Regardless of whether we are talking about school bus drivers, transit bus drivers, or tour bus drivers, they all carry the most precious cargo – people. And these amazing men and women always do their best to make sure their passengers reach their destinations safely. As such, they deserve our respect, utmost gratitude, and wonderful bus driver gifts that will show them how much we care and appreciate everything they do.
No matter if you are searching for the best bus driver gift for your or your child’s bus driver or a cute bus driver present for a friend or family member who happens to be a bus driver, we have created a list of ‘wheely’ great bus driver gift ideas that will drive your favorite bus driver nuts (and make shopping a lot simpler).
1. Bus Can Cooler
Cool gift for bus drivers
This gift has multiple uses. Obviously we don’t expect a bus driver to drink on the job, but after work is another story. Their beer can or bottle will stay cold for up to 5 hours after a hard day at work. However, when they are working, they can use this gift as a tumbler for other beverages. How versatile!
2. Plate Frame
A unique bus driver present
Even though you may only ever see your favorite bus driving a bus, he or she probably also drives a private car. Now, just imagine how fun it would be to give your friend’s vehicle a cool new look and more personality with a high-quality metal license plate that says ‘My other car is a school bus’. Every person with a sense of humor would surely appreciate it.
Go with a quality metal plate frame or choose a simple plastic one.
3. Massage Mat
A supportive gift for bus drivers
Bus drivers tend to spend long hours sitting on the uncomfortable bus driver seat, which can take a toll on their spinal health and cause tightness and back pain. As such, if you really care about your favorite bus driver and you want him or her to feel well, you can buy him or her a massage mat. He or she will get to enjoy the massager and experience its multiple benefits in the comfort of his or her own home. A massage mat would also make a great bus driver retirement gift.
Make sure to opt for a high-quality massage seat pad or a neck massager that will work on the driver’s neck tightness.
4. Portable Food Warmer
Practical gift for bus drivers
I often see bus drivers sitting in their vehicles in a parking lot waiting for their next pick up. This must make eating meals difficult. Why not help them out with a food warmer that can plug into their bus. Then they can have a hot meal and make good use of their down time.
5. Travel Tumbler
A beautiful and practical gift for bus drivers
Unlike many other workers, bus drivers cannot simply get up and take a coffee or cold beverage break any time they want. They must sit behind the steering wheel and drive the bus for hours to make sure their passengers reach their destinations in time. As such, the least we can do for them is to buy them a cute bus driver-themed travel tumbler, which will make sure our favorite bus drivers never get thirsty and will keep them motivated.
A ‘Number 1 Bus Driver’ tumbler would make a cool bus driver appreciation gift. A school bus-shaped travel coffee mug, on the other hand, makes for a funny bus driver gift.
6. School Bus Earrings
Feminine gift for bus drivers
Let them display their feminine side with a cute pair of school bus earrings. Whether cute ceramic buses or ones with extra bling, you will find a design to fit their personality.
7. Bus Driver Bag
A thoughtful school bus driver gift
Most of these bags are designed as cosmetics bags, therefore they would make a nice gift for female bus drivers. Nevertheless, such a bag can also store the driver’s electronic devices and accessories, basic toiletries, essential oils, supplements, snacks, money, documents, credit cards, and other practical items any bus driver, male or female, may find handy. They tend to be scratch-resistant, durable, and waterproof and can hold all the basic items a bus driver needs on a daily basis. Plus, a bus driver bag is light and portable and thus suitable for someone who is always on the road.
Choose a ‘School Bus Driver Survival Kit’ bag or a school bus print pouch.
8. Bus Plant Pot
A charming gift for bus drivers who like plants
If your beloved bus driver pal also likes flowers, herbs, and other types of plants, consider buying him or her a bus-shaped pot. Taking care of plants in his or her free time must be especially relaxing and rewarding for a person who drives a man-made bus down the man-made streets and has no connection with nature during work hours whatsoever.
You can either choose a retro flower pot or a cute hippy planter, depending on your pal’s preferences and style.
9. Bus Driver Mug
An adorable bus driver thank you gift
A coffee mug may seem like an obvious and simple gift. However, it can be a valuable, practical, motivating, and funny gift for bus drivers. Not only will it allow your bus driver friend to have his or her morning cup of coffee, which will wake him or her up and make sure he or she drives safely, but it will also motivate the driver and enable him or her to start the day on the right foot.
You can choose a funny ‘You can’t scare me, I drive a bus’ mug or a thoughtful ‘World’s best bus driver’ mug, which makes for a lovely personalized bus driver gift.
10. Bus Driver T-shirt
A cool bus driver gift idea
A t-shirt is a great way for a person to communicate their interests, display their strengths, showcase their sense of humor, and start a conversation with another person. Yes, a cool bus driver t-shirt will do all that, plus, it will give the receiver a chance to wear something really cool that will make their passengers like and admire them even more.
If you are looking for a great gift for male bus drivers, you can go with a funny bus driver tee for men. A t-shirt with a bus and flowers, on the other hand, would make for a cute gift for female bus drivers.
You might want to take a look at gifts for other jobs too!
11. The Energy Bus Personal Development Book
An educational gift for bus drivers to help them grow
Even though your bus driver may seem like the greatest, kindest, safest, and bubbliest person on Earth, there is always room for growth. Therefore, you should consider buying your favorite bus driver the Wall Street Journal bestseller – The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, that will take him or her on an enlightening ride revealing ten secrets for approaching life and work with a positive attitude. It’s the kind of book all of us should read. Plus, your beloved bus driver friend will surely recognize and appreciate the ‘bus’ metaphor.
Alternatively, you can go with the best-selling book Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey or any other personal development book.
12. Bus Driver Pot Holder
A sweet school bus driver gift idea
A pot holder with a sweet inscription, such as “Thank you for the sweet ride” or “Thanks for going the extra mile” would make a lovely bus driver gift. As the pot holder would make the recipient think of you every time he or she uses it in the kitchen, it makes for a suitable bus driver end-of-year gift and a heartfelt retirement gift.
Surprise your bus driver friend with a set of pot holders or choose a personalized bus driver pot holder and consider adding a baking tool or a sweet snack.
13. Bus Keychain
A versatile gift for bus drivers
A keychain is a very versatile gift idea. It can be funny, sentimental, pretty, personalized, appreciative, or purely practical. Finding a bus-themed keychain that your friend will really like will make him or her think of you whenever he or she sees it. Plus, as the receiver will probably carry it with him/her while driving, it can serve as a good luck charm.
A ‘Safe and Sound with This Awesome Bus Driver’ keychain is a beautiful bus driver appreciation gift. A bus keychain with the driver’s initials, on the other hand, makes for a great personalized bus driver gift.
14. Bus Driver Candle
A lovely bus driver Christmas gift
A candle makes for a timeless and wonderful Christmas gift and if the receiver is a bus driver, make sure to opt for a bus driver candle. A warm and scented candle that provides soft lighting and creates a peaceful atmosphere will surely relax away your pal’s crazy bus driver’s day.
Go with a thoughtful thank you candle for bus drivers, a Christmas-themed bus driver candle, or one with a relaxing slogan.