Christmas Stocking Stuffers

I think I like the neat little gifts nestled away in a Christmas stocking better than those gift wrapped boxes, adorned with ribbon and bows under the tree. In our family, the first thing we do on Christmas morning is explore the contents of our stockings, and mine held several treasures.

The Kikkerland Bicycle Repair Kit comes in a tin box and includes patches, glue, Allen wrenches, tire levers, and a bone tool. (It’s been years since I’ve seen a bone tool in the flesh.) I love the vintage look of the box, and although the kit is pretty heavy, the stuff of this kit sure would come in handy in the event of a flat or needing to tighten a loose bolt. Kim, the inveterate shopper, found this kit in a small gift shop (nope, not a bike shop!) in the Ozarks. But you don’t need to travel to Southwest Missouri to find your own kit – they’re available on Amazon, among other online places. No idea if the contents are of decent quality or not, but it’s a cool kit and I plan to carry it.

My favorite stocking stuffer of the day though is this small book published by Gingko Press, A Cycling Lexicon: Bicycle head badges from a bygone era.

There are 400 pages with hundreds of excellent quality photographs of bicycle head badges. It’s pretty short on text, so the book is really more of a “show and tell” – but you won’t find me complaining at all… this is really a great little book.


3 thoughts on “Christmas Stocking Stuffers

  1. I’ve been impressed with the straightforward, crisp focusing and pleasing color page combos with this book.

    The only gripe I have is that I want to know more about the badges! What is the country of origin? Roughly, what year? What kind of bike?! These questions quietly pillage my internal psyche but perhaps I should simply be content with all of the images detail, artistry and various design themes.

    Either way, it’s a great reference and/or coffee table book!

    • I agree, Josh. The book reminds me a lot of the sort of thing printing and paper companies would give away to us graphic designers to convince us to use their services years ago. Generally, very well designed and very attractive, but short on content. Not surprisingly, I think this book may have a similar origin.

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