27+ Christmas or birthday gifts for cyclists
Find the perfect present for bicycle touring and
outdoor enthusiasts, camping lovers, and bike freaks
Christmas is coming! Looking for some great gift ideas for a bicycle lover, outdoor enthusiast, camping freak, bike traveler? We collected here some stuff that we ourselves would like to find under the Christmas tree (If you love us very much… this is a message for you 🙂 ).
Some of these items are cheap, some are more expensive, all of them are great gift ideas for cyclists of various sorts. Take a look and find your deal.
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Bicycle travelers are often very picky about their gear. When it comes to gifts for a cycling outdoor lover is hard to figure out what will be appreciated. The lack of space in the panniers and weight issue may result in unnecessary items being left at home.
The cycling gift ideas proposed here take this into account, so we featured only stuff that almost every bicycle traveler will bring along for a long tour.
If you know someone who’s planning to start bicycle touring but hasn’t geared up with the essentials yet, take a look at our series about bicycle touring equipment and find some inspiration!
Finding a set of panniers under the Christmas tree might push someone who always wanted to travel by bicycle but hasn’t done that yet, to finally go fulfill her/his dream.
Essential Camping Gear for Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking
Tools and Spare Parts to bring on a Bicycle Expedition
Electronic Equipment to Bring on a Long-Haul Bicycle Expedition
Bicycle Touring Clothing Essentials
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Keep in mind that a bicycle must be of the right size, so do your researches if you want to gift one to somebody else!
Solar panels are super handy for long-term bicycle trips, especially when free camping is the main form of accommodation. They can keep electronics alive even when there are no plugs nearby.
A sturdy and effective folding knife is an essential piece of equipment for every outdoor enthusiast. A great Christmas gift for a bike traveler that enjoys camping.
For camping lovers, what’s better than having a nice set of stoves? Cooking is an essential part of camping life, cool cookware is a great gift idea for the touring cyclist.
For the more adventurous ones, preparing for an expedition in remote areas of the world, a water purifier is a great gift. No need to worry anymore about water supplies and always stay hydrated while camping in the wild.
A nice, durable hammock is for sure an item desired by many outdoor lovers. And if you have a garden or a balcony you can enjoy that at home too!
Everybody uses battery packs nowadays, they are the best way to keep the juice up on your smartphone. Bicycle travelers are akin to drain their phone batteries pretty quickly, using navigation apps. A good battery pack is sure to be a welcomed Christmas present for a cyclist.
You can impress with this super cool one from GoalZero, or find a cheaper one on Amazon
Every cyclist owns a helmet, but who doesn’t like a new one? What about a foldable helmet for example? Did you know they exist? They look super handy for bicycle touring.
Cycling Jersey and other apparel
You can’t go wrong when gifting a cycling jersey to a cyclist…as long as you can figure out the size. A new jersey is definitively something I would love to find under the Christmas Tree.
Other items of apparel that are sure to be appreciated are arm warmers and socks.
Everybody looks cooler with sunglasses on. As a famous Italian songwriter used to say, they give you “more charisma and symptomatic mystery”. A great gift for cyclists.
Hard Shell Jackets
Winter is just another season, why shouldn’t you cycle it? Maybe because you don’t have the proper gear. A good quality hard shell jacket is sure to keep you warm even when outside is freezing.
Whether it be a floor standing pump for a garage workshop or a more portable one for bicycle trips and everyday commuting, a pump is a must-have item for every cyclist.
Even when not planning to cycle in the dark, every cyclist should always have a decent set of bike lights. We personally use the contactless, battery-free, Magnic Lights… check them out.
More standard kind of lights are on sale here
Bike Travel Case
Not every bicycle traveler starts cycling straight out of his doorstep, many prefer to fly to far-away destination and then cycle there. While flying with a cardboard box is the ordinary, it may quite often result in some damage to the beloved bicycle. That’s why sturdy bike bags are a super cool gift for every cyclist willing to explore the globe with her/his bicycle.
These on Outdoorplay are seriously top-notch (and top price)
Bike Car Mount Rack
Although this may come as a shocking truth, many cyclists also own a car. They might use this, for example, to reach a nice place and bike there, maybe with their whole family. A bike rack for cars is a cool gift idea, and it will look huge under the Christmas Tree.
Child Seat or Trailer
Not only might cyclist have a car, they may as well have kids! And what do you do when you have kids and want to go out for a ride? Leave them to the grandparents? Why not take them with you instead. Bike seats and trailer are amazing gits for mommy and daddy cyclists.
When you love someone, the last thing you want is them to get hurt. A glowing safety vest increases the cyclist’s visibility and lowers the chances of accidents, is a fact.
Outdoorplay sells this one
Another must-have piece of camping equipment. Unless you’re a feline you’ll need some help to see in the dark. Headlamps are definitively the best solution, as they leave your manipulative limb free to manipulate whatever.
First Aid Kit
In the most unlikely event of something going wrong, a first aid kit can save a life. Every outdoor lover and long distance touring cyclist should have one.
Action Cam and Accessories
In the era of global video sharing, almost every cyclist wants an action cam. While a GoPro might be expensive, there are many more models out there. If already owning one, there are many cool accessories that might be a cool add-up.
GPS and Cycle Computers
Many bicycle travelers rely on smartphones for navigation, but I believe that once you try a real GPS device, you’ll never want to go out without it.
Having your bike stolen will most likely put a sad end to your tour. Having a good lock will make harder for any malicious folk to deprive you of your dream.
A book is a classic Christmas gift. A good read is always welcome, and when it’s about bicycles it even better.
Check, for example, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides of Americas or the World, or something more practical like one of the many bicycle maintenance manuals on Amazon, or even something more bicycle touring specific, like these.
To fix your bike you need your tools, and when you’re on the road is nice to have them all combined into a single compact object. There are plenty out there, but some really stand out of the crowd.
Finally, if you really can’t figure out what is that your fellow cyclist needs, why not let her/him chose? A gif voucher may not look big under the Christmas Tree, but is always a welcomed gift!
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