For making it to the end of the year, 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 brilliant Christmas hampers to indulge in? After all, the festive days - no matter who you spend them with - require a plentiful supply of food. So, hampers and Christmas go hand in hand.
And whether you're looking to buy a hamper for yourself or are working through the list of loved ones that you still need to find a gift for, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve trawled through a plethora of culinary suitors to present you with an edit of the best Christmas hampers out there. What’s more, we’ll update this edit each week with new additions, in case you still haven’t found the perfect one.
Do Christmas hampers make a good present?
Not only are they a surprise to receive, but also a low-effort present that will make you look super thoughtful. Depending on what your budget is, you'll be able to find to find appropriate options at all price points.
How do you choose the best Christmas hampers?
This is entirely up to what you’re looking for. Firstly set yourself a budget, then ask yourself what it is that you’re after? Do you fancy a collection of sweet treats? Are you looking to stock up your wine shelf for the festive season? Or do you have a proclivity for savoury delicatessen? Once you’ve made up your mind, there’s a hamper to suit every taste - below, we’re rounding up the best ones.
What are the best things to put in a hamper?
Again, this is dependent on who you’re getting a hamper for and when you’re planning on giving it (think fresh produce). Curating an edit is great fun and allows you to really personalise your gift. Be considerate - no matter how big or small your edit - and try to please as many people as possible: hampers are perfect for sharing after all.
What makes a good hamper?
Whether it’s cheese and biscuits, a budget choice 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.
When you're finished dribbling at all the delicious Christmas hampers, 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.
Our Favourite Christmas Hampers At One Glance
Best for the delicatessen connoisseur: Virginia Hayward, Decadence Hamper
Best for the whole family: M&S Collection, Deluxe Christmas Hamper
Best for the hobby chef: John Lewis, Christmas Larder Gift Box
Best for an extravagant hamper: Harrods, The St James Christmas Hamper
Best for traditional celebrations: Fortnum & Mason, Christmas Treat Hamper
Best for: Shaking things up at home
In case you didn't know already, Harvey Nicholas is the ultimate one-stop-shop for the festive
Best For: Traditional treats
When it comes to Marks & Spencer products of any category, the same holds true: don't mess with a
Best for: Gourmets
For anyone with a taste for the finer things in live, Virginia Hayward's decadence hamper might be
Best for: Luxurious treats
Nothing says 'tradition' like Fortnum & Mason's Christmas selection (or anything F&M for that
Best for: Italian indulgence
As every year, John Lewis delivers in the festive department. The Larder gift box is laden with
Best for: The hostess with the mostest
Already feeling stressed about Christmas break queues at the supermarket? Don't miss out on any
Best for: Sweet indulgence
If you've got a sweet tooth, you might want to consider investing into Harrods' iconic St James
Best for: Lovers of baked goods
No Christmas dinner would be be complete with a mighty breakfast spread the morning after. Enter
Best for: Large gatherings
A true all-rounder for the entire family, Cartwright and Butler's Howden hamper caters to all
Best for: The chef-to-be
Disciples of Ottolenghi will love this one. The ultimate hamper is bursting with mouthwatering
Best for: Mixologists
If 'stocking up the bar cart' is still on your to-do list for the festive season ahead, you might
Best for: Cheese experts
To anyone who's lactose intolerant, you better look away now. Snowdonia's cheese hamper offers a
Best for: The traditionalist
This is, perhaps, the best hamper out there. Stocked with all the traditional Christmas goods,
Best for: Fans of smoked salmon
Ah, Panzer’s Deli. A true case of IYKYK, the Jewish deli based in north-west London is an
Best for: Serial holiday-ers
Enthusiasts of the Spanish cuisine will relish this treasure trove of Mediterranean edibles,
Best for: The perfectionist
If the conveyor belt of hamper options still doesn’t feel quite right, a bespoke hamper will do
Best for: Feasting for days
Harvey Nichols goes full throttle when it comes to its Christmas hampers. Enter the All The
Best for: The whole family
Truly one for the whole family (bar the wine, perhaps), Marks and Spencer also delivers the goods
Best for: Stacking up the wine racks
To those with a taste for the finer things, the sommeliers selection by Baxters of Scotland boasts
Best for: Festive cheer
Combining the best of savoury and sweet Christmas treats, this hamper is and indulgence about
Best for: delicatessen
Toast on Christmas morning with a bottle of champagne, put together a lovely afternoon sandwich or