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Deck the Hauls 2017: 6 Holiday Gifts Your Favorite Expediter Will Love (and Actually Use)

By Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted Dec 11th 2017 9:00AM

If you have an expedited trucker on your holiday shopping list but don’t know what type of gifts they would love and actually use, you’ve come to the right place.

At ExpeditersOnline.com, we’ve done a lot of the research for you. And we’ve found six gift ideas that your loved ones or friends in the trucking industry will really appreciate.

1. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (6 Quart)
One of the biggest challenges for expediters is to develop and maintain healthy eating habits when they’re out on the road for weeks at a time. Often it’s just easier for them to pick up fast food at a truck stop, especially when they’re exhausted. But what if they had a quicker and easier way to cook more healthy and delicious meals “at home” on the truck?

That’s where a pressure cooker like Instant Pot can help. It combines seven kitchen appliances into one--pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer--to make it easier and more practical to prepare “home cooked” meals for those with a busy and demanding lifestyle.

Price: $99.00
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2. Kindle Glare-Free E-Reader (6-Inch Screen)
It can be difficult for drivers to unwind and get the rest they need before they pick up their next load. But 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 to see 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, they can purchase another one, downloading it onto the Kindle e-reader within seconds, without having to leave the truck.

Price: $75.99
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3. The SleepDog Mattress
If your favorite expediters operate as a team, they spend the bulk of their sleep time while the truck is moving, which can create challenges with getting the sleep they need to avoid fatigue and burnout that could put their safety at risk.

That means they need a mattress designed specifically to enhance their sleep quality in a moving truck. One option is The SleepDog CoolMAX 8-inch thick mattress--double the thickness of stock truck mattresses--with 3-inches of premium, BASF memory foam for greater support and comfort to get a good night’s (or day’s) sleep that’s vital to a driver’s safety and long-term success.

Price: Starting at $429
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4. MyPillow
An uncomfortable pillow contributes to neck pain, excessive snoring and clenched teeth that could deprive your favorite expediter of the quality sleep they need to function alertly behind the wheel.

MyPillow uses patented interlocking fill that adjusts to the person’s unique sleep position and holds that position all night, helping drivers to fall asleep faster and sleep longer. The company is currently offering a buy-one-get-one-free special.

Price: Starting at $79.98
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5. Hammacher Schlemmer Pressure Relieving Cushion
Since your favorite expediter spends long hours behind the wheel, this seat cushion by Hammacher Schlemmer can help a driver feel better, be more alert, and stay safer throughout the day. It relieves point-of-contact pressure and reduces lower back discomfort, using medical-grade elastic gel interior with a patented honeycomb shape that distributes weight evenly throughout the cushion. Its two-inch-thick elastic gel interior creates the sensation of sitting on air as it conforms to the unique shape of driver’s body and immediately returns to its original form when the driver gets up.

Price: $99.95
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6. Massage Envy (Gift Certificate)
A full massage could be the perfect gift for your favorite expediter. But where can you get a gift certificate from a licensed massage therapist conveniently located to the driver? Consider a national chain like Massage Envy Spa. This way, no matter where your driver might be in the country, he or she will likely be able to find a spa nearby. Gift certificates start at $75.00, which is typically good for a 60-minute introductory massage, including gratuity.

Price: Starting at $75.00
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