Sometimes you just can't quite get the angle you want for a photo. Or you are somewhere really cool and you can't get the camera balanced right to get yourself in the photo. For people who want to take pictures of things, or themselves doing things, a Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod is a good gift.
I took these pictures tonight by attaching my camera to the handle of the refrigerator with my Gorillapod.
Really exciting, no?