Do I actually need those fiddly things to block my socks on? Is there a better way to block them other than getting the plastic things at the store?
Unless socks are gifted I don’t think you need to bother blocking socks. They foot fills it so it looks good and they aren’t seen like a sweater.
That said…no you don’t need sock blockers unless you want them perfectly shaped. You can just lay them on a towel and finger shape them.