The holidays are one of the best times of year for everyday carry enthusiasts. And that’s for a number of reasons. For starters, EDC gear makes great gifts as it is. But much of it is also small enough to qualify as stocking stuffers – upping the value of gifts that are usually relegated to oral care products and/or candy.
The trouble is, this is also the time of year when a lot of companies try to hock disappointingly cheap products that masquerade as neat EDC gifts. Don’t fall for the snake oil salesmen. Instead, have a look at our following list of the 25 best everyday carry gifts that are available this holiday season. Trust us, the EDC enthusiast in your life will thank you. And maybe you’ll get some of this gear for yourself, in return.
Field Notes Pocket Notebooks
With offerings that range from the simple and straightforward to task and adventure-specific formats and construction materials, every single offering from Field Notes is excellent. So if you don’t already have a pocket notebook as a part of your everyday carry, now is the time.
Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Bit
As simple as it is useful, the titanium pocket bit is for those of us who always like having solutions to our problems. The unique combination of a tough titanium keyring and dual-sided driver bit is perfect for tightening or loosening screws on-the-fly. And when there’s nothing left to fix, it also works as a bottle opener.
Handgrey Knox Titanium Key Ring
Not only is the design of this keyring a good deal more attractive than its traditional counterparts, but the titanium construction makes it lighter and more durable. And the side-to-side lateral split format is both secure and much easier to load and unload your keys and accessories from.
Gearward Keychain Duct Tape
If you’re like us, you know exactly how useful duct tape can be in a pinch. Never be without it again with this keychain accessory. It can fit up to 24 inches of tape in a format small enough to carry in your pocket.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
Arguably the greatest pen ever created, the Fisher Space Pen is small enough to fit in your pocket, but unfolds into a perfectly balanced full-sized writing utensil. Not to mention it can also write underwater, upside-down, or in zero gravity.
Prometheus Lights Kappa Quick Release
If you find yourself frequently taking of a single key or a tool from your keyring, you’ll definitely want to have a look at the Prometheus Lights Kappa Quick Release. This handy device will allow you to disconnect your keychain accessories of choice in literal milliseconds, but the canted coil spring is still secure enough to keep you from worrying about it falling off unwarrantedly.
Spine Titanium Minimalist Wallet
Simple, sturdy, and beautiful – these three words are just a few that describe Spine’s Minimalist Wallet. Made from a single piece of titanium and a sturdy elastic band, this cash and card carrier can also open bottles with the handy cut-out. And – though it’s metal – it’s also corrosion resistant, as an added bonus.
Arktype RMK Quick-Release Keychain
Not only does this tough keychain carabiner feature a mil-spec gun clip and hand-woven type III paracord, but it also comes with a neodymium magnetic quick release, so you can easily and quickly snag your keys or keychain multi-tool without having to fiddle with the belt clip.
Griffin Pocket Tool
Small enough to fit on your keychain or clipped onto your pants pocket, this 11+ function one-piece multi-tool is a handy addition to anyone’s everyday carry. And while it features things like hex wrenches, a driver and pry bar tip, and measurement cues, we imagine most will get use out of the bottle opener attachment.
Olight S1 Baton Flashlight
The smallest side-switch flashlight that the brand has ever made, Olight’s S1 Baton produces up to 500 lumens, has a maximum runtime of 600 hours, and is even waterproof and impact resistant. You likely cannot find a tougher and more capable pocket flashlight.
Nagao Higonokami Friction Folder Knife
This traditional Japanese friction folder is as handsome as it is simple, with a handle made from solid brass, a blade crafted from legendary Japanese blue paper steel, and only the necessary moving parts to allow it to fold and unfold on demand.
Prometheus Lights Beta-QRV2 Flashlight
Not only does this handy keychain flashlight have an output range of 15-60 lumens, a tough and light aluminum body, and works with multiple battery chemistries, but it also comes with a quick-release so you can take it off your keychain or carabiner faster than you can say, “Let there be light.”
MecArmy TR25 Tritium Glow Bar
Whether you frequently lose your keys in dark places or you just like the familiar glow of a Jedi’s lightsaber, this keychain attachment is going to be your favorite EDC addition. It helps, too, that it is made from a combination of titanium and polycarbonate (bullet-proof glass) and is waterproof up to 100 meters.
Pioneer Carry Molecule 10XD Card Wallet
Built from a rip stop fabric that’s 10 times stronger than steel, this front-pocket wallet can hold up to 6 cards and some folded bills across its 3 carry pockets. Honestly, this – and Pioneer Carry’s full product line – might be the toughest cloth wallet ever to be made.
Quiet Carry Q 2.0 Titanium Knife + Key Organizer
Combining the functionality of an everyday carry folding knife and a key organizer, this titanium accessory can fit up to 4 keys (and is expandable to 8), has an AUS8 steel blade with a bottle opener cut-out and back lock mechanism, and it weighs less than 3 ounces.
Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Tool
You don’t have to weigh down your pockets with a full-sized folding multi-tool in order to get the same kind of usefulness – that is, so long as you carry around the Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Tool. This pocket accessory features 10 built-in functions, but still weighs less than an ounce.
Mophie Powerstation External Battery
With all the electronics in our lives nowadays, it can be hard to keep them all juiced. You can mitigate that by adding an external battery, like Mophie’s Powerstation, to your everyday carry. This device has enough power to juice up your phone up to 8 times.
Vargo Titanium Flask
Everybody needs a good flask and you can’t do much better than this one from Vargo. Not only is it made from foodsafe, lightweight, and super-tough titanium, but it also features an integrated and easy-to-clean silicon funnel, so you won’t spill a drop.
Dango T01 Tactical Multi-Tool Wallet
Most wallets are great for carrying your cards and cash. This one, from Dango, does that too – but it also has a multi-tool insert that comes with it, boasting 14 built-in functions that range from cutting tools to a bottle opener and everything in-between. And it even features RFID-blocking tech.
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
One of the best folding multi-tools ever to be built, Leatherman’s Wave is loaded to the gills with functionality. That includes 17 built-in tools that range from pliers, to folding knife blades, to screwdrivers, to bottle and can openers, and more.
The James Brand Folsom Knife
The Folsom Knife from The James Brand was already one of the greatest EDC knives on the market. And now there’s an even better OD Green G10 handle and high quality DLC Carpenter steel blade version that you can only get at Gallantry.
Keybar Slayer Titanium Key Organizer
With the ability to fit up to 12 key of varying size, this American-made key organizer is as handy as it is rugged and unique. And did we mention that it’s also made from super lightweight titanium? Because it is.
Big Idea Design Bit Bar EDC Screwdriver
The best part of this clever tool is that, on top of being able to hold the 8 standard bits it comes with inside its handle, it also gives the user the feel of a full-sized screwdriver in a package small enough to carry around in your pocket.
Horween Leather Timex Weekender Chronograph
Proof positive that you don’t need to drop a thousand bucks in order to get a handsome and reliable watch, this Timex Weekender chronograph is fitted with a high grain Horween leather band with a clever button-stud closure.
BRNLY SlingPop Pocket Slingshot
A modern take on the classic toy, the BRNLY SlingPop is precision-machined, right here in the USA, from a piece of aerospace grade aluminum and fitted with a sturdy rubber band. It also has a built-in bottle opener – a welcome bonus.
20 High-Tech EDC Essentials
Since we live in an increasingly digital world, it’s never a bad idea to incorporate some technology into your everyday carry. That’s why we put together this list of the best high-tech EDC gear.