The stockings are all hung by the chimney with care… Naturally, you want to surprise and delight the family on Christmas morning, but a grab bag of cheap toys and kitschy gifts is just clutter, scattered around the house and forgotten by the time your family dives into the holiday treats. This year, stuff those stockings with practical presents to keep toes toasty, feet fashion-forward and gym gear under control.
Gift Cards for Sole Mates
Presents for picky people? No problem when the stocking holds a gift-wrapped gift card for some toe-tapping new kicks. Teens are all about their personal sense of style and — face it — you will never nail that exactly. Your significant other is dreaming of sugarplums and that cushy, comfortable and classic pair of shoes, perfect for work or the weekend. It’s never too early to introduce the littlest angels to the empowering experience of selecting their own shoes – with advice from a trusted fashion mentor. And slip something you’ll love and use into your own stocking to complement the tongue-depressor tree ornament from your Michelangelo-in-training. Famous Footwear gift cards open the whole store of shoes, bags and accessories to each delighted recipient.
Sock It to Me
Crew socks for him are an invitation to jump start that training program or up his buddy-game on the courts. A Nike Dri-FIT 3-pack comes in white, sweatshirt-gray and cyber-green with a snug supportive fit that won’t drift down around his ankles mid-game or mid-run. The revolutionary fabric wicks away sweat to keep feet drier, and the heel and toe are reinforced for durability. Nike Youth Dri Crews target the same helpful features to the younger set. Your competitive princess will happily choose pink, white or black socks with a contrasting swoosh to suit her mood.
Where the Wild Things Are
The toughest little ballplayer can get his game on with day-of-the-week socks, each day a different ball. If it’s Wednesday, it must be soccer practice with a black-and-white soccer-ball-print, ankle-hugging sock. Now, how do you spell Wednesday? Check the soles for the day printed in a contrasting color. Mom’s not just a domestic animal, she’s got her wild side and now she’ll have the socks to prove it. Ultra-thin, no-show, low-cut, stretchy socks come in stripes, spots and even giraffe markings, but they’re all neon-bright orange, pink, purple, lemon, lime and turquoise because the lady is never boring.
Mini-Kicks for the Short Set
Tiny toddlers are tough on shoes but those hopping, stomping, tripping and scuffing baby feet need protection. When the smallest family member requires some stylin’ skate sneakers, a cool pair of magenta-pink or charcoal-gray canvas kicks fits easily in the Christmas stocking. Velcro closures keep them on but let you whip them off in a hurry. Grippy outsoles help to prevent skids and tumbles, and cushioned footbeds will have your non-stop whirlwind cherub walking on clouds. Sophisticated color choices appeal to even the fussiest sandbox fashionistas.
Great Gear Grabber
The gym sack goes everywhere you do, with all your gear for shopping, sports, casual events — or the gym. Tuck one in every stocking for your weekend biker, yoga diva, gym rat and the members of the Little League cheering section. Crisp white with a triple fade of solar blue stripes is sharp against a black backing with black net pockets. Chill onyx-gray features mint and hot pink trim. Adidas Alliance gym sacks are light but durable polyester with adjustable shoulder straps, a drawstring top closure, a generous main zip compartment and two mesh front pockets. It packs a lot of gear and works better than a bulky backpack for workout clothes, athletic shoes, water bottles, energy bars and other fitness necessities.