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Dec 10, 2014

5 Seasonal Drinks to Make for Your Next Holiday Get-Together

Pumpkin Buttered Rum

I'm always looking for a great seasonal drink to match the theme of our get-together. This winter weather calls for a few creamy, spiced, and even buttery drinks to help brighten up the season. Here are 5 drinks guaranteed to usher in some holiday cheer.  

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Dec 09, 2014

Make These: DIY Brushed Metal Gift Tags

DIY Aluminum Gift Tags

What better way to add a touch of the masculine, industrial look to your holiday gift-giving than with some hand stamped, hand brushed aluminum gift tags? This easy tutorial will have you throwing out those name tag stickers and kraft paper tags for these rugged and reusable name plates.  

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Dec 09, 2014

Check It Out: A Bunch of Free Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

created at: 12/09/2014

Had as much "Last Christmas" as you can take? Us too.

But we still want you to enjoy some of the sounds of the seasons, without all the glitz and overproduction and reminders of shopping days that come along with that radio station in town that converts to 24/7 holidays starting the day after Halloween.   

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Dec 09, 2014

Solid Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman

Hi ConsumptionWith the holiday music beginning its rapid descent upon us, I figured it was time to put together a good holiday gift list for myself and maybe even come up with something to share with all of you. 

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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a Home State Wooden Ornament

created at: 11/30/2014

What's a perfect holiday season without a little bit of DIY? If you're from the south, like me, there's a lot of pride in showing from what state you hail. It's a badge you wear on your heart and... on basically everything else. Here in Tennessee, it's not uncommon to see the state shape on shirts, hats, drink koozies, posters, tattoos and more. So, I thought I'd carry that pride into the holiday season with a state pride Christmas tree ornament.

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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Advent Calendar

created at: 11/28/2012

As a kid, I loved making those paper ring garlands to help count down the days to Christmas. They weren't much, just strips of red and green construction paper, one looped inside another and held together with a swipe of glue stick, but, buddy, I loved the ritual of ripping those suckers off as soon as I woke up every morning.

So, for this holiday season, I wanted to embrace the idea of a countdown craft, but update it to something a bit more adult, a bit more masculine, and reusable season after season.  

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Dec 05, 2014

DIY Holiday Idea: Easy 3D stars

3D stars

As we dust off our Christmas decorations, there are plenty of great memories being pulled out of the weathered boxes. But some of the holiday hangings just don't have much cheer left in the faded colors or scratched finishes. Give an early gift by making a set of these 3D stars that bring a touch class to the room.  

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Dec 04, 2014

ManMade's 2014 Guide to Gift Card-Less Holiday Giving

created at: 12/02/2014

You owe it to your friends and family to be a good gift giver. Rule number one: cool it with the gift cards ... there's always a better solution. Below is our list of ideas to spark your true gifting spirit, sponsored by our friends at the Murphy-Goode Winery (who believe in serious wine, serious fun, and doing good).

Every gift says something to the recipient. Another $25 to spend at Amazon says, "I'm lazy" and doesn't capture season's spirit. No one will be moved because you stopped by that end cap before exiting the grocery store.

ManMade Gift Guide 2014 - Sponsored by Murphy Goode

Instead, give something that shows you actually care. Here are some gift card-alternatives with enough appeal to give to nearly anyone on your list.

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Nov 19, 2014

Make a Holiday Card Display from Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood Holiday Card DisplayWhen I was a kid, my family would try multiple times a year whenever we were dressed up for something to wrangle all my siblings together in order to snap a family Christmas card. As a result the thought of holiday cards always carried the feeling of minor annoyance that I was being kept from a very important game of freeze-tag.  

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Nov 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Personalized Tie Clip

They say true style is all in the details, and this is super simple way to add a little custom flair to your accessories.

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Dec 12, 2013

Holiday Entertaining 101: A Guy's Guide to Celebrating the Season

created at: 12/11/2013

Even with all the commercialism, the chaos, and the over-sentimentality, this season really is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays provide an opportunity to get intentional - to reach out to others, to make gifts and special food, to wish "Season's Greetings" to a stranger that you'd have otherwise ignored.   

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Dec 12, 2013

3 Cool Online Holiday Gift Ideas for the ManMade Man

Holiday Gift Sites We Love

As the holidays loom ever closer, it's time to take a look at a few good gift ideas for the DIY guy on your list. It seems that we have just about every tool we need, and we can make just about anything. So what would be a great gift for the who can make anything? Here are a few places to take a look.  

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Dec 10, 2013

No Tree? No Problem. Make This DIY Photo Tree Instead!

xmas inspiration

No space (or patience) for an actual Christmas tree? This DIY idea looks plenty festive, plus it leaves no mess at all. Bu-bye pine needles!

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Dec 09, 2013

Recipe: How to Make Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Triple chocolate peanut butter cups

This year, I'm forgoing all my traditional holiday cookie recipes, and making nothing but these: Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups. Try saying that three times fast.    

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Dec 05, 2013

How to: Make DIY Marbled Christmas Lights For Under $20

I love the festivity of string lights and paper lanterns for the holidays, and they're so easy to come by cheaply at the discount store. Except that, well, they look like cheap paper lanterns from the discount store. So, I came up with a way to put an arty spin on this classic - the perfect way to add a touch of modern to your holiday decor. 

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Dec 05, 2013

Let the Holiday Entertaining Festivities Begin! [Sponsored]

created at: 12/04/2013

The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been polished off, the bombardment of black cyber deals are (hopefully) over, and it's time to settle in to the real grooves of the holiday season, and use it as a special occasion to spend time with the people you like best.   

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Dec 02, 2013

Gift Guide: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Guy Who Loves to Cook... and Loves to Eat

created at: 12/02/2013

Whether you're actually looking to buy a kitchen gadget or piece of gear for a man, or just fulfilling your mom's wish to "send her a list," here are my (Gabriel's) ten picks for some serious food-oriented holiday gifts. I found some not-so-common gifts (other than cooking books), cause honestly, those who love to spend time in the kitchen probably already have all the staples. Take a look!

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Dec 02, 2013

Winter Style: Five Ways to Wear a V-Neck Sweater this Season

The holiday season always brings a bit of extra style uncertainty: our gathering and get together potential goes way up, and we're never quite sure how dressy an event might be. We bounce around from work to drinks with friends to Christmas light watching to office party to holiday shopping... all with a variety of co-soireers. Plus, your inside and outside and hot and cold and everywhere in between. 

The solution: a sweater. In this case, a V-neck that can go from a casual cold weather day

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Nov 19, 2013

How to: Make Edible Spoons - The Perfect Holiday Treat!

Edible Spoons DIY

A utensil that can be eaten = less cleaning and more food. Sign us up!

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Nov 18, 2013

Gift Guide: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stylish Guy On Your List

created at: 11/18/2013

Whether you're actually looking to buy some clothing and gear for a man, or just fulfilling your mom's wish to "send her a list," here are my (Gabriel's) ten picks for style-oriented holiday gifts.

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