Kitty’s Christmas gift guide: Prints, books, bags and cowls

It’s that time of year again. Time to find that perfect gift for the cycle-loving fanatic on your Christmas list (even if that person is you!) We have limited edition prints, gorgeous books and some swelegant accessories. So let’s get shopping!

Panachetastic prints

I love the Panache series of prints from Handmade Cyclist. Hampsten, Hinault and Merckx at their most panachetastic! These come in three sizes: A3, £25; A2, £35; A1, £50. (UK postage for one poster, approx £4.50; for international P&P, see website.) 

Handmade cyclist Hampsten

Hampsten ’88; from £25; Handmade Cyclist

Handmade cyclist Merckx

Merckx ’69; from £25; Handmade Cyclist

Handmade cyclist Hinault

Hinault ’80; from £25; Handmade Cyclist

Graphic design consultancy BCMH have beautiful interpreted some of cycling’s most iconic climbs, including Ventoux, Tourmalet and Galibier. Available from Look Mum No Hands, each design is a limited edition of 20 and measures 30cm x 40cm. £30. (Free UK shipping on orders £30 or over; international, see website.) 

BCMH Ventoux poster

Ventoux limited edition poster, BCMH, £30, Look Mum No Hands

BCMH Galibier poster

Galibier limited edition print, BCMH, £30, Look Mum No Hands

I might be sending you on a wild goose chase with this next poster, as it’s sold out, but I thought I would include it anyway, just in case they reprint or you want to beg. Rouleur has designed a limited edition print to commemorate the career of David Millar, with a selection of his race numbers and results, including two blacked-out squares for those banned years. The print is signed by Millar as well. A3, £40 (excl P&P).

David Millar Rouleur poster

David Millar limited edition print; £40; Rouleur


If you have a track cyclist in your heart, this might be the print for them. Velo by Anthony Oram is a simple yet striking limited edition print of 25, available from Emma Felton Photography. Measuring 30cm x 40cm, the print is signed and numbered on the back and is £36. (UK postage approx £6.75; for international rates, see website.) 

Velo - Ltd edition poster; emma Felton

Velo limited edition print; £36; Emma Felton

Hey, remember the 2014 Grand Depart in Yorkshire? Block Culture has created prints around those heady three days of yellow, including Cote de Buttertubs. The prints are 30cm x 40cm, £25 each. (UK delivery £4; international charges, see website.)

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Cote de Buttertubs print; £25; Block Culture

Bold and beautiful books

If you’ve bought the Handmade Cyclist poster of Merckx ’69, why not also buy the book? This oversized (330mm x 240mm) book of fabulous photographs from Merckx’s magic year is a stunner. I should know, I have the book! He’s like Elvis on a bike! Published by Bloomsbury Press, at the time of going to press it’s 10% off so a snip at £31.50 with free P&P.

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Merckx 69; £31.50; Bloomsbury Press

The Infographic Guide to Cycling has parcelled up our beautiful sport of cycling into sleek, creative and funny infographics to give you hours of joy! Published by Bloomsbury Press, at the time of going to press it is 10% off, at £11.69 (plus P&P).

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If any of you out there would like to send me something to show your appreciation, you can’t go wrong with this handsome box of Tour de France postcards from Handmade Cyclist. These 100 postcards tell the tales of the history of the Tour – from tragic to funny to just plain odd – through simple, bold illustrations. Perfect for any cycling fan. £40. (UK postage is approx £7.05; international, see website.)

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Miscellany of Tour de France postcard collection; £40; Handmade Cyclist

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Miscellany of Tour de France postcard collection; £40; Handmade Cyclist

Super swelegant accessories

Fancy pushing out the boat for your cycling love? Check out this gorgeous messenger bag from Chapeau. Made in soft brown leather, this handmade bag has compartments and pockets galore, both inside and out, and is great both on and off the bike. It’ll last forever – as will the gratitude of whoever you surprise with this little honey. £249. (Delivery free on orders over £75, both for UK and international orders.) 

Chapeau messenger bags

Leather messenger bags; £249; Chapeau

If the messenger bag was a bit too big, why not buy this treat of a saddle bag. Made by Rivet, this saddle bag is big enough to hold some cash, your mobile, puncture kit and other bits and bobs, leaving your jersey pockets free to stuff with gels and power bars. It comes in three colours: black, natural and burgundy; is £54 (with free UK delivery) and is available from Victor & Liberty.

Rivet saddle bag

Rivet saddle bag; £54; Victor & Liberty

Victor & Liberty have a lot of goodies available, including these commuter cowls by stitch-mi-lane. Knitted in Scotland from a Fair Isle pattern, these cowls are fleece lined and are perfect for on-the-bike warmth or snazzy street style. Available in black or red; £30 each (free UK delivery).

Stitch-mi-lane Commuter snood

Stitch-mi-lane commuter cowl; £30; Victor & Liberty

Stitch-mi-lane Commuter snood red

Stitch-mi-lane commuter cowls; £30; Victor & Liberty

If your cycling man is a Dapper Dan, this swanky silk pocket square from Hannmaid would be perfect. I’ve seen this pocket square in action and, I have to say, it quietly whispers ‘style’ while giving a subtle nod to a cycling passion. Available in three colours: red, navy blue and turquoise blue; £30 each; available from (UK delivery is £5 plus £7 tax; international, see website.) 


Hannmaid red pocket square; £30; Conquista

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Hannmaid pocket squares; £30 ea; Conquista

Header image: detail from Handmade Cyclist’s Merckx ’69 poster. 

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