These Big Red Bows From Car Ads Are Real and You Can Buy Them.

Have you ever seen a car ad on TV and wondered where those big red bows come from? You’re not the only one – Capital One Bank even put together an entire newsletter about them . As silly and over the top as it is, there’s no denying that a car with a huge nose on it offers a certain amount of appeal. If you like it, here’s how to buy your own giant bow – just in time for the holidays.

Although obvious in hindsight, it never occurred to me that these ridiculously large bows could simply be bought. (I mean, car companies have to get them somewhere , right?) As it turns out, you can get them anywhere: Amazon , Etsy , Walmart , and Michaels sell at least one option, and they’re not the only retailers who do. Most of the options fall into the classic “big red bow” category, but there are plenty of other colors, styles, and sizes. Some of them are even waterproof – which is good if it rains and/or snows where you live in December – and are magnetized so you can literally slam them on the roof of your car.

One thing to keep in mind when ordering a huge silly bow is build. Many of the cheaper options require you to do the looping yourself, which can lead to a sad, one-sided, downright unprofessional looking end result. However, there is an argument that this variation is funnier than the perfect bow; if you’re going for a laugh, putting it together yourself might be preferable. (And if you give someone a car and they complain about bowing, I say take the car.)

Speaking of laughter, there’s no reason why all the fun should come from new cars (and not just because buying a brand new car for Christmas is prohibitively expensive for most people). A large bow is a great joke and the perfect finishing touch for any number of gifts; don’t be afraid to have some fun with it.


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