Santa Claus isn’t the only one in the gift giving mood come Christmas. Y100 asked some of today’s top country stars about the best gifts they’ve given to that special someone in their life during the holiday season. From diamonds and Snuggies to an appendix and the gift of helping those in need, we heard it all!
New dad Eric Church recalls a Christmas many years ago when he was just a kid himself, which was a year that helped him realize the true meaning of the holiday. “We grew up in a small town, and we had one guy who knew everybody in town, but he was the homeless guy,” Church tells Taste of Country. “We went one year and did a big fruit basket, got some clothes, and we found him one Christmas Eve when he was knocking around the park. We drove around town until we were able to find him, and we gave him the present. It was just a really cool thing. I was young — probably 6 or 7-years-old — but that has always really stuck with me just to go out there and do that and really bring out the true spirit of Christmas.”
Kellie Pickler echoes Church’s response. “I think the greatest thing that you can give — and I know this might sound cliche — but the greatest thing you can give is your time somewhere,” she says. “Helping people who might not have a Christmas. So we’ll raid the house and give clothes away. We donate things to shelters all the time, but especially around Christmas. It’s always good to help give people who are less fortunate a better Christmas than they would have had had you not come along. I enjoy giving things and not telling … I’ve always thought it was really neat to just give gifts to people and they don’t know where it came from. You just know that they needed it, and you don’t need any recognition or need anything for it. You just need to know that they have what they need. That’s so great. I really do believe God honors that. There are so many people who will not do things like that unless they are going to get their picture taken and a pat on the back for it. So, I don’t like to give and tell [laughs].”
For Chris Young, this year could be the year of the best Christmas present given to one of his family members. “I always go all out every year on one family member,” says Young. “I’ve just kind of done that for the past couple of years. I’ve got some really good ideas for this year’s. Just in case my family reads this, I don’t want to say what it is … this year will be the best gift I have given!”
The most important gift to give or receive when it comes to Josh Thompson is just the time spent with the ones he loves. “I love giving people things and all that, but really what matters most to me is getting home and spending some time with my mom and sister and my nieces and stuff like that,” Thompson says. “That’s all I care about.