When you finally get home from work at the end of the day, it’s extremely easy to leave a trail of stuff from the front door to your bedroom. And while having a good work bag—like a briefcase or backpack—will minimize how many things you have laying all over the place, you still need a good place to stash your EDC essentials, and other little items accumulated in your pockets.
So rather than scattering your EDC knife, loose change, keys, watch, and other everyday carry items all over your house, consider investing in a valet tray. Place it on your dresser, nightstand, or right by the front door and watch how much more organized your life becomes. You won’t even be able to handle it. To point you in the right direction, we rounded up 18 of our favorite valet trays to help keep you in line. You’ll never wander in circles around your house saying, “Where are my keys?” to yourself again.
Two’s Company Horn Tray
This handsome tray is made out of horn, so it has beautiful marbling that makes it look way more expensive than the $24 it goes for. It’ll look great wherever you place it in your home.
Filson Rugged Twill Travel Tray
Whether you’re traveling or parked at home, you’ll want to have this tray from Filson within arm’s reach. Made from twill with saddle-grade bridle leather piping, it’s water-resistant and snaps to form a bowl but can lay flat when not in use.
Pendleton Birchwood Tray
With roots stretching back all the way to the 1800s, Pendleton is a true American heritage brand. You might know them more for their wool camp blankets, but they also make quality home goods, like this colorful Birchwood Tray. Made from birchwood and laminated to ensure years of use, its striped pattern will add extra style to the top of your dresser.
Billykirk No. 309 Leather Tray
Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been crafting quality men’s accessories since 1999, and their No. 309 leather tray is no exception. Made from natural-hued vegetable-tanned leather and embossed with a Native American silhouette (there are other designs available, including an anchor, a bicycle, and a Ford Bronco), it’ll be the perfect place to stash your stuff. You can add your own embossing for an extra $15.
Owen & Fred Predict the Future Tray
NYC-based Owen & Fred specializes making a few men’s accessories really well (we especially love their duffel bags and dopp kits), and this Predict the Future Tray is one of their best offerings. Made out of sturdy duck canvas, this rugged tray, printed with an inspiring quote, will be one of your favorite things to look at in the morning (besides your coffee) and at night (besides your beer).
Hollows Leather Panhandler Leather Tray
Crafted in Minnesota by a guy named Nick, this Panhandler Leather Tray is built to last and available at a great price point. Featuring solid brass stud hardware and a decorative-stamped interior, the tray folds flat, making it perfect for travel.
Owen & Fred Concrete and Leather Valet Tray
Another offering from Owen & Fred, this heavy-duty valet tray is virtually indestructible, mainly because it’s made out of concrete. The interior is lined with waxy orange leather adding a warm pop of color to an otherwise cool, utilitarian piece.
Izola Courage Catchall
Nowadays, it takes an incredible amount of courage to even get through the day with all of the shit that’s thrown at us, so looking at a catchall that is emblazoned with the word “Courage” might serve as motivation for your daily life. Crafted out of glazed ceramic with an outdoorsy mountain rendering, it’s the perfect place to put all of the stuff that’s been weighing you down all day.
Oji Manasori Brass Desk Tray
Oji Manasori is a Japan-based designer known for crafting simple—yet beautiful—household objects, and this Brass Desk Tray is one of the brand’s best offerings. Cast in a venerable brass foundry in southwestern Japan, the tray will certainly class up your place and will definitely be girlfriend-approved.
Shinola Molded Leather Tray
Detroit-based Shinola may be better known for its watches, but the newly-revamped brand also has a ton of leather goods on offer, like this Molded Leather Tray. With a natural hue that will complement any room’s décor, the tray is finished with a light wax coating to ensure durability.
Tanner Goods Valet Tray
Crafted in Portland, Oregon, Tanner Goods has built itself a reputation from making high-quality leather goods that you’ll keep forever. This handsome leather valet tray is made out of English Bridle Leather with brass rivets, and will be holding your sundries for the rest of your life.
Moniker Goods Leather Valet Tray
At face value, this is another leather valet tray like others featured on this list, but what makes Moniker Goods’ valet tray unique is that the interior features patterned wool from Pendleton.
Graf & Lantz Valet Tray
Designers Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz are known for creating unique bags and accessories out of a unique and luxurious material—merino wool felt, which unsurprisingly, is what this Valet Tray is crafted out of. It’s durable and unique, and the tray itself unsnaps, making it perfect for travel or just for easy storage.
Maxx & Unicorn Co. Valet Tray
Brooklyn-based Maxx&Unicorn typically specializes in making handcrafted leather wallets, but with this valet tray, they’ve taken multiple sustainably-harvested woods (walnut, cherry, ash, and poplar) to create a gorgeous beveled, two-section tray. One section is made specifically to house your smartphone (it even has a built-in notch for a charger cable) and the other section is for the rest of your pocket dump accoutrements.
Ghurka Folding Snap Tray
Named for the Ghurka soldiers found in the Himalayas, the leather goods company was born in the 1970s and has been crafting quality bags and accessories ever since. This folding snap tray has been on offer since the mid-1990s, keeping your stuff secure whether at home or on the road, and the preppy gingham interior will make you feel extra dapper, wherever you are.
Desdu Design Riviera Tray
If you’re looking for a unique tray to hold your loose change, look no further than this Riviera Tray from Desdu Design. Choose from oiled walnut, blackened walnut, or whitewashed maple and get to unloading your pockets.
Parabellum Valet Tray
If you’re going to shell out for a valet tray, you should invest in this one from Parabellum. The luxe gray leather tray is made from free range bison hide, and features a suede lining. It’s perfect for storing your $500 beaded man bracelet at night.
Sir Jack’s Crocodile Valet Tray
This Crocodile Valet Tray from Boston-based Sir Jack’s looks expensive—and it is, but it’s worth it. With an interior lined with glazed brown crocodile skin and an exterior made with buttery calfskin leather, you’ll want to store everything in this tray.
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