For the Fancy Redneck On Your Nice List 2016

The holidays are quickly approaching. That means lots go shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, and making phone calls to relatives that you forgot you had. It's still a spectacular time to be had by all. 

Here's a simple gift guide to help you this season to buy for the fancy redneck in your life!

Gift Cards

Purchasing a Gift Card for someone can often times be misunderstood as impersonal, but let's be honest, Gift Cards are awesome for both the giver and the receiver. Gift Cards allow for people to buy someone a gift they will actually like via proxy.

CA$H MONEY

Yeah, this one is super impersonal, but seriously, for the college student you know, he/she will rejoice at having some extra spending money.

 

Redneck Couture

Shameless plug, but Redneck Couture has quality apparel and jewelry for the fancy redneck in you. We have released three new Boot Bling designs this year, and we have twenty different tassel color options--perfect for special occasions, bridesmaids, or matching school colors.

Amazon

Seriously. This site has everything. Amazon comes equipped with really useful suggestions, recommendations and deals as well. If you know your friend works out a lot, get them a water bottle that can also be a wallet. Does your mom love the idea of making spaghetti out of a zucchini? Boom get her a Veggetti machine that can literally turn any vegetable into delicious "pasta."

Veggetti Pro
(amazon)

Kangaroo Bottle
(amazon)

Etsy

If you're looking for cute, quirky, and crafty items for someone special, Etsy is the place to check out.

Money Soap
(etsy)

Tip:

Buzzfeed and Pinterest are great aggregators for Gift Lists. They have categories and lists for every single person on your list. Don't be afraid to give them a scroll.

Tip:

KEEP IT SIMPLE. More often than not, simple and useful gifts are pretty spectacular ones. If you feel that you don't know someone enough, or that someone has everything, you can probably just do something simple.

Tip:

Timing is everything. Shop on weekdays. This way stores aren't as zany and crowded. If you find yourself shopping on the weekend, go really early in the morning.

Tip:

I'm a really big Dollar Tree supporter. Go there. You can find everything you need to wrap this year: really cute wrapping paper, boxes, gift bags, gift tags, tissue paper, tape, scissors, etc.

Tip:

BUDGET! Come up with a "Nice List" of people that you plan on buying for this year. Then, come up with a budget. How much can you afford to spend on gifts this year? Then divide it up amongst the people on your list.

 

Tip:

Buy cards! If you aren't doing gifts this year, and even if you are, get cards for the special people in your life. Everyone likes a card, and it will make them feel like you were thinking of them.

Tip:

Free shipping is the best kind of shipping. Shop at websites like Redneck Couture, Mod Cloth, Amazon, Apple and even Target. Some websites require minimum purchase amounts to qualify for free shipping (like Apple), but more often than not, you're already going to be spending that minimum anyway. Also, stores like Walmart and Target allow for you to pick the items up in stores--so you don't have to pay for shipping.

Tip:

Organize your gifts. I'm the type of person that keeps her life in Excel sheets. Be organized when it comes to your shopping, because it will keep you on budget and on time. Make sure you know how much you're spending, where you're spending it, and what/who you are spending it on.

Tip:

Keep every receipt. Again, I do this for everything in general, but for the holidays I keep an envelope of receipts from my holiday shopping. This allows you to figure out when and where you bought stuff, and makes returns simpler. 

Tip:

Get gift receipts and put them in the boxes. This is especially true if you purchase clothing for someone.

Tip:

If the person has never mentioned it, he/she probably doesn't want it or need it.

Tip:

Make gifts! Don't spend more money on DIY projects than you would on the actual purchased item, but sometimes it's fun to make a gift with a personal touch. Pinterest has an endless amount of ideas.

Stuff To Get the Fancy Redneck On Your Nice List

1. Redneck Couture

Okay, so here's some self promotion, but seriously...we are the fanciest of fancy redneck apparel. Get a pair or two of Boot Bling, some rad tanks and tees or a cozy cardigan to keep you warm this holiday season! Redneck Couture is a small business that is designed, made and shipped from the US. Shipping is always free and satisfaction is guaranteed!
 

2._____ of the Month Club

Gift cards are an excellent gift to give to the person who is super difficult to shop for, but a subscription to a month club is a gift that keeps on giving and allows someone the opportunity to try new things that you know he or she will enjoy! 

Search for the Perfect Month Club
(clubsgalore)

Craft Beer Club
(craftbeerclub)

Cheese of the Month Club
(amazingclubs)

Variety of the Month Club
(amazingclubs)

3. Concert Tickets

Give the gift of music and a rad time this holiday season and purchase tickets for the country music junkie in your life! Check out tour dates, purchase a couple of tickets and wrap them up with a CD from the artist.
Country Concerts 2016
Country Music Festivals 2016

(theodysseyonline)

4. DIY Gifts 

Create something cute, sweet, simple, fun, expensive, ridiculous or original! There are plenty of incredible DIY gifts to give this holiday season and are perfect for everyone on your list from significant others, family, friends, to neighbors and coworkers!
25 DIY Insanely Cute Projects That Will Fill You With Joy
28 DIY Candles That Will Help You Brave the Cold
DIY Homemade Gifts for Christmas
25 Favorite Neighbor Gift Ideas
Adult Hot Chocolate Kit
25 DIY Gifts You Can Make in Under an Hour
25 Gifts for Kids to Make This Christmas
50+ Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

5. Cash

(gardendalefleamall.com)
Yes, it seems to be one of those "impersonal" gifts, but trust me anyone would be happy to open a big box of green this holiday season. 

6. Gift Cards

(pelicanweb) Okay, again this may seem impersonal, but at the same time it allows the grad to be in control of what he/she receives in the respect of what he/she needs. Gas? Clothes? School supplies? Groceries? Furniture? Try these fine places for gift cards!
Amazon
Staples
Pier 1
Amtrak
Walmart
Redneck Couture
Old Navy
Best Buy
Ulta
Gas Cards
Spotify
iTunes
FYE
Visa
Starbucks
Kohls
Bath and Body Works
Bed, Bath and BEYOND
hh Greg
AMC or Regal
Fandango
Target
Barnes & Noble
DSW
Marshall's
Home Goods
Dick's Sporting Goods
VistaPrint

7. Streaming Subscription

(tomsguide)
Binge watching TV shows may be a New Years' resolution, so give the gift of entertainment with a Netflix, Amazon or Hulu subscription.

8. Chargers

Keep the techy redneck happy with chargers! 
>Portable chargers for the car
(Buy It Here)
>Wireless charger
(Info Here)
>Case charger
(Buy It Here)

9. Shotglasses, Drinkware and Boozy Accessories

Funny Flasks
(spencers)
Check out our other gift guides here, here, here, here and here for more ideas and suggestions! Have a happy holiday!

Holiday Hoedown Part 2: Themes and Decorations

Classic Holiday

Your good old fashioned holiday gathering with friends, family, food and fun. Keep it simple and sweet. Adorn the tree with lights and decorations, get some festive plates, put on a classic holiday playlist and enjoy each others' company until it's time to leave! 

Giant Holly
(odds&ends)

Snowman Place Setting
(eatwell101)

Paper Christmas Tree
(WonderHowTo)

Classic Christmas Decorating Ideas
(bhg)

21 Christmas Decorating Traditions Worth Keeping
(popsugar)

Plaid Party

Plaid and Flannel from fashion to decor to tablecloths! Bring a splash of country to your holiday party and theme it with plaid. Ask guests to wear their fanciest flannels and plaid attire and decorate your place with some snazzy stripes.

Plaid Tree
(southernliving)

A Plaid Country Christmas
(majorhofftakesawife)

Plaid Reindeer
(saltandpeppermoms)

Ugly Sweater

Dawn your ugliest, comfiest holiday sweater and bring your pals over for a few beers and a wonderful time! Host an ugliest sweater contest, or even gather around to make your own ugly  sweaters!

10 Tips for Throwing an Ugly Sweater Party
(prettymyparty)

50 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas
(ohmy-creative)

Ornament Party

Run to Michael's Crafts or your local Dollar Tree and pick up supplies to make the ultimate Christmas ornaments! Invite your friends over for crafts and cheer, make festive memories and more!

23 Homemade Ornaments
(pioneersettler)

DIY Glitter Ornaments
(createandbabble)

25+ DIY Christmas Ornaments
(notedlist)

Winter Wonderland

Whether the weather outside is frightful or it's very much delightful, turn your place into a winter wonderland to cozy up with your friends! Splashes of white, fake snow and hot cocoa are perfect to make your house merry and bright for your Winter Wonderland gathering.

Homemade Hot Chocolate 3 Ways
(foodnetwork)

Cotton Ball Snow
(hostesswiththemostess)

Banister Sledding Penguins
(relaxdecor)

Snowman Door
(thecreativestamperspot)

10 Party Themes to Try This Season
(buzzfeed)

Holiday Movie Marathon Guide

(wjud)

Types of Marathons:

“All By Myself”

This marathon is done with me, myself and I. Watch classic movies that bring you the most joy during the holiday season or spice it up by watching things that are completely new. This marathon is done on a schedule that abides by your schedule—bang it all out in a day, or make a countdown out of it.
(nextavenue)

“Significant Other”

Enjoying a cozy holiday movie with the special guy or gal in your life is a pretty sweet way to spend a snowy day. Watch your favorite holiday RomComs and snuggle close by the fire with your SO.
(cocktailswithmom)

“Family Night”

Watch movies with the fam! Whether you have little tots of your own or you’re sitting down with the whole extended crew, pop in a few of classic family favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life or a Charlie Brown Christmas.
(thesun)

“Paling Around”

Gather a couple of your pals for a night of fun, film, food and wine!
(feedblitz)

Themes:

Consider a theme for the movies you wish to watch and create “wish lists.”

  • Family
  • Classics
  • Animated
  • Feel Good
  • RomCom
  • Nostalgia
  • Advent
  • Random

The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
25 Best Christmas Movies
Top 20 Christmas Movies
Best Holiday/Christmas Movies on Netflix
Lists of Christmas Films
The 50 Best Christmas Movies
Christmas Movie Collection
20 Christmas Movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime and More
11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

Keep Cozy Checklist:

  • Blankets
    (lovetoknow)
  • Slippers
    (lovethispic)
  • Pillows
    (pintrest)
  • Air Mattress
    (wayfair)
  • Pajamas
    (pintrest)
  • Candles
    (hdwallpapersact)

Food and Drink:

Candy Canes
(hellawella)
Christmas Cookies
(vanessafahy)
Popcorn
(busybugs)
Hot Chocolate
(loveitisallweneed)
Eggnog
(pennlive)
21 Boozy Drinks to Keep You Warm This Winter
(thisisboise)

 

DIY: Glitter Deer Head Decal Gift

Glitter Deer
(heylaurenrene)

Step One:
Gather your materials
-Cardstock deer head template (download found here)
-Canvas (any size, but this one is 12"x16")
-Gold glitter
-Small bottle of black gloss acrylic paint
-Large paintbrush
-Small paintbrush
-Pencil
-Yardstick
-Liquid gold marker or pen
-Blue painter's tape
-Elmer's glue
-Clear enamel spray or hair spray

Step Two:
"I printed out the deer head then enlarged it by 20% on my printer/copier onto two sheets of cardstock.  Taped them together and cut out the silhouette (you can leave it an on an 8×10 if you want I just wanted mine a little larger)"

Step Three:
I marked off 2″ wide stripes on the canvas with a pencil and the yardstick (just divide evenly based on the size of your canvas)"
(heylaurenrene)

Step Four:
"Use blue painter’s tape to mask off the stripes you don’t want paint on.  Wrap the tape around the sides to the back so you can paint the edges too.  Once the blue tape is on, paint the black gloss paint on the alternating stripes.  Allow to dry.  Then remove the painter’s tape."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Five:
"Place the deer head cutout on top of the canvas and trace with a pencil."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Six:
"Once you have traced the whole template, remove and go over the pencil with the liquid gold marker.  This is a huge step a lot of the tutorials skipped, but I think it’s so important.  It’s hard to get clean edges with the glue so the gold marker will give you a perfect outline."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Seven:
"Use a combination of your large and small paint brush to fill in the outline generously with white glue.  The thicker you put the glue the more dimensional it looks.  Try to stay slightly within the gold outline so the edges stay crisp."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Eight:
"Dump on the glitter and let it set for about a minute.  When done shake off into a paper grocery bag (so you can pour the excess back into the container).  If there are any spotty areas you can touch them up with glue and glitter.  I also used a dry paintbrush and brushed away any glitter that fell outside the lines.  When done give a light coat of enamel spray or hairspray to keep the glitter in place."
(heylaurenrene)