So, the countdown to Christmas has begun. Tis the season to be jolly, make merry, slip-on Xmas baubles rolling on the living room floor and gorge on an unending array of food and desserts. But with its fair share of joy, Christmas also brings a certain amount of anxiousness. What with all the gift-giving that's expected of everyone! And if you know us at all, you may have already guessed it: we think food is the best present you can bestow on anyone.
Thanks to online ordering, getting Christmas gifts for the holidays is easier than ever. So while we fill you in on the what's what of this gifting joyride, you hang up those stockings and set up the tree.
It's a full hamper
Whether you're searching for an elegant corporate gift hamper or wish to spread the Christmas joy by sending someone a swag bag full of sweet and savoury festive treats, this one's got you covered. From DIY gingerbread tree kits to a gourmet cheese tower, it's a wholesome experience from a homegrown brand called I'M Wholesome.
To order: DM on Instagram or place an order through Thrive
A kafi cool gift
Sleepy Owl Coffee's festive gift boxes are thoughtfully curated for every coffee lover. Wrapped in celebratory cheer, the box has a set each of cold brew packs, hot brew bags and the brand's signature enamel mug. For those who like to be their own baristas, this is perfection personified.
The nippy weather makes us want to cosy up with a hot favourite tipple. That's why we're zooming into Cocoa Cellar, a patisserie delivering alcohol-infused desserts in Mumbai with options like sacher torte, coffee walnut loaf, Amarula and dark chocolate cupcake, whisky & cashew cookies, and much more. Their recent strawberry collection is worth a try too.
To order: Call on 9004095194
Strawberry fields forever
Tuck into Le15 Patisserie's Everything Strawberry menu that has a range of gorgeous treats, like monster macarons, strawberry tarts, strawberry cheesecake macaron cake, chocolate strawberry cake and mini cakes. It's a berry, berry good present, we swear!
To order: Swiggy, Zomato, Le15.com | Available in Le15 stores
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Is it even Christmas without a decadent dessert? If pretty-looking sweets are what the bestie craves, then turn to White Light Food. Their appealing snow globe desserts come in many variations, such as reindeer, fudgy dark chocolate brownies, Belgian chocolate mousse and a 100% veg classic eggnog cheesecake, sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Breakaway from the regular and go for some home-grown, all-natural, craft ciders made using hand-picked apples sourced from family-owned farms in America by Thirsty Fox. In cute little stubby bottles, they have two, variants Izzy and Reed, that serve as the perfect winter drink for the festive season. Plus, they are vegan and gluten-free!
For your tea-loving friends and family, turn to Kaashi's gift boxes. From their signature energy drink mix with anti-inflammatory properties to the nourishing Kashmiri kahwa that is brimming with saffron, almonds, pistachios, cardamom and a host of nutritious ingredients, it's all a haven for tea addicts.
For you beer-loving friends, this one's a keeper. Brew Whale's gift box features a pack of 6 beers in variants with quirky names like Captain Drunkel, Moby Wit, Killer Ale, Bowhead Stout, Isle of Citra and Blonde by the Beach. Courier a pack to them, and then show up to share (hehe).
Journeying a whimsical tale from being a microbiologist/scientist to being a creative writer, Nirupama loves to scrutinize trends, food and fashion alike. A gardening enthusiast, she is a full-time mom to a toddler. Her passions include tinkering away on a wanderlust, cooking up a storm in the kitchen for her food loving bub and curating street style looks!