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 2020 different.
2020: 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
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 (this is not an affiliate link and we don't have a commercial relationship with MBPC).
3. Cycling camera
Estimated price: varies depending on make
As you can imagine, we’ve used our fair share of action cameras. You can check out our reviews of some of these cameras:
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 Hero9 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.
Estimated price: £150 for an online bike fit + 4 week training plan or £145/month for bespoke coaching
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).
5. Work stand
Estimated price: £130
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.
6. Long sleeve jersey
Estimated price: £125
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.
7. Oakley sunglasses
Estimated price: £85 - £105
We are massive fans of Oakley sunglasses and their excellent lenses.
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.
8. Silver cycling cufflinks
Estimated price: £95
If you’re looking for a cycling related gift for someone that also wears smart shirts, how about some cufflinks?
We bought these silver cyclist cufflinks a few years ago and have really enjoyed wearing them. They still look as good now as when we bought them.
We've also spotted that the same company has recently bought out a beautiful silver cyclist pendant necklace (it's not on their website yet though, so you'll need to drop them an email to ask about it).
Both the cufflinks and pendant have got the same simple, beautifully designed racing cyclist figure on them.
There are more ideas for cycling gifts specifically for men here.
9. 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 2020/2021 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!
10. Buffalo Bike charity donation
Estimated price: £15 for a wheelset to £95 for a bike or £475 for five bikes.
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.
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. Cycling pendant necklace
When it comes to cycling necklaces, to be quite frank, there's a lot of tat out there!
If you're looking for something that's not tat, something that the cyclist in your life will treasure for years to come, this is the cycling pendant necklace to go for.
The pendant is made of solid sterling silver and comes on an 18 inch (45cm) silver snake chain.
The design of the pendant is both simple and contemporary.
We own the silver cycling cufflinks in the same design and can personally attest to the quality of the craftsmanship. Indeed we're so confident in the product, we stock it in our newly opened shop.
You can also find more ideas for cycling gifts for women here.
12. Stolen Goat gloves
Estimated price: £49
We really suffer with bad circulation and cold hands but find these warm, stretchy Stolen Goat gloves are brilliant.
We've put them through their paces during two seasons now 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.
The new version of these gloves for AW20 even have touch-screen fingertips...
If you’re struggling with a Christmas cycling related gift, give these a go!
13. Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs
This beautiful cycling coffee table book is our favourite book of its kind.
Michael Blann, the photographer, is an ace at capturing the drama of the mountains and the excitement of the pro cycling races.
The book is beautifully printed and feels like pure quality in your hands.
It also contains 33 moving essays written by famous cyclists, from Romain Bardet to Geraint Thomas.
This book is guaranteed to be a massive hit with the cyclist in your life. We love it so much we stock it in our shop.
14. Cycling wallet
Estimated price: £32
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.
15. Cycling apron
Estimated price: £30
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.
16. Cycling art
£28 (unframed) (+£46 for framed) for A3
£38 (unframed) (+£54 for framed) for A2
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
17. Cycling t-shirt
We absolutely love this range of cycling t-shirts that feature some of the most famous cycling climbs out there.
Over in our shop, you can find t-shirts for Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col du Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux, Passo di Mortirolo, Passo dello Stelvio and the Sa Calobra.
They make a perfect momento for the cyclist that's conquered that big climb - or is just about to!
Their ethical credentials are good too: the t-shirts are all organic cotton and screenprinted using ink approved by the Soil Association.
18. Box of energy bars
Estimated price: £20+
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.
19. New lights
Estimated price: £20 or less
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…
20. Event entry
Estimated price: £20+
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?!
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
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 was released in Nov 2019 so the cyclist may not have 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 the year ahead.
The book is available to buy on Amazon.
Estimated price: around £14 for six pots (inc delivery) but the price varies on Amazon
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
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.
24. Bike cleaning products
Estimated price: £10+
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
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
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?
28. Fresh coffee
Estimated price: varies so check Amazon
(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?
29. Britain’s Greatest Climbs by Simon Warren
Estimated price: varies so check Amazon
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.
Estimated price: £4
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 pick of the best cycling gifts for him/her and also our cycling gear page. You'll find more of our favourite cycling kit, much of which has travelled the world with us!
Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs by Michael Blann