The best food and drink gifts to buy this year

What to get for those with good taste
Food gifts
By Dorothy So |
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Looking for a present for the foodie in your life? You’ve come to the right place. With the holidays just around the corner, show your love for your favourite epicurean with these delicious gifts, from a bottle of gin inspired by the flavours of Hong Kong to a box of hefty, chewy cookies that would make Santa Jolly. If you’re looking for even more gift-giving inspiration, be sure to check out these cool and affordable gifts for under $250, as well as festive decorations that double as great presents.

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The best food and drink gifts to buy this year

Basao Tea
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Tea from Basao Tea

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Give the gift of mindfulness with something from Basao. This locally based company specialises in artisanal teas that are sourced from plantations all across Asia. From its crisp black teas to grassy sencha, all of Basao’s brews boast their own unique flavour profile, and are designed as immersive experiences to be enjoyed, as opposed to just another beverage to be gulped down. Aside from its standalone teas, Basao’s also curated a Christmas gift box ($828), which includes two signature teas and a special-edition Kleen Kanteen tumbler. Get yours before December 14 for a 15 percent early bird discount. Price varies

Chocolates by Ryan L Foote
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Chocolates by Ryan L Foote

Perfect for chocoholics with a keen eye for design, these cacao treats are the newest creations by artist Ryan L Foote, who previously worked with high-end chocolatier Vero. The geometric sweets, which draw from Foote’s experiences in sculpture design, are made by combining 3D-printing tech with traditional chocolate-making techniques, and feature a hand-piped ganache at their cores. Given that Foote shuttles back and forth between Melbourne and the 852, he’s created an Australian collection and a Hong Kong one, the latter of which includes flavours such as pineapple bun, egg tart, milk tea and French toast. $415 for box of nine; chocolatesbyrlf.com

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Perfume Trees Gin
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Gin from Perfume Trees Gin

It’s no secret that gin is having a moment. More and more bars are stocking everything from big brands from London to small-batch bottles from Spain and Germany. If you’re looking for a gift for the discerning drinker in your life, we recommend going for a bottle of Perfume Trees Gin. Co-created by local mixologist Kit Cheung, the spirit is infused with botanicals that evoke the flavours and aromas of Hong Kong, including aged tangerine peel, green tea and blossoms from the eponymous joy perfume tree. Officially launched this winter, the product is currently made in the Netherlands – the birthplace of gin – but there are hopes to open a distillery here in Hong Kong in the near future. $728; perfumetreesgin.com

Powderlab Coffee
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Coffee subscription from Powderlab Coffee

Founded by two Hongkongers who love coffee and snowboarding in Japan, Powderlab is a beverage subscription service that shines the spotlight on Hokkaido’s lesser-known coffee roasters. Every month, subscribers get to sample a new brew selected by the Powderlab team and packaged in drip bags that can be enjoyed anywhere. The slim white java pouches also come with introductions to the featured roasters of the month, as well as a handy brewing guide. Best of all, if you love what you’re sipping, the Powderlab folks can help you source more from that particular roaster. $200-$300; powderlabcoffee.com

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Cookie Department
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Cookies from Cookie Department

Also known as the best cookies in town, these chunky, chewy and oh-so-buttery treats are one of our favourite things to gift this year. Each fist-sized cookie is loaded with top shelf ingredients and is baked fresh daily. There are five regular flavours to choose from – the classic chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, double choc chip, white chocolate macadamia and the insanely decadent peanut butter chip – but there are also seasonal specials such as the turducken-style cookie-in-cookie. Order these soft-baked treats via Instagram or pop along to Tong Chong Market to try some before you buy some. $35-$40 (minimum order of eight cookies); @cookie.dpt

What My Mom’s Cooking
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Candies from What My Mom’s Cooking

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A mainstay at many local fairs and markets, these handcrafted confections are perfect for those with a sweet tooth. As the name suggests, they ’re based on recipes created by the founder’s mother, so expect them to be made with plenty of TLC. There are no added oils, sugar or preservatives – only carefully sourced natural fruits and nuts, such as red dates from Xinjiang and purple apricots from the Middle East. What My Mom’s Cooking sells its candies at its production kitchen in Kwun Tong but you can also find its range at various health-conscious outlets such as Green Common. $80-$120

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