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Gear Up With These Bicycle Gift Ideas

Gear Up With These Bicycle Gift Ideas

May is National Bike Month and tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day, so it seems like the perfect time to look at some bicycle themed gift ideas.

Oh, and also, it’s the perfect time for this.

So here you go, for anyone who wants to ride their bicycle, we have some great gift ideas for Father’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays and more.

10 Pedal Ready Bicycle Gift Ideas

1. Bike Helmet

bicycle gift ideas: helmetSafety can be oh so fashionable. Keep safe on the streets while turning heads. At first glance they may not even realize you’re wearing a bike helmet with this lightweight helmet and breathable cover.

Available from Bike Pretty: Yakkay Paris Oilskin Bike Helmet

2. Nantucket Bike Basket

bicycle gift ideas: basketA handcrafted basket that is made to last. Whether pedaling to and from work, play or the farmer’s market, items are secure and looking stylish.

Available from Amazon: Nantucket Bike Basket Company Lightship Oval Bike Basket

3. Bicycle Bell

bicycle gift ideas: bellI love these!! Psykel Chic’s handpainted classic bicycle bells are so fabulous that I couldn’t pick just one to picture here.

Each bell is handpainted by Molly and sealed to ensure lasting color and rust-protection. Molly even does custom designs 🙂

Available from Etsy: Handpainted Bicycle Bell by Psykel Chic

4. Growler Carrier

bicycle gift ideas: growler-carrierWell this is just a must-have for anyone who bikes past their local Cider House or Brewery on the way home from work.

Have growler carrier, will travel 🙂

Available from Scoutmob: Leather Bike-Mounted Beer Growler Carrier by Pedal Happy

5. Bike Chain Bracelet

bicycle gift ideas: chain-braceletWear your bicycle love on your sleeve wrist with this funky and fun bicycle chain bracelet.

Available from Erra Creations: Red Bicycle Chain Bracelet

6. Recycled Inner Tube Bracelet

bicycle gift ideas: bracelet-urbanlaceAnother stunningly unique bracelet for cyclists. This wrist cuff’s organic design is handcrafted from recycled bicycle inner tubes.

Available from Urban Lace Jewelry: Cobblestone Innertube Bracelet

7. Multi-tool

bicycle gift ideas: leatherman-toolLeatherman are known for their quality multi-tools and this titanium cycling specific tool is lightweight and won’t take up precious room in your gear.

Includes 4 bits that you can swap out for your own, spoke wrenches, closed hex wrenches and the all important bottle opener.
Available from Amazon: Leatherman Mako Ti

8. Tool Bag

bicycle gift ideas: bike-tool-rollThis handmade tool roll is made of waxed canvas with leather trim and includes 10 small pockets of various sizes for housing your gear. A leather toe strap is included for cinching under the bike seat or into a water bottle cage.

Available from Etsy: Bike Tool Roll by E.H. Works

9. Rearview Mirror

bicycle gift ideas: rearvizA must have for the urban cyclist. A 360 degree, arm mounted, fully adjustable rear view bicycle mirror.

Waterproof, adjustable and because it’s mounted on the biker’s arm instead of the handlebars, it’s vibration-free.

Available from RearViz: RearViz Slim Line

10. Commuter Bag

bicycle gift ideas: backpackThis workhorse bag functions as a backpack or a pannier style bag that securely locks to a bike rack using a J-hook and bungee cords.

Handmade and fully lined with vinyl, the bag is waterproof inside and out and great for commuting with laptops or school books. The roll-top design means it’s perfect for hauling a little or a lot.

Available from NYMB.co: Pannier-Backpack Combo by Mer Bags

Did you enjoy these gift ideas? Check out some of my other recent gift lists:
Enchanted Unicorn Gift Ideas, Part 1
Gardening Gift Ideas Are Blooming
A Very Vegan Gift Guide
Truly Unique Gifts for Tea Lovers

Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Mom

In truth, we all know that Mom certainly deserves more than one holiday a year. She’s our rock, our home and our heart. If you’re stumped on just how to celebrate her this Mother’s Day, we’re offering a few ideas of gifts for Mom.

And give your Mom a hug for me!

9 Gifts for Mom

1. Mother’s Ring

Gifts for Mom: RingsGrowing up, my Mom, Aunts and Grandmothers all had a Mother’s Ring. Back then they were a simple gold or silver band that had all of the birthstones of their children.

These Mom rings are handcrafted by Heidi, a Mom herself, in Indiana. A fun, updated and personalized play on the original Mother’s Ring.

Available from HeidiJHale Designs: Say It On A Ring

2. Yarn Bowl

Gifts for Mom: yarn-bowlThis one was inspired by my Mom. She can often be found working on her latest crocheted creation. This beautiful handmade stoneware bowl keeps the yarn tidy with a deep ‘J’ hook to guide the yarn.

Available from Etsy: Birdie Yarn Bowl by aaharrison ceramics

3. Gym/ Diaper Bag

Gifts for Mom: handbagBeing a Mom doesn’t mean abandoning their style! This stylish bag features hidden pockets for shoes, clothes, diapers, bottles or whatever your personal Mary Poppins keeps in her bag.

Available from GymTote: Eva Tote Oak Croc

4. Lip and Cheek Stain

Gifts for Mom: lip-cheek-oilThis is a perfect go-to makeup to keep stashed in a briefcase, diaper bag or even the glove box. Swipe a pop of fresh color on lips and cheeks for a quick pick me up + just add caffeine 😉

Availabe from Amazon: Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Forever Rose

5. Flowers for Mom

Gifts for Mom: shoe-flower-arrangement

Flowers are always a cheerful choice. And what Mom wouldn’t love getting flowers delivered at work on Friday so she can brag about her angels and the beautiful Mother’s Day flowers she received 🙂

I love this trendy arrangement that celebrates Mom’s fashionista style.

Available in Pittsburgh from the Finleyville Flower Shop: Sophistication in a Shoe

6. Vintage Cocktails

Gifts for Mom: vintage-style-stemwareBring Momma a cocktail!

These gimlet glasses are a favorite of mine, they are an unexpected twist on a standard martini glass.

Try whipping up a batch of these Pink Gimlet Cocktail or Mocktails from Courtney at Sweet C’s Designs and serving them to Mom in her new stemware.

Available from West Elm: Vintage Style Stemware-Coupe Glass-Set of 6

7. Spa Slippers

Gifts for Mom: slippersUncommonGoods is a go-to favorite of mine for gifts. These herbal slippers look like nirvana to me.

These shoes were not made for walking. Time for Mom to put her feet up. Heated or cooled these flax seed filled booties are just what Momma’s tootsies have been screaming for.

Available from UncommonGoods: Luxury Herbal Slippers

8. Mom is Home Mug

Gifts for Mom: mugFor so many, home truly is where Mom lives 🙂 These fun customized mugs are handpainted by Lindsay to illustrate that even when separated by miles, states or even countries, a Momma and her children’s hearts are always connected.

Available from Etsy: Hand Painted Home Is Where My Mom Is Mug from Lettered by Lindsay

9. Photo Frame

Gifts for Mom: digital-frameIf Mom loves all the photos of her grandkids (or gand-fur-kids) but she still gets overwhelmed by navigating email, digital downloads and online photo sharing programs, this is the perfect gift.

This is one of the highest rated digital photo frames. You can remotely add photos to the frame via a dedicated email address, at  no additional charge. All Mom has to do is sit back and enjoy all of her photos delivered directly to her frame.

Available from Amazon: Pix-Star 10.4 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame

Need More Ideas?

Still not finding exactly the right gift idea for your Mom? Check out some of our recent themed gift lists!

Enchanted Unicorn Gift Ideas, Part 1
Gardening Gift Ideas Are Blooming
A Very Vegan Gift Guide
8 Winning Wine Gifts
Truly Unique Gifts for Tea Lovers
11 Star Wars Gift Ideas
Read All About It: Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Fresh and Hot Coffee Gift Ideas
Gift Guide for the Bacon Lover

Enchanted Unicorn Gift Ideas, Part 1

Unicorn Gift Ideas

Unicorns are more than just horses with horns, they remind us to believe in magic and to dream big. So if you know someone who needs more unicorn magic in their life (and who doesn’t?!), this gift list is for you.

And why did I label this gift list ‘part 1’ you ask? As I was doing my research for these unicorn gift ideas, I realized pretty quickly that this was going to be a two-parter. There are simply too many beautiful unicorn gift ideas to limit myself to just one list. And there are no shortage of unicorn gift lists flying around the interweb, but thanks to a lot of digging and a little bit of my own unicorn magic, I found some gems I bet you’ve never seen before.

Watch for part 2 of the unicorn gift list coming later this summer!

16 Enchanted Gift Ideas

1. Uni Tank

Unicorn Gift Ideas: spirit-animal-tankWhen picking a spirit animal, always pick a unicorn!

Available from Design by Humans: Unicorns Are My Spirit Animal Tank Top

2. Kid’s Tee

Unicorn Gift Ideas: believe-kids-teeI love this one! This tee has such a great message, I wish it came in my size (oh wait, it does!). Nieces birthday present: check!

(*as of the date I’m publishing this list, the tee is sold out in small, but it’s still available in other sizes)

Available from Fox & Tots: Believe in Yourself Unicorn Tee

3. Sterling Silver Ring

Unicorn Gift Ideas: ringA beautiful and unique statement ring that doubles as a weapon. Don’t mess with a unicorn.

Available from Etsy: Unicorn Statement Ring by Anomaly Jewelry

4. Coffee Mug

Unicorn Gift Ideas: mugIndeed we are all magical creatures, and being magical is so much easier after our morning caffeine.

Available from Etsy: We Are All Unicorns Mug by Handwritten Mugs

5. Rocking Unicorn

Unicorn Gift Ideas: unicorn-rocking-horseRocking horses are awesome, but a princess deserves a rocking unicorn. This plush unicorn from Pottery Barn Kids is absolutely cuddly and adorable.

Available from Pottery Barn Kids: Unicorn Faux Fur Plush Rocker

6. Paperclip Holder

Unicorn Gift Ideas: uni-paperclip-holderMythical and magnetic, this beautiful unicorn looks great on a desk and tames the wild paperclips from the bottom of a desk drawer.

Available from Perpetual Kid: Unicorn Paperclip Holder

7. Tape Dispenser

Unicorn Gift Ideas: tape-dispenserScotch tape is so 19th century. In the age of all things washi tape, make any desk magical with this adorable unicorn tape dispenser with her rainbow tape.

Available from Paper Source: Unicorn Tape Dispenser

8. Sock Monkey Unicorn

Unicorn Gift Ideas: uni-sock-monkeyWhen a rare mythical creature meets a timeless classic – you get a sock monkey unicorn pony.

Made with original Rockford Red Heel Socks, even his magical horn is made of sock material and is neither sharp nor stiff. He’s 100% handmade and 100% huggable.

Available from Etsy: Sock Monkey Unicorn Pony by Philomenas Friends

9. Light Up Slippers

Unicorn Gift Ideas: slippersWhat’s better than one unicorn? Two unicorns! With their golden horns, rainbow manes and cheeks that light up, these magical buddies will brighten any slumber party or just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Available from Smoko: Unicorn Light Up Slippers

10. Coloring Book

Unicorn Gift Ideas: adult-coloring-bookLaughing and coloring, two proven methods of easing a stressful day. These coloring pages of rowdy unicorns in various states of mischief are sure to lighten any mood.

This one is definitely intended for the adults (I’d rate it PG), not a children’s coloring book.

Available from Amazon: Unicorn Adult Coloring Book

11. Mythical Earrings

Unicorn Gift Ideas: earrings“If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” Said the unicorn.

Perfect for any age or anyone who still believes in magic. Handmade from solid sterling silver.

Available from Etsy: Sterling Silver Unicorn Stud Earrings by Sarah Lucie Jewellry

12. Floor Lamp

Unicorn Gift Ideas: giant-uni-lamp-resize<< This picture! I mean seriously, what else can I say about this gift idea? What little boy or girl doesn’t want to sit reading next to a magical buddy.

This Giant Uni lamp sits 20 inches tall and glows a soft light in the dark, also includes 16 colors and multiple flash and fade modes.

Available from Smoko: The Giant Unicorn Lamp

13. Pencil Skirt

Unicorn Gift Ideas: skirtA statement wardrobe piece for anyone who believes. This beautiful handmade pencil skirt comes in 4 colors and sizes small – 3XL.

Available from Etsy: Unicorn Skirt from Bruno and Betty

14. Whimsical Frock

Unicorn Gift Ideas: periwinkle-frockJust like a unicorn, a unicorn lover is not to be tamed. This lovely periwinkle frock with tulip sleeves is perfectly packable for their next adventure.

Available from ModCloth: Oh My Gosh Dress in Unicorns

15. Folklore Book

Unicorn Gift Ideas: myth-bookThe perfect book for any unicorn lover’s bookshelf or coffee table. With more than 200 pages of illustrations and stories, this collection of folklore shares the whimsy and mischief of the mythical unicorn.

Available from ModCloth: Unicorns-The Myths, The Legends, and Lore

16. Uni Pinata

Unicorn Gift Ideas: pinataI think it’s pretty clear that there’s only one candy when it comes to filling a unicorn pinata – and that candy is skittles, of course!

Available from CandyWarehouse: Unicorn Pinata

A Very Vegan Gift Guide

A Very Vegan Gift Guide

When I decided to do a vegan gift list, I did so expecting this to be a challenge. My personal experiences lend more to the Gift Guide for the Bacon Lover than a vegan gift guide. To my surprise, this gift list was actually one of my favorites to write! With a little research, there are a lot of amazing (and thoughtful!) options for our vegan friends.

This vegan gift guide was a powerful reminder to me of how much I love what I get to do and how much FUN it is to pick gifts with the recipient in mind. I promise you that there is something on this list that will surprise and delight your eco-friends. And by purchasing these items you’re giving the earth your own little hug.

*Special thanks to my friend Erin for giving this list the vegan once-over and to my friend Bek from Sweet Peaches in Pittsburgh for giving the list a vegan chef seal of approval.

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

15 Vegan-Friendly Gift Ideas

1. Retro Tee

vegan gift guide:power-up-tshirt

Not another Kale t-shirt! Check out the obscure and pithy happenings with the zombie loving vegans at Goods and Evil Clothing.

“We don’t do obvious. Obvious is easy. Our designs usually come from the blurry edge just outside of the norm.”

Available from Goods and Evil Clothing: Vegan Power Up T-shirt

2. The Bubbly

vegan gift guide:champagne

Before you toast your vegan friends, stop and check out the Barnivore website. Two vegans from Toronto have done all of the legwork for you, running down information on which libations are vegan-friendly.

As recently as January 2016, Veuve Clicquot (pictured here) reassured Barnivore that they follow a vegan-friendly champagne making process.

Visit Barnivore for their complete vegan beer, wine and liquor guide.

3. Clever Barware

vegan gift guide:age-of-asparagus-cup

The series of mistaken lyrics pint glasses are hysterical. This one is especially perfect for vegan friends.

… And peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Asparagus … A-spar-a-gusssss

Available from Meriwether of Montana: The Age of Asparagus.. Mistaken Lyrics Pint Glass

4. Yoga Mat

vegan gift guide:jute-yoga-matA yoga mat that’s truly tree pose friendly. It’s made from jute fibers that give it a unique look and feel as well as a small ecological footprint.

Available from Barefoot Yoga Co.: Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

5. Box ‘o Veggies

vegan gift guide:csaA thoughtful gift that will last all season. Gift a share in their local farm’s CSA. These CSA’s support small farmers in growing and harvesting their crops that they then share with their CSA investors (typically) via weekly boxes of their most recent harvest. *I see a dinner invitation in your future with this gift 😉

Available from Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

6. “Leather” Journal

vegan gift guide:journal

A handmade journal to inspire your herbivore. It starts with a faux leather cover, inside the journal is stuffed with sketch quality paper and the page binding is handsewn with hemp thread.

Available from Etsy: Vegan Faux Leather Journal from BoundByHand

7. Natural Skincare

vegan gift guide:pacifica-beauty-kit

A perfect way to gift that kale you’ve been thinking about. Pacifica is a 100% vegan and cruelty free skincare company. This kit includes four skincare products formulated with superpower fruit and flower naturals.

Available from Pacifica: Super Detox
Natural Solutions Kit

8. Beard and Body Soap

vegan gift guide:beard-soap

Even guys need pampering, and Brave GentleMan answers the call with this vegan, ultra-moisturizing soap with it’s invigorating scent.

“It softens coarse beards, mustaches and skin with organic coconut oil, fair wage and clay-filtered Moroccan argan oil and vitamin E.”

Available from Brave GentleMan: Beard & Body Brick: Citrus

9. Planter Necklace

vegan gift guide:planter-necklace

What a lovely gift, especially for someone who spends their days under the fluorescent lighting of cubicle world. A stunning way to surround oneself with nature and accessorize any outfit!

The pendant and closure are both handmade and attached with 16″ of natural cording.

Available from Etsy: Half Moon Living Plant Necklace by Gems of the Soil

10. Beautiful Glass Jars

vegan gift guide:weck-jars

A classy way to store and display their earth-friendly nibbles. These classic glass canning jars are a favorite of mine. Their tapered shapes and glass lids are easy to fill and make a stunning display. A perfect gift to pair with a cookbook or the CSA share.

Available from West Elm: Weck Juice Jar, Set of 6

11. Chocolate!

vegan gift guide:vegan-twix

Turns out your sweet tooth can be ethical, compassionate and oh so happy 🙂 With Easter coming…and Mother’s Day…and well, Mondays, finding this gem came at the perfect time! From the artists at this little vegan sweet shop in Bethlehem, PA, handmade vegan candy bars like Better Finger Bars, Twin Caramel Cookie Stix and even Veganbury Eggs. Hop to your keyboard and stock up on these vegan delights.

Available from Vegan Treats: All the Heavenly Candy Bars!

12. Fun & Flirty Scarf

vegan gift guide:scarf

Lightweight and perfect for spring, this 100% cotton scarf is made from organic cotton grown from seeds that have not been genetically modified and without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. The flirty cotton tassels make this a fun way to dress up or down any outfit.

Available from Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique: RockFlowerPaper Buttons Pink Cotton Tassel Scarf

13. Cookbook

vegan gift guide:vegan-pantry-cookbook

Gorgeous photography and tempting recipes fill the pages of this vegan cookbook. Vegan or not, anyone who appreciates delicious food and high quality ingredients will drool over the pages of this book.

Available from Amazon: The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples

14. Serious Eats

vegan gift guide:real-vegan-faux-gras

Perfect for a host(ess) gift or even poker night! This toasted walnut lentil paste is a humane  hors d’oeuvres alternative to foie gras. Enjoy this vegetarian foie gras on a warm baguette topped with sliced onion, capers or fresh arugula. Umm, yes please!

Available from The Real Vegan: Faux Gras-The Humane Foie Gras Alternative

15. Wrapping Paper

vegan gift guide:flowering-gift-wrap

Consider their gift down to the tiniest details. This flowering wrapping paper is made from recycled paper that is embedded with flowering seeds (like Baby Snapdragon or Black Eyed Susan.) After unwrapping one of these veggie-fabulous gifts from our Vegan Gift Guide, they can even plant the gift wrap. You thought of everything!

Available from Little Kay Gardens: Flowering Gift Wrap

Gift the Memories this Valentine’s Day

Gift the Memories This Valentine’s Day

For me, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating connection with the loved ones in your life. Gift the memories this Valentine’s Day and shine a spotlight on the moments that make a life together.

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: dr-seuss-quote
Photography by: Cara Rufenacht Creative

7 Ways to Share Memories

1. Personalized Wine Boxes

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: winebox

Is there a wine that you shared on your first date? When you got engaged? At your wedding or on a trip to Napa? Whatever the occasion, gift your loved one that special wine inside one of these personalized laser engraved wooden wine boxes. You can have the top and all sides customized with messages, poems and even images.

And this gift isn’t limited to romantic loves, it would also be a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for friends, parents, siblings or anyone special in your life with whom you want to share a great bottle of wine and a special message of love and memories.

Available from PersonalizedWineBoxes: Personalized Wine Gift Boxes

2. GPS Coordinates Bracelet

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: coordinates-bracelet

A dainty cuff personalized with the coordinates to a location important to you and your Valentine. Next, include a short special message about the location on the inside of the bracelet. Finally, watch her swoon!

Available from Etsy: Dainty Cuff Coordinates with Hidden Message by CentimeGift

3. A Shadow Box

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: shadow-box

A shadow box is an amazing way to literally show someone how much you’ve cherished your relationship by gifting them the mementos that you’ve saved over the years. Whether it’s ticket stubs, love notes, wine corks or bottle caps, an engraved shadow box is a stylish way to present a ‘box of memories’.

Available from Etsy: Personalized Shadow Box by CheapHumidors

4. Custom Map Coasters

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: custom-map-coasters

Immortalize a location special to your relationship. Where you met, went to school, got engaged, your wedding, your 1st house; the options are endless with these customized coasters.

Available from UncommonGoods: Custom Map Coaster Set

5. A Mixtape

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: usb-mixtape

As a child of the ’80s, love + a mixtape will forever be tied together for me. I wouldn’t blow your mind by suggesting that you pull out the boombox and work the play/record buttons simultaneously. Instead, combine the ease of a USB storage device with the nostalgia and personalization of a handwritten cassette case.

Available from Amazon: Mix Tape USB Memory Stick

Now, the actual storage of the music may be easier with a USB device, but the perfect mixtape is still a labor of love and skill. If you have missed out on the art form that is a mixtape, here’s a little help: The Art of the Mix: 15 Foolproof Rules for Creating the Perfect Mixtape

6. Hand Printed Recipe Tea Towel

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: teatowel

Not just for lovebirds, a wonderful idea for a daughter, a granddaughter or even your girlfriends. Share a special recipe in your own handwriting.

Available from Etsy: Tea Towel with Handwriting by AU Designs Studio

7. Kid’s Art Jewelry

Gift the Memories this Valentine's Day: kids-art-jewelry

A great gift for Moms and Dads, grandparents or anyone who loves your kids!

Available from Formia Design: Jewelry Design by Kids