Five great hampers for Christmas
Few gifts are more exciting than a beautifully presented hamper packed with tasty treats. Whether you're buying for a whisky lover or someone with a sweet-tooth, we've found five hampers that are sure to please this Christmas...
Hampers don't come much more luxurious than Harrods'. Their most expensive offerings will set you back £5,000, but you don't need to spend that much to treat someone special. The Helmsley hamper, named after an attractive market town in Ryedale, Yorkshire, includes some of the finest produce from the region. Cartwright & Butler's hamper contains strawberry preserve, chutney, cheese biscuits, as well as tea and cookies – and is the perfect way to gift a little tea time indulgence. Plus, the hamper can double-up as a cute container after they've finished the contents.
John Lewis can be trusted to deliver top-quality hampers, and the one at the top of our Christmas wish list is the Winter Spice. The festive hamper contains a range of tasty treats, including a spicy apple and cinnamon cake, salted caramel drinking chocolate, various fudge, and cranberry-flavoured mince pies. Savoury snacks include tomato and paprika snaps and puff pastry Christmas trees topped with gouda. And to wash it all down, there's a bottle of crisp and zesty sauvignon blanc. It comes in a beautiful green gift box, rather than a traditional hamper, and is tied with a Merry Christmas ribbon.
Wondering what to buy for someone with a sweet tooth? If they're of a certain age, The Retro Sweetie Hamper is a great way to bring back memories, while feeding their need for sugar. The hamper is packed with 27 different types of classic and retro sweets, including Flying Saucers, Double Dip and Palma Violets. It also comes with a blank card you can personalise with a message of your choosing.
It can be hard knowing what to buy for a man, but if they enjoy a nice cider, you can't go far wrong with The Craft Cider Perfect Ploughman's Box. It's packed with the ingredients for a perfect Ploughman's Lunch, including two bottles of craft cider, cheddar, pate and pickles – just add a loaf of crusty bread and you have the makings of a great Boxing Day lunch.
5. Hamper gifts, Wonderful Whisky Hamper, £54.99
If you like a wee dram, then the Wonderful Whisky Hamper is for you. It contains an assortment of sweet and savoury snacks, including tomato and sesame savoury biscuits, spiced nuts, chocolate truffles, crackers, luxury shortbread and more. And of course, a nice bottle of whisky (Bells Half Bottle, 35cl). It comes beautifully presented in a seagrass basket and gift wrapped with ribbon.