If you want to give the gift of guilty pleasure that won’t induce any guilt, this range of hampers from The Cakery might hit the sweet spot. Each item in the hampers is prepared using ingredients that are healthy and nutritious. They include organic, refined, sugar-free and dairy-free sweets as well as treats that contain micronutrients and superfoods. The Sweet Teaser ($488) is chocka with panettone, gingerbread men and veggie Parmesan breadsticks. The Guilt-Free Indulgence ($1,088) contains the additional goodies of granola, biscotti, macarons, Bloom's tea tins and L’Instant Merlot 2014.
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Trim the Chocolate Tree
Forget chocolate under the tree; how about a tree of chocolate? La Maison du Chocolat’s master chef, Nicolas Cloiseau, has sculpted a latticework of cacao crus with this impressively handcrafted chocolate tree that stands at nearly 2.5 feet tall. The ‘millefeuille’ tree has 25 branches and is a real work of culinary artistry. $13,000 a bit above your budget? Go for the miniature version dubbed the Vertigo Christmas Tree that features layers of chocolate and gold leaf and goes for a more palatable $380. Available to order from all La Maison du Chocolat shops or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hong Kong’s homegrown brand Classified has a hamper collection that’s positively drool-worthy. Ranging in price, the selection includes the All I Want for Christmas ($2,400) filled with all the fixings for a festive meal, from homemade turkey seasoning and gravy mix to spicy corn relish and artisan cheeses. The Winter Wonderland ($990) is of a sweeter variety, with mince pies, SOTE popcorn, white chocolate chip cookies and fine wine, and the Little Drummer Boy ($700) has traditional classics like homemade gingerbread men, Harney & Sons Christmas tea and macarons to spread that holiday warmth right into your belly. Order from www.classifiedfood.com.
Mumm for Mum maybe? If the lady who brought you life also likes the finer things in hers, perhaps a bottle of this Mumm Grand Cordon would make a nice treat under the tree. Its brand-new bottle was created by multi-award-winning Ross Lovegrove, with the Cordon Rouge red sash actually indented into the glass. This opulent bottle is available at Watson’s Wine ($438 retail price), but cuvees.com has it on for $330; get it while it’s hot, then chill it down.
CORAVIN™ is one of those gifts that sounds like the kind of thing that would be useful, plus it looks cool. This is no ordinary wine opener; it inserts a needle through the cork, allowing any amount of wine to be poured without actually opening it – meaning a single glass in the evening without the need to polish off the whole bottle. This is a thoughtful present for wine lovers, those who hate waste or those who simply dislike having to commit to a bottle when a sip or two would do. Available for $2,800 from Watson's Wine, ENOTECA wine shop and bidvino.com in three festive limited-edition colours of vibrant red, gleaming gold and sparkling silver.
Tea’s the Season to be Jolly
If a nice, warm cuppa sets your loved one alight, TWG Tea has this posh red Christmas caviar tin tea set ($188) filled with red tea as well as a shortbread tin with cookies infused with the flavour of spiced orange ($148). Available from www.twgtea.com.
Local boutique coffee roastery Sinbad Coffee Roasters has an ideal option for java junkies with their Christmas set ($430) that comes with a bag of your choice of hand-roasted speciality coffee and an ESPRO® TRAVEL Press (available in four colours: bright white, red, matte black and stainless steel) that’s essentially a thermos and French press all in one handy device. Available from www.sinbadcoffee.com.