We've touched on some of the best Christmas gifts for truck drivers this season, but we thought we'd take things one step further and narrow down some gift ideas for every budget. Today, we're going to share 10 ideas for Christmas gifts for truck drivers that are relatively affordable, ranging from $25 to $50. A truck driver would be perfectly content receiving any of these items (provided they don't already own them) as they're all useful and practical for the profession.
Without further ado...10 Christmas Gifts for Truck Drivers for Under $50
1. Slow Cooker
I am very adament about how functional a slow cooker can be for truck drivers. Eating fast food every meal of every day will do nothing for your waistline, but it's difficult to make your own meals with such limited space and equipment. However, with a slow cooker, truck drivers can make a weekly pit stop at Walmart to pick up some groceries, then chuck what they want in the pot and go. After several hours of driving, they have a nice, wam meal that's about 10x healthier than anything you'd find at a truck stop or drive-thru. You can find both 12 volt as well as AC powered slow cookers online.
Our suggestion: RoadPro 12V Slow Cooker, $31.97
2. Storage Containers
Under-the-bed storage containers may not be the most exciting of gifts for truck drivers, but they sure are useful. With such limited space on a truck, drivers need all the storage equipment they can get! These containers are wide enough to store quite a bit of junk, but short enough to fit comfortably in the space under a bed.
Our suggestion: Underbed Plastic Storage Container - Set of Two, $32.99
3. Work Gloves
Work gloves are a must for the professional truck driver, especially flatbedders. A trucker needs gloves that can withstand freezing temperatures and brutal weather conditions like rain, snow, and sleet. I'd recommend gifting more than one pair of work gloves as truckers will want to change them if they start to get a bit damp.
Our suggestion: Custom Leathercraft Workright Flex Grip Work Gloves, 3-Pair, $28.94
A high quality flashlight will come in handy during a variety of situations that a truck driver will regularly experience. Whether you're conducting a pre-trip in the dark or checking your tires or fifth wheel, a good flashlight will provide a quality, natural light to help you see everything clear as day. LED and halogen flashlights are a bit pricier, but since it'll get a lot of use in this profession, I recommend splurging a bit and buying a quality, durable flashlight that will last.
Our suggestion: MagLite 3-D Cell LED Flashlight, $28.05
5. Trucker Atlas
Though GPSs are starting to become more and more popular among truck drivers, the old tried and true trucker's atlas is still the best, most reliable tool for getting from Point A to Point B. Even with GPS units, it's recommended to check the route with a trucker's atlas to make sure the GPS isn't going to suggest truck-restricted roads.
Our suggestion: Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers' Road Atlas, $50.37
6. Portable Stove
A portable stove is another great on-the-go cooking tool for truck drivers. Think of it as more like a heated lunchbox. With a portable stove, truckers can buy frozen foods at the grocery store, chuck 'em in the stove, and drive. When they stop, they have a nice, warm meal. These portable stoves can be used with pre-cooked foods as well as items like beans, soup, and rice.
Our suggestion: RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove, $34.05
7. AC/DC Converter
When you're going to be living in a truck for weeks on end, it's a good idea to buy some kind of converter so you can still use regular AC appliances and electronics. You can't buy a 12 volt version of everything! Converters can get very expensive, but this Cobra model includes 2 AC ports and is priced at an affordable $28.60.
Our suggestion: Cobra 12-Volt DC to 120-Volt AC Power Inverter, $28.60
What kind of list would this be without some kind of workout equipment? A kettlebell is easy to store in such limited space and can be used to perform a wide variety of exercises that target virtually every group of muscles. It can even be used right in the sleeper of the truck! Kettlebells can be purchased in a variety of weight increments, but I'd suggest starting out with something light, especially if the driver you're buying for isn't used to hardcore strength workouts.
Our suggestion: GoFit Premium Kettlebell (10 lb), $29.93
9. CB Radio
A CB radio allows for communication between multiple trucks, making it a great gift for truck drivers. If your truck driver doesn't need a CB with a bunch of bells and whistles, this is the way to go. Maybe you know a trucker who wants to try a CB radio but doesn't want to shell out big bucks for something hi-tech and flashy, in which case this will do the trick just fine.
Our suggestion: Uniden 40-Channel CB Radio, $45.24
10. Sleeping Bag
I know what you're thinking. "A sleeping bag! We're not camping here!"
Hear me out. Sleeping bags make great gifts for truck drivers because they are a lot warmer than your typical run of the mill sheet-and-comforter set. It's much easier to cool down if you're too hot (one leg out of the covers, one leg in, anybody?) than it is to warm up when you're freezing to death. You won't need an extreme -20 degree sleeping bag; a regular camping one will do the job just fine.
Our suggestion: Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Scoop Sleeping Bag, $44.86