Christmas is a time to spoil the children with all the things your parents never got you as a kid. From stocking fillers to race kit, Caroline Dodgson has found some nifty gifts to make sure your child (niece, nephew or best friend's sprog) gets bitten early by the cycling bug.
This year has seen a bumper crop of junior road bikes, with the Worx JA24 /content/review/133593-worx-ja24-road-bike coming out as our top choice with 9/10 stars. The Worx has off-road capability and at £495 would be a very special present for any serious cycling kid to find under his or her tree.
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What more could you want at 5am on Christmas morning than your child trying out this noisy little stocking filler? Why, your child working out how to use the remote trigger and setting it off at a distance to wake you up, of course!
Packing 25 sound effects including a Spitfire, fire engine and elephant, this nifty little device resembles a bug with wings that form rubbery clips to attach it to a handlebar and two bug eyes, each packing 12 lumens of light – one white, one green. The remote trigger means that your child doesn’t have to move their hands from the grips to make a noise when out on their bike. Can you tell I want one for my bike? It’s only £20 mum…
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Fed up with Monopoly after the turkey? Then try this cycling themed board game for 2-6 players instead this Boxing Day. Choose to be one of six cycling superstars then use your action cards to overtake and block your competitors. Don’t forget to keep your energy levels up for the tough climbs as you battle to win the coveted yellow jersey. Players can be aged seven to adult, so this is a perfect present for the whole family.
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If your kid has been inspired by Martyn Ashton’s Road Bike Party tricks, then they will love the Flick Trix range of mini BMX bikes. The collectable miniatures come with interchangeable components to enable budding mechanics to fully customise their bike. Aspiring Team Diamondback wannabes can practice backflips, 360s and tailwhips without risk of injury. The Bike Shop package includes one complete bike, and interchangeable frames, pedals, wheels and grips with a carrying case.
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A snip at the price, this bike themed lunch bag will keep packed lunches cool, and what is even cooler is that it is made from recycled plastic bottles. Big enough to fit in a full lunch and water bottle, this bag is foil-lined to help keep food fresh and measures 20 x 14 x 15 cm.
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Is your baby Born to Cycle? Then get him or her this cute babygrow for their first Christmas. You get a choice of seven colours and sizes from 0-3 months up to 12-18 months, by which time you should expect Junior to be scooting along on their first balance bike.
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Wallace and Gromit are Christmas fixtures on the television and now young fans can pay tribute to the Yorkshire duo in this themed short sleeve jersey. Available to fit heights from 128 cm to 158 cm, this Foska jersey is made from breathable Cool Plus fabric with fade free printing to keep the character’s pictures bright. Two rear pockets and a ¾ length zip complete the ensemble.
For families that want a team look there's a matching adult version for £48.95. Other designs include Dennis the Menace and Heinz themed jerseys.
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Tired of your child leaving their cycling kit all over the house? Then why not give them a personalised bike kit bag for Christmas? Available in four sizes, starting at £10.50, these drawstring bags can have up to two lines of the text of your choice.
More information: notonthehighstreet.com
Mutant gloves! Perhaps more Halloween than Christmas, these creepy full-finger gloves are lightweight unpadded gloves for general use on the bike. Silicone print on the palms offers some grip on the bars and rollover seamless fingertips mean little fingers don’t get chafed.
More information: Evans Cycles
As cycling to and from school now takes place in the dark, why not gift your child this nifty back light which can clip on to both bikes or coats. Great for adding additional visibility either on the road or when out walking, the Boomer Rear comes in six colours and each has four light modes. Our review /content/review/49501-knog-boomer-1-led-wearable-rear-light praised the brightness of this little light, which runs on AAA batteries. Small enough to be a stocking filler and search online to find it at less than its RRP.
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Following on from their ‘Team Pie’ /content/review/116757-vo2-sportswear-team-pie-long-sleeve-cycling-jersey kit for adults, VO2 have come up with a cheeky range of short sleeved jerseys for 7-15 year olds. To be exact, the range is cheeky, sleepy, happy, grumpy, scared and excited as each jersey sports a different face and emotion.
The back of each jersey is just as fun, with large lettering and a silly message which will bring a smile to everyone your kid overtakes. At £24.99 each, and with six to choose from these could be a perfect recommendation for relatives looking to gift something that will get lots of use. The only problem is deciding which one sums up your child the best.
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"A story about the love of cycling, travel and the pursuit of dreams". This charming book takes Betty and her Grandpa around London town, on their bikes. Perfect for 7-10 year olds to read or for younger children to be read to, this would make a lovely gift to spark a child’s own adventures on their bike.
More information: gingerandfrench.com
If your child is lucky enough to receive a bike under the Christmas tree this year, make life easy for yourself by buying a s Giant Xmas Gift Bag. It will be the best £2.50 you have spent all year!
More information: Halfords