Star Wars porcelain plates, a DIY cold brew coffee tumbler, an Asian-inspired gin Ã¢”â‚¬ these are some of the tastiest foods, kitchen gadgets and stylish accessories to get as Christmas gifts for food lovers.
Not only is the packaging gorgeous, Crabtree & Evelyn’s shortbread cookies are truly of the “melt-in-the-mouth” quality ─ perhaps because they were lovingly made in a small family-run bakery in Edinburgh.
Available in three flavours, $18, from all Crabtree & Evelyn outlets, including #B1-29 Raffles City (6337-2474).
Coravin Model Two Elite
Take all the time you want to savour your favourite wines with this revolutionary dispenser. A thin, hollow needle pierces through the cork to draw out the wine; argon, an inert and odourless gas, is also pumped in to prevent oxidation. The thin needle lets the cork reseal easily, so your bottle of wine remains as good as new.
$530, from Enoteca Wine, The Oaks, and Vintage Wine Club.
Sichuan Pepper Gin
Sip on gin and support local businesses at the same time. Paper Lantern Distilling, based in Singapore, created Singapore’s first boutique gin using Asian ingredients like ginger, galangal and lemongrass. Don’t be intimidated by the peppercorns too! This gin opens with a lovely floral bouquet, and a teasing hint of spice at the back. The finish is very smooth with a lightly sweet, rounded fullness from the presence of Thai honey ─ we actually think it’s perfect taken neat or on the rocks, no tonic needed!
How adorable is this cookie cutter set of Santa and his reindeer! We’re prett sure that it will put a smile on those baker friends who love all things whimsical.
$17.50, from Gallery & Co, level one, 1 St Andrews Road (6385-6683).
Gigantic Pizza Beach Blanket
We all have a friend or two who LOVES pizza. With this larger-than-life pizza beach blanket, your pizza-loving recipient will never be too far from his (or her) favourite food! Besides at the beach or pool, we reckon it’ll also come in handy for picnics… or even as a throw over the living room sofa.
Practical and quietly beautiful ─ that’s what we love about these pretty whisks. The centre ring can be slipped down to collapse the whisk into a sleek column for easy storage. But your houseproud friends will probably prefer to leave it on the countertop to enliven the kitchen with a sophisticated pop of colour.
$19, from Dream Interiors, 456 River Vallery ROad (6235-0220).
Starwars | Supermama The Heirloom Collection
With the release of Rogue One, the latest installation in the Star Wars movie-verse, time for the Christmas season, it’s only apt to gift these Star Wars-themed plates to die-hard fans. Supermama team has gone for a quirky local spin, marrying beloved icons like Darth Vader and Stormtroopers with Peranakan motifs.
6 designs available, $42, from Supermama, 265 Beach Road (6291-1946).
Dripo Cold Drip/Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew is the biggest coffee trend of the year, and if you have loved ones who are mad about cold brew, they’ll be over the moon with this nifty gadget. They can simply fill up the tumbler with ground coffee and ice (or iced water) in the morning and let it work its magic ─ a cool dose of caffeine will be ready right in time for the mid-afternoon slump.
$49.90, from We The People Store, #04-03 Orchard Central (6341-9903).
Demochoco 3-month subscription box
For the sweet-toothed, there’s nothing better than a great box of chocolates. Unless it’s a three-month subscription for three boxes of in surprise flavours every month! Demochoc’s founder Lim Jialiang was a pioneer in coming up with cool flavours like salted egg yolk, and chai, and he’s been experimenting ever since, having started offering seasonal flavours such as Smoked Maple Bourbon Whiskey, Yuzu Miso and Kinako for his handmade truffles.