A wishful and oh-so merry Christmas

2009-11-27 09:02

Sick to death

of hearing the words “financial recession”? Farrah Francis goes on a fantasy

shopping spree and finds some decadent presents which may be fit for the King

but are bound to leave a giant hole in anyone’s pocket.

As Christmas creeps up upon us yet again, everyone is bound to look

for inexpensive ways of sharing presents and Christmas stockings. It’s

understandable and practical but what if Patrice Motsepe was footing the bill

this year? What would you choose and what would you buy? Perhaps these items

might be in the shopping cart as you hear the beautiful sound of the cash

register go Ka-ching!


Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

A drunken guest at your Christmas party is a drunken guest… Or are

they? With Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve which retails for a cool R4799 it is

one of Jameson’s most prestigious whiskeys. “Brought together and married by

Jameson’s four Master Blenders, the Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve was designed

to showcase Jameson’s unquestionable expertise in whiskey-making,” is what the

press release says, but more importantly it sure to get you drunk as a skunk and

will definitely earn the man of the house some serious brownie points with the

mother-in-law because the bottle is just so pretty.

Hennessy X.O

Coming in a little cheaper than the Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

the Hennessy X.O retails at a much cheaper R1499. According to Maurice Hennessy

the Hennessey X.O was one reserved for good friends and family. Hennessy X.O is

aged for up to thirty years and distinguished by its masculine, powerful

character. The cognac will make an excellent present for your dad or your hubby.

To add to this you will understand what Jamie Foxx meant when he said: “Blame it

on the Henny”. There is something prestigious about owning a bottle of Henny and

allowing it to display in your cabinet alongside all the other (empty) bottles

of alcohol.

Gaming and electronics

Satio Phone

If you thought phones with applications that give you easy access

to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter were the be all and end in cell

phone technology think again. Think movies, TV series and video on a 3.5 inch

screen with a crystal clear windscreen format. (Basically, it’s about as clear

as it gets). In addition to this the phone comes with a 12.1 megapixel camera so

you can snap away all you like over the festive season. This phone retails at an

astounding R8 999 and really if you want to be the bell of the ball at your

Christmas party this year, you’ve got to walk in with this as your accessory.

The phone is user-friendly and most importantly it can make and receive calls

with the touch of a button.

Limited edition black

Wii bundle

It’s sleek, beautiful and black, kinda like Halle Berry. The new

Nintendo Wii Limited Edition comes standard with one Wii remote control, Wii

MotionPlus and Nunchuk which retails for R2800. The new Wii offers more 15

sports games to enjoy but you simply can’t enjoy but not without buying the Wii

Wireless Guitar or Drum set which retails for R2500 each. Let your kids make a

noise with this set where the games such as Band Hero and Rock Band retailing

for between R250-R400 which would have to be bought separately.

Satellite L500

As if having a Wii isn’t enough already, take gaming to a whole new

level and for portability purposes sink your teeth into the Toshiba Satellite

L500 which has been launched. It’s perfect for those long trips to idyllic

holiday destinations. Based on Intel Core2 Duo Extreme processing technology-

which means that it makes the laptop much faster- the computer has been

specifically built for gaming. It retails relatively cheaply at R4999 and would

be any gamers dream laptop.

Beauty and


La Mer Beauty


Discovered totally by accident, an aerospace physicist Dr. Max

Huber was victim of an accident where he suffered from severe chemical burns, he

then went on to perfect a crème which gave him a smoother appearance. This is

why the Crème da la Mer is often referred to as a miracle product. La Mer

products range from face cream to body cream and to lip balm. The most

recommended products include the Essence of La Mer eye cream which retails for a

cool R19 000, which is probably a lot cheaper a face lift? Also high up on the

price list is the La Mer Crème which retails for R12 000 for a 500ml bottle. It

promises to make skin “smoother and softer in a short period of time”. It also

promises to leave you bankrupt and eternally in debt. If you must, you could get

the travel size Crème de la Mer (30ml), Moisture Lotion (30ml) and Cleansing

Lotion (100ml) travel pack for R2500.


Jenna Clifford

Christmas Collection

Ear Candy is the

name of the earings that you should be sporting at this year’s New Year’s Eve

Party. Mounted in solid white gold and embelished in bling stones these are the

perfect accessory to spruce up any outfit. It comes from the Jenna Clifford

Renaissance collection and scream class and style. These earings are perfect to

set you apart from the crowd. It retails for R5 310 and trust me its what any

woman would want for a Christmas Gift. So go on and spoil her!


Maserati Gran Turismo


Powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine the Maserati GranTurismo S is

about as sporty as it gets in the Maserati’s coupé edition. Although this car in

all its shiny magnificence should only be parked in the garage and taken out on

special occasions (like for example Christmas) this car is the perfect gift

whether for him or her. The car is described as “having a transaxle set up, new

fixed-rate dampers that now offer 10% more damping and compression and extension

ratios have also been tweaked and the rear torsion bar has been stiffened.”

Whatever the heck that means, all I know is that’s it fast, sexy and has a

super-cool name. It retails for a nice R1.8 million.

Audi R8 V10

It’s the type of car that leaves you breathless and makes you

realise just how pathetic your own existence is when it pulls up next to you on

a Sunday afternoon at a traffic light. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in exactly 3.9

seconds and has been described as a motor-monster. It reaches top speeds of

316km/h and with only eight Audi dealerships around the country taking orders

for this master-piece of machinery you’d be a fool not to get yourself one.

Sure, it retails for R2 million and can only seat two people but

who cares, it’s the season to be jolly so go ahead and spoil yourself!

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