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Sometimes, the best gifts are the small ones. You might absolutely love that diamond necklace, but you really get the most use out of your PopSockets phone grip—that’s not to say that you’ll return the necklace anytime soon, but a small, functional gift can really make a difference in your quality of life.
With that in mind, we set out to find the best inexpensive stocking stuffers for guys. If you’re looking for something for the man in your life and you’ve got $20 to spend, we’ve got you covered.
1. Make home repair projects a bit more manageable.
There’s nothing quite as demoralizing as wrapping up a project only to realize that you’ve lost a key screw or washer. This little wristband helps to keep your favorite handyman in control; a magnetic surface holds drill bits, washers, nails, screws, and other small metallic items, keeping them within reach.
The lightweight material stays comfortable, and it’s essential gear for any DIY-er. Plus, it’s cheap—we’ve seen other metallic wristbands for upwards of $20, but this inexpensive option has plenty of five-star reviews attesting to its quality.
2. Nothing’s quite as useless—and dangerous—as a dull knife.
You’d think that sharp knives would cause most serious accidents. That’s not the case; when you’re cutting with a dull knife, you naturally apply more pressure, increasing the chances of an accidental cut.
This two-step knife sharpener gives you everything you need to keep your cutting tools in prime shape. It includes two tungsten carbide blades and two ceramic rods with preset sharpening angles. Run a knife through the coarse side, then the fine side, and you’re ready to go.
3. This wood eyewear holder makes a perfect addition to a study.
We named ours “Robert,” because hey, to us, it looks like a Robert. Anyway, it’s a fairly simple (but functional) piece of home decor that props up sunglasses, reading glasses, or just about any other piece of eyewear.
If you know someone who’s always forgetting where they put their glasses, this should help to resolve that issue. It also looks like a much more expensive gift; for less than $8, it’s hard to beat the high-quality look, and several wood shades are available.
4. Protect his hands with these cut-resistant gloves.
Made with food-grade composite materials (that means that they’re safe to use when prepping food—don’t try to eat them), these gloves offer EN388 Level 5 cut resistance for less than $7. While there are plenty of other cut-resistant gloves on Amazon, these are among the cheapest we’ve found that still provide decent protection.
They’re ideal gear for any hobby that involves sharp tools, as they provide protection without impeding movement. If you know a guy who loves woodworking, fishing, cooking, whittling, carpentry, or anything in between, these are a great pickup at a great price.
5. He’ll find himself using this multi-tool every day.
It’s small enough to fit into any standard wallet credit card slot, and the ingenious design provides 11 useful tools, including a screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, cutting edge, four-position wrench, saw blade, butterfly screw wrench, water compass—inhale—and a two-position wrench.
In case you’re wondering if it’s one of those cheap multi-tools that bends within seconds, good news: The heat-treated stainless steel comes with a manufacturer’s guarantee. There’s also an included carrying case, which prevents the sharp sides of the tool from damaging a leather wallet.
6. This highly reviewed book gives him all the skills he’ll ever need.
Well, maybe not all of the skills, but it’s still packed with 100 easy-to-follow guides for everything from changing a tire to cooking the perfect steak. The Manual to Manhood is well written and insightful, and it’s a great practical resource for any guy who has trouble folding shirts, planning dates, or cleaning the bathroom (in other words, all men everywhere since the beginning of time).
In fact, this is awesome reading material for anyone, regardless of gender, and at 288 pages, it’s fairly comprehensive. Check out the hundreds of five-star reviews.
7. If you’re tired of cleaning beard hair off of your sink, there’s a solution.
Okay, we’ll be the first to admit that the Beard Bib looks ridiculous, but it works—and if you’ve got a beard-grower in your household, it’s absolutely essential. Simply attach the neck straps, then secure the other end of the bib to a mirror or wall. It catches all of those tiny beard trimmings for easy disposal, simplifying cleanup.
Grooming facial hair isn’t always an easy or quick process, and the Beard Bib saves time (and significantly reduces the number of arguments you’ll have with your husband or teenage kid).
8. Hair in the shower drain? Never again.
Okay, so the TubShroom’s packaging includes this phrase: “TubShroom is Guaranteed to Catch Every Single Hair, Every Single Time You Take a Shower.”
That sold us. If you agree that pulling globs of wet hair out of the drain is an unacceptably gross act (and if your guy’s typically tasked with the unpleasant task of cleaning out said drain), you might want to check this out. The TubShroom slips into your drain and catches stray hairs in a long, perforated tube.
You still have to clean it every so often, but rather than reaching down into the muck, you can just pull up the TubShroom and throw its contents away. How did we ever live without it?
9. Stop searching for the perfect-sized socket.
We’ve got a 144-piece socket set, which is fantastic—except when you need to match a smaller bolt and you don’t have 20 minutes to try every single socket (only to realize that the 10mm socket is missing again).
Fortunately, this universal socket grip exists. The clever design instantly adapts to any 7-19 millimeter nut, screw, bolt head, hook, or eye, providing a consistently solid grip. It even works on weathered or worn bolts. The 54 hardened steel pins can grip just about anything, and there’s an included power drill adapter to make home repair jobs even easier.
10. This handsome beard comb makes a great addition to his daily carry.
Every bearded man needs decent grooming tools. Handcrafted from organic sandalwood, this fine-toothed comb certainly fits the bill, and it comes in an attractive gift box. Plus, now he won’t keep borrowing your hair combs to keep his facial hair in check—that’s a nice bonus.
There’s even a leather carrying case, which allows him to comfortably tuck his new comb into his pocket. It’s an ideal gift, and the manufacturer donates a portion of its monthly proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Family Support project.
11. Grab hot stuff while pointing at something.
The problem with most oven mitts is that—well, they’re mitts. These gloves give you full use of your fingers, so you don’t have to take them off while grabbing your spatula, cutting a couple of veggies, or completing other tasks that require a bit of dexterity.
Made with Aramid fiber (the same technology used by some fire departments), these gloves are ideal for cooking, welding, or just planting your hand straight onto the stove burner, although we certainly wouldn’t recommend that last one. Provides protection for temperatures of up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit.
12. Every guy needs a decent set of flashlights.
Of course, most flashlights are pretty much useless when you’re fighting for space under a kitchen sink or searching under your car for a lost bolt. This kit makes that process a bit easier; it includes three LED flashlights that are designed for getting into hard-to-reach areas. Two of the lights have flexible telescoping wands, so you can easily get into those cracks and crevices.
Best of all, each flashlight has magnetic tips for grabbing bolts, washers, screws, and other metal bits. They’re made with military-grade aluminum alloy, so they should last for years, and batteries are included.
13. This full set of grooming tools makes beard ownership slightly easier.
Growing a beard isn’t always an easy process, but maintaining a beard—now that’s difficult. This gift set includes a beard oil and balm, scissors, a comb, and a wood palm beard brush. That’s pretty much everything you need to go from “that scruffy guy over there” to “that Sean Connery lookalike.”
There’s even a free E-book with grooming tips. Generally, we avoid gift sets—too often, the individual items are low quality—but this is an outstanding choice for the guy who has everything (except, of course, an immaculately groomed beard).
14. Guys need great soap, too.
Hey, anyone can enjoy a great bar of handmade soap, right? This kit comes with six cold-process soap bars, each of which is infused with a different masculine scent. The spearmint cassia is perfect for an energizing morning shower, while the sandalwood vanilla is ideal for relaxing after a hard day’s work.
They’re gentle enough for sensitive skin, but powerful enough to get out the grease stains (or whatever other stains he’s harboring). When you’re not sure what else to get him, toiletries are always a solid gift idea—he probably doesn’t spend much time thinking about soap, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t appreciate a few bars of the good stuff.
15. For a close shave, nothing beats an old-fashioned safety razor.
The problem: Unless you frequent antique shops, it’s hard to find a decent safety razor at a fair price. Shaveology’s double-edged safety razor is the rare exception. Made with durable materials, it allows guys to get a closer shave without the razor burn.
This kit also includes a few blades, so he’ll be able to use it right out of the box. Be warned: Shaving with a safety razor takes a bit of practice, but once he’s got the technique down, he’ll never go back to those five-blade monstrosities again.
16. When you’ve got a great set of slippers, the world’s a better place.
Yes, we’re all about our casual indoor footwear. These highly reviewed slippers feature a two-tone memory foam material that’s warm, comfy, and perfectly suitable for lounging around the house on a cold Sunday morning.
They also feature a breathable cotton footbed, which cuts down on odors, but they’re machine washable (in our opinion, that’s an essential feature for house slippers). The rubber sole provides sufficient protection for short trips out of the house, so he’ll have no excuse when it’s his turn to take the garbage out.
17. Generally, men don’t love buying wallets.
Why would you spend money on something that holds money? It defies logic. In any case, it makes gift giving fairly easy, and this RFID-blocking money clip is a great alternative to a traditional wallet.
It features three card slots, an ID display window, a change pocket, and a magnetic money clip. Because it blocks RFID readers, it helps to prevent one of the most common sources of credit card fraud, and it’s significantly slimmer than a wallet. Plus, the leather looks classy. Multiple colors are available.
18. Give him the perfect accessory for his man cave.
Are people still calling them man caves? They are? Okay, good.
These LED lights attach to the back of any 40-60 inch television, providing a nice backlit effect. It’s a great addition to a wall-mounted TV set or computer monitor, and a 24-key remote lets you choose from an assortment of colors.
The strip attaches with strong double-sided adhesive tape, and the included instructions allow for easy installation. They’re powered via USB, so you can simply attach them to the USB input on most modern sets (or a wall charger, if you’ve got an older model) and enjoy some incredible mood lighting in seconds.
19. If he hates ironing, he’ll love this wrinkle remover spray.
This stuff penetrates cloth fibers, freeing them up and removing wrinkles in the process. There are limits to its power, of course; this isn’t going to completely replace your iron anytime soon. Compare it to the effect you’d get from taking a hot shower while leaving your clothes hung up, and you’ve got a pretty decent idea of what you’re getting here.
With that said, it’s a great product to keep in the office, as you’ll never know when you’ll notice some unsightly wrinkle right before a big meeting. If your guy runs screaming from the room every time he sees an ironing board, this is a great stocking stuffer.
20. Make restaurant-quality burgers in seconds.
Here’s the problem with hamburgers: It’s hard to keep the sizes consistent, and that can lead to an undercooked (or worse, over-cooked) dinner. These burger presses solve that problem while opening up dozens of new possibilities; create stuffed burgers in seconds, make a plate of perfectly sized sliders, or build scrumptious vegetarian burgers without making a mess.
If you consider yourself a burger lover—and really, who doesn’t—this is a must-have for your next cookout.
21. Stay hydrated with this ultra-portable silicone cup.
It holds 12 ounces, but it collapses down into an easy-to-pack disk, so it’s ideal for traveling or camping. Made with food-grade silicone, it doesn’t impart any unpleasant taste to hot or cold drinks, and a built-in white ring insulates your drink while protecting your fingers.
The manufacturer offers a satisfaction guarantee, and at less than $10, it’s a great buy if you’re looking for a unique gift idea.
22. Protect shoes, jackets, and other accessories from the rain.
This makes a great gift for any guy who appreciates the finer points of genuine leather. Approved for use on all dry-clean-only materials, Kiwi Shoe Protectant guards against water damage and stains. It dries quickly, providing the protection you need to look your best without constantly watching the weather.
The product details note that it’s also useful for raincoats, but if your raincoat can’t repel the rain—hey, get a different raincoat.
23. Escape from your car in an emergency.
This little gadget fits onto your keychain. If you’re ever in a situation where you can’t release your safety belt, grab the Resqme (it easily detaches from its harness, so you don’t need to turn off your car to access it). Use the cutting side to free yourself; the other end lets you break out your car’s side window to make a safe escape.
Originally developed for use by first responders, this tool won the 2014 Red Dot Award. It’s made in the USA, and it gives you peace of mind when you’re on the road.
24. Eliminate odors in your vehicle with this ionic air purifier.
Does the inside of his 2002 Dodge Neon smell like…well, a 2002 Dodge Neon?
This ionic air purifier can eliminate odors from smoke, pets, and other common sources, and it’s adept at removing pollens, mold, and other allergens. The manufacturer notes that it “infuses a full 5.6 million negative ions per cubic centimeter,” which sounds pretty good to us, although we have no idea what those numbers mean.
It also looks cool, as it emits a blue glow while operating. A built-in dual USB charger lets you use your devices while operating the purifier.
25. Treat him to a quick foot massage.
If he’s got issues with plantar fasciitis or other types of foot pain—or if he simply deserves to relax after a hard day on your feet—this is a must-have. For less than $15, you can give him a high-quality acupressure foot massage anytime he wants one. Plus, you don’t actually have to do the massaging.
As you can gather from the pictures, this massager uses a series of wood rollers designed to promote blood flow and soothe inflammation. It’s easy to use, and the included instructions explain a few exercises that provide fast relief.
26. Cut your pizzas without cutting yourself.
Guys love pizza, but they hate cutting their fingers off—that’s our analysis.
A dull pizza cutter is a dangerous tool to keep around your kitchen. This “pizza wheel” features a high-quality blade with a protective guard for decades of perfectly cut pies, and because you hold it in the palm of your hand, the chances of an accidental cut are practically nil.
It comes with a lifetime guarantee, so if it ever fails to meet your expectations (and we’ve got incredibly high expectations when it comes to pizza-related gadgets), send it back.
27. This cozy beanie features a hidden pair of Bluetooth headphones.
They’re an amazing gift for anyone who spends a sizable percentage of the cold winter months outdoors. Whether you’re jogging, cutting wood, or just walking around in a beanie (we’d probably fall into that third category), you’ll get plenty of use out of this brilliant design.
The headphones are removable, so you can easily wash the beanie when it gets a bit musty. Thanks to the Bluetooth integration, you can enjoy a cord-free listening experience for hours on end, and the thick-knit material provides plenty of warmth.
28. Make late-night bathroom trips easier with this motion-sensitive night light for your toilet.
The product description notes that “fun and safety goes hand in hand,” but we’re not sure if we’d use any of those terms to describe this motion sensor kit. Still, we can’t deny that it’s useful.
The lights clip onto the rim of your toilet and light up when you lift the lid. You can select the color—we recommend blue, but we’re fairly traditional when it comes to toilet lamp. It only lights up in the dark, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally triggering the motion detectors during the day. This is the rare gag gift that’s actually kind of cool, and it’s certainly worth the cheap asking price.
29. Unlock his inner wolverine with these kitchen shredders.
We’re referring to the animal, by the way, not the copyright-protected Marvel superhero.
Sure, you could use a couple of forks to tear apart your favorite slow-cooked meats, but that takes forever—and it doesn’t make you feel like total boss. These claws are made from heat-resistant, BPA-free plastic, and thanks to the grip handles, they never slip. Now, your favorite cook can shred pulled pork, roasted chicken, and pretty much anything else in a matter of seconds.
We’ll admit that these are slightly ridiculous, but they’re cheap, and they’ve got hundreds of five-star reviews. Hey, sometimes you just need to feel like a wolverine (the animal, of course—Stan Lee, please don’t sue us).
30. Grilling just got a lot less messy.
These grill mats stop food from falling between the grates of your grill while transferring most of the heat, resulting in an even cook with no flare-ups. He’ll finally be able to cook vegetables easily—no more all-meat barbecues—and cleanup is simple thanks to a dishwasher-safe design. The mats also work well for baking, although they’re not intended for extremely high heat.
This set also comes with bonus kitchen scissors, and the mats are backed by a 100 percent lifetime guarantee. For less than $13, that’s a pretty sweet deal.
31. Okay, this tire gauge might not be the flashiest gift on this list.
It’s still a fantastic stocking stuffer. Press the button once to turn it on, then again to choose from four pressure settings; its blue LED provides a reliable, instant reading, ensuring that your tires are perfectly inflated all year round. An automatic shut-off feature keeps the batteries fresh.
Look, everyone needs a decent pressure gauge, and this handy little unit certainly does the job nicely. A great gift needs to be somewhat functional, right?
32. What’s cooler than an LED clock fan?
Well, actually, this isn’t really effective as a cooling device, so lots of things are technically cooler. Still, it’s an awesome way to impress coworkers.
The PVC fan blades are equipped with LED circuitry, so when the fan gets up to speed, it shows an accurate wall clock (it uses your computer’s clock to determine the time—no extra software or drivers needed). A flexible neck allows you to position the fan however you’d like, and the soft blade material ensures safety. Makes a great gift for technology gearheads.
31. This multipurpose pen has a few surprising hidden functions.
Sure, it’s a decent ballpoint pen, but it also functions as a bottle opener, a flathead/Phillips screwdriver, a metric/standard ruler, a stylus, and a phone stand. It’s TSA compliant, so it’s a great multifunction tool for traveling, and it’s made with surprisingly high-quality materials (the screwdriver component, for instance, is made from durable steel).
This is the type of gift he’ll find himself using every day (and showing off to his friends). For under $12, it’s a tremendous value; similar pens on Amazon cost much more and have fewer five-star reviews.
32. Sometimes, you want a totally useless gift.
That’s where the Potty Putter comes in. Is it functional? Sort of. Is it stupid? Definitely, and that’s why it’s a staple of white elephant exchanges.
The kit comes with a miniature potter, plastic golf balls, a putting “green” that wraps around your toilet, and a flagged hole to catch the golfer’s putts (those last few words were uncomfortable for us to type). If you know a guy who spends most of his time on the golf course, this gift should go over well—just realize that he might actually use it. Hey, sometimes, you’ve got to look for any available opportunity to work on your short game.
33. The “Man Sham” is a needlessly gendered product, but it’s still incredibly useful.
It’s a chamois cloth that works well for quickly drying a car, boat, or just about anything else. It’s resistant to mold and mildew, and it comes with a storage tube that should fit neatly into his stocking. We have no idea why the manufacturer insists on putting “Man” into the product name as if women are somehow incapable of appreciating the unbridled masculinity of a faux-sheepskin cloth.
Of course, the product description doubles down on the unnecessary gendering: “Wife complain about all the towels she needs to wash? This does the work of five towels. She might even want to use one to make household chores a little easier!”
Yeah, we’re groaning at that one, too. Still, it’s a nice towel. Let’s leave it at that.
34. Nurture his artistic side with these Van Gogh guitar picks.
Perfect for any type of guitar or bass, these picks feature gorgeous prints of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, including Almond Blossom, Wheatfield with Crows, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows, The Mulberry Tree, and The Langlois Bridge at Arles.
There’s no Starry Night pick, but hey, you’ve got to pick your battles (see what we did there?). These make a great, thoughtful gift for musicians, and they’re absolutely gorgeous.