Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers For DIYers (Gifts Under $20)

If you’re looking for inexpensive gifts for the builder in your family, these stocking stuffers for DIYers might be just the thing!

stocking stuffers for diyers - all under $20

Since I’ve covered gift ideas for gardeners, I thought I would tackle stocking stuffers for DIYers next.

These are all inexpensive tools that are handy to have around the house.

Or just make life easier when it comes to building and fixing stuff.

Mechanical Carpenter Pencil

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Mechanical Carpenter Pencil

I think mechanical carpenter pencils are the best thing since sliced bread!

No more searching for the pencil sharpener…only to find out that the carpenter pencil you need to sharpen won’t fit.

And this one comes with an eraser!

You can never have too many 🙂


Pocket Screwdriver

pocket screwdrivers

For those times when you just need a screwdriver close by, this pocket-sized one will do the trick.

It’s about the size of a pen. So it’s easy to store pretty much anywhere.

And can be used for any kind of small job – installing cabinet pulls, fixing your computer or putting on new light plate covers.


Magnetic Wrist Band

Magnetic Wrist Band

I don’t know why I haven’t seen this invention earlier.

Having nails or screws available right on your wrist is so much better than digging through pockets to find them!

And since it’s magnetic, you can also store screwdriver bits or any other small metallic object that you will be needing for your DIY project.


Measuring Tape With Built In Pencil

Measuring Tape With Built In Pencil

This measuring tape with a built-in pencil would be great for measuring lengths of wood to cut.

No more looking for the pencil or searching for it after it has dropped on the floor!

Just move the tape measure back and forth to make a line at the correct distance.

This uses graphite leads (something similar to mechanical pencils) which you can re-order when they run down.

It will also let you do edge slide marking. Just run the end of the measuring tape along the edge of the board it will mark all the way along at the distance you set.

And you can make arcs and circles easily. Pin the end to the center of the circle and draw away!


Nail Pulling Pliers

Nail pulling pliers

If only I had a pair of these nail pulling pliers* when I was taking down the old pantry in my kitchen.

The rounded edge gives you that extra leverage you need to pull out those big ones!


Flashlight With Magnetic Base

Flashlight with a magnetic base

I can’t count the number of times that I have needed to hold a flashlight and do some kind of work at the same time.

Having one of these flashlights with a magnetic base would make things so much easier! One less thing to hold on to.


Flashlight Gloves

flashlight gloves

Speaking of flashlights you don’t have to hold, another option is to get a pair of their flashlight gloves.

With bright LED lights on the thumb and index finger, it illuminates the area that you usually have to see…where your hands are.

How cool is that?


Magnetic Pick Up Tool Kit

magnetic pick up tool kit with 4 different sizes

Have you ever dropped screws or nails and hand them fall into a crack in the deck? Or behind a large piece of furniture? Or even down the drain?

That’s when this magnetic pick up tool kit comes in handy.

It has 4 tools that all allow you to reach into places that are hard to get to, and pick up metal objects with their magnet ends.

They come in different sizes that can pull up different weights (the largest one can lift a 20 pound object!)

One has a flashlight on the end so you can see what you’re picking up.

And one even has a mirror so you can look behind things.


Spray Paint Grip

spray paint grip

For anyone that does a lot of spray painting, this comfort grip is a hand-saver!

Holding the button down on a spray paint can really tires your fingers out after a while.

This comfort grip totally fixes that problem. Which usually results in a better, smoother finish.


Angle Finder

angle finder

To me, an angle finder falls under the category of having the right tool for the job.

I have always tried to use the compass and protractor method of finding angles (like I did in when I was building the angled bookshelves in my bonus room).

angle finder measuring the corner of a wall and ceiling

This tool would have made that job so much easier!

Just match it up with the angle on the wall and you know what angle to cut!

Since I’m planning on installing a chair railing around my hallway that has weird angles, this tool will definitely be finding its way into my toolbox!


Scribing Tool

Scribing Tool

The scribing tool is somewhat similar to a compass (yes, the kind that you used in school…and that I still use for some of my DIY projects).

The difference is that the end of it bends so you can make perfect circles even when the surface you are working with isn’t flat.

And it’s also a great way to take measurements.

Position the two ends the right distance apart (eg. on either side of a board). Then remove the scribing tool and measure the distance between the ends with a ruler.


Multi-Type Blade Sharpener

Multi-type Blade Sharpener

This pocket-sized knife sharpener will sharpen pretty much any kind of blade you have.

Just pick the right slot on the sharpener for the material that your blade is made of and sharpen away!

No more dull utility knives!


Other Gift Guides You Might Like

The original version of this post was day 2 of our Festive Christmas Ideas series. That’s where I get together with a bunch of my blogging friends to share our Christmas decor, recipes and gift ideas.

So you know what that means! There are more gift guides you might like below.

And if you’re interested, you can find all of the 2020 holiday posts HERE.

Gifts For Family & Friends

Gifts For Kids

Interests & Hobbies Gift Guides

Kitchen & Cookbook Gift Guides

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This post was originally published on October 21, 2020 but was updated with new content on January 24, 2024.

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    1. Wanda Simone says:

      I think so, too, Alexandra! It’s one of my favorites 🙂

  1. I love this list! I got tired of always borrowing my husband’s stuff and decided to start collecting my own. I will have to give this list to my husband and sons so they can help me!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Cherryl! I’m hoping to get some of these in my stocking this year, too 🙂

  2. I thought I had all the fun diy tools, but there are a few I need that I haven’t seen before!!!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      I know, right? I’m hoping to get a few of these in my stocking this year, too 🙂

  3. Love these ideas, Wanda! Think I could use those nail-pulling pliers! I’ve never seen those before. Great list. Pinned!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Debra! I want those nail-pulling pliers, too! Not sure how I’ve never seen them before 🙂