Christmas gift ideas for discerning foodies and culinary enthusiasts

For that foodie friend who appreciates the finest gourmet experiences or culinary enthusiast who cooks up a storm in the kitchen, they can be very discerning if you’re getting them a gift that relates to their interest.

Here are gift ideas for this food-loving group that are also great if you’re looking for a gift for your party host.

If they cook

Herbal Pharm Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorn

Peppercorn

If you’re looking for a premium product that a foodie friend will appreciate, the Herbal Pharm Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorn makes an ideal gift.

For the uninitiated, Tellcherry peppercorns are the largest, plumpest, and most aromatic of black peppers, but are also extremely rare to find in Singapore.

The Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorns by award-winning health and wellness brand Herbal Pharm, in particular, are harvested from Kerala in India and are naturally dehydrated under the sun in order to preserve their nutrients and flavour.

Culinary enthusiasts love how they produce notes of lime, lemon, and orange, giving a citrusy aroma that adds an immediate edge to food – whether they’re sprinkling on salads, meats, baked goods, or as a seasoning to any other foods.

Besides adding great flavour to food, the antioxidant-rich Tellicherry peppercorns are also known to help improve indigestion, and even provide relief from cold, cough, sinusitis, and nasal congestion.

Besides the Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorns, you can also consider the Himalayan Natural Pink Salt from Herbal Pharm’s household series.

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Besides having an amazing taste, Herbal Pharm’s Himalayan Natural Pink Salt contains 84 traces of essential minerals and are mined from rolling red-brick hills that rise in Pakistan. It serves as a healthier alternative for regular processed salt that your foodie friend will love to include in his/her cooking.

Herbal Pharm Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorns are available online from S$15 onwards. You can also call their hotline at 6398 0888 for dedicated customer service. Get your household products from Herbal Pharm and enjoy same-day delivery for orders above S$40 (T&Cs apply).

Herbal Pharm has retail stores at 8 Race Course Lane, Singapore 218735 and 1008 Toa Payoh North, #01-18, Singapore 318996. For more information, visit Herbal Pharm’s website, Facebook, Instagram, or download their app

OONI Karu Pizza Oven

Ooni Karu 16
Ooni Karu 16

It’s unlikely for us to have a wood or brick oven in Singaporean homes to make pizzas at home the traditional way, and the closest way for a culinary enthusiast to make pizza will be a quality pizza oven.

Award-winning pizza oven brand Ooni is brought to Singapore by Oven Depot and you can gift this to someone who’d love to make a pizza that taste authentic effortlessly.

The Karu oven reaches up to 500 degC in just 15-20 minutes. So, cooking a pizza will be done in just 60 seconds.

It is also a multi-fueled model that allows you to cook pizza using wood pellets or charcoal. To switch to gas, you can use a gas burner that’s sold separately.

The Karu 12 retails for S$579.99, while the Karu 16 is priced at S$1,099, available on the Oven Depot website, Shopee, and Lazada.

AMZCHEF Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachments 3-in-1 Set

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Nothing beats the taste of freshly made pasta. A pasta making set is certainly a gift that a culinary enthusiast will appreciate.

This is a three-in-one set that allows you to make different types of pasta, from a pasta roller that makes 5.5-inch sheets for lasagne, as well as a spaghetti cutter and fettuccine cutter.

These stainless steel pasta makers offer smooth a rolling and cutting experience and are easy to clean.

AMZCHEF Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachments 3-in-1 Set retails for S$99.87 and is available on Shopee.

If they love sweet treats

Chestnut Crémeux, Blackcurrant Marmalade, Genoa Sponge Roulade

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Besides a log cake, a chestnut cake is another classic during the Yuletide season.

For a really delicious one that will surely please any foodie, go for the Chestnut Crémeux, Blackcurrant Marmalade, Genoa Sponge Roulade that offers the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

Chestnut Crémeux, Blackcurrant Marmalade, Genoa Sponge Roulade is priced at S$52 for 500g and S$80 for 1kg. It is available on the Fairmont Christmas website. 48 hours’ advance order is required.

Koko Black hampers

Australian handcrafted premium chocolate, Koko Black, has made its pop-up debut in Singapore, spearheaded by Surrey Hills Grocer. The event will be running till 15 February 2023.

This is a good chance to pick up Christmas gifts for chocolate-lovers.

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The Signature Christmas Hamper

We’re particularly recommending their curated hampers. There are four to pick from: The Classic Christmas Hamper (S$138), The Deluxe Christmas Hamper (S$188), The Merry Christmas Hamper (S$229), and The Signature Christmas Hamper (S$309).

These come with chocolate treats that Koko Black are best known for and are packed in a beautiful festive box that’s great for gifting.

The Koko Black pop-up by Surrey Hills Grocer is located at Level 2 of Jewel Changi Airport, at the are right in front of Shake Shack.

Janice Wong Box of 25 Christmas Edition

Janice Wong Box of 25 Christmas Edition

If you’re looking for a unique chocolate gift that doesn’t just look gorgeous but also offer exquisite flavours, then this selection from Janice Wong is probably it.

This beautifully packaged gift contains 25 gorgeous chocolates in varied Christmas flavours, including locally inspired ones such as Laksa Leaf Lemongrass, Kopi Coffee, and Bakkwa Chicken Praline Praline Poprocks, along with more classic ones such as Peppermint, Baileys, and Praline Feuilletine.

Janice Wong Box of 25 Christmas Edition retails for S$98 and is available on the brand’s website.

Truffle Delights

Häagen-Dazs Delights

Haagen-Dazs is offering a range of new holiday flavours and Christmas treats this festive season. And if you’re looking for a sweet gift for someone with a sweet tooth, consider its Truffle Delights gift box, which comes with eight mini scoops wrapped in cracking chocolate shells.

Each pack comes in four Häagen-Dazs flavours: Cookies & Cream, Dark Chocolate & Caramelized
Almond, Velvety Vanilla, and Red Velvet Cheesecake.

Truffle Delights retails for S$32 and is available at Haagen-Dazs shops and online.

If they enjoy a tipple or two

Dole Fruit Pops

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We know you’re surprise to see this, but you’ll be surprised how these frozen treats from Dole can make the perfect mixer for your homemade alcoholic cocktail.

In its unfrozen state, it is just like fruit juice that you can add rum or even champagne to for instant gratification. Otherwise, consider freezing the mixture to get a refreshing boozy popsicle that will please every adult in the room.

Since these retail at a box of eight, any leftovers from the cocktail party go to the children as a guilt-free treat the next day! Win-win!

Dole Fruit Pops retail for S$18.80 for two boxes of eight on Shopee and S$9.99 per box of eight on RedMart. It is also available at all leading supermarkets.

Bubbly Christmas Drinks Collection (Rosé)

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The best way to bring the festive cheer? With some sweet wine, of course!

This set consists of two bottles of Rosé – Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel and Moët & Chandon Rosé. These will be chilled when delivered or when you do a self-collection so you can drink them immediately.

Chilled for your convenience. Minimum 48 hours’ advance notice required. Available for delivery or self-collection at our booth on Level 2 of Swissôtel The Stamford from 21 November to 25 December 2022.

Bubbly Christmas Drinks Collection (Rosé) is priced at S$124 and is available on the Fairmont Christmas website. 48 hours’ advance order is required.

Chivas 18 x LISA Limited Edition

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Chivas and K-pop star BLACKPINK’s LISA partnered up to enter the metaverse. LISA is also the brand’s first female Asia Brand Ambassador.

In celebration of this, Chivas 18 undergoes a transformation with a look that’s co-created with LISA. This makes for the perfect gift for a Chivas-lover who’s also a BLACKPINK fan.

Look forward to a new carton that’s is adorned with a combined Chivas x LISA star pattern and the K-pop star’s signature in hot neon pink.

On the bottle itself, LISA’s signature is centred in the Chivas 18 blue and 18K gold-plated charms dangle around the bottle’s neck; the charms include the Chivas logo and LISA’s iconic star.

Chivas 18 x LISA Limited Edition retails for S$145 and is available on Shopee and FairPrice Centrepoint.

Boutique-y Whisky Collection Set

Boutique-y Whisky Collection Set

If your giftee is a Whiskey drinker, he/she is going to appreciate this exciting gift from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

This gift set contains 12 varied samples from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, including
an 11-year-old Teaninich (Batch 2),  12-year-old Auchroisk (Batch 7), and 12-year-old Glen Elgin (Batch 5).

Boutique-y Whisky Collection Set retails for S$169 and is available on That Boutique-y Whisky Company website.

If you’re bringing an item for a foodie potluck party

Baked Camembert Bread Wreath

Baked Camembert Bread Wreath

Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford has released a gastronomic collection of festive gourmet delicacies in celebration of Christmas.

One of the most eye-catching is the Baked Camembert Bread Wreath, which signifies the beauty of aW White Christmas.

This dish is great for sharing and your friends will enjoy pulling the bread apart and dipping it into the creamy camembert cheese with walnuts, honey and blueberries for a delightful treat.

Baked Camembert Bread Wreath is priced at S$48 and is available on the Fairmont Christmas website. Three days’ advance order is required.

NO HARM DONE coffee capsules

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While everyone brings festive deli meats, log cakes, and other hearty dishes to the party, be the one to round up a good meal with a good coffee.

We recommend coffee capsules from NO HARM DONE, which endeavours to bring the Kopitiam experience to the comfort of your homes (and offices!).

The brand spent two years to research and source for suitable robusta beans that are healthier than regular coffee and these are roasted with margarine, similar to how traditional coffee is made locally.

Besides their signature Kopi-O, the brand has also expanded their range of Asian-inspired coffee flavours, including Gula Melaka Kopi and Thai Iced Tea, to cater to varied taste buds.

NO HARM DONE’s capsules are Nespresso-compatible, and instead of aluminium, they are made with materials derived from cellulose and vegetal oils, which are fully compostable, easy on disposal and the environment.

NO HARM DONE products are available at its website and at Cold Storage, FairPrice, Shopee, and Lazada.

DIY Turkey Popiah with Homemade Sambal Chilli

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A popiah party is always fun and interactive at any gathering but it can be really cumbersome to prepare.

Thankfully, all the ingredients are already prepared for you in this DIY set and it includes essential ingredients such as finely grated sweet turnips, carrots, Chinese mushrooms, dried shrimps, lettuce leaves, bean sprouts, eggs, and peanuts.

This local favourite is given a festive and elevated twist with tender morsels of turkey breast and a piquant homemade sambal.

The DIY Turkey Popiah with Homemade Sambal Chilli is priced at S$78 nett and serves up to 10 persons. This is available at The Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel.

If they’re a snack monster

The Kettle Gourmet Christmas Box

The Kettle Gourmet (TKG) is back with its annual Christmas boxes!

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The brand is best known for their popcorns in unique flavours such as Chilli Crab, Pulut Hitam, and Nasi Lemak and Christmas boxes contain assorted packs so that you or your giftee can try a variety of them. (Psst, the AVENUE ONE team really likes the Fish Head Curry one!)

the gourmet kettle yumi box

To make things extra special this year, TKG has added another Christmas box – this time consisting of their new corn stick snacks, YUMI, to the mix. This much raved about treat comes in Original, Cheese, and BBQ Chicken flavours.

The Christmas Mini Pack Popcorn Bundle retails for S$24, available on the TKG website and Shopee.
The Christmas Popcorn Pack Bundle retails for S$40, available on the TKG website and Shopee.
The Yumi Gift Box retails for S$24, available on the TKG website and Shopee.

IRVINS Truffle Potato Chips

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We know IRVINS for their addictive salted egg snacks. After one-year of trials and taste tests, the brand has added a new product to its line of products: the IRVINS Truffle Potato Chips.

This irresistible snack features real dried summer truffles sourced from Italy that has a hazelnut-like aroma and prized for their gastronomic qualities.

The AVENUE ONE team find that the IRVINS Truffle Potato has a well-balanced taste profile that isn’t too earthy like other truffle snacks out there yet has a deep and rich truffle flavour that is also hard to get in the market. The flavour is complemented by a sprinkling of aromatic parsley.

We also love how the Zig Zag design of the chips help hold more truffle on the chips, giving each bite even more flavour. These chips are also thick-sliced and hand-cooked for a better crunch.

IRVINS Truffle Potato Chips retail at S$6 per pack and are available in all IRVINS stores (Orchard Gateway, Takashimaya, WestGate, Jewel Changi Airport, Changi Terminal 1 Transit, Changi Terminal 3 Transit, and its website. They are also available on Shopee, Lazada and in select supermarkets.

Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Selection Projection Tin

Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Tin Christmas Bag for Life JL

You want to get something decorative for your giftee but also want it to still be practical – well, this gift may just be it.

While it looks gorgeous as a rotating light-up decorative piece, it is also filled with butter and chocolate chip shortbread that taste delicious.

Your giftee will also love that the tin plays the music to Deck the Halls as it rotates, adding to the festive ambience.

Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Selection Projection Tin retails for S$44.90 and is available at Marks & Spencers stores.