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Carly Rae Jepsen Plays Santa (Though You Won't Find Her In a Red Velvet Suit) This Christmas

12/17/2013 at 04:33 PM ET

Carly Rae Jepsen Candie'sCourtesy Candie’s

We’ve been talking a lot about presents here at PEOPLE StyleWatch (from charitable to silly and everything in between). But as much as we love shopping (it is our job, after all), we also love that this is the season of doing kind acts for others, which is just what Carly Rae Jepsen did over the weekend at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Accompanied by her guitarist, Tavish Crowe, the singer visited with five patients and their families, leading a singalong around a pink Candie’s-themed Christmas tree (she’s the brand’s spokesperson and wore a party dress from the line, available at Kohl’s). She also made bedside visits to sing her hit “Call Me Maybe” and hang out with the girls in the hospital. And while everybody had a blast, it sounds like no one enjoyed it more than Jepsen herself.

“I would say my favorite part of today was when we started singing,” she said. “The girls all just kind of broke out into song with me and that was really lovely and felt kind of like a campfire round more than a performance. I love when things turn into that.”

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Giving back around the holidays is nothing new to Jepsen, either — she’s got a bit of a secret Santa tradition, which started a few years back. “My friends and I saw on Facebook that this kid’s Christmas tree was stolen from his yard, which sounds insane, but we had so much fun … we tried to ‘Santa Claus’ him and dropped off the new tree in its place,” she said. “Since then we try to do little things like that, just for friends or family that need a bit of help. And it makes you feel fantastic to help people out, so it’s a win-win!”

Carly Rae Jepsen Candie'sCourtesy Candie’s

The patients all took home bags packed with items from Candie’s, but Jepsen’s holiday wish is a little less easily wrapped. “It’s mostly just about a bit of time off and some quality family time because it’s been a long while since I’ve gotten to see the people I love,” she said. “But I would also like a good jacket. Someone told me that in New York a girl’s jacket is like her vehicle, so I need to get my vehicle!”

What’s on your wish list? How do you give back around the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff

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