2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Country Fans
You've got to start looking at 2011 holiday gift guides now to get ahead on your shopping before you deck the halls, roast chestnuts and dash through the snow. Bummer, we know, but we've made it easy. This holiday season, get in the spirit -- and the spirit of country music -- with our holiday gift guide made especially for country fans. Say goodbye to last-minute dollar store grabs and useless old sweaters and give the country music fans in your life what they really want.
We scoured the web for the best country music-related gifts and then put them into a handy Top 10 list of must-haves for the music fans in your life. It doesn't matter if you've got a hankerin' for Toby Keith, a taste for Reba or an undying love of Taylor Swift -- this handy gift guide makes it easy to wrap country's hottest artists into one big bow and stick 'em under the tree with a note that reads, "Do not open until Christmas."
Brad Paisley is used to being on the shelves during the holiday season -- he can boast out-of-the-park chart-topping sales from just his last album alone. This year, the 'Water' hitmaker will find himself in a new setting: the bookstore. Paisley's new book, 'Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me,' is in stores now, and we can't think of a better way to spend your winter break than by cozying up to his story, as told by him.
Whether you're a big Dixie Chicks fan or just love to stir up a little old controversy, this new DVD is an essential piece of country music history that will fit right on your media shelf! Shot in 2006, the VH1 'Storytellers' performance features music from the trio's comeback album, ‘Taking the Long Way.' True to storytelling form, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson share personal stories about the recording and explain the meaning behind many of the songs -- like the ever-famous 'Not Ready to Make Nice.’
Can't think of what to get for the Taylor Swift fan who has everything -- or almost everything? You're in luck! The 'Love Story' singer's debut fragrance, Wonderstruck, is in stores now. Grab a bottle to get smelling like Swift almost instantly. Plus, with warm, spicy tones and caramel notes, this little spritzer couldn't be more perfect for the chilly holiday season.
This Christmas, get in the true spirit of the holiday by giving to those less fortunate. We couldn't make a holiday gift guide without thinking of others, and how better to help than through one of Carrie Underwood's own charities, the C.A.T.S Foundation. C.A.T.S -- which stands for Checotah Animal, Town and School -- benefits those who need help in the singer's small Oklahoma hometown. To lift someone's spirits this holiday season, all it takes is the purchase of a T-shirt. Best of all, the shirt has a picture of Carrie's dog Ace on the front. It doesn't get more personal (or adorable) than that!
Looking for the perfect present for the musically gifted country fan? Look no further. Now just about anyone can learn to play Lady Antebellum's smash hit 'Just a Kiss' with the sheet music for the song! Sure, this booklet may not be the key to winning a Grammy (make that several), but it couldn't be any easier to pretend to be a member of one of Nashville's hottest bands. The only prerequisite for this present is knowing how to play an instrument ... well, and how to read sheet music.
Let us ask this: Is there anyone in the world who wouldn't want to sail away with country music's most hilarious artist? Doubtful. You'd have to love someone quite a bit to drop $999-$3,799 on a Christmas gift, but that prize bracket will get you an all-inclusive party aboard the Norwegian Jewel, save for adult beverages and a flight to the port in Miami. In addition to Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Neal McCoy will also be performing on board, with more acts to be announced before the ship departs in October 2012. On second thought, maybe this is the way to be selfish for once -- with a trip for you, too!
This year, prove to your family and friends that you've you can buy clothes they'll like by gifting Reba Wear from the Reba Fancy Christmas Collection at Dillard's. Best suited for women, the line launched in early 2011 and exemplifies Reba's unmatched style and class, without losing the element of trendy. There are patterns and colors for all tastes and sizes with a special release of seasonal outfits, and there's even a line of footwear to complete the ensemble! Come on, Reba wants everyone to look good.
Food? Good. Drinks? Even better. Toby Keith? Incredible! That's why a gift card to Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant is the perfect gift for any hungry country fan. Like a true patriotic American, Keith has equipped multiple cities across the country with his home-cooked kitchens, including several in the great state of Oklahoma, as well as Las Vegas, Nev.; Denver, Colo.; Mesa, Ariz. and more, with new hot spots in Chicago, Cincinnati and Dallas opening soon! Who knows, you may even run into Mr. Keith himself while you're dining!
Feel like dining in this winter? It's pretty cold out there. To really heat things up, grab this Zac Brown-specialized cooking bundle to gift to the cook in your circle. This one is a no-brainer for a holiday gift guide because someone's gotta do the cookin', even if it's not you. The set includes a bottle of the 'Colder Weather' singer's signature brown sauce, Georgia clay rub, an essential Southern Ground cookbook and even an apron to keep your tacky holiday sweater clean. We can't think of a better way to bring the family together than over a steaming pot of spicy whatever-you-wanna-cook.
To be a true country music-loving cowboy or cowgirl, you've got to look the part -- and even better if you look remotely like Jason Aldean. Thankfully, the 'Tattoos on This Town' hitmaker is offering a full line of cowboy hats the size of Texas to ensure that you're fully suited up this season, just like him. Not only that, but the head covers are named for some of Mr. Aldean's most notable tunes, like the 'Amarillo Sky,' the 'Hicktown Cowboy' and even the 'Georgia Boy,' which honors the singer's home state.