It’s that time of year again, and—with more choices than ever before—buying gifts is still a challenge. Sure, you could throw some money in a card and call it a day, but where’s the holiday spirit in that? Thankfully, our partner Finish Line is the plug for practically anyone you’re shopping for this season.
Tight budgets and fickle family members are no match for the store’s sheer selection, and we’re here to help you identify which gifts are sure to resonate with even the most particular of personalities on your shopping list. Whether you’re blessing your sneakerhead cousin with the fresh pair of kicks he’s had his eyes on, or flexing with a friend in some new threads, it’s nearly impossible to walk out of Finish Line without something that’s going to put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season.
Perfect For: Sibling who takes Christmas Day Basketball a Little Too Seriously
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving Day is just as much a holiday for football fans as it is for fans of turkey, and when it comes to Christmas, there’s no denying that basketball takes center stage. While the his team won’t be hitting the hardwood on December 25, star player James Harden has dropped his first signature shoe just in time for the holiday.
While the shoe is sure to see some action on the court this season, it’s also shaping up to be a sidewalk star in its own right. Set atop adidas’ immensely popular (not to mention comfortable) Boost technology in the sole, it’s hard to resist the desire to lace up the Harden immediately after tearing off the wrapping paper and opening the box. With a black-and-red color pattern, you’ll find hints of Houston's color palette on the tongue’s logo, the Primeknit upper, and the three stripes on the heel quarter. As a cutting edge basketball shoe that’s a conversation starter all on it’s own, we wouldn't be surprised if this takes attention from even the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Now if only your sibling would stop air-dribbling all over the living room while the games are on…
adidas Tubular Shadow
Perfect For: The Man Who has Every Tubular
Like adidas’ Boost and Bounce, Tubular has taken over as one of the brand’s most prominent footwear styles. While the year has seen a variety of sneakers tapping the technology, there’s no helping the fact that Tubular Shadow is one of the most contemporary shoes to boast a Tubular-influenced design.
A combination of basketball, street style, and Tubular trainers, the Tubular Shadow’s streamlined low-cut design makes it a prime piece for any adidas fan or modern sneaker fan. Fusing in knit materials on its respective uppers, the shoe also represents a contemporary combination of street and fashion-forward styles—something that’s found on the runways that have clearly influenced the Tubular Shadow’s overall design. While the footwear is obviously aimed at the fashion-conscious sneakerhead (shouts to the shoe’s minimal aesthetics), nearly any fan of the Three Stripes will want to add this to their shoe closet.
Perfect For: The Significant Other Who's Already Planning His Day-After-Christmas Workout Routine
The holidays are hardly a time for cutting back and counting calories, but there’s always someone in your circle who’s accomplishing the herculean task of staying on top of their workout routine in between extra helpings at the dinner table. With adidas’ relatively new AlphaBounce silhouette, both gym rats and couch kings have a shoe that’s worth getting excited about.
Tapping into Bounce technology, the latest iteration of the cross-trainer has the support of a firmer sole (when compared to items with Boost tech) with the lockdown support of adidas’ unique Forged Mesh upper. While the team at the German sportswear giant designed the shoe with motion in mind, even non-athletes can appreciate a truly comfortable shoe—especially during a time like the holiday season. Aerodynamic aesthetics give the AlphaBounce an overall sleek look, and with plenty of colorways, you’d be hard pressed to find a pair that won’t make the stretch from your gym bag and your day-to-day wardrobe. Whether you’re sprinting to the fridge for some late night leftovers, or hitting the pavement to run off last night’s meal, this is the trainer to have stashed under the tree.
The North Face Norris Jacket
Perfect For: The Cousin Who Lives on the West Coast
There’s a reason that Christmas is always associated with snowy hills; Mother Nature often dumps plenty of snow across much of the United States every single winter. But even those who are lucky enough to live in the pockets of the country where sunshine reigns supreme this season, there’s still the need for a jacket that’s able to hold its own against a winter wind.
The North Face is top-class when it comes to creating outerwear, and this three-season contender earns high marks for both seasonal functionality and modern style. Taking cues from bomber jackets with it’s knit collar and general silhouette, you can expect the layering benefits of your average bomber to apply here as well. However, while traditional bombers are generally bulky—especially in the sleeves—this jacket’s athletic fit keeps things slimmed down and simplified. With an insulated body contrasted by soft-touch sleeves, the Norris Jacket makes perfect sense—both as a winter jacket in warm climates, or as a layering shell in considerably colder conditions. Whether you’re living in the Golden State, or are simply flying there to share in the holiday spirit with family and friends, functional and flexible pieces like this are well suited to any wardrobe.
Jason Markk Shoe Care Holiday Box Kit
Perfect For: The Neat Freak Cousin
It doesn’t matter who you are or how old you get, everyone hates dirty sneakers. You can be the biggest neat freak in the world, but dirt doesn’t discriminate, and it’s sure-as-hell going to find its way onto any and every pair of shoes possible. While there’s one thousand and one remedies for cleaning kicks, the minds behind Jason Markk have made the process incredibly easy, turning what was once a tiresome chore into an easy feat.
Landing just in time for the holidays, Jason Markk has dropped a complete shoe cleaning kit, packed with everything you’d need to turn a dingy pair into the pride of your shoe closet. Expect to find eight ounce bottles of both Jason Markk premium sneaker cleaning solution and Jason Markk’s stain and water repellant. The former is safe on a variety of uppers, and is designed to clean practically any stain without ruining your shoes in the process. The latter acts as a shield for your sneakers, blocking the damaging effects of sprays, drips, and everyday stains.
But it’s not just solutions that come in the kit, two different brushes are packed inside the box to help give you all the tools you need to achieve that “day one” clean. The premium brush is set up with soft hog bristles for delicate surfaces, while the wood handle standard brush is filled with synthetic bristles for a tougher scrubbing clean. Whether you’re cleaning your classic pair of tennis shoes, or happened to muss up your Christmas Day kicks right out of the box, rest assured that Jason Markk will keep your footwear looking fresh.
Nike Tech Fleece Sweatpant
Perfect For: The Dad Who Goes a Little Too Hard on Seconds at Holiday Dinner
It’s certainly safe to say that when it comes to sweatpants, they don’t make them like they used to. As a style staple in their own right, a good pair of sweats isn’t just for, well, sweating anymore. Whether you’re looking for a pair that compliments your kicks, or simply need something that compliments your slightly expanding waistline after a holiday feast, you can’t go wrong with Nike’s Tech Fleece sweats.
Designed with a slim leg silhouette, these sweatpants have the appeal of a jogger-style bottom without being obnoxiously sporty. As the name implies, these sweats are constructed out of Nike’s plush Tech Fleece, meaning that you’ll be warm (but not too warm) and cozy (without feeling slouchy). Built to help retain their shape, you can expect to have the same taper on these sweatpants wear-after-wear. But a consistent fit isn’t the only benefit, as these bottoms are also constructed with insets at the knee and zippered pockets make sure that you’re not sacrificing range of motion and storage either. When it’s all added up, at $100 flat, it’s near impossible to find a better all-around pair of sweatpants.
Nike “That’s All Folks” T-Shirt
Perfect For: The Friend Who Has Memorized Every Line in Space Jam
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, we’re reminded just how one-of-a-kind Space Jam is—especially for those that grew up in the 90s. A combination of live-action professional basketball personalities with classic cartoons is not a partnership that one sees every day. One look at a T-shirt like this—featuring both Michael Jordan and his Looney Tunes teammates—it’s hard not to be reminded of why we all fell in love with the film’s unique charm in the first place.
Set on a simple black or white T-shirt, the graphic puts MJ’s face front and center, surrounded by Looney Tunes and featuring Porky Pig’s classic closing line: “That’s All Folks!” Accent branding is featured via the Nike Air logo and Jordan Brand Jumpman on the front and back respectively. Whether you’re buying this shirt for a fan His Airness, a fan of the Looney Tunes, or out of nostalgia for the classic flick, there’s plenty to love when it comes to this T-Shirt.
Nike Air Max 95 Sneakerboot
Perfect For: The Friend Who Refuses to Swap His Sneakers for Boots
Just because we’re entering the snowy season doesn’t mean you need to stop wearing your sneakers. Sure, regular leather shoes won’t stack up to severe winter storms, but fortunately, sneakerheads have a cold-season remedy: the sneakerboot.
This take on the sneakerboot from Nike taps into one of its classic silhouettes—the Air Max 95—taking cues from the street sneaker and turning it into a winterized rendition. But just because this shoe is snow-ready doesn’t mean it’s sacrificing many of the Air Max 95’s identifiable style points. Air units visibly line the sole of sneakerboot, a detail that ties it closely to the original shoe. Heel and tongue branding, along with the rippled side panel all make the jump from sneaker to sneakerboot as well.
That said, this shoe is still more than ready to handle inclement weather, thanks to its waterproof leather upper, coated textile detailing, and rugged rubber outsole. With the zip detail on the tongue, there’s an extra lockdown detail that’s sure to help you feel strapped in regardless of the weather outside. Chilly days are no concern either, especially when you factor in the sneakerboot’s heat-reflective lining. If someone on your shopping list is constantly debating between sneakers and boots this time of year—stash this under the tree. Don’t worry, they’ll definitely be thanking you later.
adidas Originals Trefoil Knit Hat
Perfect For: The Sibling Who Makes a Sport Out of Shoveling the Driveway
If there's one thing to expect this holiday season, it's that the thermometer is going to drop (at least, for the frozen masses who are stuck in the snow-filled sections of the country). But instead of watching friends and family freeze their ears off, keep things extra cozy with this simple-yet-stylish beanie from adidas Originals.
Sure, you probably have several beanies stashed in your closet, but this humble knitwear makes a great case as an addition to your winter wardrobe. With the classic adidas trefoil logo front and center and a marled exterior, it's a beanie that's sure to stand out amongst even the most daunting of snowbanks. But a beanie is only as good as the warmth it provides, and with its wool blend build and thick roll cuff, this beanie has the chops to keep anyone's top toasty all winter. Shoveling snow may be a major chore, but that doesn't mean you can't look good while doing it.
Stance Star Wars Sock Collection
Perfect For: The Sibling Who Won’t Stop Speaking in Wookie at the Dinner Table
Let’s be real: everyone loves Star Wars. Whether you’re a die hard fan of the original trilogy, or just fell into the series with the latest movie release, there’s something for nearly every type of human being found within the massive universe of a galaxy far, far away. Perhaps it’s that universal appeal that inspired Stance’s Star Wars sock collection, as practically every major character—both old and new—make appearances on these supremely giftable socks.
Whether you find yourself on the side of the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance, these socks are sure to liven up any sock drawer, especially when they’re decked out with everyone from Chewbacca to your average Imperial Stormtrooper. But these socks aren’t just skin deep, their combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic yarns means that these socks handle wetness better than any moisture farm on Tatooine. Jones Pad extra dense cushioning and Saw Tooth anatomical cushioning are built into the advanced cushioning system found in every Stance sock, so these are sure to be as supportive as they are stylish. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a Jedi or a Sith, with these Stance socks you’ll be able to take your outfits deep into hyperspace.