Christmas season is upon us and it’s time to buy gifts for our loved ones! But what do you buy someone who’s gone for weeks at a time? With such limited space, it’s hard to think of gifts for truck drivers that they can 1) get use out of on a truck; and 2) actually store on a truck.
Today, we’re going to share some of our suggestions for gifts for truck drivers. If you have any great ideas that you think would make great Christmas gifts for truck drivers, just leave them in the comments section at the bottom of this post!
Without further ado… The Healthy Trucker’s Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Truck Drivers!
Polarized sunglasses are a must for long haul truck drivers. You’ll want something that will reduce glare and protect your eyes during long periods of driving. Polarized sunglasses will also heighten clarity and depth perception. Nice, polarized sunglasses are great gifts for truck drivers.
Our suggestion: Revo Abyss Rectangular Polarized Sunglasses
If you’ve been following The Healthy Trucker for long, you know how we feel about drive-thru and truck stop food. That stuff will rot your body from the inside out. But if you can’t get fast food…what’s a trucker to do? The easiest way to eat healthy on the road is by preparing meals yourself in your truck. This is easy to do with a slow cooker! All you have to do is toss in whatever tickles your fancy and go. When you stop, you have a steaming hot homecooked meal that took virtually no effort.
A GPS can significantly reduce the amount of on-the-job stress truck drivers face every day. It can be nerve-wracking driving to new and unfamiliar places day in and day out, but a GPS can provide a little bit of comfort. Keep in mind that a GPS should never take the place of a good old fashioned trucker’s atlas, but that they should be used together in unison. When buying a GPS, make sure it’s made specifically for truck drivers and will plan routes accordingly based on trailer length, weight, and road restrictions.
Our suggestion: Rand McNally TND 720 IntelliRoute Truck GPS
You know how annoying it is to have to constantly change the radio station when on a long trip because you keep losing reception? Imagine having to deal with this every day! A satellite radio subscription is a great gift for truck drivers for exactly this reason. You never lose service and it’s commercial free! Satellite radio offers many different radio station options, from pop, to alternative, to Christmas music, to talk radio. There’s even a station dedicated solely to truck drivers! Some cabs have an XM button on the stereo, in which case you’d only need to buy the monthly satellite subscription. Others don’t have access to satellite radio in their truck, so you’d have to buy a docking station to plug into the radio in order to receive satellite service.
Our suggestion: XM Onyx Dock-and-Play Radio with Car Kit
A tablet is a multi-purpose tool that can take the place of a laptop while you’re on the road. Tablets are compact and easy to store in cramped quarters like a semi truck. Drivers can get on the internet, Skype with loved ones back home (provided they have a WiFi connection), read books, and watch movies…all on the same device. Many companies have come out with their version of a tablet now, and buying one won’t burn a hole in your pocket like it did a few years ago.
Our suggestion: Kindle Fire HD 7″
Truck driving careers create many coffee addicts as drivers need to stay awake on long drives. Why not give your trucker a nice travel mug for Christmas? Travel mugs make great gifts for truck drivers as they’ll keep your truck driver’s coffee warm and toasty for hours on end.
Our suggestion: Thermos 16-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
Many trucks can be a bit chilly. How about giving the truck driver in your life a nice electric blanket that can be used while waiting on a load? You can find many 12 volt electric blankets on Amazon that warm up quickly and are easy to store in the cab of a truck.
Our suggestion: Heated Fleece Travel Electric Blanket
With a ban on using handheld devices while driving, a Bluetooth headset is a great gift for a truck driver who likes to spend a lot of time talking to friends and family back home. A good Bluetooth headset can be worn comfortably all day and will block out any loud background noises in the cab.
Our suggestion: VXI BlueParrott B250-XT+ Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset
A travel cooler is a great way for truck drivers to eat a little healthier on the road. If you can store food, you’re able to purchase healthier alternatives to truck stop fare and keep them fresh in your cab. Many travel coolers use either a 12 volt plug or the cigarette lighter and are convenient and useful gifts for truckers.
Our suggestion: Koolatron Compact Kooler
Good work boots are a must for professional truck drivers. Steel toed boots aren’t necessary (though recommended for flat bed drivers), but shoes that can withstand water, mud, and diesel will be helpful in the day-to-day tasks of a truck driver.
Our suggestion: Caterpillar Men’s Work Boots
We’ve Updated Our List for 2013!
These are just a few ideas to get your shopping started this holiday season, but we’ve got plenty more where that came from. In fact, we’ve put together 9 categorized lists this year to help you find the right gift on the right budget. Just request our gift guide below and we’ll email the lists to you.