Men’s Gifts Under $50
1. Flip-top Growler
Why: Beer tastes better when it’s bottled down the street.
Where: $15 for a growler, $12 to $14 per fill at Right Proper Brewing Company in DC.
Why: A passion for brews looks a lot better in calendar form versus bottle-cap collection.
Where: $20 at etsy.com/shop/redcruiser.
Why: Maybe, just maybe, he’ll stop destroying his coffee table—the water stains are painful to look at—if he has hip coasters.
Where: $39.50 at Curated in Alexandria.
4. Dry Bag
Why: It’s useful on weekend hikes, on rafting trips, and in Metro-to-office downpours.
Where: $35 at Filson in DC.
Why: Bring the outdoors into his cubicle with this Maryland-made planter in walnut.
Where: $48 at foxwoodco.com.
Why: His tiny Shaw studio can fit only one table. Help it function for work, meals, and play.
Where: $35 at Restoration Hardware.
7. Area-code Rocks Glasses
Why: He’s one of the few, the proud—the born and raised in this town (with a phone number to match).
Where: $12 each at Politics and Prose in DC.
Men’s Gifts Under $200
Why: Because playing things on vinyl is cooler than playing them on Spotify.
Where: $100 at nordstrom.com.
Why: He’s an alum now—time to step up his game-day gear. Available in 69 school styles.
Where: $85 to $95 at hillflint.com.
Why: Because it is possible to brunch stylishly in sweatpants.
Where: $98 at bonobos.com.
Why: It’s slimmer than the brick he’s currently carrying—and a lot more colorful.
Where: $55 at smathersandbranson.com.
Why: Two showrooms for Warby Parker—and its buy-one, give-one program—offer stylish eyewear for DC’s philanthropic crowd.
Where: $95 at Warby Parker.
Why: Because he loves the game but hates matching league T-shirts (and sharing his beer stash).
Where: $150 at Crate & Barrel.
Men’s Gifts Over $200
Why: He’s never spent this much on shoes, but he’ll wear these forever.
Where: $320 at clubmonaco.com.
Why: Because simple timepieces say the most. And you look like Nerdy McNerdster in that Apple Watch.
Where: $285 at A Mano in Georgetown.
Why: So you no longer have to be that guy with the backpack on Metro.
Where: $495 at Coach.
Why: The brand behind the military’s bomber and field jackets stepped up its fashion game without cutting quality.
Where: $375 at alphaindustries.com.
Why: Morning coffee has become an arms race. This is its nuclear missile.
Where: $600 at Sur la Table.
6. For Whom the Bell Tolls By Ernest Hemingway
Why: E-books may be king, but they don’t come in gorgeous first editions.
Where: $2,000 at the Great Republic in DC.
This article appears in our December 2015 issue of Washingtonian.