It’s the time of the year again: picking thoughtful gifts for the treasured friends in your life. If you haven’t been diligent with your shopping schedule (or too caught up with work — trust us, we can relate), you might find yourself in a crazy frenzy to just grab whatever is within reach, throw it all together and call it a day.
Our tip? Go for the best bites and food accessories. After all, The way to the heart is through the stomach. “There are many things you can get to satiate the foodie in your life, but don’t fret over it,” says renowned actor Lawrence Wong. “Sometimes simplest favourites can make the strongest impressions too.”
At ION Orchard, you’ll be able to find the best presents all in one place. We’ve done the legwork and here’s our best picks on special finds.
Violet Oon Singapore, #03-22/28/29, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Here’s a classy way to appreciate quality single-origin coffee. Nespresso’s Reveal collection comprises elegant crystals by wine glass makers Riedel, made to enhance the body and aroma of a fresh brew. Just like wine glasses, there are different shaped bowls – three, specifically – for different intensities of coffee. Perfect for the Nespresso machine enthusiast.
Nespresso, #01-14A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 800 852 3525
3. Chocolate rum & cherry cake, Awfully Chocolate
Tis’ the season for yule logs and fruitcakes. So take the road less travelled with the ever-reliable chocolate cake. Look to Awfully Chocolate which specialises in baking dark chocolate confectioneries. But keep this sweet treat between the adults. The Chocolate Rum & Cherry cake is best enjoyed on a quiet night over mulled wine or coffee.
Awfully Chocolate, #B4-50, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 6884 6377
4. Maple butter cookies, The Maple Mania
Japanese cookies are all the rage this year, and The Maple Mania is one sweet treat you should get acquainted with this festive season. All pastries here are baked with syrup sourced from the motherland of maple syrup – Quebec, Canada. The butter cookies also come sandwiched with a butter-flavoured white chocolate filling. Each cookie is individually wrapped — makes for great snacking while still leaving space for the indulgent Christmas feast ahead.
The Maple Mania Singapore, #B3-K2, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801,+65 9248 8475
5. Jug-a-lot, T2 Tea
When it comes to refreshments for a tropical Christmas, a glass of iced tea might do the trick. The Jug-a-lot is a convenient way to make a big batch of drinks for parties: throw a couple of fruits in the jug, heap spoons of tea leaves in the infuser and let it steep. Your foodie friend will also want to get creative with flavour combos, and maybe spike it a little for a fun night ahead.
T2 Tea, #B1-13, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 6634 0135
6. Box of chocolates, Godiva
An advent calendar is a fun way to count down to Christmas, and even better when each of the 25 boxes contains a piece of chocolate. Belgian chocolatier Godiva puts together an assortment of its milk, dark and white chocolate treats in Christmas-themed wrappers. It’s a meaningful ritual to introduce to friends and a great activity to keep excited kids at bay. You’ll want to tell your friend to be patient with this gift — only open one box a day.
Godiva, #B1-05, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 6509 8924
7. Tea leaves, The 1872 Clipper Tea Company
Christmas party preparations can get on everyone’s nerves. Take the time to calm down over a good cup of tea. The 1872 Clipper Tea Company offers an extensive range of tea leaves and blends. Go for the floral Singapore-inspired collections for your locavore friend, or for the more exclusive ones (think Nuwara Eliya, or the champagne of Ceylon) for tea enthusiasts.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Company, #B4-07, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 6509 8745
8. Sambal, Putien
If you’ve ever wanted to gift a foreign friend something local and meaningful, look no further than Putien’s jar of sambal. After all, this spicy, rambunctious dip is that one condiment that so many of our local dishes can’t do without. The best part? The Putien name has been given the Michelin stamp of approval and that’s something every gourmand would easily buy into.
Putien, #04-12, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 6509 4296
9. Jam, Plain Vanilla
Jam is the perfect excuse to have something sweet for breakfast, and Plain Vanilla, a café tastefully hidden at clothing store In Good Company elevates their raspberry staple with a simple aromatic addition: rose. Lather it all over your morning toast or enjoy it with some of the café’s freshest bakes. Either way, it’s a fabulous way to perk up your morning, especially with a cup of tea.
Plain Vanilla, #B1-06, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 8299 9422
10. Sea Salt, Vom Fass