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20 Best Stocking Stuffers for Woodworkers

Updated: September 28, 2022
Finding the best gifts and stocking stuffers for woodworkers is a challenge. Not sure if they own a tool? Looking for something unique? On a budget? In this article we’ll guide you to that perfect small woodworker gift from $5 to $50.
Stocking Stuffers for Woodworkers
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20 Best Stocking Stuffers for Woodworkers

Woodworks like to buy what they want and that makes picking gifts for them difficult. But stocking stuffers for woodworkers can be easier to buy, and in this guide we’ve selected a list of gifts that will fit any budget.

When choosing stocking stuffers you’ll want to consider:

  • Do they own it?
  • Will they use it?
  • Does it help with safety?
  • And, of course, can it fit as a stocking stuffer or is it a larger gift they really needed

In this guide we’ll help you both figure out if they need it, and if they already have it is it something they need more of.

Lastly, woodworkers generally don’t like the deals at the ends of the big-box stores. These tools are almost all unique wood brands you can’t find at a store.

Stocking Stuffers for Woodworkers

#1. Easy to Read Lefty/Righty Fractional Tape

FastCap Tape Measure

Stop counting lines

With this unique tape measure you can both jot measurements on its side and use its handy fractional markings to guide your cuts.

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Overview

If your woodworker struggles with fractions, is a lefty, or needs a place to write their measurements this is a MUST BUY.

When looking for a small woodworker gift or stocking stuffer you can’t go wrong with this inexpensive tape measure. Featuring support for both left and right-handed woodworkers, fractions instead of lines and a handy place to write measurements you can give this gift to anyone.

How many tape measures does a woodworker own (or need to own)? Well, most have two or three. But this one is not something you’ll find in a big box store so buy confidently.

#2. Shop Apron to Keep Clothes Clean

Woodworkers Leather Apron

Keep glue and stains off clothes

Woodworkers know that any good shirt or jeans attract permanently staining glue. Investing a few bucks in a quality apron will pay for itself.

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Overview

Do you have a woodworker in your life that ruins every new shirt and pants with glue?  Help them stop the clothing damage and invest in a woodworking apron to catch the mess. 

#3. Unique Gift of a Japanese Saw

Japanese Pull Saw

Unique flush cut saw

A lot of new-to-woodworking enthusiasts don’t know this saw exists. But once they own one find dozens of uses for projects of all sizes.

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Overview

Woodworkers own ALL types of saws but very few own a handy Japanese pull saw. These saws are useful for making dovetails, flush cutting dowels and dozens of other tasks.

Putting aside its cool looks, this saw is a precision tool that will make fast work of flush cutting dowels, doing hand cut dovetails and more. 

And, most DIY’ers won’t splurge on a Japanese saw so it’s unlikely your woodworker will own it. But they will appreciate it.

#4. Starter Pocket Hole Wood Joining Kit

Japanese Pull Saw

Fast and easy wood joinery

Joining wood is the most common task in woodworking, and pocket hole jigs are a popular way to make just about any project.

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Overview

Any aspiring woodworker starts with pocket holes for joining wood. Which is why Kreg (#1 brand) sells a massive number of their jigs.

Every entry level woodworker starts out with a Kreg pocket hole jig.

Because this jig allows for connecting two pieces of wood in just about any imaginable way you’ll be giving a great start gift.

But, if you’re pondering a larger gift, check out our guide to pocket hole jigs (the K5 is a GREAT large woodworkers gift).

#5. Saker Miter Saw Protector Gift

Miter Saw Angle Gauge

Fast, accurate miter angle gauge

Even high quality miter saws don’t always show you the EXACT angle – which is why serious woodworkers use a protractor to verify the blades angle.

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Overview

A miter saw is the one tool that is almost every single woodworkers garage. 

And it is used for cutting almost every stick of wood that goes into a woodworking project. However, as easy as it is to use the one area a miter saw doesn’t excel is telling you the precise angle of the blade.

The solution? This woodworkers gift of a quality aluminum protractor will precisely show you the blade angle in relation to either the fence (compound cuts) or the miter saw table.

#6. Safety Push Blocks (Top Safety Gift)

Safety Push Blocks

Ten amputations a day…

Did you know there are over ten amputations a day on just table saws? Help protect your woodworkers fingers with a variety of push blocks for their table saw, jointer, band saw and more.

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Overview

With over 10 amputations a day on power tools a push block is a must-own for woodworkers.

I cringe whenever I see videos of DIY’ers putting their hands inches away from blades or joiner knives. 

Which is why I use a push block anytime my hand will be within six inches of a blade. As a stocking stuffer for woodworkers this gift is inexpensive and will be perfect for a woodworker with basic tools like a joiner or bandsaw.

And, like most tools, there are full-blown gifts like the GRR-RIPPER table saw pushblock that offer advanced control while cutting wood.

#7. Wrist Organizer

Magnetic Wrist Band

Organize small bits and screws

From installing drawer slides and hinges to hanging cabinets a wrist organizer keeps bits handy. And (yes, we do this) small screws out of your woodworkers mouth.

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Overview

Stop losing drill bits and screws with a handy magnetized wristband to hold them in place.

There are many woodworking projects that require different size screws, switching from Phillip to Torx screw bits or keeping other small parts handy.

So rather than put a few screws on the bench, in your mouth (it happens!) use this small woodworkers gift to keep things organized. And simply slip off when not needed.

#8. Small Sandpaper Sticks Gift

Small Sandpaper Sticks

Organize small bits and screws

From installing drawer slides and hinges to hanging cabinets a wrist organizer keeps bits handy. And (yes, we do this) small screws out of your woodworkers mouth.

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Overview

Sand into small crevices and corners with precision.

For a gift that fits into a traditional stocking these sanding sticks are a great “didn’t know I could use it until I needed it” gift. Even if your woodworker makes large projects there are always a few nooks and crannies to sand.

#9. Stocking Stuffer for Eye Protection

Protective glasses

Protect their eyes

From amputations to flying pieces of wood, woodworking is inherently a dangerous hobby. But using proper safety equipment will greatly reduce odds of injury.

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Overview

Almost every woodworking task requires a good pair of safety glasses to prevent flying wood and nails from damaging eyes.

So, definitely a theme of safety supplies. After hearing and fingers comes protection for your woodworkers eyes with a pair of anti-fog safety glasses. And, these NoCry brand offer adjustable side and nose pieces for fit to just about any face.

#10. Hearing Protectors for Woodworkers

Protective hearing

Protect their hearing

Protect your woodworkers hearing and help them not lose the small ear plugs with this simple banded hearing protector.

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Overview

Why does this make a great gift? Safety of course, but these hearing protectors also offer:

  • Band to prevent losing the ear plugs
  • 28dB NRR rating to cut higher decibel tool noise
Want to spend more and make this a full woodworkers gift? Check out our guide to the best woodworking hearing protection for upgraded versions including Bluetooth.

#11. Stocking Stuffer for Eye Protection

Kreg clamps

High force wood clamps

For anything from drawer slide jigs to clamping wood during assembly a pair of face clamps is always welcomed.

Gift Guide

Overview

Any woodworker will tell you that they can never have enough of a few tools. And, clamps fall into this category. So adding a face clamp or two from the top brand in face clamps (Kreg) and pocket hole jigs is a sure bet stocking stuffer for any woodworker.

#12. High Quality Marking Pencil

Woodworkers Pencils

Stop breaking pencil leads…

For about the lowest cost stocking stuffer you can find – but will be appreciated regardless – this marking pencil solves one of the most vexing woodworking issues: a sharp pencil.

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Overview

Anyone who’s worked with wood knows that a sharp pencil is tough to keep. And, sharpening the standard carpenter pencil is a HASSLE.

So, these flat designed pencils with refillable leads will easily mark out lines in wood and make for a cheap stocking stuffer.

#13. High Quality Woodworkers Glue

Woodworkers Glue

Protect their eyes

Any woodworker goes through glue. And lots of it. Giving the #1 brand in glue should always be welcomed.

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Overview

Titebond is the #1 brand in wood glue and the Titebond Ultimate III offers waterproof flexibility for indoor and outdoor projects.

#14. Woodworking Scribe Gift

Woodworking Scribe

Improve finish cut quality

From drawing basic circles to scribing projects against the wall during installation a scribe is a great addition to any woodworkers toolbox.

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Overview

This budget friendly scribe is something most woodworkers don’t know about. But, they need one for scribing trim, installing cabinet fillers and many other precision jobs.

#15. Pipe Clamps Are Always Needed

Pipe Clamps

Woodworkers need clamps…

I own dozens of pipe clamps and would always be willing to accept a few more into my collection.

Gift Guide

Overview

As one of the must have woodworking clamps, a pipe clamp is a unique clamp in that you can buy (and fit) a pair into a stocking-sized stuffer.

And since your woodworker will know what to do with them (buy a $10 piece of black pipe) they’ll appreciate a high quality, professional duty clamp like the Bessey’s listed here.

#16. Wood Chisels Make Great Gifts

Wood chisels

Upgrade or replace

While I try to keep my chisels in good condition, they seem to always be nicked or covered in glue. A good quality set is always welcomed.

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Overview

Over the years I’ve tended to abuse chisels just about more than any other tool. So, I buy inexpensive ones and replace them as they become damaged past easy sharpening and repair (like this set).

#17. Marking Tool Gift For Precision Uses

Wood marking gauge

Unique marking tool

From marking centers on face frames to making outlines for cuts with a bandsaw or jigsaw this top branded Incra marking tool is a great gift.

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Overview

Every now and then a woodworker will find the need to make precise layouts and this Incra-branded marking rule is a great way to do so. Featuring marking holes from 1/32″ and up in increments precision layouts are easily done.

#18. Screwdriver Bit Set

Drill drivers

Replace lost bits

If I had a dollar for every driver bit I’ve misplaced I’d, well, have a lot of dollars. Which means I’m always buying new bits and like package sets to tell me how many I’ve lost!

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Overview

One thing in woodworking is common across all skill levels: you will lose your drill drivers.

Most woodworkers have all the standard Phillips and Square drive bits. Or, they are around somewhere in a drawer. Maybe.

By giving a stocking stuffer of wood screw driving bits you’ll replenish their supply and give them a stock of Torx-drive bits they might just need as well.

#19. Woodworkers T-Shirt Stocking Stuffer

Woodworkers T-Shirt

Funny but true…

You can’t go wrong with a t-shirt for your woodworker. And this shirt says it all when it comes to how some projects go.

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Overview

For a gift you'll be sure they don't have just pick their size and offer up a funny woodworking tshirt. It's probably true...

While a professional woodworker might be offended a novice or weekend warrior would probably appreciate this t-shirt.

#20. Screw Extractor To Remove Broken Screws

Protective glasses

Rescue broken screws

From using drywall screws in hardwoods to accidentally over-torquing a cabinet screw eventually woodworkers break heads. And need a tool to remove them.

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Overview

Broken screws are a habit most pocket hole joinery woodworkers fight. Which make these screw extractors a must have.

If you’ve seen along the way that casual woodworkers use a type of wood joinery called “pocket hole” you might be surprised to know that means assembling with screws.

And, when screws are used in anything other than softwood they do one thing: break.

So, a quality (but stocking stuffer sized) gift of a screw extractor is a great gift.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best type of gifts for a woodworker?

One of the best gifts for a woodworker is safety equipment, clamps and unique measuring or marking tools that they either always need more of. Or, that they may not own and need for safety purposes.

How do I know if a woodworker has a gift I want to buy?

Using this guide you can look through their workshop, tool boxes and storage areas easily to see if they have the gifts you are thinking of giving.

Do woodworkers really like woodworking aprons?

Most woodworkers do prefer a woodworking apron! Not only does it protect clothes from stains, an apron provides excellent storage for tools and phones.

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