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Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for DIYers

In search of a great gift to give your favorite DIYer? Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the home project aficionado in your life.

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Coast Beam LED Penlight

The lightweight and easily stowed LED penlight by Coast weighs just 0.2 ounces, but it doesn’t lack power. It illuminates up to 30 feet with the inspection beam and up to 65 feet with the distance beam. It’s easy to see why more than 1,500 Amazon reviewers have given this light five stars.

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Flexible Magnetic Pickup Tool

Ever drop a nail, screw, washer or other small item down a hard-to-reach area? You’re not alone. The 26-inch Mighty Worm by V8 Tools is powerful enough to grab items up to half a pound. The flexible mounted head is perfect for reaching into small gaps.

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Magnetic Wristband with Flashlight and Tape Measure

Stop looking for missing parts or getting down from your ladder each time you need another fastener. This brilliant magnetic wristband not only holds all your parts, it also has a built in flashlight and tape measure. The straps comfortably and securely go over your wrist without causing strain or impacting your movement.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “(I) bought one for each of my son-in-laws for stocking stuffers. They loved them! Handy for those around the house jobs.”

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Amazon Music

Give the gift of music and podcasts. With Amazon Music Unlimited you’ll have access to more than 75 millions songs, thousands of playlists and your favorite podcasts, all in one place. Sign up now for a three-month free trial. After that, it’s only $7.99/month for Prime members.

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Apple AirPods Pro

Wired listening devices are a thing of the past. Apple’s AirPods include active noise cancellation and easily adjust for a customizable fit, regardless of ear shape. These are great for DIYers because they’re sweat and water resistant.

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Electronics Cleaning Brush

Clean keyboards, computer screens, cell phones and more with this durable and efficient electronic cleaning brush. The soft bristle side wipes away dust while the firm, silicone wiper removes compact debris for hard to reach areas.

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Six-in-One Multi-Tool Pen

Who says a pen has to be just a pen? This six-in-one multi-tool pen measures, levels, has a flat and Phillips driver and includes a cap active stylus. Oh, and you can also write with it.

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Weatherproof Spiral Notebook

This weatherproof spiral notebook is a perfect gift for anyone who works around messy parts of the house — like plumbing or landscaping. Made of recycled materials, it’s also great for the environment.

Writes one Amazon reviewer: “The plastic cover is tough, the binding never unraveled (because of their design) paper took my ink well, and I am able to fold the front over the back without ever getting a piece stuck.”

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Universal Socket

This universal socket easily adjusts to fit any size or shaped nuts and bolts. It also comes with a power drill adapter, which connects with most electric drills, electric screwdrivers and manual ratchet socket.

“I’ve been doing a lot of home repairs and small projects and this thing has been a godsend,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It’ll take care of just about any job you would otherwise need a wrench or any other socket wrench for without having to dig through your sizes for the right one.”

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Trim Carpentry Aid

Trim work can be difficult, but this carpentry aid makes it a lot easier. Magnets simplify measuring jamb openings and trim stock. It’s a great tool for DIYers of all skill levels.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “(I) installed my first door casing with the help from this took; made it so much easier for a first timer.”

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Bath and Shower Portable Cupholder

OK, this portable cupholder won’t make you a better DIYer, but it’s a fun addition to your home. Use it in the bath or shower, take it with you for tailgates, and more. It easily attaches to most nonporous surfaces, namely glass, mirror and glazed tile.

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Magnetic LED Light

Clip this handy magnetic LED light onto your shirt, tool belt, bag, keychain or somewhere else for additional lightning wherever you need it. It easily wipes clean, which helps if you use it while working on messy projects.

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Voltage Tester and GFCI Outlet/Receptacle Tester

These two testers might not be the most exciting items on your holiday shopping list, but any DIYer who does electrical work will be glad to have them. The bright color-coded neon lights provide easy visual indication, and it has a patented battery self-test feature.

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Reusable Silicone Food Savers

These silicone tops fit over open jars, sliced fruit and more to keep your perishables fresher longer. Unlike other food covers that breakdown quickly or are single use, these can be washed and used over and over and over again.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “These look so pretty in your fridge, and they have really saved me a lot of money from throwing away less food and not buying plastic wrap to use once and throw away.”

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Cord Organizer Earbud Holder

This leather cord organizer easily stows and protects earbuds from tangling or breaking. It’s a great option for on-the-go use in purses or pockets, or at home neatly stowed away on a desk or in a nightstand. Nearly 70 percent of Amazon reviewers give this product five stars.

“I no longer have tangled wires for my earphone which is wonderful,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I also love that they are so easy to carry and store. I can put it in my jacket, pant or skirt pocket and go. The leather is strong and thick.”

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Snowflake Multi-Tool

This 18-in-one multi-tool is made for multi-tasking DIYers on the go. Whether there’s a screw loose (flathead and Phillips) or a bottle opening emergency, this pocket-size gadget does the job. Absolutely clutch for fixing bikes, cutting garden twine or adjusting skis. Constructed of forged carbon steel, it comes with a key ring to hang from a tool belt, backpack or purse strap.

“I bought it as a stocking stuffer but it is a great quality so I bought one for me,” one Amazon reviewer writes.

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Black+Decker Thermal Leak Detector

Know a Sherlock Holmes who would appreciate this thermal leak detector? A high-tech way to help winterize your home, it uses infrared sensors to ferret out hidden energy leaks.

Simply point the beam of light around doors, pipes, baseboards and windows to pinpoint cold and hot spots. With the thermal detector at your disposal, lowering heating costs is elementary.

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Miniature Block Plane

Any woodworker or carpenter would love to add quality finishing touches to projects with this bespoke miniature block plane. Nearly one-third the size of the original, this tiny tool works best on small-scale projects where a full-size plane would be difficult to maneuver.

Sure, as stocking-stuffers go, it’s a splurge. But doesn’t the woodworker in your life deserve it?

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Fleece Face Shield

Winter’s bitter cold seems more bearable with this frost-blocking fleece face shield. Providing wind-chill and pandemic protection, the tubular stretch bandana generously covers the face, neck and ears. Wear it while raking leaves, cleaning out the gutters or exercising. It even comes in versions for kids and dogs.

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Work Sharp Micro Sharpener and Knife Tool

Ultralight and compact, this combo sharpener and knife maintenance tool is a perfect gift for those who like to keep their utility knives in tip-top condition. Medium-grit diamond and fine-grit ceramic rods put a sharp edge on the blade, while bit drivers tighten the knife’s fasteners. What’s more, it stores easily in your pocket, tool or tackle box.

“It is very small and compact and great for quick blade touch-ups,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The small size does mean that it will take a little more work to sharpen some larger knives.”

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Black+Decker BullsEye Auto-Leveling Laser Level

Give the gift of precision with this small, hand-held laser level. From hanging shelving to framing a house, a level is a necessity on almost every home improvement project. It projects horizontally or vertically with a 10-foot laser line, and the BullsEye is accurate to 1-1/8-in. at 100 feet. A case and two AAA batteries are included.

A Home Depot web site reviewer writes: “This is a very simple level for hanging pictures, shelves, etc. The functions are very easy to navigate and understand. This is definitely a beginning DIY’er useful tool.”

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Outerdo Rechargeable Headlamp

No DIYer should be without a rechargeable headlamp! Powered by two lithium-ion batteries, the eight super-bright LED lighting modes burn up to nine hours. Strap the lamp on to get a good look under the hood of the car, locate Christmas ornaments in the attic or explore the backyard with the kids. This cool headlamp has a plethora of illuminating uses.

“The LED light is very bright where I can place this in my head and that I can use when needed to go to the backyard at night with both hands free,” a Walmart.com reviewer writes. “The head light can be adjusted as well up or down to your desired direction. Extra bonus is the strong/sturdy case for safe keeping.”

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Evridwear Extreme Heat- and Cut-Resistant BBQ Glove

Even the most novice griller will flip burgers with confidence in these barbecue gloves. Made of Kevlar cut-resistant material coated with silicon to withstand extreme temperatures (up to 932 F), this smokin’ hot stocking-stuffer is an essential part of every backyard cookout, shore lunch or tailgate party.

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Tape Measure Square-Check Tool by Powertec

Fumble no more with this hands-free square-check tool. A foolproof method to keep the measuring tape from slipping off corners, this clever little gizmo uses a powerful magnet and a slot to hold the end of the tape steady. Now anyone can quickly and accurately assess for square, even when working alone.

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Nite Ize Original Gear Tie

Organize the chaos with these reusable rubber gear ties. Wind and twist around everything from computer wires to garden hoses to extension cords; you’ll find they have a thousand and one uses. Keep packs of gear ties around the house and in the garage and shed. They come in seven sizes and lots of colors.

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Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover

Working around the house, yard and garage can be a minefield of potential stains. Leave it to the Greatest Generation for knowing a thing or two about getting them out — this spot remover is seriously awesome on all types of stains. The two-ounce bottle packs a punch, getting out everything from grass to mud to motor oil in a jiffy. Your favorite DIYer will thank you.

“It takes out all kinds of ancient stains, even a horrible year-old rust stain on my little baby sweater,” one Walmart.com reviewer writes. “Excellent for oil and grease, like no other.”

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.

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