The holiday season is here, and many people are gearing up to purchase gifts for their loved ones. To make the shopping experience easier, we’ve compiled a list of some gift ideas for the truck drivers in your lives. Or, if you’re a truck driver, you might want to add these items to your holiday wish list.
1. Custom Photo Gifts
Often, the hardest part about being on the road is being away from friends and family. With a custom photo gift, your truck driver can bring their loved ones along for the ride. Photo printing services like Shutterfly and Snapfish allow you to create custom items, like blankets, pillows and travel mugs, with your personal photos on them. It’ll be like having a piece of home right in the cab.
2. Crock Pot or Electric Lunch Box
It’s possible to enjoy a home-cooked meal on the road, but your driver will need some tools. First, they’ll need a way to cook the meal. An electric lunch box is a handy way to heat up food without taking up as much space as a microwave. Crock pots can be a great option, too. Plus, they are available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the right size, whether your driver is cooking for one or two (we’re talking to you, team drivers!). There are even slow cookers that double as coolers, keeping ingredients chilled until it’s time to cook.
3. Travel-Sized Cookware
Of course, if your driver is going to be cooking on the road, they’ll also need some utensils. Camping stores are great resources for compact cooking gear, from space-saving folding cutting boards to collapsible silicone pots and bowls.
For a gift that’s both stylish and useful, gift your driver a pair of sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that are polarized to reduce glare, helping your driver stay even safer on the road.
5. Electric Blanket
Make sure your driver stays cozy with an electric blanket. While Schneider trucks are equipped with bunk heaters, being wrapped in a warm, heated blanket adds an extra level of comfort.
6. Subscription to Streaming Services
For drivers who spend a lot of time on the road, there can never be too many radio options. Luckily, there are many audio streaming services that can offer even more variety to your driver’s usual playlist. Spotify and Pandora offer offline listening services, while audiobook services like Audible and Scribd offer audiobooks and news for download. Purchase a gift subscription and keep your driver entertained for miles and miles.
7. Thermoelectric Cooler
If your driver doesn’t have a refrigerator in their truck, a thermoelectric cooler might be the perfect gift. This type of cooler is iceless and runs on electricity, so it’s easy for your driver to have cool beverages and healthy snacks (like cheese or fresh fruits and veggies) on hand.
8. Schneider Gear
Help your driver show their Schneider pride by gifting them an item from our company store. We have everything from apparel to collectible die-cast trucks, so you’re bound to find something your driver will like. Check it out here.
When choosing a gift for your driver, be aware of the features their truck already has. For example, Schneider trucks are equipped with truck route GPS systems, so a GPS wouldn’t be a useful gift. Also be aware of company policies for items that are prohibited in the truck, like hot plates and open heating surfaces.
Planning for the holidays?
At Schneider, we know the importance of being home with your family for the holidays. Learn more about our different home-time configurations and paid-time-off options.
There are many gifts available to show your truck driver that you’re thinking about him or her over the holidays. Drivers, what are some of the best gifts that you’ve received?