The Best Holiday Gifts for the Country Music Fan

12/17/2013 at 05:50 PM ET
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Top: Courtesy Blackberry Farm; Bottom: Courtesy Crosley
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

If you know someone who’s cuckoo for country, you’re about to become the world’s best Santa Claus.

Yes, your holiday deadlines are getting dangerously close, but there’s still time to nab for these Southern-style gifts—and have them under your favorite Country music lover’s tree in time for Christmas morning.

Courtesy Blackberry Farm
JAM, COOKIES AND CORNBREAD FROM BLACKBERRY FARM

Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. was the scenic backdrop for Kelly Clarkson‘s and Ashley Monroe‘s weddings, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s engagement party, so you know this spot has charm! With a gift shop filled with housemade treats, like their smoked onion jam and simple-to-make mixes—we love the crumbly cornbread and the chocolate nut chunk cookies—you won’t have to look long for the perfect present.

BUY IT! $13 and up

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SNACKS FROM LOVELESS CAFE

There’s a reason people line up in front of Nashville’s Loveless Café. The food is that good—especially they’re famous Southern biscuits. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, but there’s one way to enjoy them at home: Buy their pre-made biscuit mix, which comes packed with housemade jam to spread on the flaky rounds.

Our other favorites from the café’s online shop: the Deluxe Breakfast (biscuit mix, jams plus bacon, grits and more goodies) and the Piggy Pack, which has candied bacon popcorn, candied bacon pecans and peanut brittle with bacon.

BUY IT! $6 and up

Courtesy The Bluebird Café
BLUEBIRD CAFÉ T-SHIRT

The Bluebird Café may look familiar to folks outside of Tennessee (it’s featured almost weekly on ABC’s Nashville) but locals know it’s one of the best places in town to see country’s next big stars perform—and to enjoy some delicious Southern fare. Can’t swing a trip before New Year’s? Give your favorite fan this vintage-looking t-shirt and he’ll walk around town with some serious country cred.

BUY IT! $35

Courtesy Target
CROSLEY RECORD PLAYER

Vinyl is back! Treat the Taylor Swift fans in your life to a new way to listen to her tunes while they’re cooking, entertaining or just relaxing. The superstar, plus fellow artists like Kacey Musgraves and The Civil Wars, are just a few of the country musicians who released albums to vinyl this year. And that’s nothing compared to the Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patty Loveless records that can still be found online, at local record stores and in the attic.

BUY IT! Classic Wood ($88);  Bright Colors ($60)

Courtesy Arrington Vineyards
KIX BROOKS' WINES

He’s got a Santa-bag-size of #1 hits with his buddy Ronnie Dunn. But when he’s not strumming the guitar or hosting a radio show, Kix Brooks is part owner of Arrington Vineyards outside Nashville. Just in time for the holidays, the vineyard offers up both red and white Christmas vinos, as well as plenty of other non-seasonal wines.

BUY IT! $10 and up

Courtesy Jack’s
JACK'S BAR-B-QUE SAUCES AND RUBS

Nestled alongside legendary honky-tonk spots Tootsies and The Stage on lower Broadway in Nashville lies Jack’s Bar-B-Que. Even from the street, you can’t miss the smell of the tangy, spicy barbecue sauce that you wish you could bottle up and take home. Luckily, you can!

BUY IT! $5 and up

Courtesy Wal-Mart
GARTH BROOKS BOX SET

It’s been a big year for Garth Brooks: He finished up his residency at The Wynn in Las Vegas and announced a world tour to come in 2014. The singer also released a new box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” which includes six CDs, two DVDs and, most importantly, NEW music!

BUY IT! $25

—Katie Kauss

 

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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