Often designed for use by highly-trained fighting forces in some of the world’s most hostile and unforgiving locales, tactical gear offers an unparalleled degree of durability and utility. And while these items can at times be a bit overkill for some uses, the thoroughly rugged and utilitarian nature of tactical gear enables it to lend itself particularly well to camping and everyday carry applications. As some of the best gear on the market, tactical items can also make for some of the best gift options when each year’s holiday season rolls around. So, whether you’re shopping for an elite operator or an avid EDC enthusiast, we’ve got your six with this curated guide to the best tactical gifts to buy this holiday season.
Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph SISSIF Edition Watch
A special edition variant of a watch designed specifically for America’s most feared and renowned fighting force, the Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” Edition is a tactical chronograph watch that features a 45mm CARBONOX composite case, a uni-directional rotating bezel, a water resistance rating of 660’, a protected crown with a double-security gasket, a Swiss Quartz movement, a rubber strap, and constant glow that lasts a whopping quarter of a century.
Mechanix Wear Tactical Specialty Pursuit D5 Covert Work Gloves
Also engineered specifically for tactical use, the Mechanix Wear Tactical Specialty Pursuit D5 Covert Work Gloves are crafted around a machine-washable, touchscreen-friendly synthetic leather shell that’s been outfitted with extended nylon tactical carrier loops and blade-cut-resistant Armortex overlays on the palms and fingers.
Leatherman REBAR Multi-Tool
Weighing only 6.7oz and measuring just 4.0” when closed, the Leatherman REBAR is a compact butterfly-opening multi-tool that packs over a dozen locking tools, including sets of regular and needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, can and bottle openers, a ruler, an awl, and serrated and straight knife blades that are both composed of 420HC steel.
Olight Warrior 3S High Beam Tactical Flashlight
Made for law enforcement, military, and self-defense applications, the Olight Warrior 3S High Beam Tactical Flashlight boasts a TIR optic lens, up to 55 days of runtime, a two-stage tactical tail switch, a built-in auto-dimming proximity sensor, a throw of up to 984’, and a maximum output of 2,300 lumens.
Viktos Johnny Combat MC Boot
Designed and developed by U.S. military veterans, the Viktos Johnny Combat MC Boot is a hardwearing piece of tactical-specific footwear that comes loaded with Viktos’ Strife warfighter bottom unit, a reinforced toe box, a 6” height, a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, a high-rebound EVA foam midsole, and a Multicam 500-denier Nylon nIR upper with a water-resistant coating and rubber heel and toe overlays.
Dango A10 Bifold Pocket Adapt Spec-Ops Edition Wallet
Sold with an included — and fully integrated — 18-function MT05 multi-tool along with a five-function MT01 Clasp multi-tool, the Dango A10 Bifold Pocket Adapt Spec-Ops Edition is a modern tactical wallet that’s made from a hardwearing amalgamation of aerospace-grade CNC-machined 6061 aluminum and Dango’s own proprietary DTEX material — plus is further fortified via a Cerakote finish.
Benchmade Longhand Pen
Offered in bare metal or black finishes, the Benchmade Longhand is a bolt-action EDC pen that’s machined from rugged yet lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum and can double as a self-defense Kubotan striking weapon.
Triple Aught Design Ranger Hoodie LT
Made in America, the Triple Aught Design Ranger Hoodie LT is constructed around a DWR-coated shell made from 8.50oz polyester and Polartec Wind Pro. A bevy of pockets and adjustment points coupled with the technical hoodie design’s unrestricted range of movement have made it a go-to choice amongst elite operators.
Prometheus Design Werx Audax OTF
Taking its name from the Latin word for “bold, daring, (or) courageous,” the Prometheus Design Werx Audax OTF is a tactical automatic knife that was engineered for military and law enforcement use and features a type III hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum handle, a billet titanium pocket clip, a GID inlaid slider, an internal lanyard pin, and a 3.5” blade composed of top-shelf Böhler M390 super steel.
Toor Knives Tomahawk
Touted by its maker as being “the ultimate belt-mounted breaching tool,” the Toor Knives Tomahawk is a full-sized (11.0”) tactical combat axe that sports a full-tang D2 blade with a corrosion-resistant Black KG Gunkote finish and a set of sculpted G10 scales.
Arc’teryx LEAF Assault Pack 30 Multicam
Arc’teryx LEAF unequivocally produces some of the finest military garments and gear that money can buy, and the sub-brand’s Assault Pack 30 Multicam backpack is no exception, with this top-shelf tactical pack boasting 30-liters of volume, a 500-denier HT CORDURA shell, 15mm removable aluminum stays, dual-density shoulder straps, a clamshell design, and the ability to be worn with or over body armor and a tactical helmet.
The Best Tactical Combat Knives You Can Buy
Want to check out a few additional tactical gift options? Then be sure to head over to our guide to the best tactical combat knives for a curated list of both fixed blade and folding models all designed from the ground up for tactical use.