The 2017 Peter Manning NYC Holiday Gift Guide

With the boom of e-commerce, we are now in an age where we have access to the coolest stuff from around the globe. You can get small brand socks and sneakers, and we've featured two of our favorite upstarts that aren't global giants yet. There's a renewed enthusiasm for American-made, which is something we've always supported. And we are living in times when cutting-edge tech doesn't always mean paying high-end prices.

We at Peter Manning NYC are firm believers in quality, buying goods that last and can be repaired/restored. Buying fewer, but better material goods is a guiding principle in this year's gift guide.

There's a simple pleasure in creating instant photo prints with a Polaroid camera. This one, the Impossible Project I-1 Analogue Instant Polaroid Camera, is updated with smart modern tech such as USB charging and an app for easy photo editing. $300 at

Even if your intended gift recipient already has a laptop bag, it probably doesn't look as good as the understated Knomo Slim Leather 13" Briefcase. It has a timeless look but all the functionality for today's on-the-go businessman who needs compartments for cables and other tech to go along with his Moleskine notepad. Plus there is an inner detachable keychain so you never have to dig for your keys at the bottom of the bag. $249 at

Guys who don't own a high quality leather jacket are missing out. Ours lends its wearer instant confidence and looks even better the more you wear it. $495 at

The Khaki Field Mechanical Officer watch by Hamilton has a classic military look with a trusty (and worth servicing) ETA 2804-2 movement and handsome cloth strap. Its 38mm case width makes it a comfortable companion for casual outfits. $397 at

High-grade leather, memory foam earpieces and advanced acoustics add up to headphones that fashionable audiophiles will love. Shinola has been creating made-in-USA high-end goods that emanate a luxury feel without pretension. The discerning music lover will be eternally grateful if you give him or her a set of the Canfield Over-Ear Headphones. $595 at

Most scarves are too long for not-so-tall guys. Ours aren't. Made by Faribault Woolen Mills, the Peter Manning scarf adds a nice touch of color to any winter ensemble. $79 at

Shinola also makes an all-purpose duffel that will outlast its lucky recipient. Its oiled leather looks better the more it's used. $1,295 at

Rainboots are tough. Some don't fit snugly, making walking around unpleasant. And, quite often, L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Boots can be overkill. Enter the Wayland by Hood Rubber Co., a boot/shoe hybrid that is as comfortable as a high top sneaker. Features include waterproof full grain and rubberized leathers, waxed cotton laces, a waterproof membrane lining, a polyurethane footbed and a high carbon rubber outsole. $184 at

Once your favorite sneakerhead discovers Jason Markk's sneaker cleaning kit, he'll be eternally grateful for you giving his favorite pair a second life. $16 at 

Todd Snyder (former designer for J.Crew and Ralph Lauren) has collaborated with the best baseball cap maker, New Era, to deliver a line of wool caps in premium materials. $78 at

Bombas continues to be one of our favorite sock makers and they offer sizing that's perfect for not-so-tall guys. They give back to charity and the socks themselves are extra comfy. Give a bunch of them and make someone very happy. You can't own too many good pairs of socks. To make things easy, just choose one of their holiday gift boxes. $65 for 4 pairs at

Once you've tried one of our cashmere knit hats, you won't go back to wool. At our price, grab a few as stocking stuffers. $55 at

Remember CD boxed sets? Well, the concept of boxed sets is still a great gift no matter what format you choose—MP3, CD or vinyl. It's nice splurge gift for music lovers on your list. We found this one for Stones fans ($299 for the vinyl set of "Rolling Stones in Mono") on Amazon.

We highly recommend the Peter Manning Hoodie. It's a casual classic that is thin enough to even pair under a blazer. $89 at

With multiple independent sneaker brands trying to a get a piece of the action dominated by Nike and Adidas, it's hard to judge the quality of these upstarts. We've found a winner in Allbirds, a San Francisco-based brand (with a store in SoHo) specializing in understated sustainable wool athletic shoes. Your friend will be pleasantly surprised with the Wool Runner. $95 at

The leather feel and craftsmanship on a Billykirk belt is a marked improvement over most belts in the under-$100 category. Gift this to someone who enjoys seeing leather age and take on unique wear marks. The extra slim version, No. 109 Skinny Belt, is a good look for not-so-tall guys. $95 at

No one is going to be disappointed that you got them the folding Persol sunglasses Steve McQueen wore in "The Thomas Crown Affair." Get the original 714s. $192 at

Our ties are now available in 8 different patterns. The solid blue version (pictured) goes with everything. $79 at

He most likely needs a new wallet. Get him something well-made and distinctive. Monk Made Goods is a one-man shop based in West Virginia. Founder Jason Boone pours a lot of love into each on of his creations. We particularly love this shade of brown in his Bishop #1 Bifold (Glazed Chocolate Shonan). $185 at

He deserves a massage gift card from Zeel, a service that bring the massage therapist to your home. Currently the service is available in more than 70 cities. Starting at $99 at

Our pajama pants look good and are so comfortable, we're tempted to hit brunch with them. As one five-star reviewer wrote: "They were a gift....and recipient LOVED them! They fit perfectly and are quality!!" $79 at

We discovered this cologne from Odin (No. 8) at men's store Modern Anthology. It's made with Fresh Yuzu, Bitter Orange, Bergamot, Spicy Nutmeg, Resinous Elemi, Wormwood, Warm Benzoin, Damp Oakmoss, Calming Vetiver—ingredients we don't really know that much about, but the result is a very nice smell. $165 at

Nomos is a German watchmaker known for in-house movements and minimalist designs. The company offers a line of manual wind mechanical watches, which you have to hand wind to keep it running. Fans of hand winders enjoy having to "interact" with their watch on a daily basis. From 33mm to 39mm, the company also happens to make watches scaled for our customers. Check out the Club series, starting at $1,500 at

Take a trip back to the 1940s with this hanging wall map representing the Roosevelt-era perspective of the world's political divide of the time. Perfect for the sophisticated man cave. $239 at