Last minute gift guide

Holiday shopping time running out? Budget blown? We've.

Holiday shopping time running out? Budget blown? We’ve got great last-minute, low-budget finds to get you to the finish line.



Alessi’s Chip ($36, Studio Brillantine, 1518 Queen West, 416-536-6521, keeps tabs on all your paper clips.


Pure + Simple’s Silver Belles set of organic lip balms ($8.95, 2375 Yonge, 416-481-2081, and others, includes lime, orange-cinnamon, peppermint and lavender-flavoured sticks.


Knit trapper hat ($17.95, H&M, 1 Dundas West, 416-593-0064, and others,, Fair Isle sweater ($64.50, Gap, 60 Bloor West, 416-921-2225, and others,, knit opera-length gloves ($8, Joe Fresh, 10 Lower Jarvis, 416-703-4865, and others,, corduroy slim slacks ($85, American Apparel, 533 College, 416-920-7007, and others,, Timberland Mount Holly boots ($184.99 on sale, Town Shoes, 95 Bloor West, 416-928-5062, and others,

The Husky WowWee Alive Baby Animal – who responds with blinking eyes, an animated mouth and realistic animal sounds – is the closest your kid can get to playing with a real baby animal while being the furthest you can get from cleaning feces out of your rug. $59 (U.S.),


Fire up your junk with Fun Factory’s Flame Lovering ($29.99, Seduction 577 Yonge, 416-966-6969,


Make the house smell all maple-y with this scented candle ($15, Drake General Store, 1144 Queen West, 416-531-5042,


Ring up Independent Truck Co.’s alarm clock ($29.95, Hammer Skateboard, 2225 Queen East, 416-698-0005,


Massage away holiday headaches with Kikkerland’s spider-like tool ($6, Propaganda, 686 Yonge, 416-961-0555,


Clipping something with a car isn’t a good idea, but clipping your nails with a car-shaped clipper ($7.95, Rolo, 24 Bellair, 416-920-0100, is cool.


Green Shag does dapper sets of cotton socks ($40 each, 670 Queen West, 416-360-7424,


Tweek’s mini-necktie necklace comes in a mix of silks and tweeds ($20, The Rage, 2 Kensington, 416-599-5177,


Don’t try to decide between gifting Galerie au Chocolat’s bar, fondue or hot chocolate mix. For $4.95 to $7.95 each (The Mercantile, 297 Roncesvalles, 416-531-7563,, you can give ’em a taste of each.


Brush up on 2010’s best vintages with Billy Munnelly’s 20th annual Billy’s Best Bottles handbook ($19.95,


We’re really feeling Ophelie Hats’ felt flower headband ($45, Trove, 791 Bathuest, 416-516-1258, and other,


Stack your seasonal wine stash in Umbra’s acrylic grapevine rack ($23.50, Umbra Concept Store, 165 John, 416-599-0088,


Add some holiday sparkle to your nipples with a set of twinkling pasties ($14 to $19, Secrets from Your Sister, 560 Bloor West, 416-538-1234, and other,


Put down the video game controller and grab this set of Pick Up Sticks ($3.98, Ontario Specialty Co., 133 Church, 416-366-9327).


DaLish’s all natural lip balms ($7.95 each, double as sheer blushes.


If he’s still sporting his Movember ‘stache, he must have this handlebar ornament ($10, Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge, 416-214-1466, and other,


Polish up your paws with this J.R. Watkins set ($16.99,, which includes aloe and green tea body cream, lavender hand and cuticle salve, a nail buffer and a file.


If the statement you want to make is “bring on the brewskies,” wear Arte-Facto’s beer-can necklace ($49, Made You Look, 1273 Queen West, 416-516-9595,


Wise Daughters Craft Market’s Mary Breen moulds this glycerine and goat’s milk soap ($5, 3079B Dundas West, 416-761-1555,


Is some of your fave music on vinyl or cassette? Transfer it onto CD with the TEAC Turntable System. Rotary analog stereo tuner, too ($499, Bay Bloor Radio, 55 Bloor West, 416-967-1122,

Photos by DAVID HAWE

Fashion assistant: STEFANIA YARHI

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