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I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but Christmas was objectively more fun as a kid than it is as an adult. More presents to open, fewer presents to buy, SANTA.

But—for me, at least—there was one gift that could turn my smile into a scowl: Socks. How boring, right? 

Cut to a decade (fine...two decades) later and I love a funky pair of socks. The brand that changed my mind about this sartorial staple? Happy Socks.

Peeking out from beneath a pair of cropped pants or scrunched around the ankles with a swingy minidress, Happy Socks are an extremely low-lift way to spice up an otherwise plain ensemble. 

My favorites from the very robust sale section include this pair with smiley hearts (which I'll wear with my Converse x Commes de Garcon Play high tops), this vintage-inspired pair with lightning bolts (which I'll wear with my favorite Lou & Grey joggers) and these fast food-themed sport socks (which I'll wear with my Adidas NMDs). Prices range from $14 for a single pair to $6 for kids socks to $48 for 4-pair gift box sets. 

They're also excellent gifts, whether for your Rolling Stones-obsessed dad, your caffeine-addicted sister or your doughnut-loving niece

Merry Sockmas, folks. 

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