You may still be enjoying summer, but the school season is just around the corner.
If you want to get something for your student this year, you better start looking for the ideal gift now to receive it just in time to start the new school year.
But let us tell you:
Today, students want something more than pens, notebooks, or colorful backpacks. Giving your young'uns only school-related stuff is like giving them socks for Christmas - in most cases, very disappointing.
As cycling enthusiasts ourselves, we turned the web upside down and found the best back-to-school gifts for the cycling youth of all ages.
These gifts suit all tastes and budgets. And while good-looking and stylish, most of these presents are also incredibly practical.
So here you have it - 15 awesome gifts to get for your student (that you secretly want for yourself.)
1. VELOSOCK Kids Bike Cover
The VELOSOCK bike cover for kids is both a present for the little ones, as well as for their parents. You see - with VELOSOCK, you'll have no trouble keeping your kid's bike indoors where it's the safest. Even if it's been out in the rain and mud all day.
The VELOSOCK indoor bike cover helps you keep your walls safe from black tire marks, and floors from dirt and sands that you bring inside with your bike.
The best part?
It's deliberately made of a breathable material that dries fast. That way, it also lets the bike stay dry and thus prevents rusting.
On top of all these practical things, this indoor bike cover just looks beautiful. With different kid-friendly designs to choose from, you'll definitely find one for your kid.
Available at velosock.com starting at €39 and FREE worldwide shipping
2. MonkeyLectric Bike Lights
With summer coming to an end, it gets darker by the day, too. But don't worry - here come MonkeyLectric bike lights to the rescue!
These funky, yet durable bike wheel lights shed light on the road, providing 360° visibility. With lights like these, it will be safer for your kid to ride the bike even when the evenings get longer.
Besides, each model includes a choice of color themes - from bright safety colors to disco party effects to put a smile on the face of passers-by.
The MonkeyLectric bike lights are unique and creative, reminding of the 8-bit arcade and early computer game graphics. And with the solid rubber construction, they'll resist cracking, scratching, clouding, water and dirt for a long time.
Available at monkeylectric.com for €25.99
3. Dark Cycle Clothing T-Shirt
Dark Cycle Clothing shirts are probably some of the most adorable pieces of casual cyclist clothing out there. With original animal designs, including dinosaurs, these shirts make a rare gift for the little ones.
You say your kid is not so much into dinosaurs? No bother - they have cycling bears, sloths, cats, badgers, and other designs, too.
The shirts are hand-screen printed through a high mesh screen. As to the quality, they're very soft, lightweight, and have a great fit. In combination with the exclusive design, these shirts will make anyone stand out from the crowd in a fun way.
Luckily for the grownups, Dark Cycle Clothing makes t-shirts (and other pieces of clothing) for adults, too. So you have choices in case you're looking to dress up the whole family.
Available at darkcycleclothing.com for €22
4. Nutcase Bike Helmet
Nutcase bike helmets for kids are called - wait for it - Little Nutty. If the name itself isn't cute enough, the design will blow you away.
Little Nutty helmets come in a variety of colorful designs like Tin Robot, Space Cadet, Happy Hearts, Pink Lemonade, etc. These helmets are not only eye-catching, but they'll protect your kid's safety, too.
Little Nutty comes with a no-pinch magnetic buckle and is made of durable ABS - an ideal choice for any rough-and-tumble tot. It comes in a single XS size that is suited for children aged 2 to about 6 or 7 years old.
For toddlers younger than two years, try Baby Nutty helmets. For kids older than seven years - give Nutcase Street helmets in size S a try.
Available at nutcasehelmets.com for €59.99
5. LittleLife Dinosaur Backpack
If your little one is just starting to ride the bike, this backpack is just the thing he or she will need. And let's be honest. Looking at those cool spikes makes you wonder - when will somebody make backpacks like these for adults?
The LittleLife Dinosaur backpack is made for toddlers who are gradually gaining their independence. The bag is built as a rucksack-and-leash combo that lets parents keep control in busy places. The safety rein can be unclipped when you're happy to let your kids go or ride their bike hands-free.
What's so cool about this backpack is the design. The attached dinosaur tail offers potential protection against mud and slush, while the spikes keep mean drivers away while commuting.
There's a top grab handle, a zipped top entry with a 2-liter compartment and an internal name and address label. The shoulder straps are adjustable and padded for extra comfort.
Available at littlelife.com for €29.99
6. VELOSOCK Indoor Bike Cover
The vibrant VELOSOCK bike covers come in a variety of designs and colors, and they're available for adult-size bikes, too!
If you're looking for a brilliant solution to store your teenager's bike inside the house or at school, this is it. There's even a series of full bike covers if your teenager has taken up professional sports or is training for a cycling event.
VELOSOCK is also a convenient choice if your student commutes and travels by bus, train, subway, or even on a plane. Since many countries require for your bike to be covered when on public transportation, VELOSOCK is a simple solution to do just that - and with style.
And for the weary parents who hate cleaning up after their kids, worry no more. VELOSOCK's tight fit will collect all dirt and debris at the bottom of the cover so that your home stays nice and clean.
Available at velosock.com for €49 and FREE worldwide shipping
7. ASS SAVER MUDGUARD
This little gadget saves your butt from dirt and mud when you drive in wet weather. Some bikes already come with mudguards, but for those that don't (like most fixed gear bikes) the Ass Saver is the perfect solution.
It is light and small enough to throw in a bag and take with you wherever you go. Then, if the rain comes, pull it out and install it under your saddle. This mudguard will reduce the dirt spray on your back, helping you stay clean and dry.
The Ass Saver mudguards fit 95% of all standard bike saddles and come in various colors and designs. You can also order an Ass Saver with your own design.
Available at ass-savers.com for €9 + shipping
8. HÖVDING INVISIBLE HELMET
Is it possible to wear a helmet while looking stylish? It sure is now, since the Swedish brand Hövding designed the airbag helmet.
It looks like a jacket collar (just without the jacket). But then, in case of an accident, it works as an airbag and protects the wearer against head injuries.
The collar is made of waterproof, dirt-repellent functional fabric that lays comfortably around the neck. Then, the airbag itself is designed as a hood and made of durable nylon fabric, which withstands scraping against the ground.
This airbag helmet only works once, which sounds very little for the price of €299. But then again, if that's what it takes to make your teen wear a helmet and stay safe, this might be worth the investment.
Available at hovding.com for €299 and FREE shipping
9. Inspirational Poster ''Ride Miles for Smiles''
You know how school years may be tough. But sometimes, all you need to get through it is an extra dose of motivation. This poster provides just that.
Designed by the artist Anthony Oram, this poster design is simple enough to fit in any room interior, making it a more inspirational place to be.
This poster comes in one size, 30 x 40 cm, and a framing option of your choice in black, white or bare oak. A hanging pack is also provided so that you can put it on the wall right away.
Available with a DISCOUNT at www.anthonyoram.com for €16.81 (£15) + shipping
10. SEATYLOCK BICYCLE SEAT AND LOCK
Seatylock is a product that combines a bicycle seat and a lock. It does exactly what you think: it functions as a bike seat while you ride, then turns into a lock when you need to park your bike.
The Seatylock bike seat connects to your bike with a special adaptor. That means you can use it with practically any bike. Hidden under the seat, there's a reliable, meter-long lock.
This bike lock-slash-seat comes in various models, sizes, and colors. Pick the one that suits the bicycle's style, as well as the rider's personal taste.
Available with a DISCOUNT at seatylock.com for €87.44 ($99) and FREE shipping
11. BOOKMAN CUP HOLDER
Here's the perfect back-to-school gift for a coffee lover and bike rider in one. This coffee (or tea) cup holder attaches to the bicycle and keeps the mug in place - the makers of this gadget say it never loses its grip, so your coffee is safe even during rides over bumps and potholes.
The basic Bookman Cup Holder comes in 4 different colors, while they also offer a premium edition of the holder, which comes in silver and gold.
Available at bookman.se starting at €29
12. FIXA BIKE SHELF
This minimalist-looking wooden bike shelf lets you store your bike in small spaces, like narrow corridors or student dorm rooms where you can barely find a spot for the ride. It attaches to the wall and lets you hang your bike, that way saving precious floor space.
While there are many bike docks that you can attach to the wall, this one stands out with its beautiful and functional design.
The FIXA Bike Shelf also functions as a shelf and has a storage space under the cover panel. In the 14.5 x 40 x 40 cm storage box you can keep your small biking accessories, like biking gloves, or bike lock keys.
Available at wearechrome.com for €170.00 + shipping
13. Lion Bicycle Bell
Ever know that feeling when somebody steps in front of your path interrupting your cycling, but you're just too embarrassed to ring that croaky bell of yours?
The Lion bicycle bell is a game-changer. It's retro-styled, made in England, and carries an aura of pure loveliness. The bell has a long sustain (approximately 10 seconds), and it's shaped to make a clear, beautiful sound. It's so musical that even the tone-deaf passers-by will appreciate this fine piece of bike equipment.
But it's not just the sound that we love. The bell mount is manufactured from laser-cut stainless steel and resists corrosion even if you're out in the rain. While the design might be simple, it's aesthetic enough to make a great gift for your favorite student.
Available at lionbellworks.co.uk starting from €20.12 (£17.95) + shipping
14. Beeline Bike Navigation
The Beeline smart compass navigation was made for yet another student adventure. The approach this navigation system applies is quite laconic. Instead of a complicated map, Beeline provides a clear and intuitive interface in the form of an arrow that points you to your destination. That way, you can focus more on the road and the surroundings of your journey.
There are two modes on the Beeline navigation. Free flow gives you distance and direction of your destination, putting you in control of the roads you take. Route assistant, on the other hand, shows some waypoints and is great for a rural setting with fewer roads to choose from.
The BeeLine navigation system can be easily connected to your phone's GPS. It's water and shock resistant, besides the battery life can last for weeks with one single charge.
Available at beeline.co starting from €110.97 (£99) + FREE shipping
15. Senscommon Cyclist Raincoat
This minimalist raincoat is designed for keeping cyclists dry, warm and safe. With reflective elements to keep the wearer safe and sound when riding in the dark.
Just think about it:
This raincoat makes your offspring look boss while keeping him or her visible and safe on the road. Is this a win-win or what?
Besides, the Senscommon raincoat is also super practical and comfortable. After all, it was designed especially for cyclists.
One of its main features is the split hem that snaps around the legs. The push-button fastening system lets you move freely while staying dry from head to knees. It also prevents the coat from flying around or blowing up in strong winds.
Made of custom, technological fabric (57% nylon, 43% polyester), the Senscommon raincoat is extremely durable, waterproof, wind-resistant yet breathable.
Available at senscommon.com for €330 and FREE shipping
If you have other gift ideas for cyclists, let us know in the comments below!