Man Crates: Crates, Crowbars and The Art of Manly Gifting

by nessel on April 23, 2012

Man Crates, Gift Basket for Men

Guys have a hard enough time finding gifts for women, but ask a guy to buy a gift for another man and you run the risk of causing his brain to explode.   Maybe some beer or beef jerky would do the trick, but how do you give this gift to a guy?  A gift basket of beer – complete with ribbons, bows and wrapping?  Sort of kills the manliness of the beer.  A brown paper bag is more manly, but doesn’t really convey much thought or planning.  If only the gift could be delivered in a wooden crate, where the guy had to pry it open with a crow bar to get at the goods…

Introducing Man Crates, The Gift Basket for Real Men

Men of the world throw down your ribbons, bows and wrapping paper.  Pick up your laser-etched crowbars and start cracking open gift baskets made for men – Man Crates have arrived.  Yes, a new company called Man Crates is offering an alternative to traditional gift baskets, and like any manly company, they have a Manifesto…

We say ‘no’ to ugly neckties, aftershave and executive trinkets. We don’t save wrapping paper, we don’t do ribbons.

We ship bragworthy gifts. Gifts that you can’t wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them.

Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar.

We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts that guys love.

So, if you are man enough for it, watch our video review of the Man Crates.  Warning – there is some serious crowbar action involved…

Man Crates – The Gift That Feels Stolen

You know the old story about the incredibly low priced TV that “just fell off the truck” – that is what it feels like to get a Man Crate.  As the video shows, opening the crate with the crowbar is half the fun.  There is something about getting a gift in a sealed wooden crate that just feels dangerously right.  The sound of wood snapping is much more dramatic that ribbons being untied.

Match Your Man With One of 10 Manly Man Crates

In the video, we show the Retro Gamer Crate, and really what 40 something year old man does not have fond memories of eating Charleston Chew, chugging soda and playing Atari all night?  If some how you actually had a social life as a kid and did not play video games all day and night, there are still plenty of other Man Crates that could work for you.

Like to enjoy a drink here and there?  How about the American Beer, German Beer or Minibar Crate?  More a snacker than a drinker?  How about the Beef Jerky Ammo Crate or Hot and Spicy Crate?  Perhaps you are a real man’s man and like to live in the woods and wrestle grizzly bears – then the Outdoor Survival Crate is for you.   Guess what, if the Man Crates they have just don’t do it for the man in your life, drop them an email and they can do a custom Man Crate.

Unfortunately, Being A Manly Man Does Have Its Price…The Price

I guess crowbars and crates, while incredible cool and manly, do not come cheap.  The only real negative we had with the Man Crates was the price.  The Retro Gamer Crate we show in the video is $79.99.  Man Crates range from $70 – $95, so it does take some cash to get into the Man Crate fun.

I am sure someone will price out everything we showed from the Retro Gamer Crate and explain how you could buy it all for well under $80, but that would be completely missing the point.   Man Crates is really about the gifting experience, the presentation and packaging is a large part of what you are giving.  It was fun, and very different,  to open a gift with a crowbar and see what was inside.

Looking for a gift for Dad for Father’s Day?  Man Crates are a clear winner. Need to say thanks to a buddy, but want to do in a fun way – Man Crates are your answer.  Want to completely torture, torment and confuse a dude?  Give them a Man Crate, but without the crowbar.  Stand back and watch brain explode.

More Information:

Check out the ManCrates site for Information and Pricing

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  • Sam Gong

    Love the video! Persistence with the crowbar pays off.  Thanks for the shout out!

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  • Michael Ciha

    So… Why no giveaway on this one? ;-)
    I’m sure your Dad Readers would love to win one.

    • Dan Dad Does

      Hey Michael,

      The operative word is no giveaway YET!  We are working on a pretty cool Father’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway and while we can’t announce anything yet – we do agree that we need to giveaway a Man Crate!

  • 1955nurse

    OMG – this would be sooo perfect for my Hubby, my Son, my FIL… what a great idea!  Have to remember this for Father’s Day — what about a great giveaway from “Dad Does”?!?!?!

  • Mary

    No more edible fruit baskets for those men who need to be thanked, remembered, etc. Sometimes it is all in the packaging.

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  • Gifts for Guys

    A man crate is great, I remember my uncle giving one to my dad about 15 years ago, but what about a Man Bowl for ceral that looks like a pet’s bowl?

  • Ichisholm

    Best concept – ever.

  • Wilma2389

    Never heard of Man Crates before; but it is a great idea.

  • Anonymous

    Do they have to contain beer? :( My man wouldn’t want that.

    • Dan Dad Does

      Hi AnnaZed,

      Nope – they definitely do not need to have beer.  Check out the one we open in the video – beer free!  They have a decent selection of crates and many do not have beer.


  • acekard 2i 3ds

    I hope that this post will make an awareness among all video game players and video game designers. 

  • Pak4566

    These are so cool I have never seen anything like these crates!German beer collection would make my dad a happy man!He always said he loved the beer in  Germany! 

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