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Nov 28, 2016

How to: Bake Simply Stunning Artisanal Bread (on the first try)

Baking bread is one of those hard to qualify skills if you're looking at it from the outside with no real experience. On the one hand, people have been doing it for thousands of years in all sorts of climates with all sorts of varying available ingredients. On the other hand, it seems like a hard science that requires potentially its own baking contraption and yeast (who has baking yeast lying around?), meaning another trip to the grocery store. But here's the thing: it's not really that hard...   

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Nov 28, 2016

Good Idea: Make This Leather Lunch Tote as a Holiday Gift

Photo: Design Sponge

NOW is the time to start making those DIY gifts you want to give your loved ones this year. I have a bad habit of usually waiting until Christmas decorations start flooding my visual field before I remember that I want to make a bunch of DIY gifts each year, and by that time it's often too late to start working on the good ones. So don't make my same mistakes, get going no this DIY Leather Lunch Tote today!   

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Nov 21, 2016

50 Gifts Under $50 For Men

Perhaps you've drawn a name for the office Secret Santa and it's time to pony up for a solid gift that won't break the bank. Maybe it's for your brother-in-law, a buddy who helped you move. Perhaps, even though you're thirty-two, your mom keeps on insisting you give her a complete wishlist from which she'll select her favorites. Whatever the reason, it's gift giving season. Here are 50 options to find something they (or you) will love.   

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Nov 16, 2016

50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

 50 stocking stuffers gift guide

Let's dispense with the formalities, shall we? You're here for stocking stuffer gift ideas, and we are here to give them to you. Here are all the things you should put in your stockings this year:

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Nov 12, 2016

You Can Do This: A Young Man's Guide to Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

A young man's guide to throwing his first real dinner party

I'll admit it: when I was 24, and thinking about hosting friends for Thanksgiving for the very first time, I probably wouldn't have used a guide like this. For one thing, I was stubborn and willful, and liked to think I could figure everything out on my own (wrong!). For another, that was 2006, and the internet was a much newer, smaller place then: this type of guide probably wasn't out there. 

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Me at my first Friendsgiving. Don't be like me.

But you, my friends! You youngsters with your illogical catch phrases and shrug emojis and your ability to understand how to use Snapchat! You can be better! You can do what few young men before you have ever done! You can host an awesome Thanksgiving meal at your house, and it can look amazing, and you can even have fun doing it. C'mon, it's not going to be hard ...

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May 04, 2016

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts...That Will Still Arrive by Sunday

created at: 05/06/2015

We know you love your mom, but life gets busy and we all fall behind. Luckily for you it's not too late show that incredible woman how much you love her with these unique gifts from Amazon Prime that if you buy today, will still arrive in time for you be the favorite son!   

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Mar 09, 2016

How to: Dye Your Own Minimalist Easter Eggs

As far as holidays go, Easter isn't the most stylish. I mean, with all the pastels and baby birds and neon plastic grass, it's definitely not a season for the design-minded.

Unless, of course, you break things down into their most simple parts. Take the Easter egg; its ovoid shape is the definition of nature's penchant towards efficiency, and the dyeing with natural, real world colors gives the whole thing an amazing sense of organic texture. 

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Feb 10, 2016

This is the Cocktail Every Couple Should be Drinking on Valentine's Day

created at: 02/12/2015

To be honest, we're firmly in the "don't make dinner reservations for Valentine's Day" camp. Especially on a year like this, when the date falls on a weekend. Save the special evenings for anniversaries, celebrations of achievements or special events, or heck, any random Friday night. Those are guaranteed to be more "romantic," memorable, and special.  

So, if you wanna do something fun on the 14th, spend the day outside - go for a snow hike, a bike ride, or visit a museum. Then, come 5:00pm, head home and either cook together, or snag some takeout and allow the time to make the day special, not the prix fixe menu. 

Oh, and since you're home and not driving, you've totally gotta make this cocktail.    

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Dec 25, 2015

Roundup: 5 Original Holiday Cocktails Using Ingredients You Already Have

created at: 12/13/2011

I love discovering new cocktail recipes, and unique ways to coax different, unique flavors with classic spirits.

But, these days, discovering "new cocktails" on the internet usually means "new fandangled drinks that use a bunch of specialty liqueurs and spirits you don't have and aren't gonna buy a whole bottle of to try a new drink."

So, with that in mind, I decided to come up with five tasty, holiday-ish cocktails using stuff you can find in an average liquor cabinet. Of course, that varies from home to home, but these stick to spirits you've heard of, I promise. Plus, each features a bit of festive pomegranate flavor courtesy of our

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Dec 24, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 24th Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.       

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Dec 22, 2015

The Five Hour Darth Vader Yule Log

created at: 12/20/2015Star Wars: The Force Awakens has nearly tripled the world record box office receipts for a winter release so it's a little understandable that the fervor is spreading into so many aspects of the holidays. There have been some great yule log videos now over the years (check out Nick Offerman drinking Scotch for 45 minutes), but I've never seen one like this...   

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Dec 22, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 22nd Edition


created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.       

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Dec 21, 2015

Cynicism and Irony are Overrated: I’m a Grown Man and I Love Christmas

created at: 12/21/2015

If you've been on the site this December, you've probably noted our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar series, where we're sharing some of our favorite non-cheesy seasonal songs each day leading up to Christmas. 

This post began as one of those, scheduled for tomorrow. But by the time I got done stream-of-consciousness-ing all over the place, I realized I'd gone off into somewhere more than why I like this chord progression.

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Dec 21, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 21st Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.       

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Dec 20, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 20th Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.       

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Dec 19, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 19th Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.      

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Dec 18, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 18th Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.    

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Dec 17, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 17th Edition

created at: 12/13/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.       

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Dec 16, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 16th Edition

created at: 12/09/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.      

Wednesday, December 16th: "Christmas at the Airport" by Nick Lowe

It took a bit of calculus, but I'm comfortable is saying so: Nick Lowe is my favorite

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Dec 15, 2015

12 Days of DIY: Skills Everyone Can Learn Over The Holidays

created at: 12/15/2015

With the holidays nigh upon us, now is the perfect time to take advantage of your hard-earned vacation days and learn those simple DIY skills you’ve been meaning to master. Go ahead and perform some household maintenance like fixing basic plumbing problems or tending to your heating and cooling system, or opt for more exciting prospects like using a soldering iron or learning to sew.   

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