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50+ Smart Stocking Stuffers for Men Under $25

On point meets cheap.

smart stocking stuffers for men

Stocking stuffers can have a bad rap. They’re often gag gifts that you pretend are funny while opening them or knick-knacks that end up getting tossed in a drawer or regifted during Dirty Santa with coworkers. But these little tokens don’t have to suck if you stay away from anything marketed as a stocking stuffer and opt for something practical and fun (but not ridiculous).

Really, a stocking stuffer only needs to check one box: small. Warm socks, hats, and gloves aren't the most original ideas, but they're still a good choice, especially if you narrow it down, like running gloves for a future marathoner. If you have someone on your list who loves to travel, go for a handsome passport cover or luggage tag. Grill masters are sure to appreciate a new grill brush or scraper. And everyone can use pocket-size tech gadgets, like chargers and Bluetooth trackers.

Read on for our top recommendations, as we’ve rounded up 50-plus stocking stuffers for men that are well worth considering — all under $25.

Looking for more gift ideas for men? Check out our stories on 60-plus best Christmas gifts for men, the coziest men's slippers, and the best remote control cars.

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For the outdoorsman
Carhartt Men's Extreme Cold Weather Boot Socks

Socks may not be the most exciting stocking stuffer in our roundup, but he'll surely appreciate these extreme cold-weather boot socks when he's out shoveling or hiking snow-covered trails. 

Made by Carhartt, the socks are spun with a mix of wool, polyester, and nylon, plus a touch of spandex so they'll keep their shape. They also have a cushioned ribbed cuff designed to wick away sweat, along with a reinforced toe.

For the guy who runs hot
Cooling Towels
Tough Outdoors

This cooling towel from Tough Outfitters packs a lot of protection into a tiny package. It stays cool for up to two hours and offers UPF 50+ protection for those warm-weather getaways (or staycations), plus you can throw the compact towel in your gym bag for a post-workout cool down. The towel is available in a choice of 10 colors.

for the camping enthusiast
Waterproof Outdoor Lighter

This flameless lighter is completely waterproof, made to withstand the elements on any outdoor adventure. You can spark it approximately 300 times before its lithium-ion battery will need to be recharged. Expect about two hours to fully juice it up and it should hold the charge for up to a week. In an emergency, the paracord lanyard doubles as tinder to start a fire, plus there's a whistle attached. 

for the always-prepared guy
Original 7-in-1 Pen Multitool

This seven-in-one multitool ballpoint pen will keep you prepared for quick tasks or fix-it jobs on the go. It features a bottle opener, mini flat-head screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, plus a metric and inch ruler. The pen also functions as a stylus and transforms into a phone stand. It's also lightweight to carry around, at just over an ounce.

For his glove compartment
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

This tire pressure gauge features a backlit digital LCD display, four settings with pressure ranges, and a lighted LED nozzle for easily locating the valve stem in the dark. There's also 30- to 40-second auto-shutoff to save power. We also love its well-designed ergonomic grip. It’s available in bright and festive metallic red and blue.

For elevated beer drinking
Draft Top
Draft Top

This tiny tool turns your beer or other beverages can into a metal cup for more highbrow sipping. It creates a smooth edge around the rim, but it's sharp enough for you to add garnishes to the side of the can. It's great for tailgating or any outdoor activities, and there's no fuss with dirtying glasses. 

For tunes in the shower
Mini Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A mini waterproof Bluetooth speaker has bunch of practical applications for music on the go, but we'd also like to point out that it's the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to sing in the shower. It has a kickin' base and you can crank up the volume pretty loud, thanks to its high-performance driver and passive subwoofer.

The speaker weighs just over six ounces and has an IP67 waterproof rating, plus it comes with a carrying case that has a metal hook to clip to your backpack (or shower caddy).

for the grill master
Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Scraper
The Sage Owl
$17.40 (20% off)

Scrape those grates clean without any stray wire brush bristles making a mess (or falling into your food) with this tiny stainless steel tool. It has six round and five V-shaped grooves to get the job done, plus it's dishwasher safe. It's a great stocking stuffer for its size, price point, and practicality alone, but the cute little owl adds a fun touch for a gift.

For the burger of his dreams
Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press
$9.99 (33% off)

Anyone who likes to get fancy with their burger will flip when they find this three-in-one burger press in their stocking. You can use the press to add toppings in the middle for a stuffed burger and to make sliders. Using it is also much neater than making patties by hand.

for the wannabe superhero
LED Flashlight Gloves

These aren't part of a superhero costume, but there's no denying that shooting light beams from your fingers is a pretty awesome trick. The LED gloves are designed for a bevy of practical uses, like biking and running at night, pitching a tent after dark, or fixing the underside of a car. They're comfortable to wear, too, made of a stretchy fabric, and one size fits most.

For staying warm and connected
Under Armour Men's Touchscreen Gloves
Under Armour

Under Armour's touchscreen gloves get high marks from more than 3,000 customers, with an average 4.6 rating. They can be worn alone or as a liner under heavier gloves, made from a stretchy polyester-elastane fabric, with a rain- and snow-repellent finish. 

There are smartphone touch pads on the fingers and thumbs, and ribbed cuffs to add warmth and wind protection. The gloves come in eight colors and shades.

For the guy who loves his drill
Universal Socket Tool

Universal sockets are stand-ins for a box full of tools, so it's a handy thing to have around the house. This one is constructed of chrome vanadium steel and fits standard 1/4- to 3/4-inch nuts and metric nuts from 7 to 19mm, plus it has a power drill adaptor to pair with most electric drills and screwdrivers.

For poker night
Star Wars Playing Cards (Light Side Edition)

This special edition playing cards features beautifully rendered characters and objects from the Star Wars universe. Inside you'll find Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Rey, plus R2-D2, Luke's lightsaber, and the rebel fleet. If he's drawn to the Dark Side, there's another special-edition set in red.  

For keeping screws at hand
RAK Magnetic Tool Wristband

How many times have you watched him grumble about dropping screws from the top of a ladder and having to retrieve them? With this handy magnetic wristband, he can skip the drill, as it holds bolts, small tools, and nails in addition to screws. It’s lined with breathable padded mesh inside to keep his wrist comfortable and cool, and it adjusts to multiple sizes for an exact fit.

For the carnivore
The Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws
Bear Paws

Pulled-pork sandwiches? Yes, please. But you can put away that knife and fork to get the job done and pick up these claws to tear the meat to shreds. The Bear Claws are made of BPA-free nylon and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. They're also dishwasher-safe and come in gray, orange, and red, in addition to the black that's shown. Trust us, you won't find a better stocking stuffer for men who are serious carnivores. 

For the guy with stinky sneaks
Sof Sole Sneaker Balls
Sof Sole
$11.99 (14% off)

Say buh-bye to stinky sneakers with these fun deodorizing balls. Simply twist to activate and shove them toward the shoe’s toe, or toss a few into a workout bag to keep it smelling fresh. There are a bunch of eye-catching design collections—be careful to keep them away from young kids and pets, because they look like toys—that are said to last for up to 12 months. 

For the forgetful friend
Tile Mate (2022) 1-Pack Bluetooth Tracker
Tile Mate
$17.99 (28% off)

You aren't alone if you feel like you've misplaced more things in 2021 than ever before. Pandemic-weary brains can only handle so much, and keeping track of keys and eyeglass cases fall to the bottom of our memory bank. This brilliant tracking device will help you find those items via Bluetooth, and if you're out of range, it'll pinpoint its last location on a map.

For the Jenga master
Hasbro Gaming Jenga Mini Game
Hasbro Gaming

Rekindle his college dorm memories of playing Jenga well into the evening with this mini set. Players take turns carefully placing blocks to build a tower, until someone makes the wrong move and it crashes on the table.

The set includes 18 real wood pieces and is recommended for kids ages 6 and up. 

For keeping brewskies cold
Kollea Beer Chiller Sticks (4 Pack)

If you know someone who nursed their drink—or insists on sticking an open bottle in the freezer for a quick chill—this gift is sure to please. This set of two chillers (made from 304 stainless steel materials) is said to keep drinks at refrigerator temperature for up to 45 minutes, plus they come in a handsome brown gift box with gold lettering. No wrapping always gets bonus points—just add a ribbon and it’s ready to go.

For taking off the pressure
Compression Pain Relief Mask and Eye Pillow

Anyone who's had a winter sinus infection knows how invaluable these eye masks can be. But they're also great for generally relaxing muscles around the eyes to relieving tension and for a sleep mask. For puffy eyes and holiday-party hangovers, throw it in the freezer to use it cold. It's made of cotton, with an elastic strap in the back. 

for the workout fanatic
Strap for Apple AirPods

Okay, okay. We know the point of AirPods is to go wireless, but there's also no reason to withstand the stomach-sinking experience dropping your pods in a crowd. This inexpensive six pack of silicone 22-inch neck straps is the answer. It'll stay put without irritating your skin and is perfect to use during sweaty workouts.

For ice cream lovers
Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

This stainless steel scoop is a perfect lasting gift for your ice cream lovers. He will always have the perfect scoop with this ergonomic scooper. Built to last and dishwasher safe, this scoop can slice through solid ice cream with ease. 

For the guy on the go
Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger

Everyone can use a boost of power in their pocket for a smartphone or tablet. If you're in the market for a portable charger, look no further than those made by top-brand Anker. At just over 6 ounces and 3.6 inches tall, it's lightweight and small, plus it has 10,000mAh of power for lightening fast charging. If you want it in a bright color so it won't get lost in your bag, it comes in red and blue, in addition to white and black.

An Essential Grill Brush
Grillart Grill Brush and Scraper

With a triple set of stainless steel bristles, a heavy-duty scraper at the top, and an 18-inch handle with a nonslip coating, this grill brush is a fantastic stocking stuffer for men who love to barbecue but hate cleaning up. It’s safe for all surfaces, plus it’s angled to prevent your hand from getting too close to the hot grates. 

for the klutzy friend
Skin for Apple AirPods Case by Catalyst

So you finally took the plunge and spent a not insignificant amount of cash on AirPods, and the last thing you want is to drop them—or worse, get them wet. This silicone skin case by Catalyst exceeds military standards for 4-foot drops and is waterproof to a 3.3-foot depth. It's compatible with first- and second-gen AirPods and comes with a carabiner to clip to your bag or backpack.

for the nostalgic apple fan
Apple Original Mac 512K Watch Stand

Sure, there are plenty of fancy high-tech stands to charge all of your Apple devices and accessories. But none have the cool 80s vibes of this one, modeled after the Apple Macintosh SE. Despite its old-school looks, you can still count on it to power up your Apple Watch. Slide it in and your watch face becomes the display of the monitor. The charger is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 7 and all earlier generations.

for the Doctor Who fan
Doctor Who Mad Libs: World's Greatest Word Game
Mad Libs

You may remember playing Mad Libs as a kid, but these fun books are also made to entertain adults. Those who are (still) obsessed with Doctor Who are bound to get a laugh out of filling in the pages, which feature content that any devoted fan will love.

Travel Essential
Passport Holder Cover

Gift him this leather passport holder perfect for traveling abroad. With three card pockets and a wing pocket for tickets and boarding passes, this functional passport cover fits it all.

For protecting tunes
JBL Carry Case for Portable Speaker
JBL Lifestyle

That awesome portable JBL speaker you have is built to travel, and this hard-shell case will protect it en route. It's made of durable EVA plastic and features a microsuede linter and water-resistant zipper, plus there's a carabiner for attaching it to your bag. It's a customer favorite, with more than 1,500 reviewers giving it an average 4.7 stars. 

For the toothpaste snob
Marvis Toothpaste Set

Mavis's high-end toothpaste is beautifully packaged, and this elegant silver gift box is a great stocking stuffer for men who appreciate stylish products to accent the bathroom sink. The set includes three tubes in festive Christmas colors, with two mint flavors and one cinnamon.

For credit card protection
Herschel Charlie RFID

These days, it’s smart to carry a card case with RFID-blocking technology. Problem is, not all win points for style. Leave it to fan-fave Herschel to make one. The four-card Charlie wallet comes in more than a dozen attractive colors and patterns, plus it gets an average 4.8 stars from more than 8,000 customers.

The ultimate buff
Original Multifunctional Headwear

There are a dozen different ways to wear the Buff, including a gaiter, headband, and workout bandana. Its made of recycled polyester microfiber, with four-way stretch and UPF 50 protection from UV rays. It also comes in more than a dozen colors and prints, including options for Grateful Dead fans.

The upscale toothpick
Combo 2-Pack Single Malt & Bourbon

These boozy toothpicks are a swank (and practical) post-holiday meal treat. Single Malt is dipped in 14-year-old Islay scotch whiskey. and there's also a 12-pack of toothpicks seeped in six-year-old cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon. The toothpicks are made from white birch, with all-natural flavors.

For “Dune” fans
‘Dune’ (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Frank Herbert
$12.01 (33% off)

If he loved seeing Dune on the big screen, slip a copy of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi classic in his stocking. The 704-page paperback is a great winter read, and more than 39,000 fans of the novel give it an average 4.7 stars.

For the eco-conscious
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws (Set of 16)

This best-selling 16-pack of reusable stainless steel straws also gets rave reviews from more than 30,000 customers, with an average 4.8 stars. The polished bendy and straight straws are tipped with colorful silicone and the set includes four cleaning brushes and a slim, portable drawstring storage bag.

For chocolate lovers
Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar
Tony's Chocolonely

Chocolate bars from Tony's Chocolonely tastes great and also supports a good cause. The company partners with farmer cooperatives and uses only traceable cocoa beans, with a mission to create slave-free chocolate production worldwide. The candy bar comes in plain milk and dark chocolate, plus salted almond and honey almond nougat.

For chilling out
5 O’Clock Shadow Jar Candle
Manly Indulgence

This soy and wax 16.5-ounce candle has notes of fresh fir, oak moss, and musk, poured in a jet-black glass jar with a vintage-y label. The candle is sure to add an elegant touch to any nightstand or coffee table, and has a 60-hour burn time. It’s available in several other scents—including “bachelor pad” and “last call”— and in a larger 22-ounce size.

The handsome apple watch band
Genuine Leather Apple Watch Band

No, the price of this leather Apple Watch band isn't a typo. Most in this collection are $20 or less at the time of this writing. They're made of calf leather and come in 40 styles, including neutrals with contrast stitching and two-tone leather. 

The bands have stainless steel pins that slide into grooves on the top and bottom of the watch, and they're compatible with Apple watches including the SE, 6, and 5 series. They also come in two widths.

The take-it-anywhere mug
YETI Rambler Mug with MagSlider (10 fl. oz.)

A YETI Rambler Mug is a fail-safe stocking stuffer for men (or anyone who doesn't already have one) who dislike lukewarm coffee. The stainless steel mug is dishwasher-safe and features double-wall vacuum insulation and a slider lid, plus the outside never gets too hot to hold. 

To keep him covered
RainPlus Automatic Umbrella
RainPlus Umbrella

A dependable umbrella is a solid stocking stuffer gift, and this compact automatic from RainPlus features nine reinforced fiberglass ribs, a Teflon-coated waterproof canopy, and a nonslip rubber handle. It comes in eight bright colors, plus black.

For Headphone protection
Side Winder Mini and Max Headphone Organizer

How many times have you pulled your earbuds out of your bag and found a jumbled mess of wire? This handy contraption is the solution to that problem, keeping cables for all your devices tangle-free. It also locks wires into position so there's no unwinding if it gets tossed around in your bag. 

The Multi-use lighter
Fire Lite Rechargeable Lighter
S.O.L. Survive Outdoors Longer

This compact, fuel-free rechargeable lighter is a customer favorite, lauded for delivering 100 lumen of light, with three settings, including strobe for emergencies. There’s a three-foot tinder cord that can be used as a neck lanyard or for emergency fire starting, plus it comes with a USB cable. The lighter is said to charge in two hours, with up to 45 minutes of juice on a single charge.

The clip-on lantern
MoonLit LED Micro Lantern
Nite Ize

Here's a bright idea for a stocking stuffer. This mini LED globe lantern can be clipped to a fleece's zipper or the top of a tent — wherever you need some extra light. It can be set to glow or flash, plus it's water-resistant and offers about 60 hours of battery life. 

For notes on the trail
Yosemite, Zion, and Acadia National Parks Notebooks (3-Pack)
Field Notes

Give this stocking stuffer as a set of three or split up the notebooks for fans of Yosemite, Zion, and Acadia National Parks. The thick paper inside from the French Paper Co. has a light gray grid, and the notebooks have a saddle-stitch binding and rounded corners for durability.

for the trekkie
Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Bottle Opener

The Trekkie in your life is sure to love this silver bottle opener, a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 starship from the original television series.

It’s an officially licensed product, which makes it a great gift for a collector, or anyone who’d get a kick out of popping open a beer and raising the bottle saying, “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

More than 250 customers give it an average 4.8 stars.

For the mixologist
Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks
Top Shelf Bar Supply

Ditch the toothpicks and give him a stocking stuffer to take his drink garnishes to the next level. This set of 12 cocktail picks  include six 4-inch and six 8-inch picks, all made of food-grade 304 stainless steel and topped with an eye-catching silver ball. It comes packaged in a thin gift box that's ready to wrap. 

for the gamer
Arcade Light Switch Plate Cover (2 Pack)

These light switch plates are the ultimate stocking stuffer for men who wish they could transform their living space into an arcade.  They can be installed over any paddle-style light switch and come in a slew of color combinations, plus there's a customizable option, though you can't go wrong with the classic blue and red. 

For the Star wars fan
Star Wars Death Star Ice Cube Molds

Turns out, it's possible to covet an ice cube mold. Star Wars fans certainly will when they find this in their stocking. It makes giant Death Star ice cubes to drop into a glass of scotch or other beverage. Each ball is about 2.4 inches wide and there are three in the set, which comes with a funnel for pouring water into the molds, which are made of food-grade BPA-free silicone.

For the tech geek
Casio Data Bank Watch

Christmas is a time for nostalgia, right? We've never stopped loving Casio's classic geeky calculator watch. This slightly updated version with a resin band is water-resistant and features a stopwatch, alarm, and calendar, plus it'll beep on the hour and can display time on a 12- or 24-hour setting. 

For anyone with dry skin
Badger Hardworking Hands Healing Balm (3-Pack)

Badger Balm is a lifesaver for deeply moisturizing your cold-weather cracked hands and heels. The salve is made from USDA organic ingredients, including olive oil, beeswax, and wintergreen oil, and free of perfumes, dyes, and artificial ingredients. It's also safe to use on sensitive skin.

for low-key fashion
Carhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie

Like socks, you can never go wrong with a warm hat as a stocking stuffer. This cuffed beanie from Carhartt is made of acrylic and comes in more than 40 colors, so you're sure to find his fave. All have the brand's label stitched in front. Keep in mind that hand-washing is recommended.

For Mr. Fix-it
Geekey Stainless Steel Multi-tool

A multitool that attaches to your keyring couldn't be handier, and this lightweight 420 stainless steel one can be used for more than 16 tasks. 

It features a bike spoke key, a bit that's compatible with multiple screwdriver tips, a can and bottle opener, plus an open and closed wrench, a wire stripper, a serrated edge, and more. The tool is also TSA-compliant, so there's no need to take it off your ring before traveling.

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