There are many things that add to making Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. The nose-tingling scent of a decorated fresh fir; the sight of a fully stuffed stocking; twinkling holiday lights that make it feel as if all is well in the world; and for those who adore a splash of indulgence: a beautifully wrapped holiday hamper, filled to the brim with the season’s best gourmet treats.
For those still in scrambles for a last-minute gift that will warm all kinds of hearts (and stomachs), here’s our pick of exceptional festive hampers that are sure to impress.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Part and parcel (or basket in this case) of the recipe for a wholesome holiday gathering is a touch of tradition, and this festive hamper (HK2,888) from The Peninsula Hong Kong carries with it all the best of the season. Throw open the traditional case for an array of festive chocolates, cookies and pudding, mulled wine spices, foie gras terrine, panettone, bottles of bubbly (Peninsula Champagne by Deutz Cuvée Peninsula) and finally, to top it all off, the most anticipated décor on holiday tables: Christmas crackers.
Order details: Festive hamper orders can be placed here before 24 December.
Date by Tate
Tate Dining Room’s lifestyle retail arm Date by Tate amplifies traditional holiday hampers with one curated for delicious, indulgent enjoyment at home. Its first annual Christmas hamper (HK$2,280) is a fully eco-friendly gift set, packaged in a box that can later be repurposed as an aesthetic planter. Naturally, it comes in limited quantities — only 36 pieces are available for purchase. Inside, find an indulgent selection of gifts and gastronomical bites including a bottle of Billecart-Salmon; artisanal black, white and Pu’erh teas; a truffle and chocolate pound cake from the newly launched Date by Tate retail store; Maison Verdier’s Sauternes golden chocolate raisins; a hand-poured balsam candle from local brand BeCandle; a bespoke Chinese bamboo ceramic tea set and fresh honeycomb from a Hong Kong farm.
Order details: Orders can be made here.
Date by Tate, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6730 2492
Four Seasons Hong Kong
For the holiday season, the Four Seasons Hong Kong is celebrating with a few Christmas hamper heavyweights. The Ultimate basket (HK$9,800) is especially noted for its opulent array of goodies (whole winter truffle, anyone?) while Gourmet (HK$2,600) features Christmas cakes and holiday sweets and other gourmet must-haves such as the Four Seasons mulled wine spices, dried porcini mushrooms, and a bottle of burgundy, not to mention a continued list of delectable fare wholly catered to the season of celebrations.
Order details: Christmas hampers have to be ordered 72 hours in advance and orders can be placed here.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8888
Fortnum & Mason
The purveyor of all great holiday hampers, Fortnum & Mason is rolling out three Hong Kong-exclusive baskets overflowing with seasonal delights: The Season’s Greeting Basket (HK$1,385), where chocolates, biscuits and puddings will surely tempt sneaky fingers before meals; The Merry Christmas Gift Box (HK$1,630) packs in the perfect party mood with Marc de Champagne truffles, marzipan Christmas puddings and a crisp Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne; while the classic Fortnum’s Christmas Collection (HK$2,288) features the traditional celebratory wicker complete with luxury teas, rich preserves and cookies — the full holiday works and more, begging to be brought out for a picnic under the sun.
Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3916 8100
Into the Wild
With the new year health craze inching closer, gifting for those looking for an early start should include this basket of wholesome, feel-good treats from local brand Into the Wild. Two guilt-free sets, fit for two (HK$280) or four (HK$880), feature delicacies including a dried floral and herb bouquet for soothing hot morning cuppas and added flavours in Christmas feasts; olive oil breadsticks baked in-house; gingerbread cookies; festive fruit and nut cakes; and the star of the show: the brand’s signature handmade vegan olive tapenades. We love the variation crafted from a light and refreshing blend of Manzanilla green olive and beetroot — the perfect pre-dinner appetite pleaser.
Order details: Orders can be placed by contacting +852 9541 3983
More info at Into the Wild’s Instagram.
Feather & Bone
Over at popular butcher-deli Feather & Bone, holiday hampers are perfect for the avid home chef: If items like a big ole’ jar of duck fat (for the perfect duck-fat fries, of course), chilli jam, raw Tahini and Cornish seasalt tickle your fancy, you’ll want to click ‘add to basket,’ pronto. Generously packed with house favourites designed to complement one another, choose from three fitting, well-named options: The Merry Little Christmas (HK$788), Jolly Jamboree (HK$1,288) and Jingle Bell Rock (HK$2,288) — all with their own bottle of bubbly or wine, seasonal snacks and a selection of pantry essentials that will make this a delightful option any dinner party host this season.
Order details: Christmas hampers can be ordered at the Feather and Bone online store here.
Feather & Bone, various locations including: G/F & 1/F, 38 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2179 6211
Royal Caviar Club
Wrapped and delivered to those who enjoy the best things in life (or for the holidays), fine-food connoisseurs at The Royal Caviar Club are offering five premium gift hampers designed to impress even the most discerning gourmand. All packed with a tin of the club’s finest caviar, the Caviar and Champagne Dreams (HK$2,980); Cheese and Wine Indulgent (HK$3,600); Caviar Enthusiast (HK$4,800); Eating Gold (HK$4,950) and Deluxe Xmas (HK7,880) sets also come packaged with a vast array of delicious accoutrements, including wines or Champagnes, cheese and charcuterie platters, Aurum 23.75K edible gold flakes (you can guess which one has that), or a luxury scented candle.
Royal Caviar Club, 9/F, Singga Commercial Centre, 148 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 9447 8565
Happy Hampers HK
Looking for a treat for all ages? Happy Hampers HK has curated a basket of gifts (from HK$980 and up, available in three sizes) sourced from various small local businesses around the city. Sample handmade apple cinnamon butters (and a spiked brandy version!) from local preserve-makers Wanna Jam, hand-crafted hazelnut chocolate from Cacao, fresh morning brews from Stubborn Coffee and a delicious swig of chocolate vodka from Tipsy Assembly. Also inside are treats for four-legged friends and a DIY gingerbread cookie and sprinkles kit for kids and kids at heart.
Amongst the season’s indulgent yule logs and boozy Panettones, Paul Lafayet’s delicate macarons arrive as a lovely and light contrast, making for the ideal small treat after indulgent meals. This holiday season, the French patisserie has created two hampers in Deluxe (HK$872) and Premium (HK$460) sizes for sweet-toothed celebrators. Unwrap the beautifully bow-tied box to find sweet and savoury treats including a 12-piece macaron gift box decorated by local illustrator Christina Suen, mango passionfruit jam, Rougie duck terrine, La Tourangelle roasted walnut oil and a ‘snowy night’ candle, created especially for the merry season.
Order details: Christmas hamper orders can be placed here or at any Paul Lafayet boutiques. Early bird offer of 15 percent off is available until 18 December.
Paul Lafayet, various location including: Shop 1104B, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2543 9800
Sai Ying Pun’s buzzy izakaya Okra has put together a flavour-packed hamper (HK$1,200) filled with the team’s favourites: a premium bottle of unpasteurised Ginjo sake from the bar’s prized collection; one whole smoked Yu An Yaki duck for a delectable centrepiece; a hefty 500g package of house-smoked bacon, and a fiery house-made Ma La sauce blended together from piquant spices, pork fat and scallop oil to round off your favourite dishes with a fragrant kick.
Order details: Hamper orders can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Okra, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2806 1038
In midst of unfortunate travel bans, vibrant Latin American joint Mono is bringing the flavours of its home to Hong Kong doorsteps. Full of treats handpicked by chef Ricardo Chaneton, this festive hamper (HK$2,580) is a carefully curated selection of Latin America’s best while also a nod towards the restaurant’s keen drive for sustainability. In limited quantities, the house-made bites include Mono’s signature Eva Aguilera olive oil, 21-ingredient mole, imperial caviar, house-made chocolates, pain d’epices bread, Miolo sparkling wine and a curated Mate tea set — all swung from a sustainable tote created by Guatemalan non-profit company, Mercado Global, which helps rural Latin American women build their own community businesses.
Order details: The Festive Hamper is available for order at email@example.com.
Mono, 5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9726 9301
For discerning tea enthusiasts, TeaWG’s holiday bundle (HK$480) will offer a fragrant experience of the holiday’s best flavours. The bundle includes the signature scarlet caviar tin of Red Christmas tea, Joy of Christmas mini tin — a soothing blend of black tea with spiced fruits and velvety chocolate, a Green Saturn tea tin for leaves of your choice (50g) and a pack of disposable cotton tea filters for added convenience. Those searching for a festive table arrangement will adore the brand’s matching tea accessories created especially for the holidays: a whimsical teacup and saucer set (HK$628) striped in candy-cane red is especially darling.
Order details: TeaWG is working with HKTVMall for the holidays Christmas sets and orders can be placed here.
TeaWG, various locations including: Shop 1022-3, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2796 2828