The idea here is pretty simple - when you have all the socks we knit within your grasp, and are looking for a gift, what you choose is likely founded in some clear, comfortable, fitting, local experience you'll guarantee offers a lifetime of joy. See what we did there?
Let's proceed with these staff sock gift ideas...
Sara Pollander — Think Durable
WHY HER?: Sara's job title is "warranty" because she is our warranty department. If you have made use of our unconditional lifetime guarantee and returned a sock, she has handled it. It's why she's wearing gloves, because to be honest, some of you guys send back some gnarly stuff. You can wash them first, we'll still replace them. Regardless, Sara, of all people, does not really want a lot of things coming back, and she sees all that do. So her choice is probably based in hope.
SHE SAYS: "For those that don't like them too high on the leg or too low, these ones fit right in the middle. The cushion, too, is right in the middle. And Black goes with anything. It's a tough sock."
Owen Rachampbell — Cozy Toe Socks
TITLE: Product Line Manager
WHY HIM?: Honestly, we ask that of ourselves often, but Owen's inclusion here seemed fitting as he manages the comings and goings of the product line, and since we only make socks, that's pretty much what he does. In his spare time he does things like the Appalachian Trail and D&D - both of which he talks about when not asked. If you don't know what D&D is, that's fine. Dude knows footwear though. You don't walk 2000 miles in a stretch and not figure a few things out.
HE SAYS: "The last person I gave these to wears them all the time for helping keep toes warm. Slipper socks, winter running, and biking."
Jen Wakefield — Cute & Functional Socks
TITLE: Direct to Consumer Supervisor
GIFT SOCK: Folktale, Lightweight, Crew Height, Charcoal
WHY HER?: So, Jen has been with us for a good stretch but most importantly, she oversees everything people buy from darntough.com. All the analytical tools in the world can tell us all kinds of info, but if you just ask her, she can tell you what's hot by the minute. So, when it comes to selecting a gift that's moving and shaking, Jen can identify what people are getting after at the drop of a dime.
SHE SAYS: "These are thin and comfortable to wear with pretty much any style of shoe. And they're cute."
Tony Harris — Wear Anywhere Socks
TITLE: Chief Information Officer
WHY HIM?: Tony is a boss, literally, but figuratively too. This guy started as a 3rd Shift Knitting Technician 24 years ago and put the work in to elevate himself to CIO. When not settling the technical needs of the business, Tony can be found crushing miles around Northfield with a weighted vest as he trains for his health and now Spartan Races, of which we are the official sock of. Tony grinds.
HE SAYS: "It's a great hiking sock. Cushioned bottom with just the right height on the leg. Nice little color array available if the blue isn't your thing. Versatile ... they'll wear this everywhere."
We updated our holiday staff picks for 2021. You can see those sock gift ideas here.