EDC (or Everyday Carry) is the cool nickname given to the collection of items and tools that many carry with them in their pockets or tactical backpacks on a daily basis. EDC items are the little pocket tools that you incessantly check you have on you before you step out of your door, they’re the invaluable bits of gear that you find essential in your everyday life, the stuff you just can’t live without.
The EDC philosophy is built on the cornerstones of utility and preparedness. Each component of your EDC should usually serve a purpose or have at least one specific, useful function. Your EDC gear prepares you for the worst and empowers you to do your best. EDCs vary according to your lifestyle, location, profession, daily routine, style, and budget. It’s all about creating a collection that fits your daily needs.
EDC items also make amazing gifts as they are often items that are not only high quality but also incredibly useful, so they are items the receiver will actually use on a weekly or daily basis. If you’re still unsure, this list is an excellent jumping-off point to dive into the world of EDC. Below is a list of 25 gifts for the EDC fanatic. Reliable, super useful products that any EDC or soon-to-be EDC fan will appreciate whether in their daily lives or during emergencies.
The Best Gifts For The EDC Fanatic
Forget about misplacing your keys, earphones or tactical wallet. The Tile Mate will make these woes a thing of the past.
The Tile Mate is an incredibly simple product. You stick a Tile to the back of your valuables, and the Tile Mate links to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Just tap on the Tile Mate app, and the Tile will start ringing so you can locate it quickly. While you probably won’t have the chance to use a Tile Mate a lot, you’ll be glad that you have one when you need to locate your lost valuables.
For guys that are new to carrying EDC, this is a great entry level kit for newcomers. For a small price you get a keyring with a versatile woodchuck survival gear, screwdriver set, and a tiny lighter. Don’t let the price of this nifty little kit fool you, it’s all super high-quality stuff. Machined metal, strong plied material. No cheap plastic here. And this is what puts Essential EDC Kit right along the top of our gifts for the EDC fanatic list.
In a world where smartphones can perform nearly every task including taking stunning shots, a dedicated point-and-shoot camera seems like a waste of space in your pocket, however this could not be further from the truth.
Unlike most other compact cameras, the Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 is as premium as pocket cameras go. It comes with a large sensor, a very bright lens, and enough photo modes and features to keep any camera fan excited for a good long time. The perfect addition to an edc as it is tiny enough to slip into your jeans pocket.
The Keyport Pivot is a device that is part keychain, part Swiss army knife, and holds your keys together. Handy.
It looks good and feels even better in your hand. You can also add expansion tools to the Pivot to further add to its functionality. The basic model is super affordable, and the expansion tools are priced reasonably as well. The Pivot is a great way to keep your keys and tools together if your keychain is a mess and you want a more organized way to go. Great for any edc fanatic.
Corsair, a household name for PC building enthusiasts, has built a unique flash drive encased in aircraft grade aluminum that can probably survive an apocalypse.
The Flash Survivor Stealth can withstand underwater pressure up to 200 meters, up to 40Gs of shock and has a write speed of over 80MB/s. Be sure to combine this with a cool wireless keyboard from our list.
With nothing in your ears, these near-ear bone conduction earphones offer a brand-new way of listening to your favorite tunes, making you become more aware of your surroundings. The AfterShokz Titanium is designed primarily for the gym, and for outdoor runs. Comfortable and feels light as a feather, you’ll hardly know that you’re wearing these running earphones.
Stanley Classic Flask is one hip flask your grandad wished he had. It’s a great addition to any EDC collection. With a classic look that screams functionality, you can now carry a swig of liquid courage wherever you go. Be sure to also check out our list of the best flasks for more great items like this.
If you’re in a creative profession, I don’t need to tell you utterly frustrating it is to have an idea pop up in your head while you’re traveling, and it disappear when you step into the office. That’s why it’s essential to jot down notes, doodles or whatever else that inspires you when you’re on the go, capture things when inspiration strikes. Field Notes Kraft Ruled 3-Pack will do the job nicely. But why pick up just one when you can buy 3?
Swiss army knives are bulky. They take up too much pocket space and have too many tools we don’t usually need. So, if you hate fat pockets, this pocket multi-tool will be perfect for you. Made with a single piece of metal (choose from stainless steel or titanium), Griffin Pocket Multi-Tool comes with most of the standard tools for daily use but is only 3 inches long. A great addition to our gifts for the EDC fanatic gift guide. Our handy guide to the best multi tools features more great products like this.
Anker LC90 Super Bright Tactical Flashlight feels rugged, has a smooth zoom control and comes with a rechargeable battery. More importantly, it has enough power to light up a small room to make reading possible. Love this product? Check out our review of the best tactical flashlights for our top picks.
Renowned outdoor knifemaker SOG brings a classic multi-tool that features assisted opening blades and geared pliers for both regular and heavy-duty usage. SOG PowerAssist is large and beefy, and it’s excellent for handy people who need to tackle repairing and building tasks while away from a full tool box.
Underneath the plain-jane exterior, Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen holds space-age technology that works in the harshest conditions imaginable. The pressurized ink cartridge lets you write at any altitude or pressure, even in zero gravity, perfect for your next visit to the Antartica or the moon.
If you’re a GSHOCK fan, Nixon Unisex Regulus watch offers something a little different. The minimalist lines don’t take away the rugged design. It’s also designed to be a unisex watch, so the missus can also take it for a spin. The watch isn’t just all style though, it has some substance too. Main features include calendar, dual time, alarm clock, countdown timer and light functions. The thing we love most about it though is the custom LCD display that can display both positive and negative.
This minimalist front pocket wallet can hold up to 12 cards and some cash. Ridge comes with a built-in card extraction system so you won’t need to struggle with getting your cards out. If you dig the impressively slim design, then this wallet is quite possibly the ultimate wallet.
This pocket knife has both utility and classic design and is a time capsule to the days of old. James Brand County Knife features a Sandvic 12C27 steel blade that is equally hard and sharp, oh and its corrosion resistant too. Unlike many similar products, this one is incredibly thin and has a very slim profile which makes it a perfect everyday carry.
This waterproof backpack is slick looking, rainproof, and it’s ready to go out of the box. Designed for modern professionals on the go, Aer Tech Pack is chock full of organization pockets built in so you can stow a wide array of EDC gear and yet stay uncluttered whenever your duty calls.
Gearward Keychain Duct Tape helped save Apollo 13 from disaster and is strong enough to lift a 2,000-pound car. Duct tape is undoubtedly the most versatile tool known to man, and now you can MacGuyver your way out of any situation wherever you go, without looking like an electrician.
Whether you’re a soldier or an athlete, you’ll know that the name Camelbak represents the best in personal hydration. Chute 1L Water Bottle is light and robust and has enough capacity to keep you hydrated for the entire day.
Originally used exclusively in mountaineering, carabiners have made their way to the world of mainstream EDC for its versatility in attaching different equipment together. Nite Ize LSB4-11-R3 S-Biner Slide Lock Carabiner attaches to your keychain or backpack on one end, and your gear on the other. The locking mechanism ensures that the lock stays closed and secured.
Zippo Chrome Lighter is one product that needs no introduction. This American lighter has been around since the early 30s. It’s a legendary lifetime warranty, and windproof reliability makes it a mainstay icon. For a bigger selection, this guide to the coolest zippo lighters will help you choose the best one.
UAG has been producing military-grade shockproof cases for years. With a 10-year warranty, you can expect UAG to offer unparalleled protection for your precious smartphone in a lightweight casing. If you’re still skeptical about how strong this case is, then get a load of this. The case underwent military drop tests (MIL STD 810G 516.6) and endured 26 drops from 4’ high with zero damage to the phone. That is incredibly impressive.
While you won’t be lugging HappyDavid Leather Bedside EDC Storage Tray around as part of your EDC collection, this no-frills valet tray holds all your EDC gear in one place, so you can quickly grab and go before you head out. The leather-like finish adds a nice classy touch.