Everyday carry gear goes just about everywhere the well prepared man goes. The right EDC gear is as personal as a fingerprint. What’s carried depends on the job, sense of style, hobbies, and the gear needed to perform well, and the best EDC gear gifts for men check all the boxes. When it comes to gifting great everyday carry stuff, seek out something useful as well as memorable.
This batch of EDC gifts scratch that gear itch for your friends, family, colleagues, or co-workers.
It feels like everybody and his brother has an Apple Watch, but the Garmin Fenix 7s is something else entirely. It’s an adventure-focused smartwatch that shows you who you can become rather than who you are. You can plan workouts, make goals, and even monitor energy levels so you can adjust your output accordingly. It is the most advanced GPS multi-sport workout watch made today, and it also has a battery life that puts the Apple Watch to shame. In stealthy black DLC and a modest 42mm diameter, it’s the one EDC smartwatch that will make you feel more capable just by wearing it.$800
There are multi-tools with tons of features and then there are those that are easy to use. The Wave is both. The blades can be deployed with one hand, as can all centrally-housed tools. What’s more, every tool and blade lock into place so they stay secure under hard use. There are 18 tools in total, and you can expand its capabilities with the bit driver kit.$110
The Launch 1 is one of the top automatic folding knives because it’s tough, beautiful, and affordable. The CPM 154 blade resembles artful Damascus steel and also holds a great edge. Automatic action is authoritative, and the low profile button prevents accidental deployment. Impeccable American craftsmanship equates to very tight tolerances, and the feel in the hand is sublime.$195
Have spirit, will travel. Snow Peak’s 5.8-ounce titanium flask lets anyone do so unencumbered. The titanium isn’t just lightweight, but it also won’t impart any metallic taste to your elixir of choice. Its sleek shape and durable construction mean this gift will be gratefully used for years on end.$179
Landing nicely between a Bic and a Montblanc, the Grafton Pen is one EDC pen that is easy to return to time and again for every important. The anodized and grooved aluminum body is strong and light, and the bolt-on clip secures it without wavering. In addition to its utility, it looks stealthy and has tremendous balance.$39
A great cigar lighter can also be the ideal EDC torch. Whether it’s used to light up a great cigar or to get a campfire going, the Allume answers the call for all “flame on” duties. The butane torch is slender, reliable, and quite handsome. There’s even a fuel window to make sure you know when you need to refill, and the jet flame is properly wind resistant.$80
Eating on the go can be challenging. The classiest gift to make portable food prep easier is Opinel’s Nomad Cooking Kit. The cleaning cloth doubles as a case and holds a small wooden cutting board, a serrated edge knife, a folding peeler, and a straight edge with an all-important corkscrew for those big, relaxing helpings of wine. Each tool has that classic Opinel wood handle and locking ring for safety. Just add the Brie and sausage.$85
For an EDC bag that’s as tough as the gear it holds, look no further than the 10,000-Mile Duffel. Clad in super-strong Dyneema fabric, the 10,000-Mile Duffel resists abrasion and cuts with mil-spec standards. It features leather handles, aluminum hardware, and rugged accessory webbing. The orange and black colorway is just icing on the cake.$795
For power on the move without lugging around a beast of a portable charger, turn to the Otterbox Fast Charge. It’s compact, powerful, and built to last. It has USB-C and USB-A output ports and a USB-C input port. As the name says, it supports fast charging up to 3.6x and handles cables from numerous devices. The LED status lights keep tabs on charging and power. Its meaty construction feels great in the hand, while its size makes it truly portable.$65
While there’s nothing inherently exciting about a pencil case, it’s a little-thought-of EDC must-have. This one just so happens to offer more than just pencil case capabilities. The ends fold out to create a small tray. Just pull back the two tuckable end loops to keep other small EDC items at the ready. Fine details like an environmentally-sourced leather zipper pull and recycled woven nylon add personality.$39 to 49
For those moments when a phone flashlight just won’t cut it, the aluminum-bodied, 300-lumen Streamlight Wedge clipped in your pocket does the trick. The thin but bright Wedge can burst up to 1,000 lumens in THRO mode. The built-in battery is chargeable via USB-C, and the Wedge also happens to be shock-resistant to drops at one meter and water-resistant to IPX7 standards (one meter of water for 30 minutes). This gift will get used a lot during these darker months.$85
Give the gift of organization that settles all power cable tangles. Instead of looking like hardware spaghetti in your bag, the Bagsmart organizer keeps cables and power equipment neatly stowed away. It has two large compartments, mesh pockets, elastic straps, and SD card slots. It opens wide for easy viewing and access, and the padding and water-resistant material protects it all.$20
There aren’t many EDC items that can’t be tossed inside the Able Carry Max. The 30-liter everyday carry pack can manage a 17-inch laptop and then some. It’s even capacious enough to use as an overnighter. What’s more, the multiple interior and exterior pockets hold it all without looking like the wearer is setting out to conquer Annapurna. The sleek design looks urban-ready, and the ability to swallow gear belies its sleek aesthetic.$268
This Filson 2-pack is an EDC savior. They’re great as as a scarf, sun protection, wind protection, small tablecloth, tourniquet, etc. Each is made with 3.5-ounce, 100 percent cotton and measure almost two feet squre for serious coverage. One has a vintage Filson print and the other is a dark camo print.$55