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High priced fruit gifts a local tradition

If you hand a client or civil servant a HK$500 lai see packet, there might be an awkward moment. The recipient may turn it down, or ask for permission from their boss.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 4:42am

Eat, drink and be merry

With less than 10 days to go before the big day, chances are you haven't crossed every name off your Christmas shopping list. Have no fear - there's still plenty of time to pick up the perfect present for everyone, from your closest colleagues to your significant other. We've made the task easier by sorting through the season's offerings to bring you the best.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sumptuous feasts

Luxury food hampers are always a welcomed gift for family, friends and colleagues. This year's hampers from some of the city's top hotels are packed with home-made seasonal sweets and savouries as well as eastern delicacies favoured by Hong Kong epicureans.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pamper your loved ones with hampers

If you still haven't done all your Christmas shopping, there's no need to panic and raid the shelves of your nearest convenience store just yet. Procrastinators still have time to conjure up some fabulous gifts to give their loved ones.

Edible gifts are always welcome presents for foodies, and hampers might do just the trick.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Inflation lifts the cost of a splurge this Christmas

People in a festive mood this Christmas will have to open their wallets a little wider.

The Hong Kong dollar's weakness against some foreign currencies, and higher food prices, have pushed up the cost of dining and food hampers by about a tenth, say operators of restaurants and shops.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Deliver a treasure trove of festive goodies

Just saying the word 'hamper' is satisfying in itself. Actually receiving one takes the luscious association to another level. So much more than the sum of its parts, a hamper is received in giddy anticipation of plumbing its depths for delightful treasures.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

More mid-priced gift hampers on offer

The multimillion-dollar Christmas hampers once exchanged by the rich and famous appear to have fallen victim to the financial crisis, but shops and hotels are hoping a range of less pricey gift packs will persuade people to spend.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Developer's food-hamper gifts to councillors raise eyebrows

Members of the Islands District Council were offered food hampers by a Discovery Bay land developer this year, sparking concerns about possible conflicts of interest.

It is understood that Hong Kong Resort, the developer of a residential-resort complex on Lantau Island, sent hampers to many of the 22 councillors soon after the new four-year council term began in January.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Lai See

Investment fun and games with the SFC

In case the risk of getting burned by the market isn't reason enough to learn the how to invest judiciously, the Securities and Futures Commission is offering a month of fun, games and cash prizes to get the message across.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Christmas shoppers indulge in early splurge

'Tis the season to spend, and people are splashing out more and earlier in the lead-up to Christmas.

Despite prices being up by about 15 per cent on average from last year, the surging economy is encouraging customers to splurge on festive trappings, from wining and dining to food hampers.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hamper index confirms Hong Kong's robust economic performance

To add a bit of festive taste to this financial column, White Collar has chosen a subject that fuses Christmas hamper sales and the economic cycle.

According to Michael Tsui, co-founder of Cova in Hong Kong and the guest of our Boxing Day podcast, there is definitely a link between sales of the overflowing food parcels and our economic figures.

26 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Hamper harvest

This year's gift baskets range from filling and thrilling to truly mind-boggling

HAMPERS MAKE AN excellent option if you are out of ideas or need an emergency gift. The good news is that the selection this year is bigger than ever.

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

$128,000 hamper 'sign of twisted Christmas'

The world's most expensive Christmas hampers went on sale in Hong Kong yesterday, priced at $128,000 and including tea once reserved for the personal consumption of Mao Zedong and coffee created for Napoleon.

9 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Bumper harvest of hampers

ADD A FEW gourmet treats to your holiday greetings for friends and business associates with a specially created Christmas hamper from JW Marriott.

Seven holiday hampers, ranging in price from $688 to $3,388, are filled with a selection of delicacies and seasonal favourites.

1 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Goodies basket tough to resist

HAMPERS are always a good choice of gift for family friends, a special corporate client or associate.

It is almost impossible to give a basket of goodies that does not contain something to suit every taste.

Hong Kong shoppers have a wide variety to choose from this Christmas.

3 Dec 1993 - 12:00am