If you’ve got a gun enthusiast in your life, you naturally want to give them a gift they’ll love this holiday season. But where do you even start?
That’s where we come in. This year’s Vedder Holsters Annual Christmas Gift Guide is chocked full of great ideas for all the sharpshooters, concealed carriers, and firearm buffs in your life.
Whether you’re looking for something high-end like optics or a dry fire training kit, or you’re shopping for stocking stuffers like a multitool or shooting glasses, we’ve got recommendations that are sure to please.
So, keep scrolling to check out our picks for 2023’s best Christmas gifts for gun lovers.
The foundation of every good carry system is a great gun belt. If you know a gun lover who suffers from “belt sag,” consider buying them a new EDC belt. These belts are thicker, stiffer, and made from better materials than an average belt.
There are a variety of gun belt styles on the market, which makes it easy to choose one that fits your gun enthusiast’s style. For the outdoorsy, tactical type, consider a durable nylon belt like the Vedder Holsters V3 and Cobra Quick Release gun belts. Both belts feature dual-layered nylon webbing and unique buckle designs that allow you to take your belt on and off without having to readjust.
For a more classy look that can be worn anywhere, the Polymer Core Leather Gun Belt is an excellent option and makes a great gift. This polymer-reinforced EDC belt comes in black or brown premium leather and looks great everywhere from the ranch to the boardroom.
Everyone needs a good flashlight. Everyone.
Not only do flashlights offer some visibility on a late-night walk, but they are also great for checking out a bump in the night and scaring off that pesky raccoon that keeps getting into your dumpster.
If you’re looking for a high-end flashlight to give as a gift, Surefire, OLIGHT, and Streamlight each offer a wide variety of flashlights that range from those that can fit in the palm of your hand to much larger spotlights, depending on what you’re looking for.
Gun Care Supplies
Every responsible gun owner knows that keeping firearms clean and well-lubricated is essential for ensuring a long, reliable life for your weapon. They also know that means going through a lot of supplies.
A firearm lover can never have enough solvent, gun oil, or cotton patches. That being said, these items make great gun lover gifts as you can pretty much guarantee they’ll be used and appreciated.
Hoppe’s 9 is a classic, highly-trusted brand that offers a wide range of gun cleaning supplies, including kits of all different sizes. BreakFree is another widely used brand that makes gun cleaning solvents and high-quality lubricants – an essential item for proper gun care.
No matter what cleaning kit you decide to go with, be sure to pair it with the Vedder Holsters Gun Cleaning Mat. This American-flag printed soft cloth-topped mat prevents scratches to your firearm during the cleaning process, and its rubber backing holds everything in place.
Anyone who owns a gun needs a good EDC tray.
If you carry anything throughout the day (phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses, pistol, etc.) an everyday carry tray is the perfect place to dump it all at the end of the day. Not only does this simplify things, but it helps keep your items organized and prevents them from getting lost.
If this sounds like a gift you want to give, check out the multi-purpose EDC Tray fromVedder Holsters. This molded Kydex tray is perfect for leaving on a nightstand, desk, or toolbox, and comes in dozens of different colors. It’s a home-run gift for anyone who carries anything (so everyone). It also makes a great gift to give to yourself, just sayin’.
If you want to learn more about what an EDC tray is and all the amazing things it can be used for, check out our article here.
Knife or Multitool
A knife or multitool is always an exciting gift to open on Christmas day – especially since they allow you to open the rest of your gifts.
All kidding aside, a high-quality pocket knife or multitool is an essential item for any gun enthusiast. In fact, these items make great gifts for anyone in your life – from your teenage nephew to your mother-in-law, everyone needs a great knife.
When it comes to multitools, you can’t beat a classic Leatherman or Gerber tool. These do-it-all gadgets are equipped with everything frompliers, knives, screwdrivers, and mini saws to bottle openers, scissors, and rulers. Anything you could possibly need, they have.
If you’re looking for a knife, specifically, we’ve got some great recommendations. CRKT, Spyderco, Kershaw, and Benchmade all make durable, reliable, high-quality knives of all shapes and sizes. No matter which brand you choose, you’ll be gifting a sharp, well-made knife that feels good in the hand.
EDC First Aid Kit
Medical kits have been a hot topic in the world of EDC recently. The gun enthusiast in your life may already be considering investing in a quality first aid kit to add to their everyday carry gear, so why not surprise them with one this Christmas?
We recommend Adventure Medical Kits, which offer a wide variety of trauma and first aid kits for all kinds of purposes. Whether you’re looking for something to carry while traveling, hunting, hiking, or concealed carrying, they have something specifically designed for it.
Recon Medical and North American Rescue also sell a variety of first aid kits and medical gear. They’re a great option if you’re looking to build your own medical kit or if you just want to invest in a few key items, like a tourniquet.
Concealed Carry Holster
You can never have too many holsters. No matter who you’re shopping for, if they own a pistol, they will love receiving a new holster for it.
At Vedder Holsters, we offer a wide variety of custom Kydex and hybrid holsters – there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for IWB, OWB, or pocket carry holsters, we’ve got you covered.
And, even if your gun lover already has a Vedder Holster or two (or three), don’t worry. In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’ve released two brand-new holsters just in time for the holiday season. Check out our new ProTuck and SideTuck holsters, or view our entire collection here.
And, when it comes to gifting, the best part is that all our products are backed by a 30-day risk-free trial and a lifetime guarantee, so you can shop with confidence.
Targets and Training Gear
Training is a critical part of being a responsible gun owner, especially for those who conceal carry. From targets to dry fire training kits, you can’t go wrong gifting this kind of gear to a gun lover.
Classic paper targets are always a great gift idea, and they’re cheap, too! Splatterburst makes a variety of target styles, all of which leave a fluorescent mark each time it’s hit. If you’re looking for a more challenging game-style target, the Vedder Holsters “Around the World” Marksmanship Paper Target Game is an excellent choice.
If you want to give your gun-loving friend a more advanced target to shoot at, Do-All Outdoors makes everything from bouncing ground targets to spinning steel targets, all of which are a lot of fun.
Dry fire training systems also make great gifts for gun enthusiasts. Mantis makes training systems for every type of gun. These systems work by connecting to a mobile device so you can track your shooting and learn how to improve.
For a dry fire training laser cartridge, which allows you to practice dry fire training using a laser so you can judge your accuracy, check out the G-Sight laser cartridge system.
If you have a concealed carrier in your life, odds are they’re also into everyday carry – or EDC.
If that sounds like someone you know, then consider gifting them a minimalist wallet this holiday season. These “slim wallets” are designed to be compact, extremely durable, and allow you to carry only the essentials to declutter your life and focus on what’s important.
If you’re looking for a high-quality minimalist wallet, we recommend the GeoGrit wallet. These durable, RFID-blocking wallets only weigh 1.6 ounces and hold up to 12 cards, making them perfect for tossing in a bag or slipping into your front pocket.
If you love Vedder Holsters, then you’ll love GeoGrit. These wallets are made in America by the same people who handcraft your favorite Vedder Holsters, so you know it’s craftsmanship you can trust.
The GeoGrit wallet is also backed by a 30-day risk-free trial and a lifetime guarantee.
If you know someone who loves to spend time at the range, one of the best presents you can buy them is a quality range bag to keep their stuff in.
These handy bags are designed to organize your ammo, safety gear, tools, and whatever else you may want to bring to the range. Depending on how high or low maintenance your gun enthusiast is, there are a variety of bag sizes and styles to choose from.
For your run-of-the-mill tactical range bag, complete with plenty of pockets, straps, and storage compartments, check out these options from Reebow Tactical, Smith & Wesson, and OSAGE RIVER, all of which are reliable, durable bags that are perfect for range day.
If you’re looking for something a little more robust for someone who likes to take lots of gear to the range, this G.P.S. tactical range backpack is a great choice. On the flip side, if you’re looking for a more compact option for someone who only needs to transport a pistol or two, this DBTAC gun case bag might be a better alternative.
This gift idea is perfect for newbies, though long-time shooters typically appreciate receiving new, high-quality safety gear as well.
When shooting, there are a few critical safety items that everyone needs: ear protection and eye protection.
Quality ear protection, in a way, is the gift that keeps on giving because it helps prevent potential hearing loss from repeated gunshots. If you’re looking for electronic earmuffs that allow a shooter to hear regular sounds while canceling out the loud bang of a gunshot, Walker’s is a great option. Howard Leight offers a great selection of earmuffs, including those that connect to Bluetooth, electronic earmuffs, and youth sizes, while 3M Safety offers an equally wide variety of hearing protection options.
When it comes to eye protection, you want to make sure to invest in a quality pair of safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from debris like stray casings and gunpowder while shooting.
If you’re looking for a really nice pair of safety glasses, Smith Optics offers a wide variety of colors and styles of their incredibly durable products. Howard Leight by Honeywell glasses are another great option, and they’re easier on the budget.
If you know the kind of firearm your gun-toting friend has, and you know what sort of accessories they’re interested in, they’ll surely be excited to receive a light, laser, or optic to mount on their weapon.
If you’re interested in learning more about the kinds of accessories available for guns, check out this article here. Mounted accessories are a bit expensive, making them a great option for those in your life who you want to give something extra special to.
Here are some of our recommendations for lights, lasers, and optics you may want to consider.
Lights & Lasers:
If your gun lover is also an avid reloader, or you think they may be interested in trying to reload their own ammunition, reloading supplies always makes a great gift.
Hornady is a go-to brand when it comes to reloading. They sell everything from gunpowder scales, tools, and handbooks to full-sized reloading presses – you can go as crazy as you want!
If you’re shopping for a new reloader, and want to invest in a more expensive gift, the Hornady Lock-N-Load classic reloading press kit is the perfect way to ensure they have everything they need to get started reloading ammo.
For more established reloaders, consider replenishing their supply of gunpowder or casings. Reloaders always need more of these things, so purchase the brand and type of their choice! (They know what they like.)
If your gun enthusiast is also a T-shirt junkie, you’re in luck – gun-themed shirts are always a hit (plus, you can never have too many).
For a variety of patriotic and gun-themed shirts, check out our Vedder Nation apparel selection. We offer a variety of graphic T-shirts showing support for our troops and law enforcement as well as “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Liberty or Death” designs.
Tactical pants make another great gift for a gun lover. Not only do they look cool, but they have an abundance of pockets, making them great for the range or for carrying a bunch of EDC gear.
We’ve covered a lot of “serious” gift ideas so far, and now it’s time to talk about some of the many fun novelty items the gun lovers you know are sure to enjoy.
If you know a gun enthusiast who also enjoys drinkware, you’re in luck. There is an endless supply of gun-themed mugs, whiskey glasses, pint glasses, wine glasses, and even 12-gauge shot glasses on the market to choose from. And don’t forget to pair your gift of glassware with some Black Rifle Coffee, some bullet-shaped whiskey stones, or even these shotgun shell drink coasters!
For those who like to concealed carry at the office, or for anyone who uses pens, really, this makes a fun gift. You may even want to pair it with some bullet-themed pens.
If you know a gun enthusiast with a man cave in need of some interior decorating, consider gifting some firearm-themed wall art. If you do go that route, you may want to give them a gun-scented candle to complete the ambiance. You can find wax candles that smell like gun oil, gun powder, and even the shooting range, so your friend can feel like they’re out shooting no matter where they are.
You could also give them gun-themed socks (or socks for your gun), these six-shooter table lamps, a gun-shaped lighter, or anything else you can come up with. The sky's the limit when it comes to firearm-themed novelty gifts!
We could keep coming up with gun gift ideas all day, but we’ve got to wrap things up at some point. On that note, here are some bonus gift ideas for gun lovers … just in case you needed some more.
If there’s a single universal gift that all shooters always want, it’s ammo. You can never have enough, and it will always get used (Plus it makes a great stocking stuffer)! Guns.com is a great place to buy ammunition online, or you can check out your local gun store. You may even want to pair the ammo with a new ammo can for them to store and transport it in.
If you really want to make someone happy, you can buy them a pass to their local shooting range. Most ranges offer annual memberships, and many offer gift certificates and month-long passes as well. Check with your local range for more information.
Along those same lines, a monthly subscription box containing a variety of tactical EDC gear is always a fun surprise. Boxes like BattlBox, TacPack, and Barrel & Blade hand-pick a variety of cool EDC gear including things like survival equipment, knives, gear bags, and other tools.
If you’re strictly looking for survival gear, a survival kit might be the best option. Check out these ones from Weyland and Verifygear, both of which include equipment like knives, emergency ropes, carabiners, compasses, flashlights, and much more.
If you still can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with a gift card so the gun enthusiast in your life can choose their own gift. Gift cards to Amazon, Cabelas, or your local gun store are always well-received. If you want to get more personal, choose a gift card to the manufacturer of your friend’s favorite carry pistol so they can pick different aftermarket accessories or modifications.
At the end of the day, the best gift certificate you can give is one to Vedder Holsters, so your gun-toting loved one can choose a holster or gun belt to complete or improve their carry system with the most comfortable holster in America.
We hope that no matter who’s on your shopping list this year, this Vedder Holsters Annual Christmas Gift Guide gave you some inspiration for what to give the gun lovers in your life.
If you’re looking for belts or holsters, we recommend visiting our Holsters by Gun Model page for holsters that are custom-made for your weapon of choice. For all of our belt and holster options and for more information to help you choose the carry system that works best for you, visit our Vedder Holsters website.
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