Christmas is a time of togetherness and joy. It is also the time when we buy gifts for our loved ones. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, you would be looking for a suitable and special gift for the bus driver.
If you are confused about what to get, keep reading we’ve shortlisted some of the best Christmas gift ideas for bus drivers.
What to give to your bus driver – A list
If you want to get creative with your gifts, here is an extensive list of bus driver appreciation gift ideas:
1. Memory Foam Cushion for pain Relief
This is the top gift for school bus drivers. Since the driver is going to be sitting all day, driving children from one place to another, it is highly recommended to gift something that will help the driver get rid of back pain and provide support while driving and sitting.
This memory foam cushion can be found in an ergonomic design that takes pressure off the body and helps maintain blood flow. The cushion also helps with posture by restoring the lumbar curve, ensures that the person doesn’t slip from the seat, and takes care of lower back pain.
Not to mention, the fabric over the cushion and even the cushion itself can be washed in the machine without any hassle.
2. Custom Caricature Portrait
Getting a picture of your driver turned into a cartoon caricature is a very unique gift idea. All you have to do is send over a clear and crisp picture of your driver or a few different ones.
You can choose to get the caricature done in a digital file and then take the print out yourself. Or you can have the picture printed on a canvas or frame. You can even go for a customized background. You might have to pay a little extra for these additional perks, but it will be worth it.
Some Other Great Christmas Gifts For Bus Drivers:
3. Christmas Laser Lights
These laser lights that come out from a projector are another creative Christmas gift. As most people decorate with lights, giving your bus driver multi-colored lights is a great idea. Made with high-quality aluminum alloy, the lights can be controlled from a remote and installed fairly easily. They can also be reused at any event as they are weather-proof.
4. Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler
This stainless steel tumbler is a portable drink carrier that comes in several unique designs and colors. Some also have special quotes so you can pick a suitable one for your bus driver.
An eco-friendly gift free of BPA and other toxic chemicals, the material doesn’t rust and is very durable. The double layer of insulation ensures that the drink stays at the required temperature for a long time. And there is a vacuum seal lid with hole.
You can easily drink through the straw passing from the hole instead of taking off the lid each time. The lid is leak-proof and won’t spill when driving through a bumpy area, making this one of the best gifts for bus drivers.
5. Bus Driver Baseball Cap
A baseball cap is another great bus driver Christmas gift. It is suitable for any and all outdoor activities and the driver can also wear it while on duty to get shade from the sun.
You can have your driver’s name written on the cap to make it a more personalized gift. Or you can get a cap with the words “best bus driver”, “thank you”, or something of the sort written on the front of the cap to show your appreciation. Pick a cheerful color in the spirit of Christmas.
You can also get customized caps with different designs instead of words. Even one with the embroidery of a bus on it.
6. Amazon Gift Card in a Premium Holiday Gift Box
This is a traditional holiday gift for a bus driver with a new twist. This Amazon gift card comes in a stylish pop-up box adorned with the holiday theme. In keeping with the Christmas tradition, the box is red in color with an Amazon gift card attached inside.
The card may or may not be printed with the amount with a couple of different options to choose from. They range from $50 to $200. You can pick whatever suits you. Another perk of this gift card is that it has no expiry date and can be used for millions of products available on Amazon. It can be redeemed right from the phone or tablet. In some areas, there is even free shipping available.
7. The Mountain Men’s Tour Bus T-Shirt
Colorful and bright clothing items are awesome Christmas gift ideas for bus drivers. This Mountain men’s tour bus t-shirt is made from 100 percent cotton that makes it highly comfortable
to wear when driving. The shirt has a graphic of a colorful bus at the front with a calming blue background, perfect to show gratitude to your bus driver.
Moreover, this is another eco-friendly gift as the Mountain company is known for using safe dyes and colors which do not harm the environment. There are also no harsh chemicals in the materials used to make the dyes, and the shirt can easily be washed in a machine.
8. Lumbar Support Pillow
A lumbar support pillow is the most appropriate gift for someone who spends a lot of time in a bus or car driving. It is designed to give maximum support to the backbone and maintain posture, helping your driver keep back aches away.
There are adjustable straps to keep the back cushion in place. And the mesh cover can be safely washed in a machine.
9. Stainless Steel Christmas Keychain
This light and cute 30 mm keychain is made for showing your appreciation for your bus driver. Inscribed with the words “thank you for always keeping us safe,” it is made of stainless steel, which ensures it will last a long time without rusting. All this makes it a great holiday gift for your driver, and a very practical one too.
10. Bus driver sweatshirt
This handmade sweatshirt with an embroidered logo at the corner is another sweet and memorable gift. It is a personalized present as you can add the name of the driver and school on the shirt. Such personalized gifts show utmost appreciation.
You will have to provide the color of the shirt, the name of the person, the name of the school, and the color of the thread for embroidery. The shirt will have the driver’s name and the school name with your chosen colors on it. You can get it customized in the driver’s favorite color.
11. LED Merry Christmas Sign
A creative yet thoughtful way to gift someone is to go for décor pieces. This Christmas sign with LED lights attached inside and snowmen is a unique décor piece to give your bus driver. The sign is made from ceramic and adds a bright touch to the bus driver’s Christmas décor. And the LED lights give it a glow and make it sparkle.
What to consider when giving a gift to your bus driver?
Thinking about bus driver Christmas gifts can take you down a spiral, as most people don’t know what to give to the service providers who help us throughout the year. Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Personalization: Go for something personal. If you know the driver closely or have been associated with the same driver for several years, you might know some personal facts about them such as their likes and dislikes. Buy something in line with that like a limited edition of their favorite childhood book or a gift card to their favorite store. Home baked goods are very personal presents as well.
- Practicality: It’s always a good idea to choose something that is guaranteed to be useful. One example is a back pillow your driver can use on the job to help them perform better. You can also give them something nice they can use in their daily lives.
- Customization: This involves modifying something to be suitable for just that one person you are giving the gift to. So, you can buy your driver a hoodie in their favorite color with their name stitched on it or get them a diary and add their animated photo on the front cover. You can use their initials only, their title, the name of the school, or anything else related to them.
The most important thing is to be thoughtful and intelligent about your gift. Show your appreciation with sincerity and even a small gift can end up lighting your driver’s day.
In the midst of celebrating with your family, don’t forget about service providers like your bus driver. Do your best to spread Christmas joy to whoever you can. Get creative, choose something personal, and use customization to make it truly special.