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.

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

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

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

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.), wowwee.com.

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

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

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

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

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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, rolostore.com) is cool.

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

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

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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, themercantile.ca), you can give ’em a taste of each.

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

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

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

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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, secretsfromyoursister.com).

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

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

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

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

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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, madeyoulook.ca).

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

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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, baybloorradio.com).

Photos by DAVID HAWE

Fashion assistant: STEFANIA YARHI

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