing (so i can use it?) and this pot with lit (so i can make nice ovendishes?)...

  2. disdis
    disdis ·

    When I go shopping and I'm looking for gifts I always end up buying something for me. My favorites include a Lubitel (on the way home already) and any number of C International Photo Magazine. In Christmas shopping I always end up spending more money in me than in gifts.

  3. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    @pamelaklaffe - Are Lomography paying you a commison for every product you can mention in your article? :-) I've done the same thing. I bought a pack of 20 Instax wide fims, a macro lens for my Instax 100 (they do exist I was amazed!) and a 5 pack of Kodak Portra 160 VC. None of which has anything to do with my friends and family for whom I have currently bought nothing. Anyway there are still 10 shopping days untill Christmas or if you are a man, 1!

  4. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    got a few gifts for myself already. ordered an l-ca+, got my prizes (sprocket rocket and spinner 360), and bought a box of film, with 20 rolls. i couldn't ask for more, but i would be happy to get more films, films, films. that's what i put on top of my wishlist for x-mas parties that i'll be attending. i'm hoarding films for my upcoming backpacking trip in january. i still haven't bought anything for my family, friends and godchildren, too lazy and busy with work. with only a few days before christmas, good luck to me. i would probably get some gift certificates, worst case scenario. haha.

  5. pamelaklaffke
    pamelaklaffke ·

    mephisto19: excellent tactic about buying gifts that you can enjoy, too! i'll have to try that one. i'm always finding cool things here and there and always stash them away, though then i sometimes forget that i've done this until after the occasion i was saving it for!
    disdis: sound like we suffer from similar holiday shopping habits!
    discodrew: ha ha — no commission for me! i just figured writing about the photo things i've picked up would be more relevant than, say, all the creepy dolls and odd bits of ephemera i've been scooping up on etsy during my holiday buying binge! Good luck with your shopping!
    antibiotyx: wow — you've certainly treated yourself to some awesome gifts! gift cards are a last resort for me, too, but they are really convenient!

  6. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    just bought myself a MJU II and 20 rolls of precisa, merry christmas to meeeee :)))) and for family members I'm sending photo books made on blurb :)

  7. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I bought myself a super sampler and some film for my treat to myself. Trying to make as many presents as possible, mostly knitted, but think I'm going to have a go on a sewing machine too. I'm thinking of getting lots of prints too.

  8. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    Thanks god i have small family and currently far far afar away from home, so i got myself Christmas presents like 3.0 ND filter for me Lee holder, Smena 8M, Diana Mini and yet Christmas aren't over so probably something could drop in :D

  9. vanc180sx
    vanc180sx ·

    thanks for the X'mas coming so i have a good excuse to get my self a 'sproket rocket' perhaps :p since i found i cant stop my self to log in my paypal , anyway wish you guys have a wonderful x'mas ! cheersssssssssss

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