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With the holidays just around the corner, so is the stress of gift-giving. Sure, it feels great to give someone a gift they really love. But when you don’t know what to give them... Well, it can start to feel like a burden.


This year, skip the stress and give the gift of happy feet. Everyone in your life can benefit from a comfortable, durable pair of merino wool socks. Young or old, outdoorsy or hibernator, the right pair of merino wool socks is a foolproof gift for any loved one. 


Below, you’ll find our guide to picking the perfect pair of merino wool socks for everyone on your list. Say goodbye to gift-giving anxiety and hello to a fun-filled holiday season!


Socks for the Winter Hiker

Socks for winter hikers

For the avid hiker in your life, cold weather and snow don’t put a damper on the adventures. Regardless, winter hikes are a lot more fun with warm, comfortable feet. Our classic Medium Cushion Hiking Sock is perfect for the job — plus, it comes in fun retropinstripe, and classic designs.


With generous cushioning, these merino wool hiking socks are meant to keep feet warm — even in a winter wonderland. And with moisture-wicking, breathable merino wool, they perform in warmer conditions, too. Your favorite hiker can say goodbye to blisters, sweaty feet, and slouchy socks with the gift of our original Cloudline socks.

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Socks for the Long-Distance Hiker 

Maybe miles and miles of hiking have pushed their old socks to the limits, or maybe they’re gearing up for next year’s adventures. Whatever the reason, what long-distance hiker doesn’t get excited over a new pair of merino wool socks?


The long-distance hiker in your life can put our Light Cushion Hiking Socks to the test, whether they’re starting with casual day hikes or planning an AT thru-hike. They’ll find plenty of versatility in these mid-calf, lightly cushioned socks, where breathability, durability, and comfort converge.

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Socks for the Cold-Weather Runner

We all know those hardcore runners who don’t stop in the winter. They’re running when the snow falls and on those dark, bitterly cold mornings. Nothing gets between them and their run — not even the coldest winter days.


For the cold-weather runner in your life, give them the gift of moisture-wicking, toasty-warm merino wool socks. Our ¼ Top Medium Cushion Running Socks have generous cushioning for comfort and warmth, but are breathable, too. They’re the perfect sock for those downright cold days, when a lighter sock just won’t do the trick.

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Socks for the Warm-Weather Runner

Not everyone lives where winters are cold and snowy. Some lucky folks enjoy fair weather throughout the winter, where there’s no need to bundle up. Running through this kind of winter requires comfortable, durable socks, but without the extra warmth.


Warm-weather runners will delight in the No-Show Ultralight Running Sock. With a low profile and lightweight feel, they’ll forget these socks are even there. Plus, odor-resistant merino wool will give you something to celebrate, too.

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Socks for the Little Adventurer

Little feet taking on big adventures? Cute, comfy socks can help! The little one in your life — whether it’s a niece, nephew, or your own little hiker — will get a kick out of their very own merino wool hiking socks.


Colorful animal prints make our Kid’s Hiking Socks a hit, but that’s not all there is to love. With all the benefits of our adult merino wool hiking socks, your kiddo can hike in style and comfort. Breathable, wicking, and warm, these socks are the perfect gift for getting your little adventurer on the trail.

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Socks for the Snowsports Enthusiast

Ski and snowboard season coincides with the time for gift-giving, so why not give gear for the occasion? Your favorite skier or snowboarder needs socks that can handle the cold, snowy conditions they crave. Cold feet don’t last long on the mountain!


Our Medium Cushion Ski & Snowboard Socks are the warmer of our two styles of snow socks. Perfect for those bitter winter days when a little extra warmth goes a long way, these warm, cushioned socks make those laps even better. Breathable, soft, and odor-resistant merino wool socks are the ticket to a memorable day on the slopes.

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Socks for the Globetrotter

We all know someone who’s hard to pin down. Their sense of adventure is admirable, and you never know where they’ll be off to next. One day they’re hitting the wintry slopes and the next, they’re relaxing on a tropical beach. It can be tough to shop for someone who’s always on the move, but we’re here to help.


If there’s one thing a frequent traveler should be adding to their suitcase, it’s a pair of Light Cushion Compression Socks. These socks are great for active wear — hiking, running, or long city walks. But they’re also a traveler’s best friend on long flights, drives, or rides. Moderate compression soothes sore muscles, prevents swelling, and provides comfortable support. Now your favorite traveler can hop off the plane ready to take on the next adventure!

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Socks for the Active Professional

With bike commuting getting ever more popular, it’s likely you have a friend or family member who’s pedaling to work. It’s also likely they’re rolling into work with smelly feet. But it doesn’t have to be that way!


With Cloudline Apparel Active Dress Socks, you can give the gift of professional and performing merino wool socks. With all the awesome benefits of merino wool socks — odor control, breathability, and temperature regulation — these active dress socks transition seamlessly from the bike to the office.

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Socks for the Practical One

You know that hard-working friend who’s always starting a new project? Planting a garden, fixing the roof, shoveling the neighbor’s snow? They’re the kind of person who’d never ask for a gift, so they’re impossible to shop for. Well, we’ve got you covered.


The Cloudline Apparel Medium Cushion Work Sock is a durable, no-nonsense sock for the practical, hard worker in your life. Who can say no to warm, wicking, odor-resistant merino wool socks? This is the gift your practical friend never knew they needed, but will soon be wearing just about every day.

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Give the Gift of Happy Feet

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, a pair of Cloudline merino wool socks make a fantastic gift. And with our Lifetime Guarantee, our socks are the gifts that just keep giving.


Did we miss anyone on your list? Don’t worry, there’s a lot more to love. Check out Cloudlineapparel.com to shop our complete selection of merino wool socks and base layers.


We hope you enjoy the holidays and enjoy the beauty of the winter season — wherever the trail takes you!

Emily Batdorf
Emily Batdorf

Emily is a copywriter based in northern Michigan. She's happiest outdoors, whether she's hiking, skiing, paddling, or swimming. As a writer, she loves working with companies that inspire all people to get outside. When she's not writing or playing outdoors, you can find her cooking, reading, or hanging out with family and friends. Find more of her writing here.


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