The Best Socks to Gift They'll Actually Want

Socks don't have to be a boring present. These super-durable, cozy and fun socks will make everyone on your list happy.

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December 13, 2019

The idea of getting socks for a holiday present makes a lot of people roll their eyes, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you give high-quality wool socks, socks with patterns that are perfect for the person you're shopping for or an ultra-durable pair that will literally last a lifetime, you'll make everyone on your list happy. And your budget will be satisfied, too: Even the best wool socks can be found for under $30 a pair.

This list has socks for adventurers, indoors people who love to be cozy and people who like to use their socks as a form of expression. You might even find something for yourself, too.


We love the pop of color on these wool-blend socks from Smartwool, which come in quite a few different patterns. And they're more than just pretty: They offer a little bit of arch support to keep the wearer's feet happy when barefooted.

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These lightweight hiking socks would make a great gift for outdoor adventurers, backpackers and world travelers. They fit snugly and offer support without being too bulky and are versatile for everyday wear as well as for long backpacking and hiking trips.

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These super-comfy socks are unlike any others you've ever given or received for the holidays: They're made from llama wool. They fit great, are super-durable and come in a wide variety of colors so you can easily find a pair for everyone on your list. Bonus: They're knitted in the United States.

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These socks inspired by Vincent van Gogh will delight anyone who adores his Starry Night painting. Sock It To Me has countless patterns and designs and is sure to have something for everyone on your list.

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Darn Tough's Vermont-made socks are guaranteed to be the most durable: If anything happens to them, you can send them back to the company for a replacement, no questions asked. These socks are ideal for some extra warmth on cold days as well as for hiking, backpacking and travel.

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These snug-fitting socks come almost to the knee, so you can wear them for some extra warmth on super-cold days or as ski socks. Even after many wears they won't lose their elasticity so you don't have to keep pulling them up.

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These hiking socks from Farm to Feet are made in North Carolina with materials from the United States. These socks have extra cushion on the top of the foot and are snug and lightweight to prevent blisters during warm-weather hikes.

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Smartwool's super-durable socks are great for hikers as well as anyone who wants a cozy pair of socks for lounging at home. These mid-weight socks have a little bit of cushion and arch support and are made from a wool and elastane blend.

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This pair from Sockwell offers moderate compression to help with circulation and provide support where it's needed most.

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These thick acrylic, wool and nylon blend socks from Carhartt will keep toes toasty warm on super-cold days.

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$18 for 3 or 4 pairs

These women's sock sets come in tons of colorful patterns and animal prints. They're made from a blend of wool, cotton and polyester, and each set comes with three or four pairs.

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