The Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find the perfect holiday gift for another like-minded EDCer can be a daunting, if not utterly exhausting task. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? We're here to help. We’ve broken down 30 gift ideas for every kind of EDCer on your list.


Gifts for the Tactical EDCer

Heavy-duty gifts for those who need extra-reliable, extra tough gear.

  1. Olight M2R Flashlight An all-in-one tactical flashlight with built-in magnetic charging, 1500 lumens of output via a dual-switch system, and rugged IPX8 resistance.
  2. Dango Tactical Wallet: A mil-spec pairing of aluminum and leather, giving you 14 functions with its included multi-tool while holding up to 12 cards.
  3. First Tactical Ridgeline Carbon Field Watch: This watch features a carbon resin case and legible markers and hands for lightweight, tactical performance.
  4. Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed Blade Knife: A minimalist but fully capable fixed blade featuring 420HC steel, skeletonized and rubber-textured handles, and a modular sheath system for optimal carry.
  5. Recycled Firefighter The Battalion 12L Backpack: A made-in-the-USA mil-spec daypack with 12L capacity for rugged performance on the go.

Gifts for the Minimalist EDCer

Lightweight, low-profile gear for the person who like to keep things simple but effective.

  1. Bellroy Classic Backpack: An understated pack with a timeless silhouette on the exterior paired with smart organization and design cues where it counts.
  2. Kershaw FraxionThis sleek flipper knife combines lightweight materials like G10 and carbon fiber and a futuristic design resulting in a barely-there, sub-2.0 oz EDC companion.
  3. Klarus Mi1CA bona fide pocket rocket with a max output of 600 lumens in a body just 2.15” long. Its lithium ion battery recharges with a built-in micro-USB port for low-maintenance convenience any minimalist can appreciate.
  4. The James Brand HookA well-crafted and elegant solution to carrying keys on their belt loop or pocket, made even more useful with a built-in bottle opener and laser-etched ruler. 
  5. Pioneer ION Wallet:  Built from cutting edge synthetic materials 10X stronger than stainless steel by weight using advanced manufacturing methods, this minimalist wallet lasts longer and carries better than any old traditional leather wallet.

Gifts for the Classy EDCer

Functional essentials that pack timeless style for the sophisticated EDCer on your list.

  1. Orient Bambino 2nd Gen V.3An automatic watch with Bauhaus-inspired design that looks like it costs more than it actually does.
  2. Benchmade ProperThis new slipjoint from Benchmade combines classic looks with modern materials in a compact, EDC-friendly package. 
  3. Hitch and Timber Pocket Runt 2.0This premium leather case will keep their pockets organized and their gear safe. The 2.0 version has enough room for a slim pen, flashlight, and pocket knife. 
  4. Olight i3E AAA Flashlight in CopperThis tiny AAA-powered light is simple to use and bright enough for most tasks, while the copper body develops a patina to look even better with time.
  5. Lamy 2000 RollerballThis rollerball looks just like its famous fountain pen cousin, but without the hassle and maintenance involved with a fountain pen.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy EDCer

Stay on point with these picks while wandering off the beaten path.

  1. CRKT HomefrontThe Homefront is a versatile EDC blade designed by Ken Onion perfect for outdoor use thanks to its beefy 3.5” blade and Field Strip technology for easy disassembly and cleaning out in the field.
  2. SOG Sync IIThis multi-tool's unique form factor makes for an excellent addition to any outdoor EDC thanks to its light weight and innovative buckle that attaches to their pack.
  3. Stanley Master FlaskA rustproof, leakproof, BPA-free, stainless steel flask that's easy to grip, clean, and most importantly, drink from.
  4. Fenix CL09The Fenix CL09 is a powerful camping lantern that's a breeze to carry thanks to its tiny footprint. With a max output of 200 lumens, an IP68 rating, and CR123A compatibility the CL09 light is the perfect sidekick for overnight camping trips.
  5. Osprey Hydration PackOsprey is a leader in outdoor backpacks and the Raptor 14 hydration pack offers everything you could need in a slim, 14L daypack.

Gifts for the Techy EDCer

Smart picks to power up the gadget and tech lover's kit.

  1. SOG Baton Q4When it's time to break out the tools, they'll appreciate the versatility of the Q4 and marvel at its great look.
  2. Anker PowerCore FusionFrom laptops to the Nintendo Switch to their new phone, USB-C charging is more essential than ever. Anker's PowerCore Fusion is one of the best solutions on the market, combining a portable power bank with a built-in wall charger.
  3. Hazard 4 Launch Pad Tablet Sleeve / MOLLE organizerA thoughtful way to protect gear as well as offer additional utility and organizational space to any everyday carry.
  4. KeySmart ProThe KeySmart Pro both organizes an unruly set of keys and helps locate them when they get lost thanks to built-in Tile tracking technology.
  5. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones: With cell phones no longer having headphone jacks, now's the time to get them a wireless headphone so that they can keep listening to their favorites on the go.

Gifts for the Traveling EDCer

Must-have essentials to make every trip feel like first class for the traveler in your life.

  1. Libratone Q-Adapt On-Ears: These offer 4 levels of active noise cancelling and a 25 hour battery life in a sleek pair of on-ears perfect for the frequent flyer in your life.
  2. GoPro Hero 4 SilverThis compact action camera can capture their favorite moments in 1080p with a rugged build that’ll keep up with all their travels.
  3. Victorinox VX Touring BackpackLet them travel in style with this 25L bag that keeps their gear organized and slips onto the handle of rolling luggage to make zipping through airports easy.
  4. Zootility Wildcard: This credit card-sized tool fits in their wallet and is durable enough to keep up with the daily tasks. When it’s time to jet, the blade can be removed for TSA-compliant travel.
  5. Maxpedition Lightweight Toiletry Bag: A durable and easy way to keep smaller essentials organized, complete with a shatterproof mirror and a loop for hanging it in bathrooms.

What EDC gifts are you giving, and what’s on your wishlist this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Those gift items are fine.
A Gerber fixed blade and that’s it? Not even for the outdoorsy EDCers?? Come on guys. No love...