Christmas gifts for truckers in your life should be sentimental, but also useful. It can be difficult to know for sure what exactly what to get any loved one for the holidays, but truckers have a unique lifestyle that often calls for a little extra thought when it comes to gift-giving, Truckers only have so much room inside the rig, so often it’s usually best to gift something personal, yet practical. Are you still stuck? Well, we have a list of products direct from St. Nick that will be perfect Christmas gifts for the trucker in your life.
Best Christmas Gifts for the Trucker This Holiday Season
Starting off simple, if you want your loved one to use your present regularly, one of the best ways to do this is by giving clothes. Your present can be as simple as a novelty trucker t-shirt, jeans, or shoes. Leatherwork gloves are a practical gift that can protect your trucker’s hands while keeping them in comfort. Other articles of clothing are designed to protect their health, too. Compression socks can be great for people who spend long hours in the same position. Not only are they comfortable and warm, but they’ve been medically proven to increase circulation in the legs to prevent clot formation and leg pain. Truckers usually need a new pair of socks each day they’re out on the road, so multipacks can be well-appreciated.
Many truckers love multitools because they can hold the equivalent of a toolbox in one pocket-sized device. There are many kinds of multi-tools at a variety of different price points, so it can be hard to find the best value. Popular Mechanics listed their top picks in their article “The Best Multitools for Every Situation” to get the broadest look at what the market has to offer. Their top pick was the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X, and while it’s one of the pricer models on the market, this Swiss Army tool offers 27 functions and comes with an included lifetime warranty, so your trucker will be set for life.
While many carriers supply their drivers with mattresses, there is no guarantee of quality. Your next gift for your favorite trucker could be a new, quality mattress for their semi-truck. Specifically designed to fit in the back of sleeper cabs, Raney’s offers up a wide variety of hypoallergenic mattresses that have options for memory foam, cooler selling, and motion transfer reduction. For many drivers, the gift of a good night’s sleep is worth their weight in gold. It’s almost as good as holiday pay.
Staying in the realm of comfort, we move to the driver’s seat for our next suggestion. While it may seem easy to sit down all day while driving, anyone who has gone on a road trip knows that the human backside gets sore after being in the same position for too long. Seat covers add extra comfort to the person running the rig. Some drivers swear by beaded seats for the messaging beads and circulation, while others prefer more modern plush covers with extra abilities like heating. Purple, the makers of best-selling mattresses, created their “Ultimate Seat Cushion” with truck drivers in mind. The grid-like cushion supports the body, while air channels ensure comfortable temperatures around the clock. The added curve at the back supports posture so your trucker can keep their spine healthy as they drive.
There are many gadgets designed to cater to trucker life and make it better. If you want to make sure your loved one’s ride is safe when they’re idle, consider gifting a parking brake lock. This easily installed device keeps trucks in place while the motor is still running, and protects against accidental movement and vehicle theft. For drivers who like to keep their space clean, a portable vacuum can easily refresh any space. If you know the make and model of the truck, a brand new steering wheel can always give the rig a new feel. To add a personal touch to any truck, a novelty shifter knob or hood ornament can be a great way for your trucker to show off their other interests outside of work.
No, we’re not kidding. Truck drivers are heavily susceptible to skin damage, and unprotected truckers may experience skin damage known as “truck driver face” where the skin on one side of the face wrinkles at a faster rate due to long-term sun exposure through windows. Proper skin care can be great for physical and mental health, and many skincare brands have holiday sales on full regimens on quality products, such as Geologie’s line of medically formulated luxury men’s skincare. If nothing else, gifting a quality sunblock is the best way for your trucker to protect their face while on the job, but make sure it is a broad-spectrum protector to guard against UVA and UVB rays.
Another way to protect your driver is to give them quality sunglasses for those long, sunny routes. While reviews for the best sunglasses of 2021 vary, qualities you should generally look out for are frame strength, amount of eye protection, and what kinds of light lenses protect against. Most of the top-rated sunglasses provide full protection from UVA, UVB, and UVC light. Bonus points if they protect against blue light from electronic screens!
Truck drivers of every specialty spend hours on their own on the open roads. Driving can be long, boring work, and it can be a challenge to keep themselves awake and alert. Many drivers find that music and audiobooks provide enough stimulation and entertainment to do their jobs well, so a membership to Audible, the popular audiobook streaming service, could be just the ticket. You can give your loved one access to thousands of free books, and credits to purchase the latest reads. They have a variety of annual plans, so this could be the perfect gift for the bookish trucker.
Happy Holidays from Truck Driver Institute
Truck driving is a lifestyle that requires flexibility and practicality, and this is reflected by the kinds of gifts they enjoy. Drivers appreciate anyone who supports their career and understands how to provide the comforts of home when they are out on the road. While it can be hard to stay connected to youe=r family when away for the holidays, there are always ways to show them love.
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