Your guide to the best food and drink presents.
Let us give you some gift inspiration! You can never start your Christmas shopping too early, so to get into the spirit of the season we’ve rounded up just a few of our favourite gift ideas for the dining enthusiast, beer connoisseur, or perpetually-hungry partner in your life. Whether they’re an experimental cook, a tea-fiend or just have an incredible sweet tooth, we’ve got a present for everyone.
Foodies rejoice! Crafted 852 stocks artisanal treats, wines, spirits, and the best goodie boxes. We love the Christmas In A Box, packing in various curated season treats and sweets, giving you a ready-made fuss-free present option. If you’re looking to stay sustainable while sipping on gin this Christmas, go for the contemporary Pinkster Gift Set which repurposes fresh raspberries after distillation to make a Gin Jam and Boozy Berries and Raspberry Royale. If you’ve got a whisky lover to shop for, try out the robust “Whiskey In A Box” and gift a selection from three unique English distilleries _ the perfect present for the sophisticated man in your life. Want something healthier for your favourite wellness warrior? The online pantry’s exclusive nutrient-rich activated Pili Nuts and its immune boosting Anaya Propolis Throat Spray make for a unique gift – that will surely be appreciated post-party season, particularly for on-the-go mums and dads.
As an exclusive bonus for Sassy Mama Readers, Crafted 852 is offering 10% off your entire order on a minimum purchase of $800 from now until Monday, 31 December. Simply use the promo code SASSY2018 at checkout.
Crafted 852, www.crafted852.com, prices vary between $40 – $3400
Ring in the holidays by treating your loved ones to a luxurious gift box from The Murray! This decadent hamper is full of festive treats, including ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut NV Champagne, Jasmine Pearl Tea, Whole Duck Foie Gras and other glorious eat and drink items. And as a little bonus, there are also products like the Grown Alchemist Hand Cream and Lip Balm, to leave you feeling renewed before 2019. The hamper collection is running from Monday, 26 November to Monday, 31 December – make an enquiry now by calling 3141 8810 or emailing [email protected]. You can also check out the rest of the hotel happenings here.
This kettle teapot is fun, functional and incredibly aesthetic. Combining an Asian Zen philosophy with a modern Scandinavian design, it features a transparent glass teapot, a ‘tea egg’ you can easily adjust for serving and a porcelain heater that keeps your brew warm with a tealight. If you want to go for something smaller, you can opt for the 0.75l kettle here.
Norm Glass Kettle Teapot, available online from HOMELESS for $1370
Mandarin Oriental‘s Cake Shop has been catering to Hong Konger’s sweet tooth for over 45 years! It recently launched its new online Mandarin Cake Shop, making this the perfect time to order a homemade delicacy – we think the Rose Petal Jam is a classic and classy gift for any foodie.
Rose Petal Jam, available online from The Mandarin Cake Shop for $218
These ceramic salt and pepper shakers are absolutely adorable. Shaped like steamed buns, these dumpling shakers are affordable, perfect for the yum cha fan in your life and promise to look great on anyone’s table. We’re tempted to buy this one for ourselves!
Dumpling Salt and Pepper Shakers, available online from Thorn and Burrow for $280
Grab this for the friend who loves entertaining guests. This beautiful terrazzo tray is simple and stylish, ideal for displaying everything from antipasti to mounds of olives and cheese. It also works as an easy way to hint someone should start planning a wine and dine stat!
Terrazo Tray, available online from iDecorate for $290
This Sugarfina Vice Collection Bento Box contains eight different flavours including single malt scotch cordials, brown butter brittle, and even chocolate bacon pretzels. Packed in a black and gold foil box, this is a sophisticated gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Vice Collection 8-Piece Bento Box, available online from Lane Crawford for $650
Know a home cook who’s keen to ramp up their recipe repertoire? Cooking classes are a fun and different Christmas gift. With so many on offer, it’s not hard to find one your loved one will enjoy. Our favourites include baking-filled days at The Mixing Bowl and learning the art of dim sum making at Yum Cha!
Got a mate who fancies themselves a beer connoisseur? This homemade kit is a great way for them to learn how to brew the perfect ale themselves. This particular recipe produces a hoppy, bitter American style India Pale Ale, and includes a brewing equipment set for a gallon, six 500ml flip-top amber bottles and an ingredient kit. You can also sign them up for a home-brewing workshop here.
India Pale Ale Brewing Kit, available online from HKBrew for $910
Chrissy Teigan’s follow up to her successful 2016 cookbook is perfect for any busy Hong Konger. Flip through the light healthy meals, heavy heartful dishes, and quick and easy recipes, the variety bound to help someone break out of routine and step out their cooking comfort zone.
‘Cravings: Hungry for More’, available online from Book Depository for $172
Give a friend this cheat-sheet mix master and make them the perfect cocktail party host. Featuring pour markings and recipes for six classic drinks, this cocktail shaker guarantees a perfect mix every time and a fun way to up your bartending skills. It includes recipes for White Russian, Sex on the Beach, Cosmopolitan, Long Island Iced Tea, Mojito and Kamikaze.
Mix Master Cocktail Shaker, available online from ASOS for GBP20 (about $202)
Editor’s Note: This product is currently out of stock on ASOS, but you can still buy it online from Kikkerland for USD22.50 (about $177)
Featured Image courtesy of Jennifer Pallian via Unsplash, Image #1 courtesy of Crafted 852, Image #2 courtesy of The Murray, Image #3 courtesy of HOMELESS, Image #4 courtesy of The Mandarin Cake Shop, Image #5 courtesy of Thorn and Burrow, Image #6 courtesy of iDecorate, Image #7 courtesy of Sugarfina Hong Kong via Instagram, Image #8 courtesy of Yum Cha via Instagram, Image #9 courtesy of HKBrew, Image #10 courtesy of Amazon, Image #11 courtesy of Kikkerland