There are so many things Ben Stiller wants for Hanukkah, but please, no tchotchkes. "I hate presents that have no purpose in life," he says via cell phone from a zinc mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, where he's filming Zoolander, "like those little bookend-type things that aren't actually heavy enough to be bookends." So, what to give the man who not only has a box-office smash with Meet the Parents, but is also booked for the foreseeable future? "I would really, really love a free airplane," he says. "Not a Cessna. A G7 or G10, or the highest G available. I'd also like a Greenwich Village apartment with about 12,000 square feet of space." Until these needs can be met, Stiller will be finishing up Zoolander -- which he co-wrote, directed, produced, and stars in. "I love being back here," he says. "It's nice to be back in touch with my roots, which are on Riverside Drive. I remember being taken to Macy's to meet Santa Claus" -- a scene he reenacted in this photo shoot, with mixed results -- "and then going home and lighting the Hanukkah candles. Since my birthday is in late November, the whole thing basically became about toys. Later on, I realized the true meaning of the holidays, which is stressing out about how much to spend on your business manager's gift."
DEREK DE KOFF
Produced by Jordan Schaps
Holiday Gifts was edited by Jeremy Gerard, Shyama Patel, Michael Steele, Meredith Kahn, and Marion Maneker. Art direction was by Michele Parrella, with Ivette Montes de Oca. Research assistants were Brenda L. Jenkins, Aja S. Mangum, and Candace Walsh.
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