Best Christmas Hampers 2013
Is it us, or has Christmas come early this year? Since Halloween, the country seems to have been filled with fairy lights, Christmas coffee adverts and manic shoppers scanning the streets for stocking fillers…
Every December, panic starts to set in about what to buy who, from where and for how much… so this year I’ve decided to get organised and tackle the problem head on – I’ve found outstanding Christmas hampers that won’t break the bank and make the perfect gift for someone you’re not quite sure what to buy. My top ten are great for your boyfriend’s parents, the auntie who spoils you every year, your grandparents, friends and even your boss – if they’ve been very, very good that is…
LUSH: You’re A Star, £42.50, Lush.co.uk
We love everything about Lush, from the re-usable packaging to the versatility of its products – you can walk into any their shops looking for a present for your little sister and leave with something lovely for your mum, auntie, boss and your friends. The You’re A Star hamper is perfect for someone you want to say a big thank you to this Christmas after another year of love and support, with a great mix of useful products. ‘Silky Underwear’ powder will help friends slip into their gold hotpants a la Kylie, ‘Ceridwen’s Cauldron’ skin softener is just wonderful and the ‘Dream Cream’ is a joy to use on dry skin during winter. Visit Lush.co.uk for more details.
DEVON HAMPERS: 6 Devon Ciders Hamper, £28, Devonhampers.com
Perfect for a male friend with a penchant for cider, ordering this packed wicker hamper means his Christmas present is sorted in five minutes flat. Featuring the likes of Jack Ratt Scrumpy Cider and the Lyme Bay sparkling variety, there’s truly something for everyone. Great for a party, or as a gift to male housemates. Visit Devonhampers.com for more details.
LAKELAND: Chocoholics Hamper, £39.99, Lakeland.co.uk
This pretty linen-lined hamper is a no-brainer for the chocolate lovers in your life (something tells us there are a few of them). From Rooibos & Vanilla flavoured English Tea to Romney’s Death by Chocolate Butter Fudge, 2x Cole’s Chocolate Steamed Puddings to Cartmel Chocolate sauce, it’s safe to say this is the perfect purchase for those in search of pure indulgence. Visit Lakeland.co.uk for more details.
LAITHWAITES: Luxury Wine Trio, £50, Laithwaites.co..uk
Earn some serious kudos with wine lovers by gifting this stand-out trio. For beverage buffs, Laithwaites is synonymous with true indulgence, so you know your gift will be truly appreciated. This year’s luxury trio case comes complete with outstanding Blanc de Noirs Champagne from Jean-Noël Haton – perfect with canapés. Rich and round fine white Burgundy is next, followed by a Chianti Classico full of dark chocolate and cherry complexity. Beautifully presented in a wooden gift box. Visit Laithwaites for more details.
RINGTONS: Classic Biscuit Hamper, £9.99, Ringtons.co.uk
Value for money this good is becoming increasingly rare. Absolutely perfect for grandparents, this delightful Ringtons biscuit hamper revels in quintessentially British style and is a snip at just £9.99. A selection of delicious biscuits (we know, we’ve tried them) arrives in a cardboard box that looks like an antiquated tearoom, which doubles up as a carrier bag. Practical and pretty – we’re sold, and your gran will be too. Visit Ringtons for more details.
CARLUCCIO’S: Christmas Star Hamper, £35, Carluccios.com
A carefully curated selection of Carluccio’s customer favourites, this festive red box is everything the cook in your life needs for the alternative Boxing Day grazing lunch, or a lazy evening indoors between Christmas and New Year. No foodie’s Christmas is complete without an authentic Panettone, and wild boar ragu will make a great change from rich, British fare during the festive season. Visit Carluccios.com for more details.
ABEL & COLE: As much or as little as you like, Abelandcole.co.uk
When buying thoughtful gifts for environmentally conscious comrades, you can’t beat Abel & Cole. I decided to take £50, roughly the same amount as the other hampers I’ve featured, and create my own bespoke gift box by picking and choosing my favourite products from the site. This took longer than I anticipated – the Christmas shop is full of organic, mouth-watering produce for meat eaters and veggies, as well as festive treats like treacle tart, mince pies, Stilton, smoked salmon, chutney and nuts. When my items arrived in an environmentally friendly van, in a recyclable box, I felt as though I’d done a little good in the world. Simply arrange your items in an old wicker basket, then dress up with raffia and ribbon. Thoughtful, individual and climate neutral! Visit Abelandcole.co.uk for more details.
GREEN & BLACK’s: Indulgent Collection, £18.50, Greenandblacksdirect.com
Speaking as a self-confessed chocolate obsessive, I find this particular hamper the most exciting of all. For the amount of chocolate you get, this gift box comes at an almost unbelievably good price, showcasing best-selling flavours such as Dark with Burnt Toffee and Milk with Caramel. We adored the chic, subtle brown packaging of the Indulgent Collection, housing a myriad of rainbow coloured tasters – our only problem was that we didn’t know what to try first! Visit Greenandblacksdirect.com for more details.
ITALY IN A BOX: The Taster Box, £39, Italyinabox.co.uk
Using a heady combination of artisan ingredients, some of which aren’t normally available in the UK (and are even harder to get hold of in Italy!) Italy In A Box does just what it says on the tin, delivering a snapshot of the country’s fabulous cuisine in a cleverly sourced, handily presented package. From Gianoni salami, to buckwheat polenta from Molino Riva to precious Black Venus Rice from Principato di Lucedio in Piedmont, the products featured are niche, never novelty. A wonderful gift for food connoisseurs. Visit Italyinabox.co.uk for more details.
Amy @ FashionBite xx