Knocking your socks off with my go-to gift

Photo courtesy of flickr user circulating.

Photo by Flickr user circulating

As a teenager with multiple extracurricular activities and more than the bare minimum number of classes, it’s not easy to take the time to think of decent, personal gifts for friends with upcoming birthdays. In the past, I’ve opted for gift cards and candles for each of my friends, but unfortunately these small gifts tend to come off as very impersonal and put together at the very last minute. However, there’s a solution.

For the past year I’ve scoured various clothing shops and dug through the depths of the Internet in search of a small but very necessary piece of clothing: socks. Although this may sound anticlimactic, I’ve come to find that socks are more than just boring pieces of cloth that you envelope your feet in. The fact of the matter is, they don’t have to be boring. A simple search on Google will reveal a large range of socks with varying patterns, prints, and even shapes. In fact, there are many manufacturers and labels, such as Sock It to Me! and BlueQ, that specialize in just that: fun, funky socks that can either stand out or compliment your outfit as a subtle accessory. Honestly, they don’t even have to be shown off; like any other piece of underwear, socks can just be for the enjoyment of the wearer. For an especially special person, you can even get them a subscription for a pair of socks a month from Sock Club and other similar distributors.

With the wide range of socks that you can choose from, you’re sure to find socks that are perfect for your friends. Whether it’s a sport they play, a color they like, a TV show, band, or video game that they love, or an animal that they obsess over, it’s likely that there’s a pair of socks for it. So the next time you’re stumped on trying to figure out a good gift to give to your friend, I recommend making a quick search online for some fun socks.