- by Daniel
12 Useful Gift Ideas For Truck Drivers That Always Deliver
Get your favourite trucker a gift that will help them stay healthy and pain-free on their drive, come in handy on the road, and keep them entertained.
Life on the road as a long-distance truck driver can really take a toll on your body.
As hour after hour of sitting behind the wheel and being exposed to the vibrations of the truck can weaken your core muscles and squeeze your spinal discs.
Meaning your back doesn't get the oxygen, nutrients or support it needs to stay healthy and strong.
Which is why so many truck drivers complain of aches and pains after a day on the road.
However back, neck and shoulder pain isn't the only thing that a truck driver has to contend with.
Because on top of that there is the responsibility of driving a monster of a vehicle that could cause devastation if you lose concentration for just a second.
And tight schedules, heavy traffic, demanding operators, and over zealous security guards and warehouse foremen don't help either.
Not to mention being on your own for days at a time away from your family and friends.
So why not treat your favourite truck driver to a gift to help make their day that bit easier and more enjoyable.
Because each of the following gift ideas for truckers will do just that.
1. Maxar Industrial Back Support Belt
Sitting down for hours at a time can be a killer for your back.
However truck drivers have been found to be 4 times more likely to suffer musculoskeletal injuries than office workers that also have to sit down for most of the day.
And there are two reasons for this.
Whole body vibrations caused by the truck that puts extra pressure on your spinal discs and muscles.
And doing manual work like lifting and unloading after a long drive with weakened core muscles from too much sitting.
But while there's not a lot you can do about the former, you can help yourself out with the latter.
As by wearing a back support belt while loading and unloading your truck you can give your back the extra support it may be lacking.
These belts work by compressing your abdomen to assist your core muscles in supporting your back as you move, bend, and lift.
And this compression will also stop you from overstretching yourself.
Meaning your back is far less likely to go pop halfway through a job while wearing one of these.
So a back support belt makes a great gift that can keep a trucker's back healthier and free from pain.
And the one we'd recommend is the Maxar Industrial Back Support Belt.
As this one is built for heavy work, offers great support, is durable, and feels comfortable to wear and work in.
2. Coop Home Goods Lumbar Support & Seat Cushions
Another reason you get back pain from sitting down is our tendency to sit with a bad posture.
And doing this means your body can't spread out the pressure of gravity evenly.
Meaning certain areas such as your lower back come under increasing strain and pressure, causing you pain and stiffness.
So it's important to train yourself to sit with a healthy posture when behind the wheel.
And one of the things that can help you do that is a lumbar support cushion.
As placing one of these between your lower back and the truck seat encourages your spine into a healthy 'S' curve shape rather than an unhealthy 'C' curve shape.
Which will relieve the pressure and strain from sitting and help you to breathe a bit easier.
And while we're on the subject of cushions that can keep a trucker out of pain as they drive, we should mention coccyx cushions too.
As your backside can go numb and feel uncomfortable after a while on some truck seats.
However, sitting on a coccyx cushions will add a bit of extra padding to prevent this while also relieving pressure on your tailbone.
And as such they are also helpful for people with sciatica too.
So, if this sounds like something you'd like to get for someone check out the Everlasting Comfort lumbar and coccyx cushion set.
As these cushions are great as they contain a ventilated gel infused memory foam, meaning your butt won't get hot and sweaty from sitting on it.
3. Timberland White Ledge Boots & YakTrax Traction Cleats
A trucker's choice of footwear is also important if they want to stay safe and pain-free.
Because your feet are your body's shock absorbers.
And wearing a pair of work boots without the right amount of support means you'll feel every jar and jolt in your joints and muscles.
Which will leave you aching and sore after a day of grafting.
So a great gift to get for a trucker is comfortable pair of work boots that have good arch support.
And a pair that cover both of these bases are the Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boots.
These boots are also comfortable and really nice to drive in.
And they're waterproof with a good grip too, so your feet will stay dry and you'll be less likely to suffer any slips or falls.
However if you know a trucker that regularly drives in colder regions then you should also consider the YakTrax Traction Cleats as an additional gift.
These are rubber slings with diamond beads made from steel alloys that fit over your work boots to give you extra grip and traction on any treacherous surface.
And they work brilliantly for any trucker that has to load or unload on ice or snow.
4. Rand McNally GPS Tablet & Motor Carriers Road Atlas
One of the most important parts of a trucker's job is being able to reach their destination without any delays or hold ups.
However it's not as easy as it is for the rest of us.
Because a trucker needs to make sure they are taking routes that don't have any height or weight restrictions and are suitable for HGVs.
So a useful gift that can help them do this and keep them on the right track is the Rand McNally TND 740 GPS Tablet.
As this GPS system has been developed especially for professional drivers and contains all sorts of helpful info such as:
And it can also be synced to the Rand McNally driver connect app which allows you to match your journeys with your drivers logs and vehicle inspection reports.
However if you know someone that prefers mapping out their route the traditional way rather than relying on technology, check out the Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas instead.
As this road atlas contains all the information truckers need on which routes are suitable for them to take.
It also has as a mileage directory of over 40,000 truck routes which is very handy.
And it'll stand up to heavy use during life on the road with it's laminated pages and strong spiral binding.
5. SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio
Truck drivers have to spend many hours every day with nothing but their own company and the open road to keep them entertained.
And while the solitude can be great sometimes, it can also send you insane after a while.
So why not get them a gift that can keep them company on their long drives.
Because that is exactly what the SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio can do.
As it connects up to the stereo in your truck and offers you over 130 channels to choose from.
Meaning you can listen to music, news, sports, talk radio shows, and much more.
Plus there are some nice features such as station shuffle and being able to play a song from the beginning when you are flicking between stations.
The only downside is you need to purchase a monthly subscription from SiriusXM to use it.
But it's not expensive and it's pretty good value for what you get in return.
6. BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset
Driving a huge truck on the roads alongside everyday motorists is a massive responsibility.
So for everyone to stay safe you need to keep your concentration on the road at all times.
However as a trucker you also need to be reachable by your operator or the receiving warehouse so they can determine your whereabouts and likely ETA.
So an essential piece of kit for any trucker is a hands-free bluetooth headset.
As this allows them to make and receive calls while still staying totally focused on the road.
And one that is very popular among truckers is the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset.
This is such a common choice for a couple of reasons.
Firstly it has a microphone that can cancel out the noise of the truck and road, meaning the person on the other end can hear you loud and clear.
And it's really comfortable to wear, coming with a padded headband and ear cushion.
So if you're looking for a gift that helps a trucker stay in touch while also staying safe on the road, this bluetooth headset is a good choice.
7. Steelman Pro Rechargeable LED Head Lamp
If you ask any trucker what their most important piece of equipment is there's a good chance they'll say their flashlight.
Because you'll always need one to carry out some tasks in the dark.
Whether that is making impromptu roadside repairs, carrying out an inspection, or simply loading and unloading your truck.
As without a flashlight these tasks either become extremely difficult or impossible.
And you may also need a flashlight during the night if you get caught short and need to find a bathroom at the truck stop or a tree by the side of the road.
So getting a trucker a good quality flashlight is a safe bet for a gift idea.
And one we'd recommend is the Steelman Pro Rechargeable LED Head Lamp.
This one is great for truckers as you can clip it onto your hard hat when you use it.
Meaning your hands are free to carry out your work.
And the LED light it gives off is really good too, coming with 3 brightness settings and a 20m range.
You can also adjust the angle of the light to get it shining exactly where you want it to.
8. Leatherman Wingman & Off Road Tools Trucker's Friend Multi-Tools
A lot of the time when you're out on the road you will be driving through the middle of nowhere.
So if problems arise (and they always do!) you are reliant on whatever you have in your truck to fix them.
Which means you need to carry a good selection of tools to try and cover most of the bases.
However space will be limited in your cab and the last thing you want to do is clutter it up with tools.
So a good alternative is to carry a multi-tool on board instead to save space.
And for this reason these make great gifts to give to a trucker too.
For instance the Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool is a really handy pocket tool to have as it contains 14 tools in 1.
So you are covered if you need a knife, pair of pliers, wire cutter, scissors, can opener, ruler, or metal file among other things.
And the Off Road Tools Trucker's Friend Multi-Tool is a great gift if you need something a bit more meaty.
As this one can be used as a hammer, an axe, a pry bar, a tire chain hook, a spanner, or a nail puller.
So it's great for trucks as you can use it to pry open stubborn doors and boxes, chip away ice, or carry out repairs on your tyres.
It even has a shock absorbing handle so it'll go easy on your body too.
So no trucker will complain if they receive one of these multi-tools as a gift.
9. Thermos Work Series 40 Flask
Long distance driving can be thirsty and tiring work.
So it's nice to have a hot drink on hand to tide you over whenever you need it.
As a cup of tea or coffee at the right time can keep you alert and give you an energy boost to keep you going.
And a hot soup can really help to warm you up on cold days in and out of the cab.
Which makes the Thermos Work Series 40 Flask a lovely gift to give to a trucker.
As it can hold up to 1.2 litres and stays warm for 24 hours at a time.
So they can fill it up with their drink or soup of choice and stay warm, alert and healthy on even the longest journeys.
10. Igloo Iceless 40-Quart 12V Fridge
Staying healthy while on the road can be an extremely difficult task.
Because not only are you sat behind the wheel most of the day and have nowhere to exercise once the driving is complete.
Healthy and nutritious meals are almost impossible to come by.
As most truck stops are full of fast, fatty, and heavily processed food.
And if you rely on this diet to sustain you not only will you feel tired and lethargic, you may also notice your waistline expanding too.
So a really cool (pardon the pun) gift idea for a trucker is to get them a mini fridge for their truck, such as the Igloo Iceless 40-Quart 12V Fridge.
This way they can load it up with fruit, healthy snacks, and delicious home-cooked food on their long journeys.
And they'll be able to stay much fitter and healthier as a result.
With the added bonus of saving a fortune too, as eating at truck stops regularly can become insanely expensive.
And you can also load a couple of beers in there to help you unwind after a long drive.
11. Oakley Fuel Cell Polarized Sunglasses
A good pair of sunglasses can be a really handy item for a truck driver for a couple of reasons.
Firstly they help to keep them safe by reducing the glare as they drive, allowing them to see the road in front of them clearly.
And if you get a polarized pair they will also protect the trucker's eyes from damaging UV rays.
So if you want to get a trucker a gift that they'll love check out the Oakley Fuel Cell Polarized Sunglasses.
As they're not just useful for keeping them safe on the road.
They'll also help them to look really cool too!
12. The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales Of Life On The Road
It's important for a truck driver to unwind and relax after a long day on the road so they are fresh for the following day's journey.
And there are a ton of ways to do this, from watching Netflix on your iPad, listening to music, or playing a games console.
But if you know a trucker who loves to read, then a good book can do this just as well.
And a nice one to give them as a gift is The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tale Of Life On The Road by Finn Murphy.
As this book is written by a trucker and from a trucker's perspective.
With stories that cover funny events, his experiences driving across every part of the United States, and how it has changed over the years.
As well as giving a real insight into the trials and tribulations of life as a trucker.
So this book makes a great gift for any novice trucker just starting out.
But it's also good for an experienced trucker that wants to laugh along with someone who understands them and their lifestyle.
The life of a truck driver isn't an easy one.
So why not get them a gift that will make it a little easier?
As the gift ideas for truckers we've listed here can help to keep them safe, healthy, well equipped, and entertained.
And as such they'll be gifts that any trucker will be really happy to receive.