The Christmas present ideas thread

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Chadders81
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The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby Chadders81 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 08:24 am

I am after ideas for presents for people who like bikes (everyone I know, suddenly).

In particular, I am after something for about 25-30 quid for both my brothers in law.

Share your ideas for the whole forum below. I'm sure we had something on here similar last year and it was incredibly useful.

BTW - I have never done Christmas shopping this early before but I'm likely to have spent all my money in the next week so this seems a good idea.

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby TailWindHome » Wed Nov 21, 2012 08:28 am

The Halfords/Lidl/Aldi toolkit.
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby mudcow007 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 08:37 am

i know a girl who can suck a golf ball through a garden hose for £30

gloves?

a light?
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby Wrath Rob » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:24 am

The Secret Race - Tyler Hamilton
BBC Olympic DVD
Shaving kit ;)
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby CiB » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:58 am

Bottle of wine.
Shaving kit (beaten to it)
iTunes vouchers
Woolly jumper
Socks
Gaily coloured tie
chess set
Ticket to see a pop band doing a live jig at a venue near you
etc.

Do people who ride bikes really want their Christmas presents to be cycling-related? How many times did I have to look pleased at being given a set of bike lights, or more gloves to add to the proper gloves I've already bought? I solved it by letting it be known that actually I really can't imagine any cycling gear that I either need nor want, not in Christmas Present price points anyway. And as buying stuff is widely recognised as a personal treat, why take that treat away from someone by doing it for them? Just my take - misery guts, can't be doing with it, bah humbug etc.

Martin Lewis agrees with me anyway. :wink:

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby TailWindHome » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:12 pm

Wiggle Voucher - let them buy what they want - they'll also get more for your money in the Jan Sale.

I hate people buying me presents.
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby Veronese68 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:12 pm

I was going to ask for a Park Tools pizza cutter. But it's not really that nice, could be a lot nicer. So I've asked for one of these instead:
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby mr_poll » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:34 pm

Books are safe and easily exchanged if duplicated so if they are into:

Pro-racing - Tyler Hamiltons book or Cav or Wiggo's new books

General cycling/commuting - Bike Maintenance book, think Haines do a good one

Club/Sportive riding - A training book - my mate goes on about the time crunched cyclist.

Touring/Adventure - Either of the Mark Beaumont books - world and americas.

If you want to avoid books then its tougher as the above say if they are into the cycling they probably already have the kit, and better than your budget allows. If they are into racing or sportives then stuff they will constantly buy like gels or energy powders (CNP and SIS stuff) may be appreciated.

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby walkingbootweather » Wed Nov 21, 2012 17:21 pm

I like bikes.

If you were looking to buy me a Christmas present in the £25-£30 range, a nice malt whisky would be very well received.

Just saying.
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby coriordan » Wed Nov 21, 2012 17:46 pm

Cycling stuff for me would now involved a new bike, I think.

Now after:
Woolly jumper
Shaving kit
Socks
Pants
Quite want some suede boots/brogues/loafers as mine are a bit tatty now.
Seen some amazing green cords in Gant.....maybe, just maybe.

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby bluefinch » Fri Nov 23, 2012 23:36 pm

If they've been doing it long enough to have a knackered old favourite, £40 seems pretty reasonable to me ...http://bicycletaxidermy.com/

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby rubertoe » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Bump,

Its getting to that time of the year.

ITB is requesting a Campag Corkscrew....
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby mpatts » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:48 pm

rubertoe wrote:ITB is requesting a Campag Corkscrew....


This is just the ticket, especially if you know the story behind it.
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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby thistle (MBNW) » Sun Oct 27, 2013 15:30 pm

TailWindHome wrote:Wiggle Voucher - let them buy what they want - they'll also get more for your money in the Jan Sale.

As long as they buy loads of stuff from Wiggle.

I've still got CRC vouchers from last Christmas because everything I've 'needed' this year has been out of stock at CRC or cheaper elsewhere (including at the LBS in some cases)

Someone should invent generic online bike shop vouchers :lol:

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby paulintheforest » Sun Oct 27, 2013 21:33 pm

thistle (MBNW) wrote:Someone should invent generic online bike shop vouchers :lol:
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They have
https://www.bikegiftvouchers.co.uk/
I think you can redeem them at any shop that does the cyclescheme as it's the same company.

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby MajorMantra » Sun Oct 27, 2013 21:37 pm

One thing I never mind being given is useful extra lights. Last Christmas I got given one of those Knog Blinder USB things, and I liked it enough to get one for the gf too:

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Circa £20 online.

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby DrLex » Tue Oct 29, 2013 20:52 pm

Anyone confess to running Monkey Lights on their wheel(s)? Now that the dark commutes are back, I'm tempted to give in to my inner 9 year-old and get a set as an early Christmas present. Dom.Sec. thinks that, far from adding to safety, they're more likely to confuse motorists & cause a crash.

Bueller?

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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby itboffin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 21:01 pm

mudcow007 wrote:i know a girl who can suck a golf ball through a garden hose for £30

gloves?

a light?


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Re: The Christmas present ideas thread

Postby itboffin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 21:05 pm

mpatts wrote:
rubertoe wrote:ITB is requesting a Campag Corkscrew....


This is just the ticket, especially if you know the story behind it.


not aware of the story but its definitely out of the OP's budget, shame because they are nice 8)
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