Can you hear the sleigh bells start to ring? It's that time of year again, and time to start thinking of what to get people for Christmas. But what do you buy for someone who does delivery work, and spends a large proportion of their time on the road? To save you sitting and scratching your head for hours, here are some ideas to get you started.
Hot and Cold
We've all seen or heard of a mini fridge, and no doubt we've all wished at some point on a hot day that we had one in our vehicle. Now this concept has been taken one step further with the portable mini-fridge/warmer that plugs straight into the cigarette lighter. In summer, keep drinks and sandwiches cool and refreshing in the fridge. But in winter, take the comforts of home on the road with you as you do your delivery work; a flick of a switch means that you can use this nifty device as a warmer to heat up home-made soup Autel Maxisys MS908CV, or a nice cup of hot chocolate. A great Christmas present, the mini-fridge/warmer will keep drivers going all year round.
Let me entertain you
When doing delivery work, regular breaks are a necessity, but these can be very boring. Why not buy a portable DVD player for Christmas, with a selection of movies or sitcoms to keep the driver in your life amused? Again, simply plug it into the cigarette lighter and let the entertainment begin Autel MK808. Downtime between deliveries, or nights on the road will never drag again with a few episodes of some light-hearted comedy to distract and divert.
Everybody who does delivery work looks in their wallet from time to time and marvels at the number of service station receipts they have accumulated. Whether it's a sandwich and a packet of crisps to keep you going until dinner, a coke to wash it down with, or a coffee to give you that kick of caffeine, drivers have to make regular food and drink stops. Why not treat them to a Costa or Starbucks voucher; it'll give them a chance to swap basic cafeteria coffee for something a little more special every now and then, and each time the voucher is swiped they will think of you.
Mix it up a little
For a particularly personal Christmas gift, put together a mix tape of all their favourite music. When you're on the road for long periods of time, there is nothing worse than hearing the same song come on the radio over and over again - particularly when it comes onto every radio station you try. Put together a selection of songs that you know they love, add in a few humorous songs or comedy skits that will make them laugh and the next time the radio gets too repetitive they will have the perfect alternative. It can also be a surprising amount of fun for you to put together the soundtrack for their delivery work.
It can be hard to think of a good Christmas present for someone who's always on the road. But before you despair and start to fill their stocking with essentials such as screen wash, de-icer and air fresheners, use your initiative to think of presents that will make their delivery work more fun.
Lyall Cresswell is the Managing Director of Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry across the UK and Europe. It provides services for delivery work to buy and sell road transport and freight exchange in the domestic and international markets.