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25 Father's Day Gifts for His Everyday Carry

Father's Day is fast approaching this June 18th! No pressure or anything, but that's just a couple of weeks to find the perfect gift to get your dad. Don't worry—we've got you covered. This year our guide has 25 awesome gifts for every type of dad to help you get the perfect one for the man who has everything. Whether practical, memorable, or just plain fun, he deserves nothing but the best and most useful gear.

Father's Day 2017 Gift Ideas for…The Professional

For the successful dad who's always on his grind, takes pride in his work, and crushes it at the office day in and day out…

Boker Kwaiken CF: A slim, sleek knife that looks just as good as his best black suit. Boker's Kwaiken CF features an assisted opening mechanism for easy access and carbon fiber handles that give it a unique, dressed-up look. (Buy)Orbitkey 2.0 w/ Monogramming: Orbitkey's system is great for quietly carrying around both his house and office keys. You can add Dad's initials with their new monogramming service to make it a personalized gift. (Buy)Lamy 2000 Ballpoint Pen: This iconic pen's design dates back to the 1960's, yet it still looks as modern as ever. Dad will appreciate how the Lamy 2000 ballpoint feels as good in his hand as it looks on his desk. (Buy)The Gadget Enthusiast

For the tech-savvy dad whose vice is his devices…

Kindle Oasis: If your dad is an avid reader, he'll be able to enjoy thousands of books at his fingertips with a new e-reader like the Kindle Oasis. It has a glare-free screen and a new ergonomic design perfect for long reads. (Buy)The Jetsetter

For the dad who loves to travel and only packs the best of the best…

Aer Travel Pack: Nothing's better for the jetsetter than a bag that maximizes the carry on bag limit while being ultra-easy to use. The numerous pockets and compartments make loading and unloading gear from the Aer Travel Pack a breeze. (Buy)Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mAh Power Bank: Give your dad a reliable source of power for when he's stuck in transit. This particular power bank comes with a wall plug built in, so your dad can charge up with less baggage. (Buy)The Outdoorsman

For the adventurous dad who'd rather be outside, taking in nature more than anything…

Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire: Give him the upper hand in all his favorite outdoors sports with this rugged, feature-packed smartwatch. It boasts advanced fitness tracking as well as outdoors sensors like GPS, a barometric altimeter, and more. (Buy)CountyComm Brass Compass Capsule: If dad likes to do things the old fashioned way, he'll appreciate this two-in-one button compass and watertight match container on his next camping trip. (Buy)The DIYer

For the dad who loves to work with his hands, is able to fix anything, and is always tinkering with a new project…

Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks: Writing down important notes and measurements are part and parcel of any project, so any old notebook won't do in dad's workshop. These Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks aren't just rugged and waterproof, but come with the metric field patterns to help track every task. (Buy)

Hopefully you've found something you know your dad will love from this guide. Or, for all you dads who are notoriously difficult to shop for, feel free share this article with your loved ones.

Still looking? Check our archives for even more gift ideas:

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Trending Gear: May 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in a variety of watches, knives, wallets, and quite a few fidget spinners. Let's check them all out.

10 Best EDC Card Tools for Your Wallet

One of the best ways to cover multiple bases in your EDC is to carry a multi-tool. The obvious upside is having every function you might need in one convenient package — if you can justify the pocket space. You could carry a keychain-friendly tool, but that might not be the best route to take, especially if you use a key organizer. There's one last place to carry a tool that even minimalists can appreciate: your wallet. The best EDC card tools can come in handy in a pinch as backups. Some might even do the job as your main tool. In this guide, we'll go over 10 tools that'll quickly become the most rewarding card in your wallet.

15 Slim Card Sleeve Wallets

Your wallet doesn't have to be the bulkiest thing in your EDC. But somehow, it's all too easy to let yours get out of control. Most of us only need an ID, a few cards, and maybe a bill or two to get through the day anyway. So if the only reason you're carrying that bulky wallet is to stuff it with Taco Bell receipts dating back to last March, it's time to switch things up. To keep things real slim, try a card sleeve wallet. They're easy to carry (front pocket or back), quickly accessible, and super light weight. Luckily, you've got plenty of options to choose from when it comes to a good EDC wallet. In this guide, we're highlighting 15 of our favorite card sleeve wallets out there.

10 Key-Shaped EDC Essentials

If there's one thing in your EDC you make sure to have when you step out the door, it's your keychain. That makes it a great place to include the EDC essentials that you'll need in a pinch. It's a convenient way to maximize your carry while keeping things as small and light as what's on your keychain. However, some keychain tools can be bulky and awkwardly shaped, which takes away from their utility overall. You can avoid this tradeoff by sticking to tools that are designed to fit right in with the rest of your keys instead. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite key-sized (and key-shaped) EDC tools and essentials.

The Best EDC Knives Under 3" in 2017

When it comes to your EDC knife, size matters. And bigger isn't always better. A knife that's too big can be unwieldy to use and carry, not to mention illegal depending on where you live. On the flip side, a knife that's too small might take more effort for even simple tasks. For a lot of you, the best EDC knife is just under 3" long. In this guide, we'll break down why you might want a smaller knife, what to look for in a compact EDC, and highlight 10 EDC knives around the 2.5” to 3” sweet spot that are a cut above the rest.

The Beginner's Guide to EDC Knife Blade Steels

Your EDC knife is only as good as the steel in its blade. A knife made of good steel will be sharp, stay sharp, and won't break on you. On the other hand, knives made of dubious steel are unreliable and downright unsafe. They tend to dull easily and end up chipping and breaking when you need them most. There's a lot of blade steels to pick from, and each has its own set of advantages to consider for your EDC. In this guide, we'll go over what to look out for in a steel before buying your next blade. To make things even easier, we'll give a few examples of our favorite knives made of each type of steel.

The Best AAA Flashlights of 2017

If the one thing stopping you from carrying a flashlight every day is the idea that they're just too bulky, think again. You've got keychain flashlights as handy backups and AA lights as powerful primary options, but even those have their drawbacks.

Then there's the AAA flashlight somewhere in between at the sweetspot of size and convenience. It's one of the most compact styles of flashlight to carry, so it'll fit right into your lightweight or minimalist EDC. And best of all, modern AAA lights are plenty powerful for their size, with some pushing past 100 lumens.

Whether you value barely-there portability or no-fuss simplicity in your light, an AAA flashlight is for you. In this guide, we've put together 10 of the best single AAA battery LED flashlights for your EDC below.

The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget

If keeping time is an important part of your EDC, you’re gonna need a solid watch to do it. And of all the watch options out there, few rely on precision timing as much as pilots do. Fliegers, or pilot watches, are popular EDC options because of their legibility, durability, and accuracy. In this guide, we’ll explain where the flieger comes from, some standout features to look for, and 10 of our favorites for any budget.

The Best Magnetic Keychains for Everyday Carry

Magnets. How do they work? In the case of your everyday carry, they work best where you want a secure connection that's still conveniently quick to release. And there's arguably no better place for this than on your keychain! Throwing magnets into the mix makes removing your keys to unlock a door or use one of your keychain tools literally a snap. As with other EDC keychains, it all comes down to the hardware. In this guide, you'll find 6 attractive key carrying setups that make the best use of magnets.

8 Weatherproof Wallets for Everyday Carry

Water can be your best friend on a hot day. But it won't be so kind to your favorite EDC wallet, even if it's made with the best leather around. While build materials are important for any item in your EDC, you should also keep carry conditions in mind. For example, you don’t want your wallet bleeding dye into your pants or peeling apart after getting caught in a rainstorm. One way to make sure your cards and bills stay nice and dry is to pick up a quality weatherproof wallet.

In this guide we’ll go over a few options that won’t leave you peeling apart soggy bills.

10 Wood Handle EDC Knives

There's something special about the way a knife with a wood grain handle looks and feels when it's in your hand. It's a classy and timeless look you don't get with the trendy metal and polymer handles that you see on other knives. And unlike most knife handle materials, wood grain only gets better with age. Wooden handled knives like this can be more than just a tool in your EDC. You might even treasure one enough to pass down like an heirloom. In this guide, we've put together this list of our favorite knives with wooden handles, ranging from classic traditional knives to modern tools with an organic touch.

The Best Mid-Sized Multi-tools for EDC in 2017

We all know how great full-sized multi-tools are. In your workshop, desk, or your car, they're a toolbox worth of utility minus the actual toolbox. But for everyday carry, they're not always the best. While you do save yourself the trouble of having to lug around said toolbox, full-sized multi-tools aren't exactly featherweights either. Carrying one as part of your EDC isn't an optimal use of pocket space and can end up weighing you down.

So we've rounded up a list of the best mid-sized multi-tools you can actually carry every day, because a cumbersome tool is an unused one, after all. They may not have all the functionality you would get from a full-sized tool, but in exchange you get a more compact profile that isn't a hassle to carry and still gets the job done when needed.

Trending Gear: April 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you all put a new value EDC knife on the map, started to take notice of the growing fidget spinner trend, and looked into some traditional gentlemen's knives. A few essentials rightly make a return to the top trending ranks, too. Let's get into it…

The Best Box Cutters and Utility Knives for EDC

Just because it seems like your EDC knife is versatile enough to use for every task doesn't always mean you should. Things like driving screws or prying in a pinch can seriously wreck your blade. But there's one task in particular you might be doing nearly every day: opening boxes.

For that, it doesn't matter how sharp your everyday carry knife is: it isn't the best tool for the job. All that cardboard and tape can dull your blade and gunk it up fast. Keep your EDC sharp for more crucial situations, and let a box cutter with replaceable blades do the dirty work.

You might think utility knives like this would be way too big to EDC, but there's actually a handful of convenient, pocket-friendly options worthy of a spot in your daily kit. To make things easy, we've put together this guide of our favorites for you to choose from.

8 Watches to Wear This Spring/Summer

You only EDC the right tool for the job, right? Just like you wouldn't take a sports car out in the snow. It's simply not made for that. The same goes for watches — you wouldn't take a dress watch diving. And with the weather warming up, adventure beckons. Before your next expedition, leave the dress watch for the office and pick up a tough timepiece you wouldn't mind knocking around instead. Whether you're hiking, camping, swimming, or just wanting something lighter on your wrist, this guide has got you covered.