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Gifts Given, GIfts Received


The cultural cognoscenti appraise their top gifts given, received, and desired

Best gift given:

"This year we gave $100 million toward the building of a new University of California at San Francisco children's hospital." — Marc Benioff CEO, Salesforce.com

"Every Zappos employee was given a Kindle or gift card last year....This was a personal gift from myself and the CFO." — Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos

Best gift ever received:

"My first bicycle. It was a red Schwinn Sting-Ray with chrome fenders and a banana seat." — Chris McCormick President and CEO, L.L. Bean

"A painting by Frank Stella, from Frank Stella" — Richard Meier Managing Partner, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

"A New York Giants helmet by [artist] Nathan Sawaya, made to scale, out of Legos." — Jonathan Tisch Chairman and CEO, Loews Hotels; Treasurer, New York Giants

"A 1961 Corvette from Bruce Springsteen." — Tommy Mottola Former chairman of Sony Music and co-owner of Casablanca Records

Worst gift ever received:

"My dad thought my apartment needed a cat." — Stacey Bendet co-founder and designer, Alice + Olivia

Most wanted gift:

"I'd love for my friends and family to donate to the ASPCA so that the city's shelter dogs and cats aren't forgotten during the holidays." — Dylan Lauren CEO, Dylan's Candy Bar

Holiday wish:

"For people to support Seth Reams, who, while struggling to find work, started wevegottimetohelp.org." — Arianna Huffington Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post

Dreams of receiving:

"Bobby Flay to cook my Thanksgiving, Guy Fieri to bartend, and Sunny Anderson to deejay." — Susie Fogelson SVP for marketing, Food Network and Cooking Channel


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