Looking for just the right gift for an Uber or Lyft driver but don’t know where to start? We’ve reviewed over 300 possibilities and narrowed them down to 9 great ideas — along with two you should probably avoid. Whether they are new to the ride sharing economy or experienced pros, this list offers something for every type of driver. Enjoy!
1. PURGGO Car Air Freshener
There’s nothing worse than a smelly car. But there are a lot of solutions to smell that are either ineffective or leave riders gasping for some real fresh air. The PURGGO freshener is a natural solution made with Bamboo Charcoal, which absorbs odors by trapping them inside. Winning rave reviews from users, it last more than 365 days — much longer than most fresheners.
2. Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination
Learn about how a “loose lipped and scrappy” entrepreneur, Travis Kalanick, started one of the most valuable companies on the planet — in just a few short years. This well-written, behind the scenes account will keep any Uber (or Lyft) driver turning the pages.
3. Magnetic Phone Mount
For safety reasons, we hope your driver is already using a phone mount. But chances are they are not using this cool magnetic mount, which offers the flexibility to attach any type of smart phone and even mini tablets. Hooking on to the car’s air vent, it keeps valuable window real estate unobstructed. The WizGear model, linked here, gets the best customer ratings.
4. LED car sign
Available for both Uber and Lyft, an LED sign is a great way to make sure night time customers are able to quickly recognize the car as it pulls up. Runs on batteries and is visible up to 20-30 feet away. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find a lost customer in the dark, and this sign has an extra cool factor that riders will love.
5. Dual Facing Dashboard Camera
This camera looks both forward and back, a insurance for an Uber or Lyft driver against any possible claims that may arise from dangerous drivers or disgruntled customers. Good 1080P HD resolution along with audio recording. These duel facing cameras don’t always come cheap, but the Pyle model, linked here, is about half the cost of others and does the job well. As an added bonus, it also includes GPS navigation.
6. Snack and drink organizer
If you’re an Uber or Lyft driver looking for a 5 star rating and perhaps an extra tip, consider including some light snacks and water with this handy seat back organizer that keeps your drinks cool. It also includes a tissue box at the bottom – a great way to ensure sick customers don’t spread their germs around your car.
7. Branded t-shirt
Look like a million with this Uber t-shirt (and some shades). While it must seem a little funny, customers care quite a bit about professionalism and will feel safer and secure if you’re sporting a company shirt. Plus, it’s a fun conversation starter at parties.
8. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
Keep your Uber driver informed about the broader economic trends shaping his or her ride-sharing career. A great alternative to scrolling through Facebook while waiting for the next passenger. A real page turner with rave reviews.
9. Emergency Road Assistance Kit
Keep some peace of mind with this emergency road assistance kit from AAA that includes everything you could possibility need, including jumper cables, first aid items, a flashlight and much more.
10. Duduma aviator sunglasses
Sunglasses are a necessity for drivers. But not all sunglasses look cool. Help your Uber or Lyft driver up their ratings with a pair of glasses that users love and look awesome: Duduma Premiums. “I get so many compliments on these,” writes one buyer on Amazon. Hard case included, they are a great value for the money.
And now for two stupid ideas you should avoid:
Rate me/tip me sign
Customers hate it when drivers get needy about ratings and tips. In fact, it makes some less likely to review you. So stick with offering a great experience and there’s no need to annoy customers with a “please rate me” sign.
While they might look good, watch out because they are more likely than not to fall of the car.