20 Surprisingly Handy Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Buying stocking stuffers is perhaps the most challenging part of any holiday shoppers' job. Do you opt for cute or practical, funny or useful. Whichever approach you choose, what's important is that the giftee truly appreciates your offering. To jumpstart your gift planning process, we've rounded up some of our favorite picks for a Christmas stocking that would please just about everyone on your list.

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  1. Grow Your Own Pizza

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    Who doesn't like pizza? Nurture the love of America's favorite food by gifting a Pizza Grow Kit to a very special person on your list. This little box of joy contains everything you need to grow a pizza garden—peat and seeds for tomatoes, peppers, scallions, and herbs. When it comes time to harvest the crop, your pal will have all the ingredients to create an irresistible slice of pie. Available at uncommongoods.com, $12.

    Related: Your Easiest-Ever Garden: 7 Planters That Do All the Work

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  2. Toasted Cheese, Please

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    Imagine a world where you can cook a grilled cheese sandwich as quickly as you can toast your morning bagel. Get ready to cheer—there's a bag for that! For the cheese lover on your list, these Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags allow for toasting sandwiches, pitas, reheat pizza, and more, all without so much as a glance toward the oven and range. Each little snack pack can be toasted up to 50 times before they've toasted their last sandwich. Yum! Available at uncommongoods.com, $9.99.

    Related: 9 Time-Savers You Need for a Hassle-Free Holiday

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  3. Tipless Mug

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    Coffee on your keyboard? Never! Whether your friend is a coffee lover or just lovably clumsy, they'll appreciate the virtues of the Mighty Mug. This tumbler won’t tip over when knocked or jostled, and yet is light enough to lift easily when you want a sip. Seems like sorcery, but we’re assuming it’s made possible by science! Available on Amazon; $15.

    Related: 10 Things You Never Thought to Keep in Your Car

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  4. A Cyclist's Best Friend

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    Off-road bikers might not think to carry an entire tool kit on their trip—but maybe they should. With the Wheel Handy Bicycle Tool it's surprisingly simple to do. This little multi-tool will help you fix a bruised bike, help out at a campsite, or perform fixes around the house. With a variety of hex keys, wrenches, and both a Phillips and flathead screwdriver, this pocket-size tool kit is perfect for adventurers and handymen alike. Available at containerstore.com, $11.99.

    Related: Be Ready for Anything with 10 Mighty Pocket Tools

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  5. Modern Mitt

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    Stock your favorite home cook's kitchen with this surprisingly stylish oven mitt from MoMA. It’s a dead ringer for bubble wrap, but these cushiony pockets of air protect vulnerable hands as they transport a delicious holiday roast or pie from oven to table. Available at the MoMA Store, $12.95.

    Related: 11 Cheap Cures for a Cluttered Kitchen

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  6. Gulp While Glamping

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    There's no excuse for unstylish drinkware—even in the great outdoors. Made of durable enameled steel, the Wander Ware camping rocks cup is an essential for the adventurer in your life who loves to be prepared for anything—including a stiff Tom Collins at the campsite. Be warned, however, that gifting this cup may lead to several camping invitations from the giftee. Available on Fred & Friends; $10.

    Related: 7 Camping Favorites Destined for Your Home

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  7. Bottle Service

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    Who hasn’t been at a party where someone has asked, “Does anyone have a bottle opener?” Give the gift of preparedness with this undercover bottle opener disguised as a brass key. Convenient to carry, it is perfect for any impromptu gathering where beverages need to be opened in a hurry. Available at Makr.com; $11.

    Related: 9 Problem-Solvers to Snag on Amazon for Under $20

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  8. Pliable and DIYable

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    The Husky 6-in-1 pliers are for the craftsman, the novice DIYer, and everyone in between who needs to get more out of their limited toolbox space. This tool has both long-nose pliers and can cut and strip wires, cutting your work time considerably. The comfort grip and heat-treated teeth are also so easy to use that it can make its user feel as though they have superhero strength. Available at homedepot.com; $14.97.

    Related: 15 Handy Things to Get at Home Depot for Under $15

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  9. Equipped in Emergency

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    Worry a little less about recently licensed drivers or kids who are about to go off to college by stuffing a Stalwart 12-in-1 emergency multi-tool in their stocking. With a glass cutter, LED flashlight, and seat belt cutter, this tool has everything you need (and more) to help out in an emergency situation—not to mention help you sleep a little better at night. Available on Amazon; $12.95.

    Related: Small Miracles: 9 Amazing Home Repair Products

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  10. Napping by Nature

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    Spontaneous naps are now made possible with a camping hammock that can easily be folded inside a small bag. The Ohuhu portable nylon camping hammock is best for the person in your life who enjoys taking a snooze in the woods, between two palm trees, or maybe secretly in the break room during lunch. Available on Amazon; $14.99.

    Related: Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Hammock

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  11. A Measure of Distinction

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    Murphy's law states that when you actually need a measuring tape, you won't find one at the ready. However, by gifting a surprisingly stylish rosewood tape measure to fit in a purse or briefcase, you'll make your friend prepared beyond measure for whatever life offers. Not only is this tiny tape a must-carry tool for when you're buying furniture or hardware, but it can come in handy at life's most unexpected moments—like when you're trying to decide if you can fit this year's holiday haul in the trunk of the sedan. Available from Spartan Shop; $16.

    Related: 8 Products Guaranteed to Last a Lifetime

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  12. Paper Airplane Power

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    Who needs a baseball-throwing arm to win a paper airplane contest? The lucky kid, or kid-at-heart, who finds the PowerUp 2.0 Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit, in his Christmas stocking won’t be able to stop folding and flying paper airplanes. Guard your paper supply! With the PowerUp module, paper airplanes sail, soar, swoop and glide effortlessly. The sturdy module is built to withstand dives and drops, and requires 3-AA batteries (not included). Available from Amazon; $16.

    Related: Bob Vila's Gift Guide for the DIY Kid

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  13. A Cut Above

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    The Papagayo Skinny Folder combines the utility of a flat knife with the versatility of a serrated blade in a Zebrano-style wood case. Classy, compact and way cool, the knife comes with a 3-3/8-inch titanium-coated stainless blade that tucks safely away when not in use. Slip it in a backpack or purse for easy access. Keep in mind that this budget-friendly gift should be used by adults only—it's no kiddie toy! Available on Amazon; $13.

    Related: 12 Products Every Homeowner Needs

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  14. No-Effort Planting Kit

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    Give your favorite gardener a green-thumb boost. The Seed Ball Kit comes with everything needed to create seed bombs that explode into beautiful blooms in gardens or flowerpots. In addition to non-GMO flower seeds that are specifically selected for the recipient’s growing region, the kit contains sterile compost, red clay, and easy-to-follow instructions. Go ahead; sprout some smiles. Available at uncommongoods.com; $15.


    Related: 12 Tiny Gardens You Can Grow on Your Windowsill

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  15. No More Dropped Cellphones

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    Text-addicted teens and tech-smart adults will love PopSocket, a clever little knob that sticks to the back of smartphones and tablets, giving users something secure to grip. Snap selfies with confidence or use the knob as a stand for easy viewing. The PopSocket even attaches a smartphone to the side of a laptop screen for those times your teen simply can’t be separated from social media. Available on Amazon: $9.99.

    Related: 15 New Gadgets Every Homeowner Wants for Christmas

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  16. Roll Out the Notes

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    If your friend has stuck her last sticky note, gift her a fresh new take on the original. This roll-out writing surface is as fun as it is practical, and is be sure to bring a dose of cheer to whomever passes by the home memo board. Available at fredandfriends.com; $10.

    Related: 12 Inventions That Do All Your Chores

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  17. A Better Angle

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    How many uses can one screwdriver hold? The home improver on your list will be able to answer that riddle when you surprise him with this shiny new toy in his stocking this season. The 15-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver comes with 13 bits and an extender that can be swapped out with a simple twist. Complete with a swiveling head, this little DIYer can tackle almost any job, sort of like your handyman. Available at containerstore.com; $19.99.

    Related: 10 Money-Saving Gadgets That Pay for Themselves

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  18. The Good Egg

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    Sometimes is simplicity is best—and there's nothing more simple than the egg timer, right? Think again—this little gizmo will surprise even the most jaded home cook. Drop it in a pot of boiling water, along with your eggs, and the BeepEgg Timer will play one of three cheerful tunes to let you know when your eggs are cooked to perfection. When you're not using the BeepEgg, slip it back into an ordinary egg carton with the rest of its dome-shaped counterparts. Available at containerstore.com; $19.99.

    Related: Meet the Next Generation of High-Tech Kitchen Appliances

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  19. Collapsible Cafe

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    A travel mug that fits in the purse, backpack, or kitchen junk drawer? Now, that's every coffee lover's dream. This collapsible cup can be sized down to carry on the go, then sized up when you're ready to fill 'er up with your morning fuel. For a coffee mug that's as flexible as your caffeine-addicted friend, look no further. Available on Amazon; $17.69.

    Related: Skip the Line: 10 Amazon Buys for Everyone on Your List

  20. Modern Timepiece

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    When a gadget can tell time, it's called a clock. When it can display the temperature, keep a calendar, and more, that's something special. This minimalist bamboo clock can do all that, and still look good doing it. That's what makes it the perfect stocking stuffer idea for the punctual person on your list. Available on Amazon; $10.99.

    Related: 12 Gadgets Every Homeowner Wants for Christmas

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