My mom told a story about buying me a gift certificate to a favorite bike shop and I couldn’t fathom any part of her tale. I could barely picture her parking her car in the vicinity of the bike shop let alone going into the shop and getting into a conversation with the sales people. The whole thing seems too out of her realm. I had to think through the scenario. She parked her car and walked into the shop. I kept pressing her for details. “So you walked up to the counter and then what happened?” She said she asked for a gift certificate and then they asked her the amount. My adorable 75 year old mom did that for me. The story was gift enough. I think about the hipster sales people asking her how they could help. It’s too much! Kudos to her and them for working out some communication cues and securing a sale, but I think it must have been surreal. Like me trying to talk about something completely out of my realm of comprehension. Football, maybe.
Be brave like my mom. Here’s a gift guide to help you if you have cyclist folks in your life. Maybe you’re stumped about what to give. I’m here to help. I have all the right qualifications. First, I’m a biker and I always seem to have various treasures on my list.
Let’s start with something simple: bike related ornaments for their tree. Someday I want to have a tree with all bike ornaments. I always look for bike ornaments. I usually find the best ones when I least expect it. There’s this annual event called Bike Craft and it’s a treasure trove for everything bike in my neck of the world. It’s coming up and I have been counting the days. It’s a big deal and I try to buy for others but I am my favorite biker.
There’s also Etsy. Put “bike” in the search field and there’s everything from ornaments to baskets and panniers. Be on the lookout for something your biker person might not get for themselves. I was a Whole Foods the other day and spotted this bike plate. A steal at $15.99. Adorable! A good gift choice.
Air pumps or CO2 cartridges are a great stocking stuffer. I have a set on all my bikes. Along with the practical, consider tires, tubes maybe rims, depending on what you know about their needs. I can honestly say I love getting the necessities. Anything that helps repair a flat. You could bundle a few items and make a great gift bag or gift bike basket of must-have items for any biker. You can never have enough of those items. Trust me.
How about a sampler of hydration drink tablets? I carry them with me all the time but I’d love it if someone would give me a sampler of their favorites. Or if you’re not sure, ask someone in the bike shop. I like the Nuun brand the most, but I know there are scores of others.
Socks are what set us apart from the animals. Not really, but fun socks make this biker very happy. The more colorful the better in my book. There are lots of brands. In the winter I am partial to anything from SmartWool. I have a pair of Woolie Boolies that I wear most of the winter. But the award for the coolest looking sock goes to HBStache. Follow them on Instagram for their socks! I guarantee that the biggest challenge is choosing which ones to buy.
Water bottles are also a perfect way to wrap a gift of smaller items. I have water bottles from shops I stumble upon. Do they need to match the bike? I’ll leave that up to you.
Buying clothes and wearable gear can be a tough call. I love a great T-shirt. Unless I have told someone what bike jersey or kit or gear I want it could be risky to buy the whole kit. Let them buy it for themselves. I will often email or text my clothing-gear choices to my mother if she’s looking for something I really want.
Illumination is critical, so the gift of light is always appreciated. On the top of the list you could get them a dynamo light system installation. You could also opt for some USB rechargeable lights. There are lots of brands. I think I have used or own them all. Rechargeable is key.
Bags and panniers are a great gift. I prefer being present and accounted for when there are bags on the table to choose. There aren’t too many people who can buy me a bag. I have standards and it’s likely that the biker if your life does too. It’s better if the person has told you about a bag, or you were with them and they went ape over a bag.
Journals with bike themes: I’m a fan of anything with a bike on it. Wine, beer, journals.
Does your person like massage? That could be one of the best gifts when it comes to working out the kinks and relaxing.
Gift card or certificates for their favorite local shop is always a winning gift. How much? You decide, but $25 can go a long way with CO2, socks or whatever else they might have their sights on. Also subscriptions for Strava or Zwift would be a welcome gift.
How about a new bike?
Only if they’ve been really nice.
Happy shopping! What gift suggestions do you have for the bicyclists in your life?
Thanks for reading!
Get out there are ride!