Christmas gifts for cyclists: Gift ideas to cater to all budgets

josh.croxton@futurenet.com
·9-min read
 Christmas gifts for cyclists
Christmas gifts for cyclists

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 the best Christmas gifts for cyclists to help you.

Here are our favourite Christmas gifts for cyclists, from budget-friendly crowd-pleasers to the crème de la crème of premium products (if you’re feeling especially generous).

Given Black Friday is looming, don't hesitate to check our guide to the best Black Friday bike deals to see if you can find any discounted gift ideas.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Elite
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Elite

ELITE Eroica 600 Aluminum-Silver Water Bottle

A very stylish bottle for any heritage-loving cyclist

Low-risk, easy gift

Available in a range of designs

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron - SA-3
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron - SA-3

Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron - SA-3

A useful Christmas gift for a home mechanic

One size fits all

Usable outside of the workshop, too

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Airshot
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Airshot

Airshot Tubeless Tyre Inflator 1.15L

A very useful Christmas gift for cyclists that use tubeless tyres

Easy gift without risky sizing/colour decisions

Great for tubeless converts

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 care kit
Muc-Off Ultimate bicycle care kit

Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Kit

Great Christmas gift for a commuter to keep their bike clean

Multiple gifts in one

Genuinely useful products

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Silca
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Silca

Silca Sicuro titanium water bottle cage

A great Christmas gift for cyclists who really, really love their bike

Style AND substance

One that all cyclists can appreciate

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Solo Stove
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Solo Stove

Solo Stove Lite

Perfect for the bikepacker in your life

Useful for any outdoor adventures

Easy gift with no size/colour decisions to get wrong

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Swiss Tools
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Swiss Tools

PB Swiss Tools rainbow allen keys

Add a bit of colour to their toolkit

For the budding home mechanic

A genuinely decent set of tools

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Aeropress
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Aeropress

Aeropress Go

Surely caffeine is the ultimate Christmas gift for a cyclist?

Useful at home as well as on the go

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.

Best Christmas gifts for cyclists: Sennheiser
Best Christmas gifts for cyclists: Sennheiser

Sennheiser Momentum 2

Stylish in-ear wireless earphones with all the bells and whistles

Far from a cycling-specific gift

Great for Zwifting with music/Netflix/Eurosport

With the UK lockdown came a boom in indoor cycling, so why not get them something to help make their pain cave sessions all the more pleasant? These sleek-looking earphones from Sennheiser are as good as it gets, offering active noise cancelling, while touch controls allow you to play and pause audio, and skip back and forth between tracks. They’re even compatible with voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant.

Best Christmas gifts for cyclists: GoPro
Best Christmas gifts for cyclists: GoPro

GoPro HERO8 Black

A world-class action camera to record their ride/life

For the budding vlogger

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.

Christmas gifts for Cyclists: DeFeet Socks
Christmas gifts for Cyclists: DeFeet Socks

DeFeet Socks

Sock doping, it's a thing!

Endless colour options

Great for all styles

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!

Christmas gifts for Cyclists: Deda Mistral Bar Tape
Christmas gifts for Cyclists: Deda Mistral Bar Tape

Deda Mistral Bar Tape

Add a splash of colour to their mileage hunting

Plenty of colours available

No sizing issues to worry about

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.

Christmas gifts for Cyclists: Philips OneBlade razor
Christmas gifts for Cyclists: Philips OneBlade razor

Philips OneBlade

Smoother is faster. Always.

Easy gift with no size / colour to choose from

Not purely restricted to leg-shavers

Comedic value for new cyclists

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.

Christmas gifts for Cyclists: SIS Bundle
Christmas gifts for Cyclists: SIS Bundle

SIS Energy Food Bundle

Avoid the dreaded hunger knock

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Mix of flavours

Plenty of bundles to choose from

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.

Christmas gifts for cyclists: Procycling subscription
Christmas gifts for cyclists: Procycling subscription

Procycling Magazine Subscription

If they're interested in professional cycling, this is the perfect choice

Subscribe here

Print and digital options

No minimum term subscription

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.

Christmas gifts for Cyclists: ProViz Reflect 360 Jacket
Christmas gifts for Cyclists: ProViz Reflect 360 Jacket

ProViz Reflect360 Jacket

360-degree visibility for men and women

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Completely reflective

Perfect for the late-night commuter

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.