When looking for the best Christmas gifts for cyclists, if you're not a cyclist yourself it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying into the many novelty gifts that, though they may draw a smile, will ultimately end up collecting dust. Worry not though, there are plenty of Christmas gift ideas out there that will go down well with the cyclist in your life, be they a friend, relative or spouse.
The Cyclingnews team is made up of passionate cyclists, so we like to think we can relate to the wants and needs of cyclists around the world. So if you want to buy the cyclist in your life something they can actually use and get a lot of enjoyment out of, we’ve compiled a range of Christmas gifts ideas for cyclists to help you.
We've compiled a guide to the best cycling gifts for him, cycling gifts for her, and both ends of the price spectrum ranging from novelty cycling mugs to those splurge-worthy luxury gifts for cyclists. But right here, you'll find an all-encompassing guide to our favourite Christmas gifts for cyclists no matter their age, gender or preferred discipline, and no matter your budget. Covering wallet-friendly crowd-pleasers to the crème de la crème of premium products (if you’re feeling especially generous).
ELITE Eroica 600 Aluminum-Silver Water Bottle
A very stylish bottle for any heritage-loving cyclist
If you’re buying a Christmas gift for a cyclist with a love of all things retro and heritage, then they will appreciate this incredibly stylish Eroica bottle from Elite. It got a look and feel that harks back to a classic era of cycling, and while it functions as a water bottle it is also a work of art in its own right. The bottle is hand-made from aluminium with a satin finish, and includes a cork stopper held on with string for a very ‘heritage’ look and feel.
Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron - SA-3
A useful Christmas gift for a home mechanic
If you know someone who likes to do all their own bike maintenance at home, why not treat them to this heavy-duty mechanic’s apron from Park Tool? It has all the pockets they need to keep the most essential tools to hand while carrying out a tricky fix, and is made with durable cotton canvas that stands the test of time.
The Road Book 2020 First Edition, ed. Ned Boulting
The essential roadie almanac
Since 2018 'The Road Book' has been documenting the entire year's race calendar in exquisite detail, with long-form essays and all the essential data, mapping out the entire year.
We may not think of 2020 as having much to offer up, but in fact the challenges brought forth by Covid-19 actually provide a fascinating read. Recounting the biggest threat to professional racing, this year more than any other has produced some of the most dramatic events that will keep your giftee eagerly turning the pages.
Amongst the many essays enclosed, they'll find words from Anna van der Breggen, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wout van Aert. They'll read about how the Tour de France still went ahead, despite the country preparing for a second lockdown, how the virtual cycling world became the ultimate substitute within the pandemic, how Covid 19 actually brought cyclists together, and a retrospective of Annemiek van Vleuten's impressive career.
See.Sense Ace Light Set
A smart set of lights for ultimate safety
A good set of bike lights is an essential accessory, and therefore a thoughtful gift, for any cyclist. What makes the See.Sense Ace light set truly special, is the way it intelligently reacts to your movements and provides the optimal amount of light needing in any given scenario.
For example, when approaching a junction or intersection, or filtering through traffic, the lights automatically adjust to a brighter and faster flash setting to help make you more visible on the road.
With the accompanying iOS and Android apps, they'll receive theft alerts if their bike is moved without them, and in the unfortunate event of them being involved in a crash, the lights will send a crash alert to their nominated emergency contact.
Plus, if they're keen to help transform the quality of cycling infrastructure in their area, they can use the See.Sense Ace light set to share their rides with transport planners and provide direct feedback.
Airshot Tubeless Tyre Inflator 1.15L
A very useful Christmas gift for cyclists that use tubeless tyres
This would be especially useful if you’re buying for a cyclocross racer or gravel rider, since many of them favour tubeless tyres for their practicality, though tubeless is hugely popular among cyclists of all creeds. This tubeless inflator from Airshot is a simple and effective tool that also does its bit for the environment. Instead of working their way through a pack of single-use metal canisters, they can refill the Airshot with a track pump, and use it to quickly inflate their tyres when needed.
Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Kit
Great Christmas gift for a commuter to keep their bike clean
If you’re buying for a commuter cyclist or someone who generally comes home dirty, help them keep their bike running for longer with this all-in-one cleaning kit from Muc-Off.
It contains all the tools needed for the job, including biodegradable bike cleaner and spray wash, drivetrain cleaner, a microfibre cloth, several specialist brushes and wet lube for afterwards. Plus, it’s all stored neatly in a heavy-duty toolbox.
A subtle and compact device for navigation
More geared towards urban cyclists than roadies, the Beeline Velo is a cycling computer and compass in one, and it sits neatly on your handlebar without taking up much space. Using a simple directional arrow, as well as the distance until the next turn, it offers intuitive navigation that makes cycling around the urban environment a lot easier for many cyclists.
The Beeline Velo would make an excellent - and budget-friendly - gift to a cyclist who doesn't need all the bells and whistles found on the usual fare from Garmin, Wahoo and the like. Beeline is simple and easy to use, provides not just navigation but also a speedometer, clock and compass.
It boasts a four-week battery life, allows them to share their ride summaries and photos directly to social media, and save their favourite journeys for next time.
Silca Sicuro titanium water bottle cage
A great Christmas gift for cyclists who really, really love their bike
It may be a shock at first that it could be possible to produce a bottle cage at this price point, but there’s a good reason for it. Silca is known for its premium quality products, and this timeless and elegant titanium bottle cage is no exception.
Hand-crafted from tubular titanium, it’s a cage designed to last a lifetime, and it would be a very decadent treat for a beloved bike. Finally, with its titanium construction, it should come at no surprise that this Silca bottle cage weighs barely over an ounce, making it the ultimate accessory for weight weenies.
Solo Stove Lite
Perfect for the bikepacker in your life
If you’re buying a Christmas gift for a cyclist who loves to sleep out under the stars, help them to ditch gas in favour of renewable energy, with this twig-powered camping stove. It fits easily into a bag, as it’s small and lightweight, and they’ll no longer need to carry gas canisters because their fuel is right there on the ground. What about if they get caught in the rain, you might ask? Not to worry, it can also run on liquid fuel like bioethanol.
PB Swiss Tools rainbow allen keys
Add a bit of colour to their toolkit
Bike tools make great Christmas gifts for cyclists who work on their own bike, so why not inject a little colour into their toolkit with these rainbow-coloured hex keys? The colours aren’t just for fun, either, they actually serve a practical purpose, making it easier to identify the size they need much more quickly than looking for a number.
Surely caffeine is the ultimate Christmas gift for a cyclist?
Cycling and coffee go hand in hand, and with the ever-growing popularity of enjoying a brew in the great outdoors, what better present to give than a packable Aeropress kit that fits inside their dangle mug? It has everything they need to brew up the perfect cup of joe, while admiring the view, or getting a boost for the next leg of their ride.
GoPro HERO8 Black
A world-class action camera to record their ride/life
If they want to make films out of their rides then give them a GoPro. Packed with features, the GoPro Hero8 Black is at the forefront of what is possible from an action camera, whether they’re capturing action sports or vlogging about their two-wheeled ventures. The Hero8 Black features Hypersmooth 2.0 for superior video quality, and its high bitrate makes it an excellent tool for 1080p live streaming.
Sock doping, it's a thing!
Cyclists and socks are a formidable duo. While the stereotype of socks as a gift is long-established and often met with disappointment, gift a pair of kit-matching colourful socks to a cyclist and you'll forever be on their Christmas card list. If you're unsure on the exact colour, choose white for road cyclists, black for everyone else!
Deda Mistral Bar Tape
Add a splash of colour to their mileage hunting
As with socks, cyclists are like moths to a flame when it comes to fresh bar tape. Some prefer to stick with understated black, but why not add some colour with this luminous Deda Mistral bar tape.
Smoother is faster. Always.
Smoother is faster. When Specialized launched its Roubaix, that was its tag line… I bet the company didn't expect us to use it in favour of shaven legs.
The truth is, smoother legs are indeed faster, and a great number of cyclists shave their legs. So if you're looking for Christmas gifts for cyclists, you can't go wrong with a razor - just check they're part of the silky-smooth club first!
Of course, if they're not part of the leg-shaving brigade, then you could still gift this razor as a brilliant tongue-in-cheek present, and the chances are they'll find it useful anyway.
SIS Energy Food Bundle
Avoid the dreaded hunger knock
The bonk, hunger knock, hitting the wall or blowing up. Call it what you will, it's never a pleasant experience. It's caused by a lack of carbohydrates and can be avoided by eating regularly during exercise. A bundle of energy food from SIS is a great gift for a cyclist. There are plenty to choose from, but we'd recommend this assorted 30-pack of energy gels.
Procycling Magazine Subscription
If they're interested in professional cycling, this is the perfect choice
A subscription to Procycling is more than a single, give-and-forget present, it's a monthly gift of the magazine dubbed 'the most important publication to cover this sport'.
Sign up your loved one to Procycling and they will be kept up to date with the latest news, replete with monthly tech features, rider interviews and guest columns from current and former pro cyclists.
ProViz Reflect360 Jacket
360-degree visibility for men and women
You care enough to buy them a gift, so you undoubtedly care enough to want them to be safe on the roads. Visibility at night is imperative for cyclists, and reflective clothing is one tool in the fight to stay bright.
The ProViz Reflect360 is a jacket covered entirely in highly reflective material, meaning it will light up in the headlights of a passing car.
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