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.

Country Cozy

DIY: Triangle Necklace

(creativeindex)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Polymer clay in 2 colors
-Chain or cord
-Pliers
-Jump rings
-Closure clasps
-Razor
-Roller
-Toothpick/needle

Step Two:
"First, condition your clay (roll between your hands until it's soft and pliable). Roll out the two colors a little bit. Place a piece of color A over B. Cut out the section that's underneath (otherwise it will be too thick). Pinch/kneed the seem together so you have one piece. Roll and smooth out to your preferred thickness and cut into a triangle. Use a toothpick to make 2 holes on each end."

Step Three:
"Once you're happy with the shape, place on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 20 minutes. While baking cut two pieces of chain to the length you like. When cool, fit the jump rings through the holes, attach the chain and crimp shut. Add jump rings to the end of the chain and finish with a closure clasp."

(creativeindex)

Snack Like a Southerner: Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

(skinnytaste)

Ingredients:
For Cookies:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (Gold Metal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted*
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step One: 
"In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend."

Step Two:
"In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy."


Step Three:
"Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out."

Step Four:
"Fold in white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cranberries. Spread batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly."

Step Five:
"Bake 10 - 14 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don't over-bake or your bars will be dry. Let it cool completely on wire rack."

 
Step Six:
"Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended. Frost bars and sprinkle with remaining cranberries. Drizzle with the melted white chocolate."


"*To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave safe cup and heat 15 seconds; stir. Another 15 seconds; stir until the chocolate is melted."

Step Seven:
"When the chocolate sets, cut into 15 large squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts with the knife). Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve."


 

DIY: Hot Chocolate Dipping Spoons

Hot Chocolate Dipping Spoons!
These are perfect as a last minute gift, Christmas dessert or just to enjoy around the fire with friends and family.

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Spoons (these can be clear or any color you want depending on what you're going for--like red, green, white, etc.)
-Melting chocolate (color ones work nicely for display!)
-Caramel or butterscotch melting drops
-Marshmallows

Step Two:
Game plan. Figure out how many of each variety you want to do, what varieties you want to do, etc.

Step Three:
Melt and dip!

Step Four:
Cool in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to make sure the chocolate hardens.

Step Five:
Wrap with clear candy wrappers or serve!

Snack Like a Southerner: Cheese Tree

(cabotcheese)

Ingredients:
-5 8oz bars sharp cheddar, provolone, mozzarella, etc. (You could replace one of the blocks of cheese with some pepperoni or salami)
-Fresh thyme sprigs
-Grape cherry tomatoes or olives
-1 mushroom

Step One:
Cut cheese/meat into cubes or slices.

Step Two:
On a large platter or cutting board, arrange cheese/meat, tomatoes and thyme into tree.

Step Three:
Peel mushroom and cut into a star pattern. Place on at the top of the tree. 

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!

Snack Like a Southerner: Snowflake Mix

(midwestliving)

Ingredients:
-3cups rice cereal (Chex)
-3cups corn cereal (Chex)
-1cup small pretzel twists or sticks
-1cup honey roasted peanuts
-2 12oz pkgs white baking pieces
-1 12oz pkgs mint flavored M&Ms

Step One:
In a large bowl combine cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms.

Step Two:
Melt white chocolate.

Step Three:
Pour melted chocolate over dry ingredients, coat. Dump contents of bowl onto a large piece of waxed paper.
Cool and break into pieces. 

DIY: Wine Glass Snowglobe and Candle Holder

 

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Wine glass (clear or decorated)
-White glitter paper
-White puff balls (3 different sizes)
-Hot glue
-Hot glue gun
-Scissors
-Marker
-Metal lid
-Tea light candle

Step Two:
Trace the lip of the wine glass on the BACK of the glitter paper. If you can, use an expo marker or washable marker that way you can wipe off any ink that gets on the wine glass. This piece of paper will be your base for your snow globe.

Step Three:
Plug your glue gun in and let it get hot. While you're waiting for the glue gun, figure out how you want to arrange your display. Now, if you're just doing a snowman with the three puff balls, it's not going to be rocket science. However, if you find yourself with some more props or items, arrange them accordingly. Glue them on.

Step Four:
Make a ring of glue on the paper and place the glass on top. Press gently together.

Step Five:
Glue lid lip up on the "top" of the glass. Place the tea light candle in the middle of the lid and done! 

This makes for a fun gift and an easy DIY to do with the family!

Snack Like a Southerner: Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Bites

(lovegrowswild)

Ingredients:
-1cup flour
-1/2tsp salt
-1/2tsp baking powder
-3/4cup cocoa powder
-1cup unsalted butter
-2cups sugar
-3 eggs
-1tbsp vanilla extract
-48-60 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses
(now I also did this with a box of brownie mix and it worked out just fine)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step One:
Line mini muffin pan with liners or SPRAY THE CRAP OUT OF IT with Pam. 

Step Two:
In a large bowl, whisk together most of the dry (flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder) ingredients.

Step Three:
In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add sugar to pan and stir. 

Step Four:
In a small bowl, combine eggs and vanilla. Add the sugar mixture gradually. 

Step Five:
Add wet mixture to dry mixture, mix well.

Step Six:
Pour mix into muffin tin. Bake to 10-12 minutes.

Step Seven: 
Add a kiss to the middle of each brownie when the brownies come out of the oven, press them in gently.