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10 Gifts For New Drivers

Stumped on what to buy a newly passed driver? Don’t worry – we’ve got some ideas!

Simon Jones

We know that passing your driving test is a big deal and is something to be celebrated, so you might be wondering what on earth could be the perfect present to gift them. There are so many possibilities when it comes to gifts for new drivers, and we’re here to lend a helping hand. We’ve put together a list of 10 gift ideas to suit all personalities as well as budgets. Take a look for some inspiration and let us know what you decide!    

Gift ideas    

Songs to drive to    

Have you heard about the gift of song? Well, making a driving playlist could be the way to go. Load it with their favourite songs, your favourites, and some absolute singalong classics. 

This gift idea is super thoughtful, and free! Don’t forget, it’ll give you the chance to pass your music genius onto someone else.  

Aux cord    

What better way to segue this one in. Depending on the car, you might want to throw in an aux cable along with your playlist. It would make the perfect bundle. They can easily fit this into the Aux plug in their car and be on their way. It’s a good option to think about as not all cars come with the luxury of Bluetooth, especially if a new driver has saved to buy it for themselves after having coughed up the cost of learning to drive.    

Although, you might want to keep in mind that not every aux cable will be compatible with every phone. So, it’ll be a handy idea to take the phone the driver will be using to the store with you. This way, you won’t waste either your time or your money. 

Sat nav    

We know that the first thing on a teen driver’s mind is getting out in their car as much as they possibly can. If you’ve got a bit of an explorer on your hands, fixing them up with a sat nav would suit them to a T. You could also get them a travel mug to keep them going on the long journeys they’ve been waiting for.  

There are so many options available and the price of a sat nav can vary. It’s definitely best to shop around. You could find one for around £50, but the price can stretch right up to £300! So, consider how much they’ll use it and what sort of features you want it to have. Gifting them a sat nav would mean they wouldn’t need to keep their phone maps open, which is the more convenient and safer option too.     

Car air freshener    

Every new driver needs a fancy car air freshener to make the car their own. You could go all out and get them an air freshener made of wax! These tend to last a lot longer, smell stronger, and keep the car feeling fresh. You might manage to grab a couple in their favourite scents or flavours, that’ll really give the extra bit of meaning behind your gift.    

Car hoover    

Who would’ve thought it, you can buy a miniature hoover that fits into the aux plug. How cool is that for a car accessory? This is definitely a pleaser if the new driver in your life likes to keep things pristine, or a good laugh if they’re the opposite.   

It’s also a great way to start building their car cleaning kit to help them stay on top of keeping the car clean and general car maintenance. So, you really can’t go wrong with one of these.    

Personalised keyrings    

We know that one of the most exciting things about passing your driving test is finally having your own set of car keys. So, what better way to celebrate than gifting a new driver a personalised keyring. You could opt to get a photo of you and them, or find their favourite animal as a key ring, or their initial. 

There are so many places you can get these from and the options are endless. If you’re keen to support an independent business, take a look on Etsy’s website where you’re sure to find what you’re after.

Dash cam    

Dash cams are becoming more and more popular with drivers, as they can make a big difference if you’re ever involved in an incident. If you’re not sure you’d want to fork out on one though, we’ve got a few thoughts on whether dash cams are worth it to help you out.   

You might be interested in getting them a dash cam because of feeling nervous for the new driver in your life. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of gifts you could get to help you feel a bit more relaxed. You could get a tire pressure gauge, roadside assistance, or even a documents holder for example. So, opting for gifts like these will put your mind at ease, as well as being super handy for the newly passed driver.    

Car de-icer    

If you’re known as the practical one in the family, getting a new driver a car de icer and a matching scraper would be the perfect way to say ‘from me, to you’. They’ll definitely need it when driving in winter in the UK. 

A de-icer would also make a great addition if you were thinking about getting them a car emergency kit or an aid kit. It’s always good to know that a teenage driver has everything they need when setting off on their first few adventures.   

Car seat covers    

As a fresh new driver, they might be keen to put their own stamp on the car. So, giving them some funky car seat covers would help make the new whip just how they’d like it.   

Not only are these a good idea for interior design enthusiasts, they’re also great if the no longer learner driver has always dreamed of taking their dog out on a road trip. You’re sure to find a pattern they’d love, so let us know if you try these out!    

Temporary car insurance    

Of course we had to throw this one in. Afterall, what’s the point in passing your test if you’ve got nothing to take for a spin. Getting a short-term insurance policy for them on either your car or their own is all they’d need at the end of the day. If you need some convincing, there’s no better way to help keep their top-notch driving skills in play, so why not give them a chance.    

If you didn’t know, we might be able to help you with this. Take a look at our temporary car insurance and hand over your keys. Joking, but it’s definitely a gift they’re sure to appreciate! 

Simon Jones

Worked for short-term car insurance provider Veygo for over 3 years. Been involved in building insurance products for learner drivers and people looking for temporary cover on cars, then telling the world about them through marketing campaigns. Also drive a bit myself, mainly my son around where ever he needs to go.

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