Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the traditional hamper. And if you’re stuck for gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with the gift of food – though we have found some that include candles and even games, too The very best hampers are packed with a wide range of luxurious treats that come in a variety of bespoke options, guaranteed to bring festive cheer.
So whether you’re buying for a foodie who is committed to an organic diet, a wine lover, chocoholic, or someone who just wants the cosiest Christmas ever, check out our top Christmas hampers list for some fabulous ideas. Or, if you want to give them something a little different, see our round up of this year's best Christmas gift ideas.
Best Christmas hampers
If you’re after a traditional Christmas hamper that has all the seasonal delights, The Winter Feast Hamper from Fortnum & Mason is ideal. Filled with hearty treats, your foodie friends and family will be spoilt for choice. Inside the wicker hamper are 20 fabulous food and drink items, ranging from baked truffle nuts and spiced plum preserve to fruit cake and dark chocolate caviar. If they want to enjoy a tipple to go with it, they have a choice of Fortnum’s Argentinian Malbec, Fortnum’s Avesso Vinho Verde or Fortnum’s Prosecco. And for non-drinkers, they can always enjoy a good ol’ cuppa with their luxury tea selection. We love this ultimate festive variety. It may be pricey, but has all the luxury edibles you would expect, making it the perfect gift for foodies to indulge in.
Christmas cheer is all about food, family and festive fun. So this Family Christmas Food, Fun & Games Crate from M&S has everything you’d need for a fun-filled night. Delicious treats include reindeer buttons, festive hot chocolate and mini double chocolate chip cookies. And you can toast in the evening with the clementine and cranberry bucks fizz. Not forgetting the all-important games, there is a Beat The Grown Ups game which will keep all the family entertained. It also comes in a reusable crate which is always handy.
The Artisan Christmas Hamper from Abel & Cole is a great choice for fans of savoury culinary delights. This hamper comes with a tasty array of organic artisan produce, including fig & balsamic chutney, farm smoked salmon and red label goat’s cheese. But our favourites have to be the delicious mini mince pies paired with the organic brandy butter. A great mouth-watering, festive hamper at a bargain price – it could be the perfect buffet lunch for the busy Christmas period.
For those who are serious about their G&T, treat them to The Gin & Tonic Lovers Hamper from Argos. Presented in a rustic, wooden slatted crate, this hamper includes The Lakes Elderflower Gin, Fentimans Premium Indian Tonic Water and Baked Truffle Nuts. And for those with a sweet tooth, they can indulge in luxurious Gin & Tonic sweets or add the POP a Ball Mini Strawberry & Rhubarb bubbles to their drink. The ideal gift to tipple their fancy!
We all know a foodie that loves nothing but the finest, organic and ethically-sourced produce. So why not treat them to the Waitrose & Partners Duchy Organic Hamper from John Lewis? Founded by HRH Prince of Wales, Duchy specialises in organic Britch food and this hamper offers a royal range of delights, ranging from Seville orange marmalade and orange biscuits coated in dark chocolate to Herefordshire vintage cider and golden ale. Presented in a lovely willow basket, this makes a fabulous gift for the food lover who likes to know the provenance of their treats.
We all know someone with an endless supply of biscuits to go with their cuppa, and this Winter Wonderland Christmas Hamper from Biscuiteers will make the perfect gift to keep them well stocked for the festive season. This hamper has a variety of treats including a Happy Christmas Biscuit Tin, Santa Jolly Ginger, and a Say Cheese! Biscuit Tin. You also have the option to swap your bottle of Prosecco for Christmas Tea or Gusbourne. Any biscuit lover will certainly be spoilt for choice.
Christmas is the perfect time to curl up and get cosy on those winter nights. And for those who love fragrant candles, this Cosy Candle Hamper from The White Company is a great choice. Relax with seasonal scents of the Winter Large Candle and Fir Tree Botanical Candle. Or you can shower your home with the fragrant, Mini Seasonal Home Spray Collection. Best of all, the hamper comes with a cosy pair of cashmere bed socks! The perfect gift that certainly promises what it says it does.
For those who feel that afternoon tea is the best part of the day, this Grosmont Hamper (by Cartwright & Butler) from Next is the ideal gift. It has all the essentials ranging from Earl Grey Celebration Tea, Maple & Pecan Milk Chocolate Digestives and Salted Caramel Fudge to Cheese Flatbreads and Red Onion Chutney. If you fancy some bubbly, it also includes a bottle of Prosecco, and a handy Teatime Tea Towel.
If you’re after a bite-sized hamper for those with a sweet tooth, this Chocoholic’s Chocolate Lovers Christmas Hamper from Lakeland ticks the boxes. They will indulge in a variety of gourmet chocs and treats including Stockley’s Sea Salted Caramel Fudge, Traidcraft Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Fudge Kitchen Chocolate Classic Drinking Fudge amongst others. But our favourite has to be the Popcorn Shed Pop ‘N’ Choc Gourmet Chocolate Popcorn, great for those festive movie nights!
For those with a fine wine palate, let them test their skills with The Connoisseur’s Choice Wine Hamper from M&S. This beverage hamper has a great choice of vino including Côtes du Rhône Rosé, Craft 3 Sauvignon Blanc, and Mount Benson Shiraz. What’s more, it’s presented in a beautiful dark-stained woven hamper with brown faux-leather straps, so they can use it all year round – boozy picnic anyone? This makes the ideal gift for wine lovers or those who enjoy entertaining guests.