10 Local Treats That Would Make Gorgeous Gifts

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(SPOT.ph) If it’s the thought that counts when giving gifts, might as well go with products whose brands give extra thought to their packaging, right? Know your recipient’s food preferences and take into consideration food-related allergies, if any, and choose from our 10 yummy gifts ideas with nice packaging to boot—no Pinterest-level gift-wrapping prowess required! Just add a gift tag or a short handwritten note and you’re good to go.


Oh, and we totally wouldn’t judge you if you’re buying for your favorite recipient (yourself!) or just want to—ehem—taste-test these products for future reference.




Chocolate Truffles by Alchemy (P295/one dozen)

Singapore-trained patissier Meryl may be best known for her original offering, premium macaron (which, by the way, comes in a gorgeous box with water color illustration by artist Arlene Sy), but she also makes sinfully smooth and rich chocolate truffles. These balls of bliss are housed in a delicate robin’s egg blue box with the brand’s elegant logo in gold that matches each truffle’s foil packaging.  


Perfect for: Your boss or a favorite client.


For orders, e-mail alchemybakingmagic@gmail.com or call 330-9229. For more information, log on to Alchemy’s Facebook page.


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Flavored Butters by Comer y Comic (P250 to P350)

Just in case you need another excuse to indulge in butter, Comer y Comic comes up with not just one but two irresistible reasons. First is the range of unique flavors like Chai Tea; Truffle, Balsamic and Apricot; and Caviar, White Wine and Lemon. Second is the oh–so-fun packaging that mirrors the brand’s loose translation (“Eat and be merry”) and also offsets the possibly intimidating vibe of the flavors.


Make sure you personally hand this lest it turns into a regrettable puddle of creamy mess if left too long in a warm room.


Perfect for: Your gourmand officemate or anyone who believes that butter makes everything better.


For orders, e-mail orders@comerycomic.com or call 0906-330-1292. For more information, log on to Comer y Comic’s Facebook page.




Pilitas by Risa (P200/classic; P250/dark chocolate)

The brand name is taken from the Spanish word “sonrisa” which means smile—and that’s exactly what you’ll see on the faces of anyone tasting their treats. Risa’s Pilitas are buttery pili nuts covered in locally sourced chocolate. There’s the classic variant, and another one with 60% dark chocolate from South Cotabato and coco sugar. The packaging is lovely but restrained, so you won’t feel dyahe to give to even your chocolate-loving tito or dude friend.


Perfect for: Titas of Manila who best appreciate—and grew up with—“quaint” flavors like pili and ube (way before it became the flavor du jour). 


The Risa Chocolate Kitchen is at Somascan Building, CRM Avenue, BF Almanza, Las Piñas City. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday). For a list of their stockists and details on how to order, log on to Risa Chocolate’s website.




Coco Dolce Premium Chocolates by The Freefood Co. (P100/45 grams; P200/100 grams)

They say never judge a chocolate by its wrapping, but it’s all right, these bars can take the judging and earn our respect. The Freefood Co. is a local enterprise founded in 2010 dedicated to supporting the development of rural areas into becoming sustainable communities. Its factory site for manufacturing coconut sap sugar and chocolate is in Davao City. It doesn’t hurt that such a mission comes with an equally impressive packaging decked out in sophisticated, graphic patterns. Flavors include chili and milk chocolate with rice crisps, in full bar and grab sizes. 



Perfect for: That woman or man in your gift list who seems to have everything.


For orders and inquiries, call 0917-808-8451 or e-mail info@freefoodco.com. For a list of their stockists and details on how to order, log on to The Freefood Co.’s website.



Carousel Popcorn by Bizu (P1,100)

A gift that comes in a pretty tin packaging is always a win for the recipient, who could use it as a decorative keeper of little odds and ends long after the original content has been consumed and enjoyed. Bizu’s tin packaging for its gourmet popcorn, reminiscent of Paris’ Carousel de la Tour Eiffel, is no exception. Wind it up to play the enchanting music of the Nutcracker. Now isn’t that whimsical?   



Perfect for: The sweet little girls in your life—sister, niece, cousin.


Bizu has branches at Greenbelt 2, Glorietta 4, Alabang Town Center, and The Promenade Greenhills.  



Caffeine Boxes by Figures of Beans (P1,050)

Here’s a quick way to set your favorite coffeephile’s heart racing: a box that says “Stay Caffeinated” with packs of beans or ground coffee inside. Figure of Beans (FOB) has got it all figured out—a gift box would indeed make a no-brainer present to any coffee drinker. They offer four kinds of boxes. The FOB Caffeine Box Set A contains three 250g bags of premium Cordillera coffee beans (Sagada Dark Roast, Benguet Arabica, and Arabica Robusta), while the FOB Caffeine Box Set B contains three 250g bags of flavored Cordillera Arabica ground coffee (Hazelnut, Caramel, and Vanilla).



The coffee bags are also sold individually. FOB also sells packs of native sweeteners muscovado and balikutsa.


Perfect for: Your study or OT buddy


For more information, log on to Figure of Beans’ website.



Bottled Filipino Favorites by Native Gourmet (P175 to P300)

Give the gift of comforting Filipino delicacy your recipient could enjoy as an ulam on its own or as a key ingredient in Pinoy dishes. Think Gourmet Bangus, Alamang, Tuyo, and Crab Roe or taba ng talangka (in original lemongrass and spicy flavors), Chili Garlic Oil, and Diablo Chili Paste. Native Gourmet offers these bottled products—as well as Organic Chocolate Tablea and Organic Rice Tablea Champorado—in no-nonsense, rustic packaging.



Perfect for: Visiting relatives and friends from abroad


For more information, log on to Native Gourmet’s Facebook page.



Holiday Boxes by Bucky's (P240 to P400/Original)

Bucky’s are sweet treats that could be best described as the lovechild of a flourless chocolate cake and a fudge brownie. These babies are sold at the Bucky’s Counter at BF Homes in Parañaque and their newly opened cafe in Poblacion, Makati. You may also recognize these rich, addicting blocks offered at Toby’s Estate branches. Not a fan of full-on chocolate? They have Spiced (cayenne, cinnamon, chocolate) and Yana Banana (banana, rhum, walnuts). For the holidays, Bucky’s come in gorgeous boxes that remind us of Rifle Paper Co. designs (call ahead to secure availability).   



Perfect for: Anyone you’d love to subtly impress. Your girlfriend’s or boyfriend’s family, perhaps?


See a list of prices here. For orders, call 0917-844-5104.



Junk-Free Snacks by Take Root (P150/Cocoroons; P100/Rooted Bars)

Kissing refined sugar and artificial additives goodbye, the two health nuts and former New Yorkers behind Take Root are committed to developing clean, whole food snacks and make these accessible to Filipinos. Their delectable, healthy goodies include Cocoroons, soft and chewy coconut cookies made with coconut oil for its buttery mouth feel and unprocessed cacao, and Rooted Bars made from their original blend of whole grains, raw cacao nibs, nuts and spices, that pack a punch of energy.



Perfect for: Your fitness buff friend, and also that other friend who’s a serial snacker (to get him to take on a healthier habit!)


For more information, log on to Take Root’s website.



Tapuey Mountain Rice Wine (P380) and Bielma Bugnay Wine (P470) by Proudly Promdi

Put a native spin on your cocktail with Proudly Promdi’s offerings. The brand works with the wine-making community of Adam in Ilocos Norte, helping the locals with packaging and distribution—hence the attractive bottles of understated elegance. As their name suggests, they are proud advocates of these promdi (short for “from the province”) wine. Through helping sustain the locals’ wine making tradition, they also hope to aid in preserving a part of their culture. 



Perfect for: Your tito. Or your barkada’s designated bartender on DIY cocktail nights.


For orders, e-mail proudlypromdi@gmail.com. For cocktail recipes and more information, log on to Proudly Promdi’s Facebook page.

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