Metro Man: Best Out-of-the-Box Gift Ideas

Thinking of some out-of-the-box gift ideas this holiday season? We put together a list of several of our favorite gift items that will be well received. Our selections this year include the following: Boka Box, Menaji, The Spice Lab Botanicals, James Cox Knits and SOLO Hybrid Backpack.

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SOLO: A Backpack that converts to a briefcase. This company is a leader in technology bags and cases. What we like most about the bag is that its padded compartment protects laptops and tablets. It is perfectly designed with handles and padded straps for the conversion from office to activities. The Velocity Hybrid Backpack will make the perfect gift for your guy on the go. There are two compartments and one front pouch to store all of his needs.

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Menaji: This cleaver travel kit is perfect for the travlin’ man on your list — it adjusts from slim to full size to keep all of his toiletries. The front compartment contains everything he’ll need for grooming: Deep Cleansing Masque, Clear Shave 3-in-1 formula, Power Hydrator Aftershave and 911 Eye Gel. I found the products to be refreshing with a clean and masculine scent. The collapsible bag makes it very convenient for storage in luggage.

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Boka Box: Give him a healthy mouth. Boka Box contains a new charcoal bristled toothbrush to help reduce bacteria (that’s why the bristles are black). It also comes with their all-natural minty paste and dental floss. It comes with a common reminder to brush twice a day, floss once every day, replace your brush every three months and see your dentist twice a year.

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James Cox Knits: This is certainly a alternative gift for the creative man in your life. James Cox Knits is a kit that comes with yarn and instructions on how to make everything from gloves to caps to sweaters. We chose this gift idea as more and more men embark on the knitting craze. Now he can learn how to make everything from socks to cardigans, scarves to neckties, etc. There are video instructions on the website.

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The Spice Lab Botanicals: If the guy on your list likes a good cocktail on occasion, this company has a great selection of 10 botanicals to enhance his happy hour. The Gin & Tonic kit comes with a professional bar spoon and tips to make him a fantastic mixologist. It includes juniper berries, cardamom, licorice, cassia, Persian roses, star anise and more. I enjoyed trying and serving the concoctions with other liquors besides gin. It’s a great gift for entertaining.

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Moonstruck: is a company that makes hand crafted artisan chocolates. But this gift idea is not your ordinary package of truffles. The Oregon Craft Brewers Collection is Moonstruck’s craft brewers collection – choose from 4 great craft beers and taste the rich, nutty, and hoppy flavors. This 12-pack highlights the best of Oregon including Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Full Sail IPA, Widmer Hefeweizen, and Deschutes Black Butte Porter. We think it’s the perfect idea for the man on your list who enjoys his suds and has a sweet tooth.

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Happy shopping and happy holidays.

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