Looking at Some of the Best Stocking Stuffers This Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, preparations are well underway for many and the inevitable annual hardship of thinking of a present other than gin or socks comes around once again.
Luckily for all you cycling enthusiasts out there, we have racked our brain to compile a list of some of the best gadgets, garments and gizmos to gift your loved ones this Christmas.
Crankbrothers F15 Multitool
Particularly during the winter months where the ground is unforgiving and loose grit can start to loosen components, this pocket-sized gadget may come in very handy.
It’s incredibly slight in build making it lightweight, and has an array of tools your cyclist loved one will need. It includes a chain tool, hex wrenches, screwdrivers and a spoke wrench, as well as an all important bottle opener for those well earned post-ride drinks.
HALO Hydration Powders
The search for good quality, low sugar sports drinks is often somewhat of a mine field, with many promising various health benefits while also being packed with unwanted artificial sweetners and added sugar.
I stumbled upon HALO, who offer these convenient hydration powders that are both low in sugar while also packed full of naturally occurring electrolytes. There is only one gram of sugar per stick, a full daily dose of vitamin C to boost immunity, as well as a proprietary blend of natural electrolytes & ionic trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake of Utah.
They are also only 15 calories!
Bontrager Circuit Windshell Cycling Gloves
Certainly one of the most underrated pieces of cycling gear during the colder weather are gloves.
These Bontrager Windshell gloves are perfectly equipped to keep the blood circulating into your hands and fingers and prevent the harsh gusts of sub-zero wind from preventing a proper grip on the handlebar.
The extended cuffs are made out of a relatively thin micro-fleece, with a bit of stretch that creates an effective seal at the wrist. There are strategically-placed pads on the outside of the palm and beneath the thumb to keeps things comfortable, while the silicone strips on the palm provide impressive amounts of grip. There is also a conductive thread which allows for touchscreen-compatible fingertips – a must on any ride!
John Lewis Bike Cufflinks
These will be sure to put a smile on the face of the recipient! They add a bit more of a personal touch than previous gifts listed…
These rather elegant cufflinks are a perfect stocking filler without breaking the bank. Crafted from lustrous metal, they fasten at the back with an easy-to-manipulate swivel bar.
Pearl iZUMi Gravel Gaiter
If you have someone close who loves to venture out on tougher terrains with more mud and grit, then this is a slightly out-the-box gift that they wish they had earlier.
The Pear iZUMi Gravel Gaiter attaches to the top of your cleats to provide stern protection from loose terrain, mud and unwanted grit that so often gets trapped in the shoe when riding off-road.
It is said to be inspired by the scree gaiters used by trail runners, and thus iZUMi developed a cycling-specific model that boasts a locking zipper and mid-foot strap that keeps them secure and out of the way during the ride.