Like it or not, Christmas is already on its way. Do you have a cyclist in your life to buy a present for? Are you wondering whether to get them a cycling gift, or just stick to the safe but very predictable scented candle or box of Belgian chocolates? Well, you should use your imagination or at least use our handy gift guide in case you spot something they’ll like!
Give them something they can use in their day-to-day cycling life, and they’ll be sure to repay you with more than just a toiletries giftset next year. We’ve rounded up some of the newest, coolest, funnest and most seriously helpful cycling Christmas gifts out there.
From the person who finds morning rides impossible, to the friend who loves cycling around London clad in flashing LED lights, this list gives ideas for all the weird but wonderful types on cyclists out there.
The secret Santa
Assuming your budget is under a tenner, The Bluffer’s Guide to Cycling is an ideal gift for the cyclist in your office. Part of the popular ‘Bluffer’s Guide’ series, it’s smart, funny and actually full of useful and interesting cycling facts. Take a look at some of the other cycling books we’ve recommended before on London Cyclist for more inspiration.
The lights addict
Do you know someone who likes to light up the night brighter than the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree? We have a couple of options for you here. The Lumos Helmet is like something out of a sci-fi film, with integrated lights that signal turns and warn when you’re slowing down. Snazzy, huh? For a less expensive option, Wheely Bright LED wheel lights turn a bike into a dazzling light show. They’re available in white, pink, green or blue.
The sophisticated type
If you’re looking to give something a little bit special, Crankalicious create unique handmade cycling products. This gift-box features a selection of seven classic cleaning products, each with a unique twist. It includes the Mud Honey foaming bucket wash and Pineapple Express rapid acting bike cleaner. So not only does it look good; it’s super practical for any cyclist who takes pride in looking after their bike, too.
Alternatively, for those looking for panniers that look great on and off the bike there is the Hill & Ellis Pannier bag. You wouldn’t believe this bag has hidden pannier clips on the back.
Does someone need a little encouragement to get up and on the saddle in the mornings? The Bodyclock gently wakes you up with its soft light, just like a 30-minute sunrise. The light influences the production of hormones responsible for wakefulness, so you feel more refreshed and motivated in the morning. It’s been proven to improve sports performance and is an official supplier to the British Swimming team. If it works for them…
The art collector
Know someone who likes to make their cycling passion known in the home? Etsy is full of artwork and prints that will look great hanging up on the wall. The Handmade Cyclist has plenty of original, cool prints to choose from.
The city commuter
Commuters will appreciate something super practical, to help limit the hassles that come with cycling to work every day. A Bluetooth tracker gives peace of mind for those who worry about their bike being stolen while they’re in the office. It can be tucked discreetly under the bike’s saddle with adhesive tape and connected with a smartphone or tablet. It’s not the most exciting present, but it’s definitely one that’ll be appreciated by the worry-pots out there.
The London Cyclist
Give them something that celebrates being a cyclist in London! With Look Mom No Hands arguably being the most popular cycling café in the city, take a look at their online shop for some branded merch, cool prints and workshop course vouchers. This winter cycling cap is the perfect stocking filler.
The ethical cyclist
For the ethically enlightened, these reflective hats help keep you visible and the money you spend goes to help and enable marginalised women in East London to earn a living by crocheting each piece. Glow also sell a range of fingerless gloves and a snood.
And if you’re going to end up giving them chocolate, at least make sure it’s cycling chocolate – this one even doubles as an ode to Bradley Wiggins. Or, if they like their chocolate to look really good, this golden vintage chocolate bicycle will do the trick.
Do you have any recommendations for Christmas presents? What would you like to find in your stocking this year? Let us know in the comments box below!
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