SA’s big spenders share their gift wishes

Are you hoping to add a bit of bling to the offerings under your Christmas tree next week? Four of South Africa’s big spenders share their wish lists with City Press – and offer some advice for getting more than just socks and novelty gifts in your Christmas stocking.

Shauwn Mpisane: ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’

Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane, who is not known for low-key living, says she’s hoping for diamonds – whether they’re in earrings, a necklace or an expensive watch – under the Christmas tree.

“Christmas is about diamonds. Men should surprise their partners with diamonds,” says Mpisane. “Diamonds make a woman’s heart go bang-bang.”

But if you can’t afford diamonds for the lady in your life, Mpisane says even “a pen” can put a smile on a woman’s face if it’s given in the right spirit. She also celebrates the simpler, less sparkly pleasures in life.

“After a long, busy year, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family,” she says.

Robert Gumede: A sentimental soul

Multimillionaire businessman Robert Gumede, who’s a well-known party host, wants another Richard Mille watch. He got one of the Swiss luxury timepieces for his 50th birthday last year, but the watch fan reckons two is better than one in this case. But Gumede says women who are trying to find the best gift for the man in their lives should keep it sweet and simple to guarantee success. “Play him a song that he played the first day you met or give him something that will remind him of your courtship,” he says.

Sorisha Naidoo: ‘Listen carefully, but surprise me too’

Businesswoman Sorisha Naidoo has given her husband, billionaire businessman Vivian Reddy, a simple Christmas wish list: a MacBook Air, a Chanel bag and a holiday in Mauritius.

Her laptop is “dead-heavy and kills my shoulder when I travel”, she explains. She says men who want the perfect gift for their wives or partners just need to “pay attention” to get it right. “We are very subtle with our hints,” she says. But don’t let planning trump spontaneity: “I would much prefer being surprised,” she adds.

Tim Tebeila: High-flying hopes

Tim Tebeila, chief executive of Limpopo mining and energy company, Sekoko Resources, wants a helicopter for Christmas. To be more precise, he wants an American-made Bell Helicopter with a twin engine that costs about R72?million. Since that probably won’t fit under his Christmas tree, he also wants a Bijan tie worth R16?000 on December 25.

“Men are hard to please,” he says. Don’t panic if you have your eye on a millionaire, but don’t have any money in the bank though: “Besides material things, the best gift you can give your husband is unconditional love,” says Tebeila.

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