Whether it’s a side gig or their full-time job, your Uber-driving friend spends a lot of time getting people from A to B safely and efficiently. Get them a gift to make their lifestyle less hectic and more enjoyable, so they’ll keep doing what they do with a smile. From a wide-angle lens dashcam to an electric massager they can use in the car, these five thoughtful gifts for Uber drivers will brighten their day and maybe even increase their tips. Who knows, they could be so thankful that you’ll get to ride in their chariot for free.
1. Dash Cam
Keep your friend safe with this mini-camera equipped with Wi-Fi, recording capabilities, a wide-angle lens, and motion detection. It mounts on the dash to let customers know to be on their best behavior, or they can turn the cam the other way to face the road and record any thefts or damage to their vehicle. There’s also a built-in microphone to record conversations, and the dashcam is equipped with night-vision to capture even late-night rides.
2. Car Vacuum
Uber drivers don’t often get great reviews if their car is filthy. Help them keep their vehicle in pristine condition (and their ratings high) with this handheld car vacuum, suitable for both wet and dry spills. It can vacuum up crumbs, cigarette ash, and other messes, so they can keep working without needing to stop at the car wash. The device offers ergonomic design and several attachments to get into all those hard-to-reach spots with ease.
3. Vehicle Garbage Bag
Speaking of a clean car, this vehicle garbage bag will give your friend’s riders a receptacle for unwanted gum wrappers and empty coffee cups, rather than litter the floor or back seat pockets. Adjustable straps make it easy to fasten to headrests or other parts of the car. The leak-proof material means the car stays clean even if that coffee cup was full. The bag offers an insulated design and can even double as a travel cooler.
4. Electric Massager
Does your friend always book back-to-back rides? Do they never have enough time for the spa or to practice self-care regularly? Strap this electric massager to the seat for a massage on-the go. After all, frequent driving has been associated with neck and back pain, but your friend probably shrugs off the pain in the name of professionalism. If they can’t seem to bring themselves to the massage table, why not bring the massage to them?
5. Uber Light
Your Uber-driving friend can now flaunt their passion for the job with this red Uber light while also letting potential customers know there’s a ride nearby. Even if they stop driving for Uber one day, they might just keep this gift around for some nostalgia.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health and VICE.