Utterly delicious, pocket-friendly and last-minute food gift ideas to spread some Christmas cheer.
Braided Christmas fruit bread with blueberry compote, eggless plum cakes and OTT gingerbread man cookie—a hamper by The Baker’s Dozen is a warm hug for bread lovers.
Where to buy: thebakersdozen.in/order-online/
Price: ₹200 onwards
Availability: Pan India
From Rome, with love
There’s some good news for those who like to cook Italian at home. Delhi’s premium dining restaurant Diva has launched Diva Casa Pantry to retail their signature sauces, hand-rolled pastas, meat seasonings, salad dressings and Italian biscottis. They created gift hampers with these ingredients for those who mark festivities by cooking up a storm.
Where to buy: Call/ Whatsapp on +91 7290043704, +91 7291996198
Price: Starts at ₹3500
Availability: Delhi only
Kerala-special plum cake
A traditional Christmas cake from Kerala, flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, brings home the flavours of Malabar coast. Food historians claim that the first plum cake in India was made in Thalassery in Kerala more than hundred years ago. Postcard, a food e-tailer that specialises in local sweets and snacks of India such as Meerut gud revdi, Jaipuri Daalmel and Mysuru Murukku, has introduced the traditional plum cake from Kerala for Christmas. It will pair well with the banana chips from Koch,i available on their website.
Where to buy: the postcard.in
Price: ₹500 for 450gm
Availability: Delivery across India
A house made of chocolate
Christmas is synonymous with gingerbread cookies. Delhi-based cafe Honey & Dough has a whole host of specialities with cookies, red velvet cupcakes with a dreamy green swirl of frosting and rich plum cakes. For some drama, opt for the chocolate houses, which weigh barely 300 gms, and are decked up with gems and icing that spell Christmas.
Where to buy: Honey & Dough outlets in Delhi (Contact: 8527966844, 9911993123)
Price: The Chocolate House is priced at ₹561
Availability: Delhi and Gurugram only
Gift boxes from Marriott
Whether it is JW Sahar in Mumbai, Kolkata or Pune, the luxury hotel chain has introduced hampers with assorted Christmas cookies, chocolate bricks, fruit preserves, granola bars and mince pies. These are budget-friendly as well; at JW Sahar in Mumbai, a gift box starts at ₹650. There’s a massive Christmas hamper to be won too. It contains breads, wines and roasted dry fruits. To participate, check out the Instagram handle @marriottonwheels.
Where to buy: Visit the Instagram pages of JW Marriott properties in India
Price: Starts at ₹650 at JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai. (Prices vary across cities).
Tastes like Christmas
Strawberry and chocolate reflect the essence of Christmas. Mumbai-based luxury chocolatier Ether have combined the two for a capsule Christmas collection, Santa Baby. Their chocolate bar with strawberries, single origin Peruvian chocolate and Himalayan pink salt can be sent to friends and family all over India. Mumbai folks, dig into the tart flavoured with sweet strawberries, sour rhubarb and hibiscus.
Where to buy: www.etherchocolate.com
Price: Chocolate bar (Individual INR 575 & Box of 3 INR 1770) and tart (Individual INR 380 & Serves 4 INR 1550)
Availability: Chocolates can be delivered pan India. The tart is available in Mumbai only.
Old is new
Rich with nostalgia with a hat-tip to contemporary flair, The Bombay Sweet Shop’s 'Box of Joy' for Christmas contains a candy named Nana's Coconut Ice, buttery cookies topped with pista and kaju marzipan bon bon. Each sweet treat is reminiscent of a Christmas when Mumbai was Bombay.
Where to buy: at www.bombaysweetshop.com // Swiggy // Zomato
Pick Up Option: Bombay Sweet Shop, JAK Compound, Dadoji Konddeo Cross Ln, Byculla East, Byculla, Mumbai, 400027 . Contact Number: +91 77770 11097
Price: An assorted box of 9 or 18 sweets priced at ₹650 and Rs. 1200.
Availability: Mumbai only