Jets, Cars and Jewelry Aside, It's the Simple Gifts Celebs Remember

By Stacy Jenel Smith

December 10, 2013 5 min read

You'd better watch out. There are only two weeks of shopping days till Christmas, so if you haven't been thinking about it, now is the time. Of course, most of us won't be buying $160,000 Porsche 911 Turbo S's for our business associates — like the one Jay-Z and his management label gave Rihanna last year. We probably won't get our mates a couple of pairs of $500 Olivia von Halle pajamas and top them off with a $38.8 million private plane — as David Beckham did for wife Victoria, according to U.K. reports. We probably won't design a special gold necklace with 20 charms on it, engraved with the names of each of our beloved's dogs, as inTouch Weekly reported Blake Shelton did last year for Miranda Lambert. At a thousand bucks a pup, that's pretty pricey for everyday people.

But it turns out that some of the most cherished Christmas presents in celebrity's memories weren't expensive at all. Here are some favorite childhood Christmas gifts that stars have told us about through the years.

John Stamos: "The year I got a Tony the Tiger drum set. That was absolutely the best."

Tim Curry: "Scrabble. I was completely obsessed with it. I asked my mother once, maybe 10, 15 years ago, to describe me as a child, and she said, 'You were the kid in the corner of the room with his face in a book.'"

John Travolta: "I don't even have to think about it. I was 8 years old, and it was a DC-8 [model] with all the details and a stewardess at the door."

James Franco: "My old Nintendo."

Garret Dillahunt: "It was a big deal when I got my first guitar. That sounds like I'm a heck of a guitar player now, which is not the case. I remember coming downstairs before everyone was awake and there was that little kid's size guitar. That was a big day."

Scott Porter: "I made my mom and dad really run around when I was trying to prove whether there was a Santa Claus. I asked for a wooden car, with no metal in it at all, because I thought elves would make one like that. My parents got someone to carve a wooden car for me, a little one you could roll around on the floor with doors that opened. It was all wood. Then I read 'The Polar Express,' and it said that Santa's sleigh had silver bells, so I asked for silver sleigh bells, and they got them for me. I have amazing parents. But I have to say, my brother Brendan was born on Christmas Eve, and that was the greatest gift of all. And my sister Ariana was born when I had my 15th birthday — my greatest birthday gift. If I mention one, I have to mention both."

Keri Russell: "My first bike. It was a red 10-speed. The first time you get a bicycle is a big deal when you're a kid. It's like you're a big kid. Transportation."

Stephen Root: "When I was 2 years old, my mom tells me, I wanted a cuckoo clock, so they got me one of those old fashioned cuckoo clocks with the bird coming out of the door."

Marlee Matlin: "I loved the Hanukkah when I got a Spirograph. It was the most fascinating thing to me. The ever-changing patterns, the myriad of colors. And I had control over it all. It was instant art, and I remember showing off my creations to my mom and dad or anyone who was willing to look. I absolutely LOVED it."

Vanessa Hudgens: "My guitar when I was 16."

Susie Essman: "My mother would always do themes for the eight days of Hanukkah, and one year she gave us an office. The first day, a cigar box. The second day, a stapler and tape. The third, pencils and pens, and so on with all these supplies. We started getting annoyed — what's with these gifts? On the eighth day I think I got a Barbie or something, a toy I wanted. But it's funny, what I really remember is the office."

Vera Farmiga: "My favorite childhood Christmas gift was this baby doll that you could feed real food and it could poop and you could change the diapers. That was the best gift I ever received."

David Thewlis: "My first guitar, I suppose. My brother fell over it and broke the neck of it. It traumatized me so much. Now I have 20 guitars."

Henry Winkler: "My favorite Hanukkah gift was a working model of a Studebaker automobile, where when you could turn the very tiny steering wheel and it turned the wheels of the car. It was seafoam green."

Ed Begley, Jr.: "Without a doubt, my favorite Christmas gift — an erector set."

Mr. T.: "My mother's love. We didn't have much money, but I knew I had that, and that's all that really mattered."

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