The Wishlist: Everyday Carry Gift Guide

Aug 23, 2017

Category: Gear

There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t have their everyday carry gear, the stuff they just can’t leave the house without. The problem is that many of us are heading out into the world with the wrong stuff. We’re toting around knives that will fail during an actual emergency, wallets that are so bulky they twist the spine out of alignment, and flashlights with no SOS setting. In short, we’re doing EDC wrong. If you know someone who needs to step up their game, or just want to help a fellow everyday carry disciple, we’ve got the gifts you’ll need.

Each of the items on our everyday carry gift guide is designed to be used on a daily basis and still hold up. They won’t fail in a crisis and won’t embarrass the person who needs to whip it out when people are watching. They’re tough, they’re flashy, and they’re pocket-ready.

Exotac FreeKey System

Exotac FreeKey System

A suave yet jaunty take on the classic single ring key organizer, the FreeKey system doesn’t allow precious cargo to slip away, but it isn’t as difficult to add or remove keys as with traditional systems. Just slip, twist, and move along.

Purchase: $6

Silicon Power Flash Drive

Silicon Power Flash Drive

Data storage is a necessity in the modern world, yet most flash drives break often and are too easy to lose. With a body made from zinc alloy and a built-in keychain loop, the Power can go the distance and take the heat while still holding all the most sensitive information.

Purchase: $7+

Field Notes

Field Notes

Note-takers, doodlers, amateur architects, and anyone who needs to make a shopping list will appreciate the simple joy of jotting down anything they need on these reliable, unobtrusive, sturdy little notebooks. Meant for deep thoughts as much as idle notions.

Purchase: $10 3-Pack

Anker PowerCore+ mini

Anker PowerCore+ mini

Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, you simply won’t find a more compact charger that gives you as much energy in such a tight package. Made from tough aluminum and bearing 3350mAh worth of battery power, this is perfect for the tech junkie in your life.

Purchase: $10

The Friendly Swede Trilobite Paracord Bracelet

The Friendly Swede Trilobite Paracord Bracelet

Only 9-inches in circumference, the Trilobite is nearly 12 feet of 500 lbs. test paracord that fits on the beefiest of wrists. Field tested by the SGS to the breaking point, so there’s no doubt it will stand up in a real emergency situation.

Purchase: $10

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Sure, it’s a way to carry cash, but the GDC money clip is also meant to keep muggers and would-be attackers at bay thanks to the small and stout knife build right in. Reach for your cash, but come back with a fistful of bladed justice.

Purchase: $15

Exotac Fire Sleeve

Exotac Fire Sleeve

Floating protection for the most basic lighter, this is a waterproof, shatter-resistant case for the group’s fire bearer. It will keep a flame lit without holding down the gas button and ensure you will always have a way to make warmth, even during a monsoon.

Purchase: $16

Fisher Space Pen

Fisher Space Pen

Gift boxed and ready to be given away, this is the classy version of the unbeatable, unbreakable Fisher Space Pen. It’s gold lacquered brass, but writes at any angle in the worst weather and most terrible temperatures on the planet.

Purchase: $20

Apolis Transit Issue Keychain

Apolis Transit Issue Keychain

From the homegrown brains at the Los Angeles based Apolis, this big, bold, slip and clip keychain is easy to hang, easy to use, and offers up quality security and good looks at a meager price.

Purchase: $19+

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-tool

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-tool

Small, yet still built to Leatherman’s stringent design specifications, the Squirt is a keychain tool that won’t ever shy away from real work nor falter in the face of adversity. Closed or opened, you’ll always be able to access the tools you need most.

Purchase: $33

Ontario RAT Folding Knife

Ontario RAT Folding Knife

Affordable but not cheap, The RAT from Ontario is the ideal way to convince someone that they need an EDC knife, even if they’re resisting it. So slim and useful it just begs to slide into a pocket, the AUS-8 steel means it is open for business.

Purchase: $26

Fenix E12 CREE LED flashlight

Fenix E12 CREE LED flashlight

Capable of staying lit for up to 50,000 lifetime hours, the E12 is trim enough for a pocket, but still produces a dazzling 130 lumens that is more than enough for average use or emergency search and rescue in the dead of night.

Purchase: $27

Machine Era Slim Wallet

Machine Era Slim Wallet

Ideal for anyone who is still stuffing some old leather wallet full of junk they don’t need, this will streamline the spending experience with nothing but a tough body meant to carry cards and just enough cash to get by, not make it rain.

Purchase: $42+

Cargo Works iPhone 6 EDC Note Case

Cargo Works iPhone 6 EDC Note Case

This is your passport holder, wallet, phone case, pocket organizer, and card holder all in one. Made for the iPhone 6, it will also fit the 6s and will put your whole life in order with immense options for expansion thanks to the grid straps on the front.

Purchase: $40

Orbitkey Key Organizer

Orbitkey Key Organizer

Able to go along with any key fob, dongle, clip, or other accessory, the Orbitkey doesn’t just hold keys, it keeps them in line so there’s no more guesswork when it comes to determining which key to deploy for any situation.

Purchase: $40

Grovemade Brass Keyring

Grovemade Brass Keyring

Made using a brick of solid brass for a stronger, more unbreakable build, this is made to hook to your belt or bag firmly and efficiently while acting as its own fashion accessory. It’s fearlessly stylish but also utilitarian as it can crack bottles with flair to spare.

Purchase: $59

Victorinox Swisscard Lite

Victorinox Swisscard Lite

The slender multi-tool for the person who hates multi-tools, this can slide into a large card slot in your stripped down wallet, or ride in the pocket of an organizer with ease. Made by the only name in Swiss Army knives, it’s where ingenuity meets convenience.

Purchase: $61

Timex Expedition

Timex Expedition Field Watch

The Expedition can resist water up to 100 meters with a body that is urban and modern for wear around the office. It’s a field watch that can go from the bush leagues to the board room. Necessary for the person still checking their phone for the time.

Purchase: $64

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet

Slender yet smartly organized, the Slim Sleeve takes the modern slender wallet craze and turns it on its ear with a place for everything without the weight and bulk of a larger wallet, all done in premium leather.

Purchase: $80

Benchmade Mini-Griptilian

Benchmade Mini-Griptilian

Good things really do come in small packages. With a hardness rating of 58-61 thanks to the 154CM stainless steel blade, this is the easy to grip, no-slip, EDC knife that is small enough for any pocket and tough enough for every job.

Purchase: $89

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