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Christmas at Home: Where to Get Festive Essentials

If you’re spending your festivities at home this year, here are the best places to order your gourmet snacks, platters and all-in-one hampers for an indulgent Christmas at home.

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A balloon hamper from Gift Hampers

Taking the stress out of selecting and choosing, Gift Hampers hand picks the best gourmet treats and curates them into a delicate hamper for easy gifting or party preparation. This year, the brand has launched its ‘balloon hampers’ which arrive in an extravagant (and literal) balloon filled with all the decadent snacks you could imagine. Upon arrival, customers are invited to pop the balloon—it’s as tempting as it sounds. We recommend the Festive Fun (HK$959) and the Christmas Noel (HK$829), each Christmas-themed with a variety of luxury snacks, decorations and even champagne (Festive Fun). Free delivery on all orders.

Plantin Kaviari by Gourmet en Provence

Gourmet French Christmas dinner from Plantin Kaviari by Gourmet en Provence

Plantin Kaviari by Gourmet en Provence is a fully indulgent, French online retail store, serving top-grade meats, cheeses and fresh foods for every occasion. This festive season, the shop is offering a selection of fresh truffles, caviar, foie gras, festive poultry and more. Order your dreamy Christmas dinner selections before 14th December to guarantee delivery by Christmas eve.

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Premium cheese from The Cheese Club

Hong Kong’s finest cheese sourcer, The Cheese Club, features monthly subscriptions to get your European premium cheese fix. Spread out a selection of the favourite flavours on a platter for party snacking. Some red wine would go well to pair.

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Decadent, classic Christmas hamper from GiveGiftBoutique

With outposts in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou, GiveGiftBoutique has become a cult favourite for hamper gifts and flower bouquets. This Christmas, the brand announced its annual festive gift hamper (HK$1,040), a decadent collection of 15 items (including the handmade leather basket), with labels including France AOC Red Wine, Godiva, Jenny Bakery, Ducd’O, Almondeli, Loison, Cavendish & Harvey. There’s even an adorable Christmas doll included in the hamper to add to your festive home decorations.

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Pigless Pork Rinds from The Better Store

Sourcing only organic and non-GMO brands, The Better Store is a Hong Kong-based online store offering the best of vegan, keto-friendly and healthy snacks. If you’re a fan of pork rinds but want to skip the unhealthy connotations, The Better Store’s Pig Out Pork Rinds are available to purchase online for festive snacking. Try the Pig Out Vegan Pigless Pigless Pork – Hella Hot (HK$54) and the Pig Out Vegan Pigless Pork Rinds – Texas BBQ (HK$54).

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A BAILEYS cake for dessert from BUTLER

BUTLER is one of the city’s most deluxe bespoke catering services, yet lucky for us, the brand now has an online store too. Fulfil your post-Christmas dinner temptations with BAILEYS mouse cake (prices from HK$650), combining two well-loved guilty pleasures. The creamy layer-by-layer cake is infused with signature BAILEYS flavours and a twist of crunchiness to top off the indulgent Christmas at home.

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Wine from Alsace Wines

Sourced from the northeast region of France, Alsace is known for its very aromatic, floral and spicy white wines, with the white wines making up over 90% of the region’s production. Spruce up your home dining with a range of bottles from the artisinal Vins d’Alsace. “From sparkling Crémant d’Alsace to floral Gewurztraminer, mellow and smoky Pinot Gris and limey dry Riesling, Alsace uniquely delivers a lavishness of aromas and opulence of flavour for every occasion,” said Mr. Thierry Fritsch, oenologist and chief wine educator of CIVA.

If you’re heading out, try the exclusive wine-pairing promotion at one of six participating restaurants to celebrate Month of Alsace from 1st December 2020 to 31st January 2021. The collaborations with the restaurants bring the winter tale of Alsace’s wine tasting experience from the eastern part of France to Hong Kong. Participating restaurants include 37 Steakhouse & Bar HK (The Peak), Ricky’s Spicy Kitchen, Artisan de la Truffe, Shiawase Yakitori (K11 Art Mall), Kei Cuisine and Mina House.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables from Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli (CSO) Italy

CSO Italy represents leading companies in the Italian fruit and vegetable sector. Everything is fresh and in-compliance with the stringent EU quality protection system, served with close attention to Italy’s ideal conditions, quality, guaranteed safety, and sophistication associated with Italy’s long artistic heritage. Products include kiwis, fruit juice, fresh processed vegetables, blood oranges and pears.

“The European Art of Taste: Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces” will be held by Italy’s leading fruit and vegetable producers, Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli (CSO) in partnership with the European Union for its 2nd consecutive year. It will be held at the Italian wine bar Acquasala in Soho. Try the three-course menu featuring white peach compote, fresh lemon, processed tomatoes, green kiwi, and blood orange juice.


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