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Le Vyr
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The Christmas gift guide for foodies

We suss out the presents for the foodie in your life

By Delfina Utomo and Fabian Loo

Just because someone is a huge foodie doesn't give you the right to get them a box of Ferrero Rocher. Besides, it's been a tough year. Surely your foodie friend or loved one deserves something a little nicer – like pretty plates and a four-course meal while being up in the air. We've rounded up some gifts your food-crazy friend might like.

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Paper Lantern Gin
Photograph: Paper Lantern Gin

Gin and kombucha mixers ($119)

From Paper Lantern Gin

This Asian-inspired expression, made with Sichuan pepper, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and other regional botanicals, gets a gut-friendly update with the special gin and kombucha set. Teaming up with local kombucha maker Fizzicle, each comes with a bottle of 700ml gin, along with two kombucha syrups: blueberry lavender and calamansi mint.

Le Vyr
Photograph: Le Vyr

The complete kombucha-making starter kit ($66.50)

Bars and pubs

From Le Vyr

For the aspiring brewmaster, get them this convenient starter kit from Le Vyr. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions on how to start, care for, and grow a SCOBY (also included) – alongside two sample bottles of the brand’s best-sellers: liang teh and teh limau kombucha. Feeling lazy? Le Vyr is also known for injecting a local spin into its gut-friendly creations, including the Rye-Bee-Na kombucha ($8.50) and apple crumble milk kefir ice cream ($8.50).

PONY Cocktail
Photograph: Jigger & Pony

PONY bottled cocktails (from $32)

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Tanjong Pagar

From Jigger & Pony

Toast to the festive season with some bottled libations from Jigger and Pony. In celebration of its ninth placement on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list, the bar has recently introduced PONY, a series of premium bottled cocktails. Sip on classic creations, including Negroni ($32) and Old Fashioned ($33); or sample signature creations like the Sakura Martini ($34), a crisp concoction with Roku gin, Japanese sake vermouth, and even real sakura flowers.

Noel Gifts
Photograph: Noel Gifts

The Blue Collection (from $125)

Shopping Geylang

From Noel Gifts

Go traditional and send a Christmas gift box to your loved ones, colleagues, business partners, and even to acquaintances you have lost touch with for good tidings. This Christmas, premier gift company Noel Gifts is rolling out a wide range of festive goodies and hampers that would excite any food enthusiast. The Blue Collection (from $125) makes for a perfect present for fans of tea. Find it filled with plenty of English treats like jam, biscuits, tea selections and even exclusive products from English bone china brand, Wedgwood to complete an indulgent tea time experience at home. Need more choices? Browse through the entire Christmas collection from fifteen different categories like Christmas Moods, 12 Wishes of Christmas, Premier Choix, Auberge, and more. Time to play Santa and start picking gifts!

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Amazin' Graze Christmas 2020
Photograph: Amazin' Graze

Festive Nut Butter Box ($16.90)

From Amazin' Graze

Here’s one for the nut butter lovers – a collection of eight different flavours which range from black sesame almond nut butter to all-natural ABC (almond, Brazil nut, cashew) nut butter. It's best paired with a Merry Gift Box ($22.90), which comes with healthy treats of white chocolate cranberry granola, cherry peppermint brownie chips, and chocolate-coated almonds and strawberries. There’s also the option to get both in a bundled set ($50.70), along with a pair of holiday socks.

Heartland Sourdough
Photograph: Heartland Sourdough

Faith Gift Set ($88)

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From Heartland Sourdough

Can’t seem to grow a starter? Let Heartland Sourdough do all the hard work for you and your bread-loving friend. The Faith Gift Set comes filled with two freshly made loaves: the crusty namesake sourdough, and a festive spiced orange and cranberry version. It even comes with a bottle of truffle butter, along with a bread knife and board to slice up all that crusty goodness with ease. There’s also a packet of chocolate chip sourdough cookies that comes with this impressive bundle.

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Holiday chocolate gift box ($89)

Restaurants River Valley

From Godiva

Chocolates might get a bad rep as being an unimpressive gift idea. But not these sweet delights from Godiva. As part of its Holiday Sparkle Chocolate Collection, this chocolate gift box comes with a selection of milk, dark, and white chocolate treats – from sugar cookie flavoured white chocolate to pecan praline milk chocolate. Other highlights include a chocolate truffle tin ($39) made to resemble a carousel, or a gift box ($6) that can double up as an ornament.

Seriously Keto Christmas 2020
Photograph: Seriously Keto

Seriously Keto

Restaurants Bakeries City Hall

From Seriously Keto

Even those on diet should still be able to get in on the festive cheer. Keto-friendly bakery Seriously Keto has created a range of sugar-free treats – perfect for some guilt-free indulgence. In the Jolly Gift Box, there is aromatic ginger snaps, cinnamon loaf, and four cupcakes in flavours of chocolate brownie, peanut butter, and red velvet.

Photograph: T2

Tall Tales Tea For One ($85)

From T2

If 2020 has taught us anything this year, it's about getting comfortable being stuck at home for prolonged periods of time. Not that we'd want a repeat of 2020 but at least now we have a slight understanding of having the proper wares for preparing our caffeine fix at home. Settle for T2's Tall Tales tea set which features wonderful illustrations based on stories from around the world of adventure and discovery. The Tiger set comes with a fine bone china teapot (enough for a full cup, and a little top up), a cup and saucer and a stainless steel infuser.

Photograph: Tott

Jamie Oliver Mezzaluna and Chopping Board ($43.49)

From Tott

When it comes to cooking – especially if it's Asian cuisine – herbs and spices are everything. And like all the books and recipes tell you, fresh is best. When you have a handy board and mezzaluna set on hand, you can prepare leaves, herbs and spices on the spot. Plus, having it on the counter as you cook just adds more authenticity – when it comes to aesthetics. 

Photograph: Joot

Peranakan scalloped plates ($68)

From Joot

Set the table with some traditional Peranakan ceramics. Joot stocks the whole catalogue of dinner plates, bowls, cutlery, dessert plates and more in the iconic Peranakan porcelain – but start with the scalloped plates first. The plates come in two motifs: peonies and the traditional phoenix. If you're feeling generous, you can purchase them in bundles of four for $250. 

Photograph: Eggbears

Eggbears ($26.90)

From Mrphy

Swap unsightly cardboard egg cartons for a cute way to store your eggs at home. Eggbears is a multi-functional egg holder for keeping your eggs upright as it sits in the fridge or in a pot of boiling water. It can store half a dozen eggs and though it may look like a novelty accessory, the handle stays cool and is safe to touch throughout the boiling process. 

Photograph: Rainbow Lapis

Nonya kueh platter ($55)

From Rainbow Lapis via Kris Shop

Brighten up someone's day with a rainbow – more specifically, brightly coloured kueh. For variety, the platter includes 30 pieces of six different types of kueh including the kueh salat which is half glutinous rice and half coconut-pandan custard; and the iconic rainbow lapis of course. 

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