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One of the beautiful things about getting somebody a present via the internet is that you can ship it straight to them! Physical mail is fun to get, particularly when it is a present. But there are problems. How do you make sure they wait until the special occasion or holiday to open their gift? How do you leave them a note or hide the price? Well, just read along, we’ve got some tips for you!
It all starts once you checkout. When you get to the page where you enter your information, pay attention to three places:
Make sure your Email address and Daytime phone are your contact info, not the person you’re sending a gift to. These contacts are how you get order and shipping confirmation and how we get a hold of you if there is something wrong with your order. If you put the gift recipient’s info there, then they find out what you’ve got them pretty much as soon as you buy it.
The Delivery Address needs to be the gift recipient (unless you’re shipping it to yourself, because you’re adding it to other, non-sock things, or whatever). If you put your address there, or forget to change it if you have the site set to remember your address, then it’ll go to you, not the person you’re trying to surprise.
To ensure no peeking, use the Company name field. It’s a sneaky trick that we love. The way shipping labels work, whatever you put in the Company name field goes on the line above the delivery address (this is also great place in general to let the postal worker know to leave the package behind the screen door, or with the super). So, if you want your giftee to slow their roll until an official holiday, write that here. Keep it short and all caps for best effectiveness.
Now, on to the Shipping Options page, which you’ll need to pay the most attention to!
If you want to leave a note for the person you’re sending socks to, or you don’t want them to see what you spent, check the “Gift invoice: do not include prices on invoice” checkbox. This does some magic and hides the prices from the gift recipient and! It opens up a nice space for you to leave a note, if you want to.
But what about that first box? If you type stuff there, where does it show up? Well, that’s where you put order notes, the stuff you want us at Sock Dreams to see! If you’re saying hello, requesting stickers, or crafting some emoji masterwork, this is where it goes (if you’re asking about sizing info, it should be emailed to us, not put in your order notes).
Here’s a side-by-side example of where each field goes once it becomes a printed invoice:
So what you type in the “order notes” box goes at the bottom of the invoice and what goes in the gift notes box (which only appears if you check the gift invoice checkbox) shows up at the top of the invoice, so it’s the first thing you see (if you don’t type anything there, no little Gift Note box will show up).
This means that if you’re sending a gift directly to someone, you should probably be aware that your order notes will show up on the invoice! So if you’re sending a gift, the recipient won’t just see the nice note you’ve left,
They’ll also see anything you put in as an order note too!
So make sure, when you get to the page that has you check over your order before finalising it, that everything is right!
Our free USPS First Class shipping in the United States (and free USPS Priority for orders over $50! check our Shipping FAQ) makes sending sock-tacular gifts easy, just remember to click that Gift Invoice checkbox to add a little personalisation to your present!
We’ve passed the height of harvest season, which means good eats and warm treats, particularly on the most food-tastic holiday, Thanksgiving. I figured, in honour of the season, I’d serve you up a couple courses of food-themed socks.
I grew up with big family get-togethers for Thanksgiving. Everyone would bring stuff that had to be finished up or heated up, and while we waited we’d nosh on crackers and cheese. The Cheese Crews offer quite the array of nibbles.
Once it’s time to dig in, you make sure you get some veggies to balance things out. Sadly (or maybe not so sadly) we don’t have any socks that properly represent green bean casserole with fried onion straws on top. But we do have Ashi Dashi’s delicious Corn Crews. They’re corn on the cob, not the creamed corn you often see at holiday potlucks, but they’re just as deliciously delightful!
Of course, the big part of a Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. Although a lot of Sweet Marcel’s styles are made at an ethically-certified mill in Turkey, that’s about as close as we get to that distinctive bird. Our ham is a little rare (as in, still oinking), so we’ll throw tradition to the wind and tuck into some red meat.
Okay, you’re probably thinking, “that’s a pretty light spread for one of the biggest holiday meals of the year.” Well, that is because we wanted to make sure you had room for dessert!
The beauty of potluck holiday meals is that everybody brings a dessert. So. Do you want some cookies?
We hope you have a wonderful start to the winter holiday season!
Nestled in a turn of the century house in the historic Sellwood neighborhood, recessed from busy 13th street just off of SE Nahalem is the Sock Dreams brick and mortar store. Here, you’ll find many of the items we sell on our online store, as well as several other shop exclusive styles. People as far away as Eastern Europe have been known to make pilgrimages to the shop, while visiting the Portland area, but the busiest time for our little shop is always the Holidays.
From Black Friday until almost the New Year, our shop is a bustle with folks getting warm, cozy, kitschy, fashionable, soft, funny and cute socks, tights and other accessories for their loved ones. The Sock Dreams shop team is four people strong and they do their best to help our customers find the perfect gift.
Pictured here, is our shop crew wearing some of their favorite socks.
First up is Rose, who has been working with us since August 2012 and, like many of us, has noticed a drastic change in her wardrobe-Waking up each morning and planning a whole outfit around my socks is awesome. Best dress code ever. Socks Dreams has filled me with so much confidence in my body/legs that I went from wearing a dress or skirt once a year to weddings to wearing them every day.
Rose is wearing the Sock It To me Dinomite knee high- I’m the weird one; I’ll just start with that. Every day I layer and mash weird colors together to make my personality jump out of my socks.
Rose spends much of her time at the shop picking out shop exclusives and helping customers.
In terms of tips on shopping for the holidays- Shop early! We have a few select holiday styles that are shop exclusive and they will be going fast.
Next is Gelsey, the Assistant Shop Manager, Gelsey has been with Sock Dreams since August 2010.
When asked what her favorite part of working here is- Hands down: the people. I love being friends with all of my coworkers. Best. Coworkers. Ever.
Gelsey wears Sock Dreams own brand of cotton slouch sock- I like wearing my socks scrunched down around mid-calf high boots, and I love the Cotton Slouch Socks because they actually hold their slouch rather than slowly sliding down to the bottom of my foot during the day.
Her tip for holiday shopping- The store and web site sometimes have different items. If you’re coming in for something you saw on the web site, make sure to call ahead so we can hold it at the shop for you.
Then there’s Laurel, our vivacious Shop Manger. Laurel has worked for Socks Dreams since August of 2008 and also loves all her co-workers.
Laurel is wearing a brand that is new to Sock Dreams, and we are all totally in love with- I really like the Sockwell compression knee highs because I’m on my feet a lot. They stay up great without being too tight at the top. They have a nice, cushy foot that’s great for boots and a toe seam that’s not very noticeable. They’re warm, they’re cute, and I’ve worn and washed them several times and they hardly show any wear. I especially like them when I go to the Timbers game and stand on cold concrete for 90+ minutes. Go Timbers! The Timbers being Portland’s pro soccer team.
We’re also part of a fantastic local network of shops where you can earn points to gain rewards- Sock Dreams is proud to be a part of the Supportland network. With Supportland, the customer has one card (or a phone app) that they can use at a ton of rad locally-owned businesses to earn rewards. With more businesses joining the network all the time, you can earn points every time you shop, and then turn around and use those points for coupons, gift cards, and other free stuff!
Last, but by no means least, is our newest shop employee Sabrina! Sabrina has been with us since July of this year and is a fantastic addition.
Her favorite part of working at Sock Dreams, so far, is- Helping customers find the perfect pair of socks!
Sabrina wears another house brand favorite, the O Dreamy’s in Heliotrope- They’re super soft, have a great texture and are subtle, yet visually interesting.
Sabrina’s holiday shopping tip- When it comes to returns, I would suggest calling us at the shop with any questions regarding what is acceptable for refund/ exchange. Also, I would suggest asking about a certain pattern/design they may not see in the store. We keep track of all customer product requests and try to meet them when placing orders for future stock.
These ladies work really hard to make your shopping experience effortless; they’re always happy to help you find the perfect thing. If you’re in the Portland area, come on by and say hello!
Okay, I’m an adult, I know that meteor showers aren’t falling stars. But it’s such a prettier name! And a great excuse to look at socky, starry goodness. The Leonid metor shower is peaking either Saturday the 16th or Sunday the 17th (it looks like fair game for either right now), so let’s kick back and enjoy some stars that a full moon and cloud cover can’t foil!
Although you can search for Sparkly in Pattern & Texture, there isn’t a search value for stars right now because we often don’t have that many! But of course, you can always just take a gander with general search. Wow, our night sky is actually pretty full!
If those are too crazy (I mean, even though stars do have different colours depending on their temperatures), then the sedate Sheer Star Tights and the sparkly Snappy Star Garters might be more your speed.
Good luck watching the stars tomorrow night! And if you look hard enough, who knows what you might see. . .
The yellow of friendship in topaz (which actually comes in a surprising array of hues) and citrine are the gems for November. Visually, it’s almost impossible to tell cut topaz and citrine apart, but topaz is a bit harder in texture. Both stones are rather pale, and these pastel yellows definitely do the trick.
November’s flower is the chrysanthemum, which I am thankful to Spellcheck forever about. It’s another entry in the Asteraceae family, along with September and October’s flowers.Their complicated layers of petals mean it isn’t often represented on socks, but with a name that comes from “gold” and “flower” (the Greek “chrysos” and “anthemon”), I think we can do it justice with the Polonova Flower Trouser Socks and Polonova Floral Lace Trouser Socks.
Now, I’ve thought I’ve been in a tight spot before with these constellations, but I’m absolutely lost as to how to represent scorpio in socks! Maybe something with wide stripes to represent that segmented tail and basic arm warmers that have that thumb-hand separation that can look cool and claw-like? I don’t know, like the Dreamer Ruffle Striped OTK and the Space Dyed Long Perfect Arm Warmers?
Although, the more I think of it, the more I realise that the Leaf Pattern Fleece Arm Warmers encompass all those aspects in one go, the segmentation, the claw shape (with that pointed bit at the hand, even!). They’re also kind of perfect for the cold November weather.
Just one more month of birth symbols left! How the year is flying by (which I think is the motto of November, or at least should be!)
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