Love him or hate him, you have to acknowledge that Kanye West loves his wife and family. With their friendship-turned-marriage love story, Kim Kardashian West and the Yeezus singer have created a bubble around themselves, building a family of soon-to-be four kids and a business empire to be reckoned with. A musical icon with an eye for detail and dogged perfection, West seems to outdo himself at every turn.
That also applies to his approach to gift giving, which tend to be more experiential than materialist — although, let’s be honest, even the experiences reek of money. One holiday gift ritual West has perfected is Mother’s Day, showering Kardashian West with perfectly Instagrammable moments on the second Sunday in May since North West was born in 2013. We can’t say for certain, but West is probably responsible for the murder of millions of roses. And you know what? Kardashian West is into it.
After much debate among SheKnows editors, ahead is the definitive ranking of Kanye West’s Mother’s Day gifts to Kim Kardashian West. Ranked from “awww” to “holy $hit.”
Mother’s Day 2015 — The One in Brazil
It’s hard being away from your family on special occasions. So when Kardashian West had to fly to Brazil for work on Mother’s Day, West reminded her she was always on his mind. “I got to my room in Brazil and my amazing thoughtful husband had the sweetest note with a couple thousand roses covering my entire suite for Mothers Day!” Kardashian West captioned an insane photo of her suit.
Oh, but West doesn’t just do flowers. No, no, no. “So I get to a restaurant in São Paulo & my husband had a string quartet waiting playing Sam Smith!!!!! Every single waiter who brought food said ‘This is from Mr. West for the best mother in the world’!” I mean…
Mother’s Day 2014 — The One With the Wall
It may seem hard to believe, but once upon a time, flower walls were not a thing. West’s gift for his wife’s first Mother’s Day in 2014 was an instant viral hit, with every wedding florist and sweet 16 celebration following suit with their own version soon after.
Mother’s Day 2017 — The One With the Combined Anniversary Gift
Okay, so this is not exactly ON Mother’s Day, but same month, so it still counts. Kardashian West spent the big day with her grandmother, Kris Jenner and other family, but West made up for the missed holiday a few weeks later for their wedding anniversary. The KKW beauty mogul was greeted to “floating” clouds comprised of thousands of white roses right in her living room.
Mother’s Day 2018 — The One With the Million Dollar Check
The super rich don’t do gifts like the rest of us. For example, in an appearance on Ashley Graham’s “Pretty Big Deal”podcast, Kardashian West told a super relatable story about the time West cut her a $1 million check: “For Mother’s Day, he’s like the cutest. So, a brand offered me a million [dollars] to do a post and they… typically knock off Yeezy. So, I said, ‘You know what, it’s great money. Let me ask Kanye how he feels about it.’ He’s like, ‘No babe, I really don’t want you to do that,'” Kardashian West explained. “Understandable, but that’s a lot of money.”
She continued: “So, I open the envelope and it’s a million dollar check. And there was a note, saying, ‘Thank you for always supporting me and not posting.'”
Oh, and that’s not all: “In the rest of the envelope, there was a contract to be an owner of Yeezy — to have my percentage. That was my Mother’s Day present.”
Stars, they’re just like us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Mother’s Day 2016 — The One With the Living Room Orchestra
The clear winner among SheKnows editors, West pulled off an epic surprise for Kardashian West and the then-2-year-old North when they came down the steps to a full orchestra in their living room. Mom and daughter watched from the balcony as Frozen‘s “Let It Go” and Annie‘s “Tomorrow” serenaded them on Mother’s Day.
We’re not crying, you’re crying.