It’s that shameless time of year again. You know, the time when my own Christmas wish list masquerades as a blog post in hopes Santa / My Mum might be one of our subscribers.
A couple of notes about this particular gift list:
First, it assumes that both flights to Nashville and Lucchese cowboy boots and are over your Christmas gift budget. (If they’re not, we should be friends).
Second, I’ve stuck to a theme – country music (including its subgenre of whiskey) – but not every gift you get for the country fan in your life needs to be country themed. Most of us would be absolutely fine with receiving diamonds rather than rhinestones.
Having lost track of all the gigs I went to this year, I’m tempted to buy myself two of these.
Ticket stub diary, £9.35, WHSmith
Because you know a dinner party is proper fancy when the Jack Daniels is served in a decanter.
Hooch Decanter, £15, Amazon UK
Sorry Cinderella, this is all the fairytale inspiration I need. Every kid in my life has received a book in this series celebrating real-life role models from Marie Curie to Rosa Parks, and now Dolly’s been added to the series!
Little People, BIG DREAMS Dolly Parton book, £7.17, Wordery (and other booksellers)
A gift that keeps on giving with a monthly whisky subscription box. Get five wee drams to your door each month and it comes with two tasting glasses to start you off.
Dram Club, from £29.99 a month, Master of Malt (or for a cheaper option check out the Whisky Me £7 subscription)
A quirky, slightly western themed accessory I’ve not been able to justify buying myself? Yes please.
Cactus Collar Clip, £30, Finest Imaginary
This decidedly unChristmassy album is being released just in time for Christmas, featuring seven re-releases, including I’ll Name the Dogs, and five new songs, including God’s Country and Hell Right with Trace Atkins.
Blake Shelton Fully Loaded: God’s Country, out Dec 13th, physical CD pre-order is £20.29, Amazon UK
The humble hipflask; such an elegant way to get pished on festival campsites where glass isn’t allowed. Best served engraved with a favourite drinking song lyric.
Peronalised hip flasks, variety from £10, Notonthehighstreet
It’s not quite New Mexico, but the New Forest offers a ‘Cowboy Riding Trail’ experience with campfire BBQ lunch if you’re looking for a more experiential gift.
Riding gift day, £90, Virgin Experience Days
This personalised ‘Cup of Ambition’ mug is to ensure we’ll start every day of 2020 right; with coffee and this classic song stuck in our heads.
Cup of Ambition mug, £12, Oh Laura
Not content with being just a country music superstar and movie actor, Tim’s now turning fitness coach with his new book.
Tim McGraw book ‘Grit and Grace’, Hardback £19.35, Wordery (and other booksellers)
But if you’re still unsure
mum reader, with so many country artists already scheduled to tour the UK next year (like Kane Brown, Ward Thomas, Brothers Osborne) Ticketmaster vouchers will always be appreciated… if only to cover their booking fees.
Happy Christmas Shopping Y’all,
P.S. the cowboy boot bauble pictured is £20 from Harrods, though our photo’s not to scale.