Whoever wrote that it is better to give than to receive has never received a Burberry tracksuit for Christmas, unlike this little boy.
It’s just one of many gifts Kasey Akram has reserved for her son, Jareem, who has been dubbed “Britain’s most pampered toddler”.
Alongside the £350 designer loungewear, the two-year-old will get a stay in a winter lodge, a ride-on train, a six-foot dinosaur toy, a golden bracelet, an ET toy, a bike and a robotic cat.
The little boy had also asked his mum for a real dolphin, but instead he will have to settle for a luxury vacation in the Canary Islands.
The 33-year-old hopes to buy her son 100 Christmas presents this year and has been saving up for the splurge since May.
Kasey, who is on benefits, spends £1,000 in total, while Jareem’s father spends around £1,500.
“A lot of my family don’t celebrate Christmas so it’s just for Jareem. He’s got 33 stocking fillers and then I’ve got a lot of presents,’ the full-time mum said.
“He said he wanted a dolphin that I can’t buy, so I’m taking him to the Canary Islands this summer – we’re going to a water park where you can see dolphins.”
“It’s around £1,300 and it’s his main gift and his first holiday – he’ll be two and a half when we go.
“I want to get her something to wear for Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. I love Burberry, so I want to get her a Burberry two-piece.”
Kasey has told her son’s father, who is not named, not to buy him anything for his birthday – but instead put it on for Christmas for Jareem.
She also pulls out all the stops for decorations, including a seven-foot tree.
Other major purchases include a family visit to ‘Santa’s Sleepover’ in Alton Towers for £475.
She said: “Jareem wants a train on board that you sit on and roll on – you glue the track together and then you roll on it.
“I was thinking of putting it around the Christmas tree and putting it the night before, I’m also trying to get a snow machine.
‘Jareem has a Christmas tree, it’s a small 3ft one and then he’s going to have a 6ft one in his bedroom and I’m ordering a 7ft one for the living room.
“When he wakes up, he’ll have his gifts under there, then more downstairs.
“We’re going to Santa’s slumber party at Alton Towers – it’s like Lapland, they make snow and you get a letter and a present from Santa.”
As the cost of living crisis only gets worse, Kasey says she wants Jareem to know the value of money and his luck.
So she takes him to give presents to those who struggle in Sheffield, where they live.
They will distribute scarves, socks and soaps in old shoeboxes to the homeless on the streets.
“Jareem also picked a giveaway to give to Cash for Kids – they give away to hostels and local charities, to help low-income people get freebies,” Kasey said.
“We do what we do every year where we make Christmas cupcakes and mouse pies, make Christmas boxes and take them everywhere.
“We take a bag and Jareem in his pram – he can’t think you’re not giving back.”
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