Suggestions for My Nostalgic Crate

If you're looking for clever gift ideas for all the special men in your life, consider Man Crates, unique packages sent in wooden crates with a cool laser-engraved crow bar included to open the box. They can be customized depending on the taste of the guy -- whiskey, cigars, grilling, fishing, baseball, football, golf, poker, the list goes on. Some of the more creative kits are for the retro gamer or the zombie apocalypse survivalist! My favorite is the "Old School Crate," loaded with items from our childhood memories -- Slinky, Rubik's Cube, Pez dispenser and candy, Pop Rocks, and Cracker Jack, just to name a few.

If I were to receive one, here are some ideas of what I'd like to see stuffed inside it.


Reggie Bar 
Reggie Jackson wanted a candy bar named after him, and his dream came true. The combination of chocolate, caramel, and peanuts would make me remember rooting for the New York Yankees as a kid and sparking my lifelong love of baseball.

Reese's Pieces
These candy-coated peanut butter snacks are always delicious, and they were a highlight of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, making a fortune when M&Ms turned down the product-placement opportunity.

Big League Chew
Bubble gum was a safer and tastier choice for kids wanting to mimic their favorite athletes who chewed tobacco. Stay away from the "chaw," young ones, and enjoy blowing bubbles instead.

Runners up: 
Fun Dip


The A-Team
"If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."

Miami Vice
From the music to the styles, this was one of the most trend-setting TV shows of the decade.

The Greatest American Hero
Before superheroes were all the rage, this little TV show made us laugh and root for the clutzy teacher with an alien suit that gave him superpowers, but he lost the instruction manual.

Knight Rider
We all wanted a talking car like K.I.T.T.

Forget the recent remake. The two 1980s miniseries about alien invasion were the best!

Runners up:
Family Ties
Fraggle Rock
Growing Pains
Max Headroom
Night Court
Peewee's Playhouse
Perfect Strangers
Police Squad
Sledge Hammer!
Small Wonder
The Twilight Zone (1980s reboot)


Micro Machines
I always loved toy cars, and now my toddler son does too.

Atari 2600
The graphics may have been terrible by today's standards and the gameplay may have been simplistic, but this brought the arcade experience home, letting us play Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-man, Missile Command, and all the rest in our own living rooms without having to constantly feed quarters to the machines!

Masters of the Universe
The cartoon was just an excuse to sell us the toys, and these action figures were great.

If you only know Transformers from the blockbuster Michael Bay movies, then you missed out on some of the coolest toys ever made.

Even though this was introduced in 1939, it was still a big part of my childhood, looking at a bunch of reels that displayed 3D scenes of dinosaurs, Batman, Superman, Land of the Lost, The Incredible Hulk, you name it!

Runners up:
G.I. Joe
Nintendo Game Boy
Simon Says
WWF Wrestling Figures


Back to the Future
I watched this so many times, I know all the lines by heart.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
This is still one of my favorite movies of all time.

The Goonies
They're planning to remake it, but it will never be as good as the original.

Blade Runner
Harrison Ford starred in one of the most atmospheric and thought-provoking sci-fi movies of all time.

Runners up:
The Blues Brothers
The Karate Kid
The Lost Boys
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rocky III
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Terminator


Michael Jackson - Thriller
How can you talk about the 1980s without mentioning the biggest selling album of the time?

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
I played this album to death.

U2 - The Joshua Tree
Anyone who knocks 80s music obviously has a very selective memory.

Van Halen - 1984
Any song from this album still makes me remember my younger days.

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
Say what you will about the music of the 80s, it was fun.

Runners up:
Duran Duran - Rio
Madonna - Like a Virgin
The Police - Synchronicity
Prince - Purple Rain
Wham! - Make It Big

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