On Christmas night US time, Kim Kardashian West shared a series of images to her Instagram stories. The first one revealed her leg, which is healing very nicely from psoriasis.
The next was a close-up of a small box, which was filled with Amazon gift vouchers, a Disney Mickey toy, Apple headphones, Netflix gift cards and Adidas socks. At this point, Kim, intimated that she had to pretend to be touched, apparently telling her husband, "That's so sweet!"
"But then" she continued, "I open the next box and it is stock to Amazon, where he got the gift card, stock to Netflix, stock to Apple where he got the headphones, Adidas stock and Disney stock." She captioned the entire thing "Best husband alert"
According to reports, the stocks looked to be worth as much as $US200,000.
Kim Kardashian West has been married to her husband, Kanye West for almost four years now, and in those four years, West has always gone all-out on gifts. Who could forget the room of flowers this year? The wall of flowers for Mother's Day in 2014? The $6 million ring that was sadly stolen in the French burglary?
But his most recent present to his wife reveals a lot, we think, about marriage -- theirs, yours, ours, and the state of the world today. It also raises some tough questions we're not sure we are ready to hear answers to just yet.
We know it's hard to get the woman who has everything, (including a daughter on the way) anything meaningful. Walls of flowers are one thing, but flowers, as you may or may not be aware, die.
The tone of this gift might be read as West's understanding and appreciation of his wife as a savvy business woman, something that is undeniably true.
But, may we put to you a counter theory: we understand from basic psychology that the infatuation stage of any relationship - also referred to as " limerence" lasts for as little as 18 months or as long as three years, although it can last decades. We know the Wests have a pure, deeply romantic relationship, but we also know they are human, well, for the benefit of this article, let's say they are.
Is Kanye West signalling, even in a sub-conscious sense, that he has exited limerence? Stocks, while sturdy, and a huge signifier of wealth, are still the rich man's version of a voucher.
And so, in rich people terms, Kanye West just gave his wife a Target gift card.
Gift cards and vouchers are what married people give each other when they feel secure; even cosy in a relationship. A more cynical person might call this stage "giving up", a less cynical person might term it surrender. Whatever you want to call it, it's a stage wherein surprises become few and far between, in favour of routine.
Vouchers are the greatest emblem of an almost sit-com version of "security" (AKA the underwear on the couch period) as they lack any sort of personal touch, or insight into your partner's interests or passions. It is, simply put, a gift of convenience. West actually gave literal vouchers, but then it seems he thought better of it. Or did he?
Maybe this is all one big joke! Maybe. West has compared himself to Walt Disney and to Steve Jobs, so maybe these vouchers and stocks are symbolic of West's inner life, his feelings about his own creative genius.
They might also be read as a tribute to the longevity of their marriage. Stocks are a big, long investment, after all. and this is the man who wrote the lyrics to Gold Digger - so giving money in any form to his partner is a sign of deep trust, and healing of past issues.
There is one more reading of the gift and this is the least favourable. West has spoken openly of being in serious debt. He once tweeted that he was $US53 million in debt, in fact. A month later, his wife informed the public that she had just earned $US80 million from her latest game app and was happy to transfer $US53 million into their joint account.
Is Kanye, um, poor? Is he so aware of his debt to his wife he knows that any gift he gives her is essentially spending her money? Has he been reduced, then, to gifting her stocks that he himself has held onto for his deals with Adidas, et al?
No, that is a terrible thought to have of icons such as these. They are the millennial Camelot, and for richer or poorer, we are committed.