Here is a very sleek and simple men's hat for the guy in your life. Nothing fancy here, just a straight knit. What I like about this design is that it can be both dressy and casual depending on what you pair it off with. I used Bernat Super Value yarn but would spend the extra money next time for a better quality yarn maybe a blend.
5mm (US #8) circular needles (60cm)
1 set 5mm (US #8) DPNs
Cast on 80 sts using 5mm (US #8) circular needles.
Row 1: Knit in the round (Join work together into a round at this point. Take care not to twist stitches). Knit till end of round. Place marker at beginning of round.
Continue knitting every round until work measures 6 1/2 inches.
Next round: *k2tog, k18, rep from * to end of round.
Next round: *k2tog, k17, rep from * to end of round.
Next round: *k2tog, k16, rep from * to end of round.
Continue in this way reducing knit stitches between decreases by 1 stitch on each subsequent round until only 8 sts left. You will need to change to DPNs.
Next round: k2tog 4 times. (4 sts rem)
Draw yarn through all 4 stitches, pull tightly and sew in loose ends on wrong side.
That's it you're done!