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 reruns, 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 food and drink 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.
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So, whether you’re on the hunt for a foodie 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 our favourite Christmas food hampers by price, so it’s up to you whether you want to save on the pennies or blow the budget entirely.
Best Christmas food and drink 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 A Merry Little 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 puddles, a rocky road chocolate slab and a dark nut and fruit bar.
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: £29.50
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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 milk chocolate millionaires shortbread, caramelised sesame peanuts 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 Christmas food 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 small wooden storage basket for recipients to reuse again and again, 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 chocolate brownie cookies, mulled wine truffles, chilli and lime peanuts and bottle of red.
Who to buy for: Filled with Christmassy delicacies and a mini bottle of Shiraz, this hamper is great for big kids who have never stopped loving Christmas.
How much: £19.99
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Melrose and Morgan The Festive Artisan 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 Somerset cider brandy butter . 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: £50
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Joe & Seph's Best of British Gourmet Hamper
What’s in it: We think it's safe to say that popcorn is having a bit of a moment, and if you count yourself amongst its fans then there's good news on the Christmas hamper front. Yep, this offering from Joe & Seph's is crammed with plenty of this pop-ular (sorry) product. We can almost guarantee you won’t have had popcorn like this before, with flavours including things like rhubarb and custard, banoffee pie and marmalade. A healthy serving of hot chocolate finishes things off nicely, so that you're able to wash down your treats down with another little something sweet - it is Christmas after all.
Who to buy for: This one's a no-brainer for anyone who loves popcorn - although we'd reccommend giving it to someone who's 'team sweet'.
How much: £50
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Charles Artisan Bread Hamper
What’s in it: If you want to surprise someone with a special gift while also supporting a local business, then check out this baked goods hamper. The folks at micro-bakery Charles Artisan Bread in Hackney have curated a bundle of bakery items and condiments to match, including two fresh loaves, shortbread, granola and jam, as well as honey from Hackney Garden up the road.
Who to buy for: Breakfast lovers and brunch enthusiasts alike will rejoice at this hamper, but it's enough to make anyone bounce out of bed in the morning!
How much: £40
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Best Christmas food and drink 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.
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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Aldi The Luxury Collection 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 chocolate honeycomb, florentines, clotted cream fudge and a selection of chutneys all tucked inside a medium wicker basket. For those looking to toast to the festive season there are bottles of an Argentinian Malbec and an Italian Pinot Grigio.
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 Festive Treats Hamper
What’s in it: Most Christmas food hampers tend to focus on sweet and sugary goodies, but this hamper also pays special attention to savoury tastes. That means you can expect to find a mix of spiced sesame peanuts and mature cheddar biscuits. They have spared some thought for the sweet-toothed though, with tempting options including such things as Christmas pudding biscuits and a solid milk chocolate lolly.
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: £60
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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 Essentials by Ottolenghi
What’s in it: While this foodie collection from Ottolenghi isn't strictly for Christmas, you'll find a few festive treats inside including nougat, spiced nuts and salted caramel and chocolate brittle - all for a reasonable price point. The perfect gift for fans of the best-selling cookery book author and chef, discover interesting spice rubs, za'atar pita chips and a bottle of Italian Frappato alongside the sweet stuff.
How much: £85
Who to buy for: We all have someone in our lives who is a big celeb chef fan – this specially selected round-up of unusual treats is the perfect way to show them that you care.
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Liberty The Christmas Suitcase Hamper
What’s in it: Sure, the festive food is great, but the USP of this memorable Christmas hamper has got to be the exclusive suitcase printed with an iconic floral Liberty design. It's bound to surprise and delight any recipient - especially if they're lovers of Liberty. Inside, discover truffles, fruity shortbread, sea salt crackers, olive oil and chutney.
Who to buy for: It does what it says on the tin (read: suitcase). Calling all Liberty lovers - this one's for you!
How much: £99
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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 wicker basket, it features both sweet and savoury delights. From the savoury side, expect Christmas preserves and sweet cured ham and pickle crisps, while the sweet side of things is taken care of via hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, Viennese whirls and hot toffee nuts.
Who to buy for: An impressive array of treats that works well as a corporate gift over the festive season.
How much: £75
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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, brandy butter, spiced tea and a festive chocolate box.
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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Pong Cheese Continental Cheese Hamper
What’s in it: Pong Cheese offers a huge number of different cheeses on its fromage-focused website, all of which make wonderful, if strongly smelling, presents. However, if you don't know where to start when it comes to cheese, this fantastic continental cheese hamper features a mixture of artisan cheeses from france and Italy. Included in the lovely wicker hamper are 5 wodges of cheese including a creamy Chaource and a fantastic Taleggio, as well as a selection of biscuits and a tangy ploughman's pickle.
Who to buy for: There's no two ways about it, this is a gift for cheese lovers, and cheese lovers only!
How much: £89.95
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Jikoni Hug in a Box Hamper
What’s in it: In case you didn't know that Raviner Bhogal's first and most susccessful restaurant Jikoni sells merch, well, it does. And this gorgeous hamper is just one of the delightful things you can buy from the restaurant's shop. The Hug in a Box Hamper includes three signature Jikoni chutneys, paan and cashew fudge, a bottle of English sparkling wine as well as a set of table napkins splattered in a classic Jikoni block print. There's also the option to add the Jikoni cookbook for an additional £25.
Who to buy for: If you have a friend who's been dying to get down to Jikoni but hasn't had the chance yet, this hamper is a good place to start.
How much: £85
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Best Christmas food and drink 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.
Harvey Nichols Winter Warmer Hamper
What’s in it: Baby, it's cold outside, and we've got just the antidote. This Harvey Nichols striking black basket-clad Winter Warmer Hamper is filled with mulled wine and a rich Malbec to warm your cockles, while festive treats come in the form of Christmas pudding, cinnamon almonds, berry and mulled wine jam and spicy hot chocolate.
Who to buy it for: We've all got that friend who feels the cold, whatever the weather. Skip the socks and get them this warming hamper instead.
How much: £115
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International Champagne Diptyque gift box
What’s in it: We love this beautifully balanced Christmas hamper which combines luxurious self-care items with foodie treats. Inside the box you’ll find a bottle of Champagne as well as a salted caramel chocolate selection. Aside from the edible gifts the lucky recipient will also get their hands on a luxury Diptyque candle, cashmere bed socks and a hair and body oil. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect night in for one, we don’t know what does.
Who to buy it for: Combining cashmere and Champagne, this is one for proper princesses (or princes!).
How much: £175
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Harrods The Gourmet Hamper
What’s in it: No Christmas hampers best-of list is complete without at least one Harrods offering. Presented in one of the brand's recognisable wicker baskets, delve inside to find all manner of gourmet goodies from cheese straws to lemon curd. Cocoa-dusted almonds, all-butter shortbread and Colombian coffee are further highights, while tea and biscuits come packaged in iconic Harrods tins which you can keep and reuse.
Who to buy it for: This hamper is alcohol-free making it a great option for any foodie that would rather skip the booze (and go straight for the food!).
How much: £150
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Delicario Christmas Tide Hamper
What’s in it: Delicario is an online delicatessen working with small-scale sustainable producers. It's commitment to high quality produce is likely to be the reason for this Christmas hamper's hefty price tag - although it is one of their extra large offerings, containing 27 items. Pop a bottle of Champagne Brut Prestige Premier Cru before tucking into prosciutto, cheese with truffle, fig jam and chestnut honey. The Italian theme continues with fresh pasta, artisan sauces, nougat, panettone and chocolate bars.
Who to buy it for: This extra-special hamper is jam-packed with goodies and would make a great gift for big groups or families. And Italian food fans!
How much: £350
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The Sous Chef Best of Italy Hamper
What’s in it: Sous Chef is renowned for its top-quality foodie offering, and of course its hampers uphold the brand's high-end reputation. Here, in the Italian hamper, you'll find carefully sourced ingredients like a whole fennel salami, black truffle oil and Amalfi lemon jam. For a little sweet treat there are is also a box of Pariani Pistacchiotto included - which are a mix of milk and white chocolate and a smooth pistachio paste. Delicious after dinner!
Who to buy for: If you've got friends and family who have been missing the food of far-flung places this year, this is the answer to their woes.
How much: £110
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The Fortnum's Christmas at Highgrove 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 this selection 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 chocolate orange shortbreads, organic brandy butter, a whole Christmas pudding and a box of decadent salted caramel fudge.
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: £200
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The Fortnum's Classic Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: For those with a similarly generous budget to that of the above, you can't beat the classic offering from Fortnum & Mason. This Santa’s sack is filled with goodies that will delight even the biggest Scrooge in your family – think fruity biscuits, Champagne truffles and cognac butter. There’s also a bottle of Fortnum's own fizz and top-shelf wines included for additional merry-making.
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: £185
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Wriggle's The Glad Tidings Hamper
What’s in it: Spread good cheer with Wriggle's Glad Tidings Hamper, jam-packed with over 20 tasty festive favourites. Alongside three bottles of booze, make your way through sourdough crackers and mushroom pate, gin & tonic marmalade, date & ale chutney and green olive tapenade. Finish off your savoury feast with something sweet! A slice of Yule log, a piece of cherry dark chocolate and a florentine should do it.
Who to buy it for: There are a few boozy products in this one (gin & tonic marmalade and a boozy plum pudding to name a couple) so we'd recommend this as a strictly adults-only gift.
How much: £170
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Borough Box The Pure Indulgence Christmas Hamper
What’s in it: Your loved ones deserve only the best. Treat them to Borough Box's Pure Indulgence hamper which is stuffed with wine, fizz, tea and sweet and savoury snacks. While it includes a handful of savoury options, such as cheese and port crisps and cheese biscuits, this one really is about the sweet stuff. Find clotted cream fudge, tablet popcorn, wreath-shaped biscuits, chocolates and a Christmas pudding.
Who to buy it for: Perfect for friends, families or colleagues, this indulgent offering is sure to 'wow' whoever you gift it to.
How much: £149.99
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Passione Vino Experience Silver Hamper
What’s in it: Already familiar to wine aficionados across the UK, Luca Dusi (who supplies many of London’s top restaurants) has spent month curating beautiful hampers in time for Christmas, so that we can all enjoy sommelier-quality wines in the comfort of our own homes. Alongside the carefully chosen bottles are plenty of producer-led items like homemade onion jam and pickles, and Calabrian olive oil, as well as a selection of cheese and salami – perfect for serving up alongside a glass of something delicious.
Who to buy it for: For lovers of cheese, wine and entertaining, this hamper delivers everything you need to put on a fabulous cheese and wine night, complete with a handmade wooden serving board and ceramic bowl.
How much: £195
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The Sam’s Splendid Hamper
What’s in it: Championing producers from around the UK, Sam’s Riverside restaurant’s hamper is stuffed with high end ingredients for the foodie in your life. Expect brown bread crackers and spicy olives alongside England Preserves marmalade and chutney, a wonderful English sparkling wine and some spicy extra virgin olive oil. As well as plenty of edible treats, this hamper also provides a little escapism from the festive madness by way of a geranium hand and body wash and a fig candle, both from Bamford.
Who to buy it for: This carefully curated hamper is worthy of the highest-level recipient: mum figures. Yep, whether it’s your mum, your aunty, your dad or your best friend, this gorgeous care-package allows you to give a little love back to anyone who looks after you from one end of the year to the other.
How much: £250
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Best Christmas food and drink 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 salmon fillet. There are sweet treats too, such as fruit cake, mince pies and cherry amaretto jam.
Who to buy it 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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