Ah… The wind in your hair. Heatwaves rising from the blacktop. The freedom of being able to go anywhere… Teenage boys and girls glow in the pride and optimism that comes from earning driver license for the first time.
Passing the driving test is a great milestone and a big reason to celebrate. Finding the right gift for new drivers is extremely easy with our ideas. Celebrate your new car drivers’s milestone achievement with useful, funny, thoughtful or practical gifts. Here’s a list of gifts to give your new driver as they start on this road of privilege.
Best New Driver Gift Ideas:
We are starting this list with a very useful gift that all drivers should have, not just new drivers. How often have you found truth in the saying “Better safe than sorry”? A new driver is likely only thinking about the new thrill of being able to drive, but, luckily, they have you thinking about their safety. With this 125-Piece Roadside Assistance Auto Emergency Kit with Jumper Cables, they’ll be prepared for every potential danger that could come their way. Thirteen of the items that are included in this kit cover basic first aid needs, such as various types of bandages, iodine, and alcohol. The safety precaution items will come in handy during break downs, accidents, and more. Gifting this emergency kit to your new car driver will ensure their safety for day or night, winter or summer, and sun or rain.
Trying to rely on cell phones for GPS directions can end up being messy and complicated as several other app notifications, texts, and calls come up. Make getting around simple for new drivers by getting them this great Garmin GPS navigation for car. This navigation has step-by-step voice directions, driver alerts, and constant up to date information about points of interest like stores and restaurants with Foursquare data. This gift is also a way of expanding your new driver’s world with lifetime map updates. Have confidence that they’ll be able to get where they going by giving them a navigation system that will build their confidence in driving knowledge and directional abilities.
Perhaps, you want your new driver to be prepared, but you’re worried about overwhelming them with all the details just yet. This driver kit is simple and will let them know that while you are concerned with their safety, you also want them to enjoy the perks of being on the road. Included in this kit is a flash light, a coffee tumbler, a first aid kit, a tire gauge, and fuzzy dice for hanging on the rearview mirror. Batteries for this flashlight are included, and everything is packaged in a box with a retro “New Driver Kit” logo so that it’s gift ready.
Your new driver can have pride in her car by keeping it clean. This vacuum is conveniently small for storage and light weight for use. Even with its small size and weight, it has a 106-watt motor. The vacuum comes with three different suction nozzles, a replacement HEPA filter, a small brush for cleaning the filter and debris collector, and a carrying bag for after-use storage. A 12-volt cord that reaches 16 feet allows the user to power it through the car electric outlet and makes cleaning, even in backseat areas, convenient. Everyone will be asking to borrow this gift!
It seems like almost everyone texts these days, and there are so many reminders about not texting and driving. That reminder is often needed for brand-new drivers, and having the reminder printed on a steering wheel cover is a good way to both give them that encouragement and a clever way to add style to car. This gift has “Don’t text and drive – Love, Mom” printed on a partial steering wheel cover as a way to have the reminder subtly in front of them every time they’re behind the wheel. This wheel decor is universal to fit any type of vehicle.
One thing guys are often excited about when they get to drive is getting attention in their hot ride. They can be sure to grab even more attention when wearing these sunglasses. The 59-millimeter lenses of these Ray Ban frames are tinted green and polarized for extra UV protection. This gift for teen guy drivers is not only cool, it will additionally stylish the driver and it will prevents risk of being dazzled by the sun. Extra hack – polarized lenses often help seeing through heavy rain better than the constant passing of windshield wipers. The wearer will feel so cool in these he’ll even want to wear them when there’s no sun.
Newly licensed teen drivers might not have the money to have the nicest most updated inner tech, but they’ll likely put as much as they can into the outside of their vehicle. Having this cleaning kit will help. This kit includes six different brushes, sponges, dusters, or cloths, each with special purposes such as getting hard-to-reach areas or for scratch-free wiping. It all can be stored in a 12×9×4 carrying bag, which can be easily kept in a trunk. With this cleaning kit new car drivers can be ready to impress with a set of wheels that are also polished and squeaky clean.
She has her license now, but maybe she’s still inhibitive when it comes to putting the pedal to the metal. Giving these magnet stickers as a gift to your new driver should be a huge help as they notify other drivers in traffic that a new driver is in the car. The stickers are printed in that attention-grabbing yellow that is recognized as a color to slow down. This gift comes with two separate stickers, one with the phrase “NEW DRIVER” while the other says “PLEASE BE PATIENT.” Since these are magnets, they can be easily taken off once she has gained her confidence and is ready to burn rubber.
The phrase “By the book” is a little intimidating when it comes to being a new driver. There are so many mistakes that you could make. But a new driver going by this book, The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask will feel confident that they can figure it out. The book covers several scenarios from maintenance to how to talk to parents about driving rules. Not only is this a gift that teen drivers will appreciate, but parents or the gifter can have more peace of mind knowing they have this comprehensive guide.
New drivers should have their phone with them so they can communicate (not while driving) with those who could be worried about them. If you’re the one congratulating them with a gift, you’re likely one of those individuals. These magnetic mounts insert into an air vent so they take up little room and are black so they can keep your phone at vision level without causing any distractions of tackiness or the phone sliding around and under car seats. This particular buying option comes with two mounts, universal for any phone type.
Again, the underlying theme for new drivers is “safety first.” Well, gifting them this helmet is sure to get the point across and likely in a comedic way. The helmet is a matte black finish, so it’ll match with most everything! If she keeps it in her car, it’ll be a funny memory from when (s)he first got her/his license and act as a conversation piece for passengers, if nothing else. And who knows? It might actually come in handy!
The right music can make any driver feel more comfortable and confident. This USB and Bluetooth music adapter will come in handy as they can plug it into their 12-volt vehicle outlet, set their music up, and then simply rely on the Back and Forward options from the plug in so they don’t have to fiddle around with their phone while driving. This transmitter connects to stable Bluetooth and FM stations to provide the listener a consistent stream of their favorite music. It also work as car locator if the teenagers might forget where they parked.
Car dashboards are interesting features. They are made looking like you can place things on them, but if you add movement from driving, items are bound to be sliding all over the place. Anyone will appreciate having this black sticky dash mat to keep phones, MP3s, coins, and more from launching off the dash. No adhesive or glue is needed, but it’s made of nonslip rubber and is heat resistant, ensuring that it won’t turn into a black slimy blob on hot days.
Whether your teenage driver is planning a road trip or just daily transportation needs, they’re likely to end up with a buildup of trash in their vehicle. Rather than letting their car become a miniature dump, this gift will give them somewhere to stuff their trash. This storage for car garbage is attached to the center driver console, so both the driver and passengers are able to reach it. It can hold both wet and dry trash and has side and front pockets for extra storage. This little trash container has plastic braces and other reinforcements to make it sturdy.
Sometimes finances control the outer appearance of a car more than one would like. The teenagers are likely to be even more picky about this since their focus is often on appearance. They can at least have control over the way the inside looks if you know or they help you to pick the color of these leatherette seat cushions. These seats are made with thick, premium high-density foam for long-lasting resiliency as well as comfort.
Young driver may have a clean slate when it comes to their driving record as well as what’s in their car. It is easy to accumulate accessories, nick knacks, and all kinds of other items that we keep in our car. Giving them this very practical collapsible cargo/trunk organizer can help to avoid that. The organizer has 11 pockets as well as removable subdivider inserts. Now just hopefully the items actually make it into the organizer and not just on the floor near to it like the laundry basket.
Whether a person has been driving for years or they’re new to it, backing up can be complicated, especially in crowded parking lots or other tight situations. With most cars you just have to rely on your side and rearview mirrors and pray, but by giving them awesome gift, this backup radar system, both you and they can be more confident that they won’t end up with bumper damage. This radar system comes with four back sensors and is easy to set up.
Whether the new driver in your life is planning to drive to school, to work, to the beach, or anywhere else, the chances are that the car will be left in a sunny parking lot at some point.
Then when the newbie comes back and gets inside, he or she will be faced with a nasty surprise comprising of a burning hot steering wheel and unbearably hot air inside the car.
So, to avoid this type of unpleasant experience, you can present the new driver with a set of EcoNour car windshield sunshade blocks.
Also, make sure you instruct the new driver how to place the shades, and why he or she should always remember to use them, especially in the summer, when it is scorching hot.
These durable and UV resistant shades come in different sizes, so there is a pair suitable for any car or other vehicle.
It is essential for new drivers to learn the basics about staying safe and making sure that the car is safe to drive.
One of these basics is having tires that are adequately filled with air.
This inexpensive and easy to use digital tire pressure gauge will allow the recipient to perform quick checks of the tire pressure without any hassle or complicated actions.
Making sure that the tires of the car have the proper pressure will ensure that the car stays safely on the road and will help increase the longevity of the tires too.
This compact tire pressure gauge has a backlit LCD and is small enough to be stored in the car’s glove compartment.
It comes with a battery and a 1-year warranty and will cost you just over $10.
A dashcam is not only the perfect gadget for a teenager looking for ways to impress others via shared videos and media on social networks, but it can also be a very useful device to have installed in any car, especially for a new and inexperienced driver.
The Pruveeo D30H Dash Cam is a dual-camera system with Sony sensors and infrared night vision.
It can capture and record the traffic in front and on the back of the car, and each camera can easily be rotated at 180 degrees back and forth or up to 50 degrees to each side.
The dashcam is especially useful in case of an incident on the road, as most states, courts, and insurance companies accept video footage as evidence.
This dual dash cam system is Wi-Fi enabled and will record everything that goes on the road when the new driver is behind the wheel.
So, your child is already old enough to get a license and to drive a car, but you can’t stop worrying, right? Well, moms will be moms always, which is why this keychain is a perfect gift from a mother to her child who is a brand new driver.
The keychain is inexpensive and simple, but includes all of the wishes and advice you can give to your grown-up kid, including “Have fun, be safe, make good choices,” and of course, “Call your mom.”
The stamped stainless steel keychain is also an excellent gift idea for kids going away to college, joining the military, or leaving the nest for another reason.
This combined car emergency kit and first aid kit by First Secure is probably the best gift you can give to any driver, especially a new one.
It contains everything which a driver may need in case of a car breakdown or incident on the road.
The car emergency kit includes an air compressor, a tire repair kit, a tow rope, a tire pressure gauge, a window breaker, a warning triangle, bungee cords, a multitool, a LED headlamp, electrical tape, work gloves, and jumper cables.
The first aid kit includes gauze pads, a tourniquet, adhesive bandages, triangular bandage, medical tape, cotton swabs, PBT bandages, safety pins, and scissors.
All of this costs less than $50, and can help save someone’s life on the road!
If you are looking for a funny gift for a new driver, then this “New Driver’s Guide to Things Not To Crash Into” is one of the best presents you can find.
This hilarious book includes basic descriptions of what a car is and how it functions, as well as a full list of examples of things not to crash into (including creepy garden gnomes, and icebergs).
The new driver or bad driver in your life will love this fun-filled guide book and may learn an important driving and safety lesson, or maybe even several of them.
While this visor clip may not be a practical gift, it is a meaningful gift for a new driver, which will be a constant reminder to be careful and to stay safe on the road.
The beautiful and compact sentiment has a stamped wish for safe driving on the heart-shaped clip.
Your child will automatically slow down every time he or she sets eyes on this beautiful and meaningful message from a loving and caring parent, partner, or friend.
A reliable set of jumper cables can help prevent you from getting stranded somewhere with a dead battery.
New drivers may not be overly familiar with this type of incident, but you can be pretty sure that they will be faced with this type of tough situation sooner or later.
The best way to cope with a dead car battery is to be prepared for this dreaded moment.
With these jumper cables by AmazonBasics, which are available in 2, 4, 6, or 10 gauge types, and in lengths from 12 up to 20 feet, the new driver will have the necessary tools handy in the trunk of the car, when the moment comes, and the vehicle cannot start.
A suitable document holder is the first thing a new driver will need as soon as he or she gets their license.
With this 2-pack of document holders, your new driver child or friend can keep their license, registration, insurance card, and other necessary documents, safely stored in one place.
The document holders are two, so you can have an extra one that you yourself can use.
With this complete car care kit by Meguiar’s, the new driver can make sure that every single part of the vehicle on the inside and out is sparkling clean and in pristine condition.
The set includes 12 high-quality car cleaning and protection products, including a Gold Class car wash, a PlastX plastic cleaner, and polisher, a liquid Wax, an Interior Detail cleaner, a Quick detailer, A Tire gel, and a Fine scratch and blemish remover, as well as a microfiber towel, a foam applicator pad, two clay bars, and other tools and applications.
This pair of hilarious socks is another excellent gag gift idea for a new driver.
The socks are labeled “Clutch” and “Gas,” and are made of 79% cotton and 20% polyester and 1% spandex mix.
They are funny, comfortable, and come in a universal men’s size.
The only thing left is to instruct the new driver which sock goes on which foot, and you can all have a laugh about this humorous gift for new drivers.
If your teenager has just got their license, but you are not ready to spend money on a new car, then the chances are that your child will feel like a time traveler who has entered the Stone Age, especially if you have an old vehicle with an old car audio system.
Thanks to this nifty Bluetooth Car Kit, the new driver can enjoy listening to music streamed from the phone or other device, and can also take and make calls hands-free while driving.
The Kinivo BTC450 comes with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a 3.5mm Aux-in connection option.
It also has a built-in microphone and supports aptX for a seamless wireless connection without any delays.