One of the hardest things for any occasion is finding the right gift. Even harder? Giving a gift to a teenager.
Whether you are planning to give a gift to a family member or a friend, you have to find a good balance between what it is they want or what it is they need while at the same time not spending every penny you have! That’s a lot to think about when you are looking to purchase a gift and it’s important to consider when buying for the teen in your life that you will need to make the gift appropriate, practical and fun.
Learning to drive is a huge step toward freedom for anyone of any age let alone a teenager with their first set of wheels. New teen drivers aren’t as jaded by the long traffic queues on the road during the school runs or rush hour or the complications of insurance in the same way as experienced drivers are. They’re excited for the extended freedom as well as the promise of the shiny new / second hand car on the driveway. I was over the moon when I got my first set of wheels and took advantage of the situation coming from a strict background and not being able to go anywhere on my own or without the car. Teenagers are often the most inexperienced drivers on the road and any new driver, regardless of age, needs encouragement and practical gifts help to see them off on their way.
If you’ve been the person who has guided a teenager through their driving lessons, driving test and even given them advice on the right car, you’ll be keen to find the perfect congratulatory gift for passing their driving test. Now, you could easily spend money sprucing up a car and giving it a set of rims in multicolour and tacking on proof of a recent MOT but it may be easier to check out my list of some great driving gifts and go from there. I have kept it brief so as not to overwhelm you as there are so many things that can be bought.
Teenagers and technology go hand in hand these days, don’t they? We’d not recommend buying something too distracting for a car – health and safety is more important than the latest apps. But, there are some technological accessories that you can get that are perfect for new drivers. Go for the latest and greatest sat nav like these (I love my sat nav it’s really useful) or a new hands-free kit controlled by Bluetooth. Driving while on a phone isn’t just illegal, it’s extremely dangerous. Having an earpiece that is linked to your smartphone or even your car is far safer and by giving it as a gift, you are having a hand in keeping someone you care about safer on the road. If you want to go uber-tech, why not go for these parking sensors? New drivers, regardless of age, have a habit of bumping into other cars or kerbs while trying to park. Sensor kits can prevent any scuff marks on the shiny new wheels – I know a few people with them and they work really well.
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Be Creative / Personalise
It’s somewhat of a tradition to personalise a car from the inside out. Some people like to give their car a name; there are many Bob’s and Daisy’s rolling the motorways these days. My first car was a Mitsubishi so I name her Mitsi (yes she was a girl car but don’r ask me how I could tell). Decorating a car is part of that tradition and your gift can be perfectly aligned with that! You could get a private reg made with the name of the driver or the name of their new car mixed in with numbers. You could choose to buy some decals like these to customise the car but make sure you know your audience. You don’t want to spend money on decals that wouldn’t be appreciated! While we’re on the topic of cheesy, a personalised key ring for the car keys is a perfect gift, especially if you’re a parent gifting a car to their teen. Add in some foam decorations as an aerial topper for an extra bit of sparkle, but know that an aerial topper is a practical gift, too. You know what it’s like to walk around a car park trying to spot your car among the sea of colours, with an aerial topper waving in the wind, they cannot miss their new car! Something I should look into having lost my car in car parks on numerous occasions – opsy!
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While we’re on the topic of practicality, gifts that make your car a safer, more pleasant place to be are also important! Think about the things that you need to have in the boot of your car for safety, then extend some of those ideas in gift form. Packs like these Cobra JumPack’s are excellent portable devices to jump start a car more than once on just the one charge. This type of gift can save money and insurance call outs and they keep a charge for eight months, so it’s a gift that just keeps giving. If you want to help a new driver stay safe while they’re on the road, investing in polarized sunglasses can help reduce the sun glare and make the environment for drivers safer. If you’re feeling creative, why not put together a small holdall of things for the trunk of their new car? Teenagers who are new on the road may not know what to do in a crisis, so pack a small bag with a First Aid kit, torches, cones, and other exciting things that are practical and necessary in a breakdown. Lastly, the most practical and useful gift can be money. Giving an envelope with money or a prepaid card can really help a new driver.
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There’s nothing more stressful than trying to find the perfect gift for someone you care about, but if you can find gifts that make sense for the person you are buying for then you are onto a winner. Vehicle safety is improving year on year and while it would be nice to give a new driver a gift of a brand new car, it’s not always possible. So, you should spend your money on improving their driving experience and making them feel comfortable in their new vehicle.
What do you gift someone who has just learnt to drive and is getting a car?
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