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Love and a red Fer­rari

For R5.9 mil­lion, you can get a Fer­rari F12 Ber­linetta (pic­tured) for that man or woman in your life who has a thing for fast and lux­u­ri­ous cars.

The V12-fit­ted car can clock a max­i­mum speed of 338km/h and has a fuel tank ca­pac­ity of 92 litres. It can reach 100km/h in 3.1 sec­onds.

Not to be scoffed at is the Fer­rari FF at a min­i­mum price of R5.1 mil­lion. It is slightly slower than the Ber­linetta, with a top speed of 335km/h.

Caro­line Janse van Rens­burg, spokesper­son for Scud­e­ria SA – for­merly known as Vigli­etti Mo­tors – would not say how many of the speed ma­chines have been sold re­cently, but con­firmed these mod­els had sold “well” in past months.

She said the com­pany’s top seller had been an up­dated Fer­rari Cal­i­for­nia T with a start­ing price of R3.6 mil­lion, which was launched in South Africa in Fe­bru­ary.

The new Cal­i­for­nia T’s top speed is 316km/h, it can reach 100km/h in 3.6 sec­onds, and boasts a new tur­bocharged V8 en­gine with 15% lower fuel con­sump­tion than the out­go­ing model.

Jewellery a girl’s best friend

The king of bling, Yair Shi­man­sky, founder of the up-mar­ket Shi­man­sky jew­ellery stores, says the gem of the sea­son is deep-blue tan­zan­ite, which also hap­pens to be De­cem­ber’s birth­stone.

So if you are around Sand­ton, Canal Walk, the V&A Water­front or on the freez­ing streets of New York City, pass by the jew­eller and spend your heart out.

Shi­man­sky praised the white gold tan­zan­ite pen­dant shaped like the South­ern Cross that goes for R7 000.

“Tan­zan­ite is also the per­fect fes­tive sea­son gift, as it is a thou­sand times rarer than di­a­monds,” he said.

But if you want some­thing more glitzy than a stone, the world-renowned jew­eller rec­om­mends you daz­zle her with a rosegold di­a­mond-en­crusted ring (pic­tured) for R30 000.

It’s all about ro­bot­ics

There is noth­ing like a great friend, es­pe­cially one you can build from scratch. The pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion loved Mec­cano, and many peo­ple fondly re­mem­ber bolt­ing to­gether a toy wheel­bar­row or a cof­fee ta­ble-sized Forth Bridge.

But the Mec­cano brand has now moved into the 21st cen­tury for the Gen­er­a­tion Y kids, who love ev­ery­thing dig­i­tal. It has in­tro­duced the Mec­ca­noid G15, a 1.2m-tall ro­bot you can build from scratch.

For one of the coolest toys of the year, walk into the Toy King­dom at the V&A Water­front in Cape Town and get your­self one these elec­tronic cuties. It comes with 64Mb of flash mem­ory with up­dat­able firmware, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, a recharge­able bat­tery and a dual six-amp mo­tor. It costs R5 000, but is def­i­nitely worth it, and you don’t need to be as rich as Tony Stark to own one.

Smooth liq­uid gold

For the whisky con­nois­seur, a bot­tle of Glen­fid­dich or Bal­ve­nie 50year-old Spey­side Sin­gle Malt is more than per­fect.

Th­ese col­lec­tor’s items cost at least R500 000 each.

The Glen­fid­dich 50 is on sale at Nor­man Good­fel­lows for R499 999, and the Bal­ve­nie 50 is on pro­mo­tion at Makro for a not-to-be-sniffed at R629 000.

An on­line com­pany called Moon Regis­ter sold 120 “moon plots” to South Africans via Groupon last week. The so-called proof of own­er­ship amounts to a PDF cer­tifi­cate with your name and a lot num­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Groupon, the usual price for a piece of lu­nar land­scape is R504, but you can get yours for a knock-down R200.

“Moon moguls be­come starry-eyed...” says the Groupon web­site. “The per­fect gift this fes­tive sea­son. Own­ing a piece of the moon is cer­tainly some­thing spe­cial and the gift that will last for­ever.”

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