Sadly, it can feel like stocking stuffers for men are thrown together as an afterthought. You know what I’m talking about: dollar store headphones, a backup power cable, colorful socks, a necktie…boring.
This year, show the man in your life how much you care. Below, we’ve gathered a list of items small enough to fit in his stocking, but which prove that you’re thinking of him beyond the basics. They’re more than just a Christmas appetizer; done right, they can be the main course.
If you want to expand your search beyond what we feature here, focus on some of our other stocking-size lists of the best, including pocket knives, small flashlights, apple watch bands, carabiner keychains, minimalist wallets, bottle openers, and everyday carry tools.
Here’s a beautifully designed and ultra-portable box cutter. The Palmer is designed to fit comfortably into even small pockets, or you can attach it to your key ring or a lanyard for more convenient carry.
It nestles in the palm of your hand for easier wielding and allows you to extend/retract the blade quickly using just your thumb. The anodized aluminum handle is insanely tough, capable of shrugging off water damage and scuffs.
When the time comes to swap out the blade, you’ll find it’s a no-hassle, tool-free job that takes just a few seconds thanks to the Palmer’s patent-pending mechanism. Best of all, you can swap out the blade for the standard utility blades you can find in any hardware store, so you can travel with the Palmer in your pocket (sans blade) and replace the blade at your destination. Now that’s everyday carry convenience and comfort you can love.
This LED flashlight is designed to make your life easier, safer, and more convenient. Not only is it a flashlight, but it can be pulled open and transformed into a work light perfect for use on any DIY task or job site.
The magnetized base lets you work hands-free, and you’ll find the battery life is good enough (2-12 hours for the flashlight, 4-24 hours for the work light) to keep up with whatever job you’re doing without needing frequent re-charging. However, when the time comes to charge, the USB-C port cuts down on how long it takes for the built-in battery to be tanked up and ready for work.
The flashlight generates up to 2,000 lumens, and the work light up to 500 lumens. The light comes with four modes, a 4X twist zoom (to let you switch from floodlight to spotlight), a battery level indicator, and a rubberized grip that keeps it securely in your hands even if you’re working in wet or muddy conditions.
Add to that IP67 waterproof rating and a body made from aircraft grade aluminum, and you’ve got a truly functional, durable flashlight you’ll use for years to come.
With the manicure set from Gentlemen’s Hardware, your nail grooming regime gets a welcomed upgrade. Neatly packaged in a fabric case, it contains a complete set of stainless steel tools that includes nail clippers, nail scissors, tweezers and a nail file.
Gerber’s award-winning Devour eating utensil got a Titanium upgrade that makes it even lighter and stronger than ever.
Featuring the same 9 functions that made the original so popular, the Devour Titanium is a one-tool solution for camp cooking, eating, and cleaning. It snaps together for secure, compact portability & each tool also works independently.
Offering sleek, bundled storage for 3-5, Bellroy’s Key Case features a unique flipper mechanism that ejects keys one-handed while keeping them secure on a detachable cord loop for a car key or fob. The exterior is smooth, eco-tanned leather finish & the hardware is stainless steel. Choose from 5 colors.
The numbers tell you all you need to know about this little badass. The Acebeam Rider RX is a compact & waterproof EDC flashlight that delivers 650 lumens of bright-white light that it can throw into a 300-foot beam. It’s got 5 power modes. 2-way clip. Max run-time: up to 7 days. Weight: 82 grams.
The inReach Mini 2 is a 2-way emergency comms beacon designed to keep you connected in the most remote corners of the world. It tracks with not just GPS but GALILEO, QZSS and BeiDou satellite networks. Users can send SOS to Garmin’s 24/7 professionally-staffed International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) & the device can also pair wirelessly with your phone via Bluetooth or ANT+. Sat subscription required.
The Droplet stuff stack is big enough for a few items from the market; a wet swimsuit, or to handle all the junk packed in your pockets. But when you’re not using it, the water-resistant sack stuffs into a convenient silicone keychain case. And that way, it stays handy.
Equipped with 3 fast charging ports & 2 outlets, this 65W USB-C GaN III charger can power up 6 devices simultaneously. In addition to powering your Macbook & most other laptops, it’ll do the same for iPhone, iPad, Samsung smartphones, bluetooth earphones, e-readers, portable speakers, and everything else in your life powered by a USB cord.
For those who prefer putting pen to paper, the push-button Kepler ballpoint from Craighill is a refined writing instrument; a supple metal stylus that utilizes standard Schmidt 635 ink refills.
With its sculptural lines and ergonomic feel, it just feels right in your hand. Choose from brass, stainless steel, and PVD black-coated stainless steel finish.
You’d probably carry a tripod if it fit in your wallet, right? Okay, well the Pocket Tripod PRO does. It’s the size of a credit card and twice as thick, so it slides right into your pocket or wallet. And despite its small size, it delivers all the essential functions you’d expect from a full-size tripod: Carbon fiber legs, angle indicator, soft-contact grip, and fluid tilt adjustment.
Available exclusively through the Apple Store, Mophie’s latest MagSafe compatible charger is a portable, 3-in-1 folding design made to charge up up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once, delivering 15W of output. When not in use, it folds flat into a handy folio. Recharge via USB-C.
With its Aircraft-grade aluminum shell and RFID Blocking barrier, Pelican’s G5 Personal Utility RF Field Wallet keeps your cards, cash, and small EDC items safe, secure and accessible at all times. The case is Crushproof & Waterproof with an IP67 rating for submersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes. Lifetime guarantee.
With eye-catching etching on its 3 1/18th inch stainless steel blade, the French-made Douk-Douk folder is a do-it-all pocket knife that soldiers in the French Foreign Legion have been carrying for more than 70 years.
With a design that looks like a little explosive mine, this hands-free magnetic task light sticks to metal at any angle, providing bright LED when & where you need it most. Roughly the size of a golf ball, it gets into tight spots your other lights won’t and carries easily on your keyring or sticks to your toolbox where it’s easy to reach.
Dango’s Capsule Mini is an ideal EDC storage solution that will keep those small essentials close at hand. CNC-machined from 6061 aluminum this slender, watertight, & food-grade screw-top tube is the perfect vessel for tiny items you need to keep protected. It’s 2.5 long & .25” in diameter and features a lanyard loop or keyring loop on the lid. Available in stain silver or black.