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14 Gifts Ideas for Truck Drivers

Updated on December 19, 2017
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What do truck drivers want as gifts? I had the same question, so I consulted a close friend who spent many years as a truck driver.

He came up with a list of 14 great gifts a driver would use and appreciate during their time on the road. Since then, I've added a few more gift ideas recommended by other truck drivers. Enjoy!

1. CB Radio

Cobra 29 LX 40-Channel CB Radio with Instant Access 10 NOAA Weather Stations and Selectable 4 Color Display
Cobra 29 LX 40-Channel CB Radio with Instant Access 10 NOAA Weather Stations and Selectable 4 Color Display

Your truck driving friend might appreciate a new CB radio. This is a great way to stay connected with other truck drivers while traveling.

I originally picked out a cheaper CB, but my truck-driving friend told me this is what truckers want: a large, easy-to-read meter with four scales, great sound, a five-digit frequency display, a SWR Circuit that doesn't need to be calibrated, and variable power output control.

This is a robust CB radio with more than 140 five-star reviews on Amazon.

 

Fun Facts About Trucking

  • In the USA, truck drivers can drive only 11 hours, and must rest for a period of 10 hours.
  • Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their trucks and keeping them in working order.
  • Truck drivers are known as "lorry drivers" in Ireland and "truckies" in Australia.
  • Many large trucking companies in the USA pay drivers according to "short miles," meaning the distance between two cities if you were going from point A to point B on foot, not on the highway.

2. MP3 Player

SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ 16 GB MP3 Player (Black)
SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ 16 GB MP3 Player (Black)

I love my MP3 player. It is my most frequently used electronic gadget.

An MP3 player can help a truck driver fall asleep at night. They have some of the worst sleeping conditions imaginable, whether they're trying to sleep at a highway rest stop or with someone else at the wheel.

A nice gesture would be to put some great sleep-inducing music on the MP3 player before giving it to the driver. I suggest "Delta Sleep System" by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.

 

3. Wooden Tire Thumper

RoadPro RPTT-1  Wooden Tire Thumper, 19-Inches, Assorted Dark or Light Wood
RoadPro RPTT-1 Wooden Tire Thumper, 19-Inches, Assorted Dark or Light Wood

This is a 2.2 pound wooden tire thumper with a sure-grip ridged handle for checking tires for low air and road damage. Any truck driver would be happy to receive this as a gift.

There are more than 45 five-star reviews for this tire thumper on Amazon, and some of the reviews are absolutely hilarious. One is titled, "Exactly what I was looking for. Thankfully, still unused."

 

4. GPS Device

Rand McNally 528013076 Intelliroute 8" TND Tablet with Built-in Dash Cam
Rand McNally 528013076 Intelliroute 8" TND Tablet with Built-in Dash Cam

When I'm traveling, I often don't where I am. I rely on a GPS unit and love using it.

The Rand McNally GPS unit has new routing options, which are especially helpful for those who must pilot a huge vehicle through narrow city streets. This will help your trucking friend get where they need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible.

All truck-friendly locations are found via a button on the map screen. This GPS unit can also track fuel consumption, and "breadcrumb" feature can record where the driver has been.

 

5. Ionizer

Auto-Mate On-the-Road Plug-In Ionic Air Purifier
Auto-Mate On-the-Road Plug-In Ionic Air Purifier

My truck-driving friend says this device helped him stay awake. It was so effective that he even gave up drinking coffee.

It quietly works away at purify and ionizing the truck's air without the use of chemicals or filters, and plugs into the cigarette lighter port. Another benefit is that it keeps drivers from getting sick.

 

6. Nap Zapper

Nap Zapper Anti-Sleep Alarm
Nap Zapper Anti-Sleep Alarm

One of the most vital parts of truck driving, and sometimes the most difficult, is simply to staying awake.

This Nap Zapper anti-sleep alarm is one of several ways truck drivers manage to stay awake once sleepiness creeps in.

The device hooks onto the drivers ear and will sound an alarm if their head nods forward. The price is low, but this device is really priceless, since it has the ability to save lives.

Reviews are mixed online. Some people love them, others hate them. One reviewer said it worked great, but since he didn't nod his head when sleeping it didn't work well for him.

My opinion? The price is low enough to warrant trying it out. A trucker will never know if it's useful until they try out themselves.

 
A truck crossing an intersection near my home.
A truck crossing an intersection near my home. | Source

7. AC/DC Inverter

The Life of an American Truck Driver (Video)

8. Miniature Refrigerator

9. Computer

Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK 16-Inch Laptop Intel Celeron Processor, Black
Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK 16-Inch Laptop Intel Celeron Processor, Black

If the truck driver doesn't have a laptop, they probably want one. If theirs is more than three years old, they probably needs an upgrade.

This is a very low-cost computer, and is also the best-selling computer on Amazon as of the day this article was published.

It is also the type of computer I've been using for the last three years with no problems at all.

 

10. TV With Built-In DVD Player

Sceptre E195BD-SHD 19-Inches 720p TV Combo - Black
Sceptre E195BD-SHD 19-Inches 720p TV Combo - Black

I chose to feature this little television set because it is small yet mighty. It conveniently contains a built-in DVD player.

Because of this, your trucking friend will not have to juggle a TV and DVD player. With a small living space, they don't need anymore clutter.

There are over fifty five-star reviews for this television set on Amazon.

 

12. SiriusXM Radio Receiver

SiriusXM SXPL1V1 Onyx Plus Satellite Radio Receiver with Vehicle Kit with 1 month free and free activation
SiriusXM SXPL1V1 Onyx Plus Satellite Radio Receiver with Vehicle Kit with 1 month free and free activation

This is a dock and play receiver that lets a driver listen to the radio via the existing truck stereo system. They can pause, rewind, and replay using the satellite radio signal. This unit also has TuneStart,TuneMix, and TuneScan features.

Obviously, the truck would have to be equipped to handle this kind of technology, so if it is an older model truck, this might not work. Check for compatibility issues before buying this device.

Several truckers have told me they wouldn't want to drive without their SiriusXM receiver. There's a separate subscription that needs to be purchased from SiriusXM to make this receiver work properly.

 

13. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

10 Tire RV Cap Sensor Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
10 Tire RV Cap Sensor Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

This tire pressure monitoring system can monitor ten tires at a time. It is pricey, but one truck driver said this system was a "life saver."

It is a convenient and fast way to know whether a tire needs more air. If you have a lot of tires to check, you can imagine how much time this would save.

The description for this product says that it has long range signals, so it isn't necessary for big-rig drivers to install a booster.

 

How a Tire Pressure Monitoring System Works (Video)

14. Massaging Seat Cushion With Heater

More Gift Ideas

Here are other things that have been suggested over the years:

  • Audiobooks
  • Self-Inflating Air Mattress
  • Sheet Sets
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Slow Cooker
  • e-Reader
  • Care Packages with laundry supplies, shower supplies, or food.

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I made this page to honor America's unsung heroes, the truck drivers that spend weeks on the road delivering our mail, the products we buy, and industrial purchases.

America relies on truck drivers who are willing to give up huge parts of their lives to keep things moving.

Without them, America wouldn't be America.

Your comments are welcome as always.

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    Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Brite-Ideas - the ear-zapper thing was a suggestion from one of the readers of this page. I looked at several models and researched reviews; it appears that half the people love them and the other half won't use them! Mixed reviews... but I thought it was worth mentioning as it is a low cost item - less than ten dollars.

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Fabulous suggestions here - there are quite a few people I know in my family who would fit this category of gift giving (well years ago that is) - you've really thought this through and given some great ideas - the ear zapper thingy..very smart indeed!

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    Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Mary Crowther - like you, I didn't have a clue what might be needed, at first. For example, I would never have thought of a transformer/inverter if my friend hadn't mentioned it in his list. And many other items... I wouldn't have thought of ... but then my readers mentioned them to me.

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    Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @ecogranny - Let's hope we don't need computers in heaven! But if there are any, I hope I get one. I'd probably miss my computer a lot at first since it is something I use every day.

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    Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    Thanks, Paula... the truckers have a unique lifestyle... working constantly for weeks on end, living in a tiny cab.

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    Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    I don't know any truckers, but loved this list. :)

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    Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

    My dad was a truck driver for many years--his second career. I'm sure some of the items you've listed on this page would have suited him well on the road. I had to answer "not sure" on that lap top question because I don't know if he needs or has one in that great truck stop in the sky.

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    Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

    Great ideas! I would not have had any idea what to buy. Thanks for sharing!

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    bilafond lm 4 years ago

    An interesting lens for a person like me who is not in the world of TRUCKS

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    hannahlister1 4 years ago

    my boyfriend has all them so im still stuck haha

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    fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

    Great idea

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    noner 4 years ago

    My brother drives a truck, and I think his favorite gift ever was satellite radio.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Good list, but I second Capt. Chaos. The Sirius/XM radio is awesome. And the DriveAir 3 stage filter. Much better then the little ionizers. : )

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    @anonymous: The Rand is a trucking model GPS, the best out there the 720 is the truck GPS KING

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    rashmiagr06 4 years ago

    gifts..truck Driver..ooooo...

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    You missed an awesome gadget in your list. As a commercial OTR driver, I absolutely cannot live without my Sirius/XM radio receiver. Killer gift for a driver

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I would give anything to have my health back, so I could be trucking again...after 20 yrs on the road, kidney failure brought me to a fast stop...that's what I have wanted for the last 5 yrs...thank you

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    chas65 5 years ago

    Love your selection of movies. I had never heard about the ionizer before, that was an interesting concept to stay awake. Many of us could use one of those on long trips.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    @anonymous: Hi Meg! Absolutely yes. My husband and I drive team and audiobooks are our best friends. You can't always get reception for radio. We prefer the unabridged versions which are more expensive but the abridged leave out too much of the story. Merry Christmas!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I have been a driver for 2 years and I really like the audio books . They have a lot of different ones that are inexpensive. Also I have enjoyed my satellite radio its nice to have a radio at anytime instead of channel checking or no stations at all.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    This list is pretty good BUT, the TV and refrigerator should be 12 volt models so they can be plugged into a cigarette lighter. Otherwise, they aren't of much use without a DC to AC inverter. Also, the GPS should be a trucking model, considering that trucks have to consider bridge clearances, bridge weights, and truck routes.

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    mandoubt 5 years ago

    Great List!

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    snickersthebest1 5 years ago

    I know a truck driver and this list is a blessing. Thank you very much!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I have been recently presented with one of the latest gadget called driver fatigue alarm they are also know as driver anti sleep alarm. it's a device that sit behind your year and beeps or vibrates if driver nod-off

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    pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

    i love to have mp3 player :-)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Hi Great Lens. What about a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System? They have saved me a few times already.

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    inagreement1 lm 5 years ago

    Nice ideas for truckers,

    i like the CB radio

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Would a Trucker like any audio books? I thought if I were a trucker I would like one.

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    webtocreate 5 years ago

    nice lens, i think i should buy a truck to receive such gifts :)

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    patroby 5 years ago

    Love it, want one those and one of them........ great Lens.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Where can I get a microwave 15 in width for a 2008 freightliner cascadia???

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: A tablet sounds good, but an iphone... wow. I think he'd really like that. A Kindle only if he likes to read a lot in his spare time.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Help!

    My dad is a truck driver and his birthday is coming soon, but I am undecided between a kindle, tablet or an i-phone??

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @mrducksmrnot: Thanks for the suggestions! I totally agree about the self-inflating air mattress. As hard as these truckers work, they deserve a bit of extra comfort... when they sleep.

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    mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

    I'm not a truck driver but know several and all of these are great gifts. Make sure the GPS is loaded for Tractor Trailers. New laws now in effect won't allow trucker's to be on their phone's anymore while driving but they still need one for when they stop. Another idea is an Air Mattress for the sleeper (self inflating with batteries).

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Very awesome! I will try to find one to include it on this list when I revise it, which will be soon.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I have been recently presented with one of the latest gadget called driver fatigue alarm they are also know as driver anti sleep alarm. it's a device that sit behind your year and beeps or vibrates if driver nod-off.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I have been recently presented with one of the latest gadget called driver fatigue alarm they are also know as driver anti sleep alarm. its a device that sit behind your year and beeps or vibrates if driver nod-off.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I have been recently presented with one of the latest gadget called driver fatigue alarm they are also know as driver anti sleep alarm. its a device that sit behind your year and beeps or vibrates if driver nod-off.

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Some truck drivers are computer addicted and must have their online connectivity. Others can do without. For the record, if I were a truck driver, my laptop would go with me. I've never owned an iPad.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    @CuriousCookie LM: i am also a new truck driver, i saw many drivers using laptop or i pad , really i don't know what is the purpose for this one in truck drivers. i am going with one old guy , he doesn't know anything about this can you please explain this matter .joemonmathew101@gmail.com

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    cdltraining lm 5 years ago

    An iPad with GPS is a GREAT idea...the iPad battery lasts a long time, perfect for pit-stop entertainment. Thanks for the ideas :)

    http://cdltraininghub.com

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    There are trucker-specific GPS units available with truck routes, weigh-limited bridges, low overpass and a ton of other info including tracking state-by-state mileage and other stuff truckers need. I got a Rand McNally unit that works great.

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    davenjilli lm 5 years ago

    very astute gift ideas!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    The only problem with that GPS is it sounds like might not be trucker-oriented. There are GPS models on the market which include details about low-bridge clearances and special Truck Routes.

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    CuriousCookie LM 6 years ago

    What a great lense, thanks for sharing. My fiancé is a OTR truck driver and I have been with him full time for 8 years. Besides our mini fridge we have a cooler and I couldn't live without my slow cooker. I've also been wanting to get an ereader. Great gift ideas for any truck driver or RV'er or even anyone that travels often.

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    CuriousCookie LM 6 years ago

    I totally agree with your friend, my fiancé is a truck driver and I've been on the road with him full time for years. The items your friend listed are all great items, I've also been thinking about getting an e reader. And along with our mini fridge we also have a cooler that plugs into our cigarette lighter and I use a slow cooker to cook some homemade meals. This was a great lense, Thanks for sharing it.

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    Medicinemanwriting1 6 years ago

    As a ten year truck driver, I have to agree with your friend. Every item listed, is considered a must have for long haul truck drivers. It get mighty boring out there, and it sure is nice to have those amenities when you need one. Great lens, and a very ingenious idea to write about. Thanks.

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    PersonnelRecruitment 6 years ago

    Well you learn something new every day lol

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    chrisqw 6 years ago

    Great ideas lens. Thank you!

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    Vikki 6 years ago from US

    Great selection!

    Blessed;)

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    ladykida 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Awesome lens, good job.

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    krakensquid 6 years ago

    Fantastic lens!

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Pennyseeker LM: Glad you liked it Pennyseeker...

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Great ideas, and thanks for writing them, Grandma Trucker!

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Thanks!

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @ekkoautos: Thanks - I'm glad you approve...

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @DANCING COWGIRL: Thanks so much for this blessing! And yes, some of the ideas would work in cars... the ionizer, for example.

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Apple computer? To read on?

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    Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Trender1: Thanks! My best friend and life partner was a trucker before I met him so I got his advice on what truckers really want. (or need.)

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    Trender1 6 years ago

    Great original lens!!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    i like to read truck drivers, for car,apple. Its nice.

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

    You are absolutely right! These gifts would be great for car drivers too! ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~ Best Wishes!

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    ekkoautos 6 years ago

    it's a good idea for truck drivers

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    thanks and you are so thoughtful for doing this

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    so right on also would like to add an e reader to the list .Lots of love from home during layover times too !!!! a care package filled with shower supplies ,laundry supplys, or food that can be stored easily snacks,candy canned meat yessss and you know sheet sets for trucks are nice too !! thanks from grandma trucker

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    catherinenbrooks 6 years ago

    I appreciate with your lens.Great think...

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    serenity4me lm 6 years ago

    I agree!

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    HemorrhoidsOnline 6 years ago

    For long trips don't forget seat cushions to prevent hemorrhoids. Troy was a GREAT call on a DVD! Ionizers do work to keep a driver more refreshed. I'm not a truck driver, but get emails from people that do long haul trucking.

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    RinchenChodron 7 years ago

    My brother is a truck driver and I have FAV'd this lens. Great ideas for gifting.

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    boutiqueshops 7 years ago

    I used to drive extensively for work and I can understand that truckers would appreciate these gifts

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    capriliz lm 7 years ago

    These are great gifts for truck drivers. My brother drove truck, and the miles become long. I like the layout of your items. (This is one for the New Year's challenge.)