There’s something special about receiving a hamper at Christmas. Unwrapping the parcel, opening the box and peeling back the straw to see what’s hidden inside. Whether it’s been specially made and put together just for you, or been bought ready made, it’s a great gift choice for those hard-to-buy for recipients.
What’s more, many hampers are packed in gorgeous baskets or boxes that can be reused once the goodies are gone, so a hamper isn’t necessarily just a short-lived present.
There are some stunning hampers available, from the ultimate dream hampers and high end luxury gifts, to themed hampers, chocolate hampers and budget-conscious options. Here’s a selection of hamper ideas to whet your appetite, including some on special offer.
The ultimate hampers we dream of, but are unlikely to ever afford….
The Decadence hamper – if you happen to have a spare £20,000 floating around (no, we can’t believe that price either!), then you could splash your cash on this limited edition hamper from Harrods. It includes, champagne, wines, confectionery, fresh caviar, charcuterie, crackers and much more, all packed into a luxury trunk.
If £10,000 is more your price range (?!) then the Opulence hamper contains a selection of high-quality items from some of the world’s best producers. Again, it’s from Harrods.
At half the price, the Imperial hamper is available from Fortnum and Mason for £5000. You’ll find a 25-year old single malt nestling alongside Beluga caviar, aged balsamic vinegar and Dom Perignon rose, to name but a few.
Hamper gifts with a luxurious feel to them, both in terms of price and contents…
Opulent Christmas hamper, presented in a willow basket and filled with luxury Christmas foods and drinks. It was £339.99, but is now £249.99 at Debenhams.
This Contemporary silver hamper from John Lewis is presented in a wooden crate and contains plenty of festive goodies. It’s £100.
The Sparkle and Celebrate luxury hamper from Selfridges contains a lovely selection of festive foods to enjoy, including foods from Italy, Britain and Europe. It’s all included in a hamper basket with signature leather buckles and costs £175.
Hampers with a bit of a theme to them….
Italian feast hamper, filled with favourite Italian food and drink, with £25 off, now £125 from Waitrose
The Gentlemen’s hamper, containing strong and sturdy flavours, £150 from Fortnum and Mason.
The Cheese Lovers hamper, which contains there tasted cheeses, savoury biscuits, chutney and red wine. It’s £50 from M&S.
Champagne, wine and chocolate hampers
Lots of hampers include champagne, wine and chocolates, but these are predominantly made up of these key ingredients…
Wine basket hamper, featuring four bottles of wine in a useful bottle holder basket, £50 from John Lewis
The pamper hamper, with gifts such as luxury chocolate truffles and pink champagne, £150 from Harrods
Or, for a non-alcoholic version, try the So Jennie & Truffles hamper (£60)
For true chocolate lovers, opt for the Bliss Chocolate Hamper, from Hotel Chocolat. It’s packed with milk, dark and white chocolates for all tastes. It’s £150.
Suitable for smaller budgets, but still equally gorgeous….
St Kew teacup basket hamper, filled with items such as tea, shortbread and conserve, £16.99 from Lakeland
Holly Jolly gift bag hamper, filled with six award winning products by Hawkshead Relish Company, £10 from Amazon
If you’d rather put together your own hamper to meet your budget and ensure the recipient likes the contents, but are running out of time to organise it, John Lewis do a Build Your Own Hamper option, where you can choose the items you’d like included.