Leapin' lizards!Scarlett Johansson, 28, as famous for her gorgeous, sexy looks as for her movie roles, recently shared a few of her favorite Yuletide memories with Us Weekly."The most memorable Christmas present I ever received was when I was 8 years old. I really wanted a pet lizard for Christmas, and my parents said, 'No.' When Christmas Eve came around, my mom and dad led me into their bedroom and the lights were off except a glowing terrarium with my new lizard inside. I was so excited! I had him for eight years," says the actress, who is now the brand ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana makeup and fragrance.

PHOTOS: Celebs' favorite childhood toysNowadays, Johansson is into animals that are a bit cuddlier. "I always ask my friends and family to buy a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped," explains the Avengers star, who is also an ambassador for Oxfam. "Purchasing an alpaca or a goat or a farm essentials kit…are totally unique gifts that remind us that giving is receiving."

PHOTOS: 10 ways to add sparkle to your holiday lookThe bombshell, who was recently spotted kissing French journalist Romain Dauriac after a year-long relationship with advertising exec Nate Taylor ended in October, revealed her fail-proof way to get party-ready: "I love to make my eyes really pop for New Year's." Her other go-to beauty products: Dolce & Gabbana's Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation, $59; SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Cream, $350; and Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray, $7 for 4 oz.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Scarlett Johansson: My Go-to Holiday Makeup