Holiday Gift Guide
By Jen See
It’s the season for giving, and if you’re like me, you wander lost through the stores both real and virtual without a clue what to buy. Buying gifts is hard, you guys. Fear not! I have scoured the internets and come up with the perfect list. Well, I think it’s pretty perfect, anyway. Looking for ideas? Read on, my friends!
Everyone likes books, and books about cycling are pretty much the best thing. Shopping for a racing fan? Check out the Cycling Anthology. (http://www.lionelbirnie.com/cyclinganthology/) The Anthology collects writing from fourteen cycling writers — William Fotheringam writes on Bradley Wiggins, Edward Pickering has a piece about Thomas Voeckler, James Startt tells the story of Frédéric Guesdon’s final Paris-Roubaix, among others. These chapters are labors of love by top-level cycling writers, and racing fans will find plenty to enjoy here.
For something completely different, pick up the story collection Vélo by Paul Fournel. Fournel is a French writer and philosopher, who happens to have a deep passion for riding bikes. He has spent a lifetime on the bike, and it shows in his writing. Drawings Jo Burt complement the writing. It’s a beautiful little book. Not convinced? You can read my review, if you like. (http://www.podiumcafe.com/book-corner/2012/10/10/3477858/velo-by-paul-fournel) Or just head straight to Rouleur to order. (http://www.rouleur.cc/Velo)
You can never have too many clothes, or at least, that’s what my closet seems to suggest. Colorado-based clothing company Pactimo has a stocking stuffer sale on now. Selected clothing is 40% off. (http://shop.pactimo.com/stocking-stuffer-sale/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Stocking_Stuffer_Dec_05_2012_Email&utm_medium=email) Not finding what you’re looking for? Have a look-see at the Pactimo designer jersey collection. So many scrumptious colors. (http://shop.pactimo.com/womens-designer-cycling-jerseys/)
It’s cold in the winter. Stop laughing! It is! Even in California! No matter the weather, we like to go outside and play bikes. The dudes at Panache Cyclewear are on our team with fleece bibshorts. Fleece! Better still, they make a women’s version. Women’s fleece bibshorts! Where have you been all my life? Forget gift-giving, I’m going shopping for ME! Not interested in bibshorts? Try the Panache windvest. Warmth without flapping. Because nobody likes flapping. (http://www.panachecyclewear.com/shop/fall-winter.html)
You need coffee to get out of bed. You need coffee to get on the bike. You need coffee to get work done. Really, you just need coffee. Handlebar Coffee Roasters is here to help. Ex-pro bike racers Aaron Olson and Kim Anderson roast their beans daily, so you can get out of bed, get on the bike, and get your work done. They have an online store with several varieties on offer. Head over and have a look. Or, stop by next time you’re in Santa Barbara. (http://handlebarcoffeeroasters.myshopify.com/)
Next year is a whole new year, and everyone will need to know what day it is. You are shopping for cycling fans, right? Well, look no further than the lovely photographs of Jered and Ashley Gruber. The Grubers have put together a calendar of their fabulous images. They ride the roads you dream of riding. Then, they take photos of them. No one wants to look at a boring wall calendar, and how many years of kittens can you have? Check out Jered’s description of putting the calendar together. (http://gruberimages.squarespace.com/blog/2012/12/13/a-little-more-on-the-calendar)
More photography, because you can never go wrong with nice images. Brian Black Hodes of Cycling Illustrated has a collection of notecards with some of his favorite cycling images. (http://www.veloimages.com/mp_client/pictures_welcome.asp?categories=no&keywords2=no&eventid=74893)
Or, if you’d like a more eclectic mix, check out this collection from Chris See. Cycling, mountains, snow, surf. There’s something for everyone! (http://fredmarx.photoshelter.com/gallery/Notes/G0000kq1WuR.q1Yk)
If you’re like me and you haven’t even thought about sending out holiday cards yet, head over to Zazzle and pick up some original art from Long Beach-based digital artist Sheri Ki Sun Burnham. (http://www.zazzle.com/studiokisun)
Need one last stocking stuffer? How about a bag of Action Wipes? It’s good to be tidy, especially if you like to play bikes, and Action Wipes are a nice on-the-go solution. Eucalyptus scent! Like the Koala Bears, maybe. (http://actionwipes.myshopify.com/collections/all)
If you’re shopping for me, also please feel free to drop a hand full of Chocolate-dipped Coconut Luna Bars in my stocking. They’re just so good. (http://www.lunabar.com/products/luna-bar/chocolate-dipped-coconut) And maybe add a couple Osmo Nutrition blackberry singles to wash it down. People get thirsty, you know. (http://osmonutrition.com/store/products.html)
Happy Holidays and good luck with the shopping!