Portia’s extravagant birthday gift to Ellen

FOR us mere mortals, a nice bag or dinner at a fancy restaurant would do, but when you're trying to buy a gift for someone who has everything and then some, gift ideas are a little more tricky.

At least, that's what you've got to assume after Portia de Rossi, 45, gave wife Ellen DeGeneres her very own namesake gorilla conservation centre to celebrate her 60th birthday, yesterday.

And because an elaborate birthday present doesn't really count unless millions of people know about it, Portia made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give Ellen the gift.

Introducing the gift, Portia said she wanted to give her something that "represents who you are and what you really care about. And not just now, but what you've always cared about. What you were influenced by and what has made you the amazing person that you are today".

So she made a donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund so large that it will fund the creation of a permanent home, the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, in Rwanda for the organisation that protects endangered mountain gorillas.

To add to this already outrageous gift, the conservation centre will be only the first initiative in a larger fund she set up, named The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

"You can take this and do whatever you want with it ... you can just continue and support whatever you want to do."

A vocal vegan and animal rights activist, Ellen shed tears as she received the gift on the show.

Obviously stoked with the present, Ellen said it was "the best gift anyone could have given me. I love you".

It's not our cup of tea, but to each their own.



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