With her undeniable Southern charm, Reba McEntire has embodied the spirit of country music for more than 40 years. Her career spans film, television, retail and music—she’s the only female country solo artist with No. 1 songs in four straight decades—and slowing down isn’t anywhere on her to-do list.
“In fact, 2020 is probably going to be the busiest year in several decades for me,” she says.
The fiery redhead is starting an arena tour in March, continuing her Las Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn and launching a new podcast with Spotify later this year. Yet even with a hectic schedule, Southern hospitality always comes first. Check out five of Reba’s favorite hostess gifts to give.
1. Lasting Memories
“It’s the best gift in the world,” she says of Mixtiles, the 8-by-8-inch photo “tiles” that rely on sticky pads (no nails!) to adhere and move around without damaging your walls. Simply upload your photos to their app and create the gift of wall art. $15 each, mixtiles.com
2. Favorite Flameless
Candlelight at the click of a button? Reba’s in. She displays the remote-controlled Miracle Flame LED Wax Candles on stone ledges and harder-to-reach spots throughout her home. Starting at $59, balsamhill.com
3. Love Heals
The country icon is an avid supporter of Thistle Farms, a social enterprise staffed by female survivors of addiction, sexual abuse and trafficking. During the two-year program, the participants (who create home and body products like the Citrus Wood Candle) are offered housing, free therapy, medical care and work. (100,000 hours of employment were clocked in 2019.) $30, thistlefarms.org
4. Southern Sweets
Christie Cookie Co. makes sure you never show up empty-handed. Perfect for gift-giving, the I Believe in Nashville Tin includes an assortment of 18 chocolate chip, macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin cookies. $37, christiecookies.com
5. Grape Gifts
Owned by Kix Brooks (of the duo Brooks & Dunn), Arrington Vineyards produces one of Reba’s favorite wines—Red Fox Red, a Sangiovese blend with Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin. “Kix has really put his heart and soul into this vineyard,” she says. $25, arringtonvineyards.com
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Bless Your Heart!