While we love all the big ticket gear – like cars, heirloom leather boots, smartphones, etc. – during the holidays, everyday carry gear is our bread and butter. Because it’s easy to find high quality items for a more reasonable price than, say, a fully-loaded computer. That means, you can pick up some killer gifts for your family and friends, but you can also get some stuff for yourself without feeling too guilty.
And since everyday carry gear should be used every day, there’s always room for more, better, or replacement items. What works today might not work a year down the line. And brands frequently update and upgrade their offerings. Basically, if you know anyone who likes cool pocket sized tools, wallets, knives, etc. it’s a safe bet to pick them up something from this list. After all, it’s comprised of the 20 best everyday carry gifts for men available this holiday season.
Word. Pocket Notebook
As a helpful way to keep track of to-dos, bright ideas, and forget-me-nots, Word’s Pocket Notebooks excel. They’re stylish, easy to carry, and filled with 48 lined pages. And these American made books come in a 3-pack and feature the brand’s handy bullet point system, for an even greater amount of convenience and organization.
Anker PowerCore Mini Portable Charger
Smartphones have a tendency to die. Especially with increased usage thanks to all of our games and apps. With this tiny tube, you can stave off the inevitable battery drain of your phone – as it carries more than a full charge worth of power. You can also use it to charge up any other high-tech gear you carry that has a USB charge port.
Gerber Dime Multitool
A multitool is always a handy item to have on your person, but not all of them are entirely pocket friendly. This tiny one from Gerber, however, can easily fit in your pocket or attach to a keychain. Yet it still has 10 functional tools attached. And, don’t let the size fool you. The 3CR13 tool steel used to build it is plenty tough for daily use.
Handgrey Knox Titanium Keyring
Normal key rings tend to be either flimsy and cheap or way too difficult to operate. This one from Handgrey is neither. Made from sturdy titanium, it will probably outlast any key you attach to it. And the lateral split system makes adding and removing keys super simple without compromising security.
Kingston Digital 64 GB DataTraveler Flash Drive
The very idea that one could fit 64 gigabytes of data onto something that fits in your pocket or on your key ring seems absurd. But, with the Kingston Digital DataTraveler, it’s a very real prospect. This tiny portable storage device is excellent for storing photos, an incredibly vast number of documents, or even a collection of high definition movies.
EDC Keychain Duct Tape
Duct tape is one of the on-the-spot repair tools that every person should have on them at all times. Even if they aren’t handymen. It makes quick work of small patch jobs and can be the difference between success and failure in a pinch. With this keychain attachment, anyone can have 18″ of the stuff on them every day.
Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer
For anybody who wants to keep their everyday carry gear easily accessible without weighing down their pockets, this organizer is a superb option. The durable nylon exterior will keep its contents safe and its triple polyurethane coated for an extra waterproof bonus. And the internal organizational system will keep your gear exactly the way you want it.
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
While we believe that everyone should carry an EDC pen, some are clearly more capable than others. For example, this one from Gerber features an emergency glass-breaker tip, has a super tough machined stainless steel body, and comes with a Rite In The Rain cartridge. That means it functions in even the worst conditions. And it’s made in the USA.
Machine Era Original Brass Pen
If something a little less tactical strikes your fancy, you can’t do much better than the Machine Era Original Brass Pen. The super tough machined exterior will acquire a beautiful patina over time. And it comes with a Pilot G2 cartridge, but is also compatible with all Uni-ball refill. And the screw-on cap can also be affixed to the threading on the butt of the pen, so it won’t roll away during use.
Carbon Fiber Nuko Head
A self defense tool should be in everyone’s possession. It’s not about inciting violence. It’s a means to keep oneself safe in the worst case scenario. This knuckle duster from NukoTools is made from super lightweight carbon fiber, can easily be attached to a keyring, and fits snugly in the palm of your hand.
Machine Era Ti5 Slim Wallet
If your gift recipient need to upgrade their old cumbersome bifold wallet into something a little less spine-wrenching, have a gander at the Ti5 Slim Wallet from Machine Era. This front-pocket-carry friendly wallet features RFID protection, can hold up to 7 cards, and is made from incredibly tough and corrosion resistant titanium.
Trayvax Axis Wallet
This USA made wallet is a superb gift option for the guy that wants the most out of his carry. It can carry up to 14 cards, features RFID protection, and even has a slot for small items (like a key). And the tough steel plates that make up this wallet’s body are held together by super tough mil-spec nylon and paracord. And it comes with a lifetime warranty.
MecArmy Illuminex-1 Flashlight
Not only does this tiny keychain lamp pack in an output of 130 lumens (with two brightness settings), but it’s also the world’s smallest USB rechargeable flashlight. The exterior is also made from super tough titanium, is waterproof to 2 meters, and can stand an impact of up to a meter and a half. Not bad for something smaller than most keys.
This TSA-friendly multitool packs in an astounding 30+ tool functionalities, including stepped hex wrenches, rulers, drivers, and more. And, though it only weighs 2 ounces, it’s S35VN blade steel construction promises that it’s deceptively tough. The best part, however, is that the design mimics the size and shape of a credit card, so it can fit easily into most wallets.
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Pocket Knife
Ken Onion is one of the most well-respected knife designers for a reason. And this collaboration with Kershaw is an exemplification of that reason. With a Sandvik steel blade (with a DLC coating) and an anodized aluminum handle, this blade is perfect for everyday carry – yet it won’t break the bank.
Olight S1R Baton Turbo Flashlight
Don’t be fooled by the size of this torch, its 2.6 inches packs a walloping maximum output of 900 lumens. It’s also rechargeable, so you won’t have to worry about making unplanned trips to the store once it’s drained. And at just 2 ounces, it might be the most perfect compact tactical flashlight ever made.
Mini Q Knife + Key Organizer
For some people, having a knife blade is helpful, but carrying around a dedicated knife isn’t convenient. With this device you can carry all your keys in an organized and jingle-free fashion and still have the added benefit of a small EDC blade. It even has an attachments for key fobs, if your car requires one.
Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Watch
A solid watch is something that every man should have, but quality ones are usually super expensive. This Citizen Eco-Drive powered watch has the benefit of being low cost, yet still offers a lot of value. It’s solar powered, so you don’t have to fiddle with battery replacements and the stitched canvas band is both rugged and stylish.
Gerber Center-Drive Multitool
The newly released Center-Drive Multitool from Gerber is one of the coolest devices we’ve seen in a long time. Not only is it a USA made 7+ function tool, but it’s designed with a full-sized screwdriver that rotates around a center axis. That means no more need to awkwardly readjust your grip as you use it. This is a must-have for any handyman or EDC enthusiast.
The James Brand County Pocket Knife
James Brand’s County pocket knife is one of the best EDC blades we have ever had the fortune of getting our hands on. Not only is it beautifully designed from a combination of metal and wood, but it is entirely functional, as well. It looks beautiful, but it is intended to be used. For anyone that has an appreciation of classic styling, utility, and design – this is the perfect gift.