Truck drivers work incredibly hard to keep this country and economy running. Now more than ever, they need a little appreciation and care.
This holiday season, show the truck driver in your life your love and gratitude with a gift picked out specifically with them and their lifestyle in mind.
From the practical to the more luxurious, each of the items below help make the life of a trucker a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. In fact, they may wonder how they ever lived without them.
Gifts to make their job easier
- GPS System: Give the trucker in your life the gift of convenience with a GPS designed specifically with the trucker in mind. The Garmin dezl 580 LMT-S, to name one, takes the specific truck’s height and weight into account to find the best route. It also features live traffic and weather updates and a truck services directory, among other amenities.
- Multi-use tool: With a sleek, compact design and dozens of uses that will come in handy on more than one occasion, a multi-use tool like the Gentleman Hardware Pen Knife or the classic Swiss army knife, is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Gloves: High quality, durable gloves, such as the Give’r 4-Season Wax Gloves, are something the trucker in your life might not splurge on for themselves, but they’ll be so glad they have them – especially when extreme weather hits.
- Seat Organizer: Help your driver keep their truck organized and clutter-free with a seat organizer, such as the Front Seat Organizer, to keep items like water bottles, pens, sunglasses and electronics from ending up in hard-to-reach crevices or on the truck floor.
- Portable Cooler or Fridge: When thirst or hunger hits on the road, there isn’t always time or a place nearby to stop for a snack. That’s why a portable cooler, like Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler, or fridge, such as the Alpicool C20 Portable Refrigerator, make great, practical gifts.
Gifts to make the job more comfortable
- Travel Toiletry Bag: Help the trucker in your life fend off that not-so-fresh feeling with a nice toiletry bag to keep essentials like face cleanser, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste organized and easy to tote around.
- Heated Blanket: Give the trucker in your life the warm and fuzzies with a heated blanket. Look for one like the Sojoy 12V Heated Travel Blanket, which plugs into any vehicle’s 12-Volt power outlet, offers different levels of heat and has automatic turn-off for safety
- Orthopedic Driving Cushion: Sitting for long periods of time can turn into a literal pain in the rear end for a trucker. Give yours some relief with an orthopedic support cushion, such as the Memory Foam Seat Cushion & Lumbar Support Pillow.
- Memory Foam Mattress: When fatigue hits, but a motel just isn’t an option, any trucker will be glad to have a portable memory foam mattress. One like the Better Habitat CertiPUR-US SleepReady Mattress is convenient, cozy and custom-made for travel.
- Snack box or snack subscription box: Eating on the road can be tough, especially anyone trying to eat a little healthier. A collection of on-the-go snacks can be a welcome gift when frequent stops aren't possible or when pickings are slim. You can build your own box with snacks they love or use a snack subscription service for a new box of snacks each month.
Gifts to beat boredom and loneliness
- Wireless Bluetooth Headset: Help the trucker in your life combat loneliness on long trips with a gift like the BlueParrott B350-XT Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headset. They can check in with friends and family while adhering to laws prohibiting commercial drivers from operating hand-held cell phones on the job.
- XM Satellite Radio: An XM Satellite radio and/or satellite radio subscription is a great gift to help truck drivers beat boredom on the road. With thousands of options ranging from music and talk radio to news, sports and entertainment, satellite radio provides many more options than traditional radio and saves them the frustration of dealing with a poor signal.
- Audiobook Subscription: For the trucker in your life who also loves a good true crime mystery, historical narrative or bestselling memoir, consider an audiobook service subscription, such as Audible. They download books to their smartphone to liven up long stretches on the road.