Best Gifts for Bus Drivers and School Bus Drivers (2023)

Three cheers for those who white knuckle the wheel through rain, sleet, snow, and more. Through accidents, field trips, early mornings and late afternoons, sports trips, and forays to the local museums. Yes, of course, I’m talking about bus drivers! Don’t forget to remind them this holiday season that you see and appreciate them with one of the many unique gifts on our list.

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Below are collections of our favorite gifts for Bus Drivers and School Bus Drivers.

Bus Driver Gifts

Memory Foam To Relieve Coccyx, Sciatica, And Tailbone Pain

Sometimes after a four-house flight, my butt hurts so bad I want to kill myself. Full disclosure, I have no butt…but don’t you ever feel like seats weren’t made for sitting? This memory foam cushion would be the perfect gift for any bus driver. If they have to sit all day, at least you can spare them the pain in the ass.

See also: Perfect Gift Ideas for Special Preschool Teachers

Dicksons Number 1 Bus Driver 16-oz. Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler Mug

Your favorite school bus driver will genuinely enjoy receiving and using this thoughtful and appreciative present.

The insulated stainless steel travel mug comes with a screw-top lid so that he or she can carry it to work, and place it in the cup holder of the bus.

The pretty tumbler has a capacity of 16 fluid ounces, comes with a fun yellow sign, saying “#1 Bus Driver, Student delivery specialist,” and has a school bus printed on it.

The size of the travel mug is 3.2 x 7.1 x 3.2 inches.

The useful gift will show just how much you appreciate the hard work of the driver, and it comes with a gift box, so it is ready to be gifted for any occasion.

This insulated mug is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child’s school bus driver for 2023.

VW T1 Bus Universal Bag

We all have that friend who is obsessed with the classic VW wagon – part adventure, part hippy, part utilitarian…there’s a reason these things never lose their value. If your friend is still saving up for their dream van, perhaps you could nudge them along in the right direction with this adorable, toy-sized version. On the outside, it’s a van, but on the inside…a bag for all their stuff! What’s not to love?

3dRose Worlds Best Bus Driver Mug, 11oz

This is yet another adorable and colorful mug, which is suitable as a gift for a bus driver of any age or sex.

It says “World’s Best Bus Driver,” and has a cute school bus filled with happy kids printed on it.

The mug has a capacity of 11 ounces and is made of white ceramic with a black inside, all covered with a high gloss finish.

The mug is affordable, and microwave safe, and is an excellent gift idea for a bus driver you want to thank or congratulate for a special occasion.

A Bus Driver’s Notebook: Featuring 100 puzzles

While I by no means condone driving with any other simultaneous activity (except maybe singing really loud), this book of puzzles is the perfect companion for your favorite chauffeur. It features over 100 puzzles of all different types and guarantees hours of fun as they sit and wait for you. Let’s just hope they keep this one under the seat and reserve it for downtime.

Funny Bus Driver Tote Bag – Be Nice To The Bus Driver

Why not show your appreciation with this super cute tote bag? It says, “Be Nice To The Bus Driver. It`s A Long Walk Home From School.” Just imagine your stressful morning commune times 8 hours. Actually, don’t imagine that, I’m sorry for the image. This would be a great gift, you can even personalize it by stuffing it with magazines, your favorite book, or your favorite candy.

Funny Home Décor

I had one of those cool bus drivers who would say things like “dude” and “right on” – he liked to decorate his bus with things he loved – babes, bands, and funny signs. This particular sign would be right up his alley. It says “I’m the bus driver your mother warned you about.” It’s funny because we place our trust in them every day, and because moms warn us about a lot of stuff, but not bus drivers….right?

LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Camper Van

Ok, this one is so cool I’m considering buying it for myself. It’s a LEGO kit that depicts the classic Volkswagen Camper Van. It’s marked for experts only, which also piques my interest, as I consider myself something of an expert. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it – it features literally everything we love about the VW Vans, even the engine! It’s been a long time since I’ve put my toys away, but I’m feeling they might make a reappearance soon.

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones

At first, I thought, what the heck are headphones doing on this bus driver gift ideas list?, then I realized, directions! They can drive and listen to Google Maps securely and tell them where to go…it’s genius! Plus, these babies are made by Bose, the numero uno sound scientist. They also feature noise cancellation, which is an added plus if you’ve ever been on any bus, ever. Seriously, why do people have private conversations in a public space in the LOUDEST VOICE POSSIBLE?


I love Christmas ornaments because they tell a story. Where you’ve been, when you went, and the memories that one single piece can hold. This particular ornament would make a thoughtful gift for someone who has dedicated their life to get you where you need to go. And besides, this baby has got a lot of bling. It’s a crystal-studded, heart-shaped item that is very reminiscent of those classic “I love mom” tattoos…and who doesn’t love those?

Ambesonne London Shower Curtain, London Telephone Booth in The Street

Perhaps the most classic of all buses…the London double-decker. Many works of art have been inspired by this Revlon red moving landmark, so why not spruce up your bathroom with a new shower curtain depicting the very same? Set against a black and white London backdrop, this shower curtain plays with the dull grays of London and the bright red of its iconic mode of transportation, making for a beautiful motif for any bathroom space.

Sport and Travel Bag

This item is a lot like the other VW-inspired bag that’s already on the list. The difference is the size. This one is much bigger – but aesthetically it’s just as cute. It would work well as a gym bag, as there are separate pouches for shoes or wet clothes. It will set you back a bit price-wise, but it’s an officially sponsored product from Volkswagen, so you know the quality can be trusted.

Ten Reasons Bus Drivers Are Better Lovers Coffee Mug, I’m A Bus Driver Coffee Cup

A dinner-style mug with a funny 10 reasons why bus drivers are better lovers. It makes for a good gift because you know everyone could use another good mug, but it’s personalized enough that it feels well thought out. This particular item won’t break the bank and will ensure that your driver continues to stop for you with a smile.

We ended up with the idea for a bus driver, below you can see some of the ideal gifts for school bus drivers that you can give them for any occasion.

Best School Bus Driver Gifts:

Funny Doormat

A funny doormat that can double as a dirt chaser in a bus – reads, “Be nice to your bus driver – it’s a long walk home from school.” This sort of tongue-in-cheek humor is what made my long rides home from school bearable. I had a driver who had such an intense level of dad humor his jokes would make me simultaneously laugh and cringe.

School Bus Driver Coffee Mug

This Coffee and Motivation Mug has a premium hard coat that provides crisp and vibrant color reproduction sure to last for years. It has a large handle to provide a comfortable grip. Perfect for all hot & cold beverages. If you’re really strapped for ideas, this mug is cheap and kitschy-cute.

Awesome Bus Driver Appreciation Gift Keychain

This is a cute, simple gift that can be paired with something else small for a more complete presentation. It’s a small keychain that your bus driver can add to their collection. Honestly, it’s the thought that counts – show some appreciation with this keychain.

Vintage Looking Yellow School Bus

A vintage-looking yellow school bus that would look great in a garden or as a talking piece for your foyer. It has that Goodwill look that’s so trendy right now, but it’s classic enough that it could be appreciated by the young and old alike. It’s made of metal, too, so it’s got some heft to it, and you know it’s not one of those junk pieces that will fall apart in a month.

Personalized Travel Mug

Yeah, mugs are fine – but what a bus driver really could use is a nice thermos to keep their coffee warm, and to make sure it won’t spill during one of those crazy turns. This particular thermos is in nice classic steel and has a simple print of, you guessed it, a school bus. If you want, you can even personalize it with the name of your driver!

Cute Yellow School Bus Insulated Lunch Bag

A cute little anthropomorphic lunch bag with a smiling school bus on it. Again, not sure how this gift ended up on a list for (presumably) adult bus drivers, but who knows? It is a cute accessory, and I guess you could keep whatever you want in it. Maybe it could be used as a first aid kit or a place for snacks.

Decorative Model School Bus Glass Salt and Pepper

I’ve always said that you can tell a lot about a person by their salt and pepper shakers. Ok, I’ve never said that, but I’m thinking about it now! This adorable set looks almost hand-painted, lending it a craftsy charm that’s too adorable to ignore. It’s sturdy and not too big, not too small. It would make for a great folk art piece on the table.

Noble Gems Kurt Adler 4-Inch Glass School Bus Ornament

Christmas always meant one thing to me, tiptoeing into the creepy attic to get the thousands of boxes out which contained my mother’s ornaments for the tree. Now as an adult, I can appreciate that each one meant something special to her, each one had its own unique memory attached to it. Continue the tradition with this ornament depicting a classic yellow school bus. You know it will be cherished for years to come – as long as the family cat doesn’t get to it first.

Being A School Bus Driver Bag

“Being a bus driver is not just a job, it’s an adventure” – Gandhi. Just kidding, Gandhi didn’t say that. Sometimes you just have to give in to the cute, and this bag is no exception. It’s a simple canvas tote with a nice little phrase and a drawing of a bus. You couldn’t get simpler, but why overthink this one? What’s important is that your bus driver will think your child has the capacity to think of someone other than themselves. This is the season.

Bus Driver Diaries: Stories From the Driver’s Seat

How many of us have had first-time experiences on a school bus? First kisses, hand-holding, fights, the list goes on and on. Think about how much a bus driver must witness, the stories they hand locked in their heads. Tory Anderson is just one such person, and he wrote a short book, made up of vignettes that tell those very same stories. A very interesting read, and a sure-fire hit for your school bus driver.

You Can’t Scare Me I Drive a Bus – Mouse Pad

You can’t scare me, I’m a bus driver! Boy, ain’t that the truth. This is a mousepad (retro!) that will definitely make your best friend behind the wheel laugh out loud. If you want to enjoy your job, or anything really, you have to insert humor into your daily situations. Otherwise, you’re bound to drive off the cliff. Ok, maybe a bad euphemism for this article, but you know what I mean.

School Buses New Novelty Tie

My elementary school principal always had funky ties like this one showing a school bus, a stop sign, and other related paraphernalia. It was literally the only thing that was likable about him. I can totally see him in this. The tie is a good way a man can show his creativity and appreciation for fashion – this would make a great gift.

Hallmark 6MJB3189 Peanuts Back to School Mug, Large, Blue

Because just about everybody loves Peanuts and Snoopy, this cute coffee or tea mug is a gift that anyone will appreciate receiving.

The blue mug has a picture of Snoopy driving a school bus, with Woodstock and his friends all inside.

There is a sweet sign saying, “Thanks for leading the way.”

The high-quality Peanuts Back to School mug by Hallmark has a high gloss finish and can hold 20 ounces of coffee, tea, or another beverage.

It is an excellent gift idea for a bus driver, a school bus driver, a teacher or mentor, any Snoopy fan, or a Peanuts memorabilia collector of any age.

50 Strong Bus Driver Water Bottle – BPA-Free Reusable Bottle

This humorous bus driver gift is also a handy one.

The 50 Strong reusable water bottle has a 24-oz capacity, an Ice Guard Chug Cap, a convenient carry loop, and is completely safe and BPA-free.

The special bus driver in your life will appreciate this thoughtful and funny gift, and will gladly use it to stay hydrated while driving or anywhere else.

It will save him or her a lot of money having to buy bottled water and will help the environment too.

Plus, the fun sign, saying, “Don’t make me use my bus driver’s voice,” and pictures of yellow buses on it will make your bus-driving friend smile every time they use this water bottle.

Adorable School Bus Planter

You can plant a succulent or a flower in this cute school bus planter before giving it to your bus driver or teacher.

It is an absolutely adorable and sweet gift, as well as a fun decorative item that anyone will enjoy having in their home, classroom, or bus.

The bright yellow plant holder is 4.8 x 4 x 4.5 inches in size and is made of hand-painted polyresin which will last for years and will remind your favorite bus driver of you.

HUGS IDEA Cartoon Bus Print Canvas Tote Bag Women’s Fashion Handbag

Do you want to give your lady school bus driver a sweet, appreciative, and fashionable gift?

This pretty and colorful bus-printed canvas tote bag is a delightful idea.

The bag is lightweight and yet has a large capacity so that she can use it as a lunch bag, a handbag, or a grocery bag.

It is made of top-quality cotton and linen and is completely eco-friendly.

The bag is 13.2 x 11 x 8.4 inches in size and has long and comfortable handles, which can be used as shoulder straps.

It is machine washable and sturdy.

To add to the surprise, you can fill the beautiful bag with goodies for the bus driver in your life, and give it to her for any special occasion.

Rea School Bus Driver Quote Dictionary Book Page Artwork Print Poster

Show your school bus driver just how special he or she is with this adorable artwork print.

It is 8 x 10 inches in size and is printed on a really old dictionary page. This special touch adds to its vintage look and overall charm.

The print on top says, “Anyone can drive a car. It takes someone special to drive a school bus” written in a fun font.

There is an added colorful school bus full of happy children printed on the bottom.

The print is sold without a frame, so you can pick a frame of your choice to complete this excellent gift for a school bus driver.

Personalized School Bus Driver Chevron Keychain with Name and Bus Number

This colorful keychain can be ordered to feature the name of your bus driver, as well as the bus number, which will make it a special, personalized, and loved gift.

The keychain has a Chevron design pendant where you can have the name of the driver printed and four wire-wrapped colorful bead charms and a cute vintage bus charm too.

This is a beautiful gift that any school bus driver will love receiving and using and is an excellent idea for an end-of-school gift, or for any other occasion.

School Bus Driver Appreciation Travel Tumbler

Your school bus driver will feel exceptional and appreciated once he or she receives this thoughtful gift.

The insulated tumbler is suitable for enjoying cold or hot beverages on the go.

It’s high-quality stainless steel, has a leak-proof and splash-resistant lid, and has a drinking hole or straw hole that’s simple to open and shut. Additionally, a washable silicone straw is included for your convenience.

The sophisticated black tumbler can keep cold drinks frosty for 9 hours and hot ones steaming for 3, making it ideal for a glass of wine or other alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage.

The school bus is depicted on the mug, and a heartfelt thank you to the bus driver is written on the other side.

It is another excellent gift idea for a school bus driver who is retiring, or as a simple token of appreciation.

School Bus Collapsible Toy Storage Organizer by Clever Creations

Not sure how this one got on the list, as it’s for kids, but I guess a grown adult human might want a giant box that’s shaped like a school bus, too. Different strokes for different folks. It can be used for a variety of things – the company suggests it’s a toy box, but also a footrest. Very interesting.

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