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  • Writer's pictureChuck Johns

Why Cotton Compression Socks Are An Ideal Mother's Day Gift

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Mothers' Day is always an interesting time of year. Like Father's Day, it's a special day set aside for a parent, but it's not their anniversary and it's not their birthday, and it's certainly not Christmas. As such, it can be tricky choosing a gift for your mom (and your grandmother, and your wife, and so on) at this particular time, because the nature of the gift will have to be suited for this particular day and not any of the other aforementioned choices. Of course, what is "suited" for Mother's Day is itself kind of tricky to pin down, hence the trouble.

Something overly expensive seems inappropriate, although something too small-scale would also seem lackluster. While something "fun" would also be ideal for some, it might not ring true to the spirit of the day. Indeed, Mother's Day is something that might be best suited for being celebrated with something practical and necessary, but also something that shows care and a deep interest in their comfort, well-being, and health. What could be more "mother", indeed, than cotton compression socks?

You might be surprised at that, since "socks as a gift" has been a punchline forever.

However, if you think about it, this might actually seem to fit the bill much better than you realize: these aren't your ordinary everyday socks, and these actually serve a vital purpose that might make their lives better, and they fit that neat gift zone of being something they could use but that they wouldn't necessarily buy, or think to buy, for themselves. One could go so far as to say cotton compression socks might be a good gift for anyone in your life, not just moms, but this particular recipient and this particular day are an especially good match for a number of reasons.

Why cotton compression socks?

Compression socks reduce swelling.

No-brainer benefit number one is the whole reason we wear any compression garments to begin with: the simple fact that they fight inflammation. Inflammation can come from a variety of triggers, including being on your feet for most of the day, which is a circumstance not uncommon for many moms. If your significant other is a mother-to-be, the need for something to fight inflammation is likewise a great reason to grab a pair or four of cotton compression socks, because swelling in the ankles and feet is a common occurrence for pregnant women. This happens when excess fluid collects in the tissue in the area, and results in an uncomfortable, unflattering situation. Compression socks go a long way toward helping rectify that situation.

Compression socks prevent clotting.

Unfortunately, blood can pool in the veins in the area due to slowdowns in blood circulation, resulting in problems like blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. The circulation benefits of compression help the body avoid such problems, or at least keep the blood moving more efficiently than it would otherwise. Worse problems can result from clotting as well, and when compression socks prevent clotting they prevent the progress toward these more serious maladies. For expectant mothers, clotting can indeed lead to more serious problems, and so avoiding this is key.

Cotton is an ideal material for compression socks.

While moms will appreciate the many benefits of compression no matter what, the tendency for some brands is to use fabrics that can cause allergies. These tend to be used because they contribute to compression, but a cotton compression sock made with hypoallergenic fibers like Lycra and Spandex blends those with combed cotton, which is breathable and able to absorb sweat and get it away from the skin.

Cotton compression socks aren't just a fad.

One challenge in picking a good gift is picking one that will remain useful and appealing over time, rather than just a flash-in-the-pan trend that won't be remotely desirable after a few months. The comfort and circulation benefits they provide are useful for various contexts, including for travel. Does the mom you're buying a gift for travel a lot? Long plane or car trips keep the legs stuck in one position with limited mobility, which results in circulation problems. Compression socks would help with that. Varicose veins developed in pregnancy or with age, aches in the legs, recovering from surgery, and simply having to stand or sit for long periods while doing mom stuff all day would all lead to needs that the mom in question would be thrilled to serve with cotton compression socks.

You can customize your gift.

Compression socks aren't one-size fits all, because compression comes in many degrees. Depending on the recipient's level of sensitivity to it and need for compression, there are differing levels of compression: from mild (8-15mmHg) to moderate (15020mmHg) to firm, extra firm, and severe. There are sizes, too, and different brands have a wide range of designs -- these aren't the boring old one-note socks of old, after all, and many designs go well with outfits or on their own.



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