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.

Shop Tile Mate Finder

 

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!

Shop Credit Card Multi Tool

 

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.

Shop Coloring Book

 

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.

Shop Lamzac Air Lounger

 

 

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.

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?

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?

The US National Field Hockey Team Wears Compression Socks!

WNT 14_15 poster

The U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team is one of the most hard working teams out there, training twice a day for five days a week. This year, they are utilizing athletic compression socks to get a competitive advantage. These socks provide medical grade compression to help prevent leg and ankle injury, reduce the time it takes to recover and to increase circulation to keep legs feeling energized and fresh.

Dave Hamilton, the USA Field Hockey director for performance science explains that these are not your average socks; “They are individually knitted using measurements obtained from a 3 dimensional scan of both legs.” The idea is to help athletes train more effectively. Unlike most compression socks, the ones the U.S. National Team wear come complete with an electrical stimulation device (firefly) that stimulates the body’s natural calf pump.

Compression garments without all the bells and whistles still give athletes a competitive advantage. Professional sports players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are widely known for their use of compression garments. Compression socks and sleeves are designed to increase blood flow to enhance performance. For the most part you’ll find that athletes and fitness enthusiasts swear by wearing compression socks post workout to flush out lactic acid from the muscles, which speeds up recovery. Most athletes who use compression for recovery are able to perform at the same level of intensity within a day or two.

Athletic compression socks help athletes reach their full potential without experiencing muscle soreness afterwards. Both the Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey Teams have been wearing compression socks for years. Compression socks are becoming more and more popular in the sports world with good reason. Whether you want to run farther, train harder or recover faster, athletic compression socks can help you achieve your goals.

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Best Selling Products of 2014

As another year comes to a close, we tend to look back on the highlights of this past year. Here at BrightLife Direct, we are excited to share some of our major accomplishments of 2014: Our best sellers! Here is a list of all of your favorite products from this past year. Thank you for supporting us, we couldn’t have done it without you all. Happy New Year!!!

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Best Selling Sheer Compression

  1. Allegro Sheer Hosiery
  2. Jobst UltraSheer
  3. Medi Sheer & Soft

Best Selling Compression Sock

  1. Allegro Athletic Support Sock
  2. Allegro Ribbed Support Socks
  3. Therafirm Core-Spun Socks

Best Selling Compression Accessory

  1. It Stays – Body Adhesive
  2. Sigvaris Ridged Donning Gloves
  3. Hosiery Mate Revitalizing Washing Solution

Best Selling Diabetic Socks

  1. Jobst Sensifoot
  2. SmartKnit Seamless
  3. Allegro Pillow Soft Diabetic Socks

Best Selling Lymphedema Combined Armsleeves and Gauntlets

  1. Allegro Armsleeve/Gauntlet Combo
  2. Mediven Harmony Armsleeve & Gauntlet
  3. Sigvaris 912 Advance Armsleeve/Gauntlet Combo

Best Selling Athletic Compression Socks

  1. Allegro Athletic Support Sock
  2. Jobst Active Athletic Socks
  3. Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks

Best Selling High Compression Socks (30-40 mmhg)

  1. Allegro Surgical Knee High
  2. Jobst Relief Knee Highs
  3. Allegro Men’s Super Support Sock

Professional Athletes Love Compression Arm Sleeves

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Whether you’ve seen compression arm sleeves worn by professional athletes or by someone working out at the gym, it’s hard not to notice the amount of attention arm sleeves have been getting. We have been surrounded with sports stars like LeBron James, Robert Griffin III, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Johnny Manziel, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade and many more who all famously wear compression garments. Although compression sleeves are usually used to treat medical problems or to help heal after an injury, arm sleeves can be worn regularly to help keep you energized by reducing muscle fatigue, improving circulation, increasing performance, providing protection from injury and can even reduce soreness as well.

With tons of pro athletes such as Robert Griffin III regularly using compression arm sleeves, they are starting to make a fashion statement. When asked why he wears an arm sleeve on his left hand (when he throws with his right), the quarterback claims that it’s not about functionality, it’s about feeling good. As more and more people demand to know why he always wears it, RGIII explains the rituals that him and other players have; “You see we [NFL players] do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years.”

Like RGIII, Allen Iverson was introduced to compression arm sleeves because of an injury, but came to like them so much that he continued to wear them! And conveniently enough, it helped to cover up tattoos that are not allowed in the NBA. Clever right? Thanks to LympheDIVAs and LympheDudes, there are now tons of fun, eye-catching and unique patterns of compression arm sleeves and gloves to choose from. Now you can boost your confidence with fresh compression arm sleeves just like the pros.

Yes, arm sleeves can also keep you warm, but did you know that the Core-Sport Gradient Compression Arm Sleeve, along with a lot of other products sold on BrightLife Direct are antimicrobial to protect your body against bacteria and also helps to eliminate odors. The material the sleeves are made out of actually works to kill bacteria. If you have open wounds, recently had surgery or are more prone to infection, choose items that are antimicrobial or that contain silver in them. Silver is known to have medicinal properties that help speed up the healing process. BrightLife offers products with silver-coated fibers for both men and women.

So there you have it! Arm sleeves can help you recover and improve your performance, while making you look great at the same time. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

 

Standing Desks: How to Prevent Swollen Ankles

Nearly all of this year’s must-have gift lists include the new wave of lifestyle monitoring devices like the Fitbit or Jawbone Up. The goal of these is to make people more aware of their activity, or lack of activity as it may be for most. For years, doctors have told us that we’re suffering for the “sitting disease” with more than 86% of American workers sitting all day at work – adding up to about 13 hours of sitting per day (this doesn’t include how many hours you clock in bed sleeping). That’s a lot of sedentary activity! Unfortunately, most of us are required to be in front of a computer 8 hours a day – and there’s no way to avoid that. So, more and more companies are giving employees the option of standing desks. These are great for a number of reasons – they can relieve back pain, improve your posture and help you burn more calories during the day. But, there are some unfortunate side effects to the standing desk that some people are realizing.

A writer at Quartz.com recently wrote about “The Huge Hidden Downside to Standing Desks” – swollen ankles or cankles. See the image below of her sad ankles after a day at her new standing desk:

 

Cankles aren’t the only unfortunate side effect to standing desks. We’ve also read articles citing an increase in spider and varicose veins in the legs, as well as leg and foot pain. It makes sense – nurses, waitresses, bartenders, sales people and more (basically anyone who is required to be on their feet all day) have always complained about these issues. Standing puts an incredible amount of pressure on our circulatory system – gravity makes it hard to pump blood back from the feet to the heart which leads to swelling and enlarged veins.

So, to sum this whole thing up – sitting is bad and standing is bad too. What’re we all supposed to do!?

Wear compression socks, of course! If you have the opportunity to use a standing desk, take it. You can get the great health benefits of standing and prevent the side effect by simply wearing support socks or stockings. Compression hosiery relieves the pressure on the circulatory system by promoting healthy circulation. These socks prevent swelling, spider veins and varicose veins. Here are some of our favorites for standing:

Who makes Therafirm, SmartKnit, EASE and Core-Spun?

In the first of our “Meet The Manufacturers” Series we talk with Evan McGill, National Sales Manager for Knit-Rite, Inc.  Knit-Rite owns some of the better known brands in the compression hosiery industry such as Therafirm, SmartKnit, EASE, and Core-Spun, sold on BrightLifeDirect.com, plus Preggers and GoGo sold on BrightLifeGo.com.  When BrightLife Direct was founded in 1999, Therafirm was the first and only brand that we sold.  Both companies have enjoyed rapid growth in the following 15 years.

When and where did the company begin?  

Knit-Rite opened in 1923 in Kansas City, KS, where our corporate headquarters is still based. Knit-Rite was founded by a WWI amputee manufacturing prosthetic socks for amputees. Knit-Rite purchased THERAFIRM in September 2000.

How many people work at Knit Rite?

Right now we employ about 170 people. About half of them work in Kansas City, KS and half work at our THERAFIRM plant in Hamlet, NC. We also have 4 field based sales reps.

Where are your products manufactured?

Our Knit-Rite orthotic and prosthetic products are manufactured in Kansas City, KS and our THERAFIRM compression products are manufactured in Hamlet, NC. Yes, our products are 100% made in the USA!

What’s your best selling product?

Core-Spun has built the biggest notoriety for the company. This is available in a knee high and now a thigh high as well. Many individuals struggle with putting their support hosiery on every day. Core-Spun, a patented innovation by THERAFIRM, solves this issue with the use of stretchy Core-Spun yarns for a sock that is ultra stretchy and therefore easier to put on. Core-Spun yarns are made by twisting fibers around an inner fiber, creating one yarn. This process is used to enhance stretch comfort, strength, and durability. Core-Spun consists of spandex as the “core yarn” with polyester yarns as the “sheath” of twisted yarns around the core. The result is a support sock that is ultra stretchy, easier to put on, and more comfortable to wear. This product is VERY popular!

What’s your hottest new product?

EASE is our hottest new product and we have received great feedback from patients thus far.  EASE is a premium opaque gradient compression line that complements the patented Core-Spun compression socks—both engineered using ultra stretchy yarns for compression garments that are easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. It is made of high stretch, moisture wicking CoolMax fibers and provides dry comfortable coolness. It delivers lab tested true gradient compression to promote better blood flow, prevent mild to moderate swelling, and relieve tired, achy legs and feet.

Besides compression stockings, what else does Knit Rite make?

Knit-Rite’s core business is manufacturing textiles for the orthotic and prosthetic community, which is artificial limbs and braces. We more or less make any textile that could fall into that category including prosthetic socks, shrinkers, various product interfaces, etc.

Has Knit Rite ever made a product that bombed?

Of course not! We’re perfect! 🙂 In all seriousness, we initially launched Core-Spun with one sizing chart, but made adjustments to it after its launch to better fit the modern day population.  Ankle to calf ratio is so important to properly fitting a compression product, so those adjustments were made to accommodate that.

Have you noticed any trends in compression stocking colors?

People want compression to look like any other sock, tight, etc. they would wear. As a society, we are very fashionable and enjoy fashionable colors. With that said, we are seeing trends for various colors outside the normal black, beige, etc.. Our THERAFIRM Light line (10-15mmHg) comes out with seasonal colors 2 times per year. Right now, we have THERAFIRM Light opaque footless tights available in a handful of seasonal colors including Boho Pink and Geranium for Summer 2014!

For athletic wear, what do you sell more of – socks or sleeves?

We actually sell more socks. We make our Core-Sport line in socks, leg sleeves AND arm sleeves. Athletic socks are ideal for your runner and biker. For someone who does triathlons, they tend to prefer leg sleeves because they can wear them during the swim, bike and run portions. Core-Sport has Core-Spun yarns in them, so it will dry quickly, making it ideal for any type of athlete during performance or during recovery.

You travel a lot as a sales manager, what’s your favorite travel sock?

For me, I prefer Core-Spun the most. I wear dress shoes almost daily, so not only is that sock easy to get on and comfortable to wear, but its very comfortable for me in dress shoes. It’s not too thick and not too thin, so it works well for me.

What’s the biggest hurdle or obstacle to getting someone to try compression socks for the first time?

The misconception amongst many people is that compression socks are ugly, hot, hard to get on, and not fashionable. Compression has very much evolved over the years. Products like Core-Spun and EASE are easy to get on, are comfortable to wear and are offered in a wide array of colors. Once someone, whether it’s someone who needs compression for medical reasons OR someone who just wants to energize their legs, understands the benefits of compression and gets the standards “myths” debunked, they are usually very open to trying it and making their legs feel better.

New Core-Spun Thigh Highs

We began selling Core-Spun compression knee highs back in March 2009.  They were an instant success – customers couldn’t stop raving about how stretchy and comfortable these socks were.

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Core-Spun stockings are soft and ultra stretchy, so they’re easier to put on and take off.  The secret is in the yarn.  Knit-Rite, the company behind Core-Spun, wraps fibers of polyester around an inner core of Lycra creating one yarn.  This soft, elastic, and durable yarn is now being knit into thigh high stockings.

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New Core-Spun Thigh Highs are available in black and white, and in three compression levels, 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg.  They have a silicone-dot band to keep the stocking comfortably in place.  Designed for both men and women, Core-Spun thigh highs are available in a short and long length.  Sizing is currently limited to Small through X-Large, however, later this year sizing will be available to fit an ankle up to 19” and a calf up to 39.5”.  These will be the largest ready-to-wear sizes available in a compression thigh high.

Core-Spun Thigh High Size Chart

If you need compression above the knee and you want a thicker material that’s easy to put on and take off, try a pair of the new Core-Spun Thigh Highs.