Nothing says Christmas like a hamper overflowing with decadent luxuries you’d never think twice about buying at any other time of year. They’re a festive tradition for many of us, but hampers filled with the best seasonal goodies don’t always come in cheap. Fortnum and Mason’s Family Christmas Hamper would set you back £225 and their Imperial Hamper is an eye-watering £6,000… we can but dream.
So if you’re looking for a personal way to let someone know you’re thinking about them this Christmas, but don’t have hundreds of pounds to spend, why not create your own hamper filled to the brim with treats you know they’ll swoon over.
The way your hamper looks is just as important as the treats you place inside. We use traditional Jute Bags and chic Wooden Crates for ours, but a traditional Wicker Basket or even a carboard box can look just as beautiful when filled with tissue paper and topped with a ruby red ribbon.
In my opinion no Christmas Hamper is complete without Mince Pies, Marmalade and Shortbread Biscuits – but the joy of creating your own hamper is that you can tailor the contents to your lucky recipient.
If they adore Cheese, then something like our Cheese Board Hamper would go down a treat. For those who steer clear of the hard stuff, then a non-alcoholic collection of speciality tea, coffee and hot chocolate would work well. Remember to consider any dietary requirements and the world’s your oyster!
I’ve always felt the key to a good hamper is making sure there’s one item that they will absolutely love. For the funny man in the family, Bohn’s Butt Massage Rub is sure to make him giggle. Or for that foodie friend who’s so difficult to please, a bottle of Oak Smoked Olive Oil.
The best hamper I ever received was full of rubbish chocolate (I’m a sucker for a bar of supermarket own) and a bottle of the White Port we shared on a balmy summer’s night in Portugal years before.
It doesn’t matter what your budget is, as long as there’s a star of the show amongst their goodies you’ll have given them a hamper to remember.