On the corner of Ismail Mohamed and Ibn El Nabih Streets in Zamalek is Monte Carlo, a small and bright orange gift shop that seems to have been there forever.

The great thing about this shop is their gift wrapping service. They carry a wide variety of wrapping papers and ribbons in all sorts of colours. Depending on the size of your present, the whole process shouldn’t set you back more than 20LE.

Once you pick up the paper that you want, the guy at the shop won’t be content with just wrapping your gift like a deli sandwich; he’ll go to great extents to make your present look fresh with coordinating colours, glitter and the whole works.

This little shop stocks everything cute and colourful from mugs to teddy bears and everything in between; a better way to describe it would be ‘things that you’d find in your younger sibling’s room.’

The tiny but elongated shop is filled with shelves stocked full with merchandise, with the shelves along the glass shop-front doubling as window display.

Looking for a gift for your brother? Well, an extremely cool collection of football club miniatures was spotted for 30LE, while a not-so-cool collection of model cars was spotted for 100LE.

If you’re looking for a gift for your younger sister, you’re out of luck; most of the ‘girly’ toys here are extremely outdated or damaged. However, they do offer a warm collection of stuffed toys starting at 40LE.

The shop also stocks an ancient collection of Arabic CDs, DVDs and an odd assortment of English DVDs that aren’t old enough to be considered vintage (with the exception of The Wizard of Oz), and definitely not recent enough to buy.

While most of the shop’s merchandise is old and covered in dust, you’ll occasionally find a fascinating ashtray or lamp that is worth the tedious effort of sifting through the shelves.

Nonetheless, f you’re looking for a last-minute purchase or you want something quickly wrapped on your way to a birthday bash; then Monte Carlo is your solution.