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The best Christmas gifts that every foodie will love

What to give your favourite food-loving friends

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Fontaine Cheng
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We all have at least one self-proclaiming foodie friend that seems to frequent all the new restaurants in town and litters your Instagram feed with wickedly tempting food posts late at night. And if you live in Hong Kong, well you probably have about five or six of these friends that fit that description. Shopping for foodies that are so serious about their eats can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t share the same passion for food. But that’s where we come in, and it’s why we decided to curate this list of the top eight gifts to give our food-loving friends and where to buy them this Christmas.

RECOMMENDED: For more ideas of what to gift the foodie in your life, check out this list for the Christmas hampers or send over sweet greetings with the best Christmas desserts in Hong Kong.

Plantin Kaviari
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Plantin Kaviari

For foodies that have a taste for luxury, caviar is a dream gift to receive. Plantin Kaviari is offering a gift set that will impress even the most discerning gourmand. The Kaviari caviar tasting gift set, from the renowned French Caviar House, offers a choice of their signature Kristal, a rich and complex caviar, or Oscietre, a caviar with subtle aromas and nutty notes, available in varying sizes (from 30g to 125g) depending on the caviar. It also comes in its original tin, with a full tasting kit and can be delivered directly to your door (or the person you’re gifting) from Monday to Friday. Plus, they offer free delivery when you spend $900 and above to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, or $1,200 and above to the New Territories. 

Price: Caviar gift box from $615
Where to buy: Available at plantinkaviari.hk

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Plantin Kaviari

Black Sheep Restaurants
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Black Sheep Restaurants

The team behind some of Hong Kong’s most popular restaurants are offering a series of fun experiences made for the food lover. From a pizza-making class at Motorino, and oyster shucking at Osteria Marzia, to an Italian pasta-making class at Associazione Chianti, and a lively cocktail class at Carbone, there is something for each and every foodie you have in mind. What’s more, they are also offering indulgent dinner experiences such as a dinner for two at New Punjab Club, Ho Lee Fook, and Crown Super Deluxe amongst other restaurants, for those who prefer to sit back and enjoy instead.

Price: Experiences range from $800
Where to buy: Available at blacksheeprestaurants.com

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Vive Cake Boutique
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Vive Cake Boutique

Perhaps it’s a friend’s birthday during the holiday season, or maybe the secret to that person’s heart is cake, either way, we can’t see a cake gift being sent back, especially if they’re from Vive Cake Boutique. Their Christmas cake collection has a selection of gorgeous cakes that taste as good as they look including the White Christmas chestnut mousse and Snowfall blueberry-vanilla sponge mini cakes. Other larger cakes such as the Holly Jolly in pastel turquoise, classically red Wishful Christmas, and a presentable mauve Merry & Bright which comes in flavours like banana cake with chocolate buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese, or vanilla sponge with a tropical mango and yuzu mousse, and more.

Price: Mini cakes $58; larger cakes from $780 depending on the design 
Where to buy: Available at Vive Cake Boutique branch in H Queen’s 

Tree
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Tree

For foodies that dine in as much as they dine out, Tree offers some great homeware accessories that make the whole occasion a more stylish one. The marble lazy susan, which comes in three variations of colours, is the perfect gift for sophisticated foodies that like to entertain. Plus, it doubles up as a great centrepiece for cheese or snack platters, and maybe even a twirling cake stand.

Price: Marble lazy susan $495
Where to buy: Available at tree.com.hk

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Sugarfina
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Sugarfina

Sweet season’s greetings can come in many forms, and sending seasonal cheers via Sugarfina’s Christmas sweets is one that will definitely score you some points with friends that have a sweet tooth. Opt to build your own candy bento box, or simply choose the holiday cravings candy box with eight different sweets and flavours including cranberry cocktail and spiked eggnog gummy bears, merry berries, candy cane caramels, and more.

Price: Gift boxes range from $288/3 pieces to $688/8 pieces
Where to buy: Available at IFC and Harbour City locations

Classified
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Classified

For the cheesy friend, Classified is offering a gift box that you can fill up with a choice of three, five, or seven different kinds of cheese. Think moreish English cheddar, punchy Stilton, nutty 12-month comté, soft camembert that you can warm up, and more. This is the cheese box that you’ll probably want to get for yourself too. It also comes with crostini and quince paste, which means the Christmas cheese platter is sorted. Additional Items, including baguette, wines, and Champagnes, can also be added to the gift box. 

Price: Cheese boxes range from $180 for three kinds of cheese
Where to buy: Available at classifiedfood.com; delivery is available for Hong Kong Island ($100), Island South ($150) and Kowloon ($150).

 

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Flagrant hot sauce
Photograph: Courtesy Roti Tori

Flagrant hot sauce

Made in Hong Kong, this locally produced fermented chilli sauce (which is also available at Basehall’s Roti Tori) offers a blazing yet fragrant kick with a vinegary tang and bright yuzu notes, while a unique savoury and umami flavour – thanks to the addition of koji rice (a Japanese fermentation starter) – keeps you coming back for more. Gift this to a friend who enjoys the spice of life, and they’ll thank you each time they add the hot sauce to their meals. 

Price: Flagrant hot sauce $125
Where to buy: Available at fiyahheatstore.com

G.O.D.
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G.O.D.

Though not really made for eating, or eating with, this pineapple bun with a slot for a memo pad (which will look like butter) is the ideal stocking filler for foodies. Made to look like the Hong Kong staple pastry, it’s a cute addition to any foodie’s desk or stationery pile and can hold paper clips and other small items inside too.

Price: Pineapple bun memo pad holder $60
Where to buy: Available at god.com.hk

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

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