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Gift Guide for Commuters

Updated on August 7, 2013

I've spent a lot of time commuting so these ideas are tried and true!

Commuting to and from work every day can not only be a dangerous but can also become drudgery for those who have to sit behind the wheel of a car or commuter van for hours. And, that's exactly why I put together this Christmas Gift Guide for Commuters. I've used most of the items you'll see documented on this article and, the ones I haven't, I'll clearly mark. In order to have been selected for this article, all of the items you'll see have received favorable reviews.

So, if you know of someone who spends a part of their day fighting traffic to bring home the bacon, consider getting him or her a few of the items on this gift guide. You might just brighten his or her day a bit.

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Article updated: 17DEC12

Photo licensed under Creative Commons license on Flickr.com by Kyle Whitney.

Give a gift of auto safety with these enhanced rear view mirrors

I don't know why cars don't already come with the best mirrors to provide help seeing those blind spots but, for whatever reason, they don't. So, here's a couple of enhanced rear view mirrors that greatly reduce blind spots in cars.

Allview Rearview Mirror - Eliminate Blind Spots with a Seamless ViewCHECK PRICE


Commuters love hot coffee in the morning

These commuter travel cups will keep java piping hot

I actually prefer glass travel mugs for my coffee - the plastic travel mugs just never seem to get clean enough for me. Here's a selection of travel mugs for your favorite commuter. These travel mugs vary in size from 14 ounces to 24 ounces (now that's my kind of 'cup' of coffee!).

GROSCHE Glassen hand made double walled glass insulated travel coffee mug - 24 ounceCHECK PRICE

Auto safety kits

I think that every single car on the road should be equipped with an auto safety kit, just in case. I've frequently passed out flairs from my own kit to other drivers who were remiss in carrying their own. Make sure that an auto safety kit is on the Christmas list for your favorite commuter.

For those commuters in the North, ice scrapers are always a great idea

I always used to use a credit card as I never seemed to have an ice scaper handy. That is, I always used to use a credit card before I snapped mine in half and realized that I need to stock each car with a good ice scraper. Which I did. I prefer the telescoping handle so that I can reach the top of the SUVs windshield.

51" Ice Scraper Extendable SnowbrushCHECK PRICE

Heated Ice Scraper and Hot Key Set with Windshield Cover Protector for your Vehicle.

How many time have you gone to open your car's door on a freezing winter morning and found that the key lock was frozen (hint: pour vodka on your key and it will melt the ice). But, if you don't have a flash of vodka handy, this 12 volt heated ice pick, key set will get you thawed in a jiffy. The only problem I can see is that you have to use your car's cigarette lighter to heat the thing up - what if the key lock is frozen??? Ah well, they can't think of everything...

Stocking stuffers for commuters

Presents for your favorite commuter don't have to be big or expensive to be useful. Just look at some of these cool Christmas stocking stuffer (or Hanukkah) gifts someone who spends a lot of time in a car.

ELECTRONIC 12V AUTO CLIPBOARD WITH VOICE RECORDER/LIGHT/PEN AND PAD
ELECTRONIC 12V AUTO CLIPBOARD WITH VOICE RECORDER/LIGHT/PEN AND PAD

Perfect for recording ideas as ones mind rambles along on the commute.

 
Wagan 2 Pack Stainless Steel Heated Travel Mugs
Wagan 2 Pack Stainless Steel Heated Travel Mugs

Perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite commuter and car pool friend.

 

The Jabra Bluetooth hands free car kit

I love my Jabra! I use it in my SUV and am quite happy with the sound and reception I get from it. Safety aside, it's so much easier to make or answer a call just by speaking a command rather than dialing a phone.

Jabra Freeway Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone (U.S. Retail Packaging)
Jabra Freeway Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone (U.S. Retail Packaging)

The Jabra clips right to the car viser and delivers sound from 3 speakers so you have virtual surround sound. Your voice is all you need to place a call! This particular Jabra Speakerphone for the car also streams music, podcasts, and even will call out directions from GPS applications. Shoot - you can even post updates to social media right from the driver's seat (although, why you'd want to is beyond me...).

 

Bluetooth car kit

Most states these days are enacting laws to regulate the use of your phone when driving - this means hands off your phone when behind the wheel! These bluetooth kits will turn a car's standard radio into a hands free device for phone, radio, etc.

Griffin Window Holder for iPhone and SmartphonesCHECK PRICE

A self cooling car seat!

I've had convertibles most of my life so I know how warm a car's seat can get in the summer. And, that's why this cooling car seat is a great gift for a commuter.

Duro-Med 360 Degree Swivel Seat Cushion with 300 Pound CapacityCHECK PRICE

Improving Lifestyles Swivel Seat Soft Cushion Navy CHECK PRICE

Skwoosh All Purpose Cushion with EZ Swivel CHECK PRICE

A new Garmin GPS is an excellent gift for your favorite commuter.

This particular Garmin GPS is the cream of the crop and will be a welcomed Christmas present for any commuter. With lifetime downloadable maps, this model will never go out of date. And, as a bonus, there's live traffic updates on this model too along with suggested re-routes around traffic congestion or detours.

Garmin nüvi 2555LMT 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and TrafficCHECK PRICE

Do you have a friendly commuter that is on your Christmas list? Did you get any good ideas from this Squidoo article or do you have any ideas to add? I'd love to hear your thoughts

Here's your chance to leave me comments!

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    • jimconrad2 profile image

      jimconrad2 

      4 years ago

      Great ideas. Wish there was a gift to shorten the 126mi daily commute.

    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      Why have I never though of laguage learning in the car before! Excellent idea

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That self-cooling car seat would be at the top of my list if I still lived in AZ!

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful commuter gift ideas! Well done.

    • LaraineRoses profile image

      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I no longer commute to work but I am seriously interested in a couple of these gift ideas.

      Thank you!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I've been learning Spanish during my commute in the past.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love my Garmin - it has never failed me! Nice tips :>)

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 

      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm now retired, but if I were still commuting I know these would be very helpful items. My Garmin is old and outdated - may have to upgrade to that lifetime maps one before my next driving trip to see the grandchildren!

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      BarbaraSellers 

      5 years ago

      I guess I would want to know more about the appropriate times to use flares and how to use them. Do you place one in front and one in back and how many feet in front and how many feet in back? How do you light them up? I've never even seen a flare up close. I guess I need to check this out. In 43 years of driving, I've only had one accident.when my car ended up off the road, so I guess I've just been lucky.

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      MarkRansom LM 

      5 years ago

      Why is satellite radio not on this list? I think it's a must have if your commute is over 30min long.

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      dellgirl 

      5 years ago

      Youâve really created a helpful lens on Gifts for Commuters. Itâs so full of useful tips and such a wonderful idea for a lens!

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

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      Lora Riley 

      5 years ago

      this are great ideas!

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      kashyapvyas 

      5 years ago

      useful tools to buy!!

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      These are some great Gift Ideas for Commuters

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      For commuters in colder climates, the preference might be for a heated car cushion. Very nice selection of gifts.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Well, I'd never seen those swivel seats till now. Very interesting. Good tips for getting there in style and comfort.

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