It’s funny how the gifts that would elicit an instant eye roll as a tween have had a redemption arc with age, perhaps none so much as the humble sock. In adulthood, a practical present is generally a good present, and if you’re shopping for anyone who’ll spend time in a cold climate this winter, sweat-wicking hosiery is a transformative purchase.
Bombas’ four-pack of stretchy merino-wool socks are crucial for snowboarders and hikers, but they also happen to be something the recipient can lounge in immediately after opening. They’re sporty, with throwback gym-class stripes and bright colors like salmon pink and baby blue, inspired by retro ski jackets. The addition of elastane to the fabric blend and the mid-calf height means there’s no risk of sagging or slipping, even in snow boots.
Whether you share post-opening or not, it’s worth noting that this gift’s impact goes beyond your purchase. Bombas puts money toward creating essential clothing items for every item sold and works with partners to donate them to homeless shelters. So far, the company says it’s given over 100 million pieces to those in need.