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12 Less-Than-$20, Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for DIYers
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.
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.
Damaged Screw & Bolt Extractor Set
Got a damaged screw or bolt to dig out? That could be a fiddly and frustrating task, but this extractor set can remove a stripped screw with two straightforward steps in 10 seconds or less. This four-piece set is made from 100% carbon steel for strength and durability, and works on wood and machine screws, as well as Phillips, flat and hex screws. It even removes screws that have been painted over.
And if you’d like more advice, check out our top tips on how to tackle stubborn bolts and screws.
Flexible Extension Shaft with Drill Bit Holder
Trying to work in a tight spot? This most clever of stocking stuffers will help avoid getting a crick in the neck. This ultra-flexible drill extension can bend, twist and straighten, letting you work in awkward places easily while protecting your hands with a flexible safety shield. The shaft is fashioned from high-quality carbon steel, making it tough enough for a host of jobs.
Your drill can handle a multitude of different tasks with some well-chosen accessories—here are five of our must-have drill attachments.
Multi-Tool Pocket Pliers
Everyone loves to find great multitools as stocking stuffers, and this pocket pliers tool definitely fits the bill. This useful set includes pliers, a wire cutter and stripper, a folding kitchen knife, a can and bottle opener, a metal file and screwdrivers, as well as a magnetic connector and 11 attachable bits. It’s the essential outdoor companion when fishing, camping or hiking, and a useful tool for all those little jobs around the home, too.
And when you’re ready to head out on a camping adventure, be sure to follow our top tricks and tips for a successful trip.
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.
Countersink Drill Bit Set
Get flawless countersinking on every project with this 7-piece drill bit set. The bits are made of high carbon steel material with titanium nitrate coating for durability and superior cutting power. These tough bits can be used to power through granite, tiles, glass and ceramics. This versatile set also works with a bench drill, hand drill and conventional corded drill.
If you’re not lucky enough to find one of these sets in your stocking, here’s a clever emergency hack for countersinking into soft wood.
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.
Portable Wallet-Size Multitool
Perfectly proportioned to slip into your wallet, this amazing multi-tool masquerades as a credit card but actually features 11 essential tools. The recipient will never be stuck without a bottle opener, can opener, saw blade, 4-position wrench or butterfly screw wrench again. And, they’ve also got a water compass, a 2-position wrench and a lanyard hole for good measure. It’s the ideal companion when enjoying the great outdoors, but can be just as useful around the home or about town.
This card-sized tool can work hard for you, but did you know you can make your credit card work hard for you too? Here are 15 perks you didn’t know existed.