When it comes to presents, finding just the right thing for the female cyclist in your life can be magical - both for the giver and the receiver!
But if there's one thing to beat that moment, it's finding the perfect cycling gift combination. A combo that says: "I've really spent time and effort and thought over this".
We're not talking your average socks and hankie package for your aged uncle, or Old Spice boxed sets. And heaven forbid that you should plump for garage forecourt flowers and Quality Street.
Here are some original ideas guaranteed to put a smile on her face - and a bounce in her pedal stroke. Plus, they all qualify for our unique VeloVixen bundle deal - meaning we'll discount the cheaper of any two products by 20% in your basket.
1. Findra Merino Fantasy
Findra make some of the finest merino clothing we've ever come across. Based in a small town in Scotland, they're a proudly family business.
Their garments are delicously soft, brilliant at regulating body temperature in any climate, and surprisingly robust for any kind of outdoor activity. Plus the colours are to-die-for.
2. Stolen Goat Stripe Spectacular
Stolen Goat are the masters of spectacular cycling kit graphics. Another small UK company, their sensational designs combine head turning style with total visibility out there on the road or trail.
Add to that the sheer quality of what they make and the easy way they go together, and combinations like these become nigh on irrestistible!
3. Bum Comfort Beauty
Our padded pants have been our most popular product of 2018, bar none. They're brilliantly adaptable for commuting, touring, spinning or even - for plenty of happy customers - going further afield. Their high quality Italian chamois pad gives them real cycling pedigree, and they look just fab.
Why not create the ideal package to keep her sensitive parts happy, whilst never stinting on style. Roll together padded cycling pants with some female specific chamois cream to apply as needed and you'll earn brownie points well into next year.
4. Rivelo Road Rhythm
If she's a roadie (someone who loves riding their bike long distances on the road, in case you're not sure!), she'll know of the big name brands like Castelli, ASSOS and Endura. They're all beautiful in their way and we love them all!
But if she's more of an individual - someone who likes to be out there discovering less known names - then Rivelo could be for her. Based in London, their gear is exceptionally designed and finished, with a penchant for understated, classy colours - like the combination above.
5. Accessory Action
If you're reining things in a little this year, then accessories may be your best bet. And that doesn't make them any less special!
Why not colour theme things (don't miss our colour filter) and create a themed collection that will match her bike or her existing outfits? Sunglasses from Oxford's own Sunwise are surprisingly affordable, gloves (fingerless or full finger) are always a hit and you can't go wrong with a pair of well chosen arm warmers for colder rides. And socks - well, they definitely no longer need to be dull!
6. Prime Protection
Thereagain, you could be looking to push the boat out a bit. Happy cycling is all about being comfortable and at this time of year that means protection against the elements. This could be the ultimate basket of kit to ensure she stays dry, warm, visible - and oh so grateful!
So whatever she's into, let your imagination roam wild and put together a basket of joy! Good luck!
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