As the school year comes to close, many families are making plans to celebrate their new graduates. If you have a graduating high school senior in your family this year, here are some great ideas for gifts for graduates that will help send them off to college with the things they need.
In today’s mobile world, everything has a battery that needs to be charged. A portable charger can help give them a boost when there isn’t an available outlet.
If your graduate is taking a car to college, they are going to need money for gas. Give them a gift card for their gas station of choice to help keep them fueled up.
If a car isn’t an option, a bicycle can be the next best thing. Not only will they get to class faster, it is easier and cheaper to park than a car.
A laptop is basically a necessity for modern students—it might even be the most important tool they have at their disposal. By getting your student a laptop that allows them to take notes, look up information, and, sure, enjoy YouTube in their free time, you’re enabling them to get the most out of their education.
A pair of quality headphones can help block out the noise of a loud dorm room while studying. These headphones are more affordable than they’ve ever been, and they come in a variety of styles to help your student stand out.
Encourage your student to do some real-life bonding with the gift of a board game or two. Fun games like Apples to Apples are a perfect way to spend a rainy day with a new roommate or study buddy.
Of course, there may be no greater gift for a college-bound teen than a new vehicle to help get them to class on time. If you’re on the market for a stylish new or used ride for your student, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and peruse our selection.
There is no truck on the market today that more deftly combines capability and refinement than the GMC Sierra 1500. That fact stands to become even clearer with the impending launch of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, which was revealed in March and has been dubbed by GMC “the most premium Sierra ever.”
“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The next-generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”
GMC Sierra Denali Updates
In fact, the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali will offer numerous exclusive, industry- and segment-first technologies that only further separate it from other so-called luxury trucks. This includes the first-ever MultiPro Tailgate, which offers six functions and positions for more versatility at work and at play; the industry’s first carbon fiber pickup box—the Carbon Pro, which offers best-in-class dent-, scratch-, and corrosion-resistance; and the segment’s first-ever application of a multi-color head-up display and Rear Camera Mirror.
These features bolster refined exterior and interior styling, enhanced versions of Sierra’s 6.2-liter V8 and 5.3-liter V8 engines, and an all-new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine. From the jump, it’s evident that there’s a lot to love about the new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500; stay tuned to this space for more information on this incredible pickup truck as we get closer to seeing it in the DeVoe Buick GMC showroom later this fall.
The month of March is the best month for basketball fans, which means that it’s also the best month for basketball fans to get together and watch all the action over food and drinks. If you want your March basketball party to go from a layup to a rim-shaking slam dunk, you might want to consider these fantastic recipes.
March basketball is better with hot wings, and what better way to enjoy wings than with a delicious, homemade blue cheese dip?
Impress your guests by baking your own pizza rather than phoning it in from the local pizza joint. Smoked ham and fresh mozzarella add a homemade touch to this gameday fave.
Add some yummy seafood to your menu by coating shrimp in a delicious mixture of spices and coconut, then baking for just 10-12 minutes. Not a fan of shrimp? Experiment with chicken tenders instead.
You only need 30 minutes to make this indulgent dip, which includes jalapenos and pepper jack cheese to turn up the heat a little bit.
It’s good to have a non-alcoholic option for beverages at your March basketball party, so have this fresh iced tea with a bit of summery citrus handy to wash it all down.
You don’t want to wait until the buzzer before you start putting together your March basketball party plans. If you need more groceries than your old ride can handle, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and get a homecourt advantage with a new Buick or GMC.
Having the perfect day in Naples is easy. Here’s some ideas.
Pick the Perfect Place to Stay
Naples is the only place to have two Ritz-Carltons, which make the hotel the perfect place to stay. Get a beach view at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, sitting on three miles of sand and sun.
Start your day off ride by opting for locally-made coffees at Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery.
Make your way through the mangroves on Cocohatchee River to experience brunch at the Bay House. Its hidden location makes it a great spot for a relaxing brunch.
Stroll the Pier
Head to the Naples Pier to enjoy its nostalgic vibe, look at the ocean, and then head down to the beach for some much-needed relaxation.
One of the most beautiful sights in Naples is that of Gordon Drive, where sightseers can rent a bike or scooter to view the stunning Mediterranean-style houses and mansions.
Grab Gourmet Pizza
Have a dinner that’s both atmospheric and beautiful at Timeless – An MHK Eatery, a new food marketplace that features traditional coal-fired pizzas as its centerpiece, as well as stunning design and architecture.
Make sure to fill your day with great food and a fun atmosphere as you’re having the perfect day in Naples, Florida.
It’s been ten years since the first Buick Enclave debuted. It was a sophisticated choice back then, and remained a solid pick all throughout its first generation. Now, this mid-size SUV is even more impressive than before with the launch of its long-awaited second generation. The new 2018 Buick Enclave offers drivers more style, more substance, and more of everything that made the first-gen Enclave a consumer favorite for so many years.
The new 2018 Buick Enclave is generously detailed from top to bottom, inside and out. New standard offerings for 2018 include LED headlights and taillights, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and 10% more storage space than the previous model year.
Lovers of luxury can also get their Enclave in the all-new Avenir trim. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is the first offering in North America for Buick’s new high-end sub-brand, which adds a unique grille, pearl-nickel wheels, and wood accents to enhance the feeling of luxury you get whenever you get behind the wheel.
Every 2018 Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that kicks out 310 horsepower. It’s matched with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and expert reviewers are saying that this powertrain translates to smooth handling and a responsive performance in both urban and country settings.
We love how the 2018 Buick Enclave handles, and think you will too. Stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to take an in-person look at this new and premium option for family travel.
2018 is here, and if you took a little extra time to get your resolutions in order, now it the time to start setting your goals for the year ahead. If you’re still struggling to think of something to try for 2018, consider these useful New Year’s resolutions.
Meditation can be good for many different things, from reducing stress to improving concentration. You might be surprised to find how much a regular meditation practice can affect your day to day life. There are plenty of books, CDs, and smartphone apps to get you started on your meditation journey in 2018.
Improve Your Finances
This is a common resolution, but it can also feel like one of the most difficult. One of the keys to successful saving is setting realistic expectations for yourself. Take a detailed look at your finances and your current spending habits to learn where you can cut back. Set up your saving goals on a monthly basis and make sure that your aims are achievable, and you will see the benefits in full by the time 2019 is being rung in.
Learn a New Language
There are so many benefits to learning a second language. With so many resources available to do help get you started, like the Duolingo app or Rosetta Stone software, there’s no excuse not to get started on learning a new language in 2018.
These are just some of the goals you can set for yourself in 2018. If you’re still searching for something, consider setting an automotive goal—follow a regular maintenance schedule by bringing your vehicle in for service at DeVoe Buick GMC and be a more proactive vehicle owner.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir debuted early this month, and positive reviews are already rolling in, citing the luxury sedan’s refined interior, advanced features, and lightweight design. The Avenir luxury trim was announced in 2015 with a concept car, and since then the Enclave has come out with an Avenir trim in addition to the more recent LaCrosse.
The LaCrosse Avenir has a subtly redesigned interior with leather seats in a dark brown color, giving the car an extra touch of class. In addition to premium materials, you’ll also find Avenir branding in the car, and it offers a lot of standard technology too, like a panoramic moonroof and standard navigation system.
With a slight boost in horsepower and a 300-pound drop in weight, the Buick LaCrosse Avenir also offers significantly better performance and fuel economy, as it uses Active Fuel Management and stop-start technology to reduce energy use much as possible. As to safety, the LaCrosse Avenir will offer a wide range of driver assist features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Automatic Park Assist.
If you want to find out more about the new Buick LaCrosse Avenir or you want to take one for a test drive, give us a call today at DeVoe Buick GMC!
Naples, Florida was voted one of the top 10 best towns for Christmas last year by Coastal Living, thanks to its abundance of festivals and attractions that keep the holiday cheer going through the whole month of December. So, in the same spirit, here are some fun things to do in Naples at Christmas.
Spending Christmas at the beach is unusual, but fun—especially since it’s a low-stress way to spend time with family, and we all know Christmas can be a stressful time. Plus, Naples has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches around.
This year’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will take place the evening of December 9th, and boaters will decorate their ships with lights—one even turned his boat into Santa’s sleigh—and sail around the bay. Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch!
Every year, Fifth Avenue South downtown is decorated elaborately with Christmas lights while a band plays Christmas music. The Naples Botanical Garden is also beautiful around the holidays, and if you’re just visiting, you’ll definitely want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which turns into a winter wonderland around Christmas.
The staff here at DeVoe Buick GMC wish you the happiest of holidays!
If you’re like many people, you like to get a solid start on your Holiday shopping by venturing out on Black Friday. You can find dozens of excellent deals if you know where to look. Use these Black Friday shopping tips from DeVoe Buick GMC to make the most of your shopping.
Make a List
Before you head out, you need to get organized. Make a list of what you’re looking for and order it based on priority. Know which store you need to visit for each item, and have a backup plan in case you can’t find what you wanted.
Shop Together and Apart
You can make the most of your Black Friday shopping if you go with a friend or two. Not only is it more fun, but you can split up when needed to cover more ground more quickly.
If you don’t like the busy stores, no problem! You can still find tons of great deals online, especially if you do your research ahead of time. Many websites will advertise their sales beforehand so you can plan your purchases.
When the crowds get frustrating, remember that everyone is out for the same reason as you are. Try to be patient and careful when in the stores and in traffic. Bring a book or headphones if you’re going alone so you’ll have something to do while you wait in line. You might want to pack snacks, too—especially if you’re susceptible to becoming “hangry!”
There’s no vehicle like the crossover. Efficient yet capable, compact yet filled with useful features, it’s a favorite for families, young adventurers, and everything in between. With that in mind, every brand is always looking for new ways to make their crossover the best in the segment. With the new redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain, GMC has succeeded at this goal admirably.
Changes are applied to both the interior and exterior of this SUV. Outside, the 2018 GMC Terrain gets new, bold styling while the cabin gets updates to accommodate versatile needs. A fold-flat front passenger seat and rear seats allow drivers to load cargo that’s up to 8 feet long.
The 2018 GMC Terrain also gets updated powertrain options. Drivers can now have this crossover with a new diesel engine that kicks out 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering 39 mpg highway.* Each of the two turbocharged gas engines also promise exceptional fuel economy.
In addition to design and performance, the new GMC Terrain also comes with generous features that will be appreciated by all. A standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is perfect for any lifestyle, and a long list of advanced safety tools are just what many divers are looking for. This list includes the standard Teen Driver feature, a useful tool for teaching safe habits to young drivers.
If you’re thinking of upgrading to a modern crossover that offers a ton of bang for the buck, you can’t go wrong with the 2018 GMC Terrain. Learn more when you take one of these SUVs for a test drive at DeVoe Buick GMC.