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The Rapid’s Commuter Gift Guide


Are you looking for creative gifts for the Grand Rapids commuter in your life? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top 10 transit-friendly gift ideas:

1. Schuler’s Gift Card

Schulers Books

A good book and some even better tunes are a commuting mainstay. A Schuler Books & Music gift card gives your favorite commuter access to books, music, unique gift items and a full-service gourmet cafe. The best part about this gift is that it allows you to support an independent, locally-owned business in the community.

2. Portable Charger

Black Portable Charger

When you’re on the go, you never want to be stuck without a charged battery. A compact portable charger is the perfect accessory for any travel bag.

3. Wave Card

Wave Card

Give the gift of transit this holiday season. If the commuter in your life takes the bus, consider purchasing them a Wave card and loading funds onto it. If they already have a Wave card, offer to load up their card as a gift.

4. Travel Umbrella

Commuter Travel Umbrella

Getting stuck in the rain can ruin a commute. Travel umbrellas are a necessity for ensuring that weather won’t get in the way of your day. This one, in particular, is conveniently compact.

5. Non-Woven Grocery Tote from Clothing Matters

Grocery Tote

A reusable tote bag is truly a great gift for anyone. However, they’re particularly handy for those frequently on the go. We love the Clothing Matters brand tote bag because it’s made of eco-conscious polypropylene. Clothing Matters has a vibrant retail location at 141 Diamond Ave

6. Gloves from West Michigan Bike and Fitness


Michigan’s cold weather can do a number on your hands. Keep your favorite commuter cozy (and safe) in cold weather with a pair of Bontrager’s RXL Thermal Gloves from West Michigan Bike and Fitness. They are moisture wicking and provide an excellent grip.

7. Safety Reflectors

Red LED Safety Reflector

Visibility is crucial to the safety of any commuter. LED safety reflectors are a lightweight and versatile safety accessory that can easily fit on a wrist, ankle, backpack or arm.

8. Sunglasses


Sunglasses are an excellent gift for the stylish commuter in your life. These polarized sunglasses filter out sunlight reflected flare to protect the eyes from long-term damage of harmful UVA and UVB rays.

9. Earmuff Headphones

Black earmuff Headphones

Bluetooth, rechargeable earmuffs will keep ears warm and make sure that being comfortable doesn’t sacrifice access to good tunes or podcasts.

10. Boots

Black Waterproof Rain Boots

Waterproof boots are an absolute necessity in Michigan. Give the gift of dry feet with a pair of waterproof boots!

11. Commuter Backpack


If you’re looking to splurge on a loved one, consider a utilitarian commuter backpack. Whether walking, biking or riding the bus, a wearable bag is essential to smart travel. We love this one from REI.

12. New York Times Crossword Puzzle Subscription


The New York Times Crossword Puzzle is the ultimate gift for any commuter. For just $40, you can give your favorite person the gift of challenging puzzles for a whole year. This subscription even enables the user to play across any of their devices.

Happy Holidays!

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.