*It really pays to work for Jennifer Hudson.
The Oscar-winning “American Idol” alum, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant in the first “Sex in the City” film, has given her own right hand man a brand new home as a Christmas gift, reports WENN.
*Kanye West gave his fiancée Kim Kardashian a work of art for Christmas, and the reality star promptly took to Instagram on Thursday to show it off.
She shared a pic of her extravagant Hermes handbag that was customized with a nude painting on it by artist, George Condo.
“#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy,” she captioned the image.
*Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have shared a behind-the-scenes look at their Christmas photo shoot…which took place before the NBA star got on bended knee.
“I would just say the Wade family shoot, but we’re not married,” Union notes in the clip. Shortly after this was filmed, Wade presented the actress with an engagement ring and popped the question.
*President Obama and his wife, Michelle, made their customary Christmas visit to greet troops at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, offering thanks and encouragement to some 580 service members before spending the evening at home with friends and family.
The ocean-front Marine base at Kaneohe Bay — where Obama also works out, plays golf and goes to the beach with his family — is a five-minute drive from the Obamas’ vacation rental in Kailua.
In a speech at the chow hall, Obama acknowledged the “friends and comrades” who are raising their families on the base while their loved ones serve in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
*Over the weekend we caught up heartthrob and Brooklyn native Rob Riley, known for “Bourne Legacy” and VHI’s “Hit the Floor.”
We ran into him during Rooftop 3100’s Annual Toy Drive in Los Angeles, where he told us about his latest work, the holidays, and what he wants for Christmas.
The National Retail Federation estimates that more than 80% of shoppers will be including gift cards inside greeting cards this holiday season. Giving or getting debit cards requires some care.
*(Via LA Times) – Spoiler alert: There’s a really good chance you’ll get a gift card for Christmas.
That’s not a news flash from the North Pole. It comes instead from the National Retail Federation, which estimated in a recent report that more than 80% of shoppers will be including the plastic gift cards inside greeting cards this holiday season.
The average person will spend about $163 on gift cards, the group’s survey found. That’s up 4% from last year and represents the highest average amount since the retail association began tracking such things 11 years ago.