I couldn't even begin to assemble a comprehensive "ManMade Holiday Gift Guide for Guys," as I've found there's simply too much diversity among men to capture everything.
However, I always find it fascinating to see what other (read: female) craft bloggers imagine what guys will like under their tree, and I'm happy to pass them along.
Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques & Truly Original Projects
By Christine Schmidt [$13.59]
One of my favorite things about the holidays is having a few lazy days where my only real responsibilities are eating cookies, possibly shoveling some snow, and curling up in a chair with a good book. Granted, my idyllic view of Christmas vacations to-come may not be as carefree as I hope (someone needs to fix my parents computer after all!) but I definitely intend on catching up on my reading list.
After paring down my own reading wish-list, cross-referencing it with recommendations from Chris, and peaking at the bookshelves of all my creative friends, I've compiled a roundup of 10 inspiring books that will get your creative juices flowing and put you in the mood to start some new projects in the new year.
Perhaps it might even give you a few ideas to reply to that incessant question, "What would you like me to get you for Christmas this year?"
Get Poor Quick by RAYGUN $19.00
In case you haven't started yet, let this be a gentle reminder to begin working on your holiday wish list, unless you want to end up receiving another ugly necktie and a gift certificate to a gas station.
T-shirts are always a great item to put on your own list or to stick in someone else's stocking. Personally, I'm a huge fan of graphic tees…I just can't get enough of them (technically speaking, I could get enough, but there's still plenty of room in my closet for now). So I've compiled this round up of 10 funny and cool t-shirts that will hopefully give you some ideas for holiday gifts this year.
I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy ASAP.
Anyone who's ever used a blazingly sharp-toothed saw or chisel can attest: that's the last place you want tiny little fingers...
Or is it?
"Just as legions of Americans in cities and suburbs have discovered the joys of working with their hands — building their own chicken coops or brewing artisanal vinegars — many are now encouraging their children to do the same, by giving them the opportunity to learn how to handle a hammer as well as they use an iPhone."
The new Tumblr blog Nerd Valentine subtitles itself, "Valentine's Day gift ideas for the nerd in your life."
And, it delivers. But! I don't really find the picks to be particularly directed at geek culture fans. I mean, some of it isa little tech-heavy, but what isn't in 2011? I just think they're good, solid, well-designed, and thoughtful picks. Unless I'm a nerd and don't know it...
Perhaps you know someone planning to grow some epic facial hair in 2011. Or maybe you yourself need a bit of encourage to keep your hands off that Mach-3. Or, maybe you're a long time beard haver who just want to spread the gospel of whiskers.
Whatever the situation, you need to nab some of these "Don't Shave" postcards from Etsy seller I Made You a Beard. They're hand printed using vintage wooden letterpress type, and come on a nice rustic recycled kraft paper cardstock.
I Made You a Beard also sells these awesome felt and yarn options:
The songs of Jonathan Coulton aren't novelty music, but they don't really ask to be taken seriously. Songs like "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey" feature humorous lyrics , but the melodies are really quite complex (from a songwriting standpoint) and unbelievably catchy. In many ways, they serve the same function that children's music did to us as kids: funny bone-tickling ear candy.
This new take on one of Coulton's most awesome is perfect ManMade material - super cool kinetic typography, lots of clever brand references, and...it's a song about a Shop Vac.
You simply gotta watch this video:
Popular Science, the oldschoolest of how-to magazines that continues to capture the mind of manmakers and lay tinkerers, has assembled their entire archives -that's 137 years - and made them available for free browsing. "Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates our ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives."
Says RetroThing: "It's stunning to recall what a huge impact Popular Science had in the pre-internet days. I remember pouring over the "What's