Wallet vs Card Holder, Which Is Best for You?

By Bridget Muscat

Updated November 18, 2019 @ 08:48PM

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So, your old wallet has seen better days and is becoming a bit of an embarrassment! Not great for impressing your new date, your boss and or even the store check out girl! Maybe it’s time to invest in a new, slim, beautifully crafted wallet or cardholder.

So we’re going to cover wallet versus cardholder. But where do you start? Are you a minimalist kind of person with a couple of credit cards, your driver’s license and you’re ready to go, or do you like to use your wallet to store cash, business cards, travel documents, family photos and more!

Let’s take a look below at the short answer as to whether you should opt for a slim wallet or a minimal card holder.

Which is Better, a Wallet or a Card Holder?

When you are looking to buy a wallet or cardholder and you aren’t sure which will suit your needs best, decide whether you are looking to carry cash and other items or whether you simply want to carry a few cards plus perhaps your driver’s license. That will help you make the best choice.

 Now that we’ve given you the short answer as to the kind of accessory is best for you to safely carry around your important cards, cash, travel passes, and other important documents, let’s take a look below at the benefits of choosing either a slim, well crafted beautiful soft leather super slim Allett wallet or a super convenient card holder.

Benefits of The Wallet

One of the clearest differences between a wallet and a card holder, is the fact you are able to carry around more of your personal belongings in a more secure way. 

A wallet can safely take care of your important items such as your store or loyalty cards, receipts for purchases, driver’s license, travel documents, cash and more!

It’s often important that we are able to carry a little spare change for when only cash will do. The concealed compartments that many wallets have are perfect for that eventuality.


Useful Concealed Compartments

A lot of wallets will have a wealth of uber neat and convenient zipped sections that help organize your super busy life, from a day at the office, to weekend sporting activities, city breaks and other kinds of travel including backpacking trips to that wonderful exotic destination you’ve been longing to visit!

Fashion Statement

Don’t forget that a wallet is also a fashion statement and an important accessory to define your style and show who you are. Whether you are looking for a nifty super slim waterproof sports wallet for weekends outdoors, or if a more refined slim wallet made from beautifully crafted materials such as eco-friendly vegetable dyed leathers and canvas in rich earthy tones to compliment coffee shop culture is more your style.

A Gift to Yourself or Others

A beautiful wallet is irreplaceable and whether you choose a more modern or vintage style, it is the one accessory you will use every day, so it represents fantastic value when deciding on your budget. A stylish wallet is the perfect fashion statement, a carefully chosen gift or even a well-earned treat to yourself!


“Many wallets will have a wealth of Uber neat and convenient zipped sections that help organize your super busy life.”


So, now we’ve seen why a wallet would perfectly suit your needs, let’s take a look and see if there are any negative aspects of a wallet versus a cardholder.

Are there any downsides to a wallet?

Of course, the primary downside of a wallet as compared with a cardholder is the size. A wallet is bigger than the more slimline card holder and may not fit well with those who like to wear skinny jeans! 

Wallets do tend to suffer a little more in terms of wear and tear than a card holder as often they are maybe thrown into a satchel, your gym or work bag and over time it can cause the leather to crease and wear a little over time.

However, don’t forget that with our beautiful patented slim design incorporated into our wallets, which were made purposefully to remain slim regardless of how much is inside it.

Our design philosophy for ultra-slim wallets and accessories allows for both minimal and maximal carry depending on the size of the wallet you choose. We also design for practicality with cleverly hidden compartments and plenty of storage for all your important stuff while giving a sleek appearance perfect for keeping in your front pocket! 

So even if you cram your wallet with all kinds of personal items, you will still carry a conveniently slim and elegant wallet. This means you don't have to ditch everything you carry to achieve a slim wallet.

Benefits of a Cardholder

A super compact and versatile card holder, designed to blend in perfectly with your pockets are an increasingly popular accessory decision for many.

A card holder won’t bulge excessively when filled with loose change and can also be easier to access in your front pocket, rather than being thrown into a bag, rucksack or backpack. Naturally it's small size will accommodate only what it fits, which is less than a wallet.

Another benefit of a card holder is that it really makes you decide what items are important enough to be carried around with you on a daily basis. Opting for a smaller cardholder can be a pivotal moment in structuring and organizing your daily personal items such as store cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, and others.

Often when we decide to buy a new wallet and we are emptying out the old one, it can be pretty surprising the amount of stuff we carry around daily, which we may not even use! Opting for a card holder can really help us to hone down the really important items we need. These could be maybe your check account card, public transport card and a bit of folded cash for emergencies. Maybe the loyalty card from the coffee shop down the street gets left behind since most of these programs now come in digital format instead of the old paper card. 

A card holder can often be more durable given its size and the fact you can slot it easily into a pocket on your person, rather than the wear and tear a wallet may get from being bundled into a bag every day or carried in the back pocket. 

A card holder won’t lose its shape by being sat on accidentally if you’ve popped it in your back pocket and as they are extremely light and can be carried easily in pockets, you won’t waste precious time rummaging through your work or gym bag in order to locate it.


Are there any downsides to choosing a card holder?

There is, of course, a crossover of any downsides if you decide to choose a cardholder over a wallet. That is the size. 

It could be that if you’re a regular traveler or need to take business cards with you to the office, or simply if you have lots of cards or cash and maybe need to take loose change with you to use during your day. 

Even if you don’t particularly carry loose change and only carry notes, you may be given some in a store as change, which means your pockets will have to bear the brunt of the weight, which can also look unsightly causing pocket bulges.

And Finally...

So whichever way you roll, choosing a wallet or a cardholder, you can be sure we will have an elegant, stylish accessory perfect for your needs. Don’t forget to check our store which has a wealth of beautifully designed, eco-friendly, and more importantly craftsman made in California wallets are cards holder in a range of practical and stylish finishes perfect for your needs. 

If by chance you are looking for increased organization and extra carrying capacity, you may want to consider carrying both a cardholder and a wallet together.  Another excellent option is our Hybrid Card Wallet, it's the size of a card holder with the carrying capacity of a wallet.


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