The Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

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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.

The Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the Tactical EDCer

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

  1. Victorinox Ranger Grip 55 Onyx Black: Nothing rounds out an EDC like a useful multi-tool, and the Victorinox Ranger Grip 55 in the murdered-out Onyx Black colorway is the perfect addition for the person on your list. Polispectral coating adds a layer of chromium oxide to the stainless steel components of the tool, producing not only a smooth and glossy dark finish, but also an extra layer of durability and depth to each of its 12 functions, including a 3.8″ locking blade.
  2. Garmin tactix Delta Sapphire: The Garmin tactix Delta is a rugged GPS smartwatch built to military standards for durability and stress, so you know it’ll be right at home on your giftee’s wrist. Its face can be configured to be compatible with night-vision optics, offering them extra-stealthy operation. Because it’s a smart watch, the tactix Delta lets them change the looks on a whim and interfacing with their smartphone to keep track of time, weather, and other relevant data as needed for their daily tasks.
  3. EVERGOODS CPL24 V2: EVERGOODS’s second version of their everyday backpack blends military-inspired fit and finish and modern construction and internal organization. It’s a do-it-all EDC backpack for the tactical person on your list, offering them 24L of storage and thoughtful spaces for tech and other essentials.
  4. Fenix TK11 TAC: When the person on your list needs instant, reliable illumination for emergencies, many enthusiast flashlights simply fall short. A tactical-oriented light like Fenix’s TK11 TAC keeps it simple and reliable, bringing up to 1,600 lumens to bear with a unique mechanical toggle tail switch that’s silent and easy to use even while gloved. They’ll also appreciate the TK11’s robust construction and dual fuel sources for versatility.
  5. SOG Kiku LTD Blackout: A solid fixed blade is indispensable in any setup, and the Studies and Observation Group’s limited edition Kiku makes for a great gift as well. It’s a 4″ Japanese-inspired clip point fixed blade loaded with premium features, from its top tier S35VN steel to its sculpted linen micarta handles and rounded out with a custom Kydex sheath for a low-profile EDC.

Gifts for the EDCer Working from Home

Social distancing doesn’t mean skimping on high-quality productivity gear.

  1. Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C PD Ethernet Hub: Many modern laptops have a serious dearth of expansion and connectivity options to optimize size and portability, and that means they often have too few ports for people with too many devices and peripherals that need power or a connection. A hub like Anker’s USB-C PowerExpand+ gives people on your list with larger setups the extra ports they need, including 4K 30Hz HDMI, high-speed ethernet, SD/TF card Readers, and 2 USB-A data ports, as well as pass-through charging with power delivery.
  2. Cooler Master MH650 USB Headset: Working from home inevitably means having to join more than a few online meetings, and bad audio could spell frustration and loss of productivity for everyone involved. Cooler Master’s USB-powered MH650 has one of the best microphones for any headset on the market, and it’s an essential for the person on the list who depends on crystal-clear audio for both work and play.
  3. Orbitkey Nest: The Orbitkey Nest is an innovative twist on the tech pouch, pulling double duty as a desk valet and a packable protective storage for your giftee’s EDC essentials. It’s a handsome desk piece that can even charge their phone wirelessly, and the polycarbonate shell with nylon poly melange fabric protects their stored gear while allowing them to customize their organization with movable dividers.
  4. Samsung T7 Portable USB-C SSD: Whether it’s a huge number of photos, HD videos that need editing, or even the latest games, everyone could use a bit more space for their workflow. Give the gift of speed and storage with Samsung’s portable T7 external SSD, powered by the fastest transfer speeds and up to 2TB of space. They don’t even have to worry about dropping it when on the go thanks to no moving parts and a shock-resistant outer shell.
  5. Logitech MX Master 3: This is the latest and greatest version of Logitech’s work-oriented wireless mouse, perfect for the busy person on your list who needs a comfortable and feature packed daily driver. From its ergonomic shape to its endless scroll wheels, to its customizable buttons and track-on-anything sensor, it’s a mouse that can keep up with the heaviest of their work days.

Gifts for the Techy EDCer

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

  1. FiiO BTR 5 Bluetooth DAC/AMP: It can be daunting to find a gift for a music lover or audiophile, since everyone has different preferences. The FiiO BTR5-384K is an easy choice, since it only adds value to the audio gear they already have. This lets them use their favorite wired headphones or speakers wirelessly, with clean, clear sound to boot.
  2. Apple Watch Series 6: The Apple Watch is still the king of smart watches, and it’s a great choice for gifting to anyone in the iOS ecosystem. The new Series 6 has a brighter always-on display, a faster processor, and more health sensors including a pulse oxymeter that will help you keep track of oxygen saturation levels during strenuous exercise. If you’re planning to gift to a first time Apple Watch user or people in your family who might not have an Apple device of their own, both the Series 6 and the new Apple Watch SE are able to be set up for them by you before being used by them.
  3. Fuji X100V: The Fuji X100V blends a retro aesthetic with a modern compact digital camera in a great form factor that lends itself well for EDC and travel adventures. Its fixed 35mm equivalent prime pancake lens is sharp and great for walkaround photography, and its fixed nature reduces a lot of the complexity for first time users. There’s a dial for every setting on the camera, allowing for full control by those with experience, but your giftee can set everything to automatic as well and just take pictures freely if that’s what they want out of the experience.
  4. NuType F1 60% Low-Profile Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard: If the techy on your list spends lots of time on the computer, a proper mechanical keyboard can take their typing experience to the next level. The NuType F1 stands out from a lot of the increasingly popular mechanical keyboards on the market with its EDC-friendly low profile design and wireless functionality. If the recipient enjoys a well-engineered and built knife or flashlight, they’re sure to enjoy upgrading to a mechanical keyboard.
  5. ZMI PowerPack 20K Pro PD 65W: More and more devices take USB-C power delivery charging, and one of the best gifts you can give to the tech aficionado on your list is the ability to keep their devices going, even power-hungry devices like a laptop. With its 20,000mAh capacity and 65W output, the ZMI PowerPack 20K Pro can do just that, and it fits right in a bag or carry on for added convenience.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy EDCer

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

  1. Mystery Ranch 2-Day Assault Pack: This limited edition backpack is built tough for outdoor use. But when it’s time to head back to the city, it holds up well as an everyday urban EDC bag. It doesn’t look overly technical, yet it’s still packed with features an outdoorsy EDCer would want in their daily bag.
  2. Benchmade Custom Bugout: To make their outdoor EDC truly one of a kind, gift them a personalized version of this wildly popular ultra light pocket knife. The Benchmade Bugout rises to the occasion for EDC and outdoor use alike, and now you can customize it to cater to the person on your list’s needs.
  3. Outdoor Research Face Mask Kit: While most of us are staying indoors this year, the outdoorsy person on your list can still safely recreate outside with the right precautions — including wearing a face mask. Outdoor Research’s washable, reusable masks are also great for city use when running essential errands.
  4. Leatherman Signal Survival Kit: It’s always great to be prepared, and this limited edition Survival Kit from Leatherman makes it that much easier. The adventurer on your list will appreciate the outdoor-oriented features in the Leatherman Signal multi-tool, while the rest of the supplies in the kit can cover their bases and give them peace of mind on their next excursion.
  5. Hydro Flask Trail Series: Let the hiker on your list enjoy the trail and stay well hydrated without feeling weighed down with this ultra light water bottle. Hydro Flask makes some of the most popular water bottles in the EDC community, and the Trail Series brings that same performance to the outdoors with a sturdy, weight-saving design.

Gifts for the Indoorsy EDCer

Quality gear to enjoy the finer things in life from the comfort and safety of home.

  1. Sennheiser HD660S Open Back Reference Headphones: There’s nothing like the soothing and healing power of music for these troubled times, and what better way for that special someone on your list experience it with a pair of quality headphones like the Sennheiser HD660S. The open-backed, dynamic architecture gives them the full range and quality of their music, and included options for connectivity lets them use the headphones for all their devices.
  2. uKeg Carbonated Growler: If the EDCer on your list enjoys craft beer, then this carbonated growler will be a game changer for their next brewery visit. They can take their favorite beer to-go with this stainless steel, copper plated growler that regulates pressure for perfect carbonation from point A to point B.
  3. LAMY 2000 Fountain Pen: It’s hard to beat the writing experience of using a fountain pen at your desk, and the Lamy 2000 is an iconic pen for the one on your list. This premium, German-made pen has won countless design awards, as it looks as good as it performs. Its pocket clip and makrolon body also means it’s EDC-ready for times away from the desk.
  4. Pendleton Plains Star Wool Blanket: Give the gift of coziness for the coming colder months with Pendleton’s wool blanket, built with over a hundred years of experience in one of their legendary mills in the Pacific Northwest. It features a classic pattern that goes with any decor, and comes with a felt-bound trim for extra durability.
  5. Spyderco Itamae Aogami Super Blue: If the EDCer on your list appreciates a quality blade in their pocket, they’ll love a proper knife in the kitchen, too. Spyderco makes some of the most popular EDC knives on the market, but their blade expertise extends to cutlery as well. The Spyderco Itamae Aogomi Super Blue boasts premium SUS410 stainless steel, a high-performance blade shape, and a G10 handle for a functional grip.

Gifts for the DIYer

Gifts for fixing anything and tinkering with everything.

  1. Gerber Prybrid Utility: For quick fixes around the house or even tough jobs on the worksite, a versatile utility knife can make all the difference. The Gerber Prybrid Utility functions as a rugged utility blade, with bonus features like a rope cutter and pry bar for added functionality the DIYer on your list will appreciate.
  2. iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit: For the tinkerer on your list, the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit has everything they need for making small repairs with precision. These high quality tools even come in an durable organizer for easy storage to keep their workplace tidy and ready for repairs.
  3. YETI LoadOut GO Box: Good tools deserve a good home, even when it’s outside of the garage. The YETI LoadOut GO Box will keep their tools and gear safe and sound, and it’s rugged enough for work and play, able to pull double duty as an outdoors gear hauler.
  4. TS80P Portable Soldering Iron: A good soldering is a must have for the DIYer on your list, especially if they want to take on electronics projects and hobbies. the TS80P soldering iron is as portable as it is powerful, able to run off of USB-C power banks. When they’re not tinkering at home, they can pack it up in their EDC and use it in the field, on drones or RC cars, for example.
  5. Streamlight Flipmate: When the handyman on your list is in the zone, they can end up working on projects til well past sundown. A versatile tasklight like the Streamlight Flipmate can help them power through projects in the evening or in dark working conditions, like under a desk or under the hood.

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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