The holiday season is in full swing and gift ideas that translate into smiles for your loved ones, friends, and co-workers can be a daunting task. We’re going to save you that trip to the dollar store for the gift exchange party with our fabulous Christmas socks gift guide!

A pair of athletic or casual socks from our collection of feet-focused brands are always an appreciated Christmas gift – especially when the socks have a quality that’s built to last. You’ll find unisex gift ideas, a gift for your office sock exchange, Christmas socks and much more.

Best Socks to Gift This Christmas

We have an extensive sock brand list, from women’s socks to men’s socks and more. And we won’t leave you out in the cold: here’s a handy reference to shopping for cold-weather socks. Plus Members of Altitude Sports get free returns and access to all the benefits. Sign up and get an additional 5% off most online products available at

But for Christmas socks in Canada, we’re looking at premium materials like merino wool and woven polyester, articulated patterning, targeted cushioning, and bunch-preventing seamless toes. We’ve also included classic winter favourites in our guide, like cozy wool socks perfect for cold-weather wear. Whether you’re shopping for a winter runner, ski enthusiast, or hunting for unisex Christmas gifts, our gift guide has a fun pair of socks for everyone.

Editor's pick: Stance socks

This SoCal brand is a staff fave, making their socks excellent Christmas gifts we recommend. The circular logo, cool patterns and colourful weaves are seen on the ankles of employees year-round in our office.

Stance socks are well-made, featuring anatomical shaping, underfoot supports, and targeted cushioning. They also fit our employees’ active lifestyle, offering breathable comfort for mid-day runs and hang-outs, all while adding touches of style to their outfits.

smartwool socks

With an outdoor heritage built on the foundation of premium merino wool products, Smartwool socks deliver breathable warmth in any setting – skiing the slopes or stepping to work. Whether you’re shopping for an avid hiker or co-worker for a gift exchange, Smartwool has a variety of models in premium fibres to keep their feet comfortable

icebreaker socks

Warmth, breathability, odour-resistance, style and high-performance merino wool sourced from New Zealand? What more could you want from a pair of socks? Luckily, icebreaker’s renowned merino comfort translates into some of the best treats for your – or someone else’s – feet. With styles for skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, and urbanites, we can more than recommend these socks as a Christmas present for your special someone’s stocking.

darn tough socks

Durable, comfortable, and merino wool blends made in Vermont: Darn Tough socks provide the goods for adventurers. We’re big fans of their socks for skiing and hiking. Darn Tough has protectively cushioned socks for the casual or die-hard nature enthusiast on your shopping list.

wigwam socks

Knit for the proper mixture of heritage fashion and all-purpose functionality, you can’t go wrong gifting Wigwam socks. Breathable cotton blends with long-lasting Lycra for stretch, these socks are built to move freely and hold their shape. The classic weaves are the perfect complement to an outdoors ensemble while making an ultra-cozy statement near the living room fire.

Happy Christmas Sock Shopping

Now you’ll be able to please the sock lovers on your gift list this holiday season. With the help of the sock selections above, you’ll surely be able to fill the stockings with a pair of comfortable socks – be it for your favourite hiker, skier, or style enthusiast.