Looking For A Last Minute Gift? Here’s The Best Christmas Hampers This Year – From Aldi To Harrods

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Best Christmas Hampers 2021

by Anna Dewhurst |

For making it to the end of 2021, we need all the treats we can get. And for us, that mostly means things we find in the kitchen. Yes, we are talking about cheese, chocolate, biscuits, crisps – you get the picture.

What could be more festive than a gorgeous Christmas hamper, full of treats? Well, we can’t think of much. Not only are they a surprise to receive, but also a low-effort present that will make you look super thoughtful.

What Are The Best Hampers For 2021?

Petersham Nurseries luxury Christmas Hamper
Petersham Nurseries Luxury Gift Hamper, £650 ©Petersham Nurseries

When choosing a Christmas hamper to gift someone, there's 3 important factors to consider: who, what and how much?

Who should I buy a hamper for?

Let's be honest, you're going to send something slightly more luxe to your mum than you would a token gift for a colleague. We've found something for all your loved ones this Christmas - and if you're feeling particularly boujee you can always treat yourself, you deserve it.

What's the best hamper to buy?

Think about your recipient, and how and when your hamper will be enjoyed. Foodie options are a no-brainer, and always go down a treat: from meat hampers, (check out this Charcuterie one) biscuit boxes, a Sommelier's wine hamper and even indulgent chocolate hampers, like this one from Hotel Chocolat. But if you're looking for something a little different, look no further than a Pamper Hamper.

Harvey Nichols Beauty Lovers Hamper
Harvey Nichols Beauty Lovers Hamper, £375 ©Harvey Nichols

For those looking to stretch out the hamper's treats over the entire festive period, give the gift of self-care. The White Company is a clear favourite, we love The Calm Hamper that includes the bestselling electronic diffuser and a set of three wellness oils. And don't forget the boys, Harvey Nichols Grooming Gift Set comes complete with Roku Japanese Gin.

John Lewis Christmas Eve Basket Hamper
John Lewis & Partners Christmas Eve Basket, £90 ©John Lewis

If you're looking for a hamper for a specific celebration - John Lewis has you covered with this adorable Christmas Eve Basket, while Petersham Nurseries has packed everything you need for your Christmas Day table, and Harrods have nailed the Boxing Day offering.

How much do hampers cost?

Obviously hampers come in many forms, from luxury pantry-stocking hampers to letterbox hampers designer for two - there's something to suit every budget. Look to the supermarkets for super affordable options (the Aldi Christmas Feast Hamper has been hugely popular) and if you're looking for something more indulgent, we've trawled the web for the most lavish hampers.

Harrods Boxing Day Hamper
Harrods Boxing Day Hamper, £525 ©Harrods

Whether it’s cheese and biscuits, a budget hamper or something for self-care - hampers really are the gift that keeps on giving, and should last you (or the lucky recipient) all through the festive period and beyond.

SHOP: 25 Of The Best Festive Hampers 2021

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SHOP: The Best Christmas Hampers For 2021

Selfridges, Cheese and wine hamper, £150
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Selfridges's hamper is a merry medley of pantry must-haves all the tipples that your heart could desire.

Hotel Chocolat, Merry Christmas Everyone Hamper, £55
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From cookie wreaths, to caramel snowflakes, to chocolate Christmas Trees – every Christmas sweet treat is covered in this indulgent hamper. And there's even a little bottle of Prosecco. What more could you ask for?!

Fortnum & Mason, The Christmas Pantry Hamper, £125
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Whenever you choose to crack it open, this hamper was designed with Boxing Day in mind. In fact, grazing on meat, cheese and Malbec from day to night is exactly what we have in mind for the entirety of Christmas 2021. Oh and not forgetting those beyond delicious Christmas pecan & ginger biscuits. We will always leave room for those.

Melrose & Morgan, Festive Aperitif Hamper, £60
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We are huge fans of Melrose and Morgan - especially at Christmas. From their deliciously moreish Parmesan and Poppyseed Rounds, to their perfect mince pies, every item in this gift box is a winner.We are anticipating lots of nights in during the coming party season, and luckily this hamper contains everything you need for a night in with Netflix – Coste Piane Prosecco Valdobbiadene, a jar of Harissa Spiced Nuts, Mince pies and Parmesan and those Poppyseed Rounds.

Letterbox Hamper, Delicatessen Hamper,  £27.95
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OK, so a hamper is all well and good when there are a few of you to enjoy it, but if there's just one or two of you, then it can be a lot. So how do you gift a hamper for just one person? With a letterbox hamper, that's how. The principle is the same as a traditionally sized package, but due to its flatter, post-able size, there are lots of themed little packets of joy to choose from. Featured here is the deli hamper, with 6 items, including Fiocco smoked charcuterie ham, Serious Pig snacking salami, smoked almonds, olives and applewood smoked cheese. And all packaged up (and posted) with a personalized gift card. Just try getting a traditional hamper through a letterbox!

Charbonnel & Walker, Decadent Sea Salt Caramel Hamper, £195
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Charbonnel & Walker are chocolatiers by royal appointment, and if it's good enough for the queen, well, it's more than good enough for us. Besides, who isn't a sucker for sea salt caramel? This sweet-tooth-friendly hamper contains truffles galore, thins (chocolate biscuits without the biscuit) and sea salt almonds (perfect for anyone who's being 'good').

Virginia Hayward, Snowed In Hamper, £500
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We would like to introduce: the Snowed In hamper. We won't even begin listing the contents for we would literally be here 'til Christmas. All we'll say is that this hamper has one hell of a wow factor.

Harvey Nichols, Beauty Lovers Hamper, £375
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Meet: Pamper Hampers. Delivering pure beauty decadence, this ultra-luxe edit is brimming with an array of make-up and skincare treats from the best names in the business. There's even a bottle of Harvey Nichols Champagne to toast to your gifting success.

Kult Kitchen, alternative Christmas hamper, £85
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Going live on Sunday (21st Nov) and available to shop via Instagram, the Kult Kitchen hamper is not only sustainable but includes naturally gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan and primarily organic products all made in house by the founder, Moon.

Lele's London, Christmas Hamper, £29
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Lele's, a cosy plant-based bakery in Hackney, have launched a lovely Christmas hamper which will include a bag of Amaretti, Lemon Shortbread, Mince Pies, Mini Cherry and Chocolate Brownies, a Vegan Cake mix and one little bag of christmas sprinkle to decorate whatever you make using the vegan cake mixes, and even a free Christmas card to include with the box if you send the pack to someone as a present.

Brindisa, Christmas Hamper, £175
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The Brindisa Christmas Hamper is perfect for those looking to impress this year - either by hosting the ultimate Spanish-inspired festive feast or as a delicious gift for a loved one to indulge in, stuffed full of Brindisa's most loved products.

The White Company, Calm Hamper, £190
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The White Company's calm hamper contains everything you need to have a deliciously-scented (not to mention soothing) festive period.

Marks and Spencer, All I Want For Christmas Hamper, £150
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To be fair, this indulgent hamper really does contain all we want for Christmas (aside from y'know, seeing our families and a Covid vaccine). For a start, that Clementine light-up snow globe gin liqueur... the giant sausage roll... the pigs in blankets handcooked crisps... the mini double chocolate panettone.

Waitrose & Partners, Christmas Treat Sack, £35
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Super budget friendly - this Waitrose sack includes a special selection of delicious sweet and savoury snacks plus a bottle of Pinot Noir.

John Lewis & Partners, Christmas Eve Basket, £90
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This highly-Instagramable hamper (I mean, just look at that packaging) is full of delicious treats in an adorable basket and complete with candy canes. What more do you want?

Biscuiteers, Christmas Hamper, £35
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We are Biscuiteers superfans here at Grazia towers – equal parts tasty and cute, their iced biscuits always go down a treat - plus its available for next day delivery.

Petersham Nurseries, Luxury Gift Hamper, £650
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Presented in a wicker gardening trug, the iconic Petersham Nurseries' Luxury Food & Drink Hamper includes everything you need for a chic Christmas including: A copy of the Petersham Nurseries Book, Giardino Candle, Striped Linen Towels, Rustic Candles, along with Petersham Nurseries' Signature Indian Baubles.

Not On The High Street, The Vegan Christmas Gin And Curry Hamper Tyga, £35
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This delicious, all vegan Christmas in Jaipur Hamper; is an escape for the senses with all the makings of an exotic, festive night in.

Not Another Bill, Personalised Christmas Tea Hamper, £135
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Your Christmas Day breakfast is likely to be much improved with this hamper, containing premium tea from P & T, Rococo nibbles and hot chocolate, Bonne Maman jam and Island biscuits. Plus, it also comes with stylish splatter mugs and a tea towel.

Aldi, The Sommelier's Six Wine Hamper, £99.99
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Aldi's popular The Christmas Feast Hamper has already sold out (keep an eye out for restock) but The Sommelier's hamper rivals it in our opinion - the perfect hamper for the wine lovers in your life.

The Real Cure, For the Love of Charcuterie Hamper, £65
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Looking for a meat feast hamper, or even just something a little different, this Charcuterie hamper from The Real Cure contains 10 cured meats, all made from wild British venison, free range pork and locally sourced ingredients.

Harrods, Boxing Day Hamper, £525
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Christmas isn't just one day - in fact, Boxing Day might just be my fave. The Boxing Day Hamper from Harrods helps to keep the (pyjama) party going, presented in a signature wicker basket, it boasts a selection of the finest wines to sample after a slice of classic Christmas cake.

Harvey Nichols, Merry Gentleman Grooming Gift Set, £245
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Treat him to his very own a pamper package with Harvey Nichols' Merry Gentleman Grooming Gift Set. Alongside a bottle of botanical Roku Japanese Gin, this hand-picked grooming collection features an essential pairing of Kiehl's products and Creed's ever-popular Aventus Cologne for seriously suave gifting.

Liberty, Ciara Large Suitcase Hamper, £225
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A new Liberty addition for 2021, the Ciara hamper is an indulgent celebration of British artisan, featuring everything from oak-aged chocolate and coffee spiced rum to sweet strawberry jam.

Selfridges, Pamper and Relax gift box, £185
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The ultimate indulgence - the Selfridges pamper hamper includes: Brut Champagne, Diptyque Baies scented candle, Johnstons cashmere socks, Slip eye mask and Selfridges Selection chocolate box.

And when you're finished, why don't you check out our food and drink Christmas gift ideas for the foodies in your life (and just anyone who eats and drinks, really), personalised Christmas gift ideas, which are perfect for that tricky customer who already has everything, our Christmas gift guide for women and our ultimate guide to Christmas beauty gifts for the beauty addict in your life.

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