Everyday Carry

15 EDC Gifts Under $15 2017

Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
15 EDC Gifts Under $15 2017

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How's that holiday gift shopping going? If you're still on the hunt for some last minute gifts, we can't blame you. Buying gifts can get expensive and getting them delivered in time is stressful enough. But don't worry — we've put together this list of 15 awesome, practical gifts anyone into everyday carry would enjoy. Best of all, they're $15 or less* and quick to ship. Time to save yourself some time, money, and headache and finally wrap up your gift search.

*As a heads up, the prices shown here reflect pricing on Amazon at the time this was published, and might change over time or go out of stock. For the most part, these picks don't fluctuate much higher in price, and you can also check other sellers for more stock.

Pocket Knives

KUBEY EDC Multi-tool Pocket Folding Knife

The Kubey EDC pocket knife is a thoughtful stocking stuffer that does more than slice and cut. It has a glass breaker, bottle opener, and metric wrench, all in a lightweight 3.7 oz package. And when it comes to traditional knife work, it sports a 2.6" 8Cr14MoV tanto blade. It even comes with a secondary sawtooth blade for rougher tasks, and a liner lock holds it all in place.

Buy: $13.99

SOG Key Knife

To the uninitiated, the SOG Key Knife looks like just another key on your keychain. But it packs a tiny 1.5” drop point blade that is held in place with a strong lockback during use. You can find it in black, or other more-traditional key shades to make it even more discreet.

Buy: $7.97

Victorinox Recruit Swiss Army Knife

The Recruit packs the same set of tools as one of the most popular Swiss Army Knives in the EDC scene, the Cadet, but wraps them all up in the familiar set of red plastic scales. That does mean it comes equipped with a handy set of tweezers and a toothpick, along with some of the best tools you can find on a Swiss Army Knife: a large and small blade, combination bottle opener/screwdriver/wire stripper, and a can opener/screwdriver combo.

Buy: $14.35

Pocket Tools

Kershaw PT 02

Kershaw's PT-02 is a featherweight (0.8 ounce) EDC multitool. Its eight functions  include screwdrivers, a wire scraper, hex drives, a bottle opener, and a pry bar. The center of the tool has a textured glass-filled nylon handle with added texture to give you a secure grip.

Buy: $9.35

Gerber Dime

The Gerber Dime is a venerable yet inexpensive EDC multi-tool that anyone on your list can appreciate. In its lightweight 2.2 oz package it fits 12 different functions. It even includes a pair of scissors in the handle and a bottle opener that works from the closed position. Be sure to pick one up in their favorite color.

Buy: $14.65

Nite-Ize Financial Tool

With the footprint of a standard credit card, the Niteize Financial Tool is a great way to add a multi-tool to their carry without the heft and added bulk of a dedicated tool. Plus, it can double as a wallet or cash holder, helping them slim their pockets down. Aside from holding cards and cash, it has seven different EDC essential functions including a bottle opener, wrenches, screwdrivers, and a ruler.

Buy: $8.86

Wallets & Pouches

Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer

If you know the person on your list already has some EDC gear of their own, a gear organizer pouch like this is something they'll be sure to appreciate. This particular Micro Pocket Organizer is a crowd favorite, thanks to its thoughtful interior organization, sturdy construction, and endless versatility.

Buy: $14.62

Flowfold Minimalist Wallet

The Flowfold Minimalist Wallet is a small card holder made of super durable ballistic nylon and sailcloth. This makes it rugged and weather-resistant, but it's also extremely lightweight at just 0.4 ounces. It has space for 6-8 credit cards and a limited number of folded bills. Pick out the one they'll want out of five different available colorways.

Buy: $14.95

Herschel Supply Raven RFID-Blocking Wallet

If they carry a bit more cash but could still use a minimalist wallet, the Herschel Supply Co. Raven is the right choice. It mixes a minimalist card holder with a money clip that can hold your cash. It has space for 3-6 credit cards as well, and it comes with a side-access storage sleeve for items like an ID or transit card.

Buy: $9.66


Thrunite Ti3

If you're looking for a powerful LED light that's small and pocketable, the Thrunite Ti3 works well. At just 2.76” long it's very pocketable and its clip adds extra versatility and carry options. Its CREE XP-L V6 LED can put out a max of 130 lumens for half an hour. It also has a medium setting at 10 lumens, and a 0.08 lumen firefly mode that will run for 120 hours straight off its single AAA battery.

Buy: $13.95

Coast G19

If you're looking for a more traditional EDC light, the Coast G19 is a solid pick. It's a compact 4" long LED penlight that weighs only 1.5 ounces. It takes one AAA battery to put out a comfortable 54 lumen inspection beam that's great for close-up work. It's also ANSI/FL1 rated to throw that beam out to 65 feet for illuminating objects that are farther away.

Buy: $9.79

Nitecore Tube

The Nitecore Tube is one of the easiest ways to carry a flashlight with you. It's a USB-rechargeable 45 lumen LED flashlight that fits right on your keychain. It's also available in many different colorways to suit your gifting needs.

Buy: $9.20


RAVPower Luster Mini

A compact portable external battery is always a good stocking stuffer. It's hard to think of having extra batteries on hand for all your devices as a bad thing. The RAVPower Luster Mini features a 3350mAh and delivers the optimal charging current to whatever device needs juice. It's also small enough to keep around as a backup in case they already have a charger of their own.

Buy: $10.99

Zippo Vintage Lighter

For the value they represent, Zippo lighters are a real bargain. They provide reliable wind-resistant light every time, even during an emergency situation. This particular model features a vintage brushed chrome look that gives it a clean aesthetic.

Buy: $12.85

Screwpop Chapstick Holster Keychain Multi-tool

For the person on your list who tends to lose their trusty lip balm on a regular basis, the Screwpop Chapstick Holder is a must-have. It attaches to the bottom of a tube of Chapstick for secure keychain carry. As an added bonus, the holder also features a swing-out bottle opener too.

Buy: $9.95

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Jonathan Tayag

Senior Contributor

About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, Outside, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (6 total)

Eugene Lempert ·
I have nitecore tube light, while it is comfortable to carry the switch is not protected so it always turns on in my pocket, which is a problem. Used to have the financial tool from nite eyes, returned it..does not hold all the cards I have, when you do have the cards inserted cant use majority of the tools, plus the rubber band is the weakest point, when looking up the reviews on it, the band is not a part one can get it seems.
Yeah, I keep a nitecore in my car for checking my mail box, but 45 lumens is not enough/not a good reflector and no lens for anything else, and as you noted, the switch will just go on in your pocket.
Bill Z. ·
I have a nitecore and use it everyday. It does have a lock, you hold the switch down for 3 seconds.Sometimes you can accidently lock it, if you have it in your pocket with other stuff.
uniquepattern ·
The Coast G19 isnt a bad light, but for a tiny bit extra cash and a little extra bezel width, I would rather have the HP7...
i know its over the $15 mark but the nitcore thumb is awesome little flashlie for everyday carry. use mine all the time charge it up about once a month and is actually bright enough to use (85 lms)
An item I would add to the list...
The Vector Thunderbird Butane Lighter Insert for Zippos.

Since discovering this great item been giving them as gifts to those that normally carry Zippo instead of a Bic. Check out the Nick Shabazz YouTube review.

Another options for lighters is the keychain peanut lighter by a few different companies in the $10-$20 range.

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