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KEELY TURNER: Celebrities up the gift-giving ante

John Legend gives Chrissy Teigen a block of cheese – that cost $2,000. - Photo from @ChrissyTeigen - Contributed
John Legend gives Chrissy Teigen a block of cheese – that cost $2,000. - Photo from @ChrissyTeigen - Contributed - Contributed

Here’s just a few of the most extravagant A-list Christmas gifts

Celebrities up the gift-giving anteIntro: I just used the cyber Monday sales to buy discounted underwear, so I can’t really relate to Rihanna getting a $5-million Jeff Koons sculpture for Christmas.

What do you get the person who has everything? Well, if you’re John Legend, you get your wife a $2,000 block of cheese.

Celebrities have been receiving extravagant Christmas gifts (or everyday gifts) for decades and you know what they say – don’t get jealous, get inspired!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West aren’t exactly subtle, so it shouldn’t surprise us that Kanye gifted Kim a hand-painted George Condo Birkin Bag for Christmas. Regular Birkin bags are around $40,000, so a custom one-of-a-kind Birkin is too expensive to even be priced. Looking for a P.E.I. equivalent? Try a Matt & Nat bag from Indigo with an attached “I hear the ocean in my heart” pin by Kim Roach Design.

Back when Jude Law and Sienna Miller were an item, he went above and beyond for a Christmas surprise. He hid a $200,000 diamond and sapphire ring in a baby grand piano. Mimic the bulk Christmas gift idea by carpooling over to Moncton Costco and stock up on some three-pair packs of socks or a giant tub of Cheese Balls. If you want to get really generous, you could hide a pair of socks in the tub of cheese balls for your loved one to find halfway through snacking!

Back in 2005, David Beckham spent $3 million on Christmas presents for his wife, Victoria (aka Posh Spice). She received a diamond encrusted handbag, a custom Rolls Royce Phantom and a ruby and diamond necklace. I think Jonathan was going to get me those same items for Christmas this year until we opted for a $100 limit. There’s always 2019… If you’re looking for the P.E.I. equivalent, you could get a P.E.I. heart tote bag from The Girl From Away, a used golf cart from Kijiji and some jewelry from DWN TWN Fox.

When you think of Mike Tyson, you don’t necessarily think “practicality”, but he did get his wife (at the time) a bathtub. Mind you, the bathtub was $2 million. I’m too poor to even imagine what a $2-million bathtub could do. If you’re looking for the P.E.I. equivalent, I’d try a gift card to a spa – giving someone a bathtub may send the wrong message. However, if that is the message you’re trying to send, it could be done for $2 with a stick of deodorant.

Back when Brangelina was a thing, Angelina Jolie bought Brad Pitt a waterfall for Christmas. If landscaping isn’t in your Christmas budget this year, you could always just get your partner the Waterfalls song by TLC or a humidifier.

Unfortunately for celebrities, money can’t buy the best Christmas gift, which is quality time with loved ones. Or a Barbnog from Hunter’s Ale House.


Keely Turner takes a look at pop culture through the eyes of an Island girl with a big city attitude. She's also a pretty rad entrepreneur, marketing specialist and writer. Her column, Keelywood, will appear monthly in The Guardian. Reach out to her by email at keelymturner@gmail.com or on Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. Search for Keely Turner.

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