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The Christmas countdown is on. If you’re hoping to tick a hamper off your to-do list or are looking for a gift to show someone your appreciation, our roundup of the best Christmas hampers is here to help and it’s hotter than Santa’s ‘nice list.’
The market for hampers is huge. Every store that’s any store has their own and, as well as traditional types, there are lots of niche and specialist hampers out there for cheese lovers, chocolate scoffers, vegans, cocktail fans and more.
We first scoured the Mumsnet forums for wisdom on which hampers were a success last year and that Mumsnetters had their beady eyes on for 2021. We drew up a fairly huge shortlist from Mumsnetters’ own recommendations, which we then compared and contrasted with online reviews and independent review sites.
We fed all that information into our Christmas hamper shortlist and from that shortlist picked 14 hampers that cover just about any occasion.
So to help you wade through the piles of mince pies and shortbread, here are the best Christmas hampers for 2021. Happy Christmas shopping!
Now, where’d we put those luxury nuts and artisan gin...
1. Best overall Christmas hamper: John Lewis & Partners Spirit of Christmas Basket
“You don’t have to make up hampers. You can buy a pretty decent one [...]. John Lewis do really lovely Christmas hampers.” BlackCatSleeping
This beautiful hamper has a little bit of everything: some booze, sweet and savoury snacks, chutney, chocolates and even a Christmas pud! There’s enough in the attractive wicker basket to make it a gift for a family too.
The hamper includes: John Lewis Prosecco, Finca Nova Airenm, Finca Nova Tempranillo, Butlers Assortment of Chocolate Truffles & Pralines, Farmhouse Biscuits Regency Salted Caramel Biscuits, Gold Crown Christmas Pudding, Grandma Wild's Mini Bites for Sharing Mature Cheddar, Joe & Seph's Eggnog Gourmet Popcorn, Orchard Preserves Christmas Chutney, Orchard Preserves Christmas Preserve, Yorkshire Crisps Italian Summer Truffle, Mr. Filbert's Dry Roasted Peanuts, Gold Crown Chocolate Salted Caramel Slab and Linden Lady Chocolate Covered Marshmallows.
If your lucky recipient manages all that by New Year, you’ll be horizontal in front of Big Ben and the fireworks. Delivery is free but you can pay a nominal amount for next day or named day delivery. There are also options to click and collect.
2. Best budget Christmas hamper: Lakeland Gardener’s Trug Hamper
£24.99 | Buy now from Lakeland
“Lakeland have a good selection.” LzzyHale
This hamper, designed for gardeners but we think perfect for anyone, is great value for money and includes a wooden trug as the hamper, which makes a lovely present in itself.
Also included are: Foods Potting Shed Pickle, Stockley’s Rosy Apples Sweets, Joe & Seph’s Toffee Apple & Cinnamon Popcorn, Coco Pzazz Smooth Orange Milk Chocolate Bar, Love Shortie All Butter Shortbread, New English Teas English Breakfast Tea and Wildflower seeds.
Standard delivery is £3.50 or pay an additional £5 for express next day delivery. Click and collect from Lakeland stores is free.
3. Best Christmas hamper for families: Aldi The Luxury Collection Hamper
£59.99 | Buy now from Aldi
“The reviews of last year's were great, and this year's look really good too. Most of the stuff is from their Specially Selected range, which is lovely.” MagicStar1
Discerning Mumsnetters rave year after year about Aldi’s Christmas ranges, so it’s no surprise they’re fans of the supermarket’s hampers too.
The medium wicker hamper comes full of goodies from Aldi’s Specially Selected range, including a bottle of Pinot Grigio, three chutneys (onion, farmhouse and fig), a luxury iced Christmas cake, iced fruit cake, sourdough crackers, Seville marmalade, milk chocolate honeycomb, luxury winter desserts chocolates, a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, Monster Roth Swiss chocolates, Florentines, clotted cream fudge, Earl Grey tea, and a tube of dark chocolate and ginger biscuits.
Standard delivery is £4.99 and the hamper can be pre-ordered now. Aldi’s hampers do tend to sell out so we suggest getting onto it quick-smart.
4. Best luxury Christmas hamper: The Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper
Price: £185 | Buy now from Fortnum & Mason
“It’s a yes from me. I always gift F&M hampers as well as buy my own. They are always of a good quality.” Ivgotasecretcanyoukeepit
Pretty much the Queen of Christmas hampers, a basket from Fortnum’s is never going to disappoint. And while they're certainly at the pricier end of the market, you might be surprised by some of the affordable hampers on offer.
For a good all-rounder, we like The Fortnum's Classic Christmas Hamper, which includes three bottles of Fortnum’s wine, a tin of Christmas Nutcracker biscuits, a jar of Burlington breakfast marmalade, some orange and dark Christmas chocolate biscuits, a caddy of Royal Blend loose-leaf tea, Christmas cranberry and port chutney, a St James Christmas pudding, cognac butter, and a box of Marc de Champagne truffles. And, of course, it’s all packed into one of those covetable monogrammed Fortnum’s wicker hampers - excellent for toy baskets and future posh picnics.
Standard delivery is £5.95 and takes three to five working days, or pay from £7.95 for named and next-day delivery. Alternatively, if you happen to be in Fortnum’s throwing a few essentials into your trolley for the weekend you can of course collect for free. We can but dream.
5. Best Christmas hamper with bubbly: Marks & Spencer Classic Festive Hamper
Price: £50 | Buy now from M&S
"I've bought M&S basket hampers in the past which have always gone down well." SuperStarRose
This is not just a hamper… OK, it is just a hamper, but it’s a hamper we’d be very pleased indeed to receive and one which Mumsnetters have found to be reliably good time and time again.
M&S does a range of hampers but this Classic Festive Hamper ticks all the boxes. It includes Clementine and Cranberry Buck’s Fizz, Christmas spiced tea, apple and fig chutney, Berry Medley soft set jam, Turkey feast hand-cooked crisps, a Perfectly Matured Christmas pudding, cranberry and orange cookies, milk, dark and white selection box of chocolates, and mint snowballs. It all comes in a dark-stained hand-woven wicker hamper with a faux leather strap that we quite fancy the look of too.
6. Best organic Christmas hamper: Abel & Cole The Artisan Christmas Hamper
Price: £125 | Buy now from Abel & Cole
Renowned for its organic foods and excellent provenance, any arrival from Abel & Cole is always a treat. This beautiful hamper is really special though and will delight anyone who’s a fan of the finer things - sustainably and organically sourced.
It includes Davenport Limney Estate Sparkling Wine, Chateau Rochecolombe Cotes du Rhone, Fig & Balsamic Chutney, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Savoury Biscuits, Pumpkin Seed Savoury Oatcakes, Cocoa Loco Sloe Gin Truffles, Island Bakery Shortbread, 12 Mini Mince Pies, Colombian Coffee Filter Ground, Godminster Vintage Cheddar, Santa Gadea Red Label Goat's Cheese, Cropwell Bishop Creamery Waxed Blue Stilton, Severn & Wye Smokery Smoked Salmon, and Brandy Butter.
7. Best Christmas hamper for fresh food: Virginia Hayward Cool Christmas Hamper
Price: £100 | Buy now from Virginia Hayward
“I usually order mine from Virginia Hayward.” NeverHadANickname
Virginia Hayward offers a large range of hampers but this Cool Christmas Hamper is the ideal choice for any savoury food fans in your life, with lots of little luxuries to make the festive season feel that little bit more special.
The hamper comprises Barber's Farmhouse Mature Cheddar Truckle, Drivers Christmas Pickle, Drivers Shallots in Sweet Cider Vinegar, Farmhouse Biscuits Chilli & Garlic Savoury Biscuits, Graindorge Petit Camembert, Great British Biscotti Sun Dried Tomato & Olives, Long Clawson Blue Stilton, Miller's Harvest Three Fruit Apple, Sultanas & Date Crackers, Severn & Wye Gravadlax, Severn & Wye Smoked Salmon, Silver & Green Piri Piri Stuffed Olives, Wessex Country Gammon Honey Glazed Wiltshire Cured and Cooked Pork Loin, bottle of Merlot Anakena Vinedos De Chile and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Anakena Vinedos De Chile.
There’s no ‘actual hamper,’ but it’s shipped in an attractive decorated carton. Just make sure you get it delivered for the day before you have an invitation there for drinks and nibbles!
8. Best afternoon tea Christmas hamper: Cartwright & Butler The Pocklington Picnic Hamper
Price: £93.50 | Buy now from Amazon
“Try Cartwright & Butler. I got my parents a hamper from them last year and it was lovely. You can customise the contents.” Elisebev
This hamper has had rave reviews in the press and comes packed with teas, preserves, and both sweet and savoury treats. What makes it special is the packaging; it all comes packed into a large grey tin, which would make a brilliant storage container post-Christmas, and several of the items come in reusable caddies that'll look beautiful in your kitchen.
But back to the business of the comestibles… The Pocklington Picnic Hamper includes Caramelised Onion Chutney, Fine Cut English Breakfast Marmalade, English Breakfast Tea Bags in a caddy, Café York Blend Coffee in a carton, Crystallised Ginger in Dark Chocolate, Butter Shortbread Rounds, Butter Fudge, Maple & Pecan Digestive Biscuits in a tin, Tomato and Basil Wheat Flat Bread, Chocolate Wafer Crispies, and Chocolate Wafer Rounds.
9. Best non-alcoholic Christmas hamper: Clearwater Alcohol-Free Hamper Basket
Price: £54 | Buy now from Amazon
“Check to see if your recipients drink alcohol or have any dietary requirements if you’re getting a hamper. We get given bottles of wine that have to be given away as I don’t drink it and my husband has stopped.” Mariell
Many hampers come with booze in them, but if you’re buying for someone pregnant, or who simply doesn’t drink, this Alcohol-Free Hamper Basket is just as full of grown-up treats without the hangover.
It includes Belvoir Elderflower Presse, Joe & Sephs Caramel and White Chocolate Popcorn, Elegant and English Baked Apple & Custard Biscuits, Gold Crown Decorated Chocolate Cake, Fine Cheese Co Crackers with Roquefort, Verduijns Honey & Mustard Wafers, Hamlet's Assorted Belgian Chocolates, Filberts Dry Roasted Peanuts, Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Co Breakfast Coffee, and Cartwright & Butler Afternoon Blend Tea Bags.
The hamper itself is made from rustic wicker and is ideal for reusing, either as storage or as a homemade hamper for next year.
10. Best Christmas hamper for cheese lovers: Snowdonia Cheese Company Decadent Hamper
Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
“Black Bomber (Snowdonia Cheese Company) is amazing. It’s strong so you might want to sample a bit first, but I have never found another Cheddar as good.” Sparklingbrook
If you know it’s what they want, then why not skip the biscuits and champers and cut straight to the cheese? This selection from the Snowdonia Cheese Company will put a cheesy grin on the face of any fromage-ophile for sure.
It includes Black Bomber (extra mature Cheddar), Red Storm (vintage Red Leicester), Truffle Trove (extra mature Cheddar with Black Summer truffle), Beechwood (naturally smoked mature Cheddar), Bouncing Berry (mature Cheddar with cranberries), Red Devil (Red Leicester with Habanero chillies and peppers), Balsamic Caramelised Onion Chutney, Fig & Apple Chutney, Miller’s Damsel Buttermilk Crackers, a Willie’s Cacao Sea Flakes Milk Chocolate Bar and a Willie’s Cacao Rio Caribe Gold Venezuelan Dark Chocolate Bar, all presented in a black paper rope hamper.
11. Best Christmas hamper for chocolate lovers: Hotel Chocolat The Large Chocolate Hamper
Price: £33.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Yes, yes to Hotel Chocolat. DH buys me one of their Christmas boxes every year and they're gorgeous!” 0pheliaBalls
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a hefty supply of chocolate and you can make sure it’s delivered with a Hotel Chocolat hamper.
The large hamper includes Hotel Chocolat’s famous Salted Caramel Chocolate Puddles, 40 percent Salted Caramel Chocolates, an Everything H Selection Box, 70 percent Dark Chocolate Slab, a Cookies Nano Slab, a Fruit and Nut Nano Slab, a Salted Caramel Nano Slab, Cacao Breakfast Teaolate infusions, and Classic Hot Chocolate. It all comes delivered in a sleek black box that would put the Milk Tray man to shame.
12. Best Christmas hamper for foodies: Clearwater Artisan The Ultimate Cheese and Wine Collection
Price: £119 | Buy now from Amazon
“I would find a hamper exciting. Things like: Teapigs tea, luxury biscuits, Green & Blacks chocolate, Whittard's hot chocolate., fancy breadsticks, expensive pesto, Bottle Green cordial... Basically things I couldn't usually justify spending the extra money on when cheaper, simpler options are ready available.” 17caterpillars1mouse
Buying for foodies can be tricky, but even the foodiest of food snobs will be impressed by this bumper hamper of Christmas goodies from Clearwater. Every item in it has been carefully selected from the best on the market and the hamper includes old favourites as well as some new things to try.
The wicker basket is hand-packed with a bottle of Di Maria Prosecco DOC, a bottle of Gauchezco Estate Malbec, Farmhouse Biscuits’ Lemon Biscuits in a Hessian Bag, Millers Damsel Wheat Crackers, C&B Flaked Almond Shortbread, Lottie Shaw Triple Chocolate Biscuits, Verdujns Pesto Wafers, Yorkshire Crisps Oyster Chilli & Lemon crisps, Tracklements Caramelised Red Onion Relish, a Snowdonia Cheeses Black Bomber, Slumberjack Premium Ground Coffee, Cartwright and Butler Afternoon Blend Tea Bags, Fudge Kitchen double chocolate slider, and eight Van Roy Truffles. Something for everyone.
13. Best Christmas hamper for cocktail hour: Selfridges Cocktail Hour Gift Box
Price: £100 | Buy now from Selfridges
“Hamper theme ideas? Cocktail hamper with glasses, cocktail recipe book, fancy shaped ice cube holder, straws, cocktail umbrellas, juices/syrups etc!” Leeds2
You can always rely on Selfridges for something a little bit stylish and this Cocktail Hour hamper is no exception.
It includes Brindisa Marcona Salted Almonds, a set of two Country House cocktail glasses, Selfridges Selection Espresso Martini, Selfridges Selection Sicilian Nocellara Olives, and Torres Extra Virgin Olive Oil Crisps. Slip into something more comfortable, lower the lighting and let cocktail hour commence! A great gift for a couple or someone you’d like to invite your round for martinis!
14. Best vegan/gluten-free Christmas hamper: Eden Treat Collection Luxury Gift Hamper
Price: £35 | Buy now from Not On The High Street
“A hamper with vegan products in and a few nice items of food would be appreciated by me (vegan).” gubbsywubbsy
Those with special dietary needs shouldn’t have to feel left out at Christmas and this Eden Treat hamper is filled with delicious little snickers for anyone with a vegan or gluten-free diet. Eden Treats works with new, artisan and emerging producers so you’ll discover lots of new goodies as you munch your way through it.
The contents of the hamper rotates regularly but this is their listed example menu: Rogue conserves, Rollagranola Artisan Granola, Lazy Days Chocolatey Brownies and Buttery Shortbread, Candy Kittens Blueberry Bliss, Wild Strawberry or Tropical Mango sweets, H!P Plant-Based Oat Milk Chocolate, Charitea Organic Fairtrade Tea, Pri’s Pop Squares, Rollasnax Wild Trail Mix, Pep & Lekker Savoury Crackers, Love Vegan Fruit & Nut Treats, and Eden Artisan Liqueurs. Each hamper contains 10 items but you can customise it by adding alcohol, and also a sleeve and gift card.
Which is the best Christmas hamper?
It was a tough choice (but someone had to do it). If we had to choose just one hamper to give or receive this Christmas, it would be the John Lewis & Partners Spirit of Christmas Hamper. It has a great range of quality products, is priced at an even £100 and delivery is free too.
How can I find the best value Christmas hamper?
Hampers can be expensive - we found one during our research for a cool five grand! - but if you’re on a budget, there’s still lots of choice. Look at what the big supermarkets are offering as they’re often competitive. But it’s also worth looking up some of the pricier brands if you like what you’ve seen, and seeing if they also do smaller, more budget-friendly options. We found some affordable hampers online from Amazon, and even at Fortnum’s. Set yourself a budget and spend an afternoon browsing.
How we chose our recommendations
Mumsnetters are shopping early this year and also sharing the benefit of their experience early. We took our recommendations from the Mumsnet forums, including popular brands from the last two years too, and also made note of which hampers to avoid.
We then compiled a shortlist and compared this against online consumer reviews and independent review sites to come up with our final 14 best Christmas hampers.
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