Best Christmas hampers 2019

11 November 2019

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When it comes to Christmas gifts, nothing quite beats a basket full of food and a cheeky tipple or three. So if you're in need of some Mumsnet-inspired suggestions, you're in luck. Read on as we reveal the best value Christmas hampers to buy this festive season - all under £150.

Whether it's a surprise for a sweet tooth, a basket full of cheese or a gift for that special tea-obsessed person in your life, a hamper will usually do the trick when it comes to satisfying even the fussiest of recipients. “A lucky dip for grown-ups”, as one Mumsnet user so cleverly put it.

Christmas gift buying can be a stressful time, so if you're not quite in the creative mood to make your own, here are 17 of the best Christmas hampers to buy in 2019.

1. Best value Christmas hamper: Aldi's The Christmas Feast Hamper, £79.99

“Aldi hampers are fantastic.”

“Aldi are doing fab ones this year.”

1. Best value Christmas hamper: Aldi's The Christmas Feast Hamper, £79.99

Looking for a hamper that gives you real bang for your buck? Aldi have come up trumps this year with The Christmas Feast Hamper, a generously-sized basket filled with indulgent sweet and savoury treats – from cakes to puddings to sourdough crackers and more, plus a bottle of Prosecco thrown in for good measure. You're welcome.

Buy now from Aldi

2. Best Christmas hamper under £20: Hotel Chocolat's The Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection, £20

“Hotel Chocolat do a nice selection – various prices.”

2. Best Christmas hamper under £20: Hotel Chocolat's The Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection, £20

After a token gift that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Hello Hotel Chocolat. Ideal for any chocolate and gin enthusiast (the perfect combination, if you ask us), the budget-friendly Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection features a selection of gin-flavoured chocolates and two 50ml bottles of cocoa gin. Now that's what we call a spirit-filled Christmas.

Buy now from Hotel Chocolat

Related: Get all the Christmas inspiration you need straight from Mumsnet's Christmas forum

3. Best Christmas hamper under £50: Mrs Bridges Luxury Christmas Hamper, £39.95

“Mrs Bridges do hampers and they come in reusable jute shopping bags which may be better long-term than an actual basket.”

3. Best Christmas hamper under £50: Mrs Bridges Luxury Christmas Hamper, £39.95

Chutneys and marmalade and Christmas fudge… oh my! If you're on the hunt for a gift that represents the best of British preserves and treats, look no further than Mrs Bridges. The Luxury Christmas Hamper combines the traditional with the festive in one delicious-looking (and affordable) hamper bag.

Buy now from Mrs Bridges

4. Best Christmas hamper under £100: Buon Natale Festive Hamper, £79.99

“I have used Just So Italian a few times. It's an Italian deli where you can make your own hamper up from a whole range of goodies. My recipients have been really impressed.”

4. Best Christmas hamper under £100: Buon Natale Festive Hamper, £79.99

Ideal for lovers of Italian cuisine, the beauty of Just So Italian is that you can create your own sweet and savoury Christmas hamper or buy a pre-made one filled with a whole host of tasty Italian delicacies. If the latter is more up your street, the Buon Natale Festive Hamper is a solid choice with favourites including salami, Panettone Piemontese, caciotta cheese, Bronze Die Linguine and, of course, a spot of Limoncello.

Buy now from Just So Italian

5. Best Christmas hamper under £150: Virginia Hayward's Spirit of Christmas Hamper, £125

“I use Virginia Hayward. They do really lovely hampers at a good price.”

5. Best Christmas hamper under £150: Virginia Hayward's Spirit of Christmas Hamper, £125

Quite literally a feast, Virginia Hayward's Spirit of Christmas hamper is the ideal gift for family or friends. While it may be pricey, this basket is filled with a myriad of artisan delights including handmade mince pies (because who doesn't love a good mince pie?), Severn and Wye smoked salmon, The Bay Tree cheeseboard chutney, cured ham, camembert, a large wedge of Stilton and a stollen Christmas pudding. Perfect for Christmas Day and Boxing Day festivities.

Buy now from Virginia Hayward

6. Best Christmas food hamper: Bettys Luxury Christmas Gift Hamper, £150

“So my employer has ordered us Bettys hampers as Christmas gifts (I know this as I had to collect the delivery and the director told me what they were for). Anyway, they look delicious and Bettys offer a great variety too.”

6. Best Christmas food hamper: Bettys Luxury Christmas Gift Hamper, £150

When it comes to luxury hampers, you can't get much better than Bettys. With flavourful festive sweet treats including a classic Christmas pudding, a bauble filled with chocolate-coated almonds, Yorkshire gingerbread, a bottle of Chardonnay and some Bettys Tea Room Blend tea, the Luxury Christmas hamper is a gift the whole family can enjoy. Pricey, but worth it.

Buy now from Bettys

7. Best Christmas chocolate hamper: Cocoa Loco's Luscious Hamper, £82.99

“If you're wanting palm oil-free chocolate, then Cocoa Loco have a few different hampers.”

7. Best Christmas chocolate hamper: Cocoa Loco's Luscious Hamper, £82.99

Organic and fair trade-certified, Cocoa Loco's handmade chocolates are locally-produced using cocoa beans grown in the Dominican Republic. So if you're looking to satisfy the ultimate sweet tooth this Christmas, the Luscious Hamper features everything from champagne truffles to mint thins and dark chocolate ginger. Yum.

Want something a bit more Christmassy? Hotel Chocolat's All I Want for Christmas hamper is a great alternative.

Buy now from Cocoa Loco

8. Best vegan Christmas hamper: Selfridges Selection Vegan Christmas Gift Box, £90

“I received a hamper from Selfridges a few years back and it was a wonderful treat.”

8. Best vegan Christmas hamper: Selfridges Selection Vegan Christmas Gift Box, £90

Santa's gone sustainable this year with a selection of vegan delights from Selfridges including vegan pumpkin panettone, vegan figgy pudding, dark chocolate-coated pralines, and vegan chocolate fruit and nut fudge – all wrapped up in recyclable packaging.

Buy now from Selfridges & Co

9. Best gluten-free Christmas hamper: M&S Gluten-Free Gift Bag, £40

“Worth looking at pre-made hampers from M&S.”

9. Best gluten-free Christmas hamper: M&S Gluten-Free Gift Bag, £40

If you're looking for a reasonably-priced gluten-free gift, look no further than Marks and Spencer's Gluten-Free Gift Bag. Packed full of delicious surprises, including a Christmas pudding, dairy-free selection box and wheat-free apricot and cashew nut toasts, this hamper is perfect for those who are Coeliac or gluten-intolerant.

Buy from M&S

10. Best Christmas tea hamper: Fortnum & Mason's The Tea Basket, £60

“I've just ordered a hamper from Fortnum & Mason. They do a big range and some are quite reasonably priced. I like the baskets they come in.”

“We've received Fortnum & Mason hampers before and they are always lovely to get. We've also sent them and they are not all necessarily as expensive as you may expect.”

10. Best Christmas tea hamper: Fortnum & Mason's The Tea Basket, £60

When it comes to hampers, Mumsnet users love Fortnum & Mason – and for good reason. If you're shopping for someone who can't go without their afternoon tea, this charming tea hamper features some of Fortnum & Mason's most famous blends coupled with marmalades, preserves and teatime crockery.

Looking for some more winter-inspired brews? Try this Tea Banquet Hamper from Whittard of Chelsea instead.

Buy now from Fortnum & Mason

11. Best Christmas pamper hamper: Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering and Relaxing Kit, £24.90

“My teenage girls like pamper hampers – bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, face masks, etc.”

11. Best Christmas pamper hamper: Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering and Relaxing Kit, £24.90

Not all hampers have to be edible. Aphrodite and Ares' Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering Kit is packed full of beauty and bath products that are sure to please those in need of a bit of 'me' time. Featuring artisan vegan soap enriched with organic shea butter, a face towel for hot facial treatments, a natural jute exfoliating mitt, a scented vegan candle and some aromatherapy bath salts, this hamper is a serious treasure trove for any beauty lover. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, but it's also packaged using recycled paper and eco ink.

We're also fond of Regency Hampers' Refresh and Revive Gift Tray.

Buy now from Not on the High Street

12. Best Christmas cheese hamper: Paxton & Whitfield's Little Box of Cheese Treats, £35

“Paxton and Whitfield are great for a stinky cheese hamper.”

12. Best Christmas cheese hamper: Paxton & Whitfield's Little Box of Cheese Treats, £35

The key to a brie-liant Christmas? Why, a hamper full of cheese of course! For a gift that's both delicious and affordable, try Paxton & Whitfield's Little Box of Cheese Treats filled with Eve goat's cheese, Petit Gaugry, Celtic Soft, Hundred Dram Cheddar and a mini waxed Stilton.

Buy now from Paxton & Whitfield

13. Best organic Christmas hamper: Waitrose & Partners Duchy Organic Wooden Box, now £60 (was £75)

“We ordered a Christmas hamper from Waitrose which was a total bargain.”

13. Best organic Christmas hamper: Waitrose & Partners Duchy Organic Wooden Box, now £60 (was £75)

It wouldn't be Christmas without an honorary Waitrose mention. If you're looking for an organic Christmas hamper, their Duchy Organic Wooden Box is filled with a delicious selection of treats ranging from rosemary and thyme oat biscuits, thick-cut marmalade, stem ginger shortbread, English breakfast tea and Herefordshire vintage cider.

Buy now from Waitrose & Partners

14. Best luxury Christmas hamper: The Savoury Selection by Harrods, £150

“I'd recommend Harrods, but they are £££.”

14. Best luxury Christmas hamper: The Savoury Selection by Harrods, £150

Prefer savoury to sweet? Harrods' The Savoury Selection is pricier than most of the hampers on this list, but the hefty price tag could be worth it if you're looking to gift more than one person. Featuring a selection of cheeses, chutney, fresh charcuterie and more, our mouths are watering already.

Buy now from Harrods

15. Best Christmas hamper for couples: Lewis & Cooper's Memories of Yorkshire, £72.48

“Lewis & Cooper do some very good quality (and value) Yorkshire-themed hampers.”

“Lewis & Cooper do lovely hampers.”

15. Best Christmas hamper for couples: Lewis & Cooper's Memories of Yorkshire, £72.48

Savoury biscuits, oat crumbles, preserves, chocolate, chutneys, tea… you can't really go wrong with a Memories of Yorkshire hamper from Lewis & Cooper. Particularly ideal for couples or those with a penchant for Yorkshire goods.

Buy now from Lewis & Cooper

16. Best family Christmas hamper: John Lewis Spirit of Christmas Hamper, £100

16. Best family Christmas hamper: John Lewis Spirit of Christmas Hamper, £100

John Lewis' Spirit of Christmas Hamper is filled with everything you'd need for a cracking Christmas party. Mince pies? Check. Christmas pud? Check. Cheese biscuits and a bottle of bubbly? Check check. Definitely one to impress.

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

17. Best Christmas hamper for foodies: The Best of Spain Hamper, £115

“Sous Chef do amazing ones with cool ingredients if they are foodie types.”

17. Best Christmas hamper for foodies: The Best of Spain Hamper, £115

Got a foodie and/or budding chef in the family? Try Sous Chef's The Best of Spain Hamper filled with all the popular ingredients needed to create your very own Spanish fiesta. With Perello Gordal olives, Marcona almonds, Chardonnay vinegar from Catalonia and El Canario hot chocolate, this gift is sure to go down a treat.

Buy now from Sous Chef

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Who does the best Christmas hampers?

When it comes to the best of the best, Mumsnet users typically fall back on trusted brands like Fortnum & Mason and Marks and Spencer. But the likes of Aldi are slowly climbing the ranks when it comes to good-quality hampers at affordable prices.

Fancy making your own?

If inspiration and time allows though, a homemade Christmas hamper filled with all of their favourite treats could be a real winner this year. Looking for a wicker basket that can be used long after the festivities have ended? Here are some of our favourites.

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