Published: Nov 26, 2019

Even if you’re not a truck driver, many people travel frequently and that makes it a bit more difficult to get your Christmas shopping done. One of the perks of the internet is being able to shop online from just about anywhere, and have your purchases shipped directly to the recipients. 



So whether you’re resting in a sleeper berth, waiting at an airport, or just don’t want to face the mall crowds, here are some online stores and idea finders. And just a reminder, if you’re looking for special deals, Black Friday this year is November 29th.

Toys for Kids

Walmart Canada: Walmart’s toys page has an age filter at the top, but if you scroll down further, you can filter by age, price and category for ideas. They offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more, but check here first, as there are some exclusions.

Mastermind Toys: If you’re looking for something a bit different, try Mastermind Toys. They also have a Gift Finder search feature by age, category and gender. Shipping is free for orders over $35, but again there are some exclusions.

Buying for Families

Our family loves getting gift baskets and Costco has some nice ones. These are great if you really don’t know what else to get, as there’s sure to be someone in the family that will claim each item.

Family games are also a great gift, and will keep the kids busy during the post-Christmas holiday before school starts again. For family games, we’re suggesting Walmart again.

Gifts for Mom

The more you know about mom, the easier it is to shop for her. Does she take a bath every night after work? Try The Body Shop. (Shipping info). Does she complain of sore feet? Amazon has foot massagers. Does she love to read? Choose a subscription box.

If you’re just not sure, then opt for jewellery. Peoples and Ben Moss have a wide range of pricing. (Peoples shipping info. Ben Moss shipping info.)

Gifts for Dad

As with moms, if you know about what dad’s into right now, shopping will be easy. If you need ideas though, check out the three sites below for some old standards and some truly off-the-wall items (like this pet treat launcher!)

Uncommon Goods

The Grommet

Prezzy Box

You may have noticed that we didn’t make a list for teenagers. Well, that’s because you just never know! Fads fade quickly in this age group, so a bit of cash that lets them pick for themselves might be your best bet.

We hope this helps relieve a bit of the stress that holiday shopping can bring. Remember also that a simple card or phone call to let someone know that you’re thinking about them can be a truly appreciated gift too.

See you on the road!




Ameri-Can Logistics Ltd. is a trucking company servicing shipping ports, railroad depots, and communities throughout North America. Operating 24/7/365 with continuous dispatch services, businesses have relied on Ameri-Can to distribute their products to buyers in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, for three decades.

Prevent overheating: your car and your kids
Safety is always a priority for us at Ameri-Can, and we care about those in our communities as well. While we all enjoy those long, hot summer days, a few precautions are in order when you’re on the road. Preparation is key to keeping problems at bay. Let’s start with the kids.
Be sure to pack a hat and make them wear it. Sunscreen is a must, and a light weight long-sleeve shirt to wear after several hours in the sun, will help prevent UV exposure.
Kids also need to be kept well hydrated. Use a separate bottle for each child so you can monitor who hasn’t been drinking enough. If your kids are really active, alternate a sports drink with water. Watermelon is also a great way to boost fluids.
Keep kids in the shade when possible, or at least get them to take a break from activities to sit in the shade to cool down a bit.
Pack a thermometer and watch for these symptoms (which also apply to adults):
• increased thirst
• muscle cramps
• headache
• dizziness
• irritability
• weakness
• nausea or vomiting
• confusion
• fainting
• cool, clammy skin

If you notice any of these (or are just concerned), take their temperature. If it’s one or two degrees above normal, which is 98.6 F (37 C), it’s time to take a break and cool down. If their temperature is higher than that, but less than 104°F (40°C), you need to take action to bring that down. Get to a cooler spot, remove clothing and put cool cloths on directly on their skin, and give them a sports drink. If they are too weak or sick to drink, if their body temperature doesn’t return to normal within minutes, or if they just don’t seem right, call a medical professional for advice. In BC, you can call a registered nurse at HealthLink BC by dialing 811.

If their temperature is 104°F (40°C) or higher, they’ve stopped sweating and their skin is hot and dry, or if they’ve become unconscious, call an ambulance. Move to a cooler spot, remove clothing and put cool cloths on directly on their skin. Don’t give them anything to drink unless they are fully awake and alert, and basically seem normal other than the high temperature.
Now, let’s talk cars and trucks. The two biggest overheating problems are caused by an existing condition with your vehicle, or overloading it. Have your vehicle serviced before your trip, and before you rent that camper, make sure that your vehicle can handle the weight, remembering that you’ll also have other gear to take with you.
If you are hauling or travelling a mountain route, it’s a good idea to take along a jug of coolant, and know how to check the level and refill it if necessary. Also, make note of where the engine temperature gauge is.
As you’re travelling, keep an eye on that temperature gauge. The outdoor temperature and any weight or climbing stress on your vehicle will combine. If the climbing is steep, shift into a lower gear and keep a steady, even if slower, pace.
If that temperature gauge starts to climb, look for a place to safely pull off the road for a bit. If the gauge is nearing the red zone, turn off the air conditioning and turn on the heat. Pull over as soon as you can. Use a proper pull offs if you see one, but otherwise, the side of the road on a straightaway where other vehicles can see you in advance, will do.
When you’re off the road, pop the hood with the inside lever. You want to open the hood the whole way, but it will likely be very hot, so protect your hands. Now, enjoy the scenery for at least half an hour. An hour would be safer. Open the coolant reservoir – not the radiator cap! Check the fluid level and top it up if needed. If it’s completely dry, or if you notice any leaks, unhooked hoses, or anything else troublesome, you’re probably best to call for a tow truck.
If everything looks ok, start the car and let it run for a few minutes. If the gauge is back in the normal range, carry on, but keep a close eye on it.
Happy trails!

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