While we wouldn’t exactly say that everyday carry is now a household concept, it has increased quite a bit in popularity and, therefore, in the availability of a wider range of EDC gear than ever before. And that’s extremely exciting for those of us that have been partaking in the practice for some time now.
It also means that, both for yourself and your fellow EDC enthusiast friends and family members, the holiday season is sure to be rife with an exchange of pocketable goods ranging from pocket knives to wallets and everything in-between. If you really want to impress this year, however, you’ll want to take a gander at the following guide: a curated collection of the 20 best EDC gifts available for purchase this holiday.
Fuller Foundry Briefcase
Designed specifically to tackle everything from the backcountry to the boardroom, Fuller Foundry’s Briefcase is not so much a briefcase as it is a multi-purpose, quick-access, capacious, water-resistant, 13L carry-all that works as well as a laptop-hauling office bag as it does an urban messenger bag or even an outdoor-ready weekender. It even has, alongside plenty of organizational options, a modular, stowable internal shelving scheme to help you customize it to your needs on-the-fly.
Field Notes National Park Pocket Notebooks
The brainchild of design genius Aaron Draplin, Field Notes makes some of the best pocket notebooks around. But one of their newest lineups, the National Parks collection, really takes the cake. Each USA-made 3-pack comes with a trio of beautifully-rendered National Park-themed covers — ranging from Arches to Zion — all with 48 pages of graph paper in each.
Craighill Closed Helix Keyring
A unique and secure alternative to a traditional keyring, the USA-made Craighill Closed Helix is crafted from solid stainless steel, has a knurled screw-on cap to keep your keys and keychain tools secure, and this edition has a nitrocarburized coating for a bit more durability.
If your gift recipient has a bit of a sneaky streak ala Bart Simpson, then an everyday carry gift that encourages a bit of mischief might be right up their alley. That’s where the Hella Slingshot comes in — it’s made out of genuine forked tree branches in the USA and comes with a leather pouch and latex bands.
WESN Quick-Release Titanium Keychain
Milled from two pieces of solid titanium, this minimalist quick-release keychain from WESN allows you to separate specific keys or tools from the rest of your keychain haul — making them much easier to use at a moment’s notice.
Dango Coin Capsule + Tether
While many folks are doing away with cash in exchange for plastic, there are those of us that still know the value of physical currency — especially for smaller transactions. It’s for these folks that Dango built their USA-made Coin Capsule + Tether — crafted from aerospace aluminum, a stainless steel rifle clip, 550 paracord, and enough room to organize 42 coins of varying denominations.
The James Brand Halifax Keychain Multi-Tool
Compact and easy to carry on any keychain, The James Brand’s Halifax boasts a billet titanium construction and includes 4+ built-in tools ranging from an integrated bottle opener to a dual-purpose screwdriver and so much more.
It took Grovemade a whopping four years to finalize and put into production the brand’s very first pen — and, boy, did the wait pay off. This writing utensil is an essential piece of everyday carry crafted from your choice of cerakote-finished aluminum or brass, has a simple twist operation, and comes with an available desk stand for an added fee.
Standard Issue 1942 WWII Class A Comb
Based off of the folding combs used by American footsoldiers during WWII, this USA-made grooming device is crafted from beautiful full-grain leather, brass or stainless steel, and folds down to a compact pocketable size for on-the-go hair-wrangling.
Filson Howling Wolf Bottle Opener
Every man should carry a bottle opener, but the one he chooses says a lot about him. Skip the cheesy promotional ones made from cheap materials and opt instead for this ravenous, hand-forged, solid iron offering from Filson. Not only does it look magnificent, but it was made here in the USA.
The Sneerwell Perdition Flask
If you’re not going to carry a bottle opener, you should at least own a flask — especially if you attend a lot of house parties, barbecues, weddings, and the like. And you could do a whole lot worse than the Sneerwell’s Perdition flasks — 6oz, stainless steel, screw-top vessels perfect for a hauling a stiff spirit.
Craighill Nocturn Catch Valet Tray
Every everyday carry enthusiast has to empty their pockets at some point. And that’s what Craighill’s Nocturn Catch valet tray is all about — a handsome, USA-made, solid wood receptacle in which to conveniently stash your EDC gear when you’re not using it.
Pioneer Carry Division Billfold Wallet
Crafted from a proprietary fabric that took a decade to develop and has a tensile strength that’s ten times greater than steel, Pioneer Carry’s Division might be the ultimate bifold wallet. It’s also water-repellant, holds 12+ cards and cash, boasts RFID-blocking tech, and so much more.
Leatherman Free P4 Multi-Tool
Touted by the brand themselves as the most advanced multi-tool they’ve ever built, Leatherman’s Free P4 boasts a whopping 21 built-in functions that range from pliers to a bottle opener and everything in-between. And it’s still lightweight and compact enough to carry it in your pocket every single day.
Rexford RUT V4 Titanium Utility Tool
Now in its 4th iteration — and better than ever before — this Gallantry-exclusive take on Rexford Knives’ RUT titanium utility tool is like a boxcutter on steroids. In fact, this USA-made cutting tool is so positively impressive, the brand slapped a lifetime warranty on it.
Bellroy Transit Backpack
Imagine what would happen if a group of master designers got their hands on a traditional JanSport backpack. We imagine it would look something like Bellroy’s Transit Backpack. This spectacular hauler has a beautiful minimalist exterior, a 15″ dedicated laptop pouch, 28L of internal space, and style to spare.
Apple AirPods Pro
Almost definitely this year’s hot-ticket holiday item, Apple has improved their wildly-popular AirPods with the new Pro edition. While much of the previous iterations specs are still intact, these new ones also boast active noise-canceling tech, even lower latency, and better overall sound.
Chris Reeve Sebenza 31 Folding Knife
It took a decade, but Chris Reeve Knives finally updated their legendary Sebenza lineup of knives. This new edition still features that familiar silhouette, signature S35VN steel blade, and titanium handle — but it also features new single-piece onlays, a Ceramic Ball Interface added to the Reeve Integral Lock for better stabilization, and improved pocket clip positioning.
Muyshondt Flieger 1930 Flashlight
Inspired by the Art Deco era, Muyshondt has taken their flagship flashlight, the Flieger — with its 1-720 lumen output, five lighting modes, weatherproof construction, and more — and have added on a hand-applied finish designed to develop a unique patina mimicking the finishes of vintage Leica cameras and/or mid-century typewriters.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch
One of the most recognizable and respected names in the watchmaking business, Rolex needs no introduction. However, one of their newest models, the Cosmograph Daytona, might. Boasting all the refinement and styling we’ve all come to expect, this automatic tachymeter chronograph is the lauded brand’s take on the ultimate automotive timepiece.
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