I had a similar dilemma a couple Christmases ago...I had a new friend in a different city and I didn't know his tastes all that well other than he was a hip kinda guy...but still a guy...
So, I ended up making him a half black/half cream scarf with a simple diamond pattern in the middle and about 2in of garter stitch on the ends.
He absolutely LOVED it and actually wears it still.
I used a couple balls of the black Sugar-n-Cream and a couple of the ivory/cream/off white-ish...it's cotton and the pattern shows beautifully.
I didn't put any fringe on the end, of course since it's a man scarf, but I did buy some inexpensive grey fleece to line the back, which not only keeps him warm and feels exquisite on the neck, but also keeps the stockinette edges from curling.
I'd be happy to give you full details if this sounds like something that'd work for ya....just PM me or send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org