Sneaker Freaker's Christmas Gift Guide
There's only two weeks left until jolly ol' Saint Nick makes his yearly, impossibly fast trip around the globe, so that means you've only got 14 days to finalise your presents, get them wrapped, and place them under the tree. If that thought has you quaking in your Santa boots, don't worry. We've rounded up a bunch of ideas for the whole family, so you can tick off your gift-giving list in no time.
So come, all ye faithful, sit down with a cup of eggnog, and scroll through our Gift Guide for all things sneakers.
WHAT TO GET DAD
For once, dad is the easiest to buy for — this one's a no-brainer. What better gift for Dad than New Balance 990s. Their comfort is unparalleled and they’ll look good even if he rocks them with cargo shorts and long socks. He’ll appreciate that ‘Made in USA’ craftsmanship too.
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WHAT TO GET MUM
We all know what mum really wants for Christmas is a smile and a hug, but you have to put something under the tree. This adidas Ultra Tech will fit the bill just nicely. The retro styling will get her all nostalgic and they’ll slot right into her weekend wardrobe. Not to mention they’re on sale; and mum loves a bargain.
Buy now from END.
WHAT TO GET YOUR SIBLING
If your sibling wants anything substantial for Christmas, they’re just going to ask your parents. Where does that leave you? Get them something they’ll use, something that won’t get forgotten at the back of the closet. A perennial favourite, like Vans Authentics, is a safe bet.
Buy now from Vans.
WHAT TO GET GRANDAD
Grandad's from a different time. When consumerism wasn't a quasi-religion and if you bought something, you took care of it. He's from a time when people used shoe horns instead of mashing their feet into shoes and ruining the heel. This luxe Black Panther version will see him levering on his shoes in style. It may not be easy on the pocket, but it'll be easy on his back!
Buy now from Pasotti.
WHAT TO GET GRANDMA
Grandma loves to keep things in pristine condition, and while she may or may not have a pair of atmos x Nike 'Animal 2.0s', she'll appreciate atmos' ONFAdd Rain Socks — they're like couch covers for today's hypebeast Nan.
Make Gran's Christmas, cop these from atmos now.
WHAT TO GET YOUR AUNT
Holy reindeer! It's Christmas Eve and you've forgotten Aunt Carol is coming to Christmas lunch! You haven't even got her a present yet. You check your wallet, and you've only got one lonely $20 note left. A pack of adidas Invisible socks it is! Not only will she get endless use out of them, but they're bang-on budget.
Pick up a pack from the Three Stripes now.
WHAT TO GET YOUR NIECE OR NEPHEW
Start 'em young! Everyone wants to be the cool aunt/uncle, and you can take up the mantle by getting the little ones mini versions of your favourite shoes, like this Nike Little Posite Pro. The added bonus is your aunt will be too excited by the cuteness to care that you bought her socks.
Cop them, and countless other adorable mini kicks, at Nike now.
WHAT TO GET YOUR NE'ER-DO-WELL COUSIN
Sure, he's always running amok, but you love him anyway. So much so that you have no qualms dropping fat stacks on a pair of Tigers (don't even think about calling them Sunsets in his presence). No doubt he's got a couple of beat-up Air Max Pluses hanging around, give him the OG.
Grab a pair from Nike now.
WHAT TO GET YOUR BEST FRIEND
Nothing says 'friends forever' like a designer Christmas present. We're not made of money though, so our high-end purchases will keep to the realm of accessories. Tell your mate they're great with a fire pair of Gucci socks under the tree and you'll have a friend for life.
Splurge at Matches now.
WHAT TO GET YOUR KRIS KRINGLE
Kris Kringle, Secret Santa, Silly Santa, it goes by many names, but one thing's for sure: it'll be more stressful than the office Christmas party and your family Christmas put together. Well, maybe not, but it's close. No fear, Jason Markk's Travel Kit is the perfect KK for sneaker fans and non-'heads alike. Everyone likes a clean shoe, don't they?
Grab one from Sneakersnstuff now.
WHAT TO GET YOURSELF
Keeping OG boxes is paramount in the sneaker community, but sometimes the perfect pair comes sans box and you have to find a different solution. The IRIS shoe box is it. They tackle all the issues one might face with a less-considered product: they're clear so you can see what's inside, they're stackable so you can stack them to your ceiling, and they open from the front so you don't have to dismantle your tower to grab a pair.
Go on, treat yo'self at Home Depot now.
WHAT TO GET ANY SNEAKER LOVER
An unmatched look back at 100 years of sneaker history — and 15 years of Sneaker Freaker! — The Ultimate Sneaker Book is 700 pages of all killer, no filler. We're the only place to get the limited edition red cover, so pre-order now and give your sneaker-loving beloveds one hell of a gift.
Head to our webshop now to preorder.