Written by A. Kritaya
Whether it’s a compact or luxurious hamper that you’re thinking of, Antoinette has your gifting needs covered. For that cookie lover in your life, look no further than the Frosty Tin (available in two sizes: $13 and $28) and the pretty pastel blue Singapura Cookie Tin ($24). Frosty Tin houses European-style cookies like meringues and orange hazelnut cookies, while the Singapura Cookie Tin contains six locally-inspired flavours like ondeh ondeh, hae bee hiam and spiced salted egg. Meanwhile, the elegant Versailles ($90) and Antoinette gift boxes ($220) consist of just about everything to make your loved ones happy – fruit cake, panetonne, an assortment of cookies, biscotti and puff pastry pies make for a truly merry Christmas.
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188/ 333A Orchard Road Mandarin Gallery #02-33/34, Singapore 238897.
Tel: +65 6293 3121/+65 6836 9527
Classy yet luxurious all the same, Fullerton’s festive hampers certainly make a statement. Golden Greetings ($228) houses classic Christmas sweet treats like traditional Christmas fudge; extra virgin olive oil crackers; a loaf of light and airy classic panettone, shortbread cookies and a bottle of Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Red Wine. Season’s Finest ($398) contains a mountain of treats including an exclusive Fullerton Christmas dark rum fruit cake; a marzipan stollen; toffee squares; a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut champagne, an adorable teddy bear plush and a rotating musical tin complete with delicious cookies.
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Tel: +65 6877 8943
Culina’s premium gourmet hampers are the perfect addition to any foodie’s pantry. The Classic Delight ($128) houses the likes of duck terrine with Armagnac, gourmet chocolate from Michel Cluizel, and Alain Milliat morello jams. Pure Indulgence ($188) packs on the luxury with a bottle of Torbreck Old Vines Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre; sweet treats like Fossier sable rose-raspberry shortbread biscuits, and pantry essentials like Urbani black truffle oil and Villa Estense balsamic vinegar (silver). For something truly lavish, the Luxe Selection ($288) with a bottle of Taittinger Brut Réserve champagne; Lillypuds traditional Christmas pudding; Fossier Sable Champenois dark chocolate shortbread biscuits; Urbani white truffle honey and Tetsuya truffle salt make for a gift delicious unlike any other.
8 Dempsey Road #01-13, Singapore 247696
Tel: +65 6474 7338
Old Seng Choong
Inject some local flavour into your holidays this year with Old Seng Choong’s beautifully packed cookies and snacks. The grander “3D Christmas Set” at $88 contains two cans of Singapore-inspired cookies of your choice (try the Gula Melaka cookies, Laksa cookies or Goreng Pisang cookies), a packet of crispy Old Seng Choong Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin, two boxes of Juan Tea Herbal Tea (four bags per box), plus a Christmas Gift Card. Fitting snugly in the cheery “Window Christmas Set” ($78) are two cans of cookies of your choice, two boxes of Juan Tea Herbal Tea and a Christmas Gift Card.
Clark Quay Central, #01-48, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Violet Oon at ION Orchard
Although Violet Oon at ION Orchard doesn’t offer Christmas hampers per se, this new outlet is a wonderland of local cookies and cakes. These sweet treats also make great Christmas gift ideas for friends from overseas. Chef Violet Oon has introduced her own miniature version of sugee cake, a traditional Eurasian festive dessert of semolina and ground almonds laced with brandy. The VO’s Sugee Financier Gift Box ($28) contains 10 financiers with assorted toppings such as dried candied orange and chopped pistachio. Her rendition of the pineapple tart ($28) contains buttery Portuguese-inspired pastry and Peranakan-style jam. Each handmade tart is individually wrapped and packed in a box of eight. At the store, you can also find cookie boxes whose designs highlight Singapore’s colourful Peranakan tiles. Choose from five different flavours including peanut cookies, cashew cookies, sugee cookies, Gula Melaka coconut crunch, and Spice Island ginger cookies ($16/120g and $30/240g).
ION Orchard, #03-28/29, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tel: 9834 9935
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