But, if you've ever checked out Sock Dreams, you'll know that socks can actually be pretty awesome - provided they're the right socks.
There's some socks there I'd love to find in my santa stocking. (Geddit, stocking? Sock humour! Ba-doom tish!)
Lace Topped Over the Knee, US$15.00.
Cherry Blossom Knee Highs, US$7.00.
Sock It To Me Stripey Cats, US$7.00.
Some things that 14 Year Old Daughter is bound to love:
Skull Tights, US$7.00.
Fingerless Skull Gloves, US$10.00.
Striped Thigh High With Skull Tops, US$6.00.
Something for the Gothic Lolitas:
Fishnet Knee Highs With Garter Tops, US$8.00.
And for lovers of vintage fashion:
Fern Lace Stay-Up Thigh Highs, US$20.00.
And even some socks your poor beleagured dad might actually like to receive:
Sock It To Me Bring It Bot, US$7.00.
Sourpuss Men's Pirate Midcalves, US$13.00.