11 Gifts for the Cyclist

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In some ways, having an avid cyclist in your life makes holiday gift-giving simple. Obviously, they could use something for those four-hour-long Saturday morning rides. But if you aren’t a cyclist yourself, you may not know where to even start when you walk into a bike shop. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 gifts to help the weekend warrior nearest and dearest to your heart hit the road in style.

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1. ROAD RUNNER BURRITO HANDLEBAR BAG; $40

A tattooed cyclist rides a bike equipped with a small blue bag under the handlebars.
Road Runner Bags

This handy bag slips under a bike’s handlebars to provide a little extra storage without getting in the way. It’ll give your beloved cyclist a water-resistant spot to stash their keys, phone, snacks, or extra clothes while they ride.

Find It: Road Runner Bags

2. THE FRIDGE NECK GAITER; $20

A man's face is covered by a light blue striped gaiter.
The Fridge

A neck gaiter is a great way to keep warm, and a great gift, if your cycling aficionado commutes by bike in the winter or loves to ride in chilly weather. The versatile, tube-shaped cloths can be used to keep the neck, the face, the ears, and the head warm, depending on how they’re worn. The Fridge’s stylish gaiters come in a variety of different colors and patterns, so you can find one that matches your cyclist’s personal style. Even if they already have one, it’s one of those accessories that no one can have too many of.

Find It: The Fridge

3. LIZARD SKINS BAR TAPE; $40 AND UP

A roll of black handlebar tape
Amazon

Metal handlebars can be hard on the hands, so most cyclists use some sort of tape to pad their paws and give them a little extra grip. Colorful tapes like the ones offered by Lizard Skin will give a touch of personality to your cyclist’s ride, and protect their hands, too. If you’re not quite sure of their style, though, you can’t go wrong with a classic black.

Find It: Amazon

4. SHIMANO TRANSIT SHORT FINGER CYCLING GLOVES; $18 AND UP

A dark gray fingerless glove
Amazon

These fingerless gloves will make your loved one’s bike commute a little safer, and more comfortable to boot. They not only improve grip, but they’re made to be highly reflective to keep cyclists visible in low light. Plus, they are designed to absorb vibrations, making long periods of time on the road easier on the hands.

Find It: Amazon

5. OOPSMARK BICYCLE WINE CARRIER RACK; $34

A bottle of wine strapped to the frame of a bike
Amazon

A good bike ride doesn’t always have to be a serious, Lycra-clad affair. Give your loved one a great excuse to take a leisurely picnic jaunt on their bike with this rack, which will allow them to safely strap a full bottle to their ride. The handsome leather straps and antique brass fasteners will no doubt make them feel classy while they do it.

Find It: Amazon

6. DRAFT ANIMALS; $12

The cover of a book shows a cyclist riding next to a car.
Amazon

Recently-retired pro cyclist Phil Gaimon’s memoir Draft Animals: Living the Cycling Dream (Once in a While) explores the ups and downs of life at the highest levels of the professional cycling world. In addition to the intrigue of going behind the scenes (including frank discussions of doping), its honest tales of some of the less glamorous aspects of being a professional athlete—the stresses of living on the road, long-distance relationships, and the nightmare that is negotiating contracts with teams—may make your favorite cyclist even more content with staying in the amateur lane.

Find It: Amazon

7. PEDRO'S MINI PIT KIT; $50

A collection of cleaning supplies
Amazon

This miniature cleaning kit packs a powerful punch in one 1.8-gallon bucket, making it perfect for cyclists who live in small apartments and don’t have a ton of space to clean their bikes after a ride. It comes with a bag to separate wet and dry items, and separate brushes for larger parts of the bike like the frame and wheels and for small parts like cogs and chains. It also includes tire levels and other tools, and comes with a cleaning guide full of expert advice on bike maintenance.

Find It: Amazon

8. THE STICK; $42

A blue-and-white muscle-roller stick
Amazon

After a long ride, any cyclist is going to be a bit stiff. The Stick can be used both pre-ride as a way to warm up muscles and afterward to boost muscle recovery. The scientifically-validated muscle roller massages away pain and works out knots, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Go ahead, give your favorite biker the gift of pain relief.

Find It: Amazon

9. DONATION TO SCHOOLCYCLE

Give your dearest bike lover the chance to help someone else get behind the handlebars. In 2014, the UN Foundation’s GirlUp charity launched SchoolCycle, a project to help more girls stay in school by giving them the means to get there. A $125 donation gives a girl in Malawi—where some have to walk up to 10 miles to get to school—a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training so that they can get to class easier.

Find It: SchoolCycle

10. BAMBOO BIKE WALL CLOCK; $64

A clock made of a bike gear and bamboo
Uncommon Goods

This handsome bamboo clock is made with reclaimed bike parts, making it the perfect addition to any cyclist’s living room. What better way to remind them it’s time for a ride than with a bike-chain pendulum?

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. GARMIN VÍVOACTIVE 3 GPS SMART WATCH; $250

The screen of a Garmin smartwatch shows a clock and activity statistics.
Amazon

Garmin’s latest GPS smart watch makes a great gift for any athlete that loves to quantify their hard work. The vívoactive activity tracker uses GPS, an accelerometer, and a wrist-based heart rate monitor to automatically track activities like biking, detailing the distance, time, and speed of a ride along with updates on cardio levels. The full-color touchscreen device (easy to read in direct sunlight) is water resistant enough for swimming, so it can definitely withstand the sweat of a bike ride. It also features smart notifications, so they can see when you’ve texted them, even if they’re on their bike. (No excuses not to respond now!) And with the new touchless payment system Garmin Pay, they won't have to bring their credit card on their ride if they want to stop for coffee.

Find It: Amazon

11 Awesome Gifts for Skincare Obsessives

Peace Out Skincare
Peace Out Skincare

Need a gift for someone who is constantly streaming pimple popping videos, purchasing sheet masks, and posting their daily skincare regimen to their Instastories? Look no further than this list.

1. Dr. Pimple Popper “Zit Happens” Gift Set

An image of a canvas bag with "Zit Happens" on it, as well as two pimple popping tools.
Dr. Pimple Popper

In addition to a skincare line and a game, Dr. Pimple Popper—a.k.a. dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee—now sells awesome merch that every blackhead-popping superfan will want. Lee has everything from t-shirts and totes to stickers and socks to shot glasses and coffee mugs, but our favorite is the punny “Zit Happens” gift set. It comes with Lee’s SLMD Acne Spot Treatment, a comedone extractor, and blackhead tweezers in a cute, zip-shut canvas bag.

Find it at DrPimplePopper.com for $48.

2. Da Bomb Bath Fizzers“F” Bomb

An image of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers F Bomb.
Target

This lavender scented bath bomb is designed to soothe the skin and the mind: It dissolves to reveal a calming message.

Find it at Target for $5 and also at these other retailers:

3. Yensa Beauty Pumpkin Tumeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

An image of the Yensa Pumpkin Tumeric Mask.
Yensa Beauty

As its name implies, this mask—which is infused with eight orange superfoods, including pumpkin, ginger, carrot, honey, and orange—has a dual purpose: First it’s a mask, applied in a thin layer to damp skin and left to sit for up to 10 minutes so the ingredients can sink in; then, it’s a scrub, rubbed with warm water in circular motions to exfoliate. It gently polishes skin so it’s soft, smooth, and glowing, and smells good enough to eat (though that’s not recommended!).

Find it at Yensa Beauty for $45.

4. Kalastyle Modern Wash Coffee Soap

An image of Kalastyle Soap's Modern Wash Coffee Soap.
Kalastyle

This bar of soap doesn’t just smell like coffee—it’s also packed with real beans, ground into the perfect texture for exfoliating the face and body, ensuring smooth skin all over.

Find it at Kalastyle for $6 and also at these other retailers:

5. Dermovia Lace Your Face

An image of four Dermovia masks in their packaging.
Amazon

If your skincare obsessive is a fan of multitasking, Dermovia’s lace masks are the perfect gift: They’re equipped with straps at the ears and chin—which both fit over the ears—which helps the mask stay securely in place while providing compression and lift. And because they’re made of cloth, they can be used a second time. Lace Your Face masks come in eight varieties, from exfoliating papaya to healing yogurt, so there’s something for everyone, and once they feel how these masks fit, your skincare obsessed recipient will never go back to regular sheet masks.

Find it at Amazon for $55 for a pack of four or $15 for a single mask and also these other retailers:

6. Peace Out Skincare Acne Healing Dots

An image of Peace Out Skincare's Acne Healing Dots.
Peace Out Skincare

Skincare obsessives sometimes can’t resist picking at their zits, even though they know they shouldn’t—which makes Peace Out Skincare’s Acne Healing Dots the ultimate gift. Made of absorbent hydrocolloid technology (which is patent pending!) and infused with ingredients like salicylic acid, Vitamin A, and aloe vera, the adorable little dots are applied before bed and absorb oil, calm redness, and protect blemishes from picking for flawless skin. Peace Out Skincare also offers pore strips and their puffy eye patches—pick up the whole set this holiday!

Find it at Sephora for $19.

7. Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

An image of Purlisse's Perfect Glow BB Cream.
Purlisse

Available in eight different shades, Purlisse’s Perfect Glow BB Cream hydrates and protects (it contains SPF 30) without clogging pores. It’s easy to apply and provides a natural finish; your skin-obsessed recipient can wear it under foundation for more coverage.

Find it at Amazon for $35.

8. GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment

An image of Glamglow's Supermud clearing treatment.
Amazon

Whether or not activated charcoal truly works on the skin hasn’t been rigorously tested, but that hasn’t stopped every beauty and skincare company from creating products made with the stuff. GlamGlow’s Supermud is one of those products, and users love it, touting its ability to clear up acne and blemishes—which makes it a perfect gift for the for recipients with oily or combination skin. The mask contains six acids (glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and tartaric) that shrink pores and clear skin, and, of course, activated charcoal, which pulls in dirt and oil, among other gross stuff. As the mask dries, they’ll see (and feel!) the activated charcoal’s adsorption at work; oil-heavy areas turn a dark gray. Users should moisturize after use if their skin feels dry. If your loved one has sensitive skin, advise them to apply this mask in problem areas only.

Find it at Amazon for $57 and also these other retailers:

9. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

An image of SkinMedica's HA5.
Amazon

Reviewers rave about SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, and for good reason: Applied with a bit of water after cleansing and toning but before moisturizer, it fills fine lines and wrinkles, evens out roughness, and pulls moisture from the air to hydrate the skin for eight hours to create super smooth skin. Plus, it feels really, really nice. Key ingredients include amino acids, antioxidants, algae and herbal extracts, plant stem cells, and Hyaluronic Acid (which is also produced by our skin cells naturally). HA5 is pricey, but a little goes a long way, so pick up the 1-ounce and pop it in your recipient’s stocking.

Find it at Amazon or Dermstore for $96 and also at these other retailers:

10. LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

An image of Lush Cosmetics' Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion
Lush Cosmetics North America

Skincare obsessives likely have both a regimented skincare routine—and they shouldn’t forget the body! Insomniacs are obsessed with LUSH’s Sleepy Body Lotion, which is made with Glycerin, cocoa butter, and almond oil to moisturize and scented with lavender and tonka for ultimate relaxation—and the sweetest dreams.

Find it at LUSH for $10.

11. Beauty Routine Tee

This 100 percent cotton tee allows skincare enthusiasts to wear their routine with pride. Its a slim fit, so order a size up if your recipient prefers their shirts loose.

Find it at Amazon for $23.

11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Finding a suitable gift for a Secret Santa, Yankee, or white elephant exchange can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the recipient all that well. We wanted to help, so we found 11 items that anyone would be happy to receive.

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1. Bourbon-Infused Coffee

We could all use a little kick in the morning, and this Tennessee-brewed coffee is sure to do the trick. A splash of Kentucky bourbon lends the Arabica beans their unique aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t actually contain alcohol, so it’s plenty safe for sipping at the office.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $20.

2. Bento 3-in-1 Splash Box

A set of containers
Amazon

Plastic-free is increasingly becoming the new norm. The Splash Box has three non-toxic stainless steel food trays that lock together for easy transport, while simultaneously keeping your peas apart from your mashed potatoes. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, and safe for the dishwasher, oven, and toaster oven on medium heat.

Find It on Amazon for $35.

3. Clinique Mascara and Balm Travel Ornament Set

A makeup set
Walmart

This travel kit is the perfect accessory for frequent fliers who want to freshen up after touching down in a new city or country. Clinique’s black High Impact mascara and cleansing balm are wrapped up in a convenient—and TSA-approved!—travel ornament.

Find It at Walmart for $16 and also at these other retailers:

4. “Weird & Wacky USA” Jigsaw Puzzle

A U.S. map puzzle
True South

Help someone discover the quirky side of America with this 500-piece puzzle illustrated by an award-winning designer. Colorful icons highlight the odd roadside attractions in each state, and who knows—it might even inspire an unforgettable road trip.

Find It at the True South Puzzle Company for $27.

5. Italian Chesemaking Kit

The cheesemaking kit
Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of good cheese this season with a DIY kit. The box holds enough ingredients to make 10 batches of cheese, including classic varieties such as mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. No prior cheesemaking experience necessary.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $25.

6. Jam Hang Up Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A portable speaker
Best Buy

Music lovers will appreciate this durable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in suction and stick pad. They can slap it on a shower wall, mirror, or other smooth surface around the house or backyard and get their groove on. It can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Find It at these retailers:

7. SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner

A smartphone cleaner
The Grommet

NASA uses SmartKlear’s carbon cleaning technology in its space station, and it can now be used to scrub the germs and grime from any smartphone or electronic screen. Simply swipe the device across a screen, and the carbon substance it contains will get to work repelling any dirt or oil it encounters.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

8. The Tile Mate

The Tile Mate and Slim Combo Pack
Amazon

We all know that one person who’s constantly misplacing their things. The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker will help jog their memory. It hooks onto keychains, suitcases, purses, bikes, and more to help the user find their items via a companion app. It also works in reverse: Pressing a button on the Tile Mate makes the user’s phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

Find It on Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

9. Homesick Books Candle

The Books candle
Homesick Candles

The Books candle from Homesick would make a thoughtful gift for any bibliophile who already has a stack of unread novels at home. Top notes of orange and nutmeg are rounded out by earthy fragrances like sandalwood and cedarwood. Splashes of vanilla, balsam, and amber form the base and help recreate the unmistakable scent of a good book.

Find It at Homesick Candles for $30 and also at these other retailers:

10. Chocolate-Covered Snowman Oreos

A box of chocolate-covered Oreos
Amazon

Who doesn’t love holiday-themed chocolates? These milk chocolate-drizzled Oreos from Philadelphia Candies come with candy snowmen on top. There’s also a dark chocolate version, as well as a milk chocolate version with winter snowflakes on top.

Find It on Amazon for $15.

11. Ulla Hydration Reminder Bottle

The water bottle on a desk
The Grommet

We often forget to stay hydrated, but this water bottle accessory from Ulla makes it easy to foster healthy habits. The silicone band fits over most bottles and sends out reminders to take a swig any time the user has gone too long without water. Get one for a health-conscious coworker, or perhaps that one person you know who seems to be subsisting solely on coffee.

Find It at The Grommet for $25 or on Amazon for $29.

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