Half magic 8-ball and half Leisure Suit Larry, UnSound Advice Buddy Kool will spout humorous - and terrible - suggestions to deal with your dilemma. He's packed with 100 nuggets of advice, all articulated with a smarmy, know-it-all attitude reminiscent of Bill Lumbergh from Office Space. And he spells cool with a "K."($29.99 from the Source , Eaton Centre, www.thesource.ca).
Monkey around with a patchwork ape ($15, Clandestino , 249 Crawford, 647-436-4761). Try on this Identity plaid Canada map T-shirt ($40, Distill , 55 Mill, building #56, 416-304-0033).
Get your toddler off the plastic-toy treadmill with this adorable Browny the Dog pull toy made with sustainably harvested wood from rubber trees at the end of their latex-giving life ($34.99, Treasure Island Toys , 581 Danforth, 416-778-4913).
Bundle holiday buds into T.H.+E. 's Vazu expandable plastic vase ($12.50, Edaas , 1168 Queen West, 416-821-2720).
Prop up this Mexican tin nativity scene ($35, Clandestino , 249 Crawford, 647-436-4761).
Get organized for 2007 with Katie Muth 's block-printed calendar ($26, Frock , 97 Roncesvalles, 416-516-1333, www.katiemuth.com).
Share L'Othantique line's minimal scents with a sampling of their vegetable soap bars ($26.90, Ziggy's at Home , 794 College, 416-535-8728).
Sweater fragments get patched together to create SLO 's cozy mitts ($25, Nathalie-Roze & Co. , 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699).
Pardon us a little shameless self-promotion, but for the new Torontonian, curious local or even never-leaves-the-burbs Aunt Gertie, nothing beats NOW's Toronto: The Essential Guide To The Best Of The City book ($19.95, Pages , 256 Queen West, 416-598-1447). If you ask us, the shopping section is primo!
Light up Trixie and Beaver 's Saint Dolly: Our Lady Of Humble Beginnings votive candle holder ($40, Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works , 962 Queen West, 416-979-7874) in memory of your trip to her recent Casino Rama gig.
A Doodles colouring book ($24.95, Type , 883 Queen West, 416-366-8973) encourages scribbling outside the lines.
Paint sparkly holiday lids with Cargo 's eye glitter kit ($25, Sephora , Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge, 416-595-7227, and others).
Gift a fashionable fella this Collar'd Designs lace appliquéd tie ($42, Nathalie-Roze & Co ., 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699).
Annie Berthold-Bond 's Better Basics For The Home book detoxes eco-unfriendly lifestyles ($27, Grassroots , 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, and others).
Filling this brown Buddha bank ($20, Propaganda , 686 Yonge, 416-961-0555) is good karma.
The perfect stocking stuffer for the sappy environmentalist, this live evergreen sapling (aka the Green Tree Sleeve ) can be planted inside until the warm weather returns - sigh ($2.50, Tree Canada Foundation , www.treecanada.ca, 613-567-5545).
You'll catch a cold if you don't cover your ears with Big It Up 's faux fur Rock It Fargo trapper hat ($45, Trixie , 2313 Bloor West, 416-762-0084). Snuggle smaller heads in Nui 's organic merino wool baby toque ($29.95, Organic Lifestyle , Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, 416-921-7317).
What better way to ward off the cold than with a scarf invoking spirits of the savannah. This black and white zebra Namoda scarf is made with organic cotton and bamboo ($36, Skirt , 903 Dundas West, 647-436-3357).
Stash tiny-sized tech gear in M0851 's mini-pouch ($45, 23 St. Thomas, 416-920-4001).
Keep time in your kitschy casa with this chrome plastic cuckoo clock ($13.95, Rolo , 24 Bellair, suite #6, 416-920-0100).
Traynor 's TT2M chromatic tuner with metronome ($19.95, Long & McQuade , 935 Bloor West, 416-588-7886) taps out perfect time.
Spill some massage wax on your sweetie from a Good Vibrations soy-based candle ($16, Come as You Are , 701 Queen West, 416-504-7934) available in mango and vanilla.