It’s never too early to start planning the feasts over the Christmas period. From treats while decorating the tree and Christmas Eve buffets to those days in between Christmas and New Year where you lose track time and seamlessly indulge on platter after platter of cheese & charcuterie, tins of biscuits and jars of pickles that you wouldn’t touch any other time of the year. And hampers are a great way to ensure you’re stocked up on the finest snacks and treats over the festive season.
We’ve rounded up the 12 best hampers you can order now, from Brindisa’s Spanish flavours to Fortnum’s giant wicker of wonders. After all, it’s never too early to start ticking off your Christmas checklist.
The Magic of Christmas Collection, Marks & Spencer
It’s not Christmas without a few M&S goodies. Spoil your family this year and pre-order M&S’s Magic of Christmas Collection. There’s something for every taste hidden inside, from perfectly matured rich fruit cake and a twelve month matured Christmas pud to the sparkling caramels and salted caramel golden blond nut selection, and plenty of festive tipples to wash all of the treats down with. Looking for other M&S hampers? Check out our list here.
The Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper, Fortnum & Mason
Is it Christmas without a mention of Fortnum’s? Whether it’s a family tradition to have some perched by the Christmas tree or you’re determined to make this year the one you pre-order a hamper before it sells out, a Fortnum’s hamper is the epitome of the perfect Christmas.
We love the Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper – it’s stacked with everything you need for the big day, from sparkling and still tipples to delicious pudding, buttery biscuits and jars of the sweetened jams, preserves and pickles.
Can’t make it down to the Piccadilly store? Get one delivered thanks to SUPPER London, the London delivery service renowned for bringing the city’s finest restaurants and stores to your door. They have a host of Fortnum’s goodies waiting to be discovered, from the Taste of Fortnum’s Hamper to festive treats like figgy mustard, mulled wine spice box and Christmas tea biscuits.
The Christmas Day Hamper, Selfridges
Selfridges has a hamper for every budget, but the one that’s going to steal the show is the Christmas Day Hamper. This one is packed with 21 delectable items, from peppermint chocolates and honeycomb to traditional Italian panettone and vegan sherry Christmas pudding. There are plenty of savoury treats inside too, including potted blue stilton cheese, smoked Scottish salmon, Wiltshire ham and parmesan and garlic savoury biscuits.
Christmas evening tipples are included too, whether you’re after white, red or sparkling – all that’s left to do is pre-order it before it sells out.
Savoury Selection Hamper, The Newt In Somerset
Ramp up the Christmas spirit with The Newt In Somerset’s Christmas hamper offerings – particularly, their Savoury Selection Hamper. You’ll be salivating at what’s stored inside: from smoked oatcakes, pork rillette, salmon pate, to two bottles of fresh Somerset apple juice. Clearly, this hamper is made with full, happy bellies in mind. Keen on trying other Christmas hampers in their collection? Click here for more.
Snowed In Hamper, Harvey Nichols
We can’t guarantee that we’ll actually be snowed in this Christmas but it’s always handy to have reserves just in case. Harvey Nichols’ hamper is kitted out with everything you need to throw your grown-up sleepover. Expect plenty of home comforts like hot chocolate, spiced tea, nibbles and chocolates, as well as some adults-only bottles from their premium wine range.
Sparkle & Smoked Hamper, Daylesford
Daylesford’s Sparkle & Smoked Hamper is packed with everything you’d want for a Boxing Day brunch. Think organic Irish smoked salmon, dill sauce, Léoube Crème Anchoïade and charcoal biscuits. Plus, plenty of booze like blinis, sparkling De Léoube Rosé and Love Rosé By Léoube.
A hamper with a conscience, Daylesford will be planting a native tree sapling for every organic hamper sold.
Christmas Larder Box, John Lewis
One peek inside John Lewis’ Christmas Larder Box and we can already tell this is going to be gracing the tables for many families this year. Priced at £100, the box is packed with everything you could need, from Prosecco and mulled winter punch to buttermilk mince pie fudge, praline and Christmas pud. Plus, there are a few cupboard essentials thrown in too, including pasta and sauces for those awkward food days in between Christmas and New Year.
Charcuterie Box, Brindisa
For a Spanish themed Christmas, opt for Brindisa’s charcuterie box. You’ll find everything you need for hosting a nibbles night, including acorn-fed hams and cured sausages, game pate, capers, breadsticks and pickles. All that’s left to do is prettily plate everything up on your wooden chopping board and snap a photo for the ‘gram.
Christmas Collection Hamper, Lina Stores
Have yourself a little Italian Christmas and opt for one of the hampers from everyone’s favourite pistachio-hued restaurant, Lina Stores. The London restaurant institution has turned their hand to hampers this year, offering a brilliant Christmas Collection featuring oregano infused Limoncello, Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, orecchiette pasta, passata di pomodoro, baci di dama, 8 year-aged balsamic vinegar of Modena, mini panettone, chocolate and a branded pistachio tea towel and jute bag.
The Christmas Connoisseur, Panzer’s
Jewish delicatessen Panzer’s knows a thing or two about crafting the perfect package, and their Christmas Connoisseur hamper is no exception. Inside their signature green bow-tied box, expect to find a bundle of goodies – think Long Clawson Dairy stilton, Shorrock’s Lancashire bomb cheese, LBV Delaforce port, Nana Lily’s luxury Christmas fruit cake, three nut selection, XXL milk gianduja and hazelnut bar and Damar Tartufi dark chocolate with truffles.
The Festive Favourites Wicker Hamper, Cartwright & Butler
From Christmas Eve buffets to Boxing Day nibbles, you never know when you might need a trusty pack of crackers and biscuits on hand. Make Christmas easier and order in Cartwright & Butler’s Festive Favourites hamper for a hassle-free festive season. It’s filled with cakes, mince pies, tipples and more.
The Knightsbridge Christmas Hamper, Harrods
Take your Christmas up notch with Harrods. The luxury retailer has a hamper for every occasion, but we love the Knightsbridge special. Packaged inside their signature wicker basket, you’ll find classic mince pies, Christmas pud with brandy butter, chocolate, wine and a bottle of fizz to toast to the festive season.
Dishoom Cookery Book Hamper
We all know a Dishoom lover. This year, make their Christmas extra special with Dishoom’s Cookery Book Hamper. The hamper comes packed with everything you need to cook Bombay comfort food and cafe favourites in your own home, from their popular cookery cook and matching tote to Masala Dabba (a quick start collection of 12 spices to help master Dishoom’s recipes), Urad Dal and Dishoom Chilli Chutney.