Gift Buying Guide

Helpful tips for finding the perfect gift


Holidays. Birthdays. Weddings. Anniversaries. Promotions. Graduations. Father's Day. Mother's Day. Or just because. There are dozens of reasons to give a gift, and in almost every instance, giving a knife, multi-tool, backpack, or other gear makes a lot of sense.

We get it though, finding the perfect knife can be daunting.  But we can make giving a knife simple and stress-free. All you need to do is answer one easy question. The most important question: Who is it for? In general, knives and multi-tools are designed for very specific purposes. Sure, you can use a knife designed for hard use by the military to cut a wedding cake. Just like you can use a classy everyday carry knife in a high-stakes rescue situation.  But ideally, you'll match a knife or a multi-tool with a specific persona.

At SOG, we've built our products to meet the exacting demands of specific user groups. We've enlisted the help of subject matter experts who've helped us understand exactly what's expected out of  each product in each situation. Our products are made with a purpose.

So start by answering the most important question: Just who is getting this gift, are they a Professional, Outdoor enthusiast, or will they carry their gift Daily?


Protect and serve. Those who dedicate their lives to the armed services are pretty familiar with knives, but most would still appreciate a nice, new duty knife if it's given to them.

Law enforcement personnel, from duty officers in the station to SWAT team members to Border Patrol agents know the importance of a good blade. First responders – whether that's an EMT or firefighter ­– could use specially designed knives or tools to help save a life.

SOG started in 1986 by making a knife that paid homage to a special forces unit of the U.S. military. Since then, we've outfitted soldiers, police, firefighters and EMTs in some of the most demanding environments on earth. We're confident we have a gift for the hero on your list.

See a curated selection of Professional gifts here and our complete selection of Professional products here.


There are countless reasons to use a knife or multi-tool while outdoors.

A hiker might need a lightweight knife to cut moleskin to cover a blister. A camper might put a multi-tool to use when cooking over an open fire. An angler might need to remove a hook or cut a line that wrapped around a propeller. A hunter might need to use a knife to field dress an animal. Backyard campers might want a safe set of throwing knives for hours of screen-free entertainment.

The good thing is we have plenty of options. We've got something for the mountaineer ready to make a once-in-a-lifetime ascent, the family of four spending the weekend in a state park and everybody in between.

See a curated selection of Outdoor gifts here and our complete selection of Outdoor products here.


Sure, we live in uncertain times. In the name of being prepared for an unseen emergency, a knife could mean the difference between life and death.

There are knives for people who want to discreetly carry a knife on them, every day where it's legally allowed. There are knives and multi-tools that a crafty or handy person could use to complete a job. There are knives meant for survival situations. And then there are knives that are simply cool to have, the kind that gear nerds just love getting their hands on.

SOG has a long and proven track record of making knives made for everyday use. Whether you need to buy a gift for the urban commuter or the gear nerd who enjoys something new, there are plenty of gift options.

See a curated selection of Daily Carry gifts here and our complete selection of Daily Carry products here.


Product Filtering - Find the right gift fast
The website uses filtering in the left margin of category and search results pages. These filters are an excellent way to narrow your search for the right gift...price, end use, dimensions and materials are powerful filters to find exactly what you want to give. You can also filter by some of our most popular customer personas to find products that meet the needs of many SOG enthusiasts. These personas include Soldiers, First Responders, Campers, Hikers, Sportsmen,  Tradesmen, Preppers, and more.

Gift Certificates - Always the perfect gift
Gift Certificates can be purchased here in denominations of $25, $50, $75, and $100. Add a note to personalize the certificate and it will be delivered immediately by email to the recipient. Gift certificates are perfect for last minute gifts and to make sure the recipient can buy exactly what they want. The perfect gift every time!

Engraving - Make Your Mark
Whether it’s for a birthday, a holiday, or just because, a custom engraving is the perfect way to make a gift from SOG even more heartfelt. Almost all of our knives can be personalized with an engraved message to make a perfect gift even more special. Read more here

Gift Buying Guide