Intense media and fan scrutiny ensures that every new hairstyle or offbeat occurrence (“I lost a shoe in Paris,” says Liam, “and that made world news”) gets maximum exposure, making a trip to the shops difficult. Still, the boys like to splash their cash in person. “It’s nice to go and pick out stuff rather than doing it online,” says Harry. Adds Louis Tomlinson, 20, “I do a bit of both. I prefer to go out, but it’s finding the time and the motivation, because [when] we’ve got time off it’s nice to do nothing.”
If it comes to it, there’s always One Direction merchandise to hand out. “My little cousin might get a few dolls,” Zayn says with a laugh. “But I don’t think my mum would be too happy with a doll of me for Christmas.”
And what will they get their bandmates? “I don’t think we’ve ever bought each other a Christmas present,” muses Liam. “If it’s somebody’s birthday, I have to arrange the present—always late because I’m a bit lazy. I’m not about to become the Christmas Man as well. That’s too many jobs.”
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