There was a time when giving socks as holiday gifts was totally lame. Sure, we might need them but nobody actually wants to actually unwrap a pair a boring white three-pack from Walmart on Christmas morning.

But socks have come a long way and they make great gifts. Of course, I’m not referring to practical boring styles, I’m referring specifically to fun socks, cozy, and luxury pairs that your recipient will enjoy wearing.

Super Cool Socks You Can Give as Holiday Gifts

I set a goal that I am going to knit socks for all family members who I spend the holiday with on Christmas. I have to set the goal now because I have about 14 pairs to knit, which means at least one pair a month from now until next Chrismas. Nothing beats how a pair of handmade socks feel. However, not everyone knows how to knit so I am sharing some styles to shop for below. Even if you don’t have a recipient in mind for these lovelies, socks make great last-minute gifts and gifts to have on hand when someone surprised you with a gift and you want to reciprocate.

Cozy Socks

Nobody will turn down a pair of cozy socks they can wear on a winter evening in. They feel so good on achy, tired feet. Here are a few styles your recipients can cozy up with.

Pattern Socks

Everyone is pattern sock crazy. My husband hasn’t met a striped pair he didn’t love to wear. They are like graphic tees for the feet and allow a person to showcase some subtle fun. Take a look at these whimsical, fun and conversational styles.

No Show Socks

They may not be the most exciting, but you can never have enough no-show socks. I don’t know if it is the size, but every time I send a pair off to the laundry it seems I only get one back. For the recipient who cycles through no-show pairs like Kleenex, they will appreciate some fresh styles.

Cashmere Socks

I love cashmere socks. I received them as a gift once and they were everything. They are a little high maintenance, however. Most pairs, especially pure cashmere styles, need to be hand-washed, but it is so worth it. Plus, cashmere is warm and perfect for keeping your feet toasty.

Whether you buy a pair with a little cashmere or a lot, they are soft. Here are some styles with all different cashmere contents that say luxury to your recipient but won’t break the bank.

Happy shopping!