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  • Pro athletes have been known to buy their loved ones iPhones. Oh, and expensive watches, shoes, cars ...
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December 20, 2012|By Bryan Crawford and Jack Silverstein | For RedEye

Professional athletes are just like us when hit comes to holiday shopping. Well, except for the fact that they can afford gifts that are out of reach of the average person.

But it's always cool to find out how what athletes buy for people. RedEye talked to the Bulls and Bears to find out the most expensive gift they've purchased for someone during the holidays.

BULLS

Taj Gibson: I bought some expensive shoes for my girlfriend made by some Italian designer. They cost somewhere like $4,000 or $5,000.

Nate Robinson: I don't know, I buy everything for my kids. This year I got my sons (8 years old and 6 years old) cellphones—iPhone 5s [starting at $199 on apple.com]—because they want to be able to call their dad whenever they want.

Marquis Teague: I just bought my mom a car—a new Cadillac Escalade [starting at $63,170 for a 2012 model at cadillac.com].

Jimmy Butler: This year I got my little brother (11 years old) a remote-controlled car that cost like $1,500. I didn't know what else to get him, I just know that he likes toys. But I think it might be a little dangerous because it goes too fast and he's hard-headed. You're only supposed to play with it in open fields, but I know he's going to play with it around cars and mess something up.

Joakim Noah: I bought my mom a car—a Toyota Prius [starting at $24,200 for a 2012 model on toyota.com]. It was my second year in the league and she's big on going green. We're hippies in my family and my mom, she was happy. She was crying and everything. In New York, we don't drive cars; we take the train. So when you get a car, that's a pretty big deal.

Carlos Boozer: I don't know. I think it was a nice watch. Something like a Rolex, or a Hublot. Maybe even an AP (Audemars Piguet).

Luol Deng: I don't have people that need or want expensive things like that. I just get them something simple. But I know if I got my mom something expensive, like a car, she'd smack me. My mom doesn't like that.

BEARS

Armando Allen: Down payment on a new car [$10,000, for his mom]. That's probably the most expensive gift I've ever given, period, in my life. She got a new Tahoe Trailer. ... She wanted a Suburban. I had to convince her to get a Tahoe. I've got two younger brothers who both play football, so she's a sports mom. She figured a truck was more her style, and she wanted it so bad and had been wanting it for so long, that was the most expensive Christmas gift that I ever put down for anything.

Patrick Mannelly: I like to joke with my wife--I always tell her she lives Christmas, so there are not that many big gifts to get her. [Laughs.] I always joke with her and say "Hey, you live Christmas." It's just kind of a joke. [Pauses.] I haven't gotten any big, big gifts for anybody. We've bought a car and a house and all that stuff, but I can't think of any big Christmas gifts.

Olindo Mare: I bought my parents a car. Not an expensive one, not a new one, but I bought them a car. And it was a great present for them.

Corey Wootton: I bought my wife a Gucci purse last year. I probably would have never done that before. [Laughs.] [It cost] anywhere between 2,000 and maybe 3,000 dollars, something like that. Oh yeah, she was happy. [Laughs.]

Matt Toeaina: Brand-new Ford Expedition, fully loaded [for his parents]. [Those start at $40,030 at ford.com.].

Bryan Crawford and Jack Silverstein are RedEye special contributors.

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