You try oh so hard to buy your friend or brother the perfect gift, only to have them asking for the gift receipt the next day. But no more! Our resident culture vulture, Naveen gives the lowdown on which off-beat gifts to give those hard-to-please people on your list.

1. The Perfect Last Minute Gift: Earth the Book

It's getting close to Christmas and you find yourself in a jam – don't over-think it. From the hilarious team at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart who bring you the best political coverage on the continent, buy a book that your loved one will actually want to read!




2. Something under $34.50

Continue the laughs with the latest from Brampton da Shaan, Russel Peters and his new autobiography Call Me Russel.





3. What did the Grinch teach you about the true meaning of Christmas?

Make a donation in the name of a family member, a close friend or to celebrate the memory of a loved one. The World Vision catalogue has a wide range of gift ideas and categories for everyone, from to spending $60 to educate a girl,  $100 to buy a goat for a farming family or (if you're really generous), $15,000 to build a school in Africa.


4. The Help Someone Out Even More Gift: Foundation Rwanda

Help bring secondary school education to children born from women raped during the Rwandan genocide. Your donations will go a long way towards providing not only education, but counselling services for traumatized mothers, many of whom now suffer from HIV.  Every bit counts towards adding dignity and hope to these women.

5. Calling all Hipsters: Is it a typewriter? Is it a Bag?

These linen laptop bags feature prints from old typewriters to first generation Apple computers (Commodore 64!). Retailing between $35 and $60, these covers make the perfect counter-culture statement while keeping your computer safe and secure on the way to Starbucks – I mean a cool independent fair trade coffee shop. Available at Vincent Park in Vancouver.



6. For the Bollywood fan who has everything

These ultra rare Amitabh Bachchan comics are the perfect gift for your Bollywood deewana/dewaani. Wanna see Amitabh battle aliens driving the Starship Enterprise? Wanna meet his sidekick, the real Anthony Gonsalves? Or, wanna be taken back to the glory days of 70s mistaken identity films? All these can be yours if the price is right on Ebay.



7. Art that you wear: Swatch watches by fashion icon Manish Arora

These Amar Chitra Katha inspired pieces are hard to get but a great gift for the chronophile in your life who enjoys making a statement. Collect all four, but you'll need to break out the currency converter.




8. Oh McDonald's, I forgot i could never stay mad at you.

9. Obeying the Law of Toyland

Finally, be the cool adult who wins over the kids with the best presents. Yes, that can be you if you get them a remote controlled flying helicopter that shoots video! What else can I say? It's a flying helicopter! And you can fly it indoors too! Flying helicopter!




10. 5 coupons for free hugs!


Story By: Naveen Girn