Justin Bieber's Lamborghini & More: The 10 Most Extravagant Gifts Celebrities Have Ever Given
As the old aphorism goes, 'tis better to give than to receive — unless you were the recipient of one of these outrageous gifts that very generous celebrities have given. Have the holidays devolved into a parade of consumerism? Probably. Do we want to know who gave their husband a trip to space as a gift? Absolutely. So while you're shopping for your your $10 limit Secret Santa, here are some of the most insane and extravagant gifts that celebs have given (that, admittedly, we would have loved to get).
In 2010, long before Katy Perry was appropriating Japanese culture and Russell Brand was starting revolutions, the then-couple was very much in love. So much in love that Perry surprised Brand with a gift that was out-of-this-world (I hate myself for making the pun, but I had to): She gave her husband a $200,000 trip to outer space on Virgin Galactic's maiden voyage to space. The package included five minutes of gravity-free floating, a nice view of the big blue marble, and an astronaut wing pin.
Olive You So Much
Angelina Jolie is a global proponent for peace — after all, she's a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN. So perhaps she was trying to end an argument when she offered her parter Brad Pitt an olive branch. Or, more accurately, an olive tree that was over 200 years old and cost $18,500. She must have really screwed up.
But no Cheese?
A nice bottle of wine always makes a good gift. But David Beckham took things above and beyond when he gifted his wife Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) an entire vineyard in Napa Valley. You know, so they don't have to run out to the liquor store for a bottle. Drinks on them!
A Bicycle Built for a Bank Account
Courteney Cox is apparently very generous AND attentive. Her real and on-screen friend Jennifer Aniston mentioned she wanted to take up biking, so Cox got her a $12,000 Chanel bicycle. Where's the Chanel helmet, though? Safety first, Courteney.
When in Doubt, Gift a Car
Back when Justin Bieber was just a wee-un with a learning permit, Diddy promised to give him his $200,000 white Lamborghini on his 16th birthday. And since Sean Combs is a man of his word, Bieber did, in fact, get the car as birthday gift. But just in case the Lamborghini was out of gas...
Two Cars, Just in Case
... Bieber also got a Range Rover from his mentor, Usher. Also for his 16th birthday.
Brad is Just Spoiled
I guess Angelina Jolie is the gifter in the family. (Let's hope Brad Pitt shows his love in different ways.) Because not only did the actress purchase an olive tree for Pitt, Jolie also bought Pitt a waterfall over which to build a house in the style of Pitt's favorite architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water." No word on how much exactly a waterfall goes for.
You'd Think it'd Be a Boat
Tom Cruise gave his then-bride Katie Holmes a $20 million Gulfstream jet. All the better for her to fly as fast as she could away from that marriage.
Giving Cash is Tacky, But...
A gift only fit for Weezy, to be honest. On Lil' Wayne's 29th birthday, Birdman gave him a Louis Vuitton suitcase that was packed with $1 million in $100 bills. That seems more like a 30th birthday gift to me.
One Last Jolie-Pitt Gift
Brad Pitt must be the saintliest husband to have ever lived. Angelina Jolie bought him a $1.6 million helicopter for no particular reason. She also got him flying lessons, because she's a very practical woman. Angelina, want to be friends?