By Michael Dorausch, DC
Ladies, if you have a geeky man in your life, consider a Man Bag (aka Man Purse) or any of the items that go in it, as the perfect 2009 Valentine’s Day gift. Trust me, most guys receiving any of these items, will love you long time.
I’m proud of my Man purse, even though my friends have made fun of it when out on the weekend. I’m not the metrosexual type, so maybe a man bag looks peculiar on my shoulder. However, I am a total geek, and when my manly nerd friends see what’s inside my bag, their comments turn to geeky envy.
Earlier this morning Loren Baker tweeted me a message saying “I wanna check out your man purse…” which got me thinking about the awesome collection of gadgets found in my bag. I realized have never posted anything regarding it, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I thought this would be the perfect time.
Okay guys, here we go with my man fashion show. There are tons of bags available, but this one worked perfect for me. With the popularity of netbooks growing, I think this size of a bag will continue to be a big hit. Ladies, looking for ideas for the man in your life that spends all day on Twitter and Digg? Any of these items should do the trick as a geek guys Valentine’s Day gift.
This particular bag I got from a TUMI store, which you can find in most high end malls across America. There are even TUMI outlet stores at some of the consumer outlet centers. I believe this particular bag is called “Ducati” and it comes in several different colors. Black worked fine for me. Looks kind of manly if I do say so myself.
It’s a nice bag, you can see the zippers and the hole where MP3 earbuds can pass through. But these bags offer much more for the on the go blogger, citizen journalist, or just basically geek guy that needs to have his technology available at all times. Girls, please understand (and I know some of you do), some of these items are as essential to us as lip gloss and whatever else it is that you keep in your girl purse.
Feast your eyes on what comfortably fits inside the typical Man Purse (you can add or remove items as you see fit). Click on the image (on Flickr) to get a selection of larger views.
I think that every man geek should have at least some of these electronics, and the woman that allows us to bring things like these to a Valentine’s dinner is going to have our hearts forever. You never know when you need to get online and tweet your friends. Maybe there’s an actor gong on a major rant or a plane landing on the river. With items like these in your man bag, you’ll be ready to capture all the action and share it with the world.
Okay, here’s a rundown of what’s in my bag. An Asus Eee PC 7 inch laptop (got mine at geeks.com), which is perfect for checking Internet while on the road. I don’t recommend working with it all the time, but if you’re at a restaurant, bar, or out with friends, and want to surf the net, it’s the perfect netbook PC. Prices on these range from mid $200’s to mid $300’s depending on which options you get.
A Flip Video camera for citizen journalism. The new Flip HD mino is on my Valentine’s list, but I’m very happy with the one I have now. This is an essential Man Purse item, and it’s fairly affordable. Prices range from $89 to $250, depending on which model your purchasing. For those of you seeking some Valentine’s spice, you could even use it in the bedroom.
An iPod (I have the 16 gb iPod Touch) or iPhone. Most Man geeks are already going to have one of these items, but the bag makes it easier for us to carry them around. Walking around showing off your iPhone is so 2008, time to keep it in a safe place.
Good-quality earbuds. I have a set of earbuds from Shure and they think they were around 150 bucks. Shure and other companies make some pretty high quality earbuds that range in price is from $50 to $450. I’m not a crazy audiophile, and I find the midrange earbuds work perfect for my needs.
What else is in the bag? We’ve got a laptop, cell phone (in the photo I used my LG Voyager), video camera, MP3 player and earbuds. I consider these the essentials. There’s still room for more stuff without putting a strain on your man’s neck (that wouldn’t be a good thing).
I also suggest getting a mini tripod, just in case you might need one for your video camera or digital camera. By the way, I also keep a Nikon coolpix digital camera in my bag, but I was using it to take photos, so it’s not in the picture.
Things like adapters for SD cards, USB memory sticks, and various cables, are also good items to keep in the bag. That’s not including other things like business cards, a good supply of mints and gum, and maybe a credit card or some cash tucked away in a side pocket. There’s lots of pockets in the bag I got from TUMI, and I checked out a lot of bags before I got this one.
OK, those are my ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for geek men. If you could think of any other essentials, feel free to add them in the comments.