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Take a pek in the boutique

Who needs a crowded mall when you can find unique, affordable gifts in small city shops?

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If you haven't crossed those names off your Christmas gift list, now is the time to stop procrastinating, roll up your sleeves and get it done.

I know the mall can often be a madhouse during the holiday season -- hot, cramped and filled with people who are not exactly feeling the holiday spirit after fighting over the last of the last items at the store.

Well, I say forget the mall and do some boutique shopping this weekend. With these fab fashion finds for gals, you will have no problem whizzing thorough your list with just enough time to kick back and enjoy a nip of eggnog.

UNDER $20

Fortune Cookie Change Purse

These adorable, locally made change purses make a great little present for the office gift exchange. They are fun, playful and, best of all, affordable ($12, Tara Davis Boutique).

Wrap Bracelet

Thin straps of leather with metallic embellishments make these simple bracelets shine whether worn on their own or in multiples ($16, Silver Lotus).

Bamboo studs

I love these etched stud earrings with cute outdoorsy motifs -- they're the ideal gift for the girl who is at one with nature ($20, Tara Davis).

Resin studs

For the romantic at heart, rose-shaped resin studs offer a more feminine touch without breaking the bank (Silver Lotus)

UNDER $30

Silver studs

A classic gift for any woman on your list, sterling-silver stud earrings in shapes such as doves, wishbones, hearts, stars and everything in between are ideal for the hard-to-buy-for girl who has it all (Silver Lotus, price depends on shape).

Resin Ring by Dconstruct

These funky rings are contemporary and chic without looking garish or over-the-top -- perfect for that gal on your list who likes to keep thing sleek and streamlined ($20, Tara Davis).

UNDER $40

DIY silver necklace

If you're looking for something personal to give this holiday season, look no further than a DIY necklace. Choose your chain and add personalized baubles, such as monogrammed pendants, precious stones and colourful gems (Silver Lotus, price depends on charms).

Eternal scarf

These made-in-Canada scarves will keep that special someone on your list fashionably warm on even the coldest winter day -- and who can resist a stylish scarf ($36, Silver Lotus)?

Wool crocheted ear band

Bright and cheery, handmade crocheted ear bands with floral appliqués make a great gift for your best gal pal and add a playful pop of colour to winter blacks and greys ($38, Tara Davis)

Cameos

Vintage cameo earrings and cameo cluster necklaces are simply adorable. They look great with everything from jeans and a fuzzy sweater to a blouse and A-line skirt.

Got a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion @hotmail.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2012 E10

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