New Year delights

With Chinese New Year just two weeks away, now is the best time to buy New Year’s goodies.

Candies and cookies will never go wrong as festive gifts. They are easy to get and the market offers plenty of dazzling choices.

Fortnum & Mason at K11 Musea has launched Fudai hampers (HK$2,488) to celebrate the English retailer’s first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.

Available with or without alcohol, the reusable baskets wrap up signature sweets, including the sugary and juicy pates de fruits made from real fruit, luscious glace clementines, as well as Cherrilossus biscuits which are covered in thick chocolate, stuffed with sweetly sour Morello cherries and presented in a strikingly decorated tin.

Another environmentally-friendly choice is Lady M’s jewelry candy chest (HK$880). The elegant Chinese cabinet-shaped box comes with a mirror and two drawers, which can be reused as a jewelry box. Inside are six sweets in sour peach, pina colada, oranges confites, sesame, chouchou amandes and milk chocolate crunchy corn flavors.

Sugarfina, the famed luxury confections boutique from Beverly Hills, aims to bring guests’ best wishes for the new year with its gold foil-adorned nine-piece mini trunk (HK$1,088) containing nine candy cubes and a matching sticker with a New Year greeting. Flavors include the new lotus flowers lychee gummies and the store’s best-selling champagne bears.

Kee Wah Bakery is always a safe choice, both as a present and for your own enjoyment. Following its well-received collaboration with Japanese cartoon character Maruko last year, Kee Wah is partnering with Sanrio this year to introduce a Sanrio characters assorted Chinese New Year pudding set (HK$128) – consisting of one Hello Kitty traditional rice pudding and one My Melody coconut milk pudding.

Another choice is the Sanrio characters candy assortment (HK$38), which comes in tins decorated with six different Sanrio characters and features three of the brand’s signature candy.

If you are thinking of gifts for the elders, Shang Palace’s Chinese New Year hamper (HK$2,988) will surely satisfy them.

In addition to traditional new year puddings, the hamper also features two signature homemade sauces, sausages, crispy taro balls with sesame seeds and dried goods including shiitake mushrooms and bamboo pith. Place your order before January 12 to enjoy 20 percent off.

Gift ideas for coffee addicts just got a lot easier this year.

Those with a Nespresso coffee machine at home or in their office would love the brand’s exclusive six-sleeve assortment (HK$266) and 10-sleeve assortment (HK$438), featuring six and eight different flavors, respectively.

Starbucks’ assorted pastries gift set (HK$168) features four delicious pastries in an orange-red and golden gift box, offering black tea chocolate flavored cookies, caramel coffee almond fingers, maple flavored palmier and salted caramel egg rolls. Infused with the flavors of Starbucks beverages, the pastries gift set will be sure to please.

Buying gifts at the last minute? Various supermarkets and department stores also have a decent selection of gifts.

The Yata Japanese fruit hamper (HK$1,158) offers eight kinds of premium fruit flown in directly from Japan, while the Marks & Spencer deluxe hamper (HK$899) features two different wines from France, three kinds of chocolate and a wide range of cookies and tea.

(This article was published at The Standard on January 10, 2020: Weekend Glitz: New Year delights )

New Year delights

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