NOW's legendary gift guide and its hundreds of present suggestions are one week away, and that means Sweet Deals is going on a budget vacation until December 13. Here's a rundown of the season's must-shop sales so you don't miss any holiday shopping ops.
ARTfête Holiday Show & Sale
Arts and crafts and some jewellery, too, are up for grabs at this bazaar at the Form Design Studio (1161 1¼2 Sherbourne) running today (Thursday, November 15) through Saturday (November 17). Log on to www.fluxandform.comfor hours and info.
Vintage Gardener (55 Mill, building #57) hosts a series of holiday workshops from November 20 to December 1. Call 416-364-6232 for a list of classes and to book your spot.
Twelve Beds of Christmas
Timmie Doggie Outfitters (867 Queen West, 416-203-6789) hosts the Twelve Beds of Christmas (www.twelvebedsofchristmas.com) auction at the M5V Condominium Presentation Centre (363 King West) on November 22 between 7 and 10 pm. Bid on designer pet beds by a who's who of local interior talents, with proceeds benefiting the Toronto Humane Society.
One of a Kind Show
The mother of all craft shows lands at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place) from November 22 to December 2. Browse the www.oneofakindshow.com website to scout designer and artisan goodies.
Queen W. Fashion Take ACTion
A long list of Queen West shops between Bathurst and Dufferin take part in this all-day shop-athon on November 23, when 10 per cent of sales will benefit the Aids Committee of Toronto . Stop in to your favourite stores on the strip and ask if they're part of the promo.
Swedish Christmas Fair
Hop into your Volvo and head to Harbourfront 's York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West) November 24 and 25 for the Swedish Christmas Fair , where you can sample traditional treats and crafts from 11 am to 5 pm.
Art is a tricky present, but take a chance at OCAD's Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale (www.whodunit.ca). Anonymous works by novice and pro artists priced at $75 are previewed at OCAD (100 McCaul) from Tuesday (November 20) to November 23. The sale takes place November 24 from 9 am to 4 pm.
Kvell Designs wine and jewels afternoon
Visit the Smith (107 Shaw, 416-533-9990) December 1 between 3 and 7 pm for treats and 15 per cent off designer Elana Ginsberg 's Mexican-inspired baubles.
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