9 food hampers to get for friends, family and business associates for Christmas

A hamper is a quick and easy way of showing gratitude and Christmas cheer this holiday season.
A hamper is a quick and easy way of showing gratitude and Christmas cheer this holiday season.PHOTO CREDIT: THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE
Get in on the joy of giving with up a food hamper this season.
Get in on the joy of giving with up a food hamper this season.PHOTO CREDIT: INTERCONTINENTALSINGAPORE

What to get for friends, family and business associates? Here's a guide to some of the best hampers in town, categorised according to who you plan to give it to.

For friends

You cannot go wrong with yummy treats for friends. Opt for one with hot food, wine and other Christmas treats, or keep it simple with jars of jam, cookies and fruit cake.

A DIY PREMIUM HAMPER


PHOTO CREDIT: PLENTYFULL

At Plentyfull, you can put together your own hamper to suit your friends' tastes. Items that can be included range from a slow-cooked lamb leg with blue ginger to panettone. You can also add a bottle of wine such as a Domaine Rossignol-Trapet or Gevrey Chambertin Vielleis Vignes 2013.

WHERE: Plentyfull, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 01-79/80
WHEN: Tll Dec 31 or when sold out.
PRICE: $255
INFO: Call 6493 2997or e-mail hello@plentyfull.com. Go to http://plentyfull.com/

FESTIVE BOX SET FROM TARTE BY CHERYL KOH


PHOTO CREDIT: TARTE BY CHERYL KOH

Here's a gift that's good for a couple or a singleton. The gift box from Tarte by Cheryl Koh comes with a festive fruit cake, Christmas cookies, and a jar of house-made Sollies fig jam.

WHERE: Tarte by Cheryl Koh, 1 Scotts Road, 01-12 Shaw Centre
WHEN:Till Dec 25, order two days in advance to avoid disappointment.
PRICE: $36
INFO: Call 6235-3225 or e-mail tarte@lesamis.com.sg. Go to http://www.tarte.com.sg/

THE MARMALADE CHRISTMAS JAM COLLECTION


PHOTO CREDIT: THE MARMALADE PANTRY

The Marmalade Pantry is offering an artisanal Christmas Jam Collection. Each set comes with one 200ml jar of Orange Marmalade, Pink Grapefruit, Lime Coconut and Spanish Mandarin.

WHERE: Orders for this gift set should be made online.
WHEN: Till sold out
PRICE: $38
INFO: Call 9178 0250 or e-mail festive@themarmaladepantry.com.sg.Go to http://order.themarmaladepantry.com.sg/ to order

For friends with kids

Your friends will thank you for buying healthy treats that can be shared with all the family.

GLUTEN-FREE HAMPER


PHOTO CREDIT: RYAN'S GROCERY

Ryan's Grocery in Binjai Park has specially curated hampers including a gluten-free gift pack. Goodies include Walkers gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread and Montezuma organic Dark giant buttons and Christmas drinking chocolate. This artisan grocery shop also offers an organic hamper.

WHERE: Ryan's Grocery, 29 Binjai Park
WHEN: Till Dec 31. Order at least five days in advance. The shop is open from 9am to 7pm, closed on Thursdays.
PRICE: $95
INFO: Go to www.ryansgrocery.com

For the in-laws

Chances are, you've already bought your in-laws individual presents, but you can't turn up to their home for Christmas empty-handed. Here are some options that show thoughtfulness without breaking the bank.

PENFOLDS 2013 ST HENRI SHIRAZ GIFT BOX


PHOTO CREDIT: PENFOLDS

Penfolds, one of Australia's most renowned and prestigious wine labels, has a range of Christmas gift boxes this season, including a 2013 St Henri Shiraz.
The wine, which is made with grapes from various regions in South Australia, is 96 per cent shiraz, with the remaining four per cent cabernet sauvignon. On the nose, it has notes of black jelly beans and star anise, as well as other dried herbs and spices such as cinnamon and thyme. On the palate, expect a voluptuous wine with wild blackberry and flavours of dark-fruit compote.

WHERE: Available at selected FairPrice, Cold Storage and Market Place by Jasons stores
WHEN: Till sold out
PRICE: $125
INFO: Go to www.penfolds.com for details on the wine

CHOCOLATE OBSESSION


PHOTO CREDIT: DEAN & DELUCA

This is the perfect gift for chocolate lovers. It features a selection of Dean & Deluca gourmet chocolates, and a Michel Cluizel Christmas edition chocolate bar.

WHERE: Dean & Deluca, three outlets - Far East Square, 47 Pekin Street, 01-01, tel: 6536-2460; HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise, 01-01, tel: 6710-7282; and Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, 01-09/10/15, tel: 6509-7708
WHEN: Till Dec 29 or when sold out
PRICE: $78
INFO: Go to http://www.deandeluca.com.sg/to order online.

For business associates

Hampers are a good way to send some festive cheer to your boss, clients and business associates. If you've had a good year, you'll need to show gratitude, and if you haven't, well, a bit of generosity during the season could pay off down the line.

THE COLONY HAMPER


PHOTO CREDIT: THE RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA SINGAPORE

The Colony Hamper from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore comes in a vintage chest filled with goodies such as a chocolate stollen, fruit cake, chocolate pralines, assorted Christmas cookies, scones, tea and a salmon gravlax.

WHERE: The Bakery at Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
WHEN: Till Jan 1. Orders close on Dec 29, noon
PRICE: $288
INFO: Call 6434-5288 or e-mail rc.sinrz.restaurantreservations@ritzcarlton.com. Download its order form here: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/content/dam/the-ritz-carlton/hotels/asia-paci...

THE LUXE HAMPER


PHOTO CREDIT: INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE

InterContinental's Luxe Hamper includes a bottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne, bottles of Mediterranean red and white wine vinegar, Marques de Valdueza extra virgin olive oil, panettone, fruit cake, pralines, cookies, a jar of marmalade and tea.

WHERE: Tea Hut, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road
WHEN: Till Christmas Day
PRICE: $380
INFO: Call 6825-1008 or e-mail sinhb-festive@ihg.com. Order online at singapore.intercontinental.com/festive

THE ST REGIS CHRISTMAS HAMPER


PHOTO CREDIT: THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE

The luxury hotel's hamper includes a medley of items such as brandied cherry fruitcake, Christmas pudding, hand-crafted chocolates, cookies, and a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV champagne.

WHERE: La Patisserie, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, lobby level
WHEN: Till Christmas Day. Order three working days in advance.
PRICE: $298
INFO: Call 6506-6860 or e-mail festive.sg@stregis.com. Go to http://www.stregissingapore.com/christmas for details.