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December 3, 2015

Perfect Gifts for a New Car Owner.

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     One of my best friends just made a very big adult purchase: a new car! Buying a new car is a milestone that I think is always worthy of celebration. I wanted to make my friend a little gift bag filled with goodies to celebrate her new wheels! With the holidays just around the corner, this will make a fun, unique and useful Christmas gift!

     Here are the items that I chose! First and foremost: a hard-copy, old-fashioned paper map! I am a big advocate of maps. My mom taught me how to read maps at a young age (yay homeschooled for six years!), and I'm so grateful now that she did. Despite all of the modern geographic technologies, a paper map is still so useful. You never know if you'll be stuck in an area where you'll be without cell or GPS service, or somewhere that your electronic GPS devices might not be able to interpret your directions! It's just always great to have back-up.

     Next, some handy essentials for the car! I don't know about y'all, but I always find that my lips get super chapped when I drive, especially for long periods. So I got my friend a lip balm just for leaving in her car! And of course, every girl's car keys need a pretty key chain! Fun fact: I've been collecting key chains since I was four years old. Because of this I am a total key chain fanatic, and I knew that my friend needed the perfect one.

     And last but certainly not least, scented products for your car are an absolute essential. (Especially for a newer car!! Once that new car smell goes, you want to keep it smelling GOOD.) It always makes me so much happier when I come into my car and a fresh and delicious scent is there to greet me.

     The Yankee Candle® brand on-the-go fragrance products for auto were the perfect final addition to my friend's gift! Famous originally for their multitude of candle options, Yankee Candle® brand now has an extensive auto care fragrance line, and these products are conveniently sold at Walmart stores nationwide! 

     Thanks to Walmart's great low prices, I was able to select three of the Yankee Candle® brand auto fragrance products for my friend's gift! I chose two of the Smart Scent Vent Clips, and one of the Ultimate Car Jars. While both of these fragrance options work differently in how scent is distributed throughout the car, they all smell wonderfully, and are long-lasting!! Since these fragrances will each last such a long time, I selected what I think will be the perfect fragrance for each upcoming season for my friend's car. Balsam & Cedar is the perfect holiday and winter scent, Pink Sands makes me think of a tropical Spring Break, and Macintosh smells like fresh apples and summertime! 

     It is very easy to find a great selection of Yankee Candle® brand auto fragrance products in your local Walmart! Just head to the Car Care department of your Walmart, and you should find a large selection.

     What would your essential picks be for gifts for someone who just purchased a car? Are there any items that you always keep on hand in your vehicle? 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 


  1. Hi Annaliese! Your timing is perfect! I know two people who recently bought cars, and now I know what I'll be buying them for Christmas. :)

    I found your blog through the HCBN North Carolina facebook group. I'm excited to connect with other NC bloggers!


  2. This is such a fun and original idea! My sister is about to go to Florida for an internship and it would be great to gift her a kit specifically for her car. Thanks for sharing. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  3. Such a cute idea! My best friend gave me a little gift when I first got my car (long time ago) She made me mix cds and gave me a road map. It was a cute little basket of stuff!

    Sugar & Something

  4. This is so great! I love Yankee candle products and I'm always looking for new scented items for my car. Great choices! Also, my sister is about to get a car so I have some gift ideas ;)

    x Sarah

  5. What a cute little gift.
    I need to try these out.
    I love making my car smell nice.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. Amazing post dear! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. I love Yankee Candle! I love walking around their store smelling all of their candles. The car air fragrances are just perfect too!


  8. You are just way too darling! I love that photo of you on the car hood! Too cute! I didn't know Yankee Candle made car scents!! This is a huge revelation to me! hahah Next time I'm out, I'll be grabbing quite a few... :)

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  9. These are great! I always keep snacks and touch-up makeup in my car. Also- lots of tissues and napkins!!! You never know when a spill will happen.

  10. What a thoughtful and useful gift! My husband and I went to Canada this summer and could not use our cellphones! We were kicking ourselves for not packing a good ol' fashioned paper map!

    xo Ashley

  11. I love this idea! I've done something similar for friends who had just gotten their licenses :) It's always a hit! I love the idea of a real paper map, they're great to have if your batteries die!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  12. Such a great idea!! I have a dog so I constantly need air fresheners but I'm so lazy about buying them. Great reminder!

    xo, Sara Kate Styling

  13. I haven't tried any of the yankee candle car freshners! I will need to!!

  14. Congratulations for your friend buying a new car. This is a cute gift idea, I love the Lilly keychain. So fun!

  15. Ahh, I had no idea that the Yankee Candle air fresheners were available at WalMart! This is such a thoughtful gift idea :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  16. Those car fresheners are a LIFESAVER! So glad they're at Walmart now!

    Diary of a Debutante

  17. I think a tune up or oil change voucher is a great gift, or a AAA membership! We love to make gift baskets though, I just gave my other half one for his new car! #client

  18. I remember when my friends were getting cars in high school, I would always love to get them fuzzy dice and fun things to put in their mirrors. I think car fresheners are such a great gift! Yay for having your little Lucy for 4 years! Happy car-iversary! Haha


  19. I LOVE car fresheners. I got a gift bag from my nana when I got my first car and loved it. Great idea!

  20. What a great post and congrats on your new car! :)


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