Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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.

The Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the Tactical EDCer

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

  1. Maxpedition Entity 21L: Surprise them with this fully CCW compatible pack from Maxpedition. It's designed to blend into urban environments by foregoing the usual tactical cues of all-black, MOLLE-equipped bags. Instead, its grey twill nylon exterior conceals a slew of tactical features and internal organization perfect for covert carry during their commute.

  2. Benchmade 495 Vector: The 495 Vector features the tactical performance you'd depend on, but in a sleeker and more refined design for discreet EDC. Its 3.6” S30V steel spear-point blade deploys in a flash and locks up securely thanks to a combination of an assisted-opening flipper tab and Benchmade's AXIS lock. Ergonomic, textured G10 handles give a sure grip with an understated look that'll stay under the radar.

  3. Leatherman Raptor: These versatile, multi-functional medical shears from a tried-and-true brand can be the perfect way to round out (or start) their emergency kit. Its included MOLLE-compatible sheath means they'll have no problem carrying it in their preferred tactical bag.

  4. Traser P59 Essential M: This stealthy wristwatch keeps a low profile and wears comfortably for every day duty, with clean styling they can wear for any occasion. But they'll especially appreciate how this watch transforms at night: self-illuminating tritium inserts “glow” in the dark for easy time-telling without compromising night vision, and never need to be charged unlike traditional luminous watches.

  5. Dango M1 Maverick Spec Ops: Inspired by and designed for servicemembers and preppers, this newly released wallet features the right materials, styling, and functionality for any tactical EDC. Its machined aluminum chassis is finished with a durable Cerakote coating found on firearms, its synthetic DTEX fabric is thin yet resilient, and its included credit card-shaped multi-tool is its ace in the hole for emergency situations.

Gifts for the Minimalist EDCer

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

  1. Kershaw Atmos: The minimalist on your list will appreciate the Atmos's lightweight handle, made from grippy and comfortable G10 with a unique carbon fiber overlay. Its 3” blade deploys quickly via a flipper tab, while a deep-carry pocket clip keeps it out of sight.

  2. SOG PowerPint: Minimalists love consolidating their gear when they can, but in the case of multi-tools, they tend to be too bulky to justify the pocket space. The SOG PowerPint, on the other hand, is extremely compact at just over 3” closed, but packs 18 total tools you'd expect to find on a much bigger tool.

  3. RovyVon A2 Aurora: The A2 Aurora flashlight packs an impressive 550 lumen output in an anodized aluminum body that's small enough to fit on their keychain. It even charges its integrated Li-ion battery via micro USB, making it a convenient gift they'll actually use.

  4. Discommon Thermoformed Wallet 2.0: A wallet so thin, it rewards carrying less with its impressive low profile. This RFID-secure leather wallet achieves its slimness and structure using futuristic stitch-free lamination and thermoforming techniques.

  5. DSPTCH Sling Pouch: Minimalists won't need to carry much, but when could use a little more storage space, an easy-access sling pouch from DSPTCH will do the trick. It's stylish, sturdy, low profile, and modular, so they can attach their favorite gear.

Gifts for the Classy EDCer

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

  1. The James Brand County Knife: The County is a modern take on the classic slip joint knife with an elegantly refined design. Its 2.5” straight blade opens with a traditional nail nick and doesn't lock, making it legal to carry in more locales. Crafted from a combination of wood and stainless steel, its slim, 3.5” long handle makes it easy to carry deep in the pocket.

  2. Hitch & Timber Duz-All: This handy, handmade pocket organizer keeps all their essentials in one place, keeps them protected from scratches, and looks good doing it. Its luxurious leather is comfortable to hold and carry, durable enough to stand up to daily wear, and even pulls double duty as a minimalist wallet with slots for cards and cash.

  3. Raw Brass Fisher Space Pen: A classic, collectible pen with the design and performance perfect for daily use. They'll look forward to the patina that will develop on the pen's raw brass body, as it'll look even better with time, use, and carry. Its write-anywhere pressurized cartridge keeps ink flowing, making it an excellent companion on their many adventures to come.

  4. Declan Microfiber Handkerchief: A handkerchief is an often underappreciated but essential part of any gent's EDC. This Declan pocket square adds even more utility thanks to its modern microfiber fabric, perfect for cleaning specs and screens alike.

  5. Timex Marlin Automatic: This new design from Timex draws inspiration from their classic watch from the 1960s and breathes new life into it with a slightly larger 40mm case and automatic movement ideal for wearing every day. It keeps plenty of the mid-century design cues that made the original great: a minimalist dial, round case, and domed acrylic lens. It's a handsome watch with timeless style they'll appreciate.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy EDCer

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

  1. Snow Peak Titanium Kanpai Bottle: The double-wall titanium construction of Snow Peak's Kanpai bottle represents the be-all-end-all of outdoors drinks containers. Titanium's rock-solid durability and light weight is matched only by its stunning good looks and feel in hand.
  2. Nitecore NU32: The NU32 is a convenient way for them to navigate the dark hands-free, with 500 lumens of power output from its CREE XP-G3 S3 LED module. It's USB rechargeable for convenience and its location and SOS beacon modes can help keep them safe in an emergency.

  3. Victorinox Alox Hunter Pro: With its durable and grippy aluminum oxide handle and the easy one-handed opening of its 4.06” stainless steel blade, the Hunter Pro is ready for any cutting and slicing task that's thrown at it. Its stylish design and removable pocket clip make it easy to carry in the city, to the mountains, and back.

  4. Garmin Fenix 5S Plus:  The new Germin Fenix 5S Plus does more than tell the time. With its GPS/GLONASS capabilities, they'll know exactly where they are and where they're going anywhere in the world, all while keeping connected thanks to its smartphone-compatible functions.

  5. Evergoods MPL30: The MPL30 features comfortable ergonomic design, with easy access to gear at any point, and enough space to fit the essentials for a hike. Its narrow silhouette and built-in laptop compartment also make it ideal for commuting to work.

Gifts for the Techy EDCer

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

  1. Aer Day Pack: When an EDCer needs a minimalist daypack with the right amount of organization while rocking a stealthy urban aesthetic, then Aer has the bags for the job. Their Day Pack is specifically designed for the working commuter. On the outside, the Day Pack comes with Aer's signature blacked-out design, making use of rugged materials like water-resistant 1680D Cordura nylon, Duraflex hardware, and sealing YKK zippers to give it the resistance it needs for lengthy commutes in any climate, while the inside comes with dedicated slots to hold a laptop, cables, and other daily essentials needed to get the job done.

  2. Anker PowerCore 20100: With so many devices finding their way into everyone's EDCs, enough juice to last a full day has become a priority. Anker's biggest-capacity powerbank is also their most advanced, with a capacity of 20100 mAh to top up your devices many times over on a full charge. And while this model is made specifically for the Nintendo Switch, its USB-C port ensures the fastest, futureproofed charging tech they'll need for the rest of their daily essentials.

  3. Olight S1R Baton II Flashlight: Olight's upgrade to their popular rechargeable flashlight gives it the right touches to be even more EDC-worthy than its predecessor. In addition to improved performance and output with a top end of 1000 lumens, the S1R Baton II also gets the modern tech of Olight's other flagship lights, including magnetic charging, improved grip, a new clip, and even more accessories to make EDCing the light a piece of cake.

  4. BOND Escapade Gear Pouch: The 2-in-1 Escapade pouch acts as either an external EDC day pouch large enough for the essentials, or as a packing kit to extend and organize a bag's contents. It's built to last with double-stitched zippers and reinforced stress points on the outside, with multiple slots, zippered compartments, and elastic webbing on the interior to keep things organized. The EDCer on your list will be sure to find a use for a pouch as versatile as this.

  5. Jabra Elite Active 65T: True wireless earbuds are still a niche and mostly expensive, but when they work, they're a game changer. Jabra's Elite Active 65Ts are cutting edge earphones with a low-profile design, IP56-rated resistance, and 5 hours of playback time with an additional 10 in the case. There's even a built-in accelerometer for tracking fitness data, since they're built for the active EDCers, too.

Gifts for the Traveling EDCer

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

  1. Peak Design Travel Pack: Off the success of their wildly popular camera bags, Peak Design have brought their design skills to solve the challenges of traveling with their new Travel Pack. Boasting a waterproof exterior, a dedicated laptop compartment, and plenty of pockets, this 45L bag is great for one-bag travelers.

  2. Yi 4K Action Camera: Help them capture their favorite adventures and unforgettable memories in 4K with this small yet durable action camera that won’t break the bank.

  3. BigiDesign TPT Slide: The TPT Slide is a minimalist must-have for the traveler on your list who wants to stay prepared. It covers plenty of bases with over 10 functions  in a slim, TSA-approved titanium body. When they're not traveling, it makes for a handy utility knife to round out any EDC.

  4. Bellroy Travel Folio: Keeping the essentials in one place is important while traveling, and this all-in-one option from Bellroy offers plenty of internal organization and a premium leather construction. Give them peace of mind knowing their boarding passes, currency, cards, phone and passport are all secure in one place.

  5. Sennheiser 4.50 SE: These comfortable headphones offer 19 hours of battery life for those long-haul flights, active noise cancelling, and solid performance all in a modern design you can take with you anywhere. Their comfortable, swiveling earcups and foldable headband make them especially easy to pack with the rest of their travel essentials, too.

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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