IF you want to add a dash of spice to your Christmas shopping and pick up a couple of whacky gifts, the Temple Street Night market in Yau Ma Tei is hard to beat. From wind-up toy frogs ($15) to hot-pink telephones ($148), the market presents a smorgasbord of dubious, but definitely different, gift possibilities. How about a beautifully crafted clay Chinese teapot from Jiangsu Province (between $40 and $130) for Mum? Or maybe a bottle or two of medicinal white snake ointment ($30) would come in handy? For the friend who can't save, you could try the 'Mysterious Toilet Savings Bank' ($20). Just place a coin on the seat, press the button and watch 'The Hand' reach out from under the lid to grab the cash and flush it away. Perhaps a battery-operated razor ($28) would suit Dad. If you want to test the machine's quality, just give the model on display a trial run. Miniature binoculars ($290), or a Jurassic Park video may be more suitable. For a lark, you could surprise someone with a collector's edition of Playboy magazine ($80). Editions from the 1960s and 1970s can be purchased by those not too embarrassed to have a browse. The market's wide range of cheap jeans (between $40 and $130), overcoats, waistcoats and corduroy jackets and the Nepalese stall with exotic jewellery and handicrafts are worth a look. As with all market shopping, it is best to have a good look around before selecting anything - and remember to bargain hard. If all fails on the shopping front, you could settle down for a bowl of hot cobra soup ($25) and have a chuckle with the snake charmer showing off his pythons in front of the restaurant. Temple Street is lined with dozens of dai pai dongs selling cheap vegetable and noodle dishes ($6.50 a plate) and cold beer. They are perfect places to relax and watch the passing parade. Patrick Yuen Leong-ming, who has run the Wang Hing restaurant for the past three years, said: 'Most people come here to see something different and have a laugh. It's pretty busy all year round with tourists and locals but it will start getting more crowded with Christmas coming.'