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Last-Minute Gifts Expediters will Love (and use)

By Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted Dec 21st 2015 9:00AM

If you have an expediter on your holiday shopping list, you may be overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin. You're thinking, "I'm not a trucker; I don't experience that lifestyle. So, what do expediters really want for Christmas? What's something that I can get that they would love and actually use?"

Well, there's still a little time left till Christmas. And you no longer have to be stumped on what to get your favorite driver because at we've done the research for you, with these five ideas to help you choose the perfect gift.

1. XTreme Comforts Memory Foam Pillow
Price: Starting at $24.97 (sale price) on Amazon
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For expediters, a good night's (or day's) sleep is vital to their safety and long-term success. But an uncomfortable pillow contributes to neck pain, excessive snoring and clinched teeth that deprives them of the quality sleep they need to function alertly behind the wheel.

That's where the Xtreme Comforts memory foam pillow can make a difference. It's designed to maximize comfort, conforming to the head and neck in any position, while ensuring proper alignment of the cervical nerves, so that drivers can get the deep rest they need to succeed.

2. Viotek Tru-Comfort Heating and Cooling Car Seat
Price: $169.99
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Some seat pads generate heat; others cool you off. But what if truckers could have one seat cushion that could do both -- heat and cool? This way, they can simply adjust the temperature, as needed, to ensure they're as comfortable as possible, no matter the season when delivering a load.

Viotek USA has developed just that -- a seat cushion with both heating and ventilated cooling functions. It's equipped with a control device that enables fanning speeds that can cool the seat and eliminate that awkward "sweat back" feeling during the hottest summer days. And the five-gear heating system allows drivers to set the seat temperature to their liking in even the harshest of winters.

3. Garmin Dash Cam 10
Price: $219.99
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Expediters who take safety seriously will want an extra set of eyes with them on the road, in case -- God forbid -- they're in an incident that wasn't their fault and need proof to protect their safety record and reputation.

The Garmin Dash Cam is like having that eyewitness on board. It's a windshield-mounted high-definition driving recorder with a 2.3-inch LCD display that records both audio and video and allows drivers to set the date and time to pinpoint when events occurred. The camera also features an automatic incident detection (G-Sensor) with customizable sensitivity settings. This way, when an incident – like hard braking or a collision – is detected, the camera automatically saves the current, last and next recordings, preserving a complete record of the event.

4. Kindle Glare-Free E-Reader
Price: Starting at $59.00 (sale price on Amazon)
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It can be difficult for drivers to unwind and get the rest they need to take on that next load. Reading a good book can help. So, give them the ability to carry an entire library of their favorite titles on a single device that's lighter than most paperback books.

Amazon Kindle e-reader is lightweight, affordable, and easy on the eyes with a glare-free screen. A driver can read for weeks on a single charge, with the ability to add margin notes that can be edited, deleted, or exported from Kindle to a computer. And when a driver has finished a book, he or she can purchase another one, downloading it onto the Kindle e-reader within seconds, without having to leave the truck.

5. Char-Broil Portable Patio Bistro Electric Grill
Price: $129.99
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One way to help expediters get a taste of home while they're on the road for weeks at a time is to give them a high-powered portable electric grill, like the Char-Broil Patio Bistro. This way, they can slap on a juicy steak and their favorite vegetables to get that home-cooked grilled taste, as if they were cooking out on their own backyard.

This portable electric grill uses infrared technology that reduces "flare ups," so that the food cooks evenly. And the porcelain-coated cooking grates -- much like what you see on a full-size gas grill -- are rust-resistant and easy to clean, making it a gift that it can last for years to come.