Secret Santas shopping for those (non-vegans!) who long for style with a social conscience can pop into Northbound Leather (586 Yonge) for a Charity Christmas Stocking . It's $35, and proceeds go to Casey House AIDS Hospice . 416-972-1037, www.northbound.com.
History heads mourning the Royal Ontario Museum 's (100 Queen's Park) limited gallery options during its reno can sample the styley new digs when phase one opens December 26. The restored rooms of the original 1914 building are filled with artifacts from China, Japan and Korea. Also on view: the Gallery of Canada: First Peoples and a temporary exhibit of Lalique glass. 416-586-8000, www.rom.on.ca.
Canadian designer Colette Harmon 's new bijou boutique (184 Davenport) is stocked with baubles sure to outshine every trendy ice queen's finery. They range from single crystal drop earrings ($40) to a showpiece pearl made of glass, and a faceted crystal cape that takes a week to make. Harmon shuns gold and silver for antiqued brass, perfect for a jewellery junkie whose style is more sparkle than bling. 647-438-4181, www.coletteharmon.com.
Colour your world
Folks who toured the Gladstone Hotel ' s artist-designed rooms loved Ruckus 's red-all-over Room 303. Toronto design duo Kristin Ledgett and Kate Austin filled it with pillows and drapes screened with their trademark graphics. Browse their bags, housewares and clothing at www.ruckusdesigns.com , and find a bold colour burst to boost your own pad.