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30 best Christmas gifts for cyclists who have everything

What to buy a cyclist for Christmas...

Has this ever happened to you?

A well-meaning relation wants to buy you a present. They know you love cycling so they head to the “Christmas gifts for cyclists” section. In their heart they know that this year’s novelty cycling Christmas gift is not quite right, but they have no clue what you would like, so buy it anyway!

Let’s make 2019 different. 

2019: the year of amazing Christmas gifts for cyclists! 

Below are our top ideas for Christmas presents for cyclists. 

We've listed them by budget:

  • Share this list with your friends/family/anyone wondering what to get a cyclist for Christmas, and let's make this the year you get something you love!

Note: Where we talk about our experience of products, we've bought them with our own money except where we say otherwise. Also, the page contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Our disclosure policy has more info. Rest assured, all the items in this guide are only here because we love them. 


10 big-ticket Christmas presents for cyclists: £75+

Here are ten great Christmas gift ideas for cyclists; buy these and you'll be an extremely popular gift-giver!


1. A cycling holiday

Estimated price: variable!

One of the most amazing things about road cycling is that you can do it all over the world and emulate the pros by riding the same roads they do in training and when racing.

From famous destinations like the Alps, Mallorca and Girona to lesser known gems like Costa Almeria and Costa Daurada - they're all fantastic for both cycling and general holidays. 

So this year, why not think about combining your holiday with somewhere the cyclist in your life can ride their bike? Or go one step further and give them the green light to book a cycling trip away with their mates!

Not sure where to book? Take a look at our destination guides for inspiration (on that page you'll also find you can search our suggested destinations by month).

Then head over to booking.com for a huge range of hotels and accommodation at really competitive prices. 


2. Power meter

Estimated price: £200 - £1,500

Quark power meter - a perfect christmas gift for cyclist

Quarq power meter

Powertap P2 power pedals

Powertap P2Power Pedals

If you're training for a big sportive or long-awaited trip to cycle the roads you've seen on TV, you'll want to be in peak shape. We've found knowing our power stats so important in training as effectively as possible and knowing whether the training is working. Heart rate can give you some information but it’s pretty rudimentary.

A power meter would be at the extremely generous end of the present spectrum and, given the price tag, it’s something you’d probably want to get your cyclist involved with choosing.

We bought our brilliant Quarq DZero power meter from  Cycle Power Meters and have used them for years. We suggest buying from them because they offer fantastic service (we don't have a business relationship and this is not an affiliate link!).

We’ve found them competitive on price and their expert customer service means they'll be able to help with any questions about which power meter to choose, whether it’s compatible with your bike, how to install it and what to do if it breaks.  

There's tons more information on power meters at www.cyclepowermeters.com.


3. Coaching

Estimated price: £200 for a bike fit or £145/month for bespoke coaching

Matt Bottrill of Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching in time trial suit

Matt Bottrill, expert coach

Coaching is a perfect gift idea for cyclists - cyclist coached by matt bottrill

We've got firsthand experience of the gains that can be made if you invest in coaching from Matt and team

Serious cyclists will know the enormous value of getting a coach who can help them achieve their goals.

We were trained by Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching for several years, and would totally recommend them. Matt is a world class time trialist and has worked with many of the world’s top pro triathletes: Tim Don, Lucy Charles and Rachel Joyce to name a few. He has a team of coaches that he’s personally trained and who create bespoke training programmes for time trialists, triathletes, duathletes and sportive riders. They help their athletes identify their goals and prepare a tailored plan that takes into consideration the amount of time you have and what you want to achieve.

We’ve heard of coaches that just churn out the same old training programmes with tiny tweaks around the edges. Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching is all about the individual and working with you to create a bespoke program that gets the results you're looking for. They also have a very active community on social media so if you're keen to get to know like-minded athletes, the opportunity is there.

Prices start at £145/month for a performance coaching package. A more do-able cycling present might be their “no stone left unturned” bike fit that promises to get cyclists set up in the best possible way: prices start at £220.

You can check out the various options on the Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching website (this is not an affiliate link and we don't have a commercial relationship with MBPC).


4. Oakley sunglasses

Estimated price: £85 - £105

Oakley evzero path sunglasses

Oakley EvZero Path Sunglasses

Oakley jawbreaker prizm sunglasses

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses

We are massive fans of Oakley sunglasses and their excellent lenses.

Cycling gift for her: we’ve been wearing Oakley EvZero Path Sunglasses for some years now: our in-depth review gives all the details. Or you can head over and check prices on Wiggle.

Cycling gift for him: we love our Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses.  The Prizm lens makes everything super sharp, the anti-fog capabilities are great and we’ve found the big frame means even if you drop the glasses on the road they’re unlikely to scratch. Check out prices on Wiggle or read our full review, here.


5. Cycling camera

Estimated price: varies depending on make

Garmin bike camera shown with waterproof case

Garmin VIRB Ultra30

gopro cycling camera

Go Pro Hero5 Session

cycliq fly6 rear light camera shown face on

Cycliq Fly6 rear light

Cyclist with christmas cycling camera gift on bike

With Garmin VIRB mounted on handlebars

As you can imagine, we’ve used our fair share of action cameras. You can check out our reviews of these cameras:

Cycliq Fly6 rear light and camera

Go Pro Hero5 Session and

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

The Cycliq would make a great gift for bike commuters (rather than those trying to capture top quality footage).

The Hero5 is a handy small camera for those times when only a tiny camera will do (e.g. on top of your helmet).

The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is excellent for anyone wanting to overlay detailed data information of their video footage.

However, our new favourite camera is the one we’ve just bought and haven’t yet had time to write a full review about: the Go Pro Hero7 Black. We’ve found the image stabilisation unbelievably good, even when chest mounted on rough tarmac. We also love the fact it does a great job even in low light conditions, where some of our other cameras have struggled in the past.  You can also operate the GoPro from your phone via bluetooth, which we’ve found super useful. If you’ve got the budget and are looking for a gift for a cyclist embarking on a cycling adventure, this would be our choice.

Check prices on Wiggle: Cycliq Fly6 Check prices on Amazon: Go Pro Hero5 SessionGarmin Virb Ultra 30 and Go Pro Hero7 Black.


6. Bike hire/guide for their next trip

Estimated price: £20 upwards (lots of variables here!)

Know the cyclist in your life is heading off on a cycling trip in 2020 and wants to hire a bike or get a day or two of guiding while they're there? Why not show you care and book their bike hire/guiding for them? 

Many shops offer gift certificates - or you could create them a nice IOU!



7. Buffalo Bike charity donation

Estimated price: £15 for a wheelset to £95 for a bike or £475 for five bikes.

Buffalo bikes ridden by children in Africa

If you’re after a unique gift for a cyclist that has everything, perhaps they’d appreciate a Buffalo Bike?

World Bicycle Relief builds and distributes locally assembled, super strong steel Buffalo Bikes designed to bear loads of up to 100kg on the rear carrier. In the last 10 years they’ve delivered over 400,000 bikes to people in rural areas of developing countries. They need our help to continue the good work.

Is it time to make a difference this Christmas?

Find out more at World Bicycle Relief.


8. Long sleeve jersey

Estimated price: £85

Cyclist wearing green and black Stolen Goat long sleeve cycling jersey

Stolen Goat's long sleeve Orkaan was perfect on a cold day on Sa Calobra

Orkaan long sleeve jersey in green by stolen goat is a great gift for a cycling enthusiast

Spacious back pockets, perfect for a long ride

Something that makes a really great Christmas present to a cyclist is a quality Autumn/Winter jersey.

An item like this can be the key to cycling through the colder weather.

When it’s rainy, grey and cold it’s really difficult to summon up the motivation to get out and ride; if you know you’re going to be cozied up in a jersey like this, it can make all the difference.

We recently tested Stolen Goat's long sleeve Orkaan cycling jerseys during a rainy week in Mallorca. We rode through torrential rainstorms and gusty winds in them and were super impressed with how warm they kept us, even when the jerseys themselves were wet: pure magic!

As ever with Stolen Goat, the designs are distinctive and something a bit different from the norm.

We love these jerseys and, while we were given these to try, they’re something we would definitely spend our hard-earned cash on and would wholeheartedly recommend to friends.

Check out Stolen Goat’s website for both male and female versions of the jersey.


9. Event entry

Estimated price: £50-100

Sportive riders. Entry into an event makes a great cycling gift for a cycling enthusiast

Need a gift for the cyclist who has everything?

How about a cycling experience gift - something to help motivate them for next year. How about entry to a cycling event?!

There are loads of UK based events to pick from, or read through our destination guides for cycling events they could do as part of your annual holiday!


10. Silver cufflinks

Estimated price: £95

Silver cufflinks with cyclist and bicycle

We love our cyclist cufflinks from Not on the High Street

Back sdie of one of the silver cycling cuffflinks

Reverse side of the cufflinks

If you’re looking for a cycling related gift for someone that also wears smart shirts, how about some cufflinks?

You could go for some chainlink ones like this or, cyclist cufflinks like these. We bought the latter a few years ago from Not on the High Street, and have really enjoyed wearing them. 

You can check prices on Not on the High Street or read our full cufflink review, here.


10 medium-ticket Christmas presents for cyclists: £20 - £75

Are you looking for gift ideas for cyclists that are a bit less pricey?

Here are ten more ideas that we think cyclists will love!


11. Work stand

Estimated price: £75

Bike stand or work stand for cyclist as a gift

When researching this post, we asked around for the best Christmas gifts cyclists had given/received. One person mentioned their bike stand, given to them 25 years ago and still in frequent use.

A work stand isn’t the most obvious gift, but it’s one that would undoubtedly be hugely appreciated by any cyclist that ever does any tinkering with their bike. A work stand makes it sooo much easier to do anything at all to your bike, from cleaning it to changing the brake blocks.

ParkTools is probably the biggest name there is in the world of cycling tools - certainly we’ve owned a ParkTools bike stand for around five years and wouldn’t be without one.

Check work stand prices on Wiggle


12. Stolen Goat gloves

Estimated price: £49

Stolen goat cycling gloves in black with orange motif
stolen goat gloves with orange grippers on underside

We really suffer with bad circulation and cold hands but find these warm, stretchy Stolen Goat gloves are brilliant. 

They're new to the Stolen Goat range for 2019 and we've been putting them through their paces during October/November and are impressed with what we've found. They're not too bulky and have a good deal of stretch in them too, making them really comfortable to wear, with good grips too. They claim to be both windproof and waterproof and we'd concur. 

We've found them perfect for Autumnal days, though as temperatures have dipped below freezing, you need a liner to keep your fingers toasty.

If you’re struggling with a Christmas cycling related gift, give these a go!

You can check prices on Amazon or read our full review of the gloves, here.


13. Cycling wallet

Estimated price: £32

Cycling wallet present for cycling fanatics
A stolen goat cyclepac is a perfect gift idea for cyclists from the UK

If we had to pick one cycling accessory that's revolutionised our cycling life, it's the humble ridepac. Why's that? (and what is a ridepac?!) you may ask! 

A ridepac is a 11mmx185mm (outer dimensions) wallet/case/pouch that you use to store your valuables. It's designed to be kept in your jersey pocket while cycling.

So, why do we love it? Well it represents a massive upgrade in both form and function. Before this we (as with many cyclists) kept our money, phone and keys in a plastic bag while cycling. As you can imagine, a plastic bag has a number of drawbacks: when you get warm, it collects droplets of water so your stuff gets damp, it's slippy so has a tendency to slip out of your jersey pocket - and (important for a cyclist), it looks rubbish.

Stolen Goat's beautifully designed case stores everything safely and securely while looking gorgeous. Their designs are bright and bold (hypervelocity is pictured here), the case is waterproof and wipe clean. It's covered in an extra grippy material that means it stays put in your pocket. The zipper is water resistant and feels reliably tough.

Inside, there's a full-length zipped pocket on one side and an elasticated pocket on the other. We find it easily fits our keys, credit cards and iphone 7s (i.e. a plus size phone handset). Stolen Goat gave us the pac to try but, hand on heart, we love it.

Check out their website for more details. 


14. Cycling apron

Estimated price: £30

Man wearing cycling apron

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a cyclist that likes to do their own bike maintenance, they need a sturdy bike apron in their life! Once you've tried a Park Tool apron, there's no going back... it's made from heavy cotton canvas and has two rows of pockets that make having the right tools to hand easy. 

It's also helpful that you can adjust the length of the apron using a nylon quick release. 

Check prices on Wiggle, here.


15. Cycling art

Estimated price:

£25 (unframed)/£65 (framed) for A3

£40 (unframed)/£90 (framed) for A2


Tour de France poster
Tour de France poster

English Cyclist kindly sent us a copy of this wonderful poster of Tour de France jerseys between 1903 (when the Tour began) and 2019. It's bright, eye-catching and an excellent choice for those that like their Tour de France trivia! 

The poster is printed on 260gsm satin paper and feels good quality. We were provided with the A3 version in an unframed version, which arrived in perfect condition in a solid cardboard tube. It's also possible to buy in A2 size and framed. 

Check the English Cyclist website for more information



16. Box of energy bars

Estimated price: £20+

powerbar ride energy bars front view
Bite taken out of power ride energy bar

This is another gift that may seem a bit unusual at first sight. But if you’re focused on what cyclists actually want, you’ll realise it’s a great option.

When you’re out riding, you use a lot of energy. On long rides you need to keep eating in order to ensure you don’t run out of energy, collapse by the road side and have to call your partner/friend/family/neighbour for an emergency pick up!

It’s annoying to have to spend your hard-earned cash on energy bars so someone that presents you with the unusual Christmas gift of a mega 18 bar box is going to be someone you love and cherish forever.

Wiggle have lots of options, but these Power Bar Ride energy bars are some of our favourites. You can read our full review here.


17. Electrolyte drink mix

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Silver SOS hydration sachet, a quirky gift for a cyclist who wants to stay hydrated!
Box of hydration sachets

We often suffer from cramp when riding in hot climates (and since we do this pretty often, we’re intimately acquainted with the acute suffering cramp brings on).

We were chatting with a friend that does a lot of ultra marathons and she suggested we try SOS Hydration.

Their unique selling point is that their formula was created by a leading doctor, two former elite athletes and a retired military medical officer. It equals the global standard set by the World Health Organisation for Oral Rehydration Therapy while tasting good and being in a solution that means it’ll hydrate you 20% faster than the average hydration drink. This is something no other rehydration drink has managed.

So we nodded sensibly in the face of all this science and gave it a test while cycling in Mallorca. We’re no scientists but we liked the taste of the lemon sachets we tried and, for the first time in some time, didn’t suffer any cramp.

If you know the person you’re buying for likes to ride in hot places, this is a present they’ll appreciate.

You can buy SOS Hydrate from Amazon.

 

18. New lights

Estimated price: £20 or less

Lezyne lights, red and white, side by side
lezyne lights for review, rear and front lights

You can never have too many bike lights (and that's a fact). Especially if you’re a commuter or subscribe to the N+1 rule (and so can use the new set on your commuter/spare bike).

We’re particular fans of these Lezyne lights, which tick a lot of boxes: good value, small and look good. Plus they are also really easy to attach to a variety of objects: handlebars, seat post, rucksack…

Check prices on Wiggle or read our full Lezyne lights review.


19. Mountain High by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Mountain High hardback cycling book by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding
Second page of Alpe d'Huez entry in Mountain High by Daniel Friebe

If the person you’re buying for loves cycling and loves to ride in the mountains, this is the book for them (and the sequel, Mountain Higher, is also great too!).

Daniel Friebe writes eloquently on his pick of Europe’s greatest cycling climbs. He gets under the skin of what they’re like geographically and from a cycling history perspective.

Pete Goding’s photos are beautiful - but this book is far more than just a glossy coffee table item. We’ve found it has inspired many of our best cycling trips.

You can buy the book on Amazon here or read our full review here.


20. Gift card for local bike shop

Estimated price: whatever you want to spend

Yes there are loads of places you can buy things online, but sometimes what you need is expert in-person advice.

Your cyclist’s local bike shop will probably offer a wealth of services you just can’t buy online: bike servicing and repairs are the obvious ones that spring to mind.

Many shops also offer bike fitting services and can give independent, impartial advice on product choices.

Our local bike shop is Head for the Hills in Dorking, Surrey, UK. We don’t know what we’d do without their mechanic’s expertise and their friendly swift service (and no, we don’t have any business relationship with them, we’re just happy customers!).

Support your local bike shop; your cyclist needs them!



10 cheap gifts for cyclists (perfect Secret Santa cycling gifts)

Last but not least, here are our ten tips for cheap/Secret Santa gifts for cyclists. A present doesn't have to be expensive to be worthwhile!

 

21.  A cycling biography

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Emily Chappell book

OK, this is not the most uproariously funny Secret Santa bike gift you'll ever come across, but the cyclist you're buying for will undoubtedly like it.

Of course there are loads of cycling biographies out there, but we'd suggest Emily Chappell's "Where There's a Will" because it's only just been released (Nov 2019 so the cyclist in your life probably hasn't got it yet) and it's beautifully written. It gives a unique and poignant insight into what it takes to win the Transcontinental. Read it and be both moved and inspired to tackle something meaningful in 2020.

You can check out our Q&A with Emily here (we were sent a no-strings-attached copy of the book to review by the publishers).

The book is available to buy on Amazon.


22. Porridge

Estimated price: around £14 for six pots (inc delivery) but the price varies on Amazon

Chocolate and ginger porridge from Simplyseedz - a tasty christmas present for a health conscious cyclist

Our favourite flavour of the four we tried

Apple and cinnamon porridge pot from simpyseedz: an unusual christmas gift!

A more mild taste but still good

Yes, you read it correctly: porridge.

But this isn't any old porridge. This is porridge that tastes good while containing no refined sugars.  Perfect for a health-conscious cyclist.

SimplySeedz is a small business run by Cathryn from her kitchen table in the Cotswolds. We bought six pots of the porridge from her at The Cycle Show and have found the robust containers means it transports well in a rucksack. As work we added hot milk or water (milk tastes best) and ate it at our desk; a perfect gift for bike commuters. Cathryn also advises that you can add cold water/milk and eat it as muesli or turn it into bircher muesli by adding water/milk and leaving it to soak overnight.

Of the four available flavours, our favourite is Dark Chocolate and Ginger which contains jumbo oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, Belgian dark chocolate buttons and chunks of ginger. You just add hot water or milk.  This is one of their less healthy options (given the chocolate) and it's still less than 11% sugar content!

You can buy SimplySeedz porridge pots at Amazon.


23. Cycling socks

Estimated price: £10

stolen goat cycling socks make a great  gift for cyclists who has everything - you can never have too many pairs of socks!
Stripey black and blue cycling socks

Yes, buying socks at Christmas is a bit of a cliché - but cycling socks? Well, that’s different. We reckon you’ve got a 99% chance of pleasing with these beauties from Stolen Goat.

One tip with buying socks for road cyclists: the louder the better. And if you can add in stretchy coolmax material and a compressive fit, you’re on to a winner.

Check out our in-depth sock review or, head to Stolen Goat’s website to pick up a pair.


24. Bike cleaning products

Estimated price: £10+

Cycling bike care cleaning kit in tub on ground
Cyclon bike care cleaning products laid out

Like socks, cleaning products are not an obvious Christmas present… but for a cyclist, a selection of quality bike cleaning products is something they will actually thank you for!

There are lots of bike cleaning products out there, but if you’re looking for quality at a reasonable price, we were impressed by the Cyclon bike care products we were given to try.  You can check out our review, here.


25. Inner tubes

Estimated price: £10+

We’ve had socks and cleaning products so why not make it a slam dunk trio with inner tubes?! Okay, these are probably the most boring of the three gift ideas, but they are exactly the sort of thing that will be appreciated!

They’re surprisingly expensive for what they are and they’re the sort of thing cyclists always need. They’ll always go down well with an avid cyclist since they’ll leave them free to buy the things they actually want! Worried they look a bit boring? Wrap them in a pretty bow!

Not sure which ones to get? We’re a fan of Vittoria latex inner tubes which we find more puncture resistant and roll faster as they have less rolling resistance. You can find them on Wiggle, here.


26. Funky water bottle

Estimated price: £10

Black and white water bottle in use by cyclist
A new water bottle is a good gift for cyclists

Take a look at your cyclist’s water bottles. Are they using weather-beaten, musty old freebie bottles?! If so, it’s time for an upgrade.

There’s not much to pick between bottles in terms of functionality, so why not go for ones with a cool design?

As Stolen Goat partners, they gave us a few bottles to use on our recent trip to Mallorca. Their designs range from the cool but relatively subdued (Punk it Up in black) to the wacky (X-Ray). They’re really fun and turn what’s essentially a boring, but necessary, piece of plastic into a talking point.

Head to the Stolen Goat website to check out the range.

 

27. Bike pizza cutter

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Yellow bike pizza slicer

If you’re after a funny bike gift or something perfect for a bicycle-themed Christmas stocking, a bike pizza cutter is ideal.

While some novelty cycling gifts can end up in the dustbin within days, this is an exception to the rule. The blade is sharp - it actually does a decent job of cutting pizza - and it looks alright on a shelf. What’s more, we were given our pizza cutter by a friend about three years ago now - and it’s still in active use. So this natty little gift is even likely to last. What’s not to like?

You can buy yours here at Amazon - or read our full review.


28. Fresh coffee

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Coffee makes an excellent cheap present for a cyclist

(Most) cyclists love coffee. We’ll drink it at home, at work, in cafés and restaurants. If you’re looking for a little stocking filler for a cyclist, how about a bag of fresh coffee?

Our favourite blend is House Blend by Union Coffee. It has an amazing aroma and is also pretty reasonably priced. Most conveniently of all? You can buy it on Amazon.


29. Britain’s Greatest Climbs by Simon Warren 

Estimated price: varies so check Amazon

Front cover of 100 greatest cycling climbs by Simon Warren
Box Hill entry from 100 greatest cycling climbs

Simon Warren is the man behind the greatest cycling climbs books. It all started in 2010 with 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist’s Guide to Britain’s Hills. Now there’s “Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs” as well as eight regional anthologies that cover 545 climbs through England, Scotland and Wales. You can get these in a nice looking presentation box.

Though we haven’t got all the regional anthologies, we love the Greatest Cycling Climbs books we do have and think the statistics and information they offer provide a good starting point for anyone looking to seek out some of the best – and toughest – ascents in Britain. You can check out our reviews of the Greatest Cycling Climbs books here (vol 1) and here (vol 2).

If you’re buying for someone into cycling adventures, this could be the gift you’ve been looking for.

Click here to check prices on Amazon.


30. GT85

Estimated price: £3

GT85 wet chain lube: an unusual cycling present!

Of all the unusual cycling Christmas gifts on this list, none is perhaps more unusual than a can of GT85!

It does sound weird to give a can of bike lube as a Christmas present, but really, this is a must for any cyclist and they will thank you! 

Get your quirky cycling present here at Wiggle.


So, over to you: what's your tip for the best christmas gifts for cyclists who have everything?!

Tell us in the comments below, we'd love to know!

And finally - if you're still in need of inspiration (surely not?!), take a look at our cycling gear page. You'll find more of our favourite cycling kit, much of which has travelled the world with us!

  • Pat says:

    Hi there, I’m thinking of this beer pack for my father in law. What’s your feedback on the pack you bought, would you do it again and thinking of my father in law, do you think he’d like it?

    • thrivead says:

      We were really impressed by the pack we bought – nice selection of beers we wouldn’t otherwise buy but which we enjoyed. Packaging was sturdy and delivery worked well. So all in all, an experience we’d repeat and recommend!

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