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32 Hollywood Actors, Producers, Execs Recommend Holiday Gifts for Colleagues

32 Hollywood Actors, Producers, Execs Recommend Holiday Gifts for Colleagues

Actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards): “I just always appreciate a well-written card. I really do. The gifts are great but I just appreciate people and their contribution to my life and my well being. And every now and then you might receive a letter that shows how much someone appreciates you, and I’ve gotten a few of those that have always been very touching.”

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family): “Oh, my gosh, it’s so hard shopping for my cast. Last time I got them presents, I got them portraits of them, caricatures of them sitting on sandwiches. It’s an Instagram name, it’s called @celebsonsandwiches, and I got them all their own little portrait, sitting on their favorite sandwiches. It was very difficult to shop for them.”

Actress Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel): “Years ago when I was a little girl, I got this extraordinary glass jewelry box that you opened up and it felt magical. And I found a place online, and this is going to sound like I’m plugging Amazon, but Amazon happens to have these gift boxes which are handmade — the glass is hand-blown — and I give gift boxes, glass, to everyone I can. Yes, to agents, to actors, to producers. And the only thing I do is I always cross my fingers when I’m giving the gift that it doesn’t break from when it got from my hands to them. … And I don’t know if I should say this, because the people will be, like, ‘Wait a minute, she didn’t spend a lot of money?’ But very inexpensive.”

Actress Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Big Mouth): “The cast and I of a film went and got into a photo booth and we made like a design where we held up different signs that said different things, and we framed it and gave it to the director and he loved it. So that’s a fun, cheap thing to do. I tend to do a lot of homemade gifts. I really like doing that. I knit a lot of scarves and a lot of cute little things. I’m one of those people who makes a list in June if I hear someone mention something — I’ll write it down and get it for them.”

Director Kimberly Peirce (Six): “I don’t know what a star wants. I know what I want: my best shirt, or [a trip to] my favorite restaurant, or a night out with my buddies. … Find people’s favorite shirt or favorite restaurant or place to go.”

Actor Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy): “I find that the most impactful and effective gift are the ones that blow their mind and they are, like, ‘Oh, you were listening and you noticed that little thing that I need. Or that I said I liked.’ Things that communicate that you really are present to them. And to do that, you have to be a damn good listener. And that really is the measure of friendship, listen to the hard parts, not only the easy parts.”

Actress Ariel Winter (Modern Family): “I find meaningful gifts are the best, an inside joke or something and you make it.”

Producer Simon Kinberg (The Twilight Zone, Deadpool 3): “[For stars,] it’s hard because they have everything and they get a lot of it for free. I tend to try to make things for them. So it’s a little bit like when my kids make me little drawings. I’ll make them a little drawing, or a little lame poem or something, and send that to them. I’m terrible [with art/poems], but it makes it better, because it’s more handmade.”

Model Tess Holliday: “I tend to buy vintage stuff from eBay. I mean, See’s candies, that’s kind of what you give everybody during the holidays if you live in L.A. … But I like finding the weird stuff that people don’t normally see. Doing something thoughtful rather than something store-bought.”