10 Great Food Gifts You Won't Need to Wrap

Who doesn't love food?

(SPOT.ph) It’s already mid-December, and we’re guessing you’re scrambling to get through your gift list. Some people are easy to buy gifts for because you just know them so damn well—for the rest, well, you can always count on food to please almost everyone. Plus, these food gifts come in the prettiest packaging, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping these up.

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Crumbs by Mo’ Cookies (P245/dozen)

PHOTO BY The Moment Group

It’s impossible to not have heard of Mo’ Cookies by now—or you might be more familiar with the snaking queue at their pop-up in Rockwell. Formerly known as The Mess Hall cookies, Mo’ Cookies are some of the most hard to resist—their Chocolate Chip is currently our best chocolate-chip cookie in Manila, though we’re also particularly fond of their South Cotabato Chocolate Fudge, a dark chocolate cookie dotted with chocolate chunks. While they first became famous for their bigger-than-your-palm cookies, their Crumbs are smaller (by Mo' Cookies' standards) versions that are just the perfect size for dunking in milk. Give these to someone special; it’s that kind of treat.

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Mo’ Cookies is at R1, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City.

Nanay Luisa’s Queso de Bola Spread (P150/80 grams, P280/200 grams, P540/400 grams, P1,100/850 grams)

PHOTO BY Nanay Luisa's Queso de Bola Spread Facebook page

Queso de bola may be a staple in every Filipino holiday spread, but the sharp cheese can be pretty divisive. Even queso de bola-haters may just be converted, though, by Nanay Luisa’s Queso de Bola Spread. The spread is a blend of Edam cheese with mayonnaise, pimiento, and pickle relish for just the right blend of sharply savory and brightly acidic that makes this addictive. Throw in some crackers and some smoked meats for a budget cheese plate.

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For orders, fill out an order form or log on to their official Facebook page.

Cheesecake Brownies and Food for the Gods by Layers Dessert Shop (P190 to P220)

PHOTO BY Layers Dessert Shop / Instagram

Don’t know what to give the co-worker you don’t know that well yet? A box of brownies will never fail to please, and Layers Dessert Shop has beautiful cheesecake-and-brownie squares that are just the thing. The tang of the cheesecake top complements the sweeter brownie bottom, making this a treat that looks—and tastes—worthy of any festive table. If you’d rather stick to something classic, go for a box of gooey Food for the Gods.

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For orders, contact 0929-892-0836 or 0977-859-8082.

Mom's Cookie Dough by Borough (P280/18 cookies, P480/36 cookies)

Know someone who can't get enough of Borough's cookies and is also a baking afficionado? We found the perfect gift for that specific intersection of their interests. Borough is letting them make their signature Mom's Milk and Cookies at home with their pre-mixed cookie dough, which comes in chocolate chip, peanut butter, and gingerbread. Now all they'll need is a glass of milk.

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For orders, contact 0966-400-115.

Gift Baskets by Classic Confections (P550 to P1,395)

PHOTO BY Classic Confections

Chef Baba Benedicto-Ibazeta makes melt-in-your-mouth cookies in the cutest yet also amazingly intricate designs. While a single sugar cookie already makes the perfect gift, go all out and treat your favorite desserts lover with a Classic Confections gift basket. The Sweet Treats Holiday Gift Basket has Russian Tea Cookies, a can of Almond Crunch and a sugar cookie packed in a holiday drawstring bag, while the Classic Confections Holiday Gift Basket includes chocolate-covered cornflakes, chocolate crunch bites, almond crunch bites, chocolate peanut brittle, mini pinwheel cookies, and a sugar cookie.

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Classic Confections is available at Nono’s branches.

Pastry Gift Boxes by The Workshop (P540 to P3,580)

PHOTO BY The Workshop PH Facebook page

The Workshop’s gift boxes impress for the sheer variety each of them contains. Plus, with pastry chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla crafting these goodies, you know you’re gifting only the good stuff. There are four boxes you can choose from—The Indulgence includes two Life-Changing Brownies, your choice of two cookies, and your choice of two pieces of German Coconut Loaf or Lemon Drizzle Loaf, while The Magnificence lives up to its name with two Life-Changing Brownies, four assorted cookies, two Banana Cues, your choice of two pieces of German Chocolate Coconut Loaf or Lemon Drizzle Loaf, two Caramel Walnut Brownies, three assorted Canelés, and two cinnamon rolls.

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The Workshop is at The Grid, R2, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. For orders, contact 944-6541 or message them directly through their official Facebook page.

Cheese Gift Boxes by La Petite Fromagerie (P650 to P2,500)

PHOTO BY La Petite Fromagerie official website

Whether your friend’s an aspiring dinner-party host or they just appreciate a great cheese board, they're sure to swoon over La Petite Fromagerie’s Christmas Cheese Board. Only available until the end of December, the holiday gift box has everything you’d need for a great cheese board: Four kinds of cheese, crackers, honey, and a bottle of truffle cream cheese as a special treat. If your friend prefers snacking alone, they won’t be inclined to share the TnT Cheese Spread and Camembeer Cheese Spread Gift Box anytime soon—aside from the two spreads (one blended with taba ng talangka and the other an indulgent spread of Camembert and beer), this box comes with crostini, too.

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For orders, log on to La Petite Fromagerie’s official website.

The Dream Coffee Single-Origin Grounds or Beans (P350/Holiday Pack + P100 for shipping)

PHOTO BY the dream Coffee

For the caffeine junkies in your life, gift them with single-origin Arabica grounds or whole beans from The Dream Coffee. The Dream Coffee sources their single-origin, single-estate Arabica beans from four T'Boli communities in South Cotabato, and are currently partnered with 75 farmer-families, so you know that every bag you buy goes a long way. They come in the prettiest packaging, too, taking inspiration from the traditional designs of the T’boli communities—they’ll throw in a gift tag for every order of a Holiday Pack. How convenient is that?

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For orders, log on to The Dream Coffee’s official website.

Sweets From Bizu Patisserie (P95 to P995)

PHOTO BY Bizu

Got a long Christmas list to work with? You can check several people off that list with Bizu Patisserie’s incredibly varied selection of gift-worthy sweets. There are handmade marshmallows covered in coconut flakes in Raspberry, Lime and Rosemary, and Vanilla; a gorgeous Orange Almond Cake that comes topped with candied orange slices; boxes of macarons with flavors that range from classics like Chocolate and Blueberry to Salted Duck Egg and Rose. Not only are Bizu’s goodies delectable, they’re also daintily gorgeous—you’re sure to impress.

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See a list of Bizu Patisserie branches.

Bibingka Cheesecake by Le Sucré Lab Chocolates (P685)

Le Sucré Lab Chocolates may be popular for their Chocolate Dreamcake but it isn’t the only cake they have going for them. In fact, we could argue that their Bibingka Cheesecake could be better. Le Sucré takes the classic holiday sweet and turns it into a moist and luscious cake, with sharp cheese blended in the middle to make it extra decadent. Add the generous topping of salted egg slices and the toasted cheese crust and you have yourself a winner. Plus, the Bibingka Cheesecake comes in an elegant, gold-rimmed tin can so gifting is a breeze.

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For orders, contact 0995-775-7218 or 0928-739-7946.

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