The Lens Baby is a flexible lens that fits on your SLR camera to give you finger-tip selective focus on subjects. Compress the Lens Baby in one direction and you get a tilt-focus effect, similar to that of a large format camera. The results are endless. Lens Baby also makes accessories for video cameras as well.
The Gorillapod might be the best impromptu tripod available. Position the three fully jointed legs in any position or secure it to a railing, lamppost or chair-back to get a shake-free shot. The rubber-ringed joints stay put.