I've seen so many different types of these little easels. Some call them display stands, photo stands or plate stands, and they come in wood, plastic or metal.
I found this really pretty one, and started thinking
about how versatile these "little easels" are!
Sometimes I feel like I'm in the kitchen forever,
and can really use some distraction by watching something on my tablet.
Look how perfectly this works to hold my tablet
while I'm washing dishes, cleaning or cooking!
It can also hold a cookbook for me while I'm following a recipe.
A small white board or chalkboard fits too!
It also works to hold a small piece of artwork or framed picture.
Holding a plate may be the most traditional use.
You can find all different styles of these little easels
at craft stores, discount stores,
or stores like Home Goods or TJ Maxx.
Hope this gives you some ideas!