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Jesse McCartney struggles to pick out the perfect pair of designer heels... but Ashlee Simpson has no trouble Christmas shopping

By Daily Mail Reporter

Do I go with the wedges or the heels? Jesse McCartney is forced to make a phone call to enlist some female help as he shops for shoes for someone special at Barney's New York in Beverly Hills

When it came to the perfect Christmas present, it's clear Jesse McCartney knew just what he was looking for - a designer pair of beautifully made heels.

What the 22-year-old singer, songwriter and actor wasn't quite so clear about was the style to choose.

Surrounded by hordes of Christmas shoppers yesterday he found himself unable to choose between a pair of very high heels and some more sensible wedges.

In the end he was forced to make a very important phone call - perhaps to his mother - to help him decide on the perfect pair of footwear for his mystery recipient.

Jesse was just one of many celebrities who braved the Los Angeles crowds and joined the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy yesterday for some last minute present buying.

The cash registers of the city's top shops were ringing merrily as several stars headed over to the ritzy Barney's New York department store in Beverly Hills.

Shoes are always a must have for any girl, and it's no surprise that Emmy Rossum was all smiles as she checked out the store's latest designer offerings.

Dressed in tight black leather pants and a red and black harlequin patterened jacket, the 24-year-old actress and singer happily made her way among the throngs of shoppers.

Vanessa Hudgens, flying solo following her split from Zac Efron, appeared to be getting into the Christmas spirit.

The 22-year-old High School Musical star made her way through the store, picking up presents and chatting with a friend on her mobile phone.

All smiles: Vanessa Hudgens doesn't appear to be too unhappy despite having split from Zac Efron and Emmy Rossum is delighted to be among so many fabulous shoes at Barney's

Also at Barney's was the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am who seemed much more relaxed than Jesse had done in the upmarket store.

With a stylish grey satchel slung over his shoulder, the 35-year-old left Barney's laden down with several of the store's big black bags and headed out to his car listening to the latest tunes on his iPod.

As Will.I.Am headed out, Jared Leto headed in. The 38-year-old actor and musician appeared to be dressed for the European winter rather than a cold, Los Angeles day.

Leto's outfit matched the grey skyline as he rugged up in a grey jacket, grey scarf and fur-lined grey hat with ear flaps.

In and out: Jared Leto enters Barney's ready to shop as Will.i.am exits laden down with gifts

Following days of torrential rain in Los Angeles, many celebrities took advantage of a break in the weather and headed over to the family and kid-friendly outdoor shopping mall at The Grove in West Los Angeles.

Rob Benedict, the 40-year-old actor best known for his role in the TV series Felicity, was spotted at The Grove with his young son and daughter.

Another 40-year-old actor and screenwriter Thomas Lennon, pushed his young son Oliver in his stroller down the busy pathways, alongside a friend or family member dressed in a festive red jumper and Santa hat.

Merry Christmas to me! Ashlee Simpson goes clothes shopping on trendy Melrose Avenue

Actor and comedian Kevin Pollack, 53, was obviously shopping for a special little girl in his life as he walked out of the American Girl doll store with a very large bag.

Channing Tatum, 30, and his wife Jenna Dewan, 30, also made their way to The Grove and bought some presents at the Apple Mac store.

Tatum dressed down in ripped jeans, baggy blue hoodie and a grey cap. Dewan went for a more glamorous look in black tights, above the knee black suede boots and a Christmas green flowing cardigan.

High end shopping: Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan buy some pricey Christmas goodies at the Apple Mac store at The Grove

Singer Brandy also visited The Grove in grey leggings and leopard print high heels to do some Christmas shopping.

Laurence Fishburn also made his way to The Grove, but it appeared that the 49-year-old actor didn't have the stamina to keep up with the younger set or the Christmas shopping frenzy.

He took some time out to relax on a nearby bench and make a phone call.

Time out: Laurence Fishburn takes a much needed break from his shopping spree at The Grove to check his messages

Shopping by the girls and for the girls: Kevin Pollak shops at the American Girl Place doll shop in The Grove for a special girl in his life, while Brandy does her own shopping at the outdoor mall

Over on Melrose Avenue, also in West Hollywood, Ashlee Simpson had no problem shopping with a vengeance.

Dressed in a pair of loose-fitting jeans and a warm winter coat. Ashlee wore flats so she could easily pop in and out of the designer clothing shops.

The 31-year-old singer quickly stocked up on bags of clothes for herself. Perhaps she's planning on picking up some presents for her husband Pete Wentz a little later?

Doing it for the kids: Rob Benedict headed to The Grove with his two young children and Thomas Lennon also took his family including his son Oliver to shop at the outdoor mall

Over in Santa Monica, Desperate Housewives actress Marcia Cross shopped leisurely and took advantage of the valet parking.

The 48-year-old actress has a husband and three-year-old twin daughters, Eden and Savannah to shop for.

Back in Beverly Hills, Ashley Olsen found time to get her hair and nails done in time for Christmas. The 24-year-old mini mogul then swapped her high heels for flip flops so she didn't ruin her perfect pedicure before heading out to do some quick Christmas shopping.

Making a list, checking it twice: Marcia Cross makes sure she has her Christmas list up to date as she shops in Santa Monica, while Ashley Olsen gets her hair and nails done in Beverly Hills before heading off for some Christmas shopping of her own