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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.

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In search of a great gift to give your favorite DIYer? Here are 12 last-minute stocking-stuffer ideas for the home project aficionado in your life.

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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. It’s constructed of forged carbon steel and comes with a key ring to hang from a tool belt, backpack or purse strap.

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Rocketbook Mini Smart Writing Pad

The perfect gift for a “lister,” this reusable notepad brings old-fashioned handwriting into the digital age. Jot down dimensions, design ideas or punch-list items, then scan the page with the free app and save it to your preferred cloud service. Waste not, want not; wipe the pages clean with a damp cloth and start again. Track life’s important details in Infinity Black, Atomic Red, Blue or Neptune Teal.

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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.

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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. Designed to project horizontally or vertically with a 10-ft laser line, the BullsEye is accurate to 1-1/8-in. at 100 feet. A case and two AAA batteries are included.

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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 have a burn time of 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.

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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 degree 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 so 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!

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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