Disclaimer: This is the full feature from The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.
December — the last month of the year and the most festive of them all. Also the month where your calendar is filled with events, parties and all else in between. Dubbed as the merriest month, December is also when your creativity starts to kick in. From simple DIYs to extravagant gifts, we, for a fact, love that we are able to share the joy of the festive season with simple things to our family and friends.
Of the many things we can wrap as gifts, personally, I opt to shop for food. Yes, as a foodie, I love sharing the many flavours I’ve tasted all throughout the year. I love for others to experience a gastro moment just like I did. I like to ignite the foodies in them.
What’s my secret food haven for gifts? Marks & Spencer. Yes, I have been known to hoard more than I can give. I have tasted more than enough goodies to make me smile in an instant. I love that they have a variety of chocolates, biscuits, candies and everything you need on their shelves. Aside from the taste, I love their super duper cute packaging that excites even the non-sweets craver.
At Marks & Spencer, you’d love the variety of goodies available. Indulge with the tastiest and most thrilling of treats with their many selection of pre-packed Holiday treats perfect for anyone on your list. Instead of you buying them separately, Marks & Spencer went ahead and packed them for you. Isn’t that amazing? Now, you need not worry of the combination or flavour pairings, you just need to choose and you’re all set.
That’s not all. At Marks & Spencer, you need not worry about your budget. Yes, that’s one other notable thing I love about them — they understand our yearning and hear our call for affordable but meaningful gifts for our loved ones. If that does not excite you then you seriously need to talk to your wallet.
For your health buff cousin or special someone, choose from Marks & Spencer’s two amazing basket of goodies: Gluten-Free Delights and The Wellness Collection. Not only are you sharing the spirit of the holidays but more so, encouraging them to further their quest for a healthier mind and body. This is something I need for myself :).
We all have that friend who loves to cook, right? Well, for someone who loves to experiment inside the kitchen, I love their Italian Escapade hamper of goodies that’ll wake the Remy in you. Bursting with culinary essentials to help you prepare and cook that special Italian dish — soon to be your masterpiece.
What pairs well with your Italian masterpiece? Wine! Though I seldom drink wine (I easily flush), I love giving bottles of them to family and friends. Make the gathering extra special with a bottle of wine from their selection.
Up the level with a bottle of Champagne for that sparkling night of fun and laughter like no other. Here’s another special from Marks & Spencer: From December 4 to 31, get 20% off on a bottle of champagne. Now, that’s more than awesome.
If you can’t decide, you can always say “Happy Holidays” with a box of biscuits and chocolates. Marks & Spencer has an assortment that will have you smiling from ear to ear — I know. Make the celebration divine with their Divine Pleasures hamper or more luxurious with a basket full of their Holiday Haven hamper. Splurge with a Lavish Luxury hamper for them to relax this festive season. I tell you, it’s all worth it!
Picky friends? I know, I have some. Don’t worry — they have the Sumptuous Selection hamper or the Timeless Favourites for them to munch on.
Still, despite the busy month, don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, have authentic conversations and create moments with them.
Marks & Spencer Abreeza Mall Branch – Space 1095-1099 Level 1, Abreeza Ayala Mall, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City
Marks & Spencer SM Lanang Premier Branch – Ground Floor SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang,Davao City
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who took the time to make my birthday extra special. For more years, cheers! Lovelots.
Want to know my latest food finds? Follow me on Instagram @iamleebai and I’ll make you hungry in a snap. For missed features, you can read them on my blog theroyalchefeats.wordpress.com.
Happy munching, #royalistas!