Celebrity fans are notoriously freaky and when it comes to giving gifts to their celebrity icons, that weirdness seems to come out tenfold. From engagement rings, to scary dead rabbits, below are 10 of the weirdest gifts that celebrities have received from their fans.
1. Dolly Parton
Country music legend Parton has received some pretty weird and wonderful gifts over all the years that she has been in showbiz, but the most impressively odd of all has to be: a baby. Parton has described how she once found a box outside her house containing a baby with a note saying the baby’s name was ‘Jolene’…
2. The Wanted
Just like all boy bands, British-Irish popsters The Wanted are the subject of a lot of female attention and that can result in some pretty strange gifts. One thing the band said they never anticipated receiving from fans, however, was a giant beer mug with all their names written on it! Sounds like the perfect gift for a mancave.
Yet another boy band that is constantly being showered with strange pressies is JLS. The boys have said in interviews that they’ve had a whole range of gifts, including lollipops, jumpers and a moneybox…
4. Robert Pattinson
The Twighlight hunk has been the subject of many a teenage girl’s romantic fantasies but hundreds of toothpicks are perhaps not the kind of gift he might have expected to be given. However, this is exactly what he got on a trip to Cannes this year after an off-hand comment about chewing toothpicks after giving up smoking..
5. Harry Styles
Although he might be more used to being showered with bras, the One Direction cutie received one of the most disturbing fan gifts of the lot when he was sent a sanitary towel with his name written on it through the post. The question is, was it used…
6. Daniel Radcliffe
The Harry Potter actor has always caused something of a sensation among fans, particularly since he reached the…er…’legal’ limit. However, Radcliffe doesn’t always get the kinds of gifts that you might expect from his legions of ardent fans. No, rather than love notes or knickers, it seems that his fans are a little more creative and high brow, preferring instead to give him gifts like an Etch-a-Sketch.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow
As well as having a successful movie career under her belt, being a lifestyle guru and being married to one of the biggest music stars in the world, Gwyneth Paltrow has also attracted some pretty strange fan attention in her time. One particularly crazed fan used to send her pizza – perhaps it was a hint to put on a few pounds…
8. Halle Berry
Although the leap of thinking that would be required for a fan to get to a point of proposing to someone they’ve never met is a little scary, the engagement ring that Halle received from one of her fans certainly isn’t the most disagreeable of gifts. Probably better than toothpicks at least…
H and Claire from the former (and now reunited) pop sensations Steps have revealed that during their heyday they used to receive some pretty odd presents from keen fans. Perhaps the freakiest of them all were mops and plastic cockroaches.
10. Avril Lavigne
The flame haired Canadian pop star has been the subject of many a fan obsession over the years and strange presents have been plentiful. However, the weirdest and most macabre of all has to be a dead rabbit that the singer said she was sent in Japan.
Given all these strange – and frankly slightly disturbing – gifts that are received on a regular basis by the rich and famous, it can seem like a bit of blessing not to be a celebrity. However, if you find yourself reading this and wishing someone would send you a moneybox, some pizza, or a dead field animal then perhaps you’d better apply for the next series of Big Brother…
John is a blogger from myParcelDelivery.com in the UK where no delivery is too big or small or weird!