His longtime love Angelina Jolie was recently named the highest-paid woman in Hollywood, and he’s not far behind, taking home $20 million for his new flick The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
But when the holiday season rolls around, Brad Pitt says he and Jolie aren’t big spenders for their brood of six, preferring making crafts to giving pricey presents.
“We do exchange gifts, although we don’t feel any pressure to make them big or expensive gifts,” Pitt, 44, tells Hello! magazine.
Yet with their luxe lifestyle, how do the youngsters avoid craving tons of holiday loot? By nixing TV.
Cutting Out TV
“The kids don’t ask for the big gifts for the reason that they don’t see a lot of the American cartoon television, which is packed with all those manipulative commercials for big toys that look so fantastic,” says papa Pitt.
“When they do see that stuff is when they start asking for the toys, so we figure if they don’t see them, they won’t know they’re there. So we have gifts, but we try to keep the money spent to a minimum.”
Despite the ban on overpriced presents, the clan still makes the holiday season exciting – and family-focused – by having everyone make gifts for each other.
Says Pitt, “The rule is that everyone’s got to make something for someone else, you got to put time into it. Then, when they give to each other, it’s really sweet.”
Yet he is mum on the topic of where the clan will spend the holidays this year: “An undisclosed location!” Pitt demurs.