Money clips, instead of wallets, come in handy when you want to travel light but still need some cash on hand. For those on a cash-based budget, money clips also allow you to take only the paper money you need for an outing. Most money clips also hold credit cards securely for people who want both cash and charge cards available.
Sleek and simple, money and credit card holders make great groomsmen and graduation gifts. Small enough to fit in the front pocket of pants, money clips are also excellent choices for those traveling in crowds where pickpockets may linger.
Double-Sided Smart Money Clip
Storus sells a two-sided Smart Money Clip that stores cash under a clip on one side while the other side features a slide-in channel to hold from one to five bank or credit cards. Available in polished stainless ($19.95), graphite ($29.95), gun metal ($39.95) and gold ($39.95), the company can engrave the money clips for $7 for the first line and $12 for two lines of engraving. Shipping starts at $5.95.
Thrifty Leather Magnetic Money Clip
Two strong magnets secure your money and cards in Royce’s magnetic money clip, available at Easy Street Gift Shop. Choose from black, burgundy or brown leather, each with a suede exterior. The two magnets hold cash and cards tight. Measurements: 1-5/8 inches wide, 2 ¾ inches tall and ½ inch deep. Price: $7.99, shipping varies with UPS or USPS.
Moneybiz Money Clip
More hefty than a small money clip but slimmer than a standard wallet, the leather Moneybiz Money Clip contains a pocket for business cards and credit cards and a magnetized clip for cash. Available through Levenger, this leather money clip comes in black or espresso and measures 2 ¾ inches wide, 3 ½ inches tall and ½ inch deep. Price: $44, $6 for monogrammed initials. Shipping starts at $7.
Swiss Army Money Clip
The ultimate in functionality in a small package, the Swiss Army Money Clip stores your cash and cards with a clip attached to a classic Swiss Army knife. With this money clip, you can quickly access a large knife, scissors and a nail file and nail cleaner, which fold out of the knife’s classic Swiss Army knife base. The three-inch long clip comes in white, black or red and the Swiss Knife Shop can engrave the knife with up to 10 characters. Price: $29.95, shipping varies.
Costume Copper Money Clip
Etsy, the site for all things handmade, lists a wide array of unique handmade money clips, including a copper-wire money clip from ialuna’s Etsy store. Clip your bills and cards between the loops of flexible 12-gauge copper wire and you will be ready to roll. The copper money clip measures 2-inch by 2-inch and sells for $12. Shipping is $1.25 in the U.S., $2.50 elsewhere