Open main menu

"My Gift Is You" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani for her fourth studio album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas (2017). It was released digitally on October 6, 2017, along with the rest of the parent album, through Interscope Records. The track was written by Stefani, Justin Tranter, and Busbee while production was handled by Busbee and Eric Valentine. Musically, the track is a Christmas song that contains elements of pop-soul music.

"My Gift Is You"
Song by Gwen Stefani
from the album You Make It Feel Like Christmas
ReleasedOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2017
GenrePop-soul
Length2:51
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

The lyrics revolve around Stefani's relationship with boyfriend Blake Shelton and deal with choosing true love over materialism during the holiday season. Several music critics listed "My Gift Is You" as one of the highlights included on the parent album. Commercially, it peaked at number six on both Billboard's Holiday Digital Songs and Holiday Digital Song Sales charts in the United States. "My Gift Is You" was performed during the 2017 NBC television special Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas.

Background and recordingEdit

Throughout 2017, Gwen Stefani recorded new music with various musicians. In July of the same year, the singer announced in a press statement that she planned to release the new music in the near future.[1] The title of several tracks first leaked on August 2, 2017 when they appeared as published works on the official website for GEMA, a German music database.[2] Due to some of the revealed song titles that mistakenly appeared, multiple music critics suggested that the singer's new music may be among material for a holiday album.[2][3] "My Gift Is You" was included on the list of leaked titles, in addition to album tracks "Christmas Eve" and "You Make It Feel Like Christmas".[2] The song was officially revealed as part of the parent album on September 18 when Stefani unveiled its title, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, in addition to its track listing and the lead single.[4][5]

"My Gift Is You" was written by Stefani, Justin Tranter, and Busbee while production was handled by Busbee and Eric Valentine.[6] Stefani had expressed interest in collaborating with Busbee, who also serves as an executive producer for the parent album, ever since she had heard his work on Pink's "Try" in 2012. Tranter was also enlisted as a songwriter for the album due to his ability to "write a hit".[7] The song was made available for purchase as a digital download on October 6, 2017, along with the rest of You Make It Feel Like Christmas, through Interscope Records.[8][9]

Composition and lyricsEdit

 
Several of the songs on You Make It Feel Like Christmas, including "My Gift Is You", allude to Stefani's relationship with Blake Shelton.

"My Gift Is You" is a Christmas and pop-soul song that lasts two minutes and 51 seconds.[10][11] Musically, it is a blend of the sound of classic Christmas songs with the contemporary style of more modern ones.[12] According to Janine Lano from The Highlander, the song's beat is similar in sound to the one found in Ben E. King's 1961 single "Stand by Me", due to the similarities in "poignant bass notes" that help create a sense of the holiday season.[12]

As a whole, You Make It Feel Like Christmas contains various songs alluding to Stefani's relationship with boyfriend Blake Shelton. Rachel McRady from Entertainment Tonight suggested that even when considering their previously released duet ("You Make It Feel Like Christmas"), "My Gift Is You" may be the "most telling tune" on the parent album.[13] Stefani sings: "I can't wait to give all my lovin' to my best friend / All I want is you to take my love and give it back again". While crooning, she says: "Don't need no money. Don't need a thing / I don't even need a wedding ring / All I need is love and the truth / And I got it, my gift is you".[13] In these lyrics, Stefani "disregards material possessions [in favor of] Christmas" and "flaunts her newfound love with [Shelton]".[12]

ReceptionEdit

"My Gift Is You" was selected as a standout track by several music critics. Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine singled out the track as a highlight on You Make It Feel Like Christmas, describing it as "Stefani's obligatory entry in the canon of contemporary holiday songs in which the singer eschews all things material". Furthermore, he called the track "surprisingly capable" and wrote "like the album as a whole, [it] at least makes it feel like Christmas".[10] Additionally, Lano listed "My Gift Is You" as one of the four best tracks on the record.[12] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that the song, in addition to album tracks "Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before You" and "When I Was a Little Girl", is too modern in order to be reminiscent of a Christmas tune: "'My Gift Is You' is a love song bearing the faintest hint of mistletoe".[14]

"My Gift Is You" appeared on two seasonal Billboard component charts in the United States. On the Holiday Digital Songs and Holiday Digital Song Sales charts, which both track the best-selling digital holidays songs of the week, it entered and peaked at number six during the week of October 28, 2017. Out of all of the songs that appear on You Make It Feel Like Christmas, "My Gift Is You" was the highest peaking song on these two charts, with the exception of "You Make It Feel Like Christmas", which reached number four on both of them.[15][16]

Live performancesEdit

Stefani first performed "My Gift Is You" during NBC's live two-hour special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center on November 29, 2017. For the show, she wore a silver-and-black triangle-pattered dress.[17] She also performed it during her Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas television special, which premiered on NBC on December 12, 2017. The special contained various songs from her holiday album and was accompanied by holiday-themed comedy sketches and skits.[18] For the performance, men dressed as gingerbread man cookies and several background dancers wearing holiday-themed aprons and carrying mixing bowls and wooden spoons joined Stefani on stage.[19]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of You Make It Feel Like Christmas.[6]

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (July 14, 2017). "Gwen Stefani Is Releasing New Music This Year". Fuse. Archived from the original on July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Wass, Mike (August 2, 2017). "Festive! It Looks Like Gwen Stefani Is Recording a Christmas Album". Idolator. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ O'Neill, Lauren (August 2, 2017). "Sia and Gwen Stefani Both Apparently Have Christmas Albums Coming". Vice. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Tenreyro, Tatiana (September 21, 2017). "Gwen Stefani Teases 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas' Album: Watch Preview". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Wass, Mike (September 21, 2017). "Gwen Stefani Announces Festive LP 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas'". Idolator. Archived from the original on November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  6. ^ a b You Make It Feel Like Christmas (CD liner notes). Gwen Stefani. Interscope. 2017. 02557-84801.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (October 9, 2017). "How a Run on Blake Shelton's Ranch Led to Gwen Stefani's Christmas Album". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "My Gift Is You – Gwen Stefani – From the Album You Make It Feel Like Christmas – MP3". Amazon.com (US). Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "You Make It Feel Like Christmas – Gwen Stefani – MP3". Amazon.com (US). Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (October 6, 2017). "Gwen Stefani – You Make It Feel Like Christmas". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "You Make It Feel Like Christmas – Gwen Stefani". iTunes Store (AU). Archived from the original on September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d Lano, Janine (October 16, 2017). ""You Make It Feel Like Christmas": More a love letter to Gwen Stefani's new boo than Christmas album". The Highlander. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  13. ^ a b McRady, Rachel (October 6, 2017). "Gwen Stefani Releases Christmas Album Filled With Blake Shelton References: Listen to Her 'Wedding Ring' Lyric". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Gwen Stefani – You Make It Feel Like Christmas". AllMusic. Archived from the original on February 27, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Holiday Digital Songs: October 28, 2017". Billboard. October 28, 2017. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Holiday Digital Song Sales: October 28, 2017". Billboard. October 28, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  17. ^ Seemayer, Zach (November 29, 2017). "Gwen Stefani Lights Up Rockefeller Center Christmas Celebration With Performance of New Holiday Tune". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Hussein, Wandera (December 13, 2017). "Watch Gwen Stefani Perform 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas' With Blake Shelton & More During Holiday TV Special". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Cowling, Lauren (December 2017). "Gwen Stefani's Christmas Special Was a Little Too Sexy For Christmas". One Country. Retrieved August 18, 2018.

External linksEdit