The Best EDC Gifts For the Holidays

Minimalist knife, tool and EDC brand The James Brand has everything you need to make the holiday for that special someone in your life.

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The James Brand

As The James Brand likes to say, some things will never go digital. That’s the beauty of the everyday carry category: you get the chance to simplify your life and carry a few really great tools with you day after day.

At The James Brand, modern, minimal everyday carry is what the brand does. Founded by a group of adventurers and designers in Portland in 2011, it's all about premium materials, minimalist design and attention to detail. And isn’t that all you need in a knife, pen or carabiner? That is what makes these gifts great for anybody in your life. Whether they’re an EDC geek or not, everybody loves a beautiful tool that gets the job done.

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The Stilwell Compact Pen

 Few things are as handy as a compact pen — and you can’t jot with your thumbs. This compact version features a replaceable ink cartridge and lanyard for easy deployment. The Stilwell does it all at half the size of a regular pen. It’ll be your new favorite in a hurry.

The Elko Knife

The James Brand’s most compact knife is a rethinking of its classic design. The Elko is a keychain knife, and includes a titanium keyring, a 1.7-inch blade and an All Things scraper, pry and screwdriver. It opens smoothly and you can afford to buy two… or maybe three.

The Redstone

The Redstone was designed with climber and pro adventure photographer Savannah Cummins, and the result is a knife that's well-suited for both hardcore outdoor adventures and urban pursuits. The knife is small and lightweight, with a design inspired by rock-climbing holds. Its slide-lock keeps it safe in your pocket but opens easily with one hand. And in a coral and turquoise colorway, you’ll look good and never lose it in the leaves. 

The Mehlville Carabiner

This perennial best-seller is a rethinking of the old classic. It’s CNC- machined out of 6al4v  titanium, and perhaps more importantly, its two-compartment design keeps you from losing your keys. Oh, and built-in bottle opener, anyone?

The Wayland

The Wayland is the TJB interpretation of the classic American folding knife pattern, the Barlow. Its CPM-S35VN stainless steel is anti-corrosive and holds an edge; its non-locking slip joint design opens smoothly and affirmatively. It’s a looker — but you won’t be afraid to use it when something needs slicing.

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