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Best Cozy Socks for the Holiday Season

However you're spending the season, socks are the softest, warmest upgrade to your holiday ensemble

The holiday season comes with an array of festive outfit requirements. From ugly Christmas sweaters to family photo attire, and sparkly New Year’s outfits, the holiday season is about family, food, and . . . fashion.

However, we contend that the true sartorial heroes of the season are your most comfy loungewear. The hunter green sweatpants you’ve broken in. Those old high school or college hoodies that you only bust out when you return to your hometown. Your flannel pajamas. The best holiday uniform is the one that keeps you comfy-cozy.

Yet, each year your comfies take a beating. After two holiday seasons in the pandemic, your loungewear has gotten more mileage than it’s used to. While a few holes in your battered sweatsuit may not make much of a difference, the one item in your ensemble you can not sacrifice is one too many people overlook: your socks.

Isn’t it a cheap sitcom joke at this point — getting socks for Christmas? Despite the jokes and the lack of glamor, these staples are one of the best gifts you can give yourself. A good pair of socks elevates your whole day. And a funky pattern can add some intrigue to your outfit, brightening even the dullest mornings.

The holiday season also proffers the gift of fuzzy socks. A go-to Secret Santa gift or last-minute choice you pluck off the checkout aisle as you frantically rush through your holiday shopping — cozy socks scream Christmas! Just sayin: There’s no shame in giving and getting socks this season.

Though they can be a small treat, a good pair of cozy socks can make your holiday. Find just the kinda socks that’ll have you running down to see what’s under the tree like a child again on Christmas morning. Or to stuff into your boots and go caroling, or even to fill someone else’s stocking.

Here are some of our essential picks:

UGG Women’s Rib Knit Slouchy Crew Socks

UGG socks

The great UGG renaissance is here. The Australian brand first gained international notoriety in the noughties but got lost amongst a slew of questionable fashion trends of the time. But now that Y2K style is making a resurgence, UGGs are finally getting the recognition they deserve. The innovative brand will keep you warm. So I trust their socks to keep my toes toasty all winter — paired with UGG boots . . . or not.

Clothirily Wool Socks - 5 Pack Thick Knit Wool Cozy Crew Socks

For a classic pair of thick socks, stock up your sock drawer with the Clothirily 5 pack. Available in a range of different colors, the thick knit wool blend is lightweight, comfortable, and warm. And as a bonus, these wool socks will have you walking on clouds.

Carhartt Merino Wool Blend Hiker Crew Socks

Merino wool is one of the most effective woollen materials for its innovative properties. Beyond keeping your feet warm and cushioned, Merino Wool has antibacterial properties that wick away excess moisture and odors. Stock these Carhartt socks for on-the-go and at home use.

Nike Performance Cushion Crew Socks

No pair of socks is more versatile and iconic than the Nike Crew Socks. Slip them on along with a pair of slides to run errands, get in those holiday workouts, or wear them while making TikToks. They’re so recognizable that they’re even a fashion statement. Meaning these socks make the greatest gift for you or literally anyone else.

Shan-S Christmas Decor Heated Socks

Made specifically for Christmas, get in the festive spirit without freezing with these self-heating socks. Warm your body from top to toe using their blend of magnetic and heat technology. Plus, they gently massage your feet — the best kind of crazy! So, even if you don’t have a fireplace — or a yule log — sit back, relax, and warm your feet.

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