01 December 2020

The gourmet basket from Switzerland, an ideal gift

by Laetitia Socquet

For the holidays this year, why not offer or compose yourself a gourmet basket? A useful gift with a local impact that will please your parents, friends, colleagues or clients.

Let yourself be surprised by our selection of sweets, delicatessen and filled baskets. To offer for Christmas, the gourmet basket is a gift very often appreciated. We have taken care to choose local stores – Geneva and Lausanne – offering their local products also online. You can order in complete security from your sofa and in one click you can receive their delicious products at home or collect them in the store. A way to support our local merchants in this festive period, while making people happy.

Ready to offer gift baskets

©Chez Ernest
©Terre Vaudoise
©La cave de Genève

A delicatessen nestled in the heart of Lausanne, “Chez Ernest” offers a wide assortment of delicious groceries made with passion in the four corners of Switzerland. Handcrafted beers, spirits, cheese and charcuterie, aperitifs, sweet delicacies and many other surprises await you. Their gift sets are exclusively composed of local Swiss products. You will be able to choose among several themed baskets: chocolate, aperitif, alcohol, truffle, morning sweetness or Swiss discoveries. 

Terre Vaudoise offers baskets with products from 100% local Vaud craftsmanship. From the basket to be tasted for the aperitif to the gourmet Christmas drawer, you will find your happiness. A nice way to support local producers for Christmas gift shopping. Our favorite : The Christmas tiroir, filled with delicacies from salty to sweet. To be ordered online or picked up at the Halle de Lausanne.

The boxes of “La cave de Genève” will satisfy lovers of good wines and delicacies. We particularly like the set “the delicacies of Philippe Chevrier” which marries a bottle of red assembly with dark chocolate with pink peppers. The box also contains milk chocolate and hazelnuts, Piedmontese cookies and chocolate orange peels. To order online on their website.

An original idea: compose your own gourmet basket

If you want a more original and personal gift basket, why not make your own? Delicatessen, chocolate, tea, ciders and beers, here are some ideas of products to put in your homemade gift basket. Our local Swiss craftsmen are here to bring us the best with an exceptional taste know-how, let yourself be tempted and be creative.

Fine Food

©Mon Ami
©Chez Laurène
©Fine Selected Food

The store “Mon Ami”, located at rue de Genève in Lausanne, is perfect to fill your gourmet basket with delight. Its owners, two brothers with a common passion for good products. You will find refined assortments, the perfect idea to create your basket to be sent for aperitif. Exquisite terrines, spreads, aperitif cookies and other condiments are waiting for you! To be found in their store or online.

We spotted in the grocery-café “Chez Laurène” in Lausanne some delicious home-made jams, as well as some honeys and spreads from the region . Lime blossom honey from Ticino or praline cream from Piedmont, these sweets are very enviable. You will find the sweet touch of the artisan to embellish your gourmet basket. To be found in store or online.

In Geneva “Fine Selected Food” is all of Italy on your plate. You will discover a beautiful selection of ORGANIC products that can be delivered to you. Before ordering you can find inspiration on their website with recipes of great chefs and thus choose your products to make them. Aperitifs with olives, cream of dried tomatoes, but also nougat, almond cookies and various jams: you have the choice! To order on their website.


©La Bonbonnière

In a classic, authentic and Genevan spirit, the snowy truffles of “Martel” are to be fallen. You can combine them yourself in your own basket, or offer a nice box separately. A refined and greedy gift always very appreciated during the Christmas holidays. To order online or to buy in our store.

For the vegans, the “Rohr” chocolate factory in Geneva offers a selection of intense dark chocolates ranging from 65% to 100%. Embellished with raspberries, oranges and hazelnuts, you are spoilt for choice! This family chocolate factory since 1936 offers “beautiful, good, chocolate in a grand art version”. Cookies, alcohols and sweets are also available in their stores as well as online. Everything you need to fill your gift basket!

The chocolate factory “La Bonbonnière” in Geneva offers boxes and assortments of chocolates, as well as truffles and pralines. All of their products are available to order online, with free delivery anywhere in Switzerland or by click and collect. Decorate your basket filled with one of their creations with the papillote “pavés de Genève” or their box of amaretti filled with chocolate … a real treat!


©Bentjeman & Barton
©La Tsarine
©l’instant T

The green tea from China “Il était une fois Noël” from “Betjeman & Barton” is sold in a beautiful tea box decorated especially for the occasion. This tea with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, apple, almond and ginger essential oil is perfect with gingerbread for example. Always on a snowy note, the blend is a perfect accompaniment to gingerbread.“Pouchkine” the signature tea of the House of Betjeman & Barton and one of our favorites. It is a must have variation of Earl Grey for those who love black tea and citrus notes. Available in their boutique in Geneva or on their website.

Always in the spirit of the furnished baskets, the store “La Tsarine” proposes boxes to offer. A delight for tea and herbal tea lovers! These boxes include several kinds, ideal for tasting and discovering new aromas. The Dammann brothers’ “Ambre” box offers an assortment of 5 gourmet flavors: Granola, Mon petit chocolat, Carrot cake and Pecan Pie. To offer without hesitation!

In Geneva “L’instant T” offers a range of teas dedicated to winter. Enjoy the Christmas season with spicy aromas. For gourmets, “Winter Chai BIO” with touches of cinnamon, cocoa pods and black tea seems to warm the spirit and the senses. To be enjoyed with a touch of milk. “Gingerbread” is also one of our favorites with its touches of sweet dates and aromatic spices.

Beers and cidres

©Magic Tomato

A cider from the region to finish your basket of toppings? What a great idea! “VitaVerdura” offers some. “VitaVerdura” is an online platform with which it is possible to order online regional products offered on the markets. This way you can support local producers while staying at home. Cider from the orchards of Féchy is offered there at a reasonable price as well as rosé raw cider.

Would you like to decorate your basket with a local beer? The online shopping platform “Magic Tomato” offers products from Swiss craftsmanship. You will find a selection of Geneva beers. For example, “L’Étincelle” from the Virage brewery is an amber beer brewed with Geneva malts and infused with Old World hops. These beers are the original finishing touch to a successful local basketful!