Holiday Gift Guide For Everyone On Your List

The holidays are almost here and it’s time to shop! Save big on holiday sales and find awesome gifts for everyone on your list. Time seems to fly by faster every year, and finding the right gift can be difficult and time consuming. Check out some of the gifts we put on our wish list this year. You can either pick a category below or start scrolling to see our favorite finds:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

You don’t need to break the bank to find a nice present for someone. Here are some great gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers, all under $50!

 

Shop Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast – $35.00

This is a great present for any college student, young professional or friend. It is easy to use – just plug in the USB to your TV and download the Chromecast app to stream your favorite TV shows, movies and clips straight from your smartphone.

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Tile Mate Finder

Tile Mate (1 Pack) – $25

This handy-dandy gift is great for anyone who is constantly misplacing their cell-phone, keys, wallet, TV remote, badge or other commonly “lost” item. This clever gadget will ring any missing item (even if your phone is on silent). If you lose something while you’re out, when another Tile user enters the radius, you will be notified of the location it was found. Available in Tile Pro, Mate or Slim models.

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Shop Allegro Sheers

Allegro Sheer Compression Hosiery – $9.97+

Allegro Sheer Compression Hosiery is an affordable line of sheer knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose. Choose from our Italian, Premium and Essential Sheers in a variety of compression levels and colors.

Shop Allegro Sheers

 

Shop Huggable Sloth Pad

Huggable Sloth Cooling + Heating Pad – $29.00

This cute heating and cooling pad is sure to make any injury a little better. It is filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender to help soothe sore spots. This pad is safe to microwave or freeze.

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Shop Star Wars Waffle Maker

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker – $34.99

This waffle maker is perfect for any Jedi. This cool Death Star waffle maker features a non-stick surface and the design appears on both sides of the waffle. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy breakfast, it’s going to be hard to beat this!

Shop Star Wars Waffle Maker

 

Shop Random Illustrated Facts Book

Get A Fun Coffee Table Book – $12.29

The Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know book is a fun conversation starter or a great way to kill some time waiting around. This illustrated paperback book is filled with fun facts and trivia.

Shop the Random Illustrated Facts Book

Shop Homemade Pasta Maker

Homemade Pasta Set – $39.99

Make ravioli, fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, angel hair and more, all right in your own kitchen with the Chefly Pasta Maker. The manual crank handle clamps onto your table or countertop. Made from stainless steel, this durable machine is also detachable to put in the dishwasher after use.

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Shop Allegro Wool Socks

Allegro Italian Wool Compression Socks – $25.44

Allegro Italian Wool Compression Socks are great to wear hiking or out and about in any weather. Wool is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you cool in hot weather and warm in colder weather. These socks are also super soft and durable.

Shop Allegro Wool Socks

 

Shop Outdoor Popcorn Shake and Pop

Traditional Outdoor Popcorn Popper – $36.00

Roast some chestnuts on an open fire and pop some popcorn while you’re at it! Have fun making popcorn the old school way. All you need is an open flame from a fireplace, grill or firepit.

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Here are some fun, low-cost stocking stuffers everyone will love! These also work great as white elephant gifts for the office or holiday parties.

 

Shop Cheers Bottle Opener Sunglasses

Cheers Bottle Opener Sunglasses – $14.99+

Fashionable and functional! These bottle opener sunglasses are perfect for tailgating. Available in a variety of fun patterns and colors for men and women.

Shop Cheers Bottle Opener Sunglasses

 

Shop Multi Tool

Stainless Steel Credit Card Multi-Tool – $14.98

This handy dandy device features 10 tools in 1, including a bottle opener, screw driver, can opener, knife blade and more! This durable metal tool easily fits into your wallet for easy access wherever you go!

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Shop Juzo Laundry Bag

Juzo Laundry Bag – $2.99

This practical gift is great to keep anyone organized. This affordable laundry bag is great to safely wash your compression stockings and small garments in without them getting lost or snagged in the wash.

Shop Juzo Laundry Bag

 

Shop iTunes Gift Cards

You can never go wrong with the gift of entertainment! An Apple gift card is great for anyone to download music, movies, games or a book for their next trip. If you have someone on your list who is tough to find gifts for, this is a great option!

Shop iTunes Gift Cards

 

Shop Hosiery Mate Washing Solution

Hosiery Mate Washing Solution – $12.99

Keep your compression socks in the best shape possible with Hosiery Mate Revitalizing Washing Solution. The special formula bonds with the nylon fibers and strengthens them, which means less runs, snags, sagging, and static cling.

Shop Hosiery Mate Washing Solution

 

Stylish Passport Covers

Stylish Passport Covers – $10.99

Choose from a variety of stylish passport covers for men and women. These make great stocking stuffers for the wanderlust on your list.

Shop Passport Covers

 

Shop Water Filteration System

Mini Water Filtration System – $16.69

This is an excellent gift for hikers, outdoor lovers and campers. It removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli from the water. It can be used as a straw to drink directly from a river, screwed onto most disposable water bottles, or you can connect the straw to a pouch/hydration pack.

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Shop Star Wars Ice Mold

Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold (2 Pack) – $7.79

Fun for the whole family! This 4 pack molds your ice to look like the Death Star. If you want to get creative, this also works for ice cream cake balls.

Shop Star Wars Ice Mold

 

Shop Sigvaris Donning Gloves

Sigvaris Donning Gloves – $5.75

Sigvaris donning gloves are another useful gift to help get compression socks on fast and easy. These gloves help grip the stocking to take the struggle out of the donning process.

Shop Sigvaris Donning Gloves

 

 

Here are some awesome gifts for the wanderlust on your list, no matter what their travel style is!

 

Shop Cork Globe

Cork Globe – $48.00+

This is great for the explorer on your list to figure out their next trip or show off past adventures.This cork globe is available in a small or large size.

Shop Cork Globe

 

Shop Sleep Mask

Namastay In Bed Sleep Mask – $16.00

This cute sleep mask will help the lucky person on your list get an excellent night’s sleep, in style! Handmade from a satin fabric.

Shop Sleep Mask

 

Shop Sockwell Compression Socks

Sockwell Compression Socks  – $24.99

These stylish wool compression socks are made for men and women in a large variety of colors and patterns. These socks help to keep your legs fresh, energized and ache-free, while fighting fatigue, swelling and blood clots while you travel.

Shop Sockwell Compression Socks

 

Shop Coloring Book

Adult Animal Coloring Book – $4.99

Coloring books are a great way to relieve stress and keep yourself entertained on any trip. Adult coloring books are the new trend, and I can get behind it! Coloring can be a fun way to unwind and kill a few hours on a long car or plane ride.

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Shop Beer Cap Map

USA Beer Cap Map – $34.95

For the beer and travel lover in your life, this USA map is the perfect challenge! This will hold 75 of any beer caps (domestic/international/craft).

Shop Beer Cap Map

 

Shop Hammock

Hammock – $22.94

This lightweight, easy to use hammock is great for camping or relaxing outdoors. It supports two people (up to 500 lbs) and is small enough to store in a backpack. Set up and hang out in about three minutes!

Shop Hammock

 

Shop Simon Donning and Doffing Aid

Sigvaris SIMON Donning and Doffing Aid – $69.90

Stop struggling to put your socks on when you’re not home. This donning and doffing aid is portable and small enough to fit in your luggage, so you can bring it with you on vacation.

Shop Simon Donning and Doffing Aid

 

Shop Stanley Growler

Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler – $28.72

This stainless steel growler is very durable and dishwasher safe. Skip the plastic and go for a BPA-free option like this growler. Easy to pour with one hand and will keep your drink cold all day long.

Shop Stanley Insulated Growler

 

Shop Travel Cord Roll

Travel Cord Roll – $20.00

This convenient roll will keep all of your chargers and cords easily organized and tangle-free. This is great for business or pleasure travel via plane or car. Available in aqua or black.

Shop Travel Cord Roll

 

Shop Lamzac Air Lounger

Lamzac Air Lounger – $64.50

This lounger is perfect for chilling on the go. Quickly inflate this comfy seat for 1-2 people during a hiking break, at a music festival, or on the lawn. Available in a variety of colors.

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The holidays can be super stressful. Give the gift of relaxation this year with these awesome gifts to help even the busiest person on your list slow down and take some time to themselves:

 

Shop Weighted Blanket

Weighted Blanket – $59.90+

If you know someone who has trouble sleeping or anxiety, a weighted blanket can make a huge difference in getting a better night’s sleep and fall asleep faster. This blanket is made for adults or children and is available in a variety of sizes and weights.

Shop Weighted Blanket

 

Shop Foot Spa

HoMedics Foot Spa with Heat Boost Power – $69.99

Sit back and relax with the HoMedics foot spa. Features shower massage jets to refresh tired feet, soothing bubbles and heat to treat those feet after a long day. This spa comes with three pedicure attachments.

Shop Foot Spa

 

Shop Medi Day Gel

Medi Day Gel – $10.46

Keep your legs moisturized with a gel that is safe to use with compression socks and has no greasy residue. Apply Medi Day Gel before donning your stockings to make it a bit easier and keep your skin in great condition. This gel is great for venous insufficiency as well. After you remove your socks for the night, try Medi Night Cream!

Shop Medi Day Gel

 

Shop LUSH Bath Bomb Sets

LUSH Bath Bomb Set $10.95+

LUSH bath bombs are a fantastic gift! They come in a ton of fun colors and scents in a variety of gift basket options. These make awesome white elephant gifts, presents for co-workers, or friends.

Shop Lush Bath Bomb Sets

 

Shop Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt Lamp – $19.99

Legend has it, Himalayan salt lamps are said to increase energy, your mood, and can even help you sleep better. Many people swear that they make your home healthier by cleaning the air of dust and other allergens. Either way, these lamps create a relaxing atmosphere and help set the mood to kick back and relax.

Shop Himalayan Salt Lamp

 

Shop Bedrest Pillow

Bedrest Pillow – $39.99

This ergonomically designed pillow is great for reading or sitting comfortably in bed. Anyone from college students to the soon-to-be-mommy could appreciate this gift!

Shop Bedrest Pillow

 

Shop Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser – $20.99

Essential oils are all the rage these days. From stress-relief to soothing pains, these oils have many uses. This relaxing oil diffuser helps to soften and moisten dry skin, and helps you breathe better in the winter. Features 7 color mood lighting settings, 4 time setting modes and 2 mist settings so you can perfectly set the mood.

Shop Essential Oil Diffuser

 

Shop Core-Spun Socks

Therafirm Core-Spun Compression Socks – $15.16

These super soft, stretchy socks are perfect to kick back and relax. Available in 4 compression levels for men and women. Choose from a variety of fun patterns too! The Core-Spun collection offers sizes for large and petite legs.

Shop Core-Spun Socks

 

Shop Faux Fur Throw

L.L.Bean Faux Fur Throw – $69.00

This super soft and comfortable blanket is a great gift for anyone on your list. This faux fur throw has the look and feel of wolf fur and is safe to machine wash (and air dry). Really, how can you go wrong with a blanket like this?!

Shop Faux Fur Throw

 

It can be hard to shop for the woman in your life. Luckily we did the dirty work for you. Here are some great options for the lucky lady:

 

Shop Cityscape Ring

Cityscape Ring – $21.00

Etsy has tons of cute unique, handmade jewelry options for women, like these Cityscape rings! Choose her favorite city or hometown – you can even email the vendor for a custom city mock up.

Shop Cityscape Ring

 

Shop Sigvaris Opaque

Sigvaris Soft Opaque Compression Stockings – $35.96+

Sigvaris introduced 4 new colors to the Soft Opaque line for all knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose in 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg. These durable stockings are made from a microfiber fabric to keep you comfortable and dry. Available in even more colors and options!

Shop Sigvaris Soft Opaque

 

Shop Soji Crystal Water Bottle

Soji Crystal Elixir Water Bottle – $80.00

These stylish water bottles are made with various crystals, believed to having healing powers. Choose from a variety of crystals to help ease stress, shed negative energy, promote clarity, inner peace, creativity and more. Plus, a portion of each sale is donated to WATER is LIFE.

Shop Soji Crystal Water Bottle

 

Mermaid Tail Blanket

Mermaid Tail Blanket – $13.80

This adorable blanket is a great gift for mermaids of all ages. It is crocheted and comes with a cute mermaid necklace. It can even be machine washed and dried – just be careful to avoid washing with anything that can snag it! Available in a variety of colors and two universal sizes; for kids and adults.

Shop Mermaid Blanket

 

Shop Allegro Milk Sock

Allegro Milk Compression Socks – $23.49

Rock these socks on your next trip or while out running errands to keep your legs feeling amazing all day long. These compression socks are made from an unbelievably soft fabric and help to keep your legs energized and ache-free.

Shop Allegro Milk Sock

 

Shop Woven Hammock

Boho Woven Hammock – $70.00

Attention hippies! We have the perfect gift. This chic hammock is sure to light up any room. These hammocks come in a variety of sizes and colors, and are handmade from 100% cotton threads.

Shop Woven Hammock

 

Shop UGG Robe

UGG Lorie Short Cotton Robe – $88.00

If there’s ever a time to splurge, it’s on that new, comfy robe! Enjoy a great night in snuggled up in this cotton terry knit robe. Safe to machine wash and dry. This robe comes in a variety of sizes in three colors.

Shop UGG Robe

 

Last but not least, here are some awesome gift ideas for even the hardest to shop for guys. Whether you’re looking for a practical present or something funny to make him smile, we have you covered.

 

Shop Leather Wallet

Personalized Leather Wallet – $34.50

If you’re looking for a practical and personal gift, this is it! If the man on your list has a wallet that looks like George Costanza’s, it might be time for an upgrade. This wallet has lots of storage options and comes in a variety of options.

Shop Leather Wallet

 

Shop Moustache Mug

Moustache Guard Mug – $44.00

This clever mug is perfect for any guy who is always getting his moustache in places it shouldn’t be! This cup features a guard to protect your moustache from dipping in your drink. Sip with confidence and keep your moustache clean with this funny, but useful mug.

Shop Moustache Mug

 

Shop CEP Compression

CEP Compression Socks and Sleeves – $35.00+

CEP compression socks and leg sleeves are great for runners and athletes. 20-30 mmHg compression helps to boost athletic performance, and 15-20 mmHg helps to speed up muscle recovery after a long run or tough workout.

Shop CEP Compression

 

Shop Burger Press

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press – $7.19

This creative burger press is perfect for your grill-master. The press features a non-stick surface and is safe to machine wash. Works great for making vegan burgers too!

Shop Burger Press

 

Shop Wacky Desktop Guy

Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Desk Man – $12.95

Keep yourself and your co-workers entertained with the desktop wacky inflatable arm flailing tube man! This funny guy will keep you company and in good spirits from 9-5.

Shop Wacky Desktop Guy

 

Shop Allegro Mosaic Sock

Allegro Mosaic Compression Socks – $19.95

The new Allegro Mosaic Sock provides 20-30 mmHg compression and features subtle mosaic pattern. These affordable support socks are made in the USA with breathable cotton and come in two colors.

Shop Allegro Mosaic Sock

 

What are some of your favorite gift ideas this holiday season? Comment below to share.

 

 

Compression Stockings For Large Legs

If you have large legs finding compression stockings that fit well can be a challenge.  For people with cone shaped legs, rolling and sliding is often a problem.  There are solutions for both of these issues.

Large or Thick Legs

Most manufacturers make wide-calf styles designed for customers with larger legs.

The largest knee high and thigh high available is now in the Sigvaris Secure Line. The calf sizing goes up to 74 cm (slightly over 29″) and the max thigh is 102 cm (about 40″). The Secure products are made to manage strong edema – swelling that does not do well in thinner fabrics like sheer or microfiber. While the fabric is incredibly strong, it is still breathable and comfortable to wear. With its precise sizing, you are guaranteed to get a perfect fit in this product. Available in 20-30, 30-40 and 40-50 mmHg.

The Sigvaris Comfort PLUS is another great option – it’s softer and stretchier, but the containment is not as high as the Secure line. It comes in 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg. The X-Large size in this product can fit a calf up to 28″ around and they come in short and long lengths.

Therafirm Core-Spun products are a great option for larger legs. Core-Spun Knee High Socks are available for men and women. The largest size will accommodate a 17 inch ankle with up to a 25.5 inch calf. Core-Spun Thigh Highs are now available in sizes up to XXXL. They will fit an ankle up to 19″ in circumference, and a thigh up to 39.5″. Core-Spun Thigh Highs are designed for men and women, come in three compression levels and two colors: black and white. Sizes XL-XXXL are offered in the 15-20 and 20-30mmHg compressions only. You can see where you’d fit on the size chart below:

Allegro Surgical Weight Knee Highs 20-30mmHg are available in Wide-Calf sizes that fit a calf circumference up to 26 inches and an ankle up to 15.5 inches. The Surgical Thigh High and Allegro Sheer Thigh Highs are sized up to XXX-Large to fit a 15.5 inch ankle and 36 inch thigh. A customer who purchased the Surgical Weight Knee highs said, “This product fit perfectly and I have really big calves… not too tight – comfortable. Wore them all day!” The Allegro products are a great, affordable option for most customers.

Mediven Extra-Wide Calf sizes are available in Medi PlusMedi Comfort,  Mediven for MenMedi Assure and Mediven Forte, 20-30 mmHg and higher. Medi Extra-Wide calf sizes vary by size, so be sure to check the specific size chart for the stocking you want.

Juzo has begun carrying a line of Varin Max products designed for larger legs. Size V will fit an ankle up to 14 inches, a calf up to 26 inches and a thigh up to 37 inches. The Max line is available in 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg in knee highs and thigh highs.

Jobst Full-Calf sizes are designed to fit a calf circumference of 18-24 inches and an ankle up to 14 inches. These sizes are available in Jobst for Men CasualJobst ActiveWearJobst Relief, and Jobst UltraSheer in 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg. Full-Calf sizes are available in Jobst Opaque 20-30mmHg and higher.

Cone Shaped Legs

When I first heard this term, I thought, “Well, nearly everyone has a cone-shaped leg – the ankle is always smaller than the thigh.” But, that is not the shape we’re speaking of when it comes to socks and stockings. When you measure your legs, most people will find that their knee circumference is smaller than the widest point of the calf. In a cone-shaped leg, the measurements do not decrease at any point as you move up the leg – the calf and knee are about the same measurement.

If your leg is cone-shaped, compression knee highs have a tendency to roll or slide. A sticky silicone top-band will typically solve this problem. Knee highs with silicone top-bands are available in 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg.

Both Jobst and Mediven have launched a new design of the silicone top band where they use sticky silicone fibers that are woven through the top band. This creates a more gentle hold against the skin. The Mediven product is called Vitality and Jobst is called SoftFit.

If you still have difficulty keeping the silicone top band in place, using a light adhesive at the band is a great option. It Stays is a water-soluble skin glue that is hypo-allergenic and safe for all compression stockings. It’s available in a 2oz roll-on bottle. A dab or two of It Stays will keep your knee highs and thigh highs up all day.

How to take off compression socks!

How to take your compression socks off quickly and easily.

We’ve all been there. Compression socks can be hard to get on and off, especially when you’re dealing with a higher compression or full length pantyhose. It can be even harder in the heat of summer. We put together some tips to help you get your compression socks off quickly and easily.

To get your compression socks off, whether they are knee high, thigh high, or pantyhose, grab them from the top of the stocking where the fabric is – NOT the top band. If you grab the stockings by the top band, they can rip, so be sure you are holding the fabric of the stocking – not the silicone top band.

Once you have a grip on the sock, slowly fold the stocking down your leg, almost like peeling a banana. You should then be able to slip it right off your foot. Here’s a quick video on how to take your compression socks off:

Donning gloves are great to use to get your socks on and off. These gloves protect the fabric and help you to get a better grip. (These work miracles in hotter weather!) There are also tools to help get your stockings off that work like a charm. See how our top rated doffing aids work below:

Sigvaris SIMON Donning & Doffing Aid

Medi Butler Off – Doffing Aid

Sigvaris Doff N’ Donner

Click Here To Learn More Or Shop Doffing Accessories

Still struggling or have questions? Give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 and we’ll talk you through it. Want to get your compression socks back on faster? Check out these tips to get your compression socks on without the hassle!

Help – I can’t get these compression socks on!

Struggling to don compression socksIf you’ve watched all the videos on properly putting on your compression socks and you’re still having trouble, this blog is for you. Let’s face it – pulling on compression stockings is a challenge. Before you spend another 30 minutes fighting to get your socks on, try out some of these tips, tricks and tools to help you get your socks on fast and easy.

This video demonstrates three different ways to put your compression stockings on – the heel pocket method, wearing donning gloves, and using a stocking donner:

The heel pocket method is a great way to get on stockings made from a thick fabric or socks that provide a high level of compression (over 20 mmHg). Don sheer or less firm compression socks with donning gloves to protect delicate fabric from snags and runs. Donning gloves are great for anyone with limited hand mobility, arthritis, or have weak hands or fingers to get a better grip on the fabric. These gloves are the easiest, cheapest and most effective tool available to help you put your compression socks on.

Wearing pantyhose? Here’s a helpful video on putting on compression pantyhose.

Donning Gloves:

The Jobst donning glove is unique because it is actually a cotton mitt with the palm and fingers dipped in a latex solution to grip onto support hose. It is a loose fitting glove which can be easier to put on for people with limited hand mobility. On the downside, there are no ridges or nubs on the latex which limits it’s ability to move stockings up the leg. We have heard from customers that this glove wears out too quickly.

If you are sensitive or allergic to rubber (latex), try the latex free Juzo donning gloves. These gloves work excellent for protecting the fabric, but do not have any nubs to help grip the garment. If you want something that will get a strong hold on the sock, try these:

The Medi glove has textured fingers and palms for additional gripping power to help you get the compression stocking over your foot and heel. Then you can use your palms to slide the hose up your legs rather than pulling. The Sigvaris glove is our highest-rated glove and features very pronounced ridges that makes it easy to don stockings and armsleeves. Here’s what our customer’s have to say about Sigvaris gloves:

“These are the best donning gloves that I and/or my patients have found for compression stockings of all materials and compression amount. I have been working with patients who have Lymphedema and are required to wear high amounts of compression. It’s a struggle to get them on even when you have the strength and mobility, so these gloves are a great aide for everyone. The price is very reasonable compared to other compression stockings manufacturers.”

Stocking Donners:

If you have trouble bending over or crossing your legs, stocking donners do the work for you. Donners come in regular and wide-calf sizes, as well as some for putting on armsleeves and pantyhose. Long story short – there’s a donning device to make anyone’s life easier! Stocking donners require patience and practice, and are most useful for individuals who have trouble bending at the waist. Since there a lot of donners to choose from, we’ll cover our customer’s favorites.

Sigvaris launched the SIMON donning aide in 2018 – and it has been getting amazing feedback from customers. The SIMON is convenient for a number of reasons – its long arms are perfect for anyone with limited bend at the waist or strength in their hands and arms. Unlike many of the bulky donners on the market, it can fold down for easy storage or travel. It can be used for knee highs, pantyhose and thigh highs – it can also be used to help take your stockings OFF. This is available in four different sizes – based on your calf measurement. Check out the video below to see just how magical it is:


Early reviews from our customers say it’s revolutionary! A customer in Arizona said,

“Easiest and most useful donner I’ve ever tried. Can’t live without it so I just called and ordered another one.”

The Jobst and Medi stocking donners have the classic fixed style that our customers have been using for years. Simply stretch the stocking over the frame and step into the sock until your foot is on the floor. Slowly lift the handles to work the stocking up your leg. Both Jobst and Medi offer donners designed specifically for larger calves. Here’s how it works:

The Doff N’ Donner is an amazing tool! This can be used to get your stockings on and to take them off. This cool device works with open or closed toe knee highs and thigh highs. Watch this video for a better understanding:

Once you master using the Juzo Slippie Gator, you’ll be incredibly happy with it. This tool is especially useful for customers who have a lot of trouble bending over to touch their feet. Using a leg sleeve with handles and a rubber foot pad, you’ll be able to quickly and comfortably pull your stocking on in minutes. Like the Doff ‘n Donner, the Gator can be used to put stockings on and take them off.

A healthcare worker told us, “I bought the Juzo Slippy Gator to try with some of my clients. Most people I work on can’t bend over, much less pull compression socks up. The Gator is a great tool and has moved two of my clients to independently donning their socks.”

Watch this video to learn how to use the Juzo Slippie Gator:

The Easy-Slide for Open-Toe Stockings is only available for open toe socks and stockings, but it is simple to use and makes putting open-toe socks on a breeze. It’s getting rave reviews from customers and therapists alike.

“This device makes placing compression stockings on my patients a breeze. No more pinching, no more struggling to place the stockings on the patient. Saves me quite a bit of time in my busy day.”

This video shows you how the Easy-Slide works:

Going somewhere? The Magnide Easy-Slide for Closed Toe Stockings is washable and easy to transport. This is one of the easiest closed toe stocking donners available. Here’s how it works:

The Juzo Slippie and the Easy-Slides for open and closed toe use slippery and durable “parachute” nylon fabric that you put on your leg and pull the stocking over. Using your new favorite donning gloves, work the stocking up the leg and pull the donning aid out from the top of the stocking or through the open toe. If you wear closed toe stockings, make sure you are using a donning aid designed specifically for closed toe style stockings.

Tips and Tricks:

Once the stocking is in the right position, use the palms of your hands to smooth out any wrinkles. Your stocking is applied correctly if the toe is in the toe box, the heel in the heel box and their are no wrinkles around the ankles or leg. Ideally, your knee-high should end about one inch below the crease in your knee. Never pull the stocking up the calf or thigh by just the top of the garment.

If you have swelling or edema, it is best to don your stockings early in the morning when you get out of bed. Our legs start to swell while we are standing and the compression stockings applied early will keep the swelling down throughout the day.

Other Accessories:

Before you put your compression socks on, apply baby powder, corn starch or Alps Fitting Lotion to help the stocking glide up your leg more easily. As an added bonus, this lotion protects sensitive skin and makes dry, chapped skin feel silky and smooth.

I’ve been wearing compression hose for 5-6 years now and they used to be a major nightmare to put them on! As soon as I tried the ALPS Fitting Lotion everything changed. Now putting on the hose is as easy as putting on a pair of socks–they just slide right on smooth as silk. ALPS has no odor and seems to protect my skin from some of the dryness and irritation that continuous wear of compression stockings have caused me in the past and a little goes a long long way. It’s an awesome product… a definite buy buy buy! Also BrightLife Direct is a great company with which to work. I can’t recommend them highly enough! You can’t go wrong.

Compression Assist Donning Aide is great if you have no problem bending over to reach your feet but still have a lot of trouble pulling the sock up. Spray your legs with the lubricant before putting on your socks or stockings, and see how easily you are able to pull the sock up! Compression Assist is hypoallergenic and it won’t harm the compression sock fabric. Plus, it reduces wrinkles and creases, all while keeping you comfortable. Here’s what our customers are saying:

“I was somewhat leery of ordering “Compression Assist”. I was starting to get accustomed to taking 15 plus minutes to don each sock. I was pleasantly surprised. It now takes just a few minutes and much of that time is smoothing the sock.”

 

Do you have another tool that helps? Let us know in the “Comments” section. And, check out all of our donning aides at BrightLife Direct.

Get Involved for Lymphedema Awareness Month + Giveaway

As many of you know, March is Lymphedema Awareness Month. Each year, BrightLife Direct supports the lymphedema community through advocacy, education, and giving back. This year, we are offering a $100 gift card to one lucky winner! You can find the rules and enter below.

What Is Lymphedema?

First, for those who are unfamiliar with lymphedema, here is some background information: Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that is characterized by swelling (edema), most commonly in the arms or legs. This condition affects over 100 million people worldwide, yet is still unknown to many doctors and patients. Some people are born with lymphedema, and others develop it after a surgical procedure, often following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Today, there is no cure for lymphedema. However, the lymphedema community has made great strides in awareness to bring this condition to light to find a cure. Award-winning actress, Kathy Bates, developed lymphedema after undergoing a mastectomy. She is now the face of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), sharing her story with the world to help others.

How Do You Manage Lymphedema?

Without proper management, lymphedema can become a debilitating disease. However, with manual lymph drainage (MLD), exercising, staying hydrated, and the regular use of wearing compression garments, swelling can be minimized. Many people with lymphedema struggle with the idea of having to wear compression stockings or armsleeves for life, but compression companies are listening and are making garments that are as comfortable and pleasing as possible.

Well-known compression brands like Jobst, Mediven, and Juzo, all offer compression garments in a wide range of sizes and styles in both the upper and lower extremities. For fashionistas, don’t you worry! There are tons of stylish armsleeves and stockings out there waiting for you. If you want a fun patterned armsleeve with a matching glove or gauntlet, LympheDivas has you covered. Choose from their ever-expanding range of patterns and colors to add some pizazz to your wardrobe. (Check out LympheDudes for men!) Juzo is also hip to fun colors and patterns as well. The Juzo Dream Collection offers new colors for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter in knee highs, thigh highs, pantyhose, leggings and armsleeves. The Dream Collection is available in 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, and 40-50 mmHg in sheer, tie-dye, and opaque styles.

If you struggle to put on traditional compression garments, we have you covered as well. Compression wraps are a great alternative and are easy to put on. More and more people with lymphedema are turning to wraps for their ability to adjust compression levels and are able to accommodate swelling fluctuations. Therapists love them for their ability to fit like a custom garment at a ready-to-wear price. BiaCare, CircAid, Solaris, and Juzo, all offer fantastic wraps for the legs and arms. If you would like to learn more about these wraps, check out our Compression Wrap Catalog for more information.

BrightLife Direct understands the difficulty in finding the right garment. Between finding the right fabric or size, it can be an overwhelming process. Give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 and talk to our team of certified fitters to find the perfect garment for you. We are always happy to help you.

How Can You Get Involved In Lymphedema Awareness Month?

  • Local Events: Get involved in upcoming events. LE&RN has a ton of opportunities to get involved in your local community and online. Check out their website to find a chapter near you.
  • Online Advocacy: The lymphedema community is growing everyday. Join a Facebook group or search on Twitter and Instagram to connect with fellow lymphies! People from all over the world are sharing their journeys through blogs and social media to support one another.
  • March 6th is World Lymphedema Day. Share posts online and include #WLD2018 to show your support. Many cities all over the world will be lighting up landmarks in blue in honor of World Lymphedema Day.
  • Follow us on social media! This month, BrightLife will be sharing tons of educational information and tips for managing lymphedema. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Enter To Win Our Giveaway!

There are many ways to enter to win a $100 gift card. Your options are listed below. You can tweet your entry and comment on this blog post daily to better your chances of winning. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 6th, so make sure you are following BrightLife Direct on social media! The deadline to enter is Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 12:00am EST. Good luck everyone!

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Where Can I Find Support And Other Resources?

Learn more about CDT and MLD

Check out some awesome lymphedema blogs and communities

Join LE&RN to keep up with the latest lymphedema news and events

Browse compression garments to manage lymphedema

Stay up to date with the National Lymphedema Network (NLN)

Must-Have Socks of 2017: Best Sellers

Allegro_horiz_generalWith the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s time to take a look at our customer favorites this year. Allegro continues to be our most popular brand – with consistently great prices and styles, it’s hard for customers to pass up! Jobst, Medi, and Juzo also make appearances in our best-sellers list. These brands have a wider range of sizes, colors and fabrics to suit any legs.

Check out our best selling socks and armsleeves below!

Best Selling Sheer Compression Lines

  1. Allegro Essential Sheers
  2. Jobst UltraSheer
  3. Medi Sheer & Soft

Best Selling 20-30 mmHg Compression Socks

  1. Allegro Essential Sheers
  2. Allegro Surgical Knee Highs 20-30 mmHg
  3. Allegro Essential – Mens Ribbed Support Socks 20-30mmHg – # 102
  4. Allegro Essential – Unisex Cotton Compression Sock 20-30mmHg – # 111
  5. Jobst Relief Knee Highs

Best Selling Compression Accessory

  1. It Stays – Body Adhesive
  2. Juzo Laundry Bag
  3. Hosiery Mate Revitalizing Washing Solution
  4. Jobst Stocking Donner

Best Selling Diabetic Socks

  1. Jobst Sensifoot
  2. SmartKnit Seamless Diabetic Socks
  3. Aetrex Copper Sole Socks
  4. Juzo 5760 Silver Sole Socks
  5. Sockwell Diabetic Socks

Best Selling Lymphedema Armsleeves

  1. Juzo Soft Armsleeves
  2. Mediven Harmony Armsleeves
  3. Juzo Varin Armsleeves
  4. Jobst Bella Lite Armsleeves
  5. Allegro Armsleeves

Best Selling Athletic Compression Socks

  1. Allegro Athletic Compression Socks
  2. Jobst Athletic Compression Socks
  3. TheraSport Socks and Leg Sleeves
  4. Sigvaris Athletic Compression Socks
  5. Therafirm Core-Sport Socks and Sleeves

Best Travel Compression Socks

  1. Juzo Cotton Knee High 15-20 mmHg
  2. Allegro Copper Socks 15-20 mmHg
  3. Allegro Milk Compression Socks
  4. Therafirm Cushioned Core-Spun Socks
  5. Sockwell Men’s Argyle Compression Socks

What were your favorite products from 2017?

Compression Socks for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Most people who are diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Additionally, women are 2-3 times more likely than men to be diagnosed with MS.

Multiple sclerosis can affect your brain, spinal cord, muscle control, vision and your balance. Symptoms and their severity are different for everyone. MS occurs when your immune system attacks and damages myelin, a fatty material which protects your nerve fibers. This limits the brain’s ability to successfully send signals throughout your body. To diagnose MS, blood tests, physical exams or other tests can be performed.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but symptoms can be managed through a variety of treatment options, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It is important to rest and maintain a healthy, balanced diet. When you feel up to it, exercise is important to help build strength and keep your body healthy. Be aware of what your body is feeling. Limit stress and be cautious of your body temperature rising, this can cause symptoms to get worse.

Compression socks can be used to help manage swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs. Compression stockings are designed to increase circulation, which helps to prevent fatigue, swelling, and pain. They also help to prevent and manage blood clots (DVT) and varicose veins. Ask your doctor what compression level will benefit you best.

Generally, 15-20 mmHg compression is ideal for mild swelling and fatigue. This level of compression is also recommended for travel, everyday wear and to help speed up muscle recovery after a long run or tough workout. 20-30 mmHg compression is often used to manage moderate swelling and fatigue. This moderate can also help manage dysautonomia symptoms.

Get Dirty

What does dirt have to do with compression…nothing specifically, but it turns out that like compression socks, it can be beneficial to everyone’s overall health.

I grew up in a small town, in central Wisconsin.  As soon as I got home from school, I changed into my play clothes and headed outside until dinner.  I’ve always been very fastidious about cleanliness, but that didn’t stop me from exploring the pond behind our house , the creek across the street, and all the dirt in between.  I played with frogs, bugs, and worms, ate vegetables right from the garden, and my dog loved to lick my face.  Now that I’m closing in on 60, I give a lot of credit for my good health to all of the germs I met as a kid.  Now science is confirming the importance of the microbes and bacteria we are exposed to at a very early age.

Dirt Is GoodIn their new book “Dirt is Good”, scientists Jack Gilbert, PHD and Rob Knight, PHD, along with Sandra Blakeslee explain the importance of germs in the development of our immune system at a very early age.  And, how growing up in an over sterilized environment can actually be detrimental to our health in the long term and cause a lot of the new allergies we’ve seen in the last few years. It’s not just playing in the mud, though. The authors encourage a lot of behaviors that might make parents squirm, like letting a dog lick their child’s face, or eating something that’s been on the floor.

So, if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where nature is easily accessible, don’t be afraid to let your kids go outside and get a little dirty.   It’s great fun for them in the moment, and offers the possibility of significant health benefits years later.  

And to those of a younger generation, when your parents or grandparents complain of aching legs, or you notice spider or varicose veins on their ankles, encourage them to try a pair of compression stockings.   A mild or moderate compression is typically all that’s needed to treat these symptoms.  Both are easy to put on, comfortable to wear, and like a little dirt, can provide health benefits that last into old age.

Which compression socks to wear in the summer? The most breathable fabrics and more!

Some of us don’t have the option to go sock-less when the weather heats up. We HAVE to wear compression socks or stockings all year long. So, what are the best options for staying cool and comfortable in compression socks during the summer months? We think fabric choice is the most important decision in selecting summer compression socks and stockings. Here’s what we suggest if you’re looking for breathable socks and stockings for summer:

1. Cotton is a natural fiber that’s ideal for hot Allegro Italian Cotton Socksmonths. It lets air in and quickly wicks away any moisture on your skin. It’s also perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin. A few cotton options to explore:

  • Sigvaris Sea Island Cotton socks for Men and Women are available in 15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg. These Sigvaris socks are great for spring and summer because they are made with a soft and breathable cotton fabric.
  • Allegro Premium Italian Cotton Socks are made of luxurious Italian cotton – imported just for your summer sock needs! Also available in 20-30 mmHg and with an open toe (for your flip flops!)
  • For more stylish cotton options, check out these Vim & Vigr compression socks in camo, argyle, polka dots in a variety of colors in 15-20 mmHg. You can also rock these Vim & Vigr polka dot socks in 20-30 mmHg. Or, the Allegro Men’s Mosaic Cotton Compression Sock in 20-30 mmHg

2. Microfiber is another great summer fabric for Therafirm Ease Compression Stockingssocks. It’s soft, stretchy and breathable. It also wicks away moisture from the skin to keep you cool and comfortable. Some people will choose microfiber over cotton because it’s a thinner fabric, which can be better for dress shoes.

  • The Allegro Microfiber collection includes socks, thigh highs, and pantyhose to meet all your compression needs at an affordable price! Choose from 8-15, 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg compression levels. Made from a soft, comfortable fabric.
  • Sigvaris Midtown Microfiber for Men is a collection of men’s knee high socks in 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg. These latex-free socks are super stretchy and durable. Looking for stripes? Try Sigvaris Shades for men and women, available in 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg in a variety of striped patterns and heather colors.
  • Sigvaris Soft Opaque for Women is a line of stylish compression wear that comes in a wide variety of colors. It features an advanced moisture management system that keeps legs cool and dry.
  • The EASE Microfiber Collection by Therafirm comes in knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose in a variety of colors and compression levels. EASE by Therafirm is available in microfiber, opaque and sheer fabrics with a closed or open toe style.

Juzo Silver Knee Highs3. Silver and Copper infused fabrics are another great addition to your summer wardrobe. Silver and copper will eliminate any dangers of stinky, sweaty summer feet because it kills the bacteria around your feet. Additionally, the fibers in these socks have thermodynamic properties so you will stay cooler in the summer.

  • Juzo Silver Socks are the best of the best. Socks are available in anklets, crew length, knee highs, and thigh highs. Compression options range from zero to 30-40 mmHg.
  • Solidea Silver Wave Products are all infused with bacteria-killing silver! Check out the knee highs, anklets and calf sleeves. They’re also very stylish and contain a unique 3D micro massage fabric which is great for relieving fatigue and stimulating lymph flow. Solidea offers micro-massage compression garments as well as sheer stockings.
  • Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks has copper, (which kills 99.9% of bacteria), embedded in the foot bed. This soft, ribbed sock is made with a heavily padded foot and features a fitted toe to prevent blisters and irritation. This durable sock is affordable and is great for summer runs!

Allegro Sheer Compression Stockings4. Sheer stockings are great for summer! We offer a wide variety of sheer, open toe stockings for those of you who want stockings that are less visible for summertime. Customer favorites for warm, humid climates are:

  • Mediven Sheer and Soft: Available in 4 different compression levels and a wide variety of sizing, both male and female customers love this line of breathable sheers. A customer in Georgia said, “Living in the south, the summer is very hot and humid but I don’t like to go without hose to work. Compression hose are often uncomfortable hot on a humid day but these are terrific. I can’t say enough about the comfort.”
  • Allegro Essential Sheers: Available in 3 compression levels, with many open toe and wide calf options, these stockings are a great affordable option for summer-time wear. Even our customers in Santa Fe are raving about them, “With it being summer, I wanted something I could still wear sandals with. These open-toe stockings are the answer!  And they are sheer…I have had several people comment that they couldn’t even notice I was wearing them.”

Additional Options: The compression experts have been creating their own technologies and materials to keep you cool. Check out these additional, moisture-wicking and skin-cooling fabric options:

  • Mediven Comfort for Women: Medi’s patented Climafresh and Clima-Comfort systems allow for high breathability, reliable temperature control and the prevention of odor formation.
  • Therafirm Ease: Made of high stretch, moisture wicking CoolMax fibers to provide all-day dry, comfortable coolness. Available in knee high, thigh high, and pantyhose. This line is also available with open toes and an even thinner sheer fabric.
  • Go for a run or hit the gym in Jobst Active compression socks, available in black and white. Wear 20-30 mmHg to enhance performance or wear 15-20 mmHg to speed up muscle recovery or help relieve fatigue and swelling after your workout. Now available in full-calf sizes!
  • Core-Spun Patterned Compression Socks come in a variety of stylish patterns in 4 compression levels for men and women. These socks are made with an ultra stretchy fabric and CoolMax polyester to make them nice and cool!

What’s your favorite summer sock?

Mothers Day Gift Guide + Giveaway

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. We saved you the trouble of rushing out to the nearest store to find that perfect gift for mom – this year, it’s just one click away! Whether your mom is a fitness fanatic, wanderlust, fashion lover, or loves to kick back and relax, we have some great gift ideas all under $50!

Moms are always going 100 miles per hour. Talk her into slowing down and taking some time for herself to relax on Mother’s Day weekend. Take care of the chores, cook her dinner or even serve her breakfast in bed. Make her feel as special as you know she is. Pick up a pair of slippers, a candle, some bath salts and body lotion to create a sweet and practical spa gift from the family. Pro tip: polish off the spa gift set with a fresh bouquet of her favorite flowers.

NEOM Organics Scented Candle
$21 – selfridges.com

Fresh Bouquet Of Flowers
$13 – houseology.com

Kusmi Rose Green Tea Bags
bloomingdales.com

If your mom is always on the go, here are some great travel accessories for her. Pick out a nice backpack or coffee mug to take on her next vacation. A travel sized beauty set is a fast and easy gift she will always love and use. When you’re constantly on the move, coffee is a must! Get your mom a personalized or funny spill-proof travel mug to keep her going while running errands or traveling. Another idea is to give her something to look forward to and plan a nice getaway for you and your mom. No matter what the destination is, your mom can always use a pair of travel compression socks to prevent fatigue, swelling and blood clots (DVT) while traveling.

Drawstring Backpack
$25 – etsy.com

If your mom is a die-hard runner or loves hitting the gym, get her her own kettlebell or dumbbells. You can even get her a nice gym bag to throw all her gear in. You could also sign her up for that yoga or spinning class she’s been talking about. If your mom is fitness and fashion-focused, browse some cute fitness accessories that she can wear during her next workout, such as weightlifting gloves or a sweat headband. If you really want to impress her, choose a pair of athletic compression socks or leg sleeves to enhance athletic performance, shorten muscle recovery and prevent injury like shin splints.

Sweaty Bands Elastic Headband
$14 – nordstrom.com

Allegro Athletic Recovery Socks
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If your mom is a trendsetter, get her a makeup or beauty set from her favorite store. To keep her legs energized, healthy and ache-free, get your mom a pair of compression stockings, available in a wide variety of fabrics, styles, colors and sizes to find the perfect look for her wardrobe. Take it a step further and complete the look with a matching phone case! Keep it simple yet personal with custom jewelry or pick up that necklace she’s been eyeing.

Anne Klein Watch
jomashop.com

Enter to win a $250 gift card for Mother’s Day. Mom’s don’t be shy, enter for yourself! You know you deserve it. ; ) Enter by commenting below, following us or sharing this post on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at @supportsocks. Entry ends on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at midnight. The winner will be announced the next day, so make sure you check your email to claim your prize. Good luck everyone!

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