12 Genius Last-minute Stocking Stuffers
DIY stocking stuffers may be tiny but they pack a big punch! Check out our list of 12 budget-friendly last-minute stocking stuffers for the DIY enthusiast.
A good pair of gloves can be pretty important for working on the car and Mechanix Wear has some of the best. These M-Pact gloves are machine washable, includes a dual layer for the index finger and thumb and can be used on a touchscreen phone. Pick up a pair for $27.
Discover other work gloves that work well in various scenarios.
Leave it up to Zippo to come up with a hand warmer that goes above and beyond those disposable hand warmers. Zippo reports that its hand warmer provides 2 1/2 times more heat than those disposables. It’s a flameless heat warmer, to be sure, but it needs to be filled with fuel. Once its filled, it will continually provide heat for six to 12 hours. These five items come in pretty handy, too, for outdoor work in cold weather.
Trying to shine light into a tight space is always a challenge but Dorcy has a pen light that will go places others can’t and that’s a big help for DIY work. It has a run time of 4 1/2 hours on two AAA batteries, so it should last you through just about any project. We’ve come up with several flashlight hacks through the years like this one for your drill or this one to keep light in place.
Any woodworking hobbyist will appreciate this 15-piece knife set from Olympia Tools in their stocking. The small knives will help with getting precise details correct, plus it comes with a tweezers, clippers and precision screwdriver. These 21 woodworking projects are perfect for beginners.
STKR Concepts has one of the best flexible flashlights that can help solve a lot of problems. The STKR Concepts FLEXIT LED light will fit perfectly into stockings or tight spots on a vehicle. It includes a magnetic base so it attaches to plenty of places. Plus, it has rear facing red hazard LEDs that help with night time roadside emergencies. It’s water resistant, has 200 lumens, runs up to 80 hours and has four modes. Use this roadside emergency guide to stay safe on the shoulder.
Screwdriver Pen Pocket Multitool
Now you can carry your toolkit in a pen! The perfect size for a stocking stuffer and the ideal size to slip into your shirt pocket too, this aluminum multitool features a screwdriver, stylus, bubble level, ruler, and Phillips flathead bit.
A pen makes a great place to stash a pint-sized toolkit, but did you know it makes a handy cash stash too? Check out our step-by-step instructions.
Nothing builds frustration like having to retrieve dropped screws or rummage in your storage box to find the right drill bit. So save yourself time, and keep your sanity, with this sturdy magnetic wristband. The lightweight, breathable fabric makes it comfortable to wear, while the powerful magnets keep everything firmly gripped within easy reach.
And once you’ve made sure your screws are close to hand, find out how to drive screws perfectly for great results every time.
Ratchet Socket Set
You wouldn’t think a ratchet socket set would fit into a stocking, would you? But this mini version packs all the punch of a larger set in a convenient pocket-sized case. Ranging from 7 to 19mm, and boasting 130 lb. of torque, you’ll find the 54 pins in each grip are up to tackling metric nuts, wing nuts, eye bolts, hexes and more.
Of course, sometimes you may need a larger socket set—take a look at our advice about choosing between 6-point and 12-point sockets.
Waist Bag Tool Organizer
It’s all very well having the right tools for the job, but no DIYer can carry everything. So tool organizers make fabulous stocking stuffers for the person who has everything! This waterproof waist bag has 8 roomy pockets, so there’s plenty of room for tools of all shapes and sizes and a hoop belt for screwdrivers and such. And the belt clip makes sure everything stays safe and secure while you’re working.
Of course, you can’t carry every tool on your belt. So take a look at these weight-loss tips for your tool belt and think smart with your tool selection.
Bucket Boss Tool Caddy
If someone you know prefers to keep their tools on solid ground, then this Bucket Boss, which converts almost any 5-gallon bucket into a handy tool caddy, is the perfect stocking stuffer. The rip-stop fabric ensures durability and strength, and with 30 storage pockets for smaller items, as well as 3 interior loops for longer tools, you’ll have no trouble stashing everything you need for the job.
Magnetic Pocket Hole Jig
Creating the perfect pocket hole for your cabinets is an art, but you’ll find it a simple task with this useful pocket hole jig. The magnetic base adjusts quickly to give you the perfect fit every time, and this jig also features a built-in workpiece thickness gauge (so you can check dimensions without reaching for your ruler), and a depth gauge to save time. Any carpenter would love to find this in their stocking!
And if you want to learn about pocket screws, follow our guide to using pocket screws and you’ll find everything smooth sailing.
Multi-Purpose Marking and Measuring Tool
This multi-purpose marking tool will make marking out those DIY projects super-simple This smart stocking stuffer will help the recipient carry out a vast range of measuring and marking functions. Featuring three scale configurations, this little beauty also has a built-in level and a 3/16-inch reveal gauge for offsetting door trim, all in the palm of your hand.
Measure twice and cut once is a time-tested adage, so make sure you know all our tips and tricks for accurate measuring.