10 Great Food Gifts That You Won't Need to Wrap

These presentable edibles are perfect for the nice ones (and even the naughties) on your list.


(SPOT.ph) Scenario: It’s already the middle of the merriest month and you’re not yet done with Christmas gift shopping. Good thing: With the following gift suggestions, you can do your last-minute Santa duties without resorting to generic, recyclable gifts


Every year brings with it a fresh batch of great Christmas food gift ideas, and most of them are packaged so nicely, you don't need to do anything other than write on the card! The nice packaging might even make your recipients think you’ve prepared your gifts weeks in advance. And even if you’ve totally aced your gift shopping preps this year, it wouldn’t hurt to take note of these suggestions for year-round gift ideas. (Better hurry to beat your fellow gift-shopping crammers!)  


Here are a few great Christmas food-gift ideas for 2017:


Aperitif Graze Boxes (P3,500 to P6,000)

Your gift recipient (and their guests) will swoon over Aperitif’s well-curated and tempting Graze Boxes. Each one is filled with cheeses, cold cuts, chocolates, a bottle of wine, and other premium trappings that make for fancy party pica-pica. Whether you choose the Mini Box that serves two to five or the Large Box for eight to 15 people, you will be giving the gift of good food for sharing. 



Borne out of the owner’s intersecting love of entertaining and food styling, this local brand also offers boards and platters for bigger parties, customizes boxes, and caters events with glorious graze tables.


Perfect for: The special people in your life; potluck parties


For orders, call 0917-573-7171 or 0918-248-6661, or e-mail aperitif.ph@gmail.com. Order three days in advance. Available for pick up at Palms Pointe, Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City or for delivery with a P500 fee.


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Auro Chocolate Bars (P120 to P220)

For a chocolate company named after two words that stand for “gold”—the chemical symbol Au and the Spanish word oro—it quite follows that the packaging would be elegant and classic. The gold and jewel-toned wrappers also reflect Auro Chocolate’s commitment to its “Beyond Bean-to-Bar” philosophy of producing superior quality bars from Davao cacao beans while practicing organic farming methods and fair trade.



Choose from their dark and milk chocolate bars and coins, or arrange a gift basket with your own picks from their product offerings. You can also do good by learning more about crowdfarming and their Adopt a Cacao Tree campaign. 


Perfect for: Your sweet friends and officemates


Auro Chocolate is available at these shops and online. You can also e-mail info@aurochocolate.com for customized gift baskets. For more information, log on to Auro Chocolate's website



Jacob’s Well Chai Concentrate (P180)

Local brand Jacob’s Well Brewing Co. takes pride in making their Masala Chai concentrate from mindfully boiled and manually pulverized whole spices (black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves). A 120-ml bottle is good for approximately three or four servings. (Their serving suggestion for chai latte is 40-ml chai and 140-ml milk.) They currently have four flavors—Original Blend, Spiced Vanilla, and Unsweetened—which come in chic bottles. A number of coffee shops around the Metro use their products for their respective tea blends.



Perfect for: Your tea-loving sister or girlfriend


Jacob's Well is available online. You can also e-mail jacobswellbrewing@gmail.com for inquiries. For bazaar schedules and more information, log on to Jacob's Well on Instagram.


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Mama Empanada (P280/box of eight; P420/box of 12)

The packaging of Mama Empanada is understatedly sophisticated without taking the spotlight away from the actual product—the original recipe of homemade empanada since 1979. Passed down to three generations of moms, the empanadas come in boxes of eight and 12, with a choice of five savory flavors (Classic Chicken, Sriracha Chicken, Beef Taco, Italian Sausage, and Herbed Tuna). 


Perfect for: The titas in your life


For orders, contact 0915-863-3156. Available for delivery or pick-up in Valle Verde 5, Pasig City. For bazaar schedules and more information, log on to Mama Empanada on Instagram.



Man on the Moon Cold Brew (P350)

Make your gift recipient’s heart palpitate in delight with a cold brew bottle or two of strong black coffee on the go. Homegrown label Man on the Moon has it in three variants: Black Hole, Milky Way, and Solstice Nebula. In keeping with the name of the brand and the flavors, the bottles have a cute space-themed illustration on the label. For the holidays, they come with gift tags and are partially wrapped in brown paper to resemble a rocket. 



Perfect for: Your caffeine-dependent officemates


For orders, contact 0917-517-0547. For more information, log on to Man on the Moon on Instagram.



Shaker Makers (P300/200 grams; P500/400 grams)

The nice thing about gifting a spread is that it goes a long way, and perhaps your recipient will remember you every time he or she opens it for breakfast or a snack. Do away with the usual chocolate and hazelnut and try Shaker Maker’s spreads in Almond, Almond Cacao, and Almond Matcha flavors. The packaging is simple and straightforward, a break from its commercial counterparts. A tip from their Instagram feed: Add a dollop of their spread to your homemade smoothie bowl!


Perfect for: Yourself (to stock up on for breakfast or snack time)


For orders, fill out an order form or check out Shaker Makers on Instagram.




Baa-ul Gift Sets (P485 to P2,985)

Themed gift sets are usually a win-win for both the giver and receiver because although it’s pre-arranged, it still feels personal. For instance, Baa-ul’s Coffee Beans & Coffee Postcards (P485) is just right for a coffee lover who’s also into paper and calligraphy. The set is decked with Local Edition’s Perea Blend Coffee in whole beans and four coffee-themed postcards by Alphabetype. Got a friend who’s nuts over coconut? The Coco Crazy Gift Set (P525) is right up his or her alley as it’s filled with VCO from Precious Trading Co., Salted Coco Caramel by First Harvest, and Sweetened Coconut Chips by Baby Café. These are just two of the Baa-ul gift sets you can choose from, with an option to buy it with or without gift wrapping. For the wrapping, they only use reusable materials like woven baskets, tulle, and fabric.


Perfect for: Everyone else on your list that deserves a little something put-together


Baa-ul Gift Sets are available online, including their Premium Christmas Baskets. You can also e-mail shop.baa.ul@gmail.com. For more information, log on to Baa-ul on Facebook




Oh So Healthy! Fruit Crisps (P95/bag)

Aside from the idea that healthy snacking can be as enjoyable as it is nutritious, Oh So Healthy! treats come in fun packaging with bright enticing colors and pack of threes ready for gifting. Their dried mixed crisps are made from real fruits that haven't been fried or cooked with oil. The three mixes on offer are Guava Purple Yam Banana, Purple Yam Banana Coconut, and Mango Sweet Potato Banana. Each pack is gluten-free, halal, kosher, and vegan-friendly.


Perfect for: The resident health buff in your family or office  


Available at Real Food, Rustan’s, Shopwise, Lazada, Metromart, and Beauty MNL. For more information, log on to Oh So Healthy! on Instagram.



Oliviers & Co. Oil, Seasoning, and Condiment Sets (P 2,250 to P4,200)

When giving gifts for the kitchen and pantry, think of something that your recipient would be happy to display on the countertop. Oliviers & Co., an imported label known for its gourmet oils, condiments, and seasonings, matches their wide selection of products with sophisticated packaging. Choose from their Christmas collection of gift boxes, such as the Premium Condiment Taster Set with three fruity condiments in miniatures or the Essentials Set with basic oil Almaz, olive paste, and any balsamic condiment. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, present your lucky recipient with the deluxe Special Truffle Oil. Creating your own bespoke set is also possible if you want to go beyond condiments and include spreads and even kitchen accessories.



Perfect for: Your foodie and cooking connoisseur friends


Oliviers & Co. is at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt 5, Makati City.



LeTAO Gra Maalu (P950/eight pieces; P1,150/10 pieces)

Hailing from Hokkaido, the island in Japan famed for its super fresh milk and other dairy products, LeTao has reached local shores to make accessible to us their popular velvety cheesecakes. For gifting, try the beautifully boxed Gra Maalu Nutty Nutty or Berry Berry in individual packs. The former is made of cocoa-infused milk chocolate and hazelnut paste and studded with puffed wheat and almonds for that satisfying crunch. The other is a light, fruity confection with oat granola and crushed crepe feuillantine—both the right level of sweetness to end a meal or a light bite in between meals.


Perfect for: Your boss (if you're looking to impress but don’t want to appear like you're trying too hard!)



LeTAO's pop-up store is at Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For more information, log on to LeTAO's Facebook page


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