1. A fixture of the city’s fashion scene since its conception in the 1930s, the St. Regis Room at the flagship Queen Street location of The Bay has been overhauled and relaunched. Though now simply called The Room, this expansive 21,500-square-foot space still caters to the city’s pedigreed denizens. Nestled on the third floor, this luxury boutique—designed by modern gurus Yabu Pushelberg—treats women’s fashion like fine art. Jackets, dresses, shoes and handbags by the likes of Ungaro, Balmain, Erdem, Herve Leger and Matthew Williamson are among the nearly 70 designers showcased in this softly-lit environ accented with Lucite chairs and a sculptural mobile. For the crème de la crème, there is a VIP platinum suite, as well as a makeup bar, lounge and complimentary concierge service.
2. The One of a Kind Show and Sale is on through to December 6, with more than 800 exhibitors from across Canada brandishing their creative wares. The 35th anniversary installment of this much-anticipated artisan event carries the gamut of goods from jewellery, toys and ceramics to photography, stationery and food. Pick up a unique gift for someone special—an organic hooded towel ($35) from 3 Sprouts, wool mittens ($26 to $35) made from recycled materials by SLO, or handmade notebooks, organizers and photo albums ($20 to $85) from Double Happiness.
3. If you’re in search of a few last-minute presents, try a pre-packaged set that is ready to go. Even better—there’s no wrapping required. Among the seasonally inspired options are a set of spiced chestnut essential-oil hand soap, lotion and dish soap ($49.95) from Williams-Sonoma, and a Merry Cranberry Celebrations bath set ($15) from The Body Shop. Or pick up the Kensington Hamper Petit ($80) at Crabtree & Evelyn—it’s packed with tea, marmalade, cookies, preserves and a jam pot.