Black Friday is approaching, so it’s time for you to start thinking of all the gifts you’re going to buy for that wonderful commuter in your life. Last holiday season, we told you how to keep coffee hot, share new tunes, travel with a cool bag, and we even gave a tip if you have a special cyclist in your life.
This year, we’re going to do our best top that awesome list. But on a budget. Since we know you don’t want to blow all your savings from commuter benefits on gifts, we’ve found some reasonably priced items that are perfect for the commuter in your life. If you want to splurge, there’s plenty of options out there.
Listen to tunes
It’s way too crowded and chaotic on the subways these days. Since reading is difficult (if not impossible), the next best bet is to listen to some good music. You have two main options in this category, headphones or earbuds. And you have plenty of options from there. TaoTronics’ Wireless 5.0 Magnetic Earbuds sell on Amazon for $25.99. They are marketed for use in the gym but can survive the wear and tear of a commute.
Pack a healthy lunch
You can pack lunch and commute on public transportation. Really. And what better thing to pack than a healthy salad. Instead of coming up with an excuse like reminding us every salad you’ve packed has spilled, try a Mason jar container from Aladdin. It fits 34 oz and is super portable. They are made from BPA free plastic, so you don’t have to worry about them smashing if you drop your bag. And we’re not sure what’s better: it’s dishwasher safe, and it has a compartment to put your salad dressing. The 34 oz model retails for $12.99 on Amazon.
Don’t lose things in the car
Your commuter may drive to their public transit stop. Some drive straight to work (and get reimbursement for parking, hopefully). Either way, at one point or another, they’ve probably lost their keys, phone or something else in the car. Sticking within our budget for you, we recommend you think about buying a car dashboard mat. Mini-Factory’s z102 mat has an anti-slip gel that will keep sunglasses, keys, perfume, coins, glasses and other gadgets in one place. This way, the special commuter on your list can pay attention to the road and not worry about how their phone fell into that black hole between the seat and the console. And it only costs $8.99.
There you go — three gifts suitable for the commuter in your life and all under $26. Whatever way you go, have a wonderful holiday season (and stay safe on Black Friday).
Did you know that you can save money on your daily commute? Commuter benefits allow employees to reduce their commuting costs by up to 40%, while employers can save 7.65% on payroll taxes. Download our 101 Guide to learn more!