Want to get a head start on your Christmas presents this year? Whether it’s a luxury food and drink selection or a wellness box for a friend, you can’t go wrong with a hamper. We’ve rounded up the best hampers for Christmas this year…
The Best Christmas Hampers for 2018
One of the most delicious ways to celebrate this festive season, the River Café hampers are packed to the brim with foodie treats. This box contains River Café Olive Oil, Paolo Petrilli Tomatoes, Mostarda, Gentile Spaghetti + Penne, Ortiz Anchovies, Polenta, Wild Oregano, Volpaia Herb Vinegar, Dried Porcini, Piemontese Hazlenuts, Amadei Chocolate Drops, Nougat, Seggiano Panforte, Volcano Coffee, Sicilian Orange Blossom Honey, Felsina Vin Santo, Massolino Barolo, Bellavista Franciacorta, Alessi Cheese Grate + Citrus Juicer, Fine Linen Nepkins, River Café Apron, and a ’10 ingredients’ Limited Edition Cookbook. Should keep you going through to the New Year.
If it’s delicious freshly-baked goods you’re craving this Christmas, gift your nearest and dearest with Panzer’s Festive Hamper. Containing Panettone, Muscato, Stolen, Home-made Mince pies, Panzer’s honey, Stilton, Peter’s Yard crispbread, Christmas pudding and Brandy cream, there’s enough to keep all the family well-fed. Including you, the generous provider.
Covent Garden Shopping Edit Hamper, £10,300, available to purchase from 1st December from www.coventgarden.london or from 13 November in Covent Garden
Ever wished you could pop into every luxury boutique in Covent Garden and treat yourself, or a loved one, to something in each? Well now you can, with the gift of a Covent Garden Shopping Edit hamper. The hamper contains treats from brands including Bucherer, The Shop at Bluebird, Linda Farrow, Mulberry, Paul Smith, NARS, N.Peal, Tumi, Kent & Curwen, Penhaligon’s and more. The full list of contents is as follows: Bucherer Voucher worth £5,5000 (photographing a Hublot Classic Fusion), Mulberry Plaque Credit Card Slip in Oak Natural Grain Leather, Oliver Sweeney Shoe Care Box, Paul Smith Men’s Burgundy ‘Bright Stripe’ Mock-Croc Leather Business Folio, Penhaligon’s The Halfeti Collection, Tanya Ling Little Line Painting 2018, Mixed media on paper, Danse Lente Black Phoebe Bag available at The Shop at Bluebird, Linda Farrow Sunglasses 730 C1 Oval Sunglasses, Cheaney Shoe Horn with Leather Thong, Petersham Nurseries A6 Helabores Notebook, N.Peal Oversize Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper in Snow Grey, TUMI Travel Wallet in Belden, Kent & Curwen Rose Embroidered 1926 Sweatshirt, Atelier Cologne bath and soap set, Petersham Nurseries Wreath Making voucher, NARS Climax Mascara, NARS Hot Tryst Palette and a Molton Brown Christmas Advent Calendar. Gifts simply do not come better than this.
If you’re buying for the sort of person who will throw away the jam and uncork the wine immediately, cut out the middle man and swap your traditional hamper for a case of wine. The Australian Cellar’s mixed selection of six Australian wines is a great way to sample the best of what the country has to offer. A particularly good way to encourage old world wine snobs to try something new (and delicious).
Festive feasting, Daylesford-style. Ensure the ‘big day’ goes down without a single stomach rumble by gifting this iconic white wicker hamper filled with organic food and drink treats made on Daylesford’s Cotswold farm. With artisan cheese, biscuits, preserves, påté, ham, sweet treats and, of course, a selection of festive tipples, there’s plenty for everyone.
Make Boxing Day a really special occasion for someone you love with this brilliant F&M hamper. With a specially created Boxing Day Pickle and Hot English Mustard and a mini Christmas Ham. There’s also Beetroot & Cumin Savoury Biscuits, a Venison Terrine, Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon, Martini Berries and a nutty and crumbly Cave Aged Cheddar Wedge. Finally, there’s a bottle of Claret that will be just the ticket to finish off Christmas perfectly. fortnumandmason.com
A feast fit for royalty named after the most royal spot in London, presented in Paxton’s wooden hamper box. Treats include a mini waxed Stilton, Cheddar Pounder, Camembert de Normandie, Sloe, Fig & Almond Slice, Gooseberry Fruit Cheese, Blackcurrant Jam, White Truffle Honey, Spiced Plum Chutney, Dorset Goat, Multiseed & Pepper Cracker Bakes, Biscuits for Cheese, Paxton’s Sommelier Set, Champagne Grand Cru and Vintage Port to name but a few. paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
‘Tis the season for merriment, after all, so stock up the drinks cabinet with Prosecco, gin, red, white and mixers, plus a host of delectable nibbles for all your guests. From mini cakes to chocolate thins and preserves, this hamper is all about indulgence, so make sure you’ve also got a token apple or two in the house for health-conscious guests.
Nut butter-lovers, this one is for you. With six of the nut butter brand’s favourite flavours plus the Nut Butter Cook Book, this should keep the recipient stocked up for toast toppings and porridge and smoothie ingredients until at least, oh, mid-February. Keep your eye out for the new limited edition Chocolate Orange Almond butter, which is sure to be a festive favourite.
Amongst the chicest Christmas hampers on offer this year, the Balthazar Manhattan Hamper contains a bottle of Maker’s Mark, Antica Formula Vermouth (50ml), Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, a Balthazar Cocktail Book, Antica Formula Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, a Stainless Steel Bar Spoon, Mezclar Banded Jigger, Bonzer Hawthorn Strainer and a New York Mixing Glass. Perfect party cocktails here we come…
Containing an amethyst heart crystal, the ‘calming’ stone, sage / palo santo, a meditation CD, karma scents incense holder, an off-white embossed oil burner, a lotus meditation cushion, yogi tea, wild planet limelight tea lights and a spacemasks relaxing eyemask, this hamper has everything your friend or loved one needs to start 2019 off in the most zen way possible.
Fortnum & Mason, Christmas Feast Hamper, £1000
The ultimate treat for all the family; this food hamper contains everything you need for a truly indulgent day this festive season. Start the day with a glass of Vintage Champagne by famed winemaker Louis Roederer paired with breakfast-ready Rhubarb & Ginger Preserve, Kir Royale Preserve and Blood Orange Marmalade. For lunch, serve a slice of Whole York Decorated Ham with a drop of Pomerol or Barolo Le Albe and one of the trio of condiments: Piccadilly Piccalilli, Cranberry Sauce and Butcher’s Sauce. For dessert there’s a King George Christmas Pudding served with Christmas Cognac or Christmas Sparkling Spiced Rum Butters. There’s also Marrons Glacé, Pruneaux D’Agen Tin, Milk & Dark Chocolates and Marc de Champagne Truffles. For the cheeseboard, there’s Cheddar, rich Camembert Mons Reaux and Traditional Stilton with a selection of Savoury Biscuits. fortnumandmason.com
If you want something a little extra from your Christmas hamper, how about a mini-break to cap off your basket of luxury swag? The Ramsbury Estate hamper contains a bottle of Ramsbury Gin and Vodka, two bottles of Gold, Flint Knapper and Red Ram, Coco chemistry truffles, chocolate salami & dark chocolate hazelnuts. Plus there is Artisan Kitchen marmalade and sloe gin jam, Ramsbury Black Gold rape seed oil, Ramsbury honey, a Paul Swann chopping board and Savernake Knives G&T slicer, Ramsbury wild smoked venison, Ramsbury rare breed bacon, a 6oz leather hip flask and stirrup cups and a Ramsbury apron. There’s also a voucher for a night in The Bell at Ramsbury for two including a three-course meal and drinks plus a private distillery tour for two.