You can say a lot about Kanye West -- that he never ever smiles, that his love of leather pants is almost illegal, that he's a genius at avoiding E! cameras. But one adjective never hurled in his direction is "cheap." The man deals in the currency of lavish. No gesture is too over the top, especially when it comes to his family. See: his proposal at a rented-out baseball stadium, a vase wall of flowers for wife Kim, diamond starter earrings for baby North. Why would we expect him to show restraint around the holidays?
An in-the-know source told Heat magazine that the rapper has splurged on his favorite baby this Christmas. If the reports are true, then Nori is in for a stellar day. Among the loot is a tot-sized replica of Yeezy's black SUV and—wait for it—a diamond-encrusted tiara so that she "when she plays dress-up, she can be a real princess," the source says. (That's not exactly how it works, but whatever floats your boat, Kanye.) Those two gifts alone supposedly set the artist back a cool $74,000, the Daily Mail reports, a figure that made me feel slightly dizzy but mostly relieved about my own kid's holiday haul.
Full disclosure: I didn't buy him a holiday gift until he was nearly 2. I wasn't being stingy -- I just wanted to avoid the present trap, where everyone becomes more focused about what's under the tree or what comes after the menorah lighting than on the true spirit of the season. Though my husband and I gave him a few treats last year, this year is the first where he's expecting and anticipating gifts. Like a lot of parents we know, we're trying our best to keep the excess in check by only buying him a handful of presents he really wants. We're also beginning to emphasize the idea of giving to others, both through our conversations about the holidays and by picking out toys together for children in need.
Which all sounds great in theory, but honestly, controlling the glut of holiday gifts can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. After all, our son is an only child in a home that celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, and is the only grandchild on my side. We also have a circle of generous friends who give him goodies, too. Translation: Much of his December is spent tearing open something shiny and awesome.
My guess is that I'm not alone in wondering how much is too much. Even Kimye seem to be feeling that one out. Kim recently said her daughter will have to work for what she wants; meanwhile, Kanye (allegedly) dropped five figures on gifts for the 18-month-old. As a mom who's also trying to balance celebrating and spoiling, I take some strange comfort in the fact that even celeb parents are figuring out where to draw the line.
Now it's your turn: What are your gift-giving plans this holiday?
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
Image of North West courtesy of Kim Kardashian West via Instagram.