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In a year when Christmas is looking very different, and the usual get-togethers and Christmas exchanges can’t happen, sending a box of hand-picked deliciousness is the ideal way to say ‘I’m thinking about you.’
You could even treat yourself to your very own Christmas hamper. After the year we’ve all had, we’ve definitely all earned the chance for some indulgence.
Whether it's a box full of cheese, a surprise for a chocoholic, a gift for the tea- or coffee-obsessed person in your life, a much-needed pamper hamper or a bundle of Christmas joy for the kids, a hamper will usually deliver. Sure to satisfy even the most discerning of recipients, think of a hamper as “a lucky dip for grown-ups,” as one Mumsnet user put it so succinctly.
With all this in mind, and given that Christmas is fast approaching, here are the best Christmas hampers to buy in 2020.
1. Best value Christmas hamper: Morrisons The Best Medium Christmas Hamper
“I’m impressed with the idea and the service.”
Shortly after the pandemic began, Morrisons began offering food boxes filled with essentials such as pasta, baked beans, fresh veg and loo roll for folk stuck at home who couldn’t reach the supermarket or nab a delivery slot.
Now, they’re offering slightly more glamorous festive food hampers – presented in snazzy monochrome boxes. The Best Medium Christmas Hamper is currently reduced. For just £22.50, you’ll receive goodies including Belgian Chocolate Dipped Chewy Florentines, Spiced Fruit Chutney, Gruyere and Poppy Twists and Marques De Los Rios Rioja Crianza. It’s the perfect, purse-friendly treat for yourself or a loved one.
2. Best Christmas hamper under £20: Virginia Hayward Gin Letterbox Gift
“I use Virginia Hayward. They do really lovely hampers at a good price.”
An ideal present for gin lovers, this Gin Letterbox Gift will fit handily through your recipient’s door.
Virginia Hayward hampers get a lot of love from Mumsnetters on our forums and they’re certainly an established name in the Christmas hamper market.
This little box is filled with treats including a mini bottle of Gordon’s Gin, Basil and Garlic Natural Green Pitted Olives, Melting Pot Luxury Handmade Gin Fudge with a hint of lemon, Mr Filberts Rosemary Almonds, SugarSin Gin Fizz Gummies, and a gin- and tonic-flavoured milk chocolate bar.
3. Best Christmas hamper under £50: Clearwater Festive Favourites Christmas Hamper
Enough festive yummies for the entire family, this Christmas hamper comes in a cute reusable sack. Contents include mince pies, luxury chocolates, gingerbread latte popcorn, gold-dusted fruit cake, hand-cooked crisps and Christmas pudding-flavoured chocolate.
The Festive Favourites Christmas Hamper would make a cosy treat for Christmas Eve – you’ll have to provide your own booze though. If you’re ordering in a hurry, there’s the option to request speedy delivery with Amazon so your recipient can start the festivities early.
4. Best Christmas hamper for £150 and under: Waitrose & Partners Celebration Hamper
“John Lewis has nice hampers. If your recipients are quarantining, they might prefer something sent directly.”
When it comes to luxury foodie treats, you know you’re in good hands with John Lewis and Waitrose. At £150, it’s a splurge buy, but then you’ll get a lot for your money.
Presented in a gorgeous hamper that you’ll be able to use again and again, you’ll receive a mountain of delicious treats including Blueprint Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, Christmas Tipple Truffle Trio, Christmas Panettone, Rose and Lemon Turkish Delight, Savoury Biscuit for Cheese, Prosecco, two bottles of wine and a pack of luxury red crackers.
It’s basically Christmas in a box and means you’ll hardly need to leave the comfort of your sofa.
5. Best Christmas food hamper: Bettys Luxury Christmas Gift Hamper
“Bettys. Lovely treats and presentation.”
“Bettys hampers are beautiful.”
Anyone lucky enough to have visited one of Yorkshire’s finest tea rooms knows that Bettys takes luxury food – and Christmas – very seriously. Bettys hampers aren’t just held in high regard by Mumsnetters; they’re consistently judged as some of the best available by independent reviewers and the press.
If you decide to stump up the £165 price for this Luxury Christmas Gift Hamper, you’re in for a treat. Presented in a lovely keepsake wicker basket are some of Bettys’ showpiece Christmas products including Little Rascal Chardonnay, Milk and White Chocolate Owls, Christmas Coffee, Christmas Fruit Cake in a Tin, Yorkshire Gingerbread, Spiced Christmas Shortbread Box, and Bettys Tea Room Blend Caddy with Tea Room Blend Tea Bags.
6. Best vegan Christmas hamper: The Goodness Project Wonderful Vegan Christmas Treat Box
Sourcing Christmas food for vegans doesn’t have to be tricky – and this festive box from Not On The High Street offers a fabulous selection for under £45.
Nestled in Christmassy red tissue paper inside a gift box, you’ll find sweet treats including vegan chocolate bars, organic chocolate and orange cookies, salted caramel truffles, apple and cinnamon popcorn, dark and cranberry chocolate, and a hazelnut praline chocolate bar.
As well as being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, all products are also fine for people on gluten-free diets. The only downside is that there are no savoury options in this Christmas treat box.
7. Best gluten-free Christmas hamper: Snak Pack Gluten-Free Hamper
Another one from Not on The High Street, this guilt-free hamper is suitable for vegans as well as being gluten-free. It’s won plenty of attention from independent reviewers and the press alike.
Edible treats include Nutcessity Nut Butter, Rollagranola Artisan Granola, a Ginger Chia and Coconut Cookie, Lazy Days Millionaires Shortbreads, Wholey Moly Biscuits, 5TH Season Fruit Bags and Love Vegan Bars. Again, this hamper is angled towards sweet nibbles rather than savoury.
If you’d like to send your recipient a festive tipple, you can personalise your gift – you have the option to add a bottle of gin, whisky or brandy for an additional fee.
8. Best Christmas tea hamper: Lakeland Teacup and Saucer Basket
“The Lakeland hampers look nice. My MIL loves Lakeland so that’s a bonus.”
Enjoy a posh afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home this Christmas with the Lakeland Teacup and Saucer Basket.
A great budget buy, priced under £20, you’ll receive a keepsake wicker teacup filled with Grandma Wild’s Fruit and Lemon Biscuits, Hawkshead Relish Company Raspberry Jam, Bramble House Handmade Fruit Cake and New English Teas English Breakfast Tea. The wicker teacup would look lovely potted up with your favourite plants after Christmas too.
9. Best Christmas pamper hamper: Organic Relaxation Pamper Hamper
There’s no rule saying that Christmas hampers should contain chocs and vino. Think outside of the (gift) box this year and send a pamper hamper instead. Considering the stressful year we’ve all just experienced, it’s bound to be well received and it’s also a lovely gift idea for new mums.
Inside this shabby chic white keepsake wicker basket, your recipient will find organic treats including a Rose Garden Soap Bar, a Beeswax and Vanilla Moisturizing Bar, a Rosewood Hand Lotion Bar, Organic Bath Truffles and Deluxe Tea Lights.
There are enough delights to keep the recipient of this pamper hamper going until the New Year. Best of all? It’s totally calorie-free. And… relax.
10. Best Christmas cheese hamper: Burmont's Speciality Gifts Snowdonia Cheese Company Six-Cheese Gift Hamper
“Anything from the Snowdonia Cheese Company.”
This reasonably-priced cheese hamper contains enough award-winning (and pleasingly stinky) cheeses to keep you going over Christmas. We have a fair few fans of Snowdonia Cheese Company on our forums – high praise, considering that Mumsnetters take their cheese very seriously!
The wool lined wooden gift box, distributed by Burmont's Speciality Gifts, contains six award-winning Snowdonia Cheese Company cheeses, including Little Black Bomber, Beechwood, Red Storm, Bouncing Berry, Red Devil and Green Thunder.
Close the curtains, grab the cheese biscuits and red wine, switch on It’s a Wonderful Life and you have the perfect Christmas night in sorted.
11. Best Christmas hamper for couples: Waitrose & Partners No.1 Luxury Hamper
Another festive hamper treat from John Lewis and Waitrose, this chic grey wicker basket is one of the more expensive ones on our list. But it contains all the goodies you’ll need for cosy Christmas nights in with your DP.
Cuddle up and enjoy Cava Brut Castillo Perelada, two bottles of wine, Salted Caramel Truffles, Italian Soft Nougat Selection, Spanish Stuffed Queen Olives, Beetroot Nigella and Three Seed Oat Biscuits, Spanish Stuffed Queen Olives – and many more.
The Waitrose & Partners No.1 Luxury Hamper is still available online but is selling fast, so get your skates on if you want a piece of the Christmas action for you and your significant other this Christmas.
12. Best luxury Christmas hamper: The Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper
“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.”
When it comes to hampers, Mumsnet users love Fortnum & Mason – and for good reason. They’re the official grocer to the Queen, after all.
If you're shopping for someone who likes the finer things in life, The Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper brings all the luxury you’d expect from this top-end London department store. It’s the most expensive hamper on our list and, let’s face it, you’re partly paying for the cache of that name. But it’s worth it for that gorgeous branded F&B hamper alone, which will add glitz to your family picnics for years to come.
You’ll also receive Fortnum’s famous Royal Blend Tea, Christmas Spiced Biscuits, St James Christmas Pudding, Cognac Butter, Christmas Chutney, Christmas Mini Musical Biscuit Selection and Marc de Champagne Truffles, Brut Reserve Champagne N.V., Côtes du Rhône and Bordeaux Blanc. Pricey but worth it – and also cheaper than buying each item separately.
13. Best Christmas hamper for kids: M&S Santa's Sack of Christmas Treats
“Worth looking at pre-made hampers from M&S.”
Your DC can enjoy some of the festive hamper fun with this M&S Sack of Christmas Treats. It would make a great surprise for Christmas Eve, especially if you -lie- weave the magical story that the elves dropped it off as an extra treat.
Containing M&S sweet treats including milk chocolate coins, milk chocolate sprouts and a milk chocolate Santa, the only downside is the danger of sugar-related meltdowns before bedtime.
You’ll also find Christmas jokes and a Christmas biscuits baking kit along with a fabric pen so you can personalise the cotton sack with the recipient’s name. Just remember to disguise your handwriting – the ‘elves’ wrote it, after all!
14. Best Christmas hamper for coffee drinkers: Whittard of Chelsea The Just Brew It Coffee Gift Box
One for caffeine fiends, this gift box from Whittard of Chelsea makes a reasonably-priced but thoughtful gift for those who can’t get started without their morning coffee hit.
The gift box contains a pre-ground valve pack of medium roast San Agustin Colombia Coffee, a clever Brew It Stick and a Whittard Nova Double-Walled Glass so you can pretend you’re in a swish artisan coffee bar, not your own kitchen.
15. Best Christmas chocolate hamper: Hotel Chocolat The Absolute Classics Hamper
“I’m a convert to Hotel Chocolat. I'm happy to pay more as the better quality is clear.”
Calling all sweet-tooths; this is one for you! Hotel Chocolat are an established favourite on the Mumsnet forums. At £85, this hamper isn’t cheap, but you’ll have enough chocolate goodies here to last you until January.
Inside the chic ribbon-adorned black gift hamper, you’ll unbox Hotel Chocolat’s Classic Hot Chocolate Flakes, Milk Chocolate Batons, Classic Chocolate Macaroons, Pink Champagne Truffles along with the best-selling Everything Sleekster which contains 27 Hotel Chocolate favourites. You can wash it all down with a bottle of Chocolat Cream liqueur. Well, it is Christmas.
Which is the best Christmas hamper?
The best value Christmas hamper that we’ve found is the Morrisons The Best Medium Christmas Hamper. For just £22.50, you’ll receive a fabulous range of goodies to enjoy over the festive season, packaged up in a snazzy monochrome box.
We think that the best overall Christmas hamper for couples is the Waitrose & Partners No.1 Luxury Hamper. At £125, It’s not cheap but it certainly delivers on festive cheer – and showcases the best of the Waitrose No.1 luxury food range. With a pleasing mix of sweet and savoury along with plenty of Christmas fizz, it’s a great Christmas hamper for couples but also has something for the whole family at Christmas.
How we chose our recommendations
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