It’s rapidly approaching that time of year when gift-buying is pushed to the forefront of everyone’s minds. You know the time! So, with the jingle of sleigh-bells fast approaching, we must turn our minds to a singular problem: what would make a good gift for someone whose time is usually occupied with delivery work? In order to provide a little Christmas cheer for our friends on the roads, we’ve sat down and had a good, long think about some of the best presents we can come up with for drivers everywhere. Here are some of our best buys for the drivers in your life!
A Refreshing Choice
Something that many people enjoy is a nice meal, a quick snack, or even just a cold drink to keep them going while they’re zooming about the country doing their delivery work. So why not choose a small portable fridge as a present for a driver? The best bit is, it works year-round. In summer, it’ll keep sandwiches and drinks cool, and many come with heating options, so that in the colder months, they can easily keep a thermos of soup or coffee nice and warm with just a flick of switch. It’s something to keep a driver going until next Christmas!
If there’s one thing that’s a constant in all delivery work, it’s downtime. Regular breaks are a necessity while making constant deliveries, and long-haul journeys can often leave drivers spending a night in their vehicles with nothing to do. So why not decide on a portable DVD player as a gift this year, with a selection of movies or television series box sets to keep the driver in your life entertained whilst out on the road? Downtime between deliveries will never drag again, whether you choose a light-hearted comedy or a thrilling and suspenseful movie to while away their spare hours.
For The Driver Who Has Everything
The next time a driver returns from their delivery work, pay special attention to their wallet – it’s guaranteed it will be overflowing with receipts from all the service station food and snacks they’ve purchased along the way! Whether it’s a sandwich and packet of crisps just to keep going until dinner, a can of Pepsi to wash it down with, or a coffee for a little boost in the evenings – it’s incredible how quickly it all adds up. Regular food and drink stops are part and parcel of delivery work – so why not treat your driver to a Starbucks or Costa Coffee voucher? It’ll give them the chance to swap basic roadside coffee for something a little more special – and they’ll think of you with every cup.
It can definitely be hard to think up a good idea for a present when the recipient will always be on the road. But before you despair, give up, and fill their stocking with essential road supplies such as air-fresheners and de-icer, why not use your imagination for other present ideas that will make delivery work a little more fun?
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry across the UK and Europe. It provides services for haulage companies to buy and sell delivery work , road transport and delivery work in the domestic and international markets.