The House of Ill Repute holds a seasonal "no tax" sale (which translates as 15 per cent off) on everything in the store. 469 Queen West. 416-203-0170.
Brand new Scarborough retailer Brittons is trying to lure new customers out to Eglinton and Markham Road by offering a very beautiful gift basket, with scented candle and fragrant treats, as a bonus to customers buying a minimum of $50 worth of merchandise. Since their stock -- handmade cushions, wall mirrors, glass globes -- is perfect gift material, this is one detour worth making. 3227 Eglinton East. 416-283-0159.
Just started Christmas shopping, and sorry you missed all the big sales of artisans selling their own crafts? It's not too late. Arcadia's Festive Market, featuring ceramics, glassware and objets d'art by the co-op's residents, continues to offer little gifties through December 21 (680 Queen's Quay West, 416-260-0498). And the 10th annual Annex Christmas Market has $5 decoupage pieces by recycling-savvy Melinda Tomlinson, graphically astute jewellery and fridge magnets by Hoi-An Tang's Construct, herb kits and picture frames by Kluane Creations, lip balm and bath bombs by the Candle Craft Company, and much more, Saturday and Sunday (December 22 and 23) at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick, 416-929-2357).
City of Angels makes it easy to treat yourself while shopping for friends. Buy any one item at full price, get another at half-price. 88 Orfus, 416-785-6963, and others.
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