The gift of food

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WHO DOESN’T like a gift of food? Here are some places where one can score cakes, pastries, ice cream, or a holiday hamper or two to give as a present — or keep for yourself.

Dean & Deluca offers hamper choices for every type of foodie, filled with wine, jams and jellies, coffee, tea, canned and bottled savory goods, sauces, and pasta. Adding mugs, a coffee press, a tumbler, or tea pots and cup is an option to personalize the gift. Gather the goodies in wooden crates, canvas bags, or red boxes. Cakes and pastries — mango crème brûlée, dark chocolate dome cake, pistachio, salted caramel chocolate cake and various flavors of Hokkaido cheesecakes — are also an option for those with a sweet tooth. Dean & Deluca has branches at Eton Tower, Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, and at the Edades Tower and Villas, Rockwell, Makati City.

Meanwhile, Dusit Thani Manila has decorated hampers available at the lobby’s holiday counter, with sweet treats and gourmet items. A purchase of five to nine hampers earns one a free bottle of wine; and a purchase of 10 would come with one free hamper with the same items ordered.

Decadent, Sumptuous, and Indulgent are the names of three unique gift baskets from Marco Polo Ortigas. The gift baskets are filled with Mackays Scottish fruit preserves, English fruit cake, hand-crafted pralines, and Mrs. Bridges banoffee curd. Personalize the hampers by choosing from chocolate characters, chocolate bars, soft and moist cakes, freshly baked cookies, nuts and biscuits, or Scottish fruit preserves. Before sealing the gift basket, a bottle of Talamonti Moda, Batasiolo Barolo Boscareto, or NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial completes the set.

Treat the kids to ice cream cakes from Baskin-Robbins. The different design options include a freezing snowman, an ice cream cake shaped like a hot cocoa mug, and a pretty present. Or make a customized ice cream cake that allows you to add your favorite ice cream flavor and personalized message. Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes are available in all store branches.

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