We all appreciate the cursory satsuma or token glass of Buck’s Fizz, but these wicker wonders are a must-have if you want to do the festive season justice. So take a look at our pick of the best…
Best all-rounder: The Wolseley Christmas Hamper
The late A A Gill, famed for his food and travel writing, was one of the first to visit Café Wolseley, which soon became one of his favourite culinary destinations.
With Gill’s seal of approval, you can be sure that this Christmas Hamper is a quality item. And, from dark chocolate Florentines to a Wolseley Medoc 2011, in addition to a host of treats including traditional teas, champagne, Christmas pudding, wine, biscuits and even tree decorations, when you pick one up from Bicester Village this winter, you won’t be able to wait to tuck in.
Wolseley Christmas Hamper — Café Wolseley at Bicester Village
Best for traditionalists: Harrods Heritage Collection Hamper
Harrods is as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies and mistletoe so what could be more festive than to gift the best of the department store’s famous Food Halls? Ideal for those with a taste for the finer things in life, this classic hamper comes stocked with a host of traditional culinary favourites including fine wines, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, preserves, biscuits and chocolates all packaged in elegant tins depicting vintage views of Harrods.
Harrods Heritage Collection Hamper
Best for wellness lovers: Daylesford CBD 10% Bliss Hamper
Trying to find the perfect present for the yoga-loving, vegan, teetotaller in your life? When the trusty failsafes of wine and chocolate, well, fail, we suggest you turn to Daylesford and its range of organic foods and beauty products for help.
For the thoroughly modern wellness fan, its CBD 10% Bliss hamper is a surefire hit. Containing a 10ml bottle of cult wonder product CBD oil, which is thought to reduce inflammation and improve low moods, as well as Manuka honey, Daylesford’s own-blend teas and a lavender candle, it has everything necessary for a New Year health boost.
Daylesford CBD 10% Bliss hamper
Best for impressing: Fortnum & Mason Imperial Hamper
While bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better, Fortnum & Mason is out to prove the maxim right.
It’s seemingly limitless offering, The Imperial Hamper, takes in drinks (Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaries), meats (whole Christmas ham), nibbles (Magnifici Florentine Selection), cheeses (waxed Cheddar truckle), toiletries (Pomegranate Rose bath and body collection) and accessories (Fortnum’s 4 Person Canvas Picnic Backpack). It’s Christmas, boxed.
Fortnum & Mason Imperial Hamper
Best for thirsty revellers: Fenwick Gin Hamper
A trip to Once buried at the back of the cupboard and thought of as a spirit only consumed by your elderly aunt, gin has been making quite the comeback over the last decade and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere fast.
If you’re already a confirmed fan of the aromatic spirit or a newcomer who’s not really sure where to start, Fenwick’s dedicated gin hamper is the ideal gift. Containing four full-size bottles of gin from some of the UK’s best craft distillers, including Durham Gin, Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle gin and Edinburgh’s Plum & Vanilla gin, along with a range of carefully paired tonics from Fentimans, Lixir, Fever Tree and Double Dutch, there’s no better way to start experimenting.
Fenwick Gin hamper
Best for foodies: Paxton & Whitfield Belgravia Hamper
Not for those prone to a touch of gout, Paxton & Whitfield’s Belgravia hamper is about as indulgent as they come this Christmas. Perfect for breaking open on Boxing Day, it features a whole smoked ham, four types of cheese, a selection of cheese biscuits, an assortment of condiments and trimmings and a ceramic platter on which to serve them.
Not quite decadent enough? There’s also a bottle of 2000 Vintage port, Champagne and a bottle each of Cote De Duras red and white wine to wash it all down with. Bon appetit.
Paxton & Whitfield Belgravia hamper
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