Some want their films to do well, others would like to give something to charity and there are also those like Manoj Bajpai who says simply that he'd like his wife Neha to buy some jewellery this Diwali.
Here's a sampling of what our film and TV stars want to gift - and get - this festive season:
Bipasha Basu: What would I like for Diwali? I'd like people to come and see John (Abraham) and me in Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal. It's really turned out well. As for me, I want to see people around me smiling. I'll make sure I don't give anyone any reason to frown this Diwali.
Ranbir Kapoor: Since Diwali coincides with the release of Saawariya what better gift to mankind than my debut film (grins)? For myself I want Saawariya to be the grand success that it deserves to be. More immediately, I wouldn't mind loads of clothes and a new phone this Diwali.
Suniel Shetty: I want to gift good health and comfortable space to those who are associated with me personally. I want to create more wellness in the country and I'd like to build health centres. Me? I already have everything.
Lilette Dubey: I'd love to gift all those people who work for me with something they really need and send something to some charity associations as well. Me? I'd love to get a small alpha romeo.
Suneel Darshan: The two scripts that I'm currently writing are my humble gifts to myself. Hopefully, the love and acceptance that these two films will get would be the gift that I get from them.
Arshad Warsi: The only Diwali gift I want is for my films to do well. As for my friends and family, they can have whatever they like.
Shilpa Shetty: On Saturday it was my first show of Miss Bollywood in England. All shows here are full. What better Diwali gift can I hope for? If I can familiarise even a fraction of the western world with Bollywood, I've gotten the best gift I could hope for.
Manoj Bajpai: I won't be home for Diwali. But I'd like my wife Neha to buy some jewellery for herself.
Perizaad Zorabian: I've just been blessed with an adorable bundle of joy. What better gift could I hope for? I want everyone in the world to be blessed with a baby. No happiness equals that.
Mona Singh: For Diwali I want all my near and dear ones to be hale, hearty and happy and hiccup-free. Me? Just watching them smile makes me happy. Isn't that sweet? Yeah, and I want my career plans to materialise soon.
Rohit Roy: Since this year I've turned producer and director. The one thing that I want is quality work in both capacities. And I want my first directorial venture Rice Plate to be appreciated.
Amrita Arora: I'll be gifting my dad a laptop for Diwali.
Mahesh Bhatt: I'd love to gift my wife Soni Razdan a script this Diwali. She's directing a film for UTV and I'm working on the script. And I want EMI to gift me with a hat-trick of hits for our production house.
Dino Morea: Without meaning to sound righteous, I'd like to gift a poor family something to make this Diwali brighter.
Priyanka Chopra: My family and I are supposed to move into our new home. Unfortunately, the home couldn't be ready on Diwali. But we'll be moving by month-end and that's Diwali gift enough for us.
Kalpana Lajmi: I want nothing more than good health for my dear friend Bhupenda (Hazarika) this Diwali.