Socks are the go-to example of a bad holiday gift from an uncaring gifter (or a relative who doesn't really know you), but that's an unwarranted reputation, if you ask me. If you're in a cold weather climate, you wear thick ones every day, but chances are you don't have 10 or 15 or even seven pairs to last you through a laundry cycle. If you have an office job, you need a lot of dress socks, and if you're an athlete you may need specialty socks (I recently purchased cushioned running socks and they changed my life, or at least my feet). The list goes on. And all those socks don't come cheap.