Just Passed Gift Ideas for New Drivers
Passing your driving test and getting your license is a major achievement and certainly one worth celebrating. If a family member or friend has recently passed their test, you can help them commemorate the moment by choosing a great present. For inspiration, take a look at these ‘just passed’ gift ideas for new drivers:
Key Finder and Key Ring
If you want to help a new driver avoid the panic that is losing their keys (and the hassle it entails), gift them their very own key finder and key ring. Bluetooth keyring fobs are an easy way to keep track of your keys, which means new drivers will never have to take the bus because they can’t get into their car! Attach the finder to a novelty or personalised keyring and you’ve got the perfect ‘just passed’ present.
De-icer and scraper
Things like de-icer and a scraper are essential in every vehicle but they’re things that a new driver might not automatically think of. To ensure your loved one is well-prepared for winter weather, gift them de-icer and a scraper. Even better – put them in a handy carry case so they can fit snuggly in the vehicle without getting lost under the seats.
Private Number Plates
A private number plate is the ultimate addition to a car, so what better present is there for a new driver? DVLA number plates come in a wide range of combinations, so it’s easy to find plates that contain meaningful numbers, spell out a name or feature someone’s initials. Just remember that they’ll need to register the plates before fixing them to the vehicle!
Although some cars are fitted with parking sensors, not all models offer this feature. If you know that the recipient’s vehicle isn’t equipped with in-built sensors, you can make their life a whole lot easier by giving parking sensors as a gift. They can be retrofitted to virtually any vehicle and they make parallel parking or getting into a tight car park space a breeze.
Knowing how to jump-start your own vehicle is an essential part of car ownership. It’s not unusual for car batteries to run flat, particularly if the weather is cold or the vehicle isn’t used often. Providing you’ve got access to jump leads and a running vehicle, however, you can get back on the road in no time.
For today’s drivers. dashcams are an essential piece of car kit. If an incident occurs on the road, having video footage helps to determine who was at fault. What’s more – it can put a halt to ‘crash for cash’ scams and prevent new drivers being taken advantage of.
Shampoo, Polish and Wax
No-one cleans their car more frequently and more thoroughly than a new driver, so help them out by making sure they’ve got all the cleaning essentials they’ll need. Car shampoo, polish and wax is a great gift but you can add sponges, brushes, tyre cleaners and glass cleaner if you want to go all out.
Sat Nav System
Getting from A to B can be tricky at any time but driving somewhere for the first time can be particularly nerve-wracking as a new driver. With a satellite navigation system, however, you can forget about which route to take and focus on the road instead.
Gifting a new driver a phone holder ensures they’ve got somewhere safe to store their phone when travelling and it minimises any temptation to pick up your phone when you’re in the driver’s seat. Choose functional and stylish designs or opt for something wacky and fun.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit may not be the most exciting gift to receive as a new driver, but it’s certainly one of the most important. You never know when you’re going to need it, which is why every car should have one. A fully stocked first aid kit is the perfect present for a new driver and it may be the most useful one they ever receive.
Supporting a New Driver
While ‘just passed’ gifts are a great way to celebrate a new driver’s success, you can support them by offering to accompany them on their travels too. Remember – new drivers have never driven alone before, so it can take some time to get used to being in the car alone. By offering your company, you can spend time with the new driver in your life and give them a confidence boost too.