4 days to Christmas: Gift ideas for the foodies in your life


Posted at Dec 21 2017 06:59 AM

Is your best friend obsessed with taking pictures of her food before she eats it? Do you have an uncle who is a self-proclaimed at-home chef? Or maybe you have a sibling who always needs to try the newest “in” restaurant.

With Christmas just four days away, our top picks make buying a gift for the foodie in your life a much sweeter task.

1. Gift boxes from Rustic Mornings

Long known for being the go-to place for fluffy pancakes and delicious coffee in Markina, Rustic Mornings has bundled its beloved Original Pancake Mix with their Classic Syrup, for a quick and easy way to enjoy delicious pancakes at home. Add a pack of their signature Breakfast Blend coffee to the basket, and you’ve got a complete breakfast from bite to sip.

Packed in a custom-made white and blue basket, tied with a blue ribbon, and with a gift card at the ready, these gift boxes will surely brighten any family’s table.

The Christmas Gift Basket A (Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Basket, Gift-Tag) is priced at P450, while baskets with the addition of Rustic Mornings Breakfast Blend coffee are priced at P650 for 250g (Christmas Basket B), and P850 for the 500g (Christmas Basket C).

2. Yuletide basket from New World Makati Hotel

This holiday season, The Shop of the New World Makati Hotel is offering completely personalized Yuletide baskets. You can customize your own special hamper with their handmade and finely crafted pastries to make the perfect gift for any foodie.

The Shop has a wide selection of holiday items such as chocolate Christmas yule logs and Santas, traditional European stollen bread, Christmas fruit mince pies, and assorted gingerbread goodies.

Located at the lobby level of New World Makati Hotel, The Shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3. Red Ribbon's HoliDozen gift boxes

Know a sweet-tooth that you still need a Christmas gift for? This year, Red Ribbon has prepared a gift box filled with a dozen of their best-tasting pastries called the HoliDozen Gift Boxes.

There are three varieties of the HoliDozen: the HoliDozen Cheesy Ensaimada, the HoliDozen Assorted Mamon, and the HoliDozen Assorted Pastries. Red Ribbon makes your job even easier by wrapping the boxes up in a festive design with a colorful Christmas parol and card.

4. City of Dreams' decadent delights

Café Society in City of Dreams Manila is the one-stop-shop for decadent delights. If your foodie likes holiday treats, Café Society has cakes, breads, minced pie, cookies, and chocolates. Or make your gift even more fun with a chocolate Santa Claus or gingerbread cookie house.

5. Holiday hampers from Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

If you know someone who loves elegant and up-scale food, the holiday hampers from The Bakeshop are exactly for them. The three hamper varieties sound sophisticated just in themselves, called Rosetta, Thistle and Silvermist.

Each hamper contains a different array of The Bakeshop’s signature banana bread, chocolate truffles, gingerbread, Christmas cookies, stollen, pralines, chocolate figurines, fruit pudding, panettone, buche de noel, macarons and more.

The Bakeshop is located at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, with holiday hampers starting at P1,800.

6. Oliviers & Co. Christmas Collection

This gift is for the chef (whether actual, or self-proclaimed) who loves gourmet olive oils, condiments and seasonings to play with in the kitchen.

Oliviers & Co. has released their 2017 Christmas Collection with six different gift sets. But the Best of O&Co. Sampler Set is an easy winner, with five glass jars of olive and basil oil, olive and lemon oil, white truffle oil, premium balsamic vinegar, and fig balsamic vinegar all in a beautiful round box.

Any of the gifts sets, or individual oils and condiments are available online and in-store.

7. Manila Diamond Christmas goodies

If you are looking for a gift for a foodie who loves to stay true to the traditional Filipino ingredients, Manila Diamond Hotel has holiday favorites with local twists.

Their Christmas Goodies are indulgent and melt in your mouth. Some of these special desserts include Mango Hazelnut Cake, Lemon Calamansi Loaf, Christmas Macarons, and Ube Ensaimadas.

Diamond Hotel also offers party platters for your foodie feast. Make it a celebration with Lechon de Leche, US Angus Beef Rib Eye, Roasted Turkey, or Homemade Bone in Leg Ham.

Christmas goodies, hampers and party platters are available for orders and delivery from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

8. Hotel Jen Manila's 12 days of Christmas

For the fun, but pocket-wise gift giver, keep gift-giving interesting at the Christmas Goodie Counter. Every day, for the 12 days before Christmas Eve, the Goodie Counter has a different Christmas goodie for only P12 each. So you can still spoil your foodie friends with delicious gifts such as Milk Chocolate Santas, Christmas Tree Lollies, or Ginger Stars without breaking the bank.

The Christmas Goodie Counter is located at Hotel Jen Manila.

9. Italianni’s holiday takeaways

Italianni’s holiday takeaways have become staples for people either looking for the perfect gift or something elegant to serve on Christmas.

One favorite is Italianni’s Quezo de Bola Cheesecake (P895), which is making a comeback this year. It requires one day's notice for bulk pre-orders of five pieces and up while four pieces and below are available at the stores everyday.

Something nice to bring to potlucks is a basket of freshly baked rustic bread. The restaurant’s Bread Box is best served with pasta, stews and hearty Italian stews, and priced at P295. A box comes with a bottle of good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and tons of baked goodness.

Get a bottle or two of Italianni’s premium wines -- super handy especially if you’re not sure what to buy from hundreds of labels available in wine shops. Price per bottle starts at P575.

10. Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s hampers and takeaways

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila has three hampers to choose from but it also allows custimers to make-their-own hampers. They can choose from a wide selection of chocolate characters, chocolate bars, soft and moist cakes, freshly baked cookies, nuts and biscuits, or Scottish fruit preserves, to name a few.

Add wines to make the celebrations even more indulgent.

11. Rustan's jute bag

Check out Rustan's Traditions Holiday Catalogue 2017 to find out which of your favorite items are on sale! Carry your Christmas bounty in the limited edition Jute Bag, which Fresh and Sapphire members can get by using their card points or for only P149 if you shop at least P300 worth of sponsor products.

Rustan's also has an array of lovingly curated Hampers of Joy.