Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year for so many reasons, whether it be the thrill of seeing the children in your family open up their presents from Santa, the epic Christmas dinner that features endless helpings of pigs in blankets, or the fantastic line up of Christmas Day television (Gavin & Stacey reboot, we’re looking at you).
The downside of the festive season though, is that getting everything right does take a fair bit of organising. Whether it’s matching the Christmas crackers to your well thought out tablescape or sorting out advent calendars for your loved ones, there’s a lot to think about. Something else to add to the list is Christmas hampers, which are a great way of showing someone just how much you appreciate them.
Traditionally given away as gifts (although you can keep them to yourself if you like, no judgement here) Christmas hampers are typically presented in lidded wicker baskets and are usually filled to the brim with sweet and savoury foodstuffs, as well as bottles of wine, Prosecco and Champagne. Hampers are a great all-rounder gift, as there’s usually something in every one to suit each family member’s tastes. They’re not just for handing out to your friends and family though, as Christmas hampers can also make for great corporate gifts to show your employees that you appreciate all their hard work, or to give to clients to show that you wish them the best for the holiday season.
So, whether you’re on the hunt for a Christmas hamper for a colleague, client, best friend or family member, our pick of the best of the bunch available this year should have something that piques your interest. We’ve categorised the hampers by price, so it’s up to you whether you want to save on the pennies or blow the budget entirely.
Christmas hampers: £50 and under
Christmas hampers are often seen as a luxury gift, but buying one for someone special in your life doesn’t have to leave you bankrupt. Check out these affordable options below which are sure to bring plenty of festive cheer to anyone who receives them.
Hotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: Although Christmas hampers can often be pricy (they are a special treat, after all), they don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Hotel Chocolat’s affordable option is stuffed with more than enough chocolatey options to keep sweet-toothed snackers satisfied. Inside, you’ll find the likes of large caramel snowflakes, milk chocolate Santa’s, a Mississippi Mud Pie and a bag of miniature Champagne chocolate truffles.
Who to buy for: Well, this one’s pretty obvious. This hamper is for the chocolate lover in your life, who will find plenty in here to keep their taste buds entertained.
How much: £40
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The Night Before Christmas Gift Hamper
What’s in it: Designed around creating the perfect setting for Christmas Eve, this charming hamper boasts quite the festive bounty. Open the lid to reveal the likes of a four pack of mince pies, a bundle of salted caramel biscuits, a milk chocolate bauble and a bottle of mulled wine. There is also the option to add a personalised note to the hamper, as an extra special touch for the lucky recipient.
Who to buy for: This hamper is best suited to families with young children, so they can set the scene for Father Christmas the night before the big day.
How much: £22.50
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Festive Treats Christmas Gift Hamper
What’s in it: Presented in a sanded down wooden crate that features a cut-out in the shape of a Christmas tree, this Festive Treats hamper has plenty of classic Yuletide goodies for everyone to enjoy. The traditional Christmas pudding is the centrepiece, but there are plenty of other things to try too, including mulled wine chocolate truffles, Christmas pudding flavoured fudge, an iced loaf cake and a tube of spiced ginger biscuits.
Who to buy for: Filled with Christmassy delicacies and a bottle of Merlot, this hamper is great for big kids who have never stopped loving Christmas.
How much: £19.99
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The Festive Tea Hamper
What's in it: Ideal for the night before Christmas, this cutesy hamper features everything you could need for a festive teatime treat. Inside, you'll find classic mince pies alongside gingerbread stars and angels, stollen bites, and a blend of Brockley Breakfast tea. As an extra special treat, there's also a giant gold chocolate coin which you can choose to share or keep all to yourself.
Who to buy for: This one is great for families with young children or adults with a real sweet tooth
How much: £45
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The British Hamper Company Luxury Vegan Hamper
What’s in it: Think hampers are all about cheese and chocolate? Think again, as vegans can get in on the action too with this hamper made up entirely of plant-based goodies. Open the lid to find Chilean wine, alongside vegan treats such as hickory smoked almonds and cashew nuts, salty and sweet popcorn, and dark chocolate from Venezuela. Any vegans in your life are sure to appreciate you going the extra mile just for them.
Who to buy for: Snap up this hamper for any of your friends and family who follow a plant-based diet, so they’ll still have some variety on Christmas Day.
How much: £67.85
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Christmas hampers: £50-100
If you want to treat someone (or yourself) to a Christmas hamper, but don’t want to go too overboard on the budget, this selection of mid-range hampers should have everything you are looking for and then some.
Aldi Specially Selected Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: Christmas hampers often come with top-end price tags, but you can always rely on Aldi to come up with a cheaper alternative. For just shy of £60, you can tuck into a hamper filled with the likes of milk chocolate honeycomb, Stollen bites and fudge clotted cream. For those looking to toast to the festive season, there’s a bottle of Prosecco which is joined by Australian Shiraz and Marlborough Sauvignon from Aldi’s Exquisite Collection.
Who to buy it for: Although hampers are typically given as gifts, we recommend keeping this one to yourself. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself this Christmas without breaking the bank.
How much: £59.99
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John Lewis & Partners Chelsea Hamper
What’s in it: Most Christmas hampers tend to focus on sweet and sugary goodies, but this hamper pays special attention to savoury tastes. That means you can expect to find salted peanuts, onion marmalade, cheddar cheese and sea salt and pepper crisps. They have spared some thought for the sweet-toothed though, with tempting options such as butter shortbread and a chocolate slab topped with milk and white chocolate chips.
Who to buy it for: Know a couple where one of them loves all things savoury and the other loves all things sweet? This hamper offers the perfect compromise.
How much: £100
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Bettys The Ilkley Hamper
What’s in it: Only found in Yorkshire, Bettys Tea Room has achieved legend status, eschewing the ultra-modern Instagrammable interiors that are favoured these days for its unashamedly twee offering. Betty’s Christmas hamper features a Yorkshire tea fruit cake, buttery shortbread and milk chocolate Langues de Chat. Wash it all down with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and toast to the Christmas season.
Who to buy it for: Perfect for a Yorkshire native who’s moved to a different part of the country and is missing home, or for fans of Bettys legendary afternoon tea.
How much: £100
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The Magic Of Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: If weekend brunch is a worthy enough occasion to sip Prosecco, Christmas is definitely worth cracking open a bottle for. This Christmas hamper comes complete with a bottle of the fizzy stuff, as well as some sweet treats which are perfect for the festive season. Pick from the likes of salted caramel biscuits, white chocolate truffles, brandy butter popcorn from Joe & Seph, and chocolate covered marshmallows.
Who to buy for: Lovers of bubbly will fall head over heels for this hamper, while the gourmet snacks will keep sweet teeth satisfied.
How much: £65
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Silent Night Festive Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: This hamper is about as traditional as they come. Presented in a lidded wicker basket, it features both sweet and savoury delights. From the savoury side, expect red onion marmalade, rosemary breadsticks and vegetable flavoured crisps, while the sweet side of things is taken care of via drinking chocolate, triple chocolate biscuits and a Christmas pudding.
Who to buy for: This is one for the traditionalists, who wouldn’t want to find any unexpected surprises in their Christmas hamper.
How much: £80
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Selfridges Selection Classic Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: Selfridges yellow shopping bags are instantly recognisable and the department store has added a touch of them to its Christmas hamper, where the wicker baskets are adorned with bright yellow straps. Inside, you can expect to find a selection of Selfridges most indulgent own-brand treats, such as a traditional Christmas pudding, spiced fruit chutney, brandy butter and dark-milk hot chocolate.
Who to buy for: Got someone in your family whose idea of a work out is lifting heavy shopping bags? This is the hamper for them.
How much: £100
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Christmas hampers: £100-500
If you’re on the hunt for a high-quality Christmas hamper that is filled with enough goodies to feed a large family, you’ll need to spend a little bit more. Our pick of luxury hampers priced between £100-500 are bound to create some unforgettable Christmas memories.
The Fortnum's Classic Hamper
What’s in it: A wicker basket from Fortnum & Mason is often considered the holy grail of Christmas hampers, although they do come with a hefty price tag. There are a few versions to choose from, but the Classic is a fail-safe option in our eyes. Inside, you’ll find two bottles of wine and a bottle of fizz, alongside the likes of Christmas spiced biscuits, cognac butter, a whole Christmas pudding and a box of decadent Champagne truffles.
Who to buy it for: This hamper is great for families, with adults able to enjoy the boozy treats, while kids will be kept entertained by the biscuits.
How much: £175
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The Fortnum's St Nicholas Hamper
What’s in it: If you have a bit of a bigger budget, you can try out the largest offering from Fortnum & Mason, its St Nicholas hamper. This Santa’s sack is filled with goodies that will delight even the biggest Scrooge in your family – think mince pie and nutcracker flavoured biscuits, along with an array of spreads such as chocolate and orange curd and strawberry and Champagne preserve. There’s also a bottle of Louis Roederer and top-shelf wines.
Who to buy it for: With pretty much all of the contents having a Christmas twist, this is a perfect hamper for true lovers of the festive season, and is great for big families too.
How much: £300
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Petersham Nurseries Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: Ok, so this festive offering from Petersham Nurseries is presented in a cardboard box, rather than the traditional wicker hamper, but its contents are still just as tempting. Taking its inspiration from Italy, this Christmas hamper features the tempting likes of Spiced Tomato Chutney which can be paired with the Poppy Seed and Sea Salt Crackers, while any sugar cravings are taken care of via rosemary and orange chocolate truffles.
Who to buy it for: The Petersham Nurseries hamper is a tad smaller than your typical one, so this is best for gifting to singletons or those with a small family.
How much: £180
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The Wolseley Breakfast Hamper
What’s in it: The Wolseley’s dining room is often considered among the most stylish in London, so it should come as no surprise that the restaurant’s Breakfast Hamper is served up in a chic black wicker basket, while goodies come wrapped in art-deco packaging. Enjoy a decadent breakfast on Christmas Day with loose leaf tea and a selection of jams and spreads, as well as a copy of Breakfast at The Wolseley by late restaurant critic A.A. Gill to read.
Who to buy it for: This hamper is ideal for the people in your life that appreciate style and design. It’s also perfect for any restaurant nerds in the family.
How much: £159
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Charbonnel et Walker Luxury Celebration Hamper
What’s in it: There are few combinations better than Champagne and chocolate, and that’s exactly what Charbonnel et Walker’s Christmas hamper is all about. While sipping on a glass of Moet & Chandon, you can scoff an assortment of chocolate truffles, with delicious flavours such as strawberry and sea salted caramel. The heart-shaped, pastel coloured packaging adds to the hamper’s charm, as does the pretty ribbon it arrives tied up with.
Who to buy it for: This indulgent offering is the perfect Yuletide gift for those who love fizz and chocolates…which is pretty much everyone, right?
How much: £150
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Harrods Cartwright & Butler The Knaresborough Hamper
What’s in it: Hampers don’t come much more versatile than this one, which features an array of biscuits, cakes, chutneys and teas from Cartwright & Butler. Inside the hamper, you’ll find five different teas and coffees, nine types of confectionary and a colossal 31 ‘pantry’ items, with options including triple chocolate biscuits, cheddar cheese straws and caramelised onion chutney.
Who to buy it for: The hamper comes with a cheese board and knife set, so this is the ideal gift for cheese lovers.
How much: £500
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Christmas hampers, more than £500
If you’ve got a big budget to play with, you might as well go all out with a super-high end luxury Christmas hamper. There aren’t too many hampers out there that break the £500 mark, but the ones that do feature top quality goodies such as caviar and Champagne – cheers to that!
Selfridges Selection Christmas Day Hamper
What’s in it: This mammoth Christmas hamper comes with a hefty price tag, but the sizeable hamper is absolutely filled to the brim with goodies. Inside, you’ll find bottles of various wines and Prosecco, as well as plenty of tempting foodie treats. Pick from the luxurious likes of caviar, truffle Gloucester cheese and a 250g royal smoked salmon fillet. There are sweet treats too, such as fruit cake, mince pies and spiced fruit chutney.
Who to buy for: If you’re hosting all of the extended family for Christmas Day, this hamper will ensure that everyone leaves well fed.
How much: £1,000
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Harrods The Harrodian Hamper
What’s in it: The title of most expensive Christmas hamper on our list goes to none other than luxury department store Harrods, and we can’t really say that we’re surprised. Although we’re not sure any amount of food and drink could justify that eye watering price tag, you do get some seriously high-quality products for your money. Sip on a dozen different wines and spirits, alongside caviar, foie gras, Christmas pudding and festive chocolates.
Who to buy it for: There’s enough food in this hamper to feed a family of 20, so it could be a good match for large family gatherings during the festive season.
How much: £2,500
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To get you in the mood for the Yuletide season, check out our pick of the best Christmas sandwiches in London.