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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

November 15, 2019
Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

Experiencing the joy on your little one's face as they excitedly unwrap their gifts this festive season is an unparalleled experience for many. Make is a gifting season to remember with our curated selection of gifts for kids below!

We've scoured our leading independent retailers and compiled a list of what we think are the best cycling related gift ideas for your kiddies this festive season.

  • Related Reading: For more shopping inspiration, check our comprehensive Kids, and Balance Bike buyer’s guides.

A New Helmet

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Part and parcel of owning a bike is ensuring you're protected while riding it. Updating your child's helmet is a sure way to not only make sure of their safety in the saddle, but it's sure to motivate them to get outdoors on two wheels and explore to their heart's content.

At BikeExchange, we have a wide range of styles, patterns and sizes specific to children. With a wide range of funky designs on offer, you're sure to find a lid to suit your child's personality. Measure the diameter of their head and then match it to a helmet they'll love. It also pays to look for added protective features such as MIPS, which provides additional protection against concussion in the event of a nasty spill!

Bike Bell

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Ding-Ding! Teach children correct bike path etiquette with a new bell. Along with adding a bit of bling to the handlebars, a bell allows children to announce their presence on the bike path to other users and are (far) more tolerable for parents than a loud horn or similar.

Being an accessory, you're sure to find a bell to suits all genders, ages and colour preferences. Look for a bell that offers a fun design, is easy to fit, easy to use and is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear that only adventurous children are capable of.

Hydration Pack/Water Bottle

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As the days get longer and warmer, the desire for kids to spend more and more time on the bike is sure to increase, and keeping hydrated is vital. Often kids (and let's face it, us adults too!) forget to do this!

Set them straight and instil a sense of adventure by getting them a hydration pack. Not only can your kids pack snacks and spares, but they're sure to enjoy the novelty of having water on tap as long as they keep it filled up! There are several great children-specific options on the market, with CamelBak as the leader.

Think a hydration pack may be a little bit of overkill? A good quality water bottle and carrying cage is a great alternative and should mean no one goes out under-hydrated. A children's specific bidon will feature unique, fun designs sure to suit every child's personality. Look for a bidon with a spill-proof cap to ensure maximum liquid retention as well as a bottle that's BPA and BPS free to keep their drink of choice as fresh as can be!

When it comes to carrying the bottle, find a holder that will fit your child's bike. If they're using a 20 or 24in wheeled bike, then a "side access" cage should allow for a bottle to be carried within the frame. Otherwise, look for options that mount to the handlebar.

Trike

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Looking for a stylish alternative to training wheels? Or have a kid that lives for action? A trike may just be the perfect transport or play option for them! With two sturdy wheels at the back and a single wheel at the front, trikes are much more stable than their two-wheeled bicycle counterparts.

You'll typically come across two different types of trikes for kids, the first being an alternative to a 12" kids bike with the other common option being a big wheel, or drift trike. Well suited for children aged from 18-months to five years old, trikes are a safe way for kids to learn new motor skills while being active and enjoying the great outdoors! Many trikes of this style will feature a second seat or stand for siblings to hitch a ride during playtime and feature a sturdy metal frame that's sure to last a few hand-me-down cycles.

Drift trikes, on the other hand, allow kids aged eight and up to emulate their motoring heroes, race their mates and slide their way around the pavement. Quality drift trikes will feature a low centre of gravity, quality bearings for fast-fun and linear hand brakes for stopping safely.

Knee and Elbow Pads

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Keep your adventurous tike safe on the bike with a set of knee and elbow pads. Designed to protect against knocks, falls and scrapes, a decent set of protective pads will have your little one picking themselves up after a fall, dusting themselves off and staying safe. Appropriate options include those that feature a hard plastic exterior on the elbows, flexibility at the knee for easier pedalling and a soft padded lining for additional protection. Additionally, it pays to take note of the sizing, as pads often aren't a one size fits all option. Thankfully, most brands will specify an age or size range for their pads.

Lock

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A sturdy bike lock allows kids the freedom of taking their bike on adventures down to the shops, to friend's places or school.

A suitable kids bike lock should be easy to fit in a backpack or mounted to the frame of a bike when not in use. Many kids focussed locks will come in a variety of colours and have a couple of sets of spare keys for mum and dad to hold onto in the event of lost keys. Look for silicon outers or similar to avoid damaging the paintwork on your child's pride and joy, and the inners constructed of braided steel cable to deter potential thieves.

A New Bike

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A new bikes is a fantastic way to teach kids coordination, give them the freedom to explore, and get out and be active. Your kids are sure to love the confidence-inspiring ride a bike provides.

From toddlers to teenagers, regardless of their age, or ability level, you're sure to find a wide range of bike options available to suit every need and budget. For a more in-depth look at buying a kids bike, including tips on finding the right size, what to look for and what to expect for your money, check out our Ultimate Kids Bike Buyers Guide

Lights

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Kids be seen! Lights are a fun way to start good safety habits on the bike and make for a cool addition to the handlebars.

Not only will a decent light add the extra visibility needed when riding in low light conditions, but the majority of kids specific lights will also come in a variety of colours and designs too!

Silicone straps make fitting and switching a bike between different bikes a breeze. However, a more basic plastic clamp may provide a more robust option. Most lights will feature several modes, including steady beams for seeing where they're headed, and flashing for being seen.

Riding Sunglasses

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Eye protection is paramount, especially for young eyes. Shield your child's peepers from the sun's harmful rays as well as debris encountered on the bike with a quality pair of kid-specific sunglasses. Kids will feel fresh and sporty with their own pair of cycling sunglasses!

Sunglasses on your hit list should be 100% UV protected, constructed with a durable frame have a quality lens and include a pouch to store them in. Additionally, some glasses will feature extra lenses to change up the look and function of your child's glasses to suit different light conditions or style choice.

A Scooter

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Looking for an affordable alternative to a kid's bike? A scooter is a great option! Sure to entertain, scooters are perfect for exploring local paths and trails or having fun with at the local skate park.

Generally, scooters will have two wheels; however, three-wheeled options are a popular option for younger kids with less advanced balance skills. Both two, and three-wheeled options will typically feature a brake mechanism attached to the rear wheel which is applied by placing the back foot on it. Kids scooters are man-powered through the motion of kicking along the riding surface with either leg.


We hope this gift guide has helped steer you in the right direction when it comes to researching gifts for young riders. Want even more choice? Check out the wide range of kids bike accessories for sale on BikeExchange available from leading retailers across the country