• Ronn Tan

The Foodie's guide to fun Christmas gifts this year

Photo: Valen's Patisserie

Hey hey, it's Ronn!

Are you shopping for yourself, or are you looking for a gift for loved ones? We're now in the midst of the holiday season and the search for the perfect Christmas gift is officially underway. If you're a fan of all things food and drinks, you've come to the right spot!

This gift guide highlights some of the best festive gifts for foodies — from exciting dessert creations to limited edition collections.

1 | Christmas Confectionery from Elevete Patisserie

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Elevete Patisserie's Christmas confectionery collection include desserts such as Christmas Stacked Brownies, Grandma's Fruit Cake, Christmas Log Cake, Christmas Wreaths with 15 pieces of Macarons of Cherries and Blueberries. You can also opt for the Macaron Tower with Brownies (pictured above).

The lowdown: Prices range from RM100 to RM160+.

How to order: Head over to Elevete Patisserie's website (link above).

2 | Bring Home This Season's Very Best from EQ Kuala Lumpur

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The Bring Home This Season's Very Best offer consists of festive roasts, Christmas specials, tasty treats, holiday cakes, gift hampers, and beverages. Choose from beef wellington, roasted tom turkey, yule logs and more.

The lowdown: Items are available for takeaway, self pick-up, and delivery at Étoile from 16 November 2020 to 1 January 2021.

How to order: Click here or visit Étoile in EQ (a gentle reminder that orders are to be placed at least two days in advance).

3 | Merry Holi-YAY Collection from Valen's Patisserie

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The highlight of the collection is the Merry Holi-YAY Trio — three hand-crafted dessert creations inspired by characters from the North Pole. Mr. Reindeer is crafter with Dark Chocolate coating and filled with Dark Chocolate Mousse whereas Mr. Elf is created with White Chocolate coating and filled with Peppermint Ganache (as well as chocolate chip cookies). As for Mr. Santa, the dessert is made with White Chocolate coating, Yuzu Ganache, and Yuzu Cremeux.

The lowdown: Merry Holi-YAY Trio is priced at RM135. The Merry Holi-YAY Bundle (with Holi-YAY Snow Log Cake) is priced at RM330. The collection will be available until 31 December 2020.

How to order: Contact 019 2602 777 or visit Valen's Patisserie's Instagram and Facebook pages.

4 | Festive Matcha Gift Set from Oh Cha Matcha

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Collaborating Malaysian designer Cassey Gan, Oh Cha Matcha's Christmas collection consists of four different gift sets. They come with beverages made using Matcha from Uji, cheesecakes, matcha soft cookies, matcha spread, and more. All sets come with a Limited Edition Designer Jute Bag.

The lowdown: The sets are priced from RM147 to RM297. Click here for the full menu.

How to order: You can head over to Oh Cha Matcha's website.

5 | Festive Trunks from The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

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Inspired by the Astor's love for travel, the Festive Trunks — made with faux leather and embellished with rose gold brass locks and studs — are filled with a multitude of homemade delights prepared by the hotel's culinary team. Each trunk includes options such as Dark Chocolate Christmas Tree, Teh Tarik Valrhona Chocolate Bar, Christmas Stollen, and more. The Luxury Trunk also comes with a bottle of Delamotte Champagne.

The lowdown: Classic Trunk is priced at RM618+ and Luxury Trunk is priced at RM980+; available until 31 December 2020.

How to order: You can call 012 280 1303 or email dining.kualalumpur@stregis.com.

6 | Advent Calendar 2020 from Nespresso

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This holiday season, Nespresso's Casa Nespresso includes the Variations Italia Advent Calendar — allowing you and loved ones to enjoy a Nespresso coffee each day from 1 to 23 December. There will also be a surprise on the 24th day.

The lowdown: The Advent Calendar is priced at RM199 each.

How to order: Visit Nespresso Malaysia's website here.

7 | An Italian Christmas Story Set from d'ALTI GUSTI

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Perfect for anyone who's passionate about Italian cooking, the set consists of artisanal ingredients to bring a taste of Italian luxury. You'll get Porcini and White Truffle Cream; Parmesan and Bianchetto Truffle Cream; Artichoke and Summer Truffle Cream; Limited Edition 20% Truffle Sauce; and Summer Truffle Gnocchi. The gift set also comes with a personal consult from Executive Chef Simon Phillips.

The lowdown: The set is priced at RM428.

How to order: You can email ciao@altigusti.com or call 011 1020 0380.

8 | The Christmas Atelier Collection from Entier

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This year, Entier's festive collection consists of thoughtfully created treats and gift boxes. The Tarte Box comes with two tarts and you can choose from four options: Mont Blanc, Double Chocolate, Passionfruit, and Hazelnut Praline. There's also the Caviar Epicurean Box that includes Entire Caviar and a taster set of Entier's spreads.

The lowdown: The Caviar Epicurean Box is priced at RM520 per set and the Tarte Box is priced at RM89 per box.

How to order: Head over to Entier's website here.

9 | Holiday Collection from Amazin' Graze

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Part of the brand's 2020 Holiday Collection, the Merry Gift Box consists of three different treats — White Chocolate Cranberry Granola, Cherry Peppermint Brownie Chips, as well as Chocolate-coated Almonds and Strawberries. There is also the Festive Nut Butter Box that comes with eight all-natural nut butters, including Black Sesame Almond Nut Butter and Honestly Indulgent Peanut Butter.

The lowdown: The Merry Gift Box is priced at RM45.90 per box and the Festive Nut Butter Box is priced at RM42.90.

How to order: You can shop from the website here.

10 | Festive Desserts from Creme De La Creme

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This year, CDLC's festive creations include four unique Petits Gâteaux. Cuddles is made with cookies and cream ice cream, Madagascar vanilla ice cream, 63% French dark chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate ganache, milk crumble, white chocolate dip, and coconut meringue; whereas Bûche de Noël has roasted almond ice cream, Madagascar vanilla ice cream, 63% French dark chocolate ice cream, morello cherry sorbet, sweet spiked cherries, chocolate biscuit sponge, and dark chocolate dip. The other two options are O Christmas Tree! and Huggies.

The lowdown: Each set of four is priced at RM129.30; available at the Damansara branch.

How to order: You can pre-order by contacting 012 281 5123.

11 | Christmas Gift Box from Pullman KLCC

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Pullman KLCC's gift box consists of 12 treats to get you in the festive spirit. They include Homemade Chicken Liver Parfait with Black Truffles, In-house Cured Gravlax Dill Salmon, Homemade Roasted Sesame Honey Walnuts, Ginger Bread Man, Marinated Herb Olives, Red Chinese Cuisine Signature XO Sauce, Mailander Cookies & Cinnamon Star Cookies, Traditional Dried Fruits Marzipan Stollen, Old British Christmas Fruits Cake, Mini Minced Pie, Chocolate Santa, and Candy Cane.

The lowdown: The gift box is priced at RM188 nett and an additional RM40 for a bottle of Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet (375 millilitres); available until 31 December 2020.

How to order: Contact 012 303 5958 or restaurants@pullman-klcc.com.

12 | Gift Hampers from Sheraton Petaling Jaya

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This year, there are three gift hampers to choose from: Classic, Premium, and Luxury. The latter comes with G.H.Mumm Champagne, Christmas Fruit Cake, Christmas Stollen, Assorted Christmas cookies, Assorted nuts, Nougat, and scented candle. For Premium, the hamper comes with De Bortoli Shiraz instead of G.H.Mumm Champagne. The gift hampers are available for both delivery and pick-up.

The lowdown: Classic, Premium, and Luxury gift hampers are priced at RM288, RM388, and RM888 respectively.

How to order: Contact 03 7622 8888; orders to be made 24 hours in advance.

It's truly the most wonderful time of the year and these foodie-perfect gifts are great ways to up the ante on the holiday season. Whether you're shopping for loved ones or yourself, I hope this gift guide helps in decision-making — from festive dessert creations to limited edition Christmas collections.