We totally love Christmas, don’t get us wrong. However it can be such a drag when it comes to choosing presents; Dad always gets socks in a last minute panic-by, and Aunt Geraldine will always end up with some form of randomly selected gift set purchased on Christmas Eve. It’s a shambles! However, if you’re organised enough you’ll know that hampers really are the answer. You can bung in a mish mash of sweet treats or alcoholic tipples or really just whatever tickles your fancy, and with the amount of gifts involved you’re pretty guaranteed to have got something right! We’ve had a scout about and here are our favourite hamper finds this year:
Fortnum & Mason The Night Before Christmas Hamper
We feel there are two different options when it comes to the night before Christmas. Either you’re hitting up the local with a bunch of pals you only tend to see on this very night, stumbling home around midnight, making your way through your presents and regretting it all in the morning or you’re at home with a hot cocoa drifting off to a bit of Love Actually. Either way, the Fortnum & Mason ‘The Night Before Christmas’ hamper is the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas, filled with spiced biscuits, Christmas Cognac and cranberry fruit cake, wine, sherry, dark coated gingers and more. So, whether it’s your chosen TV snack box or perhaps you’re shirking on the end of night kebab for something far, far classier. Fortnum & Mason’s have delivered the goods yet again!
Cartwright & Butler Pocklington Hamper
Not only does the Cartwright and Butler Pocklington hamper look darn good, we’re fairly certain it tastes scrumptious too! The Telegraph’s best hamper of 2018 is filled to the brim with goodies, including teatime treats such as teas (obvs!), coffee, savoury snacks, sweet biscuits, preserves and confectionery. So, if you’re of the opinion that a cup of tea really does make everything better then scribble this hamper down on your wish list to Father Christmas.
Not On The Highstreet Luxury Vegan Hamper
This hamper may not be on the highstreet per say, but the contents will certainly be straight into your mouth once you’ve got your hands on it. Brimming with quintessentially British goods, you can recline by the fire place with a glass of Chilean red, or enjoy the hand-packed British goods, in the form of sweet apple crisps, rosemary and garlic olives, Yorkshire popcorn, Venezuelan gold luxury chocolate and much more. For a hamper that gives you way more than you bargained for (in the best way possible), this hamper by far comes out on top!
Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and sporting estate, has launched a new range of festive hampers for Christmas. Showcasing the very best of local Scottish stuff, they’ll make you want to head straight up the A1M to the iconic hotel. But if you can’t, then a hamper is the second best. The perfect gift for foodies or Scottish people, each hamper is a treasure trove of treats to toast the season and includes a rich, malty Christmas pudding created by Executive Pastry Chef, Phil Skinazi, cooked to perfection in the hotel’s kitchen. Other treats include chocolates inspired by the wild flavours of Perthshire; delicious jams and marmalades made to family recipes; buttery shortbread, and traditionally made oatcakes using traditional methods as well as olive oils, dressings and vinegars produced on a local farm near to the hotel.
The Cheese Geek
Are you ready to have a darn Gouda Christmas and not just an average one? Get your hands on this hamper then, filled with cheese glorious cheese! The Cheese Geek offering delivers cheese straight to your doorstep each month, as a gift that just keeps on giving making this a box that definitely isn’t just for Christmas. You’ll get four-five top quality cheeses each month, different each time, and this festive season there’ll be three offerings The Myrrh…ie, The Frankieand The Goldie. SO, if you want a ch-easier Christmas than usual, you know what to opt for!
Tom's Kitchen Chelsea
South Kensington (0.6 miles)
Our favourite Chelsea restaurant now has a hamper. Tom’s Kitchen just launched their ‘Exclusive Touch’ Hamper and it’s looking delicious. Rammed full of homemade bits from their deli, it’s ideal for stocking up for Christmas and includes cheese straws, olives, a festive nut selection, grape chutney, piccalilli, homemade ricotta and flaxseed crackers, a charcuterie selection, beetroot cured salmon, mince pies, stollen bites, chocolate truffles, brandy custard, a Christmas pudding (obvs) and mulled wine (yuck).
Where: Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Selfridges’ Christmas Day Hamper is basically Christmas in a basket. The most expensive hamper from Selfridges (it’s £400, since you asked), is packed with, well, every thing. Like, everything. From shortbread to Champagne, coffee to port, it’s in. For the more moderate spender, the ‘Breakfast in bed’ hamper is pretty reasonable, providing you start the day with a bottle of Prosecco.
Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom
Bermondsey based resto Restaurant Story have an alluring hamper-style trick up their sleeve this Christmas. The black wicker hamper contains a festive feast inclusive of Resto story cider, made in partnership with Hush Heath, a Story Saison beer, Apple a Day vinegar, Madeleine scented candle which was designed for Restaurant Story with Earl of East London, all topped off with sumptuous truffle popcorn, British honey and resto-made mincepies and pickles. Wow, what a mouthful! Or at least it will be when it lands on your lap this Christmas! The quintessentially British hamper is totally worth a purchase, especially as it comes from a place so filled with love and expertise. What are you waiting for?
Where: 199 Tooley Street, Southwark, SE1 2JX