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Fruits & Passion

Hot Shopping: Fun and Funky Holiday Gift Ideas

Now that we’ve officially hit December, the countdown is on. In just a few weeks, you’ll have tons of pretty presents under the tree. To make getting there a little easier, we’ve highlighted a few gift ideas that you can snag for someone on your list (including those out-of-towners), or use for inspiration. Happy hunting!

Black doesn't mean basic with this Empreinte bra.

Lingerie is a classic, and for good reason. Take the time to give your girl something she’ll love from Brachic (service is top-notch, so feel free to ask for help and suggestions). Along with higher-end brands like Empreinte (featured), Prima Donna, and Andres Sarda, this boutique has an extensive range of sizes (A to N with band sizes 28 to 46), as well as colours, materials, and fits. Thank us later. 433 Richmond Rd., 613-321-0401.

Hot Shopping: Smell Good Again

After shutting its Toronto Eaton Centre doors in December 2009, Fruits & Passion has opened a new location in the mall—on the third floor adjacent to Sears. The brightly lit space features the Canadian company’s scented home and body items, including the popular Cucina line of cleaning products.

July Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Healthwinds Spa1. Glide into an urban oasis at Healthwinds Spa (Chateau Royal, 650 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-488-9545), which has relocated to new leafy confines in midtown. Combining wellness treatments with luxurious pampering, this day spa for both men and women provides a serene, sun-drenched escape with an abundance of glass and natural bamboo floors. Unwind with a bevy of treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, body polishes, and paraffin manicures and pedicures. Among the signature options are hydrotherapy—120 water and air jets and a high-pressure water wand relax your muscles while you soak in a seven-foot tub—or, to replenish your skin, indulge in a sugar scrub or salt glow therapy followed by a Swiss shower.