Bob Vila's Guide to "$30 and Under" Stocking Stuffers

You don’t have to empty your wallet to fill the holiday stockings with fun and functional gifts for the DIYer in your life. Get shopping inspiration from these 14 budget-friendly and Bob Vila-approved stocking stuffers.

  1. Zippo Hand Warmer

    Zippo Hand Warmer

    For the person who is constantly shivering, a thoughtful set of Zippo hand warmers will do more than warm his or her heart. Fill the unit with lighter fluid and slide it into a pocket to stay toasty for up to 12 hours. Virtually odorless, the Zippo will work its magic unnoticed on sleigh rides or ice-scapades. Available at Amazon; $20.

  2. Beard Comb

    Beard Comb

    No one can maintain a luxurious beard without a little TLC and grooming. This stainless steel template comb works with any razor to create a professional-looking cut, trim, or shave. Available on Amazon; $6.99.

  3. Silicone "Shoe Lace" Cable Ties (Set of 4)


    Keep cord clutter under wraps with these durable, steel-embedded silicone cable ties in an absolutely amusing shoelace design. Organization has never looked so fun! The color-coded ties make for easy identification of cables, and can even bend to double as a smartphone stand. Available at The Container Store; $10.

  4. Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

    Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

    There’s nothing worse than asking for a “cold one” on a hot day, only to receive a lukewarm beer instead. Help your friends (and their beers) chill out by freezing and placing the Chillsner chiller directly into standard beer bottles. Bottoms up! Available at Amazon; $25.

  5. Silver Leaf Pocket Knife Necklace

    Silver Leaf Pocket Knife Necklace

    When you’re exploring the great outdoors, wearing conventional jewelry doesn’t cut it like this necklace-and-knife-in-one. Behind the elegant, silver-toned leaf pendant on the chain is a working pocket knife for plant maintenance or everyday emergencies—great to give the stylish adventurer. Available at Etsy; $33. via contrary

  6. Cast Iron Tool Bottle Openers

    Cast Iron Tool Bottle Openers

    Pop open a cap for the toolsmith in your life with these cast-iron bottle openers that mimic the look of wrenches and hammers. The hand-wrought design brings the toolbox out of the shed and into the kitchen with artisanal yet durable flair. Available at Uncommon Goods; $19.

  7. Compact iPhone Tripod

    Compact iPhone Tripod

    Give the gadget guy or gal on your list the gift of sharing: Using this small-but-mighty tripod that mounts onto an iPhone's Lightning port, it's easy to gather family and friends to watch YouTube clips, flip through photos, and more all on the phone. The adjustable pivot design and no-slip feet are sure to elevate your iPhone to great heights. Available at Amazon; $25.

  8. Fire Starter Keychain

    Fire Starter Keychain

    Casual outdoorsmen and rugged survivalists alike can gear up for winter by sporting this magnesium fire starter keychain while camping, hiking, or simply going on a backyard adventure. Slide the striker against the flint to set alight your tinder and warm up beside the flame. Available at Amazon; $5.

  9. Canon Camera Lens Mug (Black)

    Canon Camera Lens Mug (Black)

    Photography enthusiasts now have permission to get their camera lenses wet—that is, their lens lookalike mug. Once you get over the doppelganger effect, fill up and grab the no-slip, rubber-grip focus rings to savor coffee or cocoa at slow-shutter speed. Available at Photojojo; $24.

  10. Makedo Cardboard Starter Toolkit

    Makedo Cardboard Starter Toolkit

    Work Christmas miracles with cardboard when you stuff this starter toolkit from Makedo in a stocking. With its 30 reusable parts, the sky is the limit on the creative contraptions, vehicles, and animals you and your little ones can construct. Available at Make.Do; $12.50.

  11. Delk Ultimate Fishing Tool

    Delk Ultimate Fishing Tool

    Your Secret Santa won’t have to fish for compliments when he carries this stainless-steel fishing tool on his next angling trip. This multi-use gizmo notably includes thick pliers for cutting fishing lines or splitting rings, as well as knife blade, saw, can opener, and screwdriver. Available at Amazon; $14.98.

  12. Birdscapes Clear Window Bird feeder

    Birdscapes Clear Window Bird feeder

    Perfect for the family bird-watcher, this window-mounted feeder will make it crystal clear that your chirpy neighbors can stay for dinner. The one-cup capacity feeder features a wide back compartment that leaves ample room for the birds to swoop in and out with ease. Available at Amazon; $8.

  13. Appetizer Wine Board

    Appetizer Wine Board

    Shopping for a do-it-all host or hostess? This rustic appetizer and wine board consolidates two kitchen accoutrements into a convenient and elegant approach to serving snacks and drinks on-the-go. And by pairing easily with any stemmed wine glass, it also frees up a hand for multi-tasking. Available at Drop and Catch; $20.

  14. Spread Cheer!

    Spread Cheer!

    The holidays are about spending time with friends, family, and community. But there's no denying that giving the gift of a thoughtful stocking stuffer helps to spread the spirit of the season. So, here's to happy shopping this month—but more importantly, here's to the stuff that matters even more than finding the perfect present.

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