Salma Hayek prefers to get her ‘humble’ kids lots of Christmas presents

Salma Hayek is married to a billionaire, François-Henri Pinault. They are parents to Valentina, who is 15 years old now! Valentina is Salma’s only child, but Pinault has three other children (two adult children and another teenager). So how does Salma celebrate the holidays with her family and extended family? Is it all expensive gifts and luxury trips? Apparently not!

“My kids are humble. I don’t know how I did it but I think that what was great is that they have a big spectrum of things,” Salma Hayek, who is married to fashion billionaire François-Henri Pinault, told Page Six. “So for Christmas I like them to open millions of presents but some of them are very small and meaningful, some of them are very silly and playful and then they get one or two really nice ones.”

Pinault is the CEO of the luxury fashion group Kering, home to brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.

Meanwhile, the 56-year-old beauty says that, despite Hollywood’s obsession with youth, she doesn’t compete with every new ingénue.

“Girl, I am too busy to compare or compete with these other women,” she told us at the launch of the new issue of DuJour magazine, which features her on the cover. “I have four kids and thirty animals, so I just do my thing. So I don’t look at other women in this industry. I just got to keep up with myself and that’s a big task and that’s all I focus on.”

[From Page Six]

I assume her reference to “four kids” is Salma counting her stepchildren? Because if she has three other kids we don’t know about… wow. Anyway, I think Salma’s Christmas gift-giving is perfectly reasonable. I’m of the belief that for kids especially, they should have lots of smaller presents and then one big present. The idea is more is more – there should be lots of gifts under the tree. I bet Valentina gets good gifts too. Not just socks and candy (although I love getting socks and candy for Christmas, no joke).

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  1. C says:

    “I don’t know how I did it”, that’s because you didn’t, except for one (not to mention the child Pinault had to be dragged to court to support in the first place)? Lol. I liked Salma till she put her foot in her mouth these past years.

  2. Case says:

    I’m an only child, and that’s how my parents did it for me growing up (and to an extent, still now): Lots of smaller gifts and one larger one.

    Kids like having lots of stuff to open on Christmas, even if it’s not anything major, so I like this approach.

    • NotTheOne says:

      I’m wondering what Salma’s idea of a “big” present is? A Swiss chateau? Custom luggage? I have a feeling it would blow my mind.

  3. ariel says:

    We always had a ton of presents, but like that, mostly small – and then one “big” gift, that was not wrapped, that santa had left for us.(plus the stockings filled with candy, tooth brushes, floss- all those really little things). We believed in santa a long time, as my mother told us that if we didn’t believe in santa, he wouldn’t come.
    I will say- if i got socks- i would be annoyed (as a child). I believed socks were not a gift.
    I am 50 i got “fun” socks from a friend at our gift exchange/brunch- they were a great gift.

  4. Emmi says:

    I don’t know why but at some point during adulthood, socks became THE best gift. LOL

    I like Salma a lot on screen but her interviews are so grating. “I don’t know how I did it” – Girl, I’m sure you didn’t. Humble by billionaire standards is probably not the same as the rest of us peasants understand it. I’m sure her kid is nice and all but her mother is anything but humble so how would she have raised a kid that way?

    • LightPurple says:

      As a kid going well into his teens, my brother would get upset if any of his gifts involved clothes. Now, he’s the complete opposite. He wants socks, gloves, and underwear and sorts through stuff asking: “where are the socks, gloves, and underwear? I need socks, gloves, and underwear. Here they are! Here are the gloves! Ooh! Look! Look at these awesome socks!”

  5. Twin Falls says:

    I’m trying to move away from the only way kids can be happy Xmas morning is with a ton of gifts to open mindset.

    One, because I have an ex I can’t financially compete with who absolutely tries to make gift giving a competition and, two, because we just don’t need more stuff for stuff’s sake.

  6. HeyKay says:

    Celebrate as you wish, everyone.

    I’ve tapped out this year, not even a tree in the house.
    I will donate to Toys for Tots, that I do every year.
    Xmas, birthdays and the gender reveal are so over hyped on SM.

    Happy New Year CBers!
    (I can’t wait to shove 2022 out the door. Been a rough year for me)

    • AMA1977 says:

      I hope 2023 is easier and better, @HeyKay. Sending you warm wishes for a peaceful and happy new year.

      I agree that SM is ridiculous this time of year (really all the time…) and I don’t try to compete. My goal to create an environment that my kids will look back on fondly, and I don’t care if I have pictures of it posted for the masses. And I am sure that my idea of a “big present” (i.e. a sewing machine for my 10 year-old and a cool watch for my 15 year-old) is MUCH different than Salma’s!

  7. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    I’m not buying just random things just so that my kids can open meaningless gifts. I tried that when the kids were younger: they had a blast opening so many boxes, they didnt even take the time to look at what was in the box before opening the next one. I would realize a few days later that a LOT of what they got small or big things, they would completely forget about except for 1 or 2 things. So no, we dont do millions of gifts, they dont need a million gifts. They know they’ll be getting a few from our families, but from us parents, they’re getting 1 each. And then Santa brings them another one on christmas day and he fills their xmas stockings. That’s plenty if not too much already.

  8. ChillinginDC says:

    Um. Didn’t her husband have to be forced to pay support for at least two of those kids?

    I don’t know how some of the bio mothers will take her comments. Cringe.

  9. AA says:

    She’s annoying. “I don’t know how I did!” Puh-lease. Plus, it’s easy to be “gracious and humble” when you have everything in the universe you need and then some. I’m sure those kids get showered with everything 24/7, 365, so Christmas is just another day.