Well, the holiday season is here. And with that comes lots of car commercials where one spouse surprises the other with a brand new luxury car, with a big red bow on top. And guess what? I HATE THOSE COMMERCIALS!
I suppose part of this is from my personal finance views. Would you really surprise someone with a car? I mean, that would be quite the surprise. But that would also surprise me when I looked at my bank account and discovered $50k+ missing, or saw a new car loan in the mail. It tends to be the more expensive, luxury cars or sports cars, too. You wouldn’t surprise the love of your life with a Honda Fit, would you? A large expense like that is something you plan, discuss, and make sure you can afford.
I started writing this post a while back, but I’m currently watching the Patriots/Jets game, and it seems like every other ad is a car ad, with most of them being the Lexus ads, all complete with red bows. I’ll admit, the idea for the ads (that they need more giftwrap, or a bigger chimney, stocking, or tree) is a little cute. But still…I don’t like the whole message: give your love a ridiculously expensive car.
My boyfriend knows I hate these commercials. I got a text from him the other day: “Saw an ad for a car with a giant bow on top while I was watching the morning news. Made me think of your infinite rage.”
I guess I just think cars are a weird and expensive thing to surprise someone with. How easy is it to return it? Exchange it for a different color or size? I’d rather get a nice sweater.
I do have a few exceptions to my hated car commercial list:
From a few years ago, a Mastercard commercial promoting a giveaway they were hosting. The commercial is mocking the traditional Christmas Car Commercials:
How do you feel about these ads? What Christmas (or general holiday ads) do you hate? One from last year that I both hate and love is the one that lumps all the December holidays together…
Do you have better ideas for surprising your loved ones this holiday season?