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Dec 03, 2015

How to: Make Homemade Grenadine for Tastier Holiday Cocktails

created at: 12/12/2011

Pop quiz! What is grenadine?

Until a few years ago, I woulda said, "Um...it's that cherry stuff they put in my lemon-lime soda as a kid."

And I would have been wrong.

See, the "grenad-" in grenadine, and the "grenad-" in grenade are actually the same etymological root, and refer to a fruit that has little to do with cherries:  

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Dec 03, 2015

Taste the Season: How to Roast Cinnamon-Dusted Almonds

created at: 12/03/2015

If you’re not one to go overboard on the whole Christmas cookie thing, there are still great ways to contribute to the seasonal snacking department that don’t require a whole day of preparation. This simple recipe for Cinnamon Roasted Almonds can be concocted in under two hours including prep time, and it still combines that notorious seasonal taste with what I’m guessing is at least a slightly healthier option.   

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Dec 03, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 3rd Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

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 02, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 2nd Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

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 01, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 1st Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

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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Nov 29, 2015

10 Tricks to Make Hanging Christmas Decorations Way Easier

A little festive holiday decor can go a long way, especially if done right. Check out these 10 Christmas Decoration Hacks to make your holiday decor blend seamlessly into your home without any lasting intrusion or marks on the walls.   

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Nov 25, 2015

Give This, Not That: 11 Holiday Gift Upgrades Every Man will Love

created at: 11/25/2015

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to stray from the usual gift-giving fare. So here are 11 truly unique gift ideas that are worth some serious consideration.   

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Nov 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome Gift Ideas for the Outdoors Guy

created at: 11/24/2015We all have that guy in our lives, the one that can't resist the call of the wild and spends all his spare time chasing trails and posting nature selfies. Or, for many ManMade readers, it's us. Get him (or you) something he'll bring along on the journey. 

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Nov 16, 2015

How to: Make a Super Simple DIY Wreath Trio in Under 30 Minutes

created at: 11/16/2015

Okay. It's official. The sugarplum fairies have struck, and once again, the holiday season is back. And I'm looking for ways to embrace the spirit. 

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Nov 02, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Holiday Wreath Trio? Join Us for a Free Workshop!

It's not quite time to start ManMade posts with " 'Tis the season to make stuff" but it'll be here plenty soon. Two weeks sounds about right.

created at: 11/02/2015

Which is perfect, because exactly in two weeks, we're teaming up with

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Feb 09, 2015

Gift Guide: 14 DIYable Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

created at: 02/09/2015

The best gifts come from the heart, and it's infinitely better if they can come from human hands as well.   

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Dec 15, 2014

Talk: What Are Your Essential Holiday Traditions?

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Each year I find myself looking back at the traditions I had as a kid during the holidays.  What exactly makes this season so great? Like most great experiences, it's actually little things that add up to something special. It's the music, the cold weather, the family coming together, and the smell of a pine tree in the living room.  Here's a look at a few holiday traditions everyone should embrace.  

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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

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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