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Gifting is tough — whether it’s for your significant other or a mysterious work colleague. Sometimes, it seems like guys are especially tricky to shop for. Maybe your husband won’t divulge any gift wishes, or your dad doesn’t seem to have many hobbies. Whatever the case, picking up a good gift box for men could make your delivery a lot easier.
Gift boxes (a.k.a gift baskets) seem to have grown in popularity recently with newly-released options for all tastes and personal interests. Previously dominated by chocolates and champagne (which you can still find here), gift boxes now range from pizza-making kits to woodworking sets to hot sauce collections. Plus, many gift boxes come with a subscription option for gifts that keep giving every month or so.
What Are the Best Gift Boxes for Men?
The best gift boxes for men make shopping much easier; all you need is a loose idea of what your intended gift recipient likes to do. If you’re struggling to find a great gift for any man in your life — or want to treat someone to an assortment of goodies — read on. We’ve rounded up some of the best gift boxes for men, including picks for crafty guys, foodies, sports fans and hard workers.
1. Man Crates Knife Making Kit
Guys like knives. Give them a chance to make their own with this knife-making kit from Man Crates. Leading the kit is a versatile Japanese 440c stainless-steel Shawnee Skinner blade, sans handle or decoration. Adding these elements is up to the box’s recipient, who will get a maple handle scale set and a brass bolster set, plus all the necessary accessories and tools for finishing the knife.
2. Box of Matter
For any dudes with a curious mind and/or a love for science, consider this Box of Matter. Each month, the box delivers fossils, historic artifacts, cutting-edge materials, scientific tools, and other interesting pieces. You also get detailed research on the contents of the box, making the recipient an expert on whatever they’re working with. The March 2021 box, for example, included a prehistoric fossil, an analysis tool, a piece of one of the oldest computer programs and the tooth of an animal.
3. Man Crates Personalized Pizza Grilling Crate
When done right, homemade pizza is a fun, tasty activity for the whole house. This pizza grilling crate from Man Crates ensures a good time with high-quality pizza ingredients, a personalized stainless steel pizza peel, grilling stones, a roller and a pizza cutter. It makes the whole process of crafting some ‘za much easier — especially if your gift recipient needs some help in the kitchen.
4. Man Crates Lazy Daze Crate
Some hard-working guys need an extra push when it comes to relaxing. This “Lazy Daze” crate does just that, giving a guy everything he needs to kick back and take some time off. He can sink into a cushy inflatable air sofa (ideal for outdoor use), throw on bottle opener sunglasses and enjoy an array of tasty snacks. The crate also comes with a 12-quart cooler and beer cozies for keeping refreshments cold.
5. Crowd Cow Family & Friends Box
Crowd Cow, founded in 2015, is designed to create a direct connection between ethical farms and fisheries and consumers. They deliver premium meats and fish right to your doorstep and offer some great assorted packages such as this Family & Friends box. It comes with two New York strip steaks, grass-fed ground beef, a cherry pocket pie and several other tasty additions to any multi-person meal.
6. Crowd Cow Oh Say Can You Sea
Another great gift box from Crowd Cow is this cheekily-named “Oh Say Can You Sea” selection of seafood. You’ll get Atlantic salmon, organic mussels, jumbo shrimp, scallops and cobia portions — all ready for cooking. Because Crowd Cow sources their seafood from trusted fisheries (viewable below the product listing on their website), you can buy assured that you’re getting premium, delicious products.
7. Craftsman Crate
For guys who like making stuff (or want to learn), go for this Craftsman crate. Each month, they’ll get a different project with all the necessary tools and materials. Past boxes have included a mosaic kit, a soapstone carving crate and a candle-making box. The crates also include detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, ensuring a successful creation no matter your recipient’s skill level.
8. The ManBox
No idea what to get the man in your life? Check out The ManBox. For just under $12 a month, your gift recipient will get a variety of gadgets, accessories, tools and more — all tailored to a masculine taste. One month he might get some tactical gear — a handy pocket knife, a flashlight and a reusable lighter — and the next he might get some stylish sunglasses, a flask and a sports bag.
9. Man Crates Most Valuable Fan Crate
Now that we’re starting to get back to live events, it’s a good idea to outfit your man for any upcoming games or concerts. This Most Valuable Fan crate delivers everything he needs to enjoy the big game. Inside, you’ll find a 16-ounce flask disguised as binoculars, a cinch string bag, a drink koozie and some tasty snacks.
10. Global Hot Sauce Gift Box
Why do guys love hot sauce? The world may never know, but if you’re looking to get a great gift for any hot sauce lover, they’ll appreciate (and use) this hot sauce gift box. Including five bottles, the set takes inspiration from around the globe to bring a varied collection of unique hot sauces. The Ethiopia sauce, for example, channels earthy, aromatic spices that go great with leafy greens, grilled meat, lentils and rice. Another option: get them a bottle of Alice Cooper’s new hot sauce here.