The quilting bee goes couture with this purty patchwork scarf by local label Poor Boy Designs ($30, D'Lightful , 202 Augusta, 416-593-9095).
Give your favourite beauty junkie a home mani and pedi with Cake's Hand and Foot Set ($36, Caban , 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386, www.cakebeauty.com), including Cakewalk Foot Creme, Milk Made Hand Creme, emery board and cuticle buffer.
Taste stocks a library of zesty oils and hot sauces like Stir Fry , Spicy Thai and Herbed oil to flava every stew, stir-fry and sauté you cook up ($12 each, 375 Danforth, 416-649-0024).
Dubbed the Baby J, the Sony Ericsson J300a is aimed at teenagers and those 20-somethings who still sport a Hello Kitty purse. A highly customizable mobile phone with interchangeable face and back plates and multicoloured carrying straps, it also boasts full music-playing functionality, stereo speakers and an updated library of 2-D and 3-D games. A curvy, soft and ergonomic design also makes it a pleasure to touch in its bad places.
$19.99 with three-year contract from Rogers Wireless , www.rogers.ca
For the stylish yet surly girl on your list, Damned Dollies ' demented dolly pin says, "I look good, but I feel like crap" ($20, Skirt , 903 Dundas West,647-436-3357).
Re-Cord 's recycled-record photo album comes with lots of scrapbook pages and the original groovy LP inside its jacket ($29.95, Grassroots , 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841).
Posh up your pantry with a prettily packaged stack of mincemeat shortbread cookies from London's Fortnum & Mason ($24, Holt Renfrew , 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333).
Keep Fido out of the laundry hamper but let him get fresh with this Fab Dog cheetah-print-bra chew toy ($16, Bark & Fitz , 2570 Yonge, 416-483-4431).
Aspiring screen sirens will love vamping it up wearing neutral glosses, shadows and blush from Too Faced 's Starlette makeup book ($21, Sephora , Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge, 416-595-7227, www.sephora.com).
Your spicy tuna rolls will feel oh so spoiled when grabbed with this lux pair of turned rosewood chopsticks ($4.99, Inner Luxe , 2358 Bloor West, 416-915-3982, www.innerluxe.ca).
Your MP3s are getting all the love these days. Make your discs feel special with Gilbert Dufour 's leather CD pocket ($45, Boutique Le Trou , 940 Queen West, 416-516-7122).
If they've replaced their stove with a food dehydrator and shun anything heated above 120 degrees, leave the Joy Of Cooking on the shelf and pick up Raw: The Uncook Book ($49.95, Big Carrot , 348 Danforth, 416-466-2129).
That wicked ska/noise/autoharp band you thought up over pitchers at Sneaky Dee's last night will look so credible in Ts screened with this Supervalue Screen Printing Kit ($44.95, Loomis Art Store , 130 Spadina, 416- 703-4748).
Barristas, beware. Bialetti 's stovetop espresso maker ($35, Caban , 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386) was good enough to give Nonna her caffeine fix before you needed a manual to order your joe.
Nintendogs is the fastest selling game for the Nintendo DS, and the sole reason why some people buy the DS in the first place. The virtual pet game, like the hit Tamagotchi of yore, has you pick a breed of dog, then train, pet, walk and wash it. When you're in wireless range of other Nintendo DSers, your virtual pets can play and engage in competitions.
Nintendogs $39.99, Nintendo DS $169.99, Nintendo DS and Nintendogs bundle $179.99 from Future Shop , 2400 Yonge, 416-489-4726
Your pot party will be the talk of the town (if they remember it) with Stoneware 's line of MJ-inspired housewares. The collection includes a munchie muffin pan ($15.95), cannabis-shaped chess game ($39.95) and a set of marijuana-leaf bulbs ($24.95) to light up the joint (all from Friendly Stranger , 241 Queen West, 416-591-1570).
Every one-of-a-kind Izik Levy glass robot pendant comes with a registration number and card telling you all about him. This precious fellow is unit #03083 ($60, Kal Boutique , 119 Yorkville, 416-964-8020). He was born on October 11, 2005, and his favourite activity is reading.
This five-piece grill tool set ($89, Williams-Sonoma , 100 Bloor West, 416-962-9455 and others) might be a little intense for veggie kebabs on the balcony hibachi, but the carnivores among us will be heading out back to rev up the BBQ.
Pretty boys arriving late at the metrosexual party can gussy up with Anthony: Logistics for Men's Essentials Kit ($60, Caban , 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386). It includes a facial cleanser, shave cream and other beautifying goodies for the boys.
Smoking Lily screens each of its wool capes ($98, Clandestino , 249 Crawford, 647-436-4761) with a unique pretty print. Zip it down on your waist and it coverts to a styley overskirt.
The biodegradable yoga mat movement hit hard this fall, and the limber class is embracing the trend for all their lotus-position needs. Kristy is sitting pretty on this blue baby by Earth Elements ($59.99, Big Carrot , 348 Danforth, 416-466-2129) in a Baja Jacket ($99) and Waltz Pants ($94, both from Lululemon , 734 Queen West, 416-703-1399).
Mountain Equipment Co-op says the Stock U-Lock ($92, MEC, 400 King West, 416-340-2667, www.mec.ca) is strong enough to keep a bomber from boosting your bike. If punks with bolt cutters and hacksaws are more your worry, it promises to hold tight against them, too.
Yummy moms and delicious dads taking their cutie kid for a rainy walk in the SUV stroller will dress him in this green trench coat with fire engine buttons ($51, Bubble Face , 926 College, 416-535-8506).
Newbies can get a grip on the climbing wall with Mad Rock 's Phoenix Rock Shoes ($88, Mountain Equipment Co-op , 400 King West, 416-340-2667, www.mec.ca). Their durable rubber soles and to-the-toe lacing will have you scaling the Grand Canyon (or Scarborough Bluffs?) in no time. Amateur star watchers can check out the night sky with this nickel mini-telescope ($72, Joey's Atelier , 473A Church, 416-925-2702). Peeping Jon wears a Penguin striped sweater ($90, Motoretta , 554 College, 416-925-1818).
Montreal leather-free label Mat + Nat keeps pumping out covetable versions of its vegan-friendly bags. The Depeche Mode ($85, Trove , 793 Bathurst, 416-516-1258) classes up the messenger style in kelly green vinyl.
Dangle Buttercup Days ' wood and glass bead earrings ($52, Frock , 97 Roncesvalles, 416-516-1333) from your lobes to finish off that boho-by-way-of-Nairobi look.
The Ritzenhoff piggy bank 's ($80, Ma Zone , 63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330) burly stubble and swinish swagger are sure to spook roomie away from pilfering your pennies.
The Sadie line of resin necklaces ($60, Trixie , 2313 Bloor West, 416-762-0084) suspends sparkly bits and baubles in a clear plastic disc available in three different sizes.
Time for a new watch ? Axcent wraps your wrist in a yummy yellow cuff time-keeper ($95, Trove, 793 Bathurst, 416-516-1258) that will help the perpetually late be fashionably punctual.
Canada-based Thinkway Toys introduces the M.A.G. Batman Villains Of Gotham City gaming console. Based on the WB television series, the M.A.G. (Motion Activated Gear) is an interactive unit that needs no controllers or game cartridges. Hook it up to a TV, strap on the gloves and chest pad, and punch your way through the game's five action-packed levels. $59.99 from Toys R Us , 1450 Lawrence East, 416-757-8588
If you wuv your wittle one, keep baby's crib cosy with this fluffy fleece blanket by Bakers Studio ($56, Token , 888 Queen West, 416-516-9586).
The Koie Namba is the answer to that question you've been asking: "Is there a slim-fit 15-inch laptop case that's highly durable, has mesh pockets for accessories and a compartment for my assortment of pens and papers and comes in a cool colour scheme of orange, grey and black?" $56 from koieproducts.com If the green thumb you're gifting has ever forgotten to water his or her plants, hand over Quince Flower 's hearty twine box planted mix ($63, UpCountry , 310 King East, 416-777-1800), including succulent jade and haworthias.
Unlucky pocket pickers swooning over J. Fold 's perforated leather wallet ($65, Gotstyle , 489 King West, 416-260-9696) will have to make do with its streety style, because we're guessing holiday bills will keep it empty for months to come.
The newest reiteration of Canon 's superb Elph camera line is the SD30 , a fashion-conscious shooter that comes in metallic red, black, gold and purple, with a matching soft case. Pick up the optional 8 and take underwater shots on your holiday vacation. Equipped with a 5-megapixel resolution, 2.4X optical zoom and 16 shooting modes. $499 at Henry's , 119 Church, 416-868-0872. Buffalo David Bitton faux-fur collared coat, $225, Frock, 97 Roncesvalles, 416-516-1333.
Style up holiday hangovers with a pair of glam plastic aviators by NYC indie lux king Marc Jacobs ($257.40, Holt Renfrew , 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333).
Toronto graffiti artists Trik , Ren and Causr tagged a limited number of white Adidas for Distillery style depot Lileo . Your fav sneaker pimp would love it if you snagged him or her one of the last rare pairs ($200, 55 Mill, Building 35, 416-413-1410).
Prudies might mistake the Sinclair Intimacy Institute 's Better Sex vibrator ($140, Come as You Are , 701 Queen West, 416-504-7934) for the latest high-tech water pic, but snap on the beaded ball, rabbit flutter or three other stimulating heads and dental hygiene will be the last thing on their mind.
Time will be on your sofa's side with this clock drum table ($150, Joey's Atelier , 473A Church, 416-925-2702).
Russki-philes can fend off our Siberian-style winter in this faux fur authentic Russian military hat ($120, D'Lightful , 202 Augusta, 416-593-9095).
It would be nice if you saved some scarf for the rest of us, but Caban 's extra wide off-white Celina wrap ($129, 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386) looks so good, we'll let your wool gluttony slide. This time.
Art aficionados are tough gift nuts to crack. Bring them to UpCountry 's new basement gallery to check out Beverly Owens 's show, opening Saturday (November 26). If the wax-wrapped vintage images like this miss in Pinkophobia ($400, Art101 , 310 King East, 416-777-1800) get a sneer-free reaction, sneak back and stick your red "sold" dot on the piece.
The super-cool Motorola RAZR now comes in super-girly pink. Only 1.39 cm thick, it's easily the best cell to slip into your back pocket without making your ass look fat. Impress people with the chemically etched keypad, then take snaps of them with the embedded digicam. Also plays music and movies, and syncs seamlessly with your computer via Bluetooth. $25 from each sale will go to the Rethink Breast Cancer fund. $149.99 with three-year contract from Rogers Wireless , www.rogers.com/pink
If you gave up the power struggle with poochy long ago, indulge the reigning master of your house with this gun-metal steel double dog dish stand ($135, Bark & Fitz , 2570 Yonge, 416-483-4431).
Colour your world with Lomo 's Coloursplash Camera in limited-edition pink ($113, Zuei , Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, 416-929-8120). Its coloured flash creates dreamy pics that'll be the standouts in this year's holiday photo album.
Cedella Marley , with her vintage clothing line Catch a Fire , is the latest Marley to make her way in the world. This Bob Marley & the Wailers T ($115, Lileo , 55 Mill, Building 35, 416-413-1410) is, of course, jammin'.
Roughly the size and weight of a mobile phone, the Game Boy Micro plays all 700-plus Game Boy Advance games. Anyone born before 1982 will relish the simple two-button operation, reminiscent of the first Nintendo. $129 from Best Buy , 695 Wilson, 416-635-6574
Light-packing world travellers will love Links of London 's little green pop-up desk clock ($200, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333).
The Canon Selphy CP710 is among the first affordable dye-sublimation printers to hit the streets. This heat-transfer process delivers professional quality prints at a higher resolution, just like your neighbourhood photo processing joint. Print directly from your camera or memory card, or transfer images wirelessly from a Bluetooth cellphone. Also runs on batteries. $199 from Downtown Camera , 55 Queen West, 416-363-1749
Keep the pot hot until tea time with Elephant Ears ' white felt and lime-stitched cosy ($118.50, the Tea Emporium , 351 Eglinton West, 416-488-4061).
Rice cooking enters the 21st century with the Panasonic SR-MM18NV Deluxe Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker/Warmer . Using a slew of settings for white rice, mixed rice, glutinous rice, brown rice, sushi, congee, kamado, non-sticky rice, etc., it cooks 10 cups of rice perfectly. With its Quick Cook function, you'll have rice 13 minutes faster and better than Rol San could ever make. $229.95 from www.panasonic.ca
Bootie babies hoping for style minus the 4-inch stilettos will strut around the holiday tree as soon as they unwrap Fly London 's turquoise kitten-heel Babi boots ($265, Body Blue , 201 Danforth, 416-778-7601).
Flying under the radar and way underrated, the Zen Micro MP3 player has 5 GB and features voice recording and - here's a nice feature - user-replaceable battery. Cute, too - comes in 10 colours. $250 at Kromer Radio , 420 Bathurst, 416-920-6700
The Sony Ericsson S710a phone piggybacks a hefty 1.3 megapixel digicam - enough resolution to print a decent 4-by-6 - with an 8X digi-zoom and flash. The unique design looks like a compact camera until you swivel open the faceplate to reveal the keypad underneath. It's also a decent MP3 player, with a Memory Stick Duo slot that'll take up to 1 gigabyte of music. $199 with three-year contract from Rogers Wireless , www.rogers.com
The most wanted gift this season, the Xbox 360 is a powerhouse gaming system with 9 billion dot product operations per second, three symmetrical cores running at 3.4GHz each, and... ah, screw it. It has the most phenomenal graphics of any gaming system in history. It also plays DVDs, rip music, connects online and works seamlessly with Windows XP Media Center. $399 from Future Shop / Best Buy
Toronto designer Jaime Galindo 's embellished cashmere sweaters , like this floral specimen ($275, Kal Boutique , 119 Yorkville, 416-964-8020), will outshine every other nubbly jumper in the room.
Perfect present victory with that fashionably fickle gal is yours with Karen Wilson 's gold and red frame-gathered Julia bag ($230, Trove , 793 Bathurst, 416-516-1258).
The iRiver PMC140 has a whopping 40GB of hard drive space. It's a commuter's dream machine - stock up on 160 hours of video or 1,200 hours of music, watch pre-recorded TV shows on the large 3.5-inch colour screen, listen to FM radio or scroll through photographs, all from a dinky walkman-size device in your back pocket. $899 at the Source , www.thesourcecc.com
Girly girls will cartwheel around the holiday cocktail circuit in Betsey Johnson's frothy sequined party dress ($580, Betsey Johnson , 102 Yorkville, 416-922-8164) and gold-ornament wedge heels ($250, also Betsey Johnson), carrying an ultrasuede sequined bunny clutch ($38, Iki , 19 Kensington, 416-598-0790).
You want to go flat-screen but you're not quite ready to mortgage the house. Try this brand new not-even-4-inch-thick model from Sharp 's Aquos Platinum series. Available in 26-, 32-, 37- and now 45-inch screens. From $1,999 at Bay Bloor Radio , 55 Bloor West, 416-967-1122
The Mademoiselle Chair 's ($899, Caban , 262 Queen West, 416-596-0386) floral fabric and lucite legs will make her the belle of your boudoir.
It's for your winter trek to Everest or your base camp at Blue Mountain, but MEC's Nunatak four-season tent ($519, Mountain Equipment Co-op , 400 King West, 416-340-2667, www.mec.ca) could also double as a toasty backyard crash pad for lollygagging holiday guests.