It’s never too late to shop Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones. When it comes to foodies, that can get a little difficult. But fret not: this year, we look at the latest food trends to curate the ultimate gourmand’s wishlist. Think healthier Christmas snacks and a definitive guide to the kuehs we love. Even the pickiest foodie will appreciate these thoughtful presents.
Kenwood’s Chef XL Sense mixer
The perfect tool for the enthusiastic home cook in your life. The Kenwood Chef Xl Sense is a nifty tool great for many recipes, with over 20 different attachments for folding, mixing or beating dough. The spacious 6.7-litre mixing bowl comes along with a splash guard too for less messy baking. It’s a foolproof mixing tool as well, which makes it great for beginner bakers too. Who knows, this gift might spark off some home baking aspirations too.
S$899 at Tangs
Seriously Keto’s zero-sugar Christmas Hamper
This Christmas season isn’t just all about sugar-loaden sweet treats. For those trying to eat a little healthier during the festive period, Seriously Keto’s Christmas bakes will fit in nicely. Seriously Keto is Singapore’s first ketogenic bakery, offering zero-sugar, low-carbs and gluten-free treats. The bakery’s first-ever festive hamper sees exclusive creation like the Sinless Cinnamon Loaf with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg and Jingle Snap cookies (a healthier take on ginger snaps). Cheers to sinful indulging!
S$100 at Seriously Keto
A whole honeycomb from The Rare Honey Company
‘Small batch’ and ‘artisanal’ are the trendiest things to look out for when buying foods these days. The Rare Honey Company is all about that and its honey are set to impress serious gourmands. The family-owned company sources for liquid gold in the pristine forests of Margaret River and Pemberton, produced by bees foraging nectar from flowering Jarrah, Redgum, and Karri trees. For Christmas, The Rare Honey Company has prepared a gift box with four mini jars of honey. But, if you’re out to impress, go for the whole honeycomb for a year’s worth of saccharine goodness.
From S$42 at The Rare Honey Company
A lesson on making heritage treats from The Way of Kueh
For heritage buffs, veteran food journalist Christopher Tan’s The Way of Kueh offers a rare insightful discovery into Southeast Asia’s favourite snack. Besides in-depth interviews and stories, The Way of Kueh is also stocked with recipes from well-loved kuehs and rare creations. Each recipe is well-documented, along with step-by-step guides on wrapping leaves or cooking kueh.
S$47.90 from Epigram
Violet Oon’s latest range of condiments and jams
Since launching its popular Nyonya-style kaya spread for retail, Violet Oon Singapore has been coming up with a more comprehensive range of everyday sauces for the Singaporean pantry. Naturally, the Peranakan brand is taking the artisanal approach with these creations. The Chilli Sauce, Premium Soy Sauce and Sambal Bajak, handmade with quality ingredients, are also used in Violet Oon restaurants. There’s also fruit condiments, such as the Guava Jam and Calamansi Marmalade, available too.
From S$12 at all Violet Oon restaurants
A taste of luxury with Raffles Festive Delights Hamper
Fans of Raffles Hotel will appreciate this thoughtful festive hamper filled with hotel memorabilia and food souvenirs. The Raffles Festive Delights Hamper is stocked with goodies like Raffles Hotel’s classic tea leaves, kaya tarts, chocolate truffles and fruit cake. There’s also a choice of Raffle Hotel’s exclusive Sipsmith Gin or Billecart-Salmon champagne to throw in as well. All these and more, packed in a vintage luggage trunk.
S$598 at Raffles Hotel Singapore