Rolo, 24 Bellair, Suite 6. 416-920-0100, www.rolostore.com Rating: NNNNN
Admit it - buying gifts can be a bitch. Unless you know the person inside out, picking something that will thrill them can be a devastating challenge. But before you whip out your chequebook for the gift that no one can resist (but is as interesting as, uh, a piece of paper), stop by Yorkville's favourite lifestyle/design shop, Rolo . Owned by Rowley Ocampo and Blake Ellies , this intimate and hyper-active shop boasts all the best brands (read Allessi, Artemide, Calvin Klein, Dufflets, Hello Kitty, Triggered Response, etc), which range in theme from designer chocolate, high-end watches and kitschy bath products to jewellery boxes shaped like shoes. So whether you're shopping for a fancy bat mitzvah or a $20-limit officemate, you'll no doubt find a killer prezzie for the giftee, and something sweet for the gifter as well.
Rolo's picks : Alessi "Big Love" thermal-insulated ice cream dish with heart spoon, $92; Calvin Klein 2005 CK collection jewellery line starting from $105; Rolo shopping bag designed by German brand, Kozio, $19.95/small and $33.95/large; and the brand new Swatch Fructus-line ring, $65, and earrings, $55.
Look for : a massive selection of trippy, trippy colour-morphing /mood-enhancing items such as the Mood Lights wall panels - always a hit with the chronic contingent; the Magic Egg that grows and sprouts a plant with a secret message inscribed in the leaves; Koie schoolbags and Artemide lighting.
Store hours : Monday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.