Floyd Mayweather is giving Santa Claus a run for his money -- he dropped more than $250,000 in New York City this week on platinum, gold, and diamond encrusted gifts for his family and friends.
TMZ Sports spoke with AVI, Ofir, and Richie -- the guys at Pristine Jewelers and Leon Diamond in NYC -- who tell us Floyd came in after hours Wednesday night ... right after his infamous Saks Fifth Avenue bathroom incident.
Among the gifts: a diamond tennis necklace with 70 carats of diamonds and a matching tennis bracelet, a diamond encrusted watch with over 40 carats of diamonds, and a diamond pendant -- just to name a few.
We're told each piece Floyd picked out ran between $5,000-$10,000.
Merry freakin' Christmas.
'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks
Me and the Kids Are Going
To the Big House For XMAS!
12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.
Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.
But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.
And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.
Forget Santa ...
I'll Save Christmas!
12/16/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christmas in the town of McIntyre, GA was almost cancelled, but Mama June ponied up out of her own pocket to save it.
The Shannon family has hosted a toy drive for the last 5 years ... with great success. Sometimes 500 people a night would show up at their well-decorated home, where adults deposited toys and the kids would sit on Santa's -- AKA Sugar Bear's -- lap.
But the fallout from the collapse of the Honey Boo Boo empire has taken its toll ... only a few hundred people showed up so far, and it looked like some kids would get nothing next week.
So Mama June says she personally forked over $2,000 for toys and says she'll ante up more if need be. She tells us, "No matter if one or one hundred came out, I was going to make sure the kids here in the county will wake up to something at Christmas."
So she's been naughty and nice.
Undercover Santa Hawks 'Shark Tank' Shades
12/16/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Shark Tank" Investor Daymond John is a shameless Santa who walked the streets of NYC in disguise to hawk some wacky sunglasses in which he has HEAVILY invested.
John blended into the crowd during SantaCon, and unlike most of the other Santas, his mission was not to get wasted. Instead he tried to make a go of Sunstaches -- novelty glasses with attachments that can turn you into a pirate, a cowboy, a Rosta, and even a devil.
The FUBU CEO owns 30% of the company after anteing up $300K on Shark Tank.
Watch the video ... you gotta hand it to him, he's an ace of a salesman.
Does the Splits at Disney On Ice
12/15/2014 9:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was your typical doting dad when he and Kim Kardashian took North to see Disney on Ice ... that is, until he mysteriously disappeared from the arena.
The West family had front row seats at Staples Center Sunday ... along with Kourtney's kids, Mason and Penelope, Brittny and Lisa Gastineau, and Ciara and her kid.
Yeezy looked mostly happy -- especially with his nachos -- but subtly vanished from his seat later in the show ... with Lisa G. eventually taking his spot.
Kanye also didn't make the cut for Kim's post-show pic, but at least North didn't get cut out of this one.
The Big O Christmas Dilemma
12/15/2014 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Like every other problem in your life -- Oprah Winfrey can remove your holiday stress about buying gifts ... and you don't even have to be filthy rich ... although that never hurts.
We talked to Oprah in NYC this morning, and asked her if the holidays actually suck for her? Think about it -- everyone has inflated expectations of what she's gonna give ... and what the hell do you buy FOR Oprah??!!
Oprah insists it's "easy" to shop for her ... though we're not buying that based on her reaction when we asked the best gift she's ever gotten.
As for the giving part? Just watch -- we should all take O's advice. And again ... wouldn't hurt to have her money.
Playing Santa Claus ...
IN THA HOOD!!
12/12/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The "Miracle on 34th Street" has got nothing on this -- Donald Sterling in Watts playing Santa Claus at a charity event with the word "projects" in the title! What could possibly go wrong?
TMZ Sports has learned the disgraced ex-owner of the Clippers will be in the middle of the Watts Housing Projects on Saturday handing out tons of gifts to kids at the 9th annual Chrismukkah Soirée "Party in the Projects."
We're told Donald reached out to Youth Mentoring Kids -- the group organizing the event -- and said he wanted to show up with a sleigh (more likely a Rolls-Royce) filled with toys ... and they accepted.
Sterling's blatant attempt to makeover his image in the black community isn't fooling anyone -- but at least underprivileged kids will benefit.
As long as V. Stiviano isn't there posing with anyone ... Sterling should be just fine.
Senator Ted Cruz
My Secret Santa Partners
Were Both Democrats!
12/11/2014 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christmas is a time for setting aside differences, even in the Senate ... and there's no better proof of that than Secret Santa ... so says Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz broke it down for us ... the folks in the Senate do the famous gift exchange just like the rest of us ... but with a $15 limit. Cutbacks across the board!
But Cruz chose to ignore the "secret" part and revealed to us who he bought for and who bought for him ... and they were both from the other side of the aisle.
'Tis the season!
'Let it Snow' Song
Writers Say Screw That
Make it Rain, Bitch!
12/9/2014 4:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 2 famous songwriters who penned one of the most famous Christmas classics ever are at each other's throats -- beyond the grave -- 70 years after they dropped the tune.
"Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" -- which has been covered by Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin, Carly Simon and many others -- has made untold millions over the years.
The songwriters -- Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne -- are long dead, but their estates are squabbling over a fortune. Styne's widow made a claim against Warner/Chappell Music for more than $2 million in royalties, and Cahn's estate jumped in because they wanted a piece of the pie. So no money is getting paid out to anyone until the dust settles. And that's what just prompted Cahn's widow to sue Warner.
By the way, Sammy Cahn wrote all sorts of classics, including "Love and Marriage" and "Call Me Irresponsible." And in case you're not old, "Love and Marriage" was not written for "Married with Children."
FUN FACT: "Let it Snow" was written in JULY, 1945, during a heatwave ... so the song was about wishful thinking, not XMAS.
Warner/Chappell declined comment.
All I Want for Xmas ...
IS TO BEAT LEBRON!
12/5/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Forget turtle doves and French hens (who the hell wants a hen?) ... all Gabrielle Union wants for Christmas is for Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat to CRUSH LEBRON JAMES!!
Union was out in New York Thursday when we asked about her holiday wish list ... and she came back with a not-so-subtle jab at the Heat's #1 defector ... King James.
Of course, the Heat take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day ... and it's clear Union wants her husband to send a message to his old teammate.
There's more ... Gabrielle also reveals who sent the best wedding gift when she tied the knot back in August.
Hint -- It's not LeBron. It's not Chris Bosh. The guy can't even dunk ... yet he's considered one of the most beloved guys in the NBA.
All I Want for Xmas
From Lil Wayne Is ...
12/4/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christina Milian has been tight-lipped about her possible relationship with Lil Wayne, but she did let a few things slip when we asked her about the holidays.
Milian was out to dinner Wednesday at Boa Steakhouse with Karrueche Tran when we brought up Weezy's crazy gift-giving skills ... and asked what Christina was expecting under the tree this year?
Watch the video for her answer -- or watch just to see Karrueche and Christina ... who had a near nip-slip.
Either way. No judgment.
Alleged Isolated Vocals Track Surfaces
High Note Struggle
12/4/2014 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A video appearing to be the isolated vocals from Mariah Carey's NBC performance Wednesday night has found its way online ... and she struggled.
The video was posted on a site called The Concourse and it seems authentic. It matches the version that aired on TV with full accompaniment.
Mariah seems fine during the meat and potatoes portion of "All I Want for Christmas is You" ... but she has difficulty when she exercises her upper octave range.
It's interesting for sure.
She Did It Live ...
12/3/2014 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey hit the stage at Rockefeller Center for the NBC special -- nearly 24 hours late ... but whatever.
Mariah just performed her classic "All I Want for Christmas is You" for the tree lighting special ... and she did it LIVE ... as promised.
TMZ broke the story ... Mariah pissed off fans and crew members by making them wait in the cold for 3 hours last night when the rest of the special was recorded -- so NBC yanked her from the lineup.
Mimi got a second chance today when the Peacock agreed to tack on her performance ... but ONLY if she did it live. Worth the wait? Watch ...