More than a few good men in the District are worthy of some extra special attention this holiday season and there's no need to fret over how to take care of them.
Leave the distribution of coal lumps for the cads and cowardly to St. Nick. For those guys permanently on the “Nice” list, here’s our curated selections, from stocking stuffers to over-the-top jaw-droppers, of what to put under his tree.
Tekkima, Navigator Field Jacket - Keep your guy dry and warm with this weather-fighting classic British-styled field zip-up. This light-weight adventurer fights off wind and rain with a 100% cotton waxed twill shell and extra-warm and silky polyester taffeta lining. Plenty of pockets inside and out, the Navigator has a water-resistant hood, cinch drawstring and two-way front zipper. Offered in black and tan. $185.
The Wayfinder, Adidas’s Sport Eyewear - Featherweight shades are ideal for running, cycling or just playing with the kids on the weekend. These stylish sunglasses are hade-made in Austria with a super-strong yet lightweight plastic that won’t stretch over time. Titanium hinges, adjustable, double-snap nose pads and gripper inside temples ensure a comfortable and stable fit. $99 and up.
Ridgemont Outfitters RP Pyramid/Optic Argyle Socks - Happy feet are where it’s at with these stylish toe-toasters from California footwear maker, Richer Poorer. $12.
Crosspoint Waterproof Knit Gloves - Cold wet morning rides in Foggy Bottom be damned, keep the dude’s digits toasty with these waterproof-breathable gloves constructed from Artex membrane, and a Coolmax moisture-wicking antibacterial knit lining. Silicone print on the palm offers a better grip in wet conditions. Safety orange, black or neon green. $36.
SCOTTeVest Fireside Vest – His go to chilly weather vest – This machine washable fleece vest delivers extra layer of warmth. Among the 15 pockets are a PadPocket, two smartphone pockets and two exterior chest pockets for quick access to all the daily essentials. Black, charcoal and Royal blue. $125.
Ridgemont Heritage Boot - Designed around the original alpine hiking boot, the Heritage boot minimizes the clunk with its new slimmed down silhouette and lightweight material. A half-cup out-sole with an exposed EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) mid-sole enhances comfort and delivers a more relaxed look around town. $169
Paul Components Bottle Opener/Combi-Tool Cycle-crazed dudes pop their tops in style with this combo church key/15mm brake adjuster/rotor truing slot tool that fits on their key ring or in their pocket. $22.
BLUNT Classic Umbrella – Guys keep the rain at bay with the thoughtfully designed, quality-checked, wind-tunnel tested ‘brelly built to stand the test of time and nature. This holiday season, BLUNT is joining forces with (RED) to raise awareness and funds for the AIDS fight. They are donating 15 percent of retail sales to the Global Fund in support of the organization’s fight. $80.
Rumpl Sherpa Puffy Blanket - Bundle up your Mr. Softy with the extra-cozy Sherpa-fleece bear hug this bad boy delivers. At the tailgate, campfire or simply on the back deck, this blanket will keep everyone comfy and warm with 100 percent nylon matte 40D fabric and side two with 100 percent polyester Sherpa fleece. Blankets come in one and two-person sizes. Built-in zipper pocket keeps keys and cash stowed and the whole thing rolls up like a burrito with straps to carry. Comes in plaid, blue and green. From $151.20.
Anne Sylvain Men’s Slimfold Bi-fold Wallet - Benjamins pack neatly inside this classic billfold with exterior fashioned from genuine American Alligator or Nile Crocodile and finished with smooth cowhide interior. Wanna go custom? Have at it - with choices of orange, red, navy, green black or brown for lining and a rainbow of choices for the exterior leather and even monogramed. Available in Black, Cognac, Chocolate, Sueded Graphite and Jade. $395.
Solo New York, Roadster Collection, Bayside Duffel - Shuffle off to Buffalo or anywhere else with this baby-smooth pebbled leather duffel that’s perfect for stashing your gear. Plenty of room inside and clever pockets for safely stashing everyday essentials, the Bayside is a great carry-on complete with a back panel that slips over his wheelie. Solid metal hardware keeps everything in its place. $299.99.
Trinchero Napa Valley 2013 BRV Cabernet Sauvignon - Toast the holidays with this powerhouse Cab from one of Napa's most celebrated vintages. Dense ruby color and concentrated nose delivers spicy plum, cherry, anise and clove offers the perfect pairing with hearty robust dishes. Enjoy now or cellar for future celebrations. $80.
Spoonful of Comfort Holiday Soup Package - If you’re not there to cook for your man this holiday season, this TLC-filled care package is the next best thing. Choose from Chicken Noodle, Tomato Basil or Butternut Squash soups and match with a half dozen fresh bacci rolls and 6 sumptuous cookies (Snicker Doodle, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin or Sugar.) From $69.99.
Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker - Timeless Scandinavian design coupled with extravagant sound all wrapped neatly in this portable loudspeaker. $699.
Gazelle Aroyo C8 HMB Ebike - Electric motor aided pedal power tackles hills and uneven terrain with ease as your guy rides with the powerful and strong Bosch mid drive delivering 48 Nm of torque. Eight speeds and fast action Magura braking. $3499.