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.

Shop Google Chromecast

 

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.

Shop Huggable Sloth Pad

 

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.

Shop Homemade Pasta Set

 

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.

Shop Outdoor Popcorn Shake and Pop

 

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.

Shop Water Filtration System

 

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.

 

 

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 Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, and tenderness. Other symptoms may include cramping, tingling or numbness in the feet or hands, headaches, anxiety, poor concentration, or depression. Although doctors have not been able to determine what causes fibromyalgia, your family history, trauma, or an infection may increase your risk. You are also more likely to develop fibromyalgia if you are a woman, or if you have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Wearing compression socks can help manage fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain and inflammation. Compression stockings help to improve circulation and provide relief for swelling and fatigue. You can even find stylish compression socks for men and women, that don’t even look like traditional compression stockings. If you are unsure about what compression level you need, ask your doctor, then give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 to find a great fit for you.

Shop fashionable compression socks

With fibromyalgia, there always seems to be a new symptom that arises that you finally realize has some connection to the disease.  Swollen ankles and leg pain are one of those symptoms. Support hosiery seemed to be a logical try for a solution. They worked wonders at making my legs less painful, and lessening the swelling. This is just one of the suggestions being offered to sufferers of this strange disease.
– Peggy Bright wears Mediven Comfort

 

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12! If you or a loved one has fibromyalgia, please take some time to share an informative article or educate someone else about fibromyalgia. If you want to help make a difference, here are some ideas of how you can get involved for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

How do you manage fibromyalgia? Comment to share your tips below!

Resources:

The National Fibromyalgia Association

Standford Medicine – Fibromyalgia

Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia 

14 Gadgets To Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

Benefits of Compression Socks For Fibromyalgia

Can Compression Socks Reduce Chronic Pain?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Real Men Wear Pink Compression Socks

We love hearing from our customers! We recently had a customer send us feedback on our vast selection of compression socks and customer service experience. Bruce was very excited to learn how many different styles and colors there are to choose from when purchasing compression stockings. After 25 years of wearing basic black, navy, brown and white compression socks, Bruce was thrilled to find more stylish options with the medical compression he needs.

Bruce tried out kneehigh Sockwell compression socks and was just as happy with the look as he was the feel of them. Before finding these stylish socks, Bruce would wear two pairs of socks, one for support, and one on top for fashion, and would have to keep adjusting them from slipping down. Now there’s no need. Sockwell compression socks are available in a variety of colors and styles, so you can always find the look you want.

“The look is just great, just that bit of stripe adds the fashion that I need. No more need for wearing 2 pairs of socks, no more pulling up socks, and, the [Sockwell] socks pull on so easy. The Sockwell support socks fit so nice that you don’t feel like you have the ugly support hose on.”

On top of the large selection available, Bruce was very happy with the customer service he received. He says the order shipped fast and the customer service representative was knowledgeable in the latest fashion trends, and also helped assist him in determining the correct size. They even gave him a style tip!

“The representative had the expertise to help with the right size and the latest styles and yes, I was talked into PINK knee high support socks, as I was told only real men wear PINK.”

Thank you, Bruce, for the great feedback. We take great pride in our excellent customer service and are always happy to help our customers. If you’re looking for more fashionable options, or want to share your own feedback, just give us a call at 1-877-545-8585, or send us an email with any questions or comments you may have. We are always happy to hear from you!

 

The Anatomy of Compression Socks

How do compression socks work? What is a sandalfoot or a balloon toe? What’s the difference between a reciprocated and reinforced heel? This blog post covers aspects of compression socks to help you find the most beneficial compression sock for you.

The Basics:

Sockwell Compression Sock Diagram

Here is a diagram of a Sockwell compression sock. This sock uses triple zone graduated compression, which means you feel the most pressure at the ankle and decreases moving towards the top of the leg. Sockwell compression socks are made with Merino Wool for moisture management and natural thermoregulation, which is great for working out or for those with sweaty feet. The seamless toe closure is designed to prevent irritation and is ideal for diabetics or people with sensitive feet. These socks feature a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

What features should I look for in a compression sock?

Ease Compression Socks by Therafirm

The features you want in a compression sock depend on what you find most comfortable and beneficial to you. There is a large variety of options to choose from, including the fabric material, color choice, sheer or opaque styles, open or closed toe, and so on. Start by measuring to determine what size you need. Some socks and stockings are available in short and long lengths, petite, wide calf and plus sizes for the best fit. Depending on the fabric material and compression level, some garments can be softer and more stretchy than others.

If you are worried about wear and tear, look for socks with a reinforced toe for durability. These socks are designed to prevent your toes from sticking through or holes appearing from rubbing against your shoes. However, socks with a reinforced heel or toe may be visibly darker in these areas in order to be stronger to provide more protection to the stocking.

Allegro Essential - Sheer Support Knee Highs 15-20mmHg - # 16The Allegro Essential – Sheer Support Knee Highs (#16) feature a reciprocated heel and balloon toe for added comfort. A reciprocated heel is knitted in to the stocking and contoured for a better fit. This is so the garment feels more natural and and doesn’t wear out as fast. A balloon toe gives you more wiggle room, which is great for those with sensitive feet.

 

 

Allegro Essential - Sheer Support Knee High 08-15mmHg - #81

The Allegro Essential – Sheer Support Knee Highs (#81) feature a sandalfoot, meaning the reinforced area does not stand out from the rest of the stocking. Compare this knee high to the #16 stocking above. This extremely sheer stocking is perfect to wear with flats or sandals since there is no dark toe or heel area.

 

What is a silicone top band?

Most knee high compression socks feature a wide knit top band that sits comfortably below your knee without digging in or squeezing.  If you have trouble with your compression socks falling down or rolling, you can choose a sock that is made with a silicone top band that gives a bit of extra grip. The Juzo Soft 20-30mmHg Knee High features a silicone band at the top to comfortably keep them in place all day. This is a great option for people with larger calves or if you move around a lot throughout the day.

Jobst SoftFit Top BandIf you want the strength of silicone without the feeling, check out the Jobst SoftFit and Sensitive Bands. These high-tech, breathable bands are made by cleverly knitting silicone threads into the top band to give you the power of silicone with the comfort and softness of a knit band.

How do compression socks benefit athletes?

Coresport Athletic Compression Socks by Therafirm

The Core-Sport Compression Sock is made with a high-tech fabric that’s antimicrobial to prevent odor and also wicks moisture away from the skin while exercising. Core-Sport by Therafirm features arch protection for added support and a cushioned heel and foot to reduce impact. This sock provides 15-20mmHg graduated compression, which helps to increase circulation to reduce muscle fatigue and recovery time.

What’s the difference between compression socks and sleeves?

If you want the benefits of compression with the freedom to choose any shoe you want to wear, compression sleeves may be for you. However, to get the full benefits of recovery, compression socks are your go-to. Socks more effectively increase circulation to prevent and provide relief for swelling and fatigue, whereas sleeves only cover your ankle up to your knee. But for a nice run or when you hit the gym, compression sleeves are great to wear. Check out this great Zensah infographic to see what’s best for you:

Compression Socks or Sleeves?

Still have questions? Comment below!

BrightLife New Year’s Resolutions!

The end of every year is a time for reflection. As we look back, we set new goals for the next year of things we want to change or improve. This year, we asked the BrightLife family what their resolutions are. Take a look:

Resolution 1:

My resolution is to be able to take on leg day at the gym and actually be able to walk the next day…without limping or feeling like my legs are Jello. TheraSport Recovery Socks are the key to success here.

resolution

Resolution 2:

It’s time to stop kidding myself. My real resolution is to embrace the amount of time I spend on the internet. Sitting there for hours isn’t as bad if I’m wearing compression socks…right??

Resolution

Resolution 3:

My resolution is to wear jeans less often! Good thing I can stock up on Allegro sheers & stockings during the January Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale! 🙂

new year resolution joke

Resolution 4:

My resolution is to be more bold and outgoing this year. Check out these hot new colors! I’m really going to stand out at the gym wearing these Sigvaris Performance Calf Sleeves. The compression helps to enhance performance and speed up recovery, so I can lap all the other “Resolutioners” at the gym.

Sigvaris 412 Compression Calf Sleeves - BrightLife Direct

Resolution 5:

My resolution is to stop spending time sorting laundry by color, what’s machine washable vs. hand washable etc. and to start living life on the edge and just throw it all in. Good thing Juzo is machine washable!

New Years Resolution

Resolution 6:

LOSE WEIGHT. But seriously, just need the time/energy. I have the compression!

Calvin and Hobbs

Resolution 7:

Instead of dreading traveling, my resolution is to start looking forward to new adventures. Between the hassle of flying and the stress of driving in traffic, there’s a lot of time spent sitting around. It’s time to start traveling comfortably and in style. These Sockwell compression socks are a must have!

Sockwell On the Spot Compression Socks

Resolution 8:

This year, I’m going to take it upon myself to spend more time in the kitchen and really learn how to cook. Now, this could take all year, so there’s going to be a lot of standing involved. Compression socks anyone?

Funny New Year Resolution

What is your New Year’s resolution? How do you plan to stick to it?

Holiday Gift Guide 2015!

It’s that time of year again! With Christmas right around the corner, here are some ideas to start crossing people off of your list. Let’s start with the guys.

Holiday Gift Guide For Men!

If you’re drawing a blank on what to get your male friends and family members, think about useful and functional presents. Guys tend to like practical gifts, so look for something they can use often. H&M has a lot of great shirts and jackets at great prices right now. You could also look for a nice bag or wallet to keep his things organized. If your man tends to run on the late side, get him a watch as a funny way to help him keep track of the time.

Now that “No-Shave November” is over, it’s time to break out the razor! Celebrate by getting him a nice grooming set. You can find these at Target, Walmart or your local mall. Another great must-have item this season is a comfy, warm hat. They even make hats with speakers in them now!

Compression socks are great for any guy who travels, exercises or for someone who sits or stands for long periods of time. They help to reduce leg fatigue and blood clots, which is important to keep him happy and healthy. The socks shown above are made by Sockwell. This brand is great for casual wear. Compression socks are available in tons of styles, fabrics and colors for any occasion. Comfort is everything these days, so make sure he has a comfortable pair of boots during the winter months!

Get the look:

1. H&M Parka / 2. H&M Shirt / 3. H&M Button Down Shirt / 4. Target Gift Card / 5. Beats Headphones / 6. Slouchy Hat / 7. August Steiner Stainless Steel Watch / 8. Sockwell Men’s Circulator Stripe 15-20mmHg Compression Sock / 9. H&M Leather Messenger Bag / 10. H&M Boots / 11. Buxton Men’s Grooming Set

 

If the men on your shopping list love technology or STAR WARS, here are some of our favorite picks:

Gifts for the Techy

If you have friends or family who are anxiously awaiting the new Star Wars movie, get them a Darth Vader toaster, Death Star cutting board or an R2D2 USB Flash Drive. For the cold commute to work this winter, pick him up a pair of driving gloves or a scarf. You can’t go wrong with sunglasses – they are a necessity in any season. Compression socks are also a must to keep his legs energized all day long and eliminate the feeling of tired, achy legs. Those commutes can be pretty lengthy and let’s face it – nobody likes cramps!

For your man on the go, a portable charger is a great idea so he can charge his phone or any other USB-charging device from anywhere. You can also pick him up a briefcase or backpack to carry around his new gadgets! If you’re looking for some other technology gift ideas, try a nice camera for that vacation you’ve been hinting at, wireless bluetooth speakers or an fitness armband to hold his phone while working out.

Get the look:

 

Now for the ladies. If you are completely stumped on what to get the special woman in your life, try some spa-inspired gifts. Here are our favorite products to help her relax after a long day.

Gifts for Her

For your leading lady, pamper her with the beauty essentials – makeup, nail polish, body lotion, bubble bath and chapstick. These gifts are great for her friends too! A lot of stores offer gift baskets with different kinds of foods and small items that are tailored towards different interests. These are easy last minute gifts as well.

For a more sentimental gift, pick out a picture frame and put an image of your favorite memory with her in it. Or, you can fill the frame with a picture of a future trip to take together. You can even get her a passport case to go with it! You can also pick up a nicely scented candle and dinner for a relaxing evening at home.

Cold weather items like scarves, hats and gloves are nice generic but meaningful gifts. To me, a great gift is something people will actually use and not just shove to the back of their closet. For women who frequently work out, travel, or for those who sit or stand for long periods of time at work, compression socks are a must. The Sockwell Women’s Chevron Compression Socks shown above increase circulation to prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Plus, they make her legs feel amazing, even after a long day on her feet. Finally, Sockwell provides a fashionable and functional solution to the health and beauty dilemma.

Lastly – Remember, you can never go wrong with jewelry.

Get the look:

 

SHOP TRAVEL SOCKS

 

Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

Did you know that running and lifting weights can cause varicose veins? Things that you think are helping your body may not be benefiting it in the same way you would like.  It’s not just hereditary, things you do on a day to day basis can increase your chances of developing varicose and spider veins. Even standing for long periods of time can put you at risk.

Generally, varicose veins is most common in older people and pregnant women, and usually occur in the legs and thighs. Your family history, age, lifestyle and hormones can all play a factor in developing varicose veins. Obesity can also increase your risk. Additionally, women are more likely to develop this condition than men. Although in most cases this is not a life-threatening condition, it can still cause pain and discomfort, or turn into something more serious.

About Varicose Veins

First things first-what exactly are varicose veins? This condition develops when your blood is not circulating properly. In your veins, there are one-way valves that pump blood to your heart. When these valves become too damaged or weak to stop blood from flowing in the wrong direction, the blood remains in the vein, causing the veins to swell and twist near the surface of the skin. Both spider veins and varicose veins look somewhat similar in appearance, but the main difference is that spider veins do not usually cause pain or discomfort. Varicose veins can also be caused by inflammation in your veins and from blood clots.

Symptoms include burning, itching, aching, cramping, tiredness and swelling. They can cause blood clots and skin ulcers as well. If it gets worse, the skin may become inflamed and change color. Veins can appear blue and look like they’re going to pop out of your skin. Varicose veins can evolve into a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This can cause symptoms to intensify. According to the ACP Vein Center, 30-50% of adults are at risk of developing CVI. If a blood clot forms and blockage occurs, this can lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). With all of that being said, you’re ready to hear about some preventative solutions right??

Prevention

To help prevent developing varicose veins, you want to improve circulation in the body. To do so, you want to focus on your calves. They pump blood from your legs back up to your heart, so you want to strengthen these muscles as much as possible. One easy way to improve circulation is by wearing compression socks. The graduated compression helps to reduce swelling and muscle fatigue to keep your legs energized and ache-free all day. You can find thigh highs, pantyhose and knee highs that all fight varicose veins in a variety of colors, fabrics, styles and compression levels. Not sure what level of compression you should use? Check out our Buyers Guide for more information.

Generally, 15-20mmHg is a good compression level for both the occasional and everyday wearer. Compression garments do more than improve circulation. They are great to wear traveling, to work, or when you are sitting or standing for long periods of time. Compression socks can also help athletes enhance performance, speed up recovery time and help to prevent injuries such as shin splints. It’s amazing how good your legs feel when you wear compression pantyhose or socks all day.

Listed below are some compression stockings that help with varicose veins. There are knee high, thigh high and pantyhose styles available by many different brands. Prices can vary anywhere from $12 to $60 or more depending on what compression level you need, the type of fabric and style you prefer. Sockwell has great products if you’re looking for something with style. Try our house brand, Allegro, if you are looking for a more affordable solution. Juzo compression stockings are perfect if you want something that is really comfortable. Wear Sigvaris or Jobst if you appreciate luxurious fabrics and a stylish look. Mediven offers a variety of products in many different styles, fabrics and compression levels for a great price.

For minor varicose veins, try a compression garment that provides 15-20mmHg of gradient compression. This level is perfect for traveling and relieves minor swelling, spider veins and helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The Sockwell Men’s Circulator Stripe 15-20mmHg

Juzo Attractive Sheer Thigh Highs 15-20mmHg

Sigvaris Soft Opaque Pantyhose 15-20mmHg

Use a compression garment that provides firm 20-30mmHg of gradient compression for moderate varicose veins. Wear this compression level to treat mild to moderate swelling, DVT and post-schlerotherapy.

Juzo Basic Ribbed Sock 20-30mmHg

Jobst Opaque Thigh Highs 20-30mmHg

Allegro Sheer Support Pantyhose 20-30mmHg

Wear compression stockings that provide 30-40mmHg of gradient compression under a doctor’s super vision. This compression level is best to wear during healing after surgical or sclerotherapy procedures to reduce swelling and chronic venous insufficiency.

Jobst Relief Knee Highs 30-40mmHg

Medi Assure Thigh high 30-40mmHg

Allegro Surgical Pantyhose 30-40mmHg

When you sit or stand for long periods of time, wearing compression socks improve blood flow. When you are sitting down, it’s harder for your veins to get the blood back up to your heart. Compression socks squeeze the leg to reduce how much pressure and blood is in your veins and helps to regulate and maintain a healthy blood flow. By improving circulation, recovery time for tired, achy legs decreases. It is also important to keep your legs flat on the floor instead of crossing them when you sit. Making sure you get up and walk around every half hour to an hour when you are sitting for a long time can also help.

Walking is a great exercise to keep your legs happy and healthy. You want to find activities that stretch the muscle and also strengthen it without going overboard. This is why running and lifting weights can cause so much damage to your body. Lifting weights and doing activities like Pilates and Yoga can strain your abdomen which results in less blood being able to reach the heart. Light, moderate exercise can help prevent varicose veins from getting worse. It is important to keep your body health and in the best shape possible. Losing weight and wearing loose clothing can also help prevent varicose veins from worsening.

Treatment

There are a couple of procedures to treat varicose veins. One option is to undergo sclerotherapy, which is where a solution is injected into your veins, which prevents blood from filling them. The veins are eventually absorbed by the body and fade as time passes. However, this isn’t for everyone. Pregnant women cannot use this treatment. People who have a history of blood clots may not be eligible either. Other treatments include vein stripping, where an incision is made to remove the vein, and may result in scarring, or a similar operation called ambulatory phlebectomy that results in minimal scarring. It is really important to wear compression socks after this procedure to reduce the pain. Another option is laser treatment. In this procedure, a tiny fiber is put in the vein that sends out laser energy to kill the part of the vein that is diseased. Read more about treatments at the Society for Vascular Surgery website.

Resources on Varicose Veins

Why Be Concerned About Varicose Veins? – Johns Hopkins

Frequently Asked Questions – Venefit

What Are Varicose Veins? – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Truths and Myths about Varicose Veins – Venefit

Difference between spider and varicose veins – American Academy of Dermatology

What you should know about varicose veins – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Treatment Resources

Varicose vein treatment – Radiologyinfo.org

Hear what people have to say about sclerotherapy – Realself.com

Varicose veins and exercise – La Jolla Light

Treatment Resources – Baptist Health Systems

Forums and Blogs

Varicose veins forum – American Venous Forum

Should I stop lifting due to varicose veins? – Bodybuilding Forum

Varicose veins and dieting obstacles forum

Varicose Vein Forum – Patient.co.uk

Varicose Vein Blogs – Smart Living Network

Community Forum – MedHelp.org

Support Groups

Varicose veins support group – DailyStrength.org

Varicose veins information and support group – Varistop.com

Q&A, blog and support group – Drugs.com

Varicose veins discussions and support group – People Helping People

Wool Socks for Winter Months

Sheep - WoolWhile spring may seem within reaching distance, we still have a few more months of cold, snow, slush and bad weather until we reach those May flowers. So – I thought I’d remind everyone that if you’re suffering from cold feet and toes (or maybe even damp, stinky feet), think about switching your cotton and nylon socks out for wool socks. I know – wool sounds itchy and scratchy like the sweaters you got over the holiday season, but if you get the right kind of wool – Merino Wool – you’ll be surprised how soft and comfortable it can be. So, why is wool so great? Let me explain:

  • Wool insulates: Wool fibers trap body heat against your skin to keep you toasty in cold weather.
  • Wool wicks away moisture: Whether you have an issue with sweaty feet or a leaking boot, wool socks have got you covered. Wool can absorb up to 1/3 of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. Plus, they’ll continue to keep your feet warm.
  • Wool is odor resistant: Who doesn’t want to prevent stinky feet? Right. Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, which means it can kill odor causing bacteria around your feet. This also means you can wear them a few times before washing (no judgement).
  • Wool is durable: Wool fibers can bend back and forth 20,000 times without breaking – cotton breaks after 3,200 bends. Think less holes!

Why does this matter? Well, cottons socks can absorb moisture too, but they take a lot longer to dry and have no insulation properties at all, which means damp, cold, stinky feet all day long.

We’ve got some really great Merino Wool (i.e. soft) options for your consideration:

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: