10 Gifts for the Food Lovers in Your Life
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(SPOT.ph) When the holidays roll around and the inevitable shopping becomes more of a chore than a joy, food could be the gift you can’t go wrong with. There’s at least some guarantee that the recipient will use it, and depending on the packaging, you might not even have to wrap the thing! The only real con to giving food for the holidays is that it’s going to someone else—you definitely can’t give away your cake and eat it, too. But, hey, no judgment if you get one or two of these for yourself. (We won’t tell.)
Here are some great food gifts to give this Christmas:
Nono’s Holiday Premium Gift Box (P1,595)
Their slogan of “comfort food done right” isn’t to be taken lightly. The Chocolate Crunch Bites and Pinwheel Cookies are the trick to mopping up any decidedly un-festive tears over the holidays (you never know what goes down), and the box of Almond Crunch is just an excellent treat, regardless of the season. This is the perfect present from one family to another—because it’s massive.
See a list of Nono’s branches.
Caldi Drip Coffee (P280/box of seven)
The smell of an open box of Caldi Drip Coffee is more than enough to make one wake up and smell the coffee. Their Arabica Blend has notes of caramel and peanut with an earthy edge, while their Blue Mountain Blend leans on more walnut and dark chocolate. Either way, it’ll be one of the best gifts you can give in the modern age: Excellent coffee with nothing to hide.
Hong Kong MX Pastry Sets (P800 to P1,500)
Already famous for their selection of mooncakes, Hong Kong MX takes classics like butter cookies and mille-feuilles up several notches, offering them in flavors like chocolate, hazelnut, and macadamia, just to name a few. The boxes alone toe the line between ornate and minimalist, but the desserts inside make for a pastry pool that the sweet tooth in your life will love.
Available online; Visit Hong Kong MX pop-ups are at SM Mall of Asia, 123 Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City, and Lucky Chinatown Mall, Reina Regente Street, Binondo, Manila City.
Bake Scout Cookies (P120/box of four, P230/box of eight, P340/box of 12, P840/box of 30)
This was one of our discoveries this year, and we’re only mad we didn’t hear of Bake Scout sooner. Their chewy Belgian Chocolate Cookies (P120/box of four, P230/box of eight, P340/box of 12, P840/box of 30) are sweet treats complemented by a hefty sprinkling of salt. The best part? Gifting these means less wrapping for you!
Penn’s Gourmet Tinapa (Ranges from P195 to P265/jar)
Here’s a savory option: This isn’t limited to the Christmas season, because Penn’s Gourmet is a great gift any time. Their gourmet tinapa is tender, and the lemon just tart enough to balance out the olives and bring out the flavor of the (whole!) garlic cloves. It doesn’t matter if the lucky recipient’s preferred carb is rice, bread, or pasta—the contents of this magic little jar suit them all. Pro tip: Order in bulk to save on shipping and to spread the love!
Full Circle Craft Distillers’ ARC 3-in-1 Sampler Box (P2,800; add-on Spice Kit P550)
Give the gift of good botanical gin this Christmas. Full Circle Craft Distillers Co. offers a sampler of their ARC Botanical Gin, ARC Barrel Reserve Gin, or ARC Lava Rock Vodka in one lovely package.The beauty of boxes like these is that there isn’t too much commitment to them because of the sample size, and whoever gets it has the freedom to choose from and experiment with the available spirits. You might even have a mixologist on your hands before too long.
See a list of Full Circle Craft Distillers Co. retailers.
CMV Txocolat Customized Boxes (P480/box of six, P800/box of 12, P1,550/box of 24)
Give your favorite people the gift of unusual—but not unwelcome—flavors and ingredients. In their own words, CMV’s chocolates are no mere boxes, but packages of stories and culture, and we’re rather inclined to agree. Each box comes with a flavor guide so nothing’s too unexpected. This is perfect for those in your life who love food-centric adventures.
Auro Classic Collection (P440)
At this point, we have to face facts: There’s no escaping chocolate during the holidays, and in the end, that’s not really something we’re worried about. You might as well get the best there is, and Auro Chocolate’s pretty hard to beat. Their Classic Collection contains four 50-gram bars of both the Milk and Dark varieties.
See a list of Auro Chocolate retailers.
BAD Café’s Eggnog & Gingerbread Set (P600)
We don’t really do eggnog in Manila, do we? The lovely folks at BAD Café already turned our world upside-down when they insisted on siding with pie in the Cake Versus Pie debate, but eggnog is a whole other kettle of fish, so to speak. The cinnamon-kissed rhum drink is delightfully viscous, and a great introduction to other Christmas traditions.
BAD Café is at G/F Windsor Tower, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Wildflour Christmas Baskets (P1,200 to P2,400)
Wildflour has all your bases covered with their Christmas Baskets. Their sets feature bite-sized goodies like granolas, cookies and even heftier items like panettone and cranberry walnut bread. We recommend the Premium Baskets E (P2,810) or F (P3,700), which both come with their holiday ham. You can also go for Special Basket E (P2,300), which comes with Chef Margarita Manzke's cookbook alongside polvoron, biscuits, and your choice of fruit jam.
See a list of Wildflour branches.