Actor Vince Vaughn reportedly served up an early Christmas (06) gift to his ex Jennifer Aniston - by showing up at her door.
Friends claim the Swingers star jetted to California during a break from filming 2007 festive film Fred Claus to surprise his former love as the actress was preparing to dine with friends on Christmas Eve (24DEC06).
And they report romantic Vaughn planned the trip to see if there was any chance of a romance reconciliation.
One pal tells American weekly magazine Life + Style that Vaughn stayed at Aniston's Hollywood Hills home for 90 minutes before driving away - but his surprise visit was a pleasant one.
The friend says, "Jen was happy to see Vince. She's never stopped caring for him.
"Jen told him, `I really care about you, but this is all just too little too late.' But she said she hoped they could stay friends."
The couple, who started dating in the summer of 2005 while filming THE BREAK-UP, officially splitting up last month (DEC06).
Meanwhile, Aniston spent the New Year with best friends Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Sheryl Crow at the posh Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while Vaughn rang in the New Year in Las Vegas with friends.