Archive for November, 2013
Whenever I want to get someone a gift that’s small and affordable, I always try to think of ideas that are practical. While a smaller budget doesn’t allow for getting them that one thing they always wanted but never bought themselves, it does give a chance to find something personalized to hand them that they will actually be able to use.
A great example of this was last Christmas. My sister had just gotten accepted early into the college she had wanted to attend since she was much younger. I looked through college spare tire covers, since she has a Jeep, and found one that was perfect. It didn’t cost much but it’s something she can use and also serves a purpose since it shows off her college colors.
There are a lot of different designs and ways to display a spare tire these days. Some of them are sassy sayings while others prominently show off someone’s fandom in other a genre or their favorite sports team. Personally, I’ve never been one to purchase a decal or slap on a bumper sticker, so doing something similar with a spare tire was never appealing.
Often, my friends are disappointed. Apparently I’m the world’s most boring Jeep owner since I decided I far prefer solid spare tires over trying to ‘showcase my personality.’ While I get why other people like the covers, and I even saw a design or two I liked, I just prefer to keep it simple and functional, whether it’s my car or a fashion choice.
Whenever we drive around for long periods of time, either running errands or going on long trips, my son and I like to play games. Some days, we’ll see who can catch the most out of state license plates, while other times it’s who can catch the highest number of blue SUVs. Of course, there are games such as I Spy, but the custom ones always seem a little more fun.
One day, we were trying to spot the most out of state license plates again, when my son caught something even more interesting: a Detroit Lions black logo tire cover. While around Detroit, I’m sure this is typical, it sure seemed out of place in Pennsylvania. This gave us a new game: spot the car accessories that don’t belong.
My daughter and my son are always in competition. Maybe it’s because they’re only a year and a half apart, or maybe our years of family game night have encouraged a deeper sense of rivalry than I had intended when I broke out the Monopoly box that first night. Whatever the case may be, they were always trying to one up one another.
My daughter was old enough for a car first, and we decided to get her a Jeep, like she had always wanted. While I had my concerns about it rolling over, my husband pointed out how flat the land is in our town. My son was mad, since he wanted a Jeep when he could get a car. My daughter proceeded to buy a silly boys jeeps are for girls tire cover just to make him a little more angry.
When my friends and I were at college together, we always talked about how we would move to the same town and start out our careers together. After graduation, that plan soon turned into ‘find whatever job you can’ and ‘we will visit each other when we can.’ When my best friend from college landed a job in Chicago, I was both excited for him but also a little disappointed.
I had gotten a job in Ohio near Cincinnati. While we were close enough to drive to the other one if we wanted a weekend together, it certainly wasn’t what we had envisioned all of those years. He knew I was disappointed but instead of making him feel guilty, I bought him a Chicago Cubs black logo tire cover for his Jeep so he could show off his new town pride.
Going away to college was more than a big move in my life; it was a big move in general. I had been accepted into the University of Alabama, which was about 1,000 miles from home. I had a million things to be nervous about between trying college and being in a completely different area from where I had grown up.
When I saw an Alabama Crimson Tide tire cover on the car in front of us, I knew I was near my new home for the next four years. For some reason, seeing that tire cover was the big sign to me that I was no longer home and would have to build a life somewhere completely new. While it all worked out in the end, that first day was incredibly nerve wracking.
When it comes to owning a car, the costs can add up fairly quickly. From repairs to accessories, buying the car itself isn’t the only large price tag you could be looking at. Even the smaller purchases add up quickly. If you want a vehicle that reflects your personality, there’s no reason you have to spend half your income.
Buying things such as a discount spare tire cover or cheaper steering wheel cover is a financially sound decision. These types of accessories tend not to have a different quality with the jumps in price. Rather than buying the name brand designs or having logos from your favorite companies, you can get plain or personally customized items to lower your costs.
If you want a customized cover for your spare tire, there are many different online stores that have a plethora of ideas and options. However, for those who are more artistic, it might be appealing to make your own design to have on the back of your car. There are a few ways you can customize a tire cover with your own design.
You can make the design and scan it onto the computer then find a store that will use people’s custom designs for spare tire covers. If you’re more of a painter, you can buy acrylic paint and make your design. After you have painted the cover, you add a spray-on clear coat to keep the paint safe from the weather ailments and keep your design prominently displayed.