Holidays and gifts are inevitable, like death and taxes, although unlike death and taxes there is most often an upside.
There’s the joy of giving, of seeing the face of your gift recipient, young or old, light up in a megawatt smile. There’s the joy of receiving, both in getting something nice and knowing that someone’s thinking of you. In those spirits, whether you’re buying a gift for a cyclist or making your own cycling wish list, we’re here to help.
But, very occasionally, there’s the joy of getting even.
Understand, we’re not advocating using the holidays as a revenge weapon. Sometimes, though, we find ourselves in the awkward position of holding our nose and buying gifts because we’re obligated. And so, because no one else will, we step into the breach with the best of both worlds, the Performance 2018 Holiday Gift Guide – and The List Of Things You Can Give Because You Have To.
- The office gift exchange: Under $20
- Friends: $21-50
- Family Members: $51-100
- Kids: $101-250
- Your significant other: $251-500
- Yourself: The ultimate gift, where price is no object
The office gift exchange
Depending on your work environment, the annual holiday swap can be fraught with danger. You roll the dice when you draw the name out of the hat. It could be the coworker who:
- Clips their toenails at their desk? Gift: A bag of galvanized nails
- Stinks up the place by reheating salmon in the microwave? An air freshener
- Drinks the coffee but never buys? A mug that says “Cheapskate”
Or it could be the coworker who’s always cheerful and who always brings donuts on Fridays. For them, these under $20 gifts:
The Performance bottles hold 600ml, 800ml or 1000ml of your favorite hydration, fits perfectly in to the standard water bottle holders, and is made of BPA-free plastic.
With a blend of technical fabric with tasteful style for all-around performance, this jersey has a form-fitted design to enhance aerodynamics and contrast panels to give you a flattering look.
Nothing makes a bike feel like new more than fresh bar tape. Grip-Tec 2 helps absorb shock and imparts a great grip and feel, which enhances control.
For more gifts under $20, click here.
You can’t pick your family but you can pick your friends, but some of the acquaintances you pick can have their own, shall we say, eccentricities. While you don’t want to give them a gift that will quickly turn them into ex-friends, there are ways to share a fun holiday message. If they:
- Re-gifted the blender you got them last year? Another blender
- Bring domestic beer to the party and drink all the imports? A case of generic “beer” … preferably light beer
- Got too drunk at your wedding and made that speech? A dog muzzle
Then there’s the true-blue friend who even let you crash on their couch during your experimental phase. For them, these gifts from $21-$50:
When the mercury starts to drop, then it’s time to break out the comfort and cool weather protection of these babies. Softshell Drytex fabric is wind-resistant, water-repellent and highly breathable, and white silicone finger/thumb details are touch-screen compatible.
Built around a highly durable TR-90 frame, the Performance Elite Leadout provides full coverage, with an anti-fog treatment and 100% UVA and UVB protection for optimum clarity and eye protection.
Developed on some of the toughest trails in the Pisgah National Forest, these are available in 26- 27.5- and 29-inch sizes, all featuring a 2.35-inch width. They’re ideal for XC riding or any epic ride that demands climbing as well as fast, technical descents.
Our best-selling Forte pedal is now even better, with a longer platform that is lighter, too. But it retains the features that have made the Boulevard a favorite for all kinds of riding: a durable aluminum body, sealed cartridge bearings, 4 degrees of float and compatibility with Shimano SPD cleats.
For more gifts from $21-$50, click here.
Conversely, if you can’t pick your family members you can at least pick gifts that deliver heartfelt a message (which naturally depends on the feeling in your heart at the time). For example, if they:
- Keep asking when you’re going to get a real job? A crystal ball
- Are constantly looking at their cell phone? A neck-mounted holder
- Always plug up the toilet? A monogrammed plunger
Then there’s the relative who never asks you to look at their photos from Tuscany and always brings you an outstanding bottle of spirits for the holidays. For them, from $51-$100:
It’s a perfect fit for those cold, rainy days, made using a warm and soft, yet breathable and moisture wicking bonded fabric that is both wind and water resistant. Its semi-form fit, articulated elbows, and full-length zipper are perfect for extra relief from over-heating.
Give an excellent upgrade for any bike or build where they need to shed grams and improve comfort. The unidirectional carbon fiber shaft helps absorb vibration from the road or trail to smooth out even all-day, epic rides.
The need for speed doesn’t end with your bike. Performance’s Elite Aero Road Helmet lets the air zip over your head without the turbulence of many-vent helmets yet keeps your head cool.
Free yourself and a take a load of your shoulders with the EVOC Hip Pack, the perfect companion for long summer trail rides. It’s made of lightweight nylon with a protective coating, 3D Air Mesh and a comfortable EVA back padding. Also includes a 1.5-liter reservoir and an extra bottle holder.
For more gifts from $51-$100, click here.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that as the kids get older, the less fun they are to buy for. Once they’re through the Santa phase (special note to kids who accidentally opened Mom’s laptop to this page: Santa is definitely real), there’s not a lot of excitement in clothes, money or Starbucks gift cards. But you could have to buy for:
- The one that looks suspiciously like the mailman? A DNA test
- The philosophy major? An empty box
- 35 and still living in the basement? White T-shirts with actual sleeves
Then there are the kids, young and old, who are on Santa’s nice list. For them, Christmas is fun for the both of you when you give these gifts from $101-250:
Give your little rookie cyclist a boost of confidence. Ideal for teaching kids how to balance, push bikes help kids conquer their fears. Built with a lightweight and durable alloy frame, it’s perfect for holding up to the wear and tear. It also includes wide, 2.125″ tires for extra help with balance and a sticker sheet to make the bike their own.
The Sage Boa cycling shoe offers the comfort you’d expect from Giro with the quick adjustments provided by a Boa dial. With a single dial and set-and-forget front strap, you can quickly get in your shoes and get on the trail, road or indoor class.
This great looking, women’s bike saddle is designed to bring unparalleled riding comfort and performance to your road or mountain bike. Silicone gel inserts with differentiated thickness have been strategically placed around the anatomical cut out to improve comfort and relieve pressure in the frontal soft tissue area.
The fun, fast and colorful Fuji Rookies feature lightweight aluminum frames and hi-ten steel forks, making these bikes incredibly durable and easy to maneuver. The coaster brakes have plenty of stopping power and there are rear linear-pulls to help kids learn to use hand brakes.
For more gifts from $101-$250, click here.
Your significant other
Buying for a spouse, partner or significant other can be tricky because you don’t want to be the one to get the gift that years from now will be a comical holiday memory. Then again, what about the one who:
- Buys a gift for you, but it’s really for them? Your favorite movie (maybe even on VHS)
- Gets flowers at the gas station down the street? A lottery ticket, already scratched off
- Forgot your anniversary because of the fantasy draft? The itinerary for your upcoming friends-only trip to Hawaii
Then there’s the one who always makes the coffee or takes kids to the park so you can have “alone time.” For them, gifts from $251-500:
Give them advanced navigation and challenges built right in, not to mention a bright color screen, preloaded Strava Live Segments and the Garmin Cycle Map with turn-by-turn directions.
Our lightest weight women’s road shoe, it has a revolutionary closure system that couples the benefits of laces with the convenience of a Boa dial. Power transfer is bolstered by the EastonEC90 SLX2 carbon fiber outsole, which is among the lightest, thinnest and stiffest pedaling platforms on the road.
Nothing can end a ride earlier than a lack of comfort, and when it comes to the trail, comfort is of vital importance. The Fuji Adventure mountain bike is designed to ease your stress on the trail, instead of add to it. With premium features like an aluminum frame, front suspension, and easy to use components, the Fuji Adventure is ready to fulfill your greatest trail need.
To get a super wide, custom built wheelset at a killer price, Performance starts with Stans NoTubes Arch MK3 rim design. Wider and stiffer than Stan’s predecessor, Arch EX, Stan’s NoTubes Arch MK3 29 inch wheels are built to last and ready for anything.
For more gifts from $251-$500, click here.
You actually used your gym membership at least once. You helped an elderly person cross the street. You let friends use your Netflix account. Come to think of it, you don’t really need a good reason to get yourself a great gift. Let’s just say you deserve it – so go big or go home, with an ultimate gift:
It’s THE trainer for serious indoor workouts, and now a modular part of the ultimate training experience. With more than 2,200 watts of resistance for up to 20% simulated grade, the Wahoo KICKER gives you a realistic ride feel, plus accurate power measurement (+/-2%), iPhone control, open 3rd party software options and the smoothest indoor riding on the market.
HED joined the wide-rim revolution with their Plus series. Now they bring wide to road disc bikes with the Jet 5 Plus Disc. They have the same aluminum spine/carbon fairing construction as the Jet 5, but without a braking surface and with disc-specific hubs.
It’s a laid-back cruiser that will get you to your destination without breaking a sweat. The rear hub is equipped with a 250-watt pedal-assist motor that amplifies your pedaling, making your ride a breeze. Hills and long distances are no match for the Sanibel. With five assist modes, including walking mode, you’ll be able to take on gravity with ease.
If you’ve REALLY been a good boy or girl this year, treat yourself to the ultimate full suspension mountain bike that can do it all – be it all-mountain, cross country, or enduro. It has a full carbon fiber unidirectional frame that features the revolutionary 160mm travel Naild R3ACT-2 Play suspension system with the widest range of climbing-to-descending capacity on the market. With SRAM GX Eagle 1×12-speed components and Shimano Hydraulic brakes, and RockShox suspension fore and aft, this rig is race- and smile-ready.
And for more ultimate gifts, click here.