There's nothing more clearly Canadian than a bow-topped boat under the holiday tree. Hopefully, that lucky someone will have a spot to stash this Discovery 169 canoe($995, Mountain Equipment Co-op, 400 King West, 416-340-2667) until spring's thaw.
First VHS, then LaserDisc, then DVD - now HD-DVD is about to force you to toss your entire movie collection and start over again. The Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player boasts faster loading and response time than the HD players of yore (er, six months ago) so that 243rd Star Wars Special Edition boxed set you bought looks even better. Buy this player and you'll get three free HD-DVDs to start your collection. Score $599.99 from Future Shop, various locations, www.futureshop.ca
Canon PowerShot G7, a 10-megapixel shooter, is great for professionals who want a compact camera with manual controls. Its sturdy retro-cool case holds the latest technologies: image stabilization, a high 1600 ISO and a unique face-detection feature that automatically finds and focuses on faces within the frame. $699 from Henry's, 119 Church, 416-868-0872, www.henrys.com
After numerous delays, the Sony PlayStation 3, one of the most anticipated gaming consoles ever, will be available in stores for the holidays. Unprecedented graphics coupled with a robust, powerful microprocessor promise to deliver the vividest gaming experience you've ever had. It's also outfitted with a high-definition Blu-ray DVD player, which alone is worth the price. $549 for 20GB model, $659 for 60GB model from Future Shop, various locations, www.futureshop.ca
A luxe, large-faced Locman watch ($1,745, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333) is high style but not stuffy.
Calgary couturier Paul Hardy's fall collection of fancy grunge knits includes this snugly mint-green collared cardigan ($595, Boutique Le Trou, 940 Queen West, 416-516-7122, www.paulhardydesign.com).
MacBook Pro Powered by the revolutionary Intel Core 2 Duo chip, the new MacBook Pro is now even faster than its predecessor. Apple also includes all the software the average computer user needs, and with the advent of Boot Camp, you can also use the Windows-based programs that you probably stole off the Internet, putting Bill Gates on welfare, poor bastard. Also comes with Front Row software and the Apple Remote, effectively turning your laptop into a multimedia powerhouse. $2,199and up from Clickon Mac Solutions(400 Eastern, 416-778-6848), CarbonComputing (772 Queen East, 416-535-1999), CPUsed (488Dupont, 416-533-2001).