With Christmas just behind us and the new year to look up to, the last week of the year is a festive time that brings with it some amazing gifting opportunities for yourself as well as for your near and dear ones. Take a look at 10 of the best options from a wide variety that we’ve curated for you, in case you’re still hunting for last-minute and cool amazing gifts.
1 – Sorrentina’s Buon Natale
Sorrentina has introduced Buon Natale, a 21-day long festival that celebrates the Christmas spirit in all its glory. You can dive into a selection of small plates like Baked Brie (a phyllo pastry stuffed with Truffle Brie, Salt roasted Beetroot and Sesame), Zucchini Flower Frito (a delicate Zucchini flower stuffed with Lamb Bolognese that is then coated in Bread crumbs) and Lentil Giandujia Toast (slow-cooked Puy Lentils and Home Pickled Ndujia served on freshly made Toasted Ciabatta bread) apart from a variety of pizzas and pasta.
Be sure to round up your meal with mains like Ossobuco (a traditional speciality of Lombard cuisine where the lamb shanks are braised for 8 hours served in the pan jus over a bed of potato mash) and sign off with a Mince Pudding Tart (soaked fruits filled in a sweet-tart crust served with a Gingerbread gelato).
If you’re looking to bring the festivities home, Sorrentina has also introduced a Boozy Tiramisu (a Kahlua spiked take on their classic Tiramisu), a Mulled Wine Kit in collaboration with KC Roasters and pre-bottled Christmas cocktails available for takeaway from their restaurant. That probably sounds the most interesting to us on the list at the moment!
2 – Gift Boxes From Le 15 Patisserie
Le15 Patisserie by Pooja Dhingra is celebrating the season of love and joy and a whole lot of festive specials like cosy gift boxes, Christmas special macarons and cupcakes.
The limited-edition, festive menu features traditional Christmas flavour inspired cupcakes like Plum Cake Cupcake; White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcake topped with mini macaron; Eggless Belgian Strawberry Cupcake garnished with chopped strawberries and gold sprinkles and Eggless Gingerbread Cupcake garnished with spiced gingerbread man cookie.
Le15 Patisserie is synonymous with macarons and Christmas at Le15 is incomplete without this delicate and delicious meringue-based French dessert! The special menu features limited-edition macarons like Snowflake Macarons with dark chocolate orange ganache and the Christmas Macaron with white chocolate ganache and cranberry compote.
The menu also features Festive Special Gift Boxes like – Secret Santa Box with spiced hot chocolate mix and Cinnamon granola dipkie, because no Christmas is complete without Secret Santa. You can also order the Le15 Hot Chocolate Collection – Christmas Edition that includes Classic hot chocolate mix, Salted caramel hot chocolate mix, Mocha hot chocolate mix and Spiced hot chocolate mix.
3 – Yauatcha’s Exquisite Christmas Hamper
Yauatcha’s Christmas hamper features a range of their special desserts and comprises gourmet patisserie offerings handcrafted with utmost precision. The hamper offers an array of assortments like a box of assorted macarons, plum pudding cake, pack of 8 assorted cookies, mooncakes, signature oils, Thai tea, a monetary voucher and so much more assembled in their new festive box. Priced at INR 3950 plus taxes, this is a simple yet elegant gift box to give to your near and dear ones. Call 9222222800 to order your hamper.
4 – I’M Wholesome’s Range Of Christmas Gifts
I’M Wholesome’s Christmas hampers are filled with delightful goodies, ranging from sweet treats to irresistible savoury foods, hot chocolates, DIY kits and cheese towers. With 20+ hampers and various platter options, one can find something for everyone as per their tastes. The offerings this season include their signature gourmet cheese like the truffle shiitake and seasonal strawberry pesto, red velvet cheese cookies, gourmet Christmas cheese tower, strawberry tres leches, Belgian hot chocolate mix, California grapes, macarons, DIY gingerbread tree making kit, toffee caramel cupcakes and much more. The brand is also open to personalisation and can customise orders based on your preferences. Contact them on Instagram to place your orders.
5 – Yogisattva’s Limited Edition Christmas Dessert Box
Yogissatva’s Limited edition Festive Christmas Box features vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free dessert hampers curated specially by Founder and Plant-Based Chef Raveena Taurani. The Festive Christmas Box features a Cranberry, Orange and Walnut Loaf made with organic brown rice and almond flour, organic ingredients like spices, dried cranberries, walnuts, dates, natural unrefined coconut sugar and naturally grown orange baked with love, Ginger Molasses Cookies made with organic ingredients like sorghum & almond flour, spices, molasses, cold-pressed coconut oil, coconut sugar all baked together in love, Apple Crumble Muffins made with 100% naturally grown oat flour, organic ingredients like apples, almond flour and spices, Truffle Cashew Cheese Spread made with organic cashews, spices, truffle and Amaranth Crackers made with organic amaranth flour, sesame seeds and spices all beautifully wrapped in a festive packaging.
Yogisattva’s Christmas dessert menu also offers you the option of picking the desserts separately allowing you to choose your favourite Christmas treat. The Christmas Box can be pre-ordered for INR 1499 while other gifting options start from INR 379. Call 9867455009 to place your orders.
6 – Tea Trunk
Tea Trunk has some of the best gifting options you can give, especially for tea lovers. From their 12 Teas of Christmas to Winter Bounties Gift Box and NYE Bash Box among others, Tea Trunk’s gifting options have something for everybody.
We recommend the Winter Bounties and NYE Bash Box. The Winter Bounties Gift Box is season-themed box that makes it a quintessential winter care hamper that contains the brand’s bestselling Apple Spice Black Tea, spearmint botanicals, a winter-themed Gingersnap candle and an elegant tea infuser. It is priced at INR 1349++ while the NYE Bash Box contains 3 delicious tea blend samples, premium garnishes, a cocktail shaker, a peg measurer, anti-hangover shots, and our blender’s 2021 special cocktail recipes and costs INR 1200++. Get your favourite box here.
7 – KC Roasters’ Christmas Coffees
As is tradition, KC Roasters has come out with a special Christmas Blend coffee that promises notes of Old Monk, Cocoa Nibs and Christmas Fruit Cake. You can also get a Drip’d Kit of the limited-edition Christmas Blend. A box of 10 single-serve pour-over bags of these will cost INR 600. Besides, you can also check out their new Winter Espresso Blend made with Arabica and Robusta beans. With notes of almond oil, cocoa and caramel, this blend seems made especially for this season. Check out their offerings here.
8 – Teabox’s Gratitude Box
Teabox has a thoughtfully curated limited-edition ‘Gratitude Box’ to help express gratitude to yourself and your loved ones. The ‘Gratitude Box’ aims to celebrate 12 days of Christmas with 12 of the finest aromatic as well as thematic tea blends such as Organic Rose Green, Organic Mint Green, Kashmiri Kahwa Saffron Green, Organic Darjeeling Green, and more. The assorted gift box is priced at INR 2239. And if that doesn’t catch your attention, do try out Gaja, Fleur, Perle and Vivant Gift Boxes on their site that contain different tea blends so you get exactly what your taste buds are looking for. Check their collection here.
9 – The Oberoi Bengaluru’s Gift Shop Collection
The Oberoi Bengaluru has some fascinating options to celebrate the festive season. You can either dine-in at the venue over some exclusive packages or pick up some drool-worthy items from the shop to gift yourself or your near and dear ones. So whether you want to indulge in a special New Year’s Day Brunch at Wabi Sabi with friends and family or staycation at special rates, Oberoi Bengaluru has got you sorted.
You can also choose from deliciously dark and chocolaty yule logs, sunshine hues of stollen and florentines, earthy tones of rich plum cakes or pick up some mouth-watering gourmet cookies and exotic handmade pralines at the Festive Boutique.
10 – Vahdam’s Travel Gift Boxes
With Omicron derailing travel plans once again, one of the best ways to travel seems to be through themed gift boxes. Tea brand Vahdam has curated a set of five destination-themed gift boxes you can give yourself or your best friends to compensate for another year of looming travel bans. From Singapore, New York, London, Paris and Taj Mahal in Agra, each box contains a variety of teas that you can pick based on your preferences. We particularly like the Weekend in Paris box with its floral flavours like Rose, Hibiscus, and Chamomile along with fruit and spicy notes. Buy your favourite box here.
There you have it, some of the best festive treats that can be delivered right to you, depending on where you stay of course. Go ahead and enjoy these treats before 2022 begins.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.