Reliable, rugged, hardworking. That describes every item on this list. Most likely, it also describes the first responder, law enforcement, or military personnel in your life. These 15 tactical gift ideas are here to make their lives easier, allowing them to be more effective both in the field and off it. They’re also pretty great gifts for anyone you know who likes being prepared for the widest variety of situations.
A compact flashlight, a glass-breaker pen, multi-tools that get the job done, and the last pack anyone will ever need — these are our picks for tactical gifts that protect, defend and serve, so they can focus on the task at hand.
Dango T01 Tactical Wallet
The Dango T01 is a minimalist wallet with a fourteen-function, stainless steel multi tool that seamlessly slides into the card cavity. Lock it into the aerospace aluminum chassis to take on cutting, sawing, and defense duties.
Garmin Instinct Tactical Edition
Overbuilt to endure shock, extreme temps, and water, this GPS watch communicates with three navigational satellite systems and is compatible with night vision goggles. Stealth mode instantly cuts off all connectivity.
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
Not only does the USA-made Impromptu hit all tactical marks — strong steel body, glass-breaker tip, coated for a confident grip — it also writes anywhere, wet or dry.
Oakley Transition Tactical Gloves
Oakley’s tactical gloves protect thumbs and knuckles with welded thermoplastic rubber, keeps palms and backs of hands abrasion-safe with with AX Suede, and maintains dexterity with a goat skin body.
The original GoRuck backpack will protect a laptop through brutal situations and will last a lifetime. MOLLE attachment points, extra padded straps, and a TSA-compatible size make this pack ready for anything, anywhere.
Tactica 17-in-1 Multi-Tool
This ergonomic and TSA compliant multi-tool opens bottles and packages, tightens and loosens bolts with a slew of wrench sizes and stores two quarter-inch bits that fit into the hex socket.
5.11 Tactical Field Watch
Reliable and rugged timekeeping in a military-inspired package, this field watch from 5.11 has phosphorescent hands, shows military and civilian time, and stays put with a NATO strap.
Pelican 7600 Tactical Flashlight
Extremely bright at 900 lumens, this compact tactical light has a hard anodized finish and can handle full submersion. It’s rechargeable via USB and offers red and green light options to preserve night vision.
Danner Tachyon Boots
Trainers are comfortable, boots are durable. Danner delivers both with speed-lacing Tachyon. The uppers are tough-but-light 500 denier nylon with strategically placed leather and the outsoles are 100% rubber.
TRX Tactical + 12-week Conditioning Program
Pack a serious workout into a lightweight mesh bag. This is the toughest suspension weight training set TRX offers with multiple anchoring solutions, this gym sets up just about anywhere.
OneTigris Tactical Dog Vest
Here’s a hardworking gift for any hardworking dog. With a top-mounted grab handle for proper control, the vest also has MOLLE webbing, hook and loop panels for patches, and bungees for small items.
Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool
Leatherman increased longevity on their bestselling multi-tool with replaceable wire-cutter blades. The Wave Plus packs seventeen other tools — many outside accessible — along with a single-hand operable blade.
Dango Belt + Storage Capsule
Easily switch up the strap on this ultra lightweight belt to match any outfit. The durable and contemporary buckle also holds a small cache of emergency supplies (pills, matches) in the capsule.
DMOS Stealth Packable Shovel
Snow and dirt give way quickly with this collapsible shovel. It weighs less than four pounds but extends to over four feet when deployed and the aircraft-grade aluminum won’t twist, dent or bend.
Al Mar SERE Folding Knife
The SERE model was the first knife accepted for use by the Army’s S.E.R.E. instructor training. This update features a three-inch D2 steel blade, a black titanium finish, and is intended for hard use.
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