Holiday Gift Guide for the Transit Enthusiast in Your Life

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December 1, 2020 / By / 50 Comments

It’s time to start getting serious about your gift-giving for the 2020 holiday shopping season. Christmas, Hanukkah and more are just around the corner and we at DCTA are here to help you with your gift-giving list.

Our ideas include some of our own favorite gifts for the transit enthusiast! The list features low and high priced items so you’re sure to find something they’ll love within your budget. I’ve even thrown in a few of my very own favorites in case my loved ones happen to read this blog! From your friends at DCTA, may your holiday shopping be merry and bright with some of these gift-giving suggestions.

Make sure to enter our Holiday Gift Guide after you finish reading! Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to win a DCTA holiday gift package filled with DCTA swag and maybe a little something extra.

Gift Cards

Gift cards can be a very practical gift and stocking stuffer. For the person on your list that commutes, how about an audible gift card? Audible is a platform that has access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts.  

Giftly is a great resource for gifting any amount up to $1,000. As the person giving the gift, you can suggest where to go and what to get – the recipient always gets what they want.

In my family, we enjoy listening to music through Spotify. Not only does the platform offer music, but it also offers podcasts, news and more! A gift card to Spotify is always appreciated and makes a great gift for the person in your life who uses transit.

Warm Gear

Thankfully in North Texas, we don’t have too many chilly days. When it’s cold though, it’s really cold. New warm headgear, gloves, and mittens are always a good gift. Keep your loved ones warm as they wait for the bus with some great cold-weather items.

Check out this budget-friendly cute Cozy Pom Sweater Beanie from Old Navy.  Also, check out the variety of handmade chunky knit mittens and hand warmers with varying price points on Etsy.

If you want to treat yourself with a top of line cold-weather gear, what about a cashmere or other glamourous style hat from Bloomingdales? There are so many options!

Tote Bag

A reusable bag that folds into itself making it perfect for trips to the grocery store and traveling. When rolled up, the bag will only be about the size of your fist! It will fit into any bag, won’t take up much room and the best part is reusable bags are environmentally friendly! There are lots of places to find reusable bags including Amazon, Walmart and more. Make sure to check out the small businesses in your area too and see if they carry custom totes!

24-7 Reusable Bag by flip & tumble - 1


A few candy treats make a Christmas Stocking complete! My favorite are the Wilhelmina mints. The Wilhelmina peppermint candy was made for royalty. Historically, these mints were made for the Dutch Queen in 1892– you can taste the history. These mints are not overpowering and affordable Another great stocking stuffer suggestion from yours truly (hint hint family!). These mints can be found at your local Trader Joe’s check-out counter. 

Chocolate, Gummi Bears and oranges are all great choices for the Christmas Stockings too. The Dollar Tree and World Market both have what you will need to fill up that stocking. When I was a kid, we always received gold chocolate coins in our stockings as a symbol of good fortune!

Messenger Bag

Some transit users prefer a good messenger bag over a backpack. They’re a little flatter than a backpack and don’t bump into standing riders as much. There are a variety of choices of messenger bags on Amazon so you can find the perfect fit for your loved one!

Sweetbriar Classic Messenger Bag - Vintage Canvas Shoulder Bag for All-Purpose Use

Bike Helmet

If your commuter uses a bike on either end of the trip, a collapsible bike helmet is easy to carry without taking up seat space. Nothing says “I care about you” more than the gift of safety!

Hand Sanitizer, Lotion, Lip Moisturizer

At DCTA, we’re committed to keeping our riders safe and healthy! It never hurts to have an extra measure of protection.  Practical gifts sometimes get a bad rap. I am all for a stocking full of things I use on a regular basis. Go ahead and pick up your loved one’s favorite hand sanitizer, lotion or lip moisturizer. My favorite lotion is Jergen’s original scent lotion. I can’t get enough of that cherry almond smell!

Face Masks

Everyone can benefit from a few new face masks this year. If you have a Potterhead in the family, check out these  Harry Potter masks from Vera Bradley. Face masks can be bought just about anywhere now. Any of the sites mentioned above will also have face masks that will help protect your loved one!

Free DCTA Pass

Perhaps the best gift a commuter can receive is a DCTA pass. We have a variety of different passes that will make sure any commuter you are looking to buy for will be able to “jingle all the way home” (or to the office.).

We hope these gift ideas for the transit enthusiast help you with your holiday shopping.  May your holidays be filled with warmth and health this year.  Let us know in the comment section below which gift(s) you plan to buy this holiday season!   

Don’t forget- everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to win a DCTA holiday gift package filled with DCTA swag: Coffee tumbler, bag, sunglasses, a $25 Amazon gift card and more.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I hoping to buy my daughter her iPad she’s been wanting but with covid is been hard .Happy holidays

  2. Jenne Turner says:

    I am trying to buy a ring for my guy but his ring size is 12.5 and the ring that I want to get him doesn’t come in half sizes.

  3. Billie Dunn says:

    Warm things! She lost her taboggan. So many good ideas here!

  4. Alegra Stitt says:

    This sounds awesome. My drivers are super nice.

  5. Kristen Gates says:

    These ideas are great!! I rarely think of the cold weather items being it NT but this year has been a bit cold may have to look into some of those beanies and mittens!!! Thank you.

  6. Kimberly says:

    Great ideas.. I gave Christmas mask out early.. Santa is bringing a new pair of boots in his sleigh for my honey and … still looking for the others

  7. Marsha says:

    I would get warm clothing and a new travel mug.

  8. Rachel Snadow says:

    A hat or some warm socks would be a great idea for the commuter in my life in order to keep them warm.

  9. Jessica says:

    Awesome article. My go to item for gifting especially kids was Lindt chocolates. However with the current pandemic situation, I will gift hand sanitizers. Stay safe!

  10. Merwin says:

    Nice gift ideas. DCTA pass is a great idea too. Thinking to use some of these ideas like candies and fancy face masks for Christmas stockings. Merry Christmas everyone!

  11. amy luu says:

    I would love to get a free DCTA pass! I plan on going back home when I graduate this December.

  12. Pamela says:

    These are some great ideas. I would probably put together a little goodie bag, a warm scarf and gloves, some yummy treats, a book.

  13. Trimika Woods says:

    I plan on buying my baby girl her mac book she want for College next year. She is truly a blessing and deserve it. Happy Holiday to everyone.

  14. Chanion Baldwin says:

    Hat and a scarf and mittens

  15. DeAnn says:

    I’m planning to buy some warm cozy blankets for family, kids new jackets and of course some gift cards since they are older.

  16. Suzanne Lidster says:

    I’m wanting to buy the cell phone cup holder for my daughters job Uber eats delivery commutes .

  17. Laura Delgado says:

    I like to give “warm” gifts like specialty candles / cute scarfs and defy gift cards as backup!

  18. Angela Holl says:

    I’m thinking workout equipment, since he spends so much time sitting down in the car and at the office.

  19. Elizabeth Moose says:

    I love the idea of audible gift cards! Great idea.

  20. Sarah J Stepp says:

    All these sound wonderful.

  21. Brandi chank says:

    Yes I’m hoping to give my family a camping trip for Christmas 5 boys and a girl maybe in Arkansas wish us luck

  22. Andranette says:

    This is a great idea🥰😁

  23. Kathrine Scott says:

    Put me in Coach!! 🎅🎄🤶

  24. Laetitia Knight says:

    I’m getting my husband an Asian mystery snack box with goodies from Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, etc.

  25. Jennifer peyton says:

    I’m giving gift cards to those I love to let them get what they need. I love home made gifts from the heart ❤

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