So my boyfriends birthday is coming up and I want to get him something that he will like, and more importantly something that he will USE! I think we have all had that problem where you buy a friend or boyfriend some really great knick knack just to have it tossed in the corner never to be looked at again (I’m looking at you, matching puzzle piece necklaces from Things Remembered). Don’t get me wrong, sentimental gifts are greatly appreciated, but they don’t always get as much attention as we expect when we first buy them. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good gift idea, and it doesn’t mean your loved one didn’t like it (he did but silly me for thinking he would wear a necklace every day!) It just means you can’t do as much with a knick knack as you could with some sort of craft.
Basically, I want to buy my boyfriend a gift that he will be able to do something with. So what does a gift like that look like? What would be a “manly” craft? These are the questions I was asking myself when I found Mr. Beer Home Brewing! I mean come on, what is more manly than beer? (or Root Beer or cider because Mr. Beer is smart and realizes sometimes, not even the manliest of men like beer)
Mr. Beer Home Brewing has different sized at home kits ranging from $54.95 to $129.95. I chose the LBK $54.95 kit not only because it was the cheapest but because it was the smallest and therefore the easiest to have in a college home. This 8 liter kit makes 2 gallons of beer and is perfect for first time users. The Mr. Beer Home Brewing website states that the kit comes with:
• 8 Liter Keg Fermenter & Lid
• (11) 740-mL PET Bottles, Caps and Labels
• Spigot, Washer and Nut
• Can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME)
• Packet of Yeast (Under lid of the HME)
• Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
• Bag of Carbonation Drops
• Brewing With Mr.Beer® How-To DVD (English, Español, François)
• Detailed Printed Instructions (download)
I can’t wait to give it to my boyfriend and see what he creates!