Give the Art of Manliness for the Holidays: The AoM Shop Gift Guide

When the AoM store started nearly 10 years ago, it was a humble shop, with just a few t-shirt designs. Over the years, we’ve really expanded the number of things we offer, which now includes not just AoM swag, but books and products that are truly useful and will aide your endeavor of becoming a better man. Our Art of Manliness Shop Gift Guide for 2017 includes a handful of new products from the last year (lighter, catch-all), as well as some classic items that have been popular since their inception (mugs, Ben Franklin journal). Be sure to peruse the shop at length, as this is not an exhaustive list of the many classic, quality, and one-of-a-kind items available!

If you see something you like, pull the trigger now; free shipping on all orders over $50 is available until December 1. 

Under-the-Tree Gifts

Wooden “A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” Catch-All

Whether at school, work, or home, establishing a system of order for one’s possessions creates numerous benefits, like saving time and money, and making life feel a little less stressful. Such a system need not be complicated, and simply involves living by the classic maxim: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

Our classy wooden catch-all has this saying etched right into it. An AoM exclusive, it will not only ensure that a man never loses his keys, wallet, or other EDC items, but every time he goes to drop off and pick up his belongings, he’ll be reminded to always put things where they belong.


Boxed Set of Books

This delightfully packaged collection contains a wealth of information and inspiration for the modern man. Included inside are the first two AoM books published: The Art of Manliness and Manvotionals.

Together, housed in a classic cigar box (along with 6 manly coasters!), they make the perfect gift for any man who is conscious of leaving his mark on this world. Books are signed by Brett McKay. Also available on Amazon (unsigned) for about $21 (and eligible for Prime shipping).


Sisu Long-Sleeve Thermal

Sisu is the Finnish word for grit, and this long-sleeve thermal honors the guerrilla ski troops who embodied this quality and faced down Goliath. It’s perfect for the man who faces all his cold weather adventures and challenges with a big heart and flinty courage.


The Illustrated Art of Manliness (Signed)

The Illustrated Art of Manliness distills more than 100 skills every modern man should know into an entertaining, easy-to-follow illustrated format, with artwork by Ted Slampyak. We’ve taken some of the most popular illustrated guides we’ve published on the site and combined them with many never-before-seen ones to create a handsome hardcover book — over 60% of the content is brand-spanking new! We’ve been told this book has proved really popular with kids — so buy a copy for the men-in-the-making in your life! Signed by Brett McKay (though it’s also available on Amazon, unsigned).


Mugs — Classic & Stay Manly

Both AoM coffee mugs are made of ceramic and are thick-walled to keep their contents hotter, longer. They weigh in at a hefty 1.3lbs and hold a healthy 15oz. Their vintage-shape and speckled finish is reminiscent of old camping mugs that grizzled cowboys would use on the trail. And the large, three-finger handle makes for comfortable holding even for hands so big and meaty that one alone could span a large cast iron skillet.

Our original mug is emblazoned by 19th century bare-knuckled pugilist John L. Sullivan with the phrase “Semper Virilis” — Always Manly — above his head. Our second mug features Brett’s now legendary podcast sign-off, “Stay Manly.”

These designs are deep-etched right into the ceramic, giving these manly drinking vessels a unique look that will never fade with use or wash off over time. They’re bound to become your loved one’s favorite mug.


Ben Franklin Virtues Journal

The Ben Franklin’s Virtues Daily Record and Journal combines Franklin’s daily schedule with the self-improvement chart he created for himself as a young man. This exclusive journal provides a man with an incredible tool to improve his life and develop upstanding character, while also getting him more focused and organized with his day-to-day tasks.

The journal is divided into 13 weeks — one for each of Franklin’s virtues — with each week containing an agenda and journal section for each day.


Stocking Stuffers

Jumpstart Journal

When presented with a totally blank slate — that open journal, with pen in hand, and nothing but white pages — we freeze up. We don’t know what to write about.

Our exclusive Jumpstart Journal removes this barrier by taking care of the what entirely. Inside its pages is a clear roadmap to journaling: 31 prompts – 31 questions that offer guidance as to what to write about that day. This is the perfect gift for the man who’s long wanted to get into the journaling habit, but hasn’t known where to start.


The Pocket Guide to Action

For the man who’s ready to have a better year next year than the one he had this year, and is itching to move on his dreams, get him the The Pocket Guide to Action. It’s packed with wisdom on how to turn one’s abstract intentions into concrete actions, and finally pull the trigger on long-contemplated thoughts and plans. Plus, if you buy 3 copies, you’ll get a FREE “Take Action” poster; a gift for them, and a gift for you!


Enamel Pins — Fight in the Shade & If

Our “If” enamel pin, like the great Kipling poem of the same name serves as a reminder to ever be striving towards something greater, and to accept the setbacks you encounter along your journey with a steady heart and an honorable character.

Our Fight in the Shade pin is inspired by the immortal words of Sparta’s King Leonidas, who, when complained to about the arrows of Persian warriors blocking the sun, responded with his typical Laconic wit: “Won’t it be nice, then, if we shall have shade in which to fight them?”

$7.99 each

Morale Patches

Our 2″ x 3″ velcro-backed morale patches can be affixed to backpacks and duffels to add some manly character and inspiration. Buy them one at a time, or save money by buying the bundle.

$5.99 each, bundled for $19.50

“Carry the Fire” Zippo Lighter

Give our “Carry the Fire” Zippo lighter to the man in your life who strives to choose idealism over cynicism, virtue over vice, decency over dereliction, and hope over hopelessness — who carries the fire of goodness and honor and seeks to pass it on to the next generation.

This exclusive lighter is an American-made Zippo 1941 Replica in the vintage style carried by WWII GIs. The lighter sports a silver, brushed chrome exterior onto the front of which “Carry the Fire” has been machine-etched right here in the USA.


2018 Desk Calendar

Need some extra manliness on your office desk? Something to inject a little testosterone and virility into your day? Look no further than our 2018 desk calendar. It contains 12 of our classic illustrated guides — one for each month, of course — so that in addition to keeping track of the day and date (it’s hard sometimes when life gets busy!), you’ll be learning a new skill to boot.


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