• Ronn Tan

The Foodie's guide to Chinese New Year gifts this 2022


Photo: Champignons Patisserie


Hello, it's Ronn!


If Christmas is considered the most wonderful time of the year, then the award for the most auspicious period goes to Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year celebrations have been on the lighter side these past two years (for obvious reasons) but the festive spirit lives on. Although Malaysians aren't exactly in the clear yet when it comes to Covid-19 (especially with newer variants like Omicron and Delta), we can still find safe and responsible ways to observe the special occasion with closed ones. Here, I've put together a list of options that are ideal as CNY gifts and many of them can be delivered as well — whether they are for yourself or for loved ones.




1 | CNY Hampers from Marks & Spencer


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Treat loved ones this festive season to scrumptious baskets of snacks with Mark & Spencer's range of CNY hampers. Options include Blissful Affluence, Prosperous Gatherings, Eternal Serenity, Harmonious Reunions, and Divine Luxury. Snacks include the likes of Belgian chocolate Biscuits, All Butter Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers, and Swiss Chocolate Truffles Assortment. A gentle reminder that the last day to order these hampers is 21 January 2022.


Price: RM188 - RM1,018


How to order: Here


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2 | Essenza Mini Bundle from Nespresso


Photo: Nespresso

If you're looking for a CNY gift fit for a coffee enthusiast, consider the Essenza Mini Bundle from Nespresso. Available red, grey, white, and black, the Essenza Mini coffee machine is apt for anyone seeking convenience with two programmable buttons and automatic flow-stop. The Aeroccino milk frother allows you to create light and creamy hot or cold milk froth for milk-based recipes.


Price: RM638 (until 13 February 2022)


How to order: Here


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3 | Prosperity Basket from Oh Cha Matcha x Lo Hong Ka


Photo: Oh Cha Matcha

This Chinese New Year, the matcha specialty brand is collaborating with Lo Hong Ka once again. This time, the limited edition gift set comes with four different flavours of matcha-flavoured drinks, homemade dairy-free matcha pineapple tart, a greeting card, and a mystery gift — all placed in a reusable bamboo basket. The four drink flavours include Pineapple Matcha, Mandarin Orange Matcha, Chrysanthemum Matcha, as well as Red Date and Goji Berries Matcha. Take note that the gift basket is for self pick up from Oh Cha Matcha's TTDI store only.


Price: RM168


How to order: Here


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4 | 'He Jia Zhu He' Curated Gifts from Chai Huat Hin


Photo: Chai Huat Hin

Available until 23 January 2022, the traditional oriental grocery has put together a festive gift box — meant to send the best wishes for the family — with three themes to choose from. They are Reunion, Peace, and Happiness. You will find delicacies such as Scallops, Bird's Nest, Abalone, Sea Cucumber, and Chinese Sausage in the gift sets.


Price: RM388 per set


How to order: Here


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5 | CNY Gift Set from Creme De La Creme (CDLC)


Photo: Creme De La Creme

Here's one for the dessert lovers! CDLC's gift set consists of Paws (Genmaicha ice cream, caramelised apple compote, salted caramel ice cream, homemade crumble, and white chocolate dip); two Big Gams (one made with Kyoho grapes sorbet, orange rosemary sorbet, Madagascar vanilla ice cream with chicken floss, black sesame peanut crunch with chicken floss, and white chocolate dip and another with French dark chocolate ice cream, homemade candied orange, Mandarin sorbet, hazelnut crunch, and dark chocolate dip); as well as two Gold Ingots (salted caramel ice cream, chocolate ganache, honeycomb, and white chocolate dip).


In addition, the set also comes with six Small Gams with two different flavours. They include Madagascar vanilla ice cream, homemade candied orange, coconut cereal crunch, Mandarin sorbet, and white chocolate dip; as well as Milk hazelnut ice cream, orange ganache, Mandarin sorbet, and white chocolate dip.


Price: RM138


How to order: Contact 017 394 0735 to pre-order


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6 | Abundance Gift Set from Karls Group


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It's full on abundance in the house this Lunar New Year! This curated gift set from Karls Group sure is providing that and more. You will find a box of Truffle Chicken Bak Kwa, Truffle Wagyu Bak Kwa, one Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV (750 millilitres), a greeting card, and a reusable gift box with designer sleeve. The set is available for pick-up from Skillet KL and for delivery until 27 January 2022.


Price: RM528


How to order: Here


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7 | Young At Heart Gift Set from Unbox by Huff and Puff


Photo: Unbox by Huff and Puff

Part of the brand's Fuyoh Series for Chinese New Year, the Young At Heart set consists of nostalgic snacks and games. You will find the likes of White Rabbit Candies, Haw Flakes, Lemon Tablets, Sugus, Great Monster Candies, Retro Jelly Cups, Torrone Choc Mint Candies, Torrone Cool Mint Candies, Collin's Butter Nut Candies, Pick Up Sticks, Retro Card Games, Lompat Getah, Soap Bubbles, and Stick Bubble. Oh, you will also spot a Tiger Balm. Another interesting to note is the packaging of the gift set. Unbox by Huff and Puff has prepared a retro wooden Bingo Lotto game set filled with 10 surprise balls.


Price: RM218


How to order: Here


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8 | Prosperity Selection from Royce


Photo: Royce

This Lunar New Year, treat loved ones to an auspicious chocolate-filled season with Royce's selection of gift sets. Among them is the Prosperity set which comprises of the CNY Variety pack, CNY Baton Cookies Hazel Cacao, CNY Potatochip Chocolate Original, and CNY Pure Chocolate Sweet & Milk.


Price: RM300


How to order: Here


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9 | Johnnie Walker Black Label Tin from Johnnie Walker


Photo: Johnnie Walker

Add some depth to anyone's celebrations this festive season with the limited edition version of the Johnnie Walker Black Label Tin for 2022. Immerse in deep layers of vanilla, spice, and sweet fruit flavours from this well-known deluxe whisky blend.


Price: RM210 (700 millilitres)


How to order: Here





10 | Tycoon-ic 'Ong' Basket from Tiny Temptress


Photo: Tiny Temptress

It's cookies galore with Tiny Temptress' Tycoon-ic 'Ong' Basket. There are two options to choose from — Monte Antico Rosso Bundle and Roku Gin Bundle. The Monte Antico Rosso Bundle comprises of two boxes of Golden Pineapple Tarts as well as a box each of Butter Cookies, Cereal Cookies, Peanut Cookies, and Salted Egg Cookies. As for the Roku Gin Bundle, you will find a bottle of gin as well as a box each of the delectables mentioned.


Price: RM388 (Monte Antico Rosso Bundle); RM488 (Roku Gin Bundle)


How to order: Here


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11 | Keep Calm & Carry ONG 2.0 Pack from The Tapping Tapir


Photo: The Tapping Tapir

Growing up, soda was (and still is) an integral part of any CNY house visit. If you're looking for something unique this year, check out The Tapping Tapir's Lunar New Year gift option. The pack consists of 12 Tapping Tapir Light flavours and a Keep Calm & Carry Ong Red Canvas Bag.


Flavours include one can each of Apple & Vanilla Light, Lemonade & Lengkuas Light, Grapefruit & Chamomile Light, Orange & Jasmine Light, Hibiscus & Lime Light, Guava & Lemongrass Light, Pineapple & Calamansi Light, Marigold Gold Light, Rose Green Light, Osmanthus Black Light, Borneo Krim Light, and Rhino Ale Light.


Price: RM88


How to order: Here


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12 | Emerald Gift Set from Mandarin Oriental KL

Photo: Mandarin Oriental KL

Here's a gift set that's perfect for gatherings and house visits. The team at Mandarin Oriental KL has put together a set that comprises of Abalone Braised Six Head China (425 grammes), Dried Scallop Japan (8 pieces), Dried Mushroom, Chinese New Year cookies (8 pieces), Dried Fish maw, Korean Dried Oyster, Emperor Dried Red Dates, Lai Po Heen’s signature XO Sauce, and Pu-er Tea. This gift set and other festive offerings will be available until 15 February 2022.


Price: RM838


How to order: Here


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13 | CNY Premium Gift Box from Sheraton Petaling Jaya

Photo: Sheraton Petaling Jaya

The hotel's luxury CNY hamper comes with Pineapple Tarts, Florentines, Red Velvet Cookies, Peanut Cookies, Chocolate Pralines, Dried Kumquat, Pineapple Lime Jam, Mixed Nuts, and a bottle of red wine. A gentle reminder that you will have to place your order at least 24 hours in advance.


Price: RM288


How to order: Here


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14 | Yen's Premium Prosperity Hamper from W Kuala Lumpur

Photo: W Kuala Lumpur

The hotel's Yen has put together this gift set to send the best luck and wishes to anyone that receives it. The set includes Abalone and Dried Scallops, Yen’s XO Sauce, Premium Dried Mushrooms, Pu-Er Tea, Yen’s Premium Double Boiled Soup Sachets, Yen’s Red Packets, Mandarin Oranges, and Chinese New Year Cookies. There is also the option to add-on one bottle of wine or liquor: Penfolds Max Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine (RM548+), Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial (RM888+), or Hennessy CNY Special Edition (RM988+).


Price: From RM388+ per set


How to order: Here


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15 | Treasure Box from The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Photo: The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

The hotel has curated three different Treasures Boxes: Prosperity, Happiness, and Opulence. In the set, you will find treats such as Valrhona Guanaja 70% Dark Chocolate Lucky Portal, Six-Flavours Prosperity Tiger Cakes, Six-Flavours Homemade Bird's Nest Egg Tart, Jar of Pineapple Tarts, Jar of Homemade Peanut Cookies, Jar of Homemade Almond Cookies, Box of Six Homemade Spreads and Sauces, as well as Honey Sesame Bar.


The Happiness Box and Opulence Box also comes with items like Dried Japanese Scallop, South African Abalone, Dry Morel Mushroom, and Dried Sea Cucumber.


Price: RM788 - RM4,088


How to order: Here


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16 | Treasure Twin Pack from Inside Scoop

Photo: Inside Scoop

Along with a limited edition CNY cooler bag and a set of angpows, the Twin Pack comes with two ice cream flavours of your choosing. The available options include Mango Sorbet (Alphonso mangoes), Unicorn (tart raspberry yoghurt and blue peaflower-stained milk ice cream with rainbow sprinkles), Choc Orange Firecracker (70% Belgian dark chocolate ice cream, orange puree and zest; topped with dark chocolate-coated popping candy and candied orange), and Niko Neko Genmaicha Sorbet (roasted brown rice green tea).


Price: RM68


How to order: Here


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17 | CNY Pack from Chocolat World

Photo: Chocolat World

Chocolat World's CNY Pack comprises of festive delectables such as Gourmet Butter Cornflakes Cookies, Gourmet Choc Chip Oat Cookies, Almond Cluster, Crunch Crunch, Couverture Chocolate Bar, Sakura Kueh Bangkit, and Handmade Almond Cookies.


Price: RM225


How to order: Here


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18 | 7 Treasures Box from Cocova

Photo: Cocova

In this gift set, you will snacks perfect for the young and the old. The 7 Treasures Box includes Playful Peca Dark Chocolate Coated Pecans, Wacky Almo Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds, Cheeky Hazel Dark Chocolate Coated Hazelnuts, Happy 65% Dark Chocolate Buttons, Curious 68% Dark Chocolate Buttons, Ruyi Cookies, Cacao Nibs, a Pink Gift Box, and CNY Design Sleeve.


Price: RM188


How to order: Here


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19 | East Meets West Platter from Elevete Patisserie


Photo: Elevete Patisserie

For Chinese New Year, Elevete Patisserie has prepared a plethora of treats and among them is the East Meets West Platter. Expect a modern take on traditional CNY treats with delectables such as Raspberry and Pistachio Tart, Mandarin Orange Madeleine with Peach Coulis, Raspberry & Pistachio Fatcaron, and Ginger and Lemon Éclair. The dessert board will be available until 19 February 2022.


Price: RM128


How to order: Here


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20 | Lunar Collection from Champignons Patisserie


Photo: Champignons Patisserie

Opt for a decadent gift option this Lunar New Year with Champignons Patisserie's Lunar Collection. The set is filled with five desserts that aren't just pleasing to the eyes but are sure to wow the tastebuds. The five items are Peach, Mandarin, Fook, Golden Pearl, and Sakura.


Price: RM120


How to order: Here


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Happy Chinese New Year!