Christmas is right around the corner, and thankfully, you've learned your lessons from holidays past and started Christmas shopping early. Or not. If you're like us, you're probably still just counting those freshly withdrawn bills from your 13th month bonus.
Well, we've got news for you buddy: that ain't going to make you happy. Our advice: spend it. Get yourself something really nice, get your girlfriend that bag she's always wanted, and get your parents something other than a Christmas card.
To help you sort things out, here we have our annual gift guides dubbed "All The Things Bros Want 2014," We've hunted down all the things we'd pony up for without hesitation, organized according to the type of guy you are. So whether you're a PlayStation addict, a hardcore fan of retro Jordans, or the type of guy that checks Lookbook on a daily basis, we've got something for you. #GetClickingAndGetGifting
Spent all your money on beer again? Before you give up and become the delinquent brother/boyfriend/tito/ninong this year, consider taking the DIY route. Gifts you made with your own manly hands show you put a lot of thought and effort into them, thus earning you extra man points to carry over to 2015!
Let's jumpstart your ideas here:
FOR THE PARENTS
Items: Creative mug (for your mom), wooden toolbox (for your dad)
Get a plain white mug/teacup, draw your chosen design on it, then bake it in the oven. Make sure to get mugs and teacups that can withstand high heat (a.k.a. oven-safe) so there won't be any baking-related breakage. Let
the site, DIY coffee mugs, teach you how.
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As for your old man, if he's the type who has a lot of work tools lying around the house, make him a custom toolbox! The Art of Manliness shows you the steps.
Image via The Art of Manliness
FOR THE GIRLFRIEND/WIFE
Item: Idea Box
Here's how you get away with giving the girlfriend a box for Christmas: turn an ordinary box into an "Idea Box."
The idea behind the Idea Box is that you write down possible activities and destinations for dates or vacations on strips of paper, and then fill that box with these strips. The box can be made of any material, just as long as it doesn't look creepy/disgusting/or anything your significant other won't approve of.
Whenever you or your lady love are wondering what to do for date night, or where to go on vacation, simply grab the Idea Box, pull out an idea, and follow what's on the strip of paper.
Pray she doesn't pick "Watch sad Bart Simpson dance."
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You can also put in personalized “gift certificates” in The Box as penance for bad boyfriend behavior. Say you forgot your anniversary, or you were late for the nth time, or you didn't keep an important promise...sort things out with your significant other, and have her pick out a "random" GC from the Box!
FOR THE SIBLINGS
Items: DIY notebooks and notepads, and charging station
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If they're not into actual pen and paper for daily matters, you could get them to keep their gadgets and cables organized with a DIY charging station, especially when they all decide to hog the power outlet at night. Get the step-by-step guide from lilluna here.
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FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Item: Creative 3D masks
There are kids who find happinness with a few boxes, cardboard, and tape. So why not take advantage of that?
We spotted American craftsman Steve Wintercroft's paper masks over at Etsy a few days before Halloween 2014. We promptly bought his pattern for a skull mask and made it ourselves, with passable results:
We spent a bit above P300 on the pattern, and then a few bucks more for a roll of cardboard and clear tape, and P100 for printing. If you already have a printer, ink and supplies like old cereal boxes, you'll spend only for the mask pattern.
Set aside around two or three hours for the assembly process, and your kids or nieces/nephews and godchildren will have a sturdy mask to play with on Christmas Day and into the New Year. You can also paint the mask exterior for a better look or make it look like something kids can relate to, like superhero faces.
Get the pattern here
FOR YOUR HOMIES
Item: Tie-dye shirts
Remember tie-dye shirts? No? Well, here's a reminder:
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Currently not in fashion, the formerly awesome psychedelic tee would make for a nice throwback-themed gift for the pals. Great for your 90s-themed Christmas parties! Here's how you do it, according to wikiHow.
FOR YOUR OFFICEMATES
Item: Custom sign
Calendars and to-do lists can give you and your work buddies more stress at work. So why not celebrate the good times with a custom “__ Days Since Last _____” sign? Instead of marking the days since an accident, you could mark the number of days since the last memo, missed deadline, overtime or all-nighter, office-wide party, or IT problem—it's your call.
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Instructables has a guide on how to make one.
FOR YOUR FELLOW TOMADORS
Items: Custom booze glasses and "man-niversary" bundle
Put those old booze bottles (we know you have some) to good use by converting them into glasses and giving them out as gifts! You can use gadgets like the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter:
Video via CutWithKinkajou
...or you can go on full DIY mode with some acetone, yarn, an ice bath, and a lighter. With these tools and a bit of creativity, you can create DIY glass creations that will add more spice to your next alcoholic shindig!
No bottle cutter, and not willing to light things up? Get a crate or any big container and stuff it with your buddies' favorite booze and pulutan—instant group present! Check out this photo:
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You can call it Man-niversary Presents, too, or whatever you want. Let The Art of Manliness show you how.