25 Gifts for Under $10
Insanely affordable stocking stuffers for the home improvement enthusiasts in your life
This innovative vase will last long after the bouquet wilts. It collapses under warm water and can be stored away. When you're ready to use it again, just fill it with hot water, mold it by hand, empty, and refill it with cold water to freeze the shape.
$7.50; Lee Valley
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this LED light from illuminating an open mailbox, assuring that no important bills or letters are missed. Just press in place to install.
Help a beloved gardener go easy on the planet and discourage garden pests; put some tree under the tree. Eucalyptus mulch comes from a renewable resource—a fast-growing tree species found in the southeastern part of the country. The natural oils in eucalyptus mulch also emit a pleasant scent that keeps plant-chomping bugs at bay.
$3.98 per bag (2 cu.ft.); Aaction Eucalyptus Mulch, from Lowes.
Getting rocks in your stocking isn't a bad thing after all. Perfect for candlescapes, contemporary displays, and floral arrangements, these Lucky River Stones are great for decorating. Each polyester bag contains two pounds in their natural hues.
A gift for the canine love of your life, this bowl guard is sure to please both of you. Eliminating overflow, a splash diverter ring inside keeps water (and food) from splashing out of the bowl, even in a moving vehicle. Two sizes stretch to fit a variety of bowl shapes and sizes. Made of dishwasher-safe silicone.
Woodworkers will appreciate this bit, which slowly bores flat-bottomed holes with clean sides, just the thing for mortising door hinges or recessing a bolt head when framing a deck.
$7.40 for the 1-inch shown; 1/4 to 21/8 inch; Lee Valley
For friends who are finishing floors and trim, this classic nailset from Stanley focus a hammer's final blows onto the heads of finish nails, sinking them below the surface without damaging the surrounding wood. Its color-coded grips indicate the sizes of the tips: yellow = 1/32 inch, gray = 2/32, red = 3/32.
$7 for set of three, Stanley Tools
The chef of the family is sure to be happy with this utensil pot clip, great for keeping sauce-laced spoons from causing a mess on the stovetop. It clips onto the side of a saucepan or stockpot and features heat-resistant silicone pads to protect against scratches and slipping.
$6.99; Container Store
This year, give a gift to the planet. These compostable bags, made of vegetable oil and cornstarch, break down as easily as tomato stems and banana peels while preventing the odors that tend to build up in the compost container.
Roll of 25 for $6.50; Lee Valley
Help your favorite wine enthusiast know when its time to pop the cork. This stainless steel wine thermometer cuff slides onto the center of the bottle, and the temperature appears on the thermal band. A suggested serving temperature guide for a range of wines is printed right on the cuff for easy reference.
$10; Uncommon Goods
This hand-woven, dark brown Indian rosewood mat with an anti-mold wax finish is fit for the messy eater, or the creative home decorator. Attractive and hygienic, it is great as a placemat when eating or as a decorative accent.
$10; Pier 1
Give the gift of organization with this bit holder from Worx Power Tools. The stylish round case holds fifteen flathead, Phillips and square-drive bits, and it can be clipped to a belt for added convenience.
$10; For retailers, see Worx Power Tools
There's nothing like freshly painted walls, but keeping them flawless can be a challenge. For everyday smudges and scratches, the Rubbermaid Paint Buddy will do the trick. Just fill the airtight container with leftover paint and keep it handy for quick fixes.
$10; For retailers, see Paint Buddy
For apartment dwellers, these Ziploc Big Bags, made of heavy plastic with built-in handles, are perfect for storing items, from crafts to clothing. They come in two sizes, XL (24x19 inches) or XXL (24x31 inches).
$9.99 for four XL or three XXL bags; Ziploc
Lee Valley's magnetic belt clip assists the home-improvement multitasker. It holds screw drivers, drill bits, small hammers—even an entire box of screws—right at your side while you work.
The iSlice® opener is perfect for unwrapping plastic packaging and making neat cuts for your clippings file. A ceramic blade eliminates the risk of cuts. Plus, it's magnetic, which means it can be stored on a fridge for easy access.
$4.99; Container Store
Holiday toy assembly required, but misplaced the reading glasses for the instructions? This smart pocket magnifier with an LED light brings the fine print into focus.
$9.99; Container Store
Looking for a gift for the light of your life? Try Sylvania's Dot It LED lights that can stick and re-stick anywhere from cabinets to closets. The discs come in a variety of colors and are operated by simply pressing on and off.
This multipurpose tool is a gift that will keep on giving throughout all your home-improvement projects. Irwin's Utility Snips cut everything from sheet metal to vinyl to rubber, and they have textured grips for comfort and accuracy.
$10; For retailers, see Irwin
Who says toilets can't be works of art? Toilet Tattoos are removable, reusable, decorative appliqués made of plastic film that come in a variety of elegant and just-plain-fun designs, from a stately fleur-de-lis to rubber duckies (shown).
$9.95; Toilet Tattoos
For the oenophilic entertainer, this stainless steel wine bottle opener set pours on the functionality, for a pittance. Included is a foil cutter, corkscrew opener, stopper, and even a wine ring to prevent drips.
$7; Pier 1