If there ever was a time for opulence, it would be Christmas. Halls decked, bells jingled and belts loosened, it is the most indulgent of holidays. And the hamper is the most decadent gift.
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…
The hamper for those in search of heritage
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, 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
The hamper for those who desire decadence
Renowned for its award-winning restaurants (amongst many other things), Covent Garden has delivered a spectrum of treats from some of West London’s finest food offerings.
Their Dine Decadent Edit is a hamper that extends its offerings beyond the food and drinks included to lavish experiences at their most sought-after restaurants. From Petersham Nurseries’ Murano Glass gold champagne flutes to lunch at Michelin-starred Flora by LIMA, this is the gift that keeps on giving.
Covent Garden Dine Decadent Collection
The hamper to cover your entire Christmas
From Champagne and caviar to fresh cheese and cured meats, Harrod’s have characteristically pulled out all the culinary stops with their ‘Ultimate’ hamper.
And ultimate it is. The sweeping, iconic food hall has been meticulously recreated in wicker for you to enjoy at home this Christmas Day — from your morning coffee to that last glass of fine wine.
Harrod's Ultimate Hamper
The hamper for the lazy Christmas shopper
Whilst bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better, Fortnum & Mason are out to prove the maxim right.
Their 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 Wash and Lotion Set) and accessories (Fortnum’s 4 Person Canvas Picnic Backpack). It’s Christmas, boxed.
Fortnum & Mason Imperial Hamper
The hamper for the thirstier reveller
Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, have drawn upon their three centuries as national pioneers to create a hamper that redefines excess.
With highlights including a Champagne from Krug, top-tier Burgundy, a bold and powerful Brunello, Cru Classé Bordeaux and 20-year-old Vintage Port, it’ll ensure you a very merry Christmas.
Berry Bros & Rudd Le Grand Hamper
The hamper to upgrade your winter wardrobe
If you’re sick of socks at Christmas, Kent and Curwen are on hand to help.
Containing a rose badge sweater, baker boy cap, blanket scarf, woollen socks, three pin badges, and even a Christmas card, this will ensure that your festive holiday is as sartorial as it is seasonal.
With the hampers only being available in store, we’ll race you there to get one.
Kent and Curwen Large Menswear Hamper
The hamper for the foodie who wants to learn
The iconic Mayfair establishment, Claridge’s offers all the trimmings for the yuletide this year with their hamper selection.
The most festive basket, the ‘Mayfair Hamper’, is a complete round-up of all the luxuries one would associate with the hotel. And with the new Claridge’s cookbook finishing off the hamper, you’ll be kept in decadent food all year long.
Claridges Mayfair Hamper
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