Men’s Gift Guide - Man Crates Redefines Awesome With Specialty Gifts

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Man Crates, despite its gender specific reference, brings an innovated approach to gift giving and with ideas that range from the unusual to the wide eyed wow, the mail order company delivers crates of fun guaranteed to surprise.

The Man Crate Manifesto reinforces it's tough guy, who-rah, messaging "Our mission is to make awesome gifts that guys actually want, gifts that reek of excitement and bring people together. We're in the business of making memories with a hint of mischief. We are Man Crates, and we make awesome gifts guys love."

With this in mind, the guys over at Man Crates actually began to assemble crates that woman want also. Of course, the idea behind Man Crates is to target those who are the traditional gift givers or online shoppers and create a simple, innovated, and yes, manly gift idea which will please even the most unique individual.


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Man Crates steps it up for our DIY Projects with project kits for the tech wizard Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Kit to Wine, Home brew and Sausage Making Kits and of course the hardcore, Folding Knife Making Kit, Knife Making Kit and Chef's Knife Making Kit. Man Crates also offers Straight Edge Shaving Kit, Dutch Oven Kit, Leather Belt Making Kit.

Man Crates also has the Grilling Kits. No matter how many nights Mom makes dinner, when Dad steps in front of the grill he is King and the master of his domain. And to feed that belief Man Crates and those who order them has assembled a Grill Master Kit, a Pizza Grilling Kit, Everest Grill Crate, a Pit Master Crate, Beer Can Chicken Crate, a Meat Smoker Crowler and Troutdoorsman Crate.

No Man Cave would be complete without sports reference so Man Crates also includes NFL Barware Crate, Personalized Golf Ball Mini Crate, The Golfer's Crates and a Disc Golf Crate.

The idea are endless and they s=do have an awesome think tank of team members who ensure the crates are filled with all the items necessary to create the named item at least once. Most have a "Big" item that has an indefinite shelf life and will become part of the process.

With a slew of special days on the horizon, Father's Day, Graduation, Summer Celebrations, tailgating, any day the grill is on, is it Friday yet, gift giving can become a bit tedious and unimagitive. The guys at Man Crates are out to make everyday a special day.

Without knowing anything about this fantastic company, Man Crates sent out three of the most popular crates for review.

Mancrates are shipped in a faded box that looks like its sit in oil somewhere with dark smudge spots and the expectation that the grime will rub off on your hands and clothes. It doesn't. It is the beginning of the awesome Man Crates branding team.

Once the box is open, the Man Crate which just like the company, is exactly what it is, a small wooden crate with the words MAN CRATE appearing to be branded on the sides. The crate is sealed and the provided a mini personalized crowbar. Remember or Google what a crowbar is for as the hook end is supposed to catch the nails and lift them and the straight end is to wiggle the lid up after the nails have been lifted. Trust me the lid is seriously sealed.

I received Pizza Grilling Crate. Father's Day isn't just another ordinary day, so doesn't it warrant an extraordinary pizza? The Pizza Grilling Crate turns any ordinary grill into a flame-fueled furnace for crisp, smoky pizza that's way better than delivery.

What is in the box? It's Pizza Time! (4) 7.5" Pizza Stones, Passione Pizza Flour, Pizzacraft's Neapolitan Herb Blend, Backyard Pizzeria, Foldable Pizza Peel, 2-Sided Dough Roller, Pizzacraft Pizza Recipe Book

The Pizza Grilling Crate transforms the destructive flames of a backyard grill into the source of life for delicious, stone-grilled pizza. The Pizza Grilling Crate turns any ordinary grill into a flame-fueled furnace for crisp, smoky pizza. The four cordierite baking stones bring the heat to any personal pizza party, but can also be fitted together to grill pizza pies of all sizes and shapes, including all seven Tetris shapes.

For simple homemade, hand-tossed pizza crust, Passione is the dough you knead. This organic artisanal flour ground from premium hard red wheat makes amazing pizza that will have every man kissing his fingers in a grandiose manner, proclaiming "Delizioso!" in an exaggerated, possibly-offensive Italian accent.

Whiskey Appreciation Crate  For Dads with a taste for the finer things in life, Man Crates is here to help him restore honor to the once great bond between a man and his drink. Etching his initials into a glass decanter will publicly declare his affinity for whiskey.

What in the box?  Distinguished Gear, Personalized Whiskey Decanter (hand-made, may contain minor imperfections), 2 Personalized Heavy Bottom Rocks Glasses, 9 oz, 2 Ice Sphere Molds, 2 Slate Coasters, Whiskey Drinking Journal, Luxury Grub, Spiced Peppercorn Peanuts, Salted Pistachios, Cranberry Pecans

While the monogrammed decanter looks super classy when flanked by its matching pair of personalized rocks tumblers, whiskey should be appraised by taste as well as presentation. The decanter properly aerates and settles your whiskey so you can settle down with a glass of good company anytime.

Rounding out the Whiskey Appreciation Crate is the ultimate whiskey connoisseur collection: A pair of Tovolo Ice Molds and slate coasters, a pocket-sized whiskey tasting journal, and the most important whiskey accessory, premium savory snacks.

Grill Master Crate  Dad's grilling game will never go next level without the right gear—he needs the right tools for the job. Grab a spatula and grill up something with Dad this year truly worthy of his "Grillionaire" status.

What's in teh box? Grilling Gadgetry, Brass-knuckle Meat Tenderizer, Cast Iron Smoker Box, Set of 4 Steak Thermometers, Dried Hickory Wood Chips, Zesty Downpour, Original BBQ Sauce, Carolina Bold BBQ Sauce, Premium Spice Blend

There's a line that separates the amateurs from the professionals. It's certainly in the training and the experience, but folks often forget about the importance of your equipment. Just like you can't win a NASCAR Cup in your grocery-getter, can't crush a golf ball into orbit without a high-end driver, and aren't going to take a trophy buck without a zeroed-in tack-driver, your grilling game will never go next level without the right gear. You gotta have the right tools for the job.

Fortunately, you don't need to shell out a mountain of cash to get the equipment you need to get you to grilling nirvana. We've included some of the best accessories that every man needs to get that Grillionaire status.

Our Grill Master Man Crate includes a cast-iron smoker box and some hickory wood chips to get you started. Set the smoker box on the grill as it warms up, soak the hickory in some water, and drop 'em into the box as your meat grills. Take note, men: real flavor shouldn't come from a bottled labeled "liquid smoke."

We threw in a set of four steak thermometers, too. You may say, "hey, Team Man Crates, isn't that cheating?" And we say, "nay." There's no dishonor in knowing how done your steak is. And when you cut into a perfectly-cooked slab of beef, you too shall understand that G.I. Joe wasn't kidding when he said that Knowing Is Half the Battle.


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And because "the right tool for every job" means that sometimes you'll require some brute force, we've included a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer.

The best of class make the crate and when a new product is emerging the sauce masters all vying for the title begin to circle. As the story is told hundreds of sauces came and went, the grills burned for weeks, until finally a victor emerged. An unexpected dark horse, a little-known operation out of Virginia became the Cinderella story of the Man Crates grilling taste-off. We proudly present Bone Doctors' BBQ sauces, pair of masterpiece sauces and a brilliant spice blend.

So fire up the grill, and call your agent: after all, you're about to go pro.

So pass the hot sauce and be preapred for a kick as these Man Crates a smoking hot awesome! The Man Crate people have the branding down with a creative team that knocks it out of the park each time.

As mail order can be a bit tricky, Man Crates are the WYSIWYG of mail order: what you see is what you get. And with Father's Day on the horizon or any day Dad's, Mom's, grad's, gran's, singles or families are looking for a new twist, new tool, or just some delicious food, great memories and family fun Man Crates are the manly gift that the whole family will love.

Descriptions of crate contents courtesy of Man Crates; Introduction content and Art Direction, Janet Walker

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