A food hamper is a box full of goodies for everyone. A gift basket could be personal and it could be generally people-pleasing, depending on what you put in it. It's also the perfect group gift for families and friends. If you're looking for a nice hamper to give away this Christmas, we've put together a list of where to get cool and comprehensive food packages.
Cafe Pronto by Marco Polo
Cafe Pronto is offering two fixed hampers in a lovely leather case for Christmas. Hamper A (P7,321) comes with English fruit cake, Dresden Stollen, traditional Christmas cookies, a half dozen minced meat tarts, assorted macarons, a chocolate Santa Claus, paella base and rice, 200 grams of Parmesan, 150 grams of Parma ham, white wine, and Manzanilla olives. For more exotic tastes, Hamper B (P11,166) comes with Marco Polo X.O. sauce, a foie gras terrine, Catalan biscotti, extra virgin olive oil, Culatello ham, Stilton cheese, pralines, panettone, Dresden Stollen, vanilla Kipferl, and red wine.
For orders, contact Cafe Pronto at 720-7720. Cafe Pronto is at Marco Polo Manila, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
The Pensinsula Manila
This hotel has curated three gorgeous baskets for Christmas this year. The Peninsula Gourmet Hamper (P16,500+) is heavy with a 750-mL Peninsula champagne, a 24-piece chocolate box, a SnowPage toy, a coffee mug, a 100-gram tea selection, gingerbread tea, 500 grams of penne pasta, green olives with blue cheese, a 500-ml bottle of extra virgin olive oil, Lebkuchen, Christmas cookies, stollen bread, Christmas jams, Pannetoncino, chocolate Santa, and English cake.
Their two lighter offerings are Sweet Indulgence (P8,700+) comprising 375-ml Peninsula champagne, eight-piece chocolate box, a SnowPage toy, Annas Pepparkakor, Gianduiotti, stollen bread, Pannetoncino, mango chocolates, and a chocolate Santa; and Santa (P4,500), a round-up of Gianduiotti, an eight-piece chocolate box, Pannetoncino, stollen bread, Christmas cookies, and a chocolate Santa.
For orders, contact The Peninsula Manila at 887-2888 (local 7410). The Peninsula Manila is at Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
This sweet shop has always been convenient with their food sets. This year, they've come out with five festive arrangements that will surely excite those with a sweet tooth.
The Le Grand Set (P2,590) is their biggest offering, with one canister of popcorn, two tubes of cookies, two tubes of sugar-free Mendiants, and three cans of Pretzel Joie. A scaled-down version is Dashing Delights (P1,980), which offers nearly the same, but with two canisters of popcorn and no Pretzel Joie.
Other sets come with two tubes of sugar-free Mendiants and two tubes of cookies, too! There's Sweet Surprise (P1,645), which also comes with one popcorn; and Tinsel Treats (P1,735), which comes with a box of revel bars.
For something truly simply sweet, the Kiddie Treats (P960) is a basic sample of four tubes of cookies.
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Give your friends a change of scenery and try Take Root's one-of-a-kind gift packages this Christmas. The Take Root Assortment (P1,050), with Kale Chips, Salad Snackers, Cauli-Broc Chicharon, Granola, Bliss Balls, and Fruit Crisps, is a good preview of their menu. The Kale Sampler (P600), with three kinds of Kale Chips, might be a good gateway for pals who are planning to cut down on the snacking for the new year.
Other lighter alternatives are Kale Chips + Cauli Broc Chicharon (P480), Kale Chips + Salad Snackers (P420), Kale Chips + Fruit Crisps (P300), and Kale Chips Duo (P240).
For orders, contact Take Root at 0917-528-0689; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marks & Spencer
Every year, British lifestyle brand Marks & Spencer releases a stellar line that ranges from simple and affordable to more upscale compositions. Headlining this year's collection is the Supreme Luxury Hamper (P4,995), a majestic spread of sweet mini chocolate crispies, Extremely Chocolatey Dark Chocolate rounds, Danish ham, Christmas tea and coffee, and Old Man Creek Shiraz wine.
The Luxury Collection (P3,495) is a tasteful medley of Single Estate Reggiano Rosso White wine, chopped ham, turkey breast, and a set of hot chocolate, cappuccino, and English Breakfast tea. Pure indulgence, however, comes with the Pure Indulgent Hamper (P2,995); Italian fusilli, tomato and herb sauce, tomato and garlic sauce, Single Estate Reggiano Rosso Wine, Colombian ground coffee, and organic green tea—it has all the makings of a great dinner.
For something that will undoubtedly appeal to everyone, the Classic Favorites Hamper (P2,495) is a trove of Chocolate Chip with Hazelnut Cookies, peanut butter, Bourbon Biscuits, Dutch shortcake, Swiss milk chocolate, sparkling cherry juice, and house red wine. If you want something more affordable, there are the Chocolate Delights and Yuletide Must-Haves—each for only P1,995.
For a day of merriment, the Hearty Breakfast, Old Time Favorites, and It's Tea Time—P1,495 each—include biscuits, tea, and jams.
Marks & Spencer also offers several wine sets, ranging from P1,295 to P1,995.
Click here for a list of Marks & Spencer branches.
Diamond Hotel has three pre-arranged baskets. The Classic Christmas Hamper (P5,000) comes complete with Marzipan Stollen, Black Forest ham, six Christmas macarons, five Christmas cookies, Chaumes, Ospelt Pate Veal, Finn Crisp Originil Rye, fruit jams, cornichons, and red wine. Level up with the Grand Christmas Hamper (P10,000). It's chock-full of Marzipan Stollen, Black Forest ham, 12 Christmas macarons, 10 Christmas cookies, Chaumes, Ospelt Pate Delikatesse, Ospelt Pate Veal, Finn Crisp Originil Rya, fruit jams, cornichons, red wine, six pralines, Reblochon, and Cirio Balsamic Vinegar.
For an extra elegant touch, try the Luxury Christmas Hamper (P15,000). It carries the same items as the Grand, but with Camembert, Pommery Mustard, Saucission Sec with Hazelnut, champagne, and honey.
Diamond Hotel also offers customized hampers.
For orders, contact 528-3000. Diamond Hotel is at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila.
You won't find cuter bundles elsewhere. EDSA Shangri-La's three gift sets are perfectly gift-ready.
The Snow Frost (P2,500) is a sweet taste of chocolate Santa, iced Christmas cookies, stollen, pumpkin banana bread, and assorted chocolate truffles. The Christmas Breeze (P4,500) puts together a delightful spread: chocolate Santa, iced Christmas cookies, stollen, panettone, homemade jam, mince pies, nougat bar, and assorted pralines. The Silver Bells (P5,500), on the other hand, is a smorgasbord of chocolate Santa, iced Christmas cookies, apple-spiced banana bread, homemade jam, panettone, Christmas kouglof, raspberry macarons, mince pies, almond clusters, and assorted pralines.
For orders, contact EDSA Shangri-La at 633-888. EDSA Shangri-La is at One Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
Crowne Plaza Manila
Both the Deluxe Hamper (P1,800) and the Classic Hamper (P2,400) contain assorted wines, a chocolate Santa Claus, pearl meringue, Brie cheese, farfalle pasta, cherry compote, extra virgin olive oil, Barilla pasta sauce, and panettone. If you're looking for something specific, Crowne Plaza's Santa Shop can whip up your preferred selection. Don't forget to add a gingerbread house to the mix.
For orders, contact Crowne Plaza Manila at 633-7222. Crowne Plaza Manila is at Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.
Makati Shangri-La has opted for a "Spectacular Christmas" theme this year. The hotel is now decked out in splended circus decor, and that same look carries over to their Christmas hampers: Christmas Carousel, Send in the Clowns, The Juggling Santa, Circus Tea, and Spectacular Christmas. Ranging from P1,695 to P8,675, the baskets will carry mince pies, gingerbread, Santa-shaped chocolates, marzipan stollens, Christmas-flavored teas, Christmas puddings, Christmas jams, panettone, a bottle of Prosecco Argeo, and more!
For orders, contact Makati Shangri-La at 813-8888 (local 7463). Makati Shangri-La is at Makati Avenue, Makati City.
Mom and Tina's
How about giving a tasting sampler of Mom and Tina's bestsellers for Christmas? They come in all shapes and sizes—from mini to small to medium, from plain to polka-dotted. The prices of their Christmas Boxes depend on what you choose to put inside, but you might be better off with their pre-selected sets. There are the Big Red Round Platter (P850 to P1,075) and Rectangular Sampler Basket (P1,100 to P1,400), containing an assortment of tarts, brownies, squares, and bars.
If you're planning a one-of-a-kind Christmas spread, get any of the Picnic Hampers (P1,500 to P1,800). They come with cheese, shortbread, cookies, brownies, and loaves. For extra reinforcements, there's the Extra Large Rectangular Basket with Metal Handles (P2,250 to P2,750).
Click here for a list of Mom and Tina's branches.
Chef Tony's Popcorn
How about giving a collection popcorn as a fun little gift? Pop over at your friend's house with a pack of three small tubs (P350). Planning a movie night? Bring a crate packed with two Popcorners and two small popcorn tubs (P450). Or, you can really make it a party with their load of three Popcorners, three dips, and two popcorn tubs (P1,000).
Click here for a list of Chef Tony's branches.
The Japanese have something they call "omiyage," which is their version of pasalubong or a token. This Christmas, Hattendo is letting Pinoys experience it—in furoshiki, their tradition of wrapping gifts in cloth. Give your loved ones the most delicious cream buns in various flavors and packaging (floral, prints, plaids, polka-dots). Prices range from P500 to P680.
For orders, contact Hattendo at 0922-888-6828, 0922-881-8828. Hattendo has branches at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City; Power Plant Mall, Makati City; and SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Read more about Hattendo.
This exquisite tea emporium gives you five gift suggestions. Macaron sets come in six, 12, or 24 pieces priced at P330, P605, and P1,210 respectively. Or, you can coax out someone's Christmas spirit with the Red Christmas Teabag gift box (P1,125) featuring the season's spiced green tea or the Christmas Jewel Caviar Tin Tea (P2,595).
It is, however, the TWG Tea Christmas Hamper that offers the ultimate luxury. The bespoke chest includes the Red Christmas Caviar Tin Tea , two matches sets of red Firefly tea bowls and saucers, a Bain de Roses teabag box, the 1837 Black Tea, a Classic Tea Tin in Yellow, matcha financiers, muffins, six macarons in a gift box, and TWG Tea Sugar Gems. Price is available upon request.
Click here for a list of TWG branches.
Oliviers & Co.
Make it an olive Christmas with Oliviers & Co. They have smaller sets with just a couple of choice products like the Christmas Olive Oil (P2,995), the Organic Oil and Vinegar Duo (P2,395), and Christmas Meli-Melo (P1,590).
Their bigger packages make a perfect statement under the tree. The Best of O&Co (P3,795) elegantly puts together five miniature versions of bestselling oils and condiments. The Christmas Sparkle features Christmas olive oil, olive and truffle sauce, truffle salt, and white truffle olive oil. The Christmas Magic is a dish waiting to be enjoyed: black truffle cream, olive and truffle sauce, truffle tagiolini pasta, truffle salt, summer truffles in olive oil, black truffle olive oil, and white condiment.
The Christmas Delight is a merry mix of Christmas olive oil, black olive relish, green olive relish, praline truffles, pistachio, cappuccino, and stracciatella.
Oliviers & Co. is at Central Square, Bonifacio Global City.
Christmas at Jipan is a smorgasbord of bread and goodies! Make sure your friends wake up to the delicious smell of bread on Christmas morning. The Christmas Morning Basket (P1,680) is an assortment of Bacon Maple Monkey Bread, Monroe Bread, Raisin Walnut French Bread, 10 pieces of mini Cacao Croissants, Rum Cake, Gugelhupf, and a Gingerbread Cookie. The Coffee Break Lovers Basket (P1,785) is a fun collection of a mini Monroe Bread, a chocolate cake in the shape of a Christmas tree, Coffee Cream Bread, Blueberry Delight, Cranberry Orange Pound Cake, a Chocolate Muffin, and a Gingerbread Cookie. It also comes with a pack of Kickstart Coffee in Brewed Awakening.
Not a fan of coffee? How about the Tea Lovers Basket (P1,050)? It's made up of mini Monroe Bread, Cranberry Hazelnut Date Bread, mini Matcha Croissants, Vague Bread, an Earl Grey Muffin, and a Gingerbread Cookie. The Cookies and Sweets Basket (P685), meanwhile, is a charming trove of Peppermint Melting Moments, an Oatmeal Fudge Bar, Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies, Nutella Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, and a Gingerbread Cookie.
For orders, contact Jipan at email@example.com. Jipan has branches at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; Glorietta 4, Makati City; and 220 Pilar Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.