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All I Want for Christmas

Country stars reveal what they want for Christmas and the worst gift they've ever received.

Just because your favorite country stars lead the good life doesn’t mean they don’t also receive the occasionally lousy gift—like that loud plaid tie from a “friend” or the stereotypically cheesy Christmas sweater from their dear aunt Ethel. With gift-giving just days away, we asked country’s finest to dish on their worst present and also asked a few what they hope to find under their tree this year.



Blake Shelton
What was the worst gift you’ve ever received?
I had an uncle one time that had shot a deer and cut its testicles off and wrapped them in a box for me as a joke. That was disgusting. And when I was growing up they used to call me the “Dough Boy,” because I was so chubby and I ate any kind of bread all the time. I had an aunt who wrapped up a can of breadsticks dough and gave it to me as a Christmas present. That’s pretty bad—actually, that might have been one of my favorites that year, now that I think about it.

What do you want for Christmas this year?
Cash. I always tell everybody not to get me anything. Gosh dang, especially the last couple years, if there’s something I want, chances are I’ve already got it. And that’s awesome. I told my mom and everybody in my family, whatever you thought you’d spend on me, spend it on my niece and my nephew or on the grandkids. I don’t need nothing. It’s more fun for me to see them get stuff than open a box and it has deer testicles in it.

Jake Owen
What do you want?
I don’t really have much more to ask for. . . . My life, knock on wood, everything is just in place where I always wanted. This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt like nothing is missing and I have everything. I called [my wife] Lacey today just to tell her, “I just want you to know that we can never forget how lucky we are. We have a beautiful, healthy daughter, we have a beautiful marriage.” I finally feel like I’m at the place I wanted to be. And when you can say that in your life, that’s a pretty awesome feeling. Like I’ve never felt so complete. And I think anybody that has a child would tell you that.

Miranda Lambert
What do you want?

I actually was going to get a llama and an alpaca for my birthday, but I don’t have my barn done, so I’m hoping that I’m going to get them for Christmas from Blake. I don’t want it for the fur or anything, I just want to love on it.

Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
Worst gift?

I’ve gotten my share of bad gifts, but they’re normally around my birthday—which is April Fools' Day. Two years ago, my mom got me a plunger. It was a dinner at my parents’ house and she presented me with this plunger. I opened it like a present. I was like, "Um . . ."

What do you want?
The only thing I’m really asking for is Christmas decorations. Because being in a new house, we don’t have ornaments and all those things. I’m trying to collect ornaments from any place we go to on tour, like when we were in Australia. So that’s what I’ve been telling everybody: anything Christmasy!

Lorrie Morgan
What do you want?

A big new TV for the main bedroom and a new mattress.

Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum)
Worst gift?

I had this airplane one time that was connected to a string and you’d turn it on and do circles. I was a little kid and I would get sick, standing there with this long string and a plane on the end of it, just doing circles over and over. It’d make me nauseous.

What do you want?
I’ve been getting into grilling, and Charles has gotten me into playing golf. He’s a great golfer and I’ve started to play a couple times with him and some of our other band guys. I’m not that good, but I like to get out and play. Maybe those are old domestic man gifts, but anything with grilling and golfing is something fun that I’m enjoying right now.

Gary Allan
What do you want?

The best gift of all—relaxing and being with my kids on Christmas.

Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum)
Worst gift?

It’s always a sweater from your aunt that is three sizes too big. Then I just re-gift it or give it to Dad next year. We get a lot of free swag from different [companies], and I’m a big offender of re-gifting a lot of the swag we get. There are a lot of lotions and eye creams that go out to the family!

What do you want?
I told my wife, honestly, since it’s our money together, I’d rather you not spend it on me, because then I have to make it back! So my gift would be to save me that money this year. But we’re going to go on a couple little trips together. And being out on the road with Darius Rucker last year, he got me back into golf. So I’ll probably ask for some golf balls.

Reba McEntire
What’s on your Christmas list this year?

I don’t have one. . . . Everyone’s healthy, happy and no one goes hungry at Christmas. That’s on my list!

And with that . . . Merry Christmas!


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