The Salmon Sisters’ Favorite Darn Tough Socks to Give (and Get) as Gifts

The Salmon Sisters, Emma and Claire, smiling and laughing while hugging each other

The holiday season is coming, and one of our family traditions is to gift good socks to everyone on our list. We've been wearing Darn Tough socks for years now and love them for their warmth and moisture-wicking Merino Wool.

We wear wool socks throughout the seasons in Alaska, while working on the water in our fishing boots in the summer and while skiing, skating, and shoveling snow in the winter. Having happy, warm feet makes all of us happy. Here are a few of our family's favorite socks to give and get as gifts.

Socks to Work in (and Wear with Xtratuf Boots)

Two fisherman putting on their rubber boots over their darn tough work socks

Our customers often ask us what socks we recommend wearing with Salmon Sisters x Xtratuf Boots, and we're excited to share the perfect pair!

The Stanley K (for men) and the Emma Claire (for women) Lightweight Work Socks were designed to be worn with rubber boots and by Alaska's hardworking fishermen. Our family and fishing crew worked with Darn Tough to develop and test these socks while at sea.

The cushion underfoot gives welcome relief during long days on your feet, mesh windows on the foot and leg help everything breathe, an extended cushion toe box works well in steel-toe and rubber boots alike, and performance fit eliminates sock slip in tall boots.

These durable socks make the perfect gift for the people in your life who work hard, wear boots, and are active and on their feet all day. Learn more about our collaboration with Darn Tough Vermont.

Everyday Winter Socks

Claire seated and pulling on the Art Deco lifestyle socks from Darn Tough
Closeup Claire putting on the Shetland lifestyle sock in oatmeal yellow

As the weather gets crisp, the Shetland Crew Sock has stylish comfort for your feet. We love the cushioned Merino Wool and pattern that reminds us of the sweetest details of winter: snowflakes, hot cocoa, and a crackling fireplace. These socks are breathable yet cozy for everyday winter wear.

We also love the women's Deco Crew Sock for its timeless design and lightweight, long-lasting comfort, and the men’s Spey Fly Crew Sock, perfect for fish guys.

All Around Cozy, Warm Socks

A dog resting on the floor by his owner's sock-clad feet in the Nomad boot sock

We love the Nomad Hiking Socks for men and women. They're silky soft with cozy full cushion and come in classic colors.

The Nomad is great for keeping your toes warm in winter and always being ready for action outdoors. These socks pair well with work boots, snow boots, or around-town boots, and double as cozy slippers in front of the fireplace.

Socks for Winter Sports

The Women's Gatewood Boot Hiking Socks are built tough and designed to be versatile, full cushion boot socks that pack in technical performance and undeniable comfort. We wear these cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and sledding in the winter. We love the yellow stripes!

Snowboarder in the lodge wearing the bright red Snowpack socks from Darn Tough

These Ski & Ride Socks for men and women are a great choice for more intense winter action. They are super breathable, tall, and moisture wicking to fit into your ski boots or skates without the bulk or uncomfortable rubbing while you're outside in motion. These make a great gift for the winter athletes in your life.

For more sock gift ideas, check out Darn Tough’s Holiday Gift Guide. You can find even more ideas, including our favorite Darn Tough socks, boots, gloves, and more, in our collection of Holiday Gifts on our Salmon Sisters webshop!


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