With a matter of weeks until flurries of shiny wrapping paper fill the air, CMT.com is here to help spirited Santas find the perfect gift for the choosiest country fan.
Hall of Fame flyswatter ($1.99)
A consistent bestseller at the Country Music Hall of Fame, this guitar-shaped flyswatter makes a festive stocking stuffer. Also good for swatting people who try to switch off the country station in your car.
Brad Paisley poster ($4.58)
The Grand Ole Opry welcomed Brad Paisley at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium in 2001. The Ryman gift shop has a few commemorative Hatch Show Prints to mark the occasion. To order, call Roxanne at (615) 458-8718.
Hank Williams Bobble Head ($9.95)
What a better way to mark the 50th anniversary of Hank Williams ’ death than with a silly, smiling statuette? This baby blue Bobble Head will brighten the cubicle of any country fan. Works for Cadillac dashboards, too.
Country Music Hall of Fame calendar ($11.95)
Flip through another year with 12 sharp-dressed country stars, including Tim McGraw , Faith Hill and Alan Jackson . Cool bonus: Each date on the calendar is notated with birthdays, Opry inductions, chart history and the like.
Loretta Lynn, K.T. Oslin and Tanya Tucker CDs ($12-$15 each)
Three of country’s most colorful women returned to the record-store racks this year. Loretta Lynn ’s All Time Greatest Hits and K.T. Oslin ’s RCA Country Legends compile their best-known hits, while Ms. Tucker returns with the all-new Tanya.
Hall of Fame Members T-shirt ($18.99)
The front of this black, long-sleeved T-shirt reads “Honor Thy Music.” The back recognizes every member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, written in a golden circle that will remain unbroken.
Hillbilly Boogie 4-CD box set ($24.98)
One hundred hillbilly songs for $25? Yep, and every darn one has “Boogie” in the title. Who can resist “Goatburger Boogie” or “Cornbread Boogie”? Features Bill Haley, Spade Cooley , Merle Travis and dozens more. Call Ernest Tubb Record Shop at (615) 255-7503.
Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? ($25)
Written by documentary filmmaker Mark Zwonitzer (with Charles Hirshberg), this thorough biography of the Carter Family reveals the struggles and victories of the most famous family in country music. For the avid reader who can’t get enough of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, or for anyone curious about the history of American music.
Johnny Cash at ’Town Hall Party’ DVD (Bear Family) ($25)
Taken from a Los Angeles TV taping in 1958 and 1959, this DVD captures the Man in Black in his late 20s. A glimpse of a future superstar still on the rise, Cash also delivers an entertaining Elvis impersonation!
Kenny Rogers’ This Is My Country ($36)
He shoots, he scores! Kenny Rogers has photographed many of country’s legends and superstars and compiled his surprisingly relaxed results in This Is My Country. Where else will you see Shania Twain in casual wear?
Editor’s Note: In addition to traditional retail outlets, these items are available at the Country Music Hall of Fame, unless otherwise noted. Call (800) 852-6437 to order.