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Give the Gift of Manly Knowledge for the Holidays

This holiday season is unlike any we’ve ever experienced. Gatherings are likely to be smaller, more intimate affairs. And if you’re like us, the usual blatant materialism of the holidays rings especially hollow this year. Rather than wanting piles of gifts under the tree, a lot of folks have come to an ever greater realization that the best things in life are the intangibles — things like relationships and good health. That doesn’t mean we need to spurn gifts all together, but it does maybe mean making your gifting less extravagant and superficial, and more intentional and meaningful. One way to do that is to eschew giving the kind of “stuff” that’s quickly used and thrown away, and instead giving the gift of knowledge — via books — which can stay with the recipient forever. 

Over the last 10+ years, we’ve published a number of books across an array of topics. Below you’ll find the titles we have available in print (there are more ebook options at our store); you’re guaranteed to find something that your dad, grandpa, brother, son, in-law, or friend will enjoy. Plus, your purchases support what we do here at Art of Manliness!

The Art of Manliness (Signed!) 

The original Art of Manliness book was published over a decade ago and has sold over 170,000 copies. It’s chock-full of classic and always-relevant advice on every aspect of being a man — style, parenthood, outdoor survival, leadership, and much more. Available unsigned on Amazon. 

Manvotionals (Signed!)

A collection of philosophy, self-improvement, and wisdom texts, ranging from Aristotle to the success books of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the speeches and writings of Theodore Roosevelt. The myriad poems, quotes, and essays contained within — centered around 7 primary virtues — are designed to inspire and help cultivate character. Available unsigned on Amazon.

The Art of Manliness Boxed Set (Signed!)

The Art of Manliness boxed set includes signed copies of The Art of Manliness and Manvotionals, as well as 6 drink coasters with virile quotes about manhood, all housed within a handsome cigar box. Also available on Amazon (with unsigned books).

The Illustrated Art of Manliness

Illustrated art of manliness hardcover book on table.

This book distills more than 100 practical skills every modern man should know into an entertaining, easy-to-follow visual format. Grown men love it, and kids do as well (though heads up, there’s a section in it about how to be Santa Claus, so if you’re giving it to a kid who still believes, X-Acto knife that page out — that’s what I did with the copies I gave to our kids!)

The Pocket Guide to Action by Kyle Eschenroeder 

Pocket guide to action book on the table.

Features 116 short, punchy meditations on the nature and importance of action. Full of motivation for shifting from thinking about abstract intentions to making concrete moves.

The Secrets to Power, Mastery, and Truth

Man holding the secrets to power, mastery, and truth book.

An anthology of the very best personal development essays of William George Jordan. Each of the essays are short and “devotional” in nature and rich in incisive, edifying insights that will help the reader see his life through a transformative lens.

The Pocket Guide to Self-Reliance by Kyle Eschenroeder

Perfect for stuffing in a stocking, this truly pocket-sized book lays out what most people get wrong about self-reliance and what it really means. Full of both inspiring meditations and brass-tacks advice on how to attain greater self-reliance in your own life. 

Heading Out On Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days (Signed!)

For the young man who’s finally left the comforts of mom and dad’s nest, but who has no clue how to do laundry. Or cook. Or manage his finances. Don’t worry. We’ve got him covered. This primer on becoming a well-adjusted, self-reliant adult will teach him the basic life skills he needs to survive and thrive. Available unsigned on Amazon.

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