Christmas gift guide: The best gifts for gourmands in Hong Kong
By: Rachel Read
December 2, 2020
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry – and that extends to Christmas gifting too. From indulgent chocolates and speciality teas to spicy sauces and boozy subscription packages, our gourmet gift guide has got something for every palate, so grab your napkins and dig in…
Rule Britannia: Fortnum & Mason Christmas Collection
Enjoy the best of British with this bumper hamper stuffed full of gourmet delights from luxury grocer’s Fortnum & Mason. Exclusive to Hong Kong, this wicker basket of wonders is filled to the brim with decadent festive pleasures, including special Yuletide biscuits, teas, coffee, chocolates and a fig preserve – essentially, everything you need to feast your way through Christmas.
Available from Fortnum & Mason
Spill the tea: Plantation T’eas The Season Box Set
Brew up a storm with this festive box of tea bars from local craft tea brand Plantation by Teakha. Featuring three types of premium Chinese tea – Holy Malty black tea, Earthy Mirth pu’erh, and Frosty Meadow white tea – pressed into mountain shapes and beautifully wrapped in patterned paper, tea breaks don’t get much more elegant than this.
Available from Plantation
Pasta masters: Testa Conserve Buzzonaglia Pasta Kit
Satisfy those carb cravings in style with this deliziosa pasta kit from Italian cuisine experts Testa Conserve. This nifty set includes everything you need to whip up a truly prima pasta meal, with dried spaghettoni, extra virgin olive oil, Bluefin tuna buzzonaglia tomato sauce, seasoned breadcrumbs and crushed red chilli peppers… buon appetito!
Available from Certa
Cook the books: Add Oil Recipe Book
Unleash your inner master chef with Add Oil, a locally-produced cookbook featuring 49 original recipes from some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants and bars, including Little Bao, Yardbird, Quinary and The Old Man. Created to support the city’s hard-hit F&B scene during the pandemic, proceeds from each sale are donated back to the contributing businesses – meaning there’s never been a better reason to hit the kitchen.
Available from Sip Straight
Spice up your life: Chilli Fagara Christmas Hamper
Turn up the heat this holiday season with much-loved Sichuan restaurant Chilli Fagara’s Christmas hamper. Spice fiends will go gaga for this gift set, which includes a jar of the restaurant’s signature extra-spicy artisanal “LA sauce” and a pack of their numbing house chilli powder – plus some fragrant Eight Treasures tea to wash it all down with afterwards.
Available from Chilli Fagara
Gin-gle bells: Ginsanity Gin Club Subscription
Get on-board the gin train with a quarterly or annual subscription from Hong Kong’s first gin club, Ginsanity. The perfect gift for any gin connoisseur, each carefully curated box contains a full-sized bottle of gin that’s exclusive to Hong Kong and a selection of complementary mixers and other treats, plus tasting notes and cocktail recipes to try – all delivered direct to your door each month.
Price: HK$1,675 for quarterly; HK$6,468 for annual
Available from Ginsanity
Say cheese: Date By Tate Cheese Box
Level up your cheeseboard game with this selection of exquisite cheeses from Date By Tate, the new lifestyle store curated by Tate Dining Room’s award-winning chef, Vicky Lau. Her “Ode To Cheese” box features a trio of delicious cheeses – Comté, Gorgonzola and Tomme de la Pate d’Ours – ingeniously paired with Chinese condiments of wild kumquat, seaweed and pickled young ginger, for a fresh twist on fromage.
Available from Date By Tate
Fix up, look sharp: Kikkerland Cheese Knives Set
Now you’ve got the cheese, what about the cheeseboard itself? Sharpen up those knife skills with this super-cute set from renowned Dutch design brand Kikkerland, which includes a wooden cheeseboard alongside three adorable mouse-shaped cheese knives – each with different stainless steel blades specifically designed for cutting, holding and shaving cheese.
Available from Homeless
Cocoa loco: Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Truffles
For a gift with the royal seal of approval, look no further than an all-indulgent box of chocolates from heritage British chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker – who count Queen Elizabeth II as one of their many happy customers. With their divinely decadent truffles as their calling card, it would be remiss not to try their limited-edition Christmas flavours, which include eggnog, gingerbread, and peppermint cookie – and trust us, just one box definitely isn’t enough.
Roe money, roe problems: Royal Caviar Club Gift Set
Celebrate the ultimate season of extravagance with a gift showcasing the most extra ingredient of them all – caviar. This luxurious gift set from Royal Caviar Club features a traditional mother-of-pearl caviar spoon alongside a tin of the highest quality Royal Cristal caviar, sourced seasonally from the finest farms in the world for your tasting pleasure.
Price: HK$900 for 30g, HK$1,300 for 50g
Available from Royal Caviar Club