The Gift He Really Wants: ManCrates – Review
It’s Christmas Eve!
As exciting as that statement is, it is also quite nerve racking. See, we take on our Santa duties as well as we possibly can but often leave ourselves out aside from a few small gifts here and there. Every single year, as soon as Christmas Eve arrives, I drive myself crazy with the thought of “I should have gotten him this…” or “he probably would’ve loved that.” Usually, our gifts to one another are very practical gifts – new socks in the stocking, replacement items for the kitchen, a gift card to pick out some clothes, homemade cookies, a pair of work boots, etc. It’s almost always the things that we need opposed to the things we’d ask Santa for. It works though, and, really, I kind of like it that way. Regardless, every year, I still “what if” myself in regard to his gifts. I know that I cannot be alone on this one. After all, men are hard to shop for, right? Or are they…?
Recently I was introduced to a quite amazing little company that completely flips the tables on men’s gift giving. Until now, men have been the ones that are difficult to shop for while we women are normally impressed with the obvious jewelry and a nice dinner. However, after stumbling upon this particular company, my mindset has done a complete turnaround and I’m quite convinced that it is, in fact, us women that are the difficult ones. I bet you’re all scratching your heads and wondering how on Earth this is possible so let me clue you in…
ManCrates! Think of it as a gift basket of sorts, with all of your favorite items in one place. All wrapped up and ready to go upon ordering, all of the goodies that’d make it onto your Santa list suddenly arrive at your doorstep. If this “basket” existed for us women, we’d surely be hinting at it regularly, wouldn’t we? Well, we have to give this one to the men because ManCrates, after all, is tailored for the boys. And (not so) secretly, it makes our shopping a breeze, ladies! No need for wandering the tool and outdoor isles aimlessly anymore. Just browse their website and find the crate best suited for your man. With more than 25 different options available, there is surely something for everyone.
Now, most men aren’t really the gift basket type; the fancy basket, the nicely wrapped enclosure, the fancy bow, all of that gets torn apart anyway. Men are simple and, nine times out of ten, they’d prefer their gifts to be simple as well. However, that being said, simplicity has to come with some sort of cool factor. That is where ManCrates comes in. No bows, ribbons, or fluff, it’s a gift basket for real men! A crate and a crowbar; it’s simple and (very!) cool.
Not only can these manly men tear open their gifts but they get to do so with a good ol’ handy crowbar! Break out the big guns, boys! It’s time to go to work!
Recently ManCrates sent me their Outdoor Survival Crate to try out. I was quite excited to give it to him and, since he is an avid outdoors guy, I was anxious to see what he thought of it. Now, expletive language aside, in more or less words he basically acted like a little kid on Christmas morning at the sheer thought of getting to, quite literally, tear into his crate. Crowbar in hand, he ripped off the top and, yet again, yelled out in joy upon seeing all of the goodies inside.
This particular box included the following:
- Ultralight and compact GSI Halulite Minimalist 1-Person Cookset
- Pot that converts into an insulated mug
- Silicone lid and sipper top
- Silicone gripper
- Compact telescoping spoon
- Collapsible cook stove
- 5-in-1 Multi-tool with carrying bag
- 5 interchangeable tool heads (shovel, saw, pickaxe, hammer, hatchet)
- Built-in compass
- Paracord knife with firestarter
- Authentic FM21-76 Army Survival Field Manual
- 50 feet of paracord
- Emergency Survival blanket
- Emergency glow sticks
- Pemmican Meal Bar
- Beef Jerky
After ranting off all of the hundred plus ways that he’d be able to use the gear, he even added the idea of using the crate itself for storage within his vehicle. When all was said and done, don’t think that the excitement ended there. Since this crate full of manly goodies was something that actually peaked his interest, I witnessed him sit back and enjoy a book (the included Field Manual) for the first time, well, ever!
Now this was a very easy gift for me to choose. We go off-roading and camping quite often and there is always the chance possibility of getting stuck out in the wilderness. Thankfully, with his nifty new ManCrates gear, we will never, truly, be stuck with nothing.
In the morning, you boil water and whip up some hard-earned grub while consulting your dog-eared copy of the Army Field Manual. With luck, the only hairy situation you’ll have is the prodigious beard that will inevitably sprout during your walkabout, but it helps to have the backup. Channeling John Wayne with a little cowboy coffee, you toast your first night of survival. Nature, 0. You, 1. You feel invigorated. You make short work of striking camp, and take your bearings. If you end up in a staring contest with a mountain lion, you’ll be ready. It’s going to be a good weekend.
Whether you are shopping for the outdoorsman type like my guy, a diehard sports fan, a lay-it-all-on-the-line with a bluff poker enthusiast, a new father, a grill master, or even the lead zombie hunter come the apocalypse, ManCrates has what you are looking for… and exactly what your man wants.
You can purchase the same Outdoor Survival Crate that we received along with the entire line of ManCrates products directly from their website at www.ManCrates.com. Prices start as low as $24.99. Same-day shipping as well as APO shipping are available.
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Father, husband, son, grandfather, uncle, or friend… get your man what he really wants for Christmas: ManCrates.
*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only.