Tis The Season… Everyday Carry Gift Ideas
The Christmas season is just around the corner and don’t you know… I was getting Black Friday promotions in my emails as early as September this year. Because I was getting hammered with those Black Friday ads, I decided that I wouldn’t add to the bombardment and just stayed silent about Black Friday so you wouldn’t have one more annoying email from yours truly.
I’ve put together a list of some of the best everyday carry items that people are wanting this year. I’ve compiled the list from what pops up most in pocket dumps, EDC bag layouts and what’s talked about on the forums and in enthusiasts groups. Some of these items are inexpensive while others might cost a bit. To make things easier, I’ve listed the price right in the title for each product, and also linked the titles of the items to the place where you can buy it.
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- EDC Bags
- EDC Pouches
- EDC Knives
- EDC Flashlights
- EDC Wallets
- EDC Multi-Tools
- EDC Watches
- EDC Notebooks / Writing Gear
- Other Everyday Carry Items
Having a good bag is one of the most important parts of an EDC. It’s your lifeline when you need something at any given time because more often than not, you’ll find it in your everyday carry bag! I’ve gone in depth about what an EDC bag should be, and the functionality, but from a Christmas Gift standpoint, where you might not know what the person you’d be gifting the bag to likes to carry, you’ll want to err on the side of capacity, meaning having the ability to carry more stuff rather than small and compact. That is unless they have already told you a bit about what they want.
- ✅ GET THE TACTICAL ADVANTAGE WITH SMART DESIGN - This range bag gives you incredible storage and flexibility, in a compact design. Exterior dimensions of 15” x 12" x 8” (38cm x 30cm x 20cm) ensure all of your shooting gear fits perfectly while remaining safe and scratch free.
- ✅ LAST THE LONGEST WITH USA MILITARY GRADE BUILD QUALITY - Constructed using 100% high density 600D puncture & water resistant, ballistic polyester, double stitched for durability. Stay secure with rugged construction heavy-duty hook & loop closures and double barrel zippers. Fully adjustable and padded shoulder strap for maximum comfort and easy re-configuration.
- ✅ ALWAYS HAVE QUICK ACCESS & ULTIMATE ORGANIZATION - Front mounted organizational pockets ensure you have quick access to all of gear (earmuffs, googles, magazines, ammunition, accessories). Fully customizable and padded interior mean that you can set this bag up in the optimum way for your range preferences.
- ✅ 100% LIFETIME WARRANTY - Our customers are #1 and your satisfaction is important. All of our products are backed by a Lifetime Warranty. If your gear breaks down due to defects in materials or workmanship at any point, let us know and we will make it right.
- ✅ STAY HOOKED UP ALL DAY - MOLLE compatible PALS webbing straps on sides of bag can be used to fully secure gear. Hook-and-loop patch panel velcro for tactical ID and added customization. Tactical flag patch and logo patch included.
This range bag is perfect for those that have to cart around a bit of gear. Excellent for carrying documents, small laptop (up to 13 inch) and all the other stuff you like to take with you everwhere you go. The bag is a great choice for those that want durability and versatility and also love tactical-style gear.
Both the inner sleeves are padded to ensure your laptop and tablet don’t get scratched up, but there’s also enough room for notebooks and other papers you want to have on you.
It’s a great choice for college students, boardroom professionals, or anyone that just wants a good bag.
- DURABLE & WATERPROOF: Men messenger bag is made of superior crazy horse cowhide leather and water resistant canvas for long-term use. Disordered wrinkles and scratches on surface create a vintage and wild looking.
- PLENTY ROOM FOR ORGANIZING: This leather messenger bag has 9 pockets to meet your various need. 5 outer pockets and 4 inner pockets for putting your bottle, umbrella, cards, wallet, laptop and anything in their right position.
- REMOVABLE & ADJUSTABLE STRAP: Shoulder strap of canvas messenger bag is detachable and can be adjusted at the most suitable length. Padded handle and strap are also helpful to ease your fatigue.
- CONVENIENT MAGNETIC SNAP & PADDED LAPTOP SLEEVE: Laptop messneger bag is double secured by magnetic snaps and zippers. Inner padded laptop sleeve fits for 15.6 inch laptop and cohesive seal ensure it to be steady.
- DIMENSION: The external dimension of this briefcase is 15.1"L * 4.3"W * 12.2"H. Laptop sleeve dimension: 15.0"L * 9.5"W.It is a messenger bag which is good for school, college, business, work, travel, overnight, etc.
When you want elegance and style, this 15.6 inch messenger bag is the way to go. Perfect for carrying everything you need during the day while offering superior water resistance and peace of mind. This laptop messenger bag is a perfect satchel bag you don’t want to miss. Made of crazy horse leather and detailed with disordered wrinkles and scratches, this canvas messenger bag will make wearer stand out of all, as it presents the style of retro and wildness and form a special skin effect to make it the first choice in major brands. Briefcase is designed with plenty room of 9 pockets, ends chaos and keeps everything in their right position. You can also take your laptop in it for business, school, everyday, overnight and other situations, as there is padded laptop sleeve will protect your computer.
- Pockets: 6 slip, 1 zip
- Pockets: 3 interior slip, 2 interior zip
TimBuk2 are some of the nicest messenger bags for reasonable prices. They’re extremely durable, spacious and water resistant. The TimBuk2 offers a waterproof TPU liner and flap corner construction for excellent weatherproofing. There’s also an internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff. The fully adjustable shoulder strap has a permanent airmesh strap pad that offers long term comfort, and the bags are designed in San Francisco.
- Strap Drop: Y inches; Pockets: 3 slip, 1 zip, 1 exterior, 3 card slots
Samsonite is a trusted name in bags, backpacks and travel cases. This laptop bag offers the minimalist all the room he or she needs for their electronics. The bag offers 3 slip, 1 zip, 1 exterior, 3 card slots, and has a sliding pad on the shoulder strap.
- SwissGear Scansmart Computer Backpack from Swiss Gear, the maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife
- Versatile and multifunctional, great bag for any use: business travel, School Book Bag, or hiking daypack
- Easy access padded laptop compartment, Upgraded wire handle with padding, Tablet pocket, crush proof sunglass pocket
- Constructed with Strong materials and Well Made, Sturdy and Long Lasting
- Assembled Size: 19" x 16" x 8", fits most (but not all) 17" laptops notebooks. Free gift included: a bag name tag (size: 3-3/8"x 1-7/8")
When you need lots of space, the SwissGear 17 inch laptop backpack is the way to go. Measuring 19″ x 16″ x 8″ inches, the bag has 5 large zipper compartments that hold pretty much anything you want to take with you. Made of durable nylon, the bag is weather resistant and perfect for travel.
- High Quality Material: The laptop backpack is made of good environment-friendly poly fabric with new function of water-repellent, which is quite durable. Dimensions: 18.5"x13.3"x7.8".Weight: 2.64LBS.
- Larger roomy compartments can provide separated space for computer, iPad, A4 files, wallet, clothes, power bank and more your items. Organizer dimensions fits up to 17.3 inch laptop. Please notified: This is not a small backpack, It's big and with large capacity.
- Built-in USB PORT is convenient to charge your cell phone by the connected power bank (POWER BANK is not included).
- Special design for your computer, with well-padded foam close to your back tightly. PU leather logo and pullers.Ergonomics and adjustable padding shoulder straps and sturdy handle offer you comfort carrying for a long time.
- A well-knit luggage strap is quite convenient for you to fix the laptop bag on the trolley of your luggage, making your journey and traveling more convenient wherever you go.
Perfect for the boardroom or at school, the Kroser 17 inch laptop bag offers all the room you need for documents, books and of course, your laptop and tablet. The bag measures 18.5″x13.3″x7.8″, enough for most 17 inch laptops. The main and back compartment with padded sleeves offer enough room and safe space for your 17.3″ laptop/tablet/ipad, it also easily fits your clothes, camera and books. There are also multiple other pockets for smaller objects.
- HERSCHEL COLLECTION: Click on our brand logo at the top of the page to explore the full collection from Herschel Supply.
- DURABLE DESIGN: A timeless silhouette inspired by the classic mountaineering style. Sturdy polyester and nylon fabric, made for all adventures. Signature striped liner, drawcord closure and magnet-fastened straps with metal pin buckles. Finished with Herschel’s classic woven label. Spacious, versatile and tech-friendly, the Herschel Little America is suited for both your everyday commutes and your airplane carry-ons.
- MEN/WOMEN/UNISEX: The Herschel Little America Backpack was made for everyone. Use it for your commute, the school week, a business trip, or a weekend adventure.
- 25L CAPACITY: 19.25” high and 11. 25” wide. From your passport to your heavy textbooks, there’s plenty of space to fit everything you need for school, work or travel.
- COMFORTABLE CARRYING: Padded, contoured shoulder straps and breathable air mesh back padding, designed for a more supportive and comfortable commute to work or school. The Herschel Little America also makes for the perfect airplane carry-on.
With classic design and spacious 25 litre carrying capacity, the Herschel “Little America” bag has top of the line style and functionality for great prices. The bag offers enough room for books, documents and electronics, and features a small earbud cable port for those that still use wired headphones.
- UA Storm technology delivers an element-battling finish to keep your stuff dry
- TONS OF STORAGE: Large, gusseted front laundry/shoe pocket placed at bottom of bag. Two water repellent front valuables pockets to keep your stuff safe and stay organized. Two side water bottle pockets.
- CAPACITY: Dimensions When Full: 5.9"W x 13"H x 19.3"L. Volume: 26 L
The Under Armour 26 litre backpack offers enough room to carry a 17 inch laptop. Measuring 19.3″L x 13″H x 5.9″W, the bag offers a large main compartment, front comparment and shoe compartment in the bottom of the bag.
- ★LOTS OF STORAGE SPACE&POCKETS: One separate laptop compartment hold 15.6 Inch Laptop as well as 15 Inch,14 Inch and 13 Inch Laptop. One spacious packing compartment roomy for daily necessities,tech electronics accessories. Front compartment with many pockets, pen pockets and key fob hook, makes your item organized and easier to find
- ★COMFY&STURDY: Comfortable soft padded back design with thick but soft multi-panel ventilated padding, gives you maximum back support. Breathable and adjustable shoulder straps relieve the stress of shoulder. Foam padded top handle for a long time carry on
- ★FUNCTIONAL&SAFE: A luggage strap allows backpack fit on luggage/suitcase, slide over the luggage upright handle tube for easier carrying. With a hidden anti theft pocket on the back protect your valuable items from thieves. Well made for international airplane travel and day trip as a travel gift for men
- ★USB PORT DESIGN: With built in USB charger outside and built in charging cable inside,this usb backpack offers you a more convenient way to charge your phone while walking. It's a great tech gift for him from wife, daughter and son. Please noted that this backpack doesn't power itself, usb charging port only offers an easy access to charge
- ★DURABLE MATERIAL&SOLID: Made of Water Resistant and Durable Polyester Fabric with metal zippers. Ensure a secure & long-lasting usage everyday & weekend.Serve you well as professional office work bag,slim USB charging bagpack,college high school big students backpacks for boys,girls,teens
This 15.6 inch laptop backpack is great for everyday use. It offers a powerbank charging port and has three compartments for all your gear.
Leaving the realm of bags and backpacks, the EDC Pouches are smaller pouches that you can organize the gear into, that they can be put into the EDC Bag. There are tons of EDC pouches out there right now with the increase in interest in Everyday Carry, however, we are only going to list the best ones from two companies: Maxpedition and Condor. The reason for this is that these two companies are the Go-To companies when it comes to getting pouches that work. Most of the other EDC pouches out there are from no-name companies from across the ocean that doesn’t have quality standards and don’t usually meet the requirements of daily EDC use.
The Beefy Pocket organizer has the room for just about all your EDC tools and gear. It measures 8.75 x 6.25 x 2.5 inches, so it’s big enough to carry large pocket knives, full-size multitools, pens, pencils, pocket notebooks and a lot more. The bag also has a 5.75 x 5.5-inch front pocket for quick grab items. The pouch is large enough to operate as a stand-alone EDC bag if you have to separate it from your main supplies, but it’s large enough that you’ll never fit it in one of your pockets, even with cargo pants. This is a pouch that can carry just about everything but requires being itself carried in a larger backpack or bag. Available in Black, Green, OD Green and Khaki.
A much thinner, and in some ways, more manageable option, the Mini Pocket organizer will hold just the essential tools, like your multitool, pen, pocket notebook and just a couple other small items. It’s slim in thickness, so you will not be able to drop in some larger head flashlights (over 1.5″ in diameter) and most people will fill this up quick.
Regardless of the size, it is a great carry along and could be a nice option for a small medical or first aid pouch of some sort. The pouch is made from 1050D ballistic nylon and uses YKK zippers. The overall size is 4 x 6 x 0.75 inches.
I decided to include the Fatty organizer last as it’s fairly close in size to the Beefy. It measures 7 x 5 x 2 and will store about 75% of what the Beefy can offer space wise. This would be a good organizer for someone that wants a good mix of both portability and cargo carrying capacity. It’s larger size accommodates most EDC knives, multitools, and flashlights, plus has room for the essential medical and first aid supplies that one might want for a day trip.
Condor is a great brand, like Maxpedition, however, it’s less expensive, and doesn’t use premium parts, such as the YKK zippers to keep the costs down. I personally haven’t had issues with Condor, and use this Pocket Pouch on a daily basis. It has a nice front quick access mesh pocket, and on the interior, there are two full length pockets, a badge or ID foldout, and straps for a few items.
This pouch is perfect for those that really don’t have a lot that they carry, but would like to have something to keep it together. Perfect as an accessory EDC or as something used to carry essentials day to day. Measures 7.5 x 5 x 0.75 inches.
Comparable in size to the Maxped Fatty, the Sidekick pouch offers plenty of space for most EDC gear. It has vertical MOLLE attachments on the back allowing it to be used with any medium to large MOLLE equipped backpack or bag. There are Molle loops on the front, sides and back, plus inside there is three loops on either side for tools that shouldn’t rattle around.
Knives are some of the most ubiquitous items found in everyday carry. It seems like even if the person doesn’t carry a firearm, there’s at least a knife. It’s for good reason. Knives are so useful in many ways, and when you start carrying one, you’ll find that you use it way more than you thought. Knives make great Christmas gifts for boys and girls when you want to give them something meaningful that a symbol of transition from being a child into a young man or woman. They’re also great gifts for collectors and enthusiasts.
Ahhh, boy scouts was so long ago, but the Pioneer pocket knife is one of the most popular knives in existence. It’s virtually the same as the one that was issued to soldiers in the Swiss Army from 1961 to 2008 (ref: Wikipedia, 1961 Soldier knife), with the only exception being that this civilian version has and added keychain loop. Many people have gotten these knives or ones very close to it as their first knives growing up, and despite a lot of the paranoia concerning kids and violence, it continues to be a knife of choice for gifts.
Another added benefit to carrying the Pioneer knife is that virtually no one is going to think that their life is in danger when it’s pulled out to cut something. Swiss Army Knives are pretty widely accepted as non-threatening knives used for everything under the sun other than putting people’s lives in danger. This means that it can sit on the desk at work, be carried on a lanyard on the backpack for easy access, or go on your keychain, and no one is going to think anything of it.
The key to the knife’s successfulness shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re considering buying a Swiss Army knife for a Christmas gift.
Of course, there’s the knife blade. Good for cutting apples, Amazon boxes, whittling and so much more. Next, the can opener really REALLY comes in handy at work when someone’s misplaced the work can opener. You can still have your Vienna sausages and tomato soup for lunch. The bottle opener is probably used more than anything else… according to college frat boys, and the awl punch? Excellent for putting an extra hole in the belt after Thanksgiving dinner.
As a knife that’s really useful in many situations, the Victorinox [Swiss Army] Pioneer is probably the best basic knives that you could give to someone as a gift for their EDC.
As far as great knives go, the Opinel No. 8 is a favorite among everyday carry enthusiasts, and makes a great EDC gift. Like the Victronix, it’s also a very non-threatening knife, and with a longer blade, is more useful for larger cutting tasks, such as cutting a large Granny Smith apple.
There’s a lot of history in the Opinel, being unchanged since 1890 in style. The wood used in the handle and blade steels have changed a bit from collection to collection, but the mechanics and overall look haven’t changed. The crowned hand emblem found on the blade was created in 1909 by Joseph Opinel to signify the high quality origin and standards that go into each knife.
If you’re looking for a knife that true blade enthusiasts appreciate, the Opinel No. 8 is a great choice that won’t break your bank.
Now we’re getting a little bit more into the “tactical”, “Military” looking knives. These are the ones that look like they mean business, even though I’m sure that the Victronix or Opinel could also do most things that this one could do just as well.
Kershaw is one of the most widely known everyday carry knife manufacturers, and the Cryo is the blade of choice from Kershaw. The knife features speed assist opening and locking mechanism, 8Cr13MoV steel with titanium carbon-nitrite coating and 2.75 inch blade length.
It’s perfect for any normal cutting jobs, but it’s sleek look and minimalist design really make the knife stand out in EDC bag dumps!
Yes, it’s a big jump in price from the previous three knives, but for many, it’s well worth the additional expense. Benchmade is perhaps the top of the line knife maker for Everyday Carry, and their knives are sought after widely.
The thing that a lot of EDC enthusiasts like about this knife is that it’s larger, and easy to grip for long periods of time. It cuts well and looks great too. The knife is perfect for camping, backpacking, but also can be used daily for smaller cutting jobs just as easily.
Spyderco is another great name in EDC Knives. Their awesome knives are very popular, and with a moderate price range, they make excellent knives for gift giving this year. There’s a lot of different options with this knife as well, from smooth blades to serrated, and knife grip colors.
The blade thickness on this knife makes it a very sturdy knife, and it looks really nice. The clip is really solid and will hold it’s strength on your belt or in the pocket.
Another good knife for gift giving, the Gerber Paraframe 2 is a great looking knife that comes in either fine edge or serrated blade formats. It’s unique design gives the knife a minimal skeletal impression, and it’s blade locks in place to prevent accidental closure.
Flashlights are also a very big part of everyday carry gear. Enthusiasts don’t rely on their cell phone camera LED lights to light up the night, they reach for a real, bonified, high power flashlight that throws light where you need it. Having a flashlight in the everyday carry means being able to see, navigate your environment and get where your going in almost any without light condition.
There are a lot of different EDC flashlights out there, but as far as gift giving is concerned, we are limiting the selections that we made to those that use standard batteries that you could find in a gas station or convenience store. Many of these EDC lights take uncommon battery sizes ranging from the larger 18650 cell to smaller CR123s for instance. You just can’t stop in any store and get these types of batteries. For gifts, you will want something that your recipient can use right away, and doesn’t have to order more gear in order to use.
AAA Battery Everyday Carry Lights
The streamlight microstream is one of the most reliable EDC lights that can fit both in your EDC pack (including the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch) or in your pocket carry. It runs around 45 lumens for two to four hours and has one of the longest throws for a AAA flashlight.
While less expensive than the Streamlight Microstream, the Thorfire PF03 puts out roughly 110 lumens for up to 60 minutes, and includes a low, medium and high mode selector, prolonging the battery life when needed. It uses a CREE XPG2 LED and is IPX-8 water resistant.
The fenix LD02 also is a 100 lumen flashlight that offers a high, medium and low mode selection, giving you the right amount of light for the job you’re doing. It comes with a pocket clip and runs a single AAA battery like the other two above.
AA Battery Everyday Carry Lights
The Coast HP1 is capable of light outputs of about 100 lumens on a single AA battery, although a 10440 cell could be purchased separately, effectively doubling the light output to about 200 lumens. It is a bit larger than the AAA flashlights above, but well worth the increase in size for light output difference.
The Fenix E12 features an adjustable light beam giving you the right amount of light where you want it. Has low, medium and high settings, offering 130 lumens for one hour on high (8 lumens on low for 40 hours)
Like the above two AA Battery flashlights, the ThorFire TG06S puts out about 100 lumens from a single AA battery, but like the Coast, can also take the 10440 cell for additional power. While it’s rated at 500 lumens using the 10440, my estimate is more like 200 lumens. I believe that this flashlight, like most that come from China, have severely overrated lumen ratings. Still, it’s a good EDC flashlight that offers five modes: low, medium, high, strobe, SOS and moonlight (ultra low 1 lumen).
Wallets have always been a great idea for Christmas Gifts. Getting your family or loved one a really nice wallet is a great idea, and it’s part of the essential everyday carry. Some like minimal wallets, just holding the bare essentials (ID and cards) and then some like those really large capacity football sized wallets. Here’s a nice range to choose from:
The Access Denied Slim Wallet is a very thin genuine leather RFID blocking wallet that has a see through window for your ID, plus four card slots and center stash for cash. It measures 4.38 x 3.25 x 0.25 inches, and comes in gift box.
This wallet has 2 ID windows plus eight credit card slots. There’s two more slots behind the credit card slots, and then there’s a full length money pocket. This wallet also is RFID blocking, and will expand with use to be one really bulky ass wallet… if you’re into looking like you have a huge welt on your butt.
For those that just carry a couple cards and ID, and love the “tech” look, the Radix One is a perfect gift. It can hold up to 10 cards and is RFID blocking.
For those with deep pockets: This one’s impressive. With two ID slots plus a change purse, this wallet actually needs the flap enclosure to keep it shut. If the one you’re buying this gift for has a wallet that’s larger than the Rock’s bicep, then you need to get them this one.
It’s more of a sleeve than a wallet. Maxes out at 10 cards, this wallet has two pockets for better sorting. Made of nylon, elastic and a bit of tasteful leather. Makes a great Christmas gift for those minimalists out there!
Multitools are really useful when it comes to everyday carry and having what you need with you at all times. If you’re looking into multitools for Christmas gifts, then we have a few suggestions based on the number of people that already carry these tools with them. We are looking for both quality and value, so some of the tools are a bit more expensive than others, but then again, you’re buying quality too.
This is a great “starter” multitool. It has a lot of things that most people would want, like the pliers, knife blade, small saw, sissors, can opener and more. It comes with it’s own belt pouch and is a pretty good value for the money if the person that you’re buying for is a light duty user.
Like the Gerber, this entry level multi tool is excellent for light duty use and basic needs. Offering 14 tools in it’s arsenal, an everyday carry user will have almost everything they need in one tool to get minor jobs done.
The Gerber Diesel offers one handed deployment which is really handy when you’re already holding something together in the other hand. It offers 15 tools and is perfect for moderate to heavy use.
When you want something that really can work under pressure, the Surge is your go to multitool that gets the job done. It has replacible blades for the wire cutters and just about every tool that you’d ever want in a multitool. Furthermore, it’s backed with a whopping 25 year warranty.
When it’s watches that they’re into, the Seiko 5 SNK809 is a gift to consider. It’s sleek black design, complimented with white markings and timeless stainless steel design make for the perfect Everyday Carry watch that can actually be used everyday! The band is canvas and the watch comes in a wide variety of colors and watchfaces.
Another simplistic military inspired design, the Citizen Men’s BM8180-03E is truly an watch with simplistic elegance. This watch is one of the Eco-Drive series of watches, it pulls its power from light via an embedded solar panel of sorts. It’s 10 Bar/100M water resistant as well.
It’s truly a fine digital timepeice and so much more, the Suunto (Finnish, not Japanese) Core SS014279010 offers altimeter, barometer, and even a storm alarm to let you know when adverse weather conditions are rolling in. Don’t know where you’re going? It’s got a built in compass to help you get your bearings, along with a sunrise, sundown readout so you know how much light you have left. The watch is good down to 30 meters in water, and is one of the best watches for outdoorsmen that don’t need extra stuff like email alerts and step counters.
When it comes to excellent watches, some prefer functionality over design. These are the kinds of people that would rather wear a Navy Seal watch from Luminox than a Rolex. This watch is great for anyone but it really hits home with divers. It’s able to withstand dives down to 200 meters making it the perfect amateur dive watch. The watch features a 44 mm case with Tritium vials for full readability in total darkness. Tritium emits a glow, similar to glow in the dark dials, but needs no sunlight to recharge. Tritium will glow for over 25 years regardless of light, making it the perfect watch to put by your bedside at night. The watch is also water resistant down to a whopping 200 meters and comes with both a silicone rubber band and a canvas band. NOTE: This is not a “real” military issue watch. This is a nice watch that is inspired by the military watch below.
If you’re looking for someone that’s really into having Mil-Spec, then this watch is for you. NATO stock number 6645-01-544-9475, it offers High Torque movement via the Swiss made ETA F06 3 jewel quartz movement. Like the Luminox, the Marathon uses Tritium gas tubes to light up the face at night with no need for light charging. If you’re shopping for a military man or woman, this is the watch for them!
Notebooks and writing gear is huge within the everyday carry community. There seems to be a general distrust for battery operated devices, such as your phone or tablet. The idea is that if Sh*t hits the fan (and they even have an abbreviation of it, SHTF) and you don’t have access to power, then at the very least, your notes written down will still be available to you. Now, there is some legitimacy for this worry. Think back to 2003 when the whole Northeastern US was blacked out for days.
While phones stayed on for a couple days, even the cell towers failed after three days.
I remember thanking God that I’d written my To-Dos down on a notepad rather than committing then to the Nokia phone I’d had back then. I don’t know, though… times are a bit different. There are cheap Solar panels and battery packs that can keep you juiced for days.
The real question is whether notebooks and pen and ink really necessary anymore? I would argue yes.
Most people still want things written down. There is a general distrust that battery powered devices can be reliable from Gen-X’ers and older. In six more years? I probably won’t even include this section because so many people have adjusted to technology and accepted it as a fail-safe way to retain data.
For me, there’s nothing like having a physical copy of my notes to reference.
Field notes has a bunch of different pocket notebook options, but if you’re looking for a gift for a guy or gal that really doesn’t trust electronic devices, or just doesn’t want Google or Apple knowing every bit of their life, then Field Notes are a logical choice in everyday carry notebooks. These little pocket journals measure 3.5 x 5.5 inches, and have a 5mm square grid that’s perfect for quick jots, sketches, doodles or giving to the kids in a restaurant so they’ll quiet down.
Probably the best value for the money, Fold Journal is a dot grid journal with 5mm dot spacing. They’re great for inclusion in your EDC bag or on your person, and have 100 GSM pages, which are thicker and more durable than Fieldnotes and Moleskine (80 GSM on those). The best part is that the Fold Journals come in a 5 pack while all the others come in just three packs.
The Shine Star notebooks are really nice back pocket notebooks for everyday use. 100 GSM paper, Durable cover and 54 pages per notebook, the Shine Star is available in Gird, Cross Hair, Lined and Dot Grid paper. Additionally, there are several versions and sizes to choose from.
When you want to get them something that is going to work in just about any weather condition. get them a Rite-In-The-Rain All weather Memo Book. It doesn’t matter, blue skies or torrential downpour, they’re going to have a notebook that’s not going to care. Especially good for those that like to forget things in their pockets when they wash their pants too.
Pens and Pencils
What notebook is complete without a good, trusty writing instrument to jot those notes with? Since this is Everyday Carry that we’re focusing on, these pens and pencils are good for pocket carry where you can just have them in your pocket when needed.
All the pens below are manufactured by Fisher Space Pen company, because they are rugged and will write in any condition. They’re known for their reliability and quality, and as such, any every day carry enthusiast would be glad to have one or two.
The Bullet pen is the best for carrying in your pocket due to it’s rounded ends. It doesn’t snag (if the pocket clip is removed), doesn’t puncture and is easy to hold with and without gloves on. The Bullet space pen is also the top pen found in both pocket dumps and EDC bags. Getting one of these as a gift is always welcome, but most by those that appreciate fine writing instruments.
This pen is very thin, and perfect for putting in a wallet or purse so you always have a pen with you. It’s diameter is just millimeters bigger than an actual pen cartridge. It’s great for pocket carry as well as it doesn’t take up much room at all, and it comes in a really nice blue. It is a refillable pen despite it’s small size. Just push the exausted cartridge out by pushing the pen down against the ball point on a hard surface. The cap on the back will pop out and you’ll be able to change cartridges. I didn’t know that, and ended up tossing two pens away before I learned that you could refill them.
This little keychain pen is made by Fisherspace Pen for Rite in the Rain. It’s cartridge is identical to the two pens above, but it’s in a nice keychain format instead of having to be carried in a pocket. Great for attaching to a lanyard, backpack or pouch where you have easy access. My Trekker pen sits on the side of my Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack attached to a Molle loop by a Niteize S hook. Very convenient and easy to access.
The Brass pencil holder from Traveler’s Company is a perfect gift for those that really want something a little more vintage. It holds standard Golf size pencils (click here for golf pencils) and is just really cool.
The Muji Aluminum Pocket Pencil is a 0.5mm mechanical pencil that fits in the pocket easily. Best for accountants, sketch artists and engineers that have long commutes on the train everyday, but works for anyone that wants to have a great mechanical pencil with them at all times.
The area of electronics is pretty vast and deep, making it hard to have a good selection of tech gear to choose from if you’re looking for the right gift for an IT professional, gadget lover or geek. We’re sticking to mobile electronics that they might use everyday. We’re not going to get into stuff that they might only use once or twice a year.
One area that isn’t really cover much is mobile audio. Here’s a selection of really nice earbuds and headphones for that lucky someone!
When it comes to really good audio, one of the most popular brands is Shure. Known for excellent sound at a moderate price range, Shure knows it’s the sound that is really important. The Shure SE315 earbuds are dynamic driver earbuds with detachable cord that has a phone mic on it. The detachable cable allows the user to swap the cable out if it breaks or gets snipped. The SE315 earbuds have excellent sound range with rich bass and clear highs!
The Beats Solo2 headphones are a wired headphone with integrated microphone that offer pounding bass and “roomy” sound that make most pop, rock, rap and R&B sound really good in. The headphone wire is replaceable with longer lengths if desired.
Road warriors, Gamers and your kids all know how much it sucks to run out of power. When you tablet or phone is out of juice, your life is over. The Anker PowerCore 26800 offers PowerIQ USB Charge ports that recharge high drain devices twice as fast as your standard charger. There are three charging ports in all, allowing the lucky recipient of this charger a way to charge phone, tablet and other devices (like a GoPro) all at the same time.
The Flip 20 by Goal Zero is a smaller, more compact powerbank that’ll fit into any EDC or backpack. It’s a 5200mAh charger, but don’t let the lower milliamp rating fool you. Unlike those cheap Chinese powerbanks you find on Amazon, this one actually gives you the correct amount of power to charge your devices. The USB recharge port is built in, so you’ll never lose it, and it comes with standard MicroUSB charge cable.
For those true “off the grid” people, check out the Dual USB Solar Charger by Anker. It offers two USB ports (21W max) for direct device charging, or recharging of your powerbanks. Great for leaving on the dashboard of your car while you’re at work to recharge your powerbanks, hanging off a backpack for use while hiking, or just laying out in the sun when you want some free power courtesy of our sun!
Again, for Road Warriors and families that travel, this 150W power inverter gets power from your car’s cigarette lighter socket (do they still call them that?) and converts it to two USB ports and one standard house hold plug. Definitely recommend if it’s for someone that is in the car a lot. Sure, the car might have charge plugs, but everyone knows that you can always do with more, right?
I know this list has gotten really long, but here’s a few other ideas for you to consider.
Most people that are into Everyday Carry don’t mind getting more than one of any item. Usually, those that have EDC bags have more than one bag that they might choose from. For example, I have a short run pouch that is used just around town, then I have a day bag that has the things I need for day trips, and finally, a full everyday carry bag that usually stays in the car that has most everything that I could want for longer trips and overnights.
When it comes to buying a gift, you really don’t have to worry about getting something that the friend, family member or loved one already has because they probably could use a second one for another EDC kit.
Having a small multi-tool can be really handy when you don’t want to carry a lot. The Gerber Dime offers small needle nose pliers (great for tightening those office chair roller bolts), small knife, sissors and more. Plus the black is kinda sexy. LOL
You never know when you’ll need to defend yourself. You also never know when you’re going to need to jot down a note or two. This pen gives you both in one package. The TakeFlight Tactical Pen has a glass break point on one end, and the pen point at the other.
Sure it’s expensive, but it’s handmade in the USA from Horween’s English Tan Dublin leather. It has a notebook pocket in the back (which also holds a card or two if desired), plus a pocket knife and pen loop in front. It’s a great basic EDC holder that fits in the pocket well and looks even better. Fits any one of those pocket pens or pencils I listed above, plus any of those 3.5×5.5 notebook above as well.