Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Most Over-the-Top Gifts and Gestures
Money can't buy love – but for Kim and Kanye, it did buy plenty of extravagant ways for you to express that love
Kim's 40th Birthday
What do you get the girl who has everything? A hologram of her late father, apparently. West delivered the hologram to Kim's lavish 40th birthday party on a private island in October 2020, where guests got to watch the virtual recreation of Robert Kardashian Sr. (who died in 2003) tell Kim she's married to "the most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West."
Kim tweeted a video of it, writing "Thank you so much Kanye for this memory that will last a lifetime."
At the Vanity Fair Oscars 2020 afterparty, the couple showed off some of their extravagant Christmas gifts: outfits and jewelry they gifted to one another. Kanye wore a chain-link necklace Kim gave him, while Kim sported Alexander McQueen's iconic "Oyster Dress," which was called “arguably … the most important dress of the 21st century” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton (and incidentally, the Met has the only other version of the gown ever made in its archives). West purchased it for her from LILY et Cie, a “luxury archive” for fashion based in Beverly Hills.
Kim shared a photo of her "thoughtful" gift from her husband: a custom necklace he had made out of a sentimental text message he had previously sent her.
“If you look closely at my necklace, you can see it’s from a text Kanye sent me,” Kim wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of one of her signature selfies featuring the gift.
The original text read: “This is your life. Married with four kids. Get people out of jail. Cover of Vogue. Go to church every week with your family. Dreams come true.”
Kim explained, “He took an amazing vintage Cartier gold plaque necklace and had it sketched out." She added, “He’s always the most thoughtful when it comes to gifts ✨.”
Kim's 39th Birthday
In addition to gifting Kim some "amazing bags", Kanye donated $1 million to four different prison reform organizations close to Kim's heart (including #cut50, where she is reading the law in an apprenticeship) for her birthday. "This makes my heart so happy!" Kim tweeted.
Kanye gave Kim the ultimate stock-ing stuffer one Christmas when he surprised her with more than $200,000 worth of stock in Apple, Netflix, Adidas, Amazon and Disney.
Valentine's Day 2019
The rapper surprised his ladylove with a serenade from Kenny G — and the Internet just could not handle it.
“Really late [Wednesday] night I got a couple of emails, one from a publicist that knows Kanye’s manager,” Kenny G told Rolling Stone afterward. “He told me that Kanye had requested me to come to the house and serenade Kim in the morning: ‘It’s going to be a room surrounded with roses, and you’re going to stand in the middle of the roses and play.’ I thought, ‘That actually sounds really beautiful.' ”
Kanye's 40th Birthday
“Throwback to that time I surprised Kanye with a trip to Japan for his birthday!” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the rapper. “He had to guess where we were going based on the snacks and magazines I had the plane stocked with!”
Kardashian did not hold back on the goodies, stuffing two large baskets with Japanese candies, doughnuts and multiple bags of Sriracha kettle cooked potato chips. West was all smiles as he overlooked his loot, confirming his wife’s observation that “He was happy!”
Valentine's Day 2017
West may have been busy preparing for his fifth Yeezy Season fashion show, but he still had time to shower his wife with love on V-Day — courtesy of a giant flower wall, made of orchids and roses. Because everyone knows you haven't properly celebrated a holiday unless there's a photo shoot to prove it.
Mother's Day 2016
What better way to serenade his muse than with a private concert, courtesy of the string orchestra that West hired to perform in their living room? And since North made Kim a mama in the first place, Kanye recruited her to help pick out the Frozen-heavy playlist.
Only the best will do for the Kardashian-West clan, and that includes the casual footwear department. To ensure his entire family could rock his highly sought-after kicks, West had the only official pairs of baby Yeezy shoes produced just for North.
Valentine's Day 2014
Many couples have holiday traditions. West and Kardashian's just happen to include absurdly lavish gifts. The one that started it all was Valentine's Day 2014, when West gifted the love of his life 1,000 red roses. And you thought getting flowers and chocolates was a good year.
Christmas 2013 & Kim's 34th Birthday
Kim's Birkin collection includes two pristine bags customized just for her. The first, a Christmas present, was painted by artist George Condo, and the second, part of her birthday haul in 2014, features a creation from daughter North West. (Did we mention that they cost tens of thousands of dollars per bag?)
Kim's 34th Birthday, Continued
The only thing better than a custom Birkin bag is a surprise Hawaiian vacation. Well, when Kardashian turned 34 in October 2014, she got both.
Kanye's 38th Birthday
Kanye was a "good sport" about his birthday celebration, and who can blame him — Kim rented an entire sports arena so that he could play basketball with his friends and family.
Mother's Day 2015
If you think a little thing like an ocean was going to keep West from showering his wife in presents, think again. Though Kardashian had to be in São Paulo, Brazil, for business on the holiday, the rapper made sure she got her gift by filling her hotel suite with a "couple thousand" roses. In case that wasn't lavish enough, he also had a violinist serenade his wife at dinner.
Mother's Day 2014
Their Rehearsal Dinner
Little girls dream of having a princess-worthy wedding in a palace – Kim Kardashian had that fantasy, too ... for her rehearsal dinner. She and West celebrated their impending nuptials with 600 (!) guests at the iconic Palace of Versailles, where they wore his-and-hers couture outfits, were serenaded by Lana Del Rey and capped the night off with a fireworks show. That was all before the Italian wedding, by the way.
When West decided it was time to put a ring on it in October 2013, he made sure popping The Question was a memorable event. The rapper proposed to Kardashian on her 33rd birthday with a presentation that put the best rom-coms to shame. He rented out AT&T Park in San Francisco, where a full orchestra and pyrotechnic display awaited the couple. "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!!" lit up the jumbotron as West happily fell to his knee. After the official ask, all of Kardashian's family and friends came out from hiding in the dugouts, where West made sure they were able to witness the special moment.