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Normally, I wouldn’t advocate giving art, which can be highly personal and prohibitively expensive, as a present, but the offerings at Art Interiors, the unpretentious Toronto-based gallery founded by Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood in 1993, are so well-curated, diverse and affordable (prices start at $25). If you don’t live in Toronto, don’t worry: Art Interiors delivers across Canada and internationally. And its annual Festival of Smalls, a showcasing of small-scale pieces between $55 and $250 (all of them displayed online), runs until Christmas Eve. (I especially like the work of photographer Angela Cameron, whose Vintage Carnival Swings is shown here.) Original art in a range of media by more than 175 artists from across Canada, $25 to $6,500 at Art Interiors (www.artinteriors.ca). – D.S.
London’s Playforever makes design-conscious toy race cars, airplanes and motorbikes using kid-friendly materials. For grownups, the bright colours and simple shapes also make them perfect for propping an eclectic coffee table or bookcase. Playforever Midi 2 Clyde toy race car, $49.99 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). – A.S.
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