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The Art of Manliness Holiday Gift Guide 2011

The idea of manly or manliness is intriguing to me. It has different meaning to each particular context. Manliness or the acting out of over the top macho behavior in gay culture can be misread as internalized homophobia. Manliness in lesbian culture could identified as butch. The term can also be turned around and used horribly against someone not perceived as manly, and often found as the base for bullying of young men, who are perceived as the opposite, a sissy. Just a brain fart.

One of my favorite sites, The Art of Manliness has just the right amount of fun and camp for my to be thoroughly titillated. Check out their 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

Here are a few of my favorites from their list:

Hand-Carved Mustache Comb by Nick Offerman 

Here’s a gift for a man who fits two criteria: 1) he grew a kick ass mustache during Movember, and 2) he’s a fan of Parks & Recreation’s manly folk hero, Ron Swanson. These mustache combs were handcrafted in actor and woodworker Nick Offerman’s woodshop. Each comb is about 4 inches long and they are carved out of different kinds of exotic wood and coated with a non-toxic and mustache-friendly finish. Supplies are limited. $75 

Hold Fast Photography Equipment 

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Oklahoma Photographer Matthew Swaggart wanted functional photography equipment that looked good. After his searches came up empty, he just decided to make what he was looking for himself. That’s how Hold Fast Photography Equipment was born. Hold Fast Photography Equipment specializes in camera harnesses, straps, and bags that are functional, durable, and stylish. You’ll feel like a 1950s National Geographic photographer hoisting your camera gear in this stuff. Hold Fast uses leather and duck canvas to make their gear, and all of it is handmade right here in my home state of Oklahoma.  Great gift for the professional or amateur photographer in your life.  $135-$175

Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap 


It’s “soap from a simpler time.” Since 1878, Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap has cleaned men with its manly pine tar smell. Chuck the clutter in your shower, because you can use Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap for bathing, shampooing, and shaving. It has a very unique smell–it reminds me of a basement in Vermont, in a weirdly good way.

The soap looks kind of like a lump of coal, but it’s a great stocking stuffer for those who’ve been good this year. $5


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