2016 Holiday Gift Guide Up To $50

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

Affordable presents for your favorite riders

It’s time once again for the annual conundrum of what to gift to the motorcyclist in your life. As always, we begin our annual Holiday Gift Guide on the affordable end of the spectrum with a selection of some practical, and some not-so-practical gift ideas. This year’s list begins at $5, and ratchets-up in incremental dollar amounts to our $50 limit. If you don’t find something here, and are willing to bestow a more financially substantial gift on your beloved biker, other MO editors will be following this list with $50 to $100, $100 to $250, and above $250 lists in the coming weeks. Happy shopping!

Plexus Plastic Cleaner – $4.99

This 0.5 ounce bottle of Plexus plastic cleaner is the perfect traveling companion for the motorcyclist who, when arriving anywhere, must immediately clean the dead bugs and road grime from his or her two-wheeler. It works on all plastic parts on a motorcycle including the windshield as well as helmet faceshields, sunglasses, and goggles. The half-ounce bottle is small enough to easily fit into the limited amount of storage available on a motorcycle. For more info go to Plexus.

The Bathroom Book of Motorcycle Trivia – $12.51

Chock full of useless information every biker should know, Mark Gardiner’s Bathroom Book of Motorcycle Trivia is fun as well as informative. And, at $12.51 ($5.99 for the Kindle edition) on Amazon.com, it’s a wonderfully affordable present for literate motorcyclists. I just bought a copy for myself!

Christmas Tree Ornament – $13.00

There’s no shortage of available moto-Xmas tree ornaments. We just happen to settle on this 3.5-inch wide, hand-cast pewter chopper available on Etsy for $13.00 from Aristocraft Pewter. For more ideas simply Google motorcycle christmas tree ornaments.

T-Shirt – $14.99

As most women with inventories of shoes, motorcyclists can never have too many t-shirts, especially cool ones like the one above with Godzilla fist-pumping while riding a vintage scrambler. An appreciated t-shirt is a gift that keeps on giving because favorite T’s are worn ’til threadbare. Like the ornament before, we found this particular shirt on Etsy, but there’s a lot of cool stuff out there if you look.

Poster – $25.95

All man caves require garage art, and a badass poster is oftentimes the perfect item for the blank space on a motorcyclist’s wall. We found this 33.1- by 21.4-inch Isle of Man TT poster on RedBubble.com for $25.59 (a smaller 23.2- by 15-inch is available for $15.88). The website has a wide variety of other prints as well as t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, etc.

Harley Hat – $30.00

You don’t get any more subjective than personal style, but we found the Rivet Accent Flat Top Cap from Harley-Davidson to be chic. The cap is appropriate for female riders, passengers, or for the girl who simply appreciates Harley-Davidsons. The 100% cotton cap features metal studs, embroidered metallic graphics on the bill, and an adjustable Bar & Shield logo slide for back closure. At $30, it seems like a decent deal to us. Check out Harley-Davidson.com.

Tire Repair Kit – $33.99

This tire repair kit from Stop & Go is one of the more useful items on this list, and, take it from us, something any motorcyclist will be overjoyed at having when a flat tire strikes. Made for both tubed and tubeless tires, the repair is useful for just about any type of bike in any type of flat tire situation. A great and useful gift. We found this one at JPCycles.com for $33.99.

Battery Tender Junior – $39.95

For all but the most die-hard riders, a white Christmas signifies a motorcycle in cold storage. While waiting for the thaw, a motorcycle’s battery needs to be fed a trickle of electric life in order to perform as expected once the Spring riding season arrives. The Battery Tender Junior does just that for an affordable $39.95. For this charger and others like it, check out BatteryTender.com.

Kruzer Kaddy – $44.99

Why leave your tasty beverage behind when you can take it with you thanks to the Kruzer Kaddy. Available in a variety of finishes (stainless steel, chrome, black, leather), the Kruzer Kaddy affixes to almost any bike with handlebars, and, if not, there are clutch perch mounts and windshield brackets available. Stylish and useful for $44.99. Check ’em out at KruzerKaddy.com.

Ugly Moto Sweater – $44.99

Ugly sweaters are a holiday tradition, and it doesn’t get any uglier (better) than biker Claus riding one-handed beneath a Jolly To The Bone banner! Best yet, the sweater twinkles with four motion-sensor LED lights. This is easily our favorite gift for under $50. We found it here for $44.99.

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Old MOron Old MOron on Nov 22, 2016

    I'm kind of the "Bah, humbug!" type, but combining Xmas with motorcycles is more like it. This is a fine list to start us off, but I do have one question:

    Where is the official JB replica bandana?
    I might get one if it costs less than 50 dollars!

  • Starmag Starmag on Nov 23, 2016

    Great list. As for the Harley hat, what, no skulls?