Violet Bakery Christmas cake slabs

Our Favourite Christmas Hampers

The perfect gift whether you’re going to stay with someone this Christmas or know someone hosting a party of hungry guests:

Best for Cakes: Violet Bakery Hamper 

Who wouldn’t love a wooden apple crate full of Christmas cakes, cookies and mince pies from 2018’s most-esteemed royal baker, Claire Ptak. £65 for small or £135 for large, at www.violetcakes.com

Best Build-Your-Own Hamper: Pear Tree Cafe 

Mince pies, Christmassy crepes, raclette, mulled wine and carols from the Chelsea Pensioners await at Pear Tree Cafe’s Christmas Market in Battersea Park. Vendors have been carefully selected and include Rococo Chocolate, Paxton & Whitfield Cheese, Good + Proper tea and sparkling English wine from Wiston Estate. A personalised hamper service means you can buy little bits from each of the stalls and build your own basket full of goodies. 1-2 December and 8-9 December peartreecafe.co.uk/christmas-fair

Best Gift for a Christmas hostess: Sally Clarke’s Notting Hill Hamper 

Help stock up the store cupboard with the most delicious homemade treats from Sally Clarke’s like her spiced cashew nuts, Seville orange marmalade and moreish chocolate chip cookies. Plus a treat that lasts in the form of a signed copy of her classic cookbook, first published 10 years ago and re-released this Christmas, £160 sallyclarke.com

Best for Cooks: Ottolenghi SIMPLE Hamper

The trouble with Ottolenghi recipes is tracking down all the ingredients on the list. This hamper contains the new cookbook as well as the items you’re unlikely to have in your store cupboard like dried barberries, urfa chilli and black garlic cloves. £65 ottolenghichristmas

Best for Aspiring Sourdough Bakers: Brickhouse Starter Kit

The perfect starter kit for bread bakers, including the precious Brick House sourdough ‘mother’, organic white flour, cane banneton, scraper and an instruction guide, all in a smart tote bag. £45 brickhousebread.com

Best non-Christmassy Hamper: Angela Hartnett’s Pastificio Hamper

Not a fan of turkey and all the trimmings? This Italian hamper is made for pasta-lovers and includes a Cafe Murano apron, Planeta olive oil, pasta flour, semolina, pasta sauce and a Garganelli utensil. Hamper £65, plus add-on options including a pasta workshop voucher (£50) and pasta machine (£75). cafemurano.co.uk

Best for Chocoholics: Pump Street Chocolate Box

Pump Street Bakery’s latest additions; brand new Eccles 55%, Grenada Milk & Nutmeg 60%, Gingerbread 70% and Panettone 70% chocolate bars made just for Christmas and packaged into a lovely gift box. £23.95 pumpstreetchocolate.com

Best for Gluten-Free: Fortnum & Mason 

Fortnums have been making classic Christmas hampers for years, but new for 2018 is their gluten-free offering. Make sure everyone can enjoy the mince pies, Christmas pudding and fruit cake. £75, fortnumandmason.com

Best for Party Hosts: Daylesford Christmas Liquers

Sloe gin, rhubarb liqueur and quince liqueur make up this trio of aromatic fruit concoctions that will add festive cheer to any drinks cabinet. Serve with prosecco, or over ice with soda water for easy party cocktails. £50 daylesford.com

Best for Classic Christmas: Panzers Deli 

Find all the classics like smoked salmon, stilton, walnuts and chestnuts and a Buxton Christmas pudding in this artisanal hamper from London’s favourite Panzer deli. £250 panzers.co.uk

Best for Cheese and Charcuterie: Potage Artisan Christmas Hamper

Delicious British cheese, salami and chutneys – plus a few extra sweet treats thrown in for good measure! These artisan hampers from Potage not only sound completely delicious but do good too – with  50% of gross profit from the sale of each of these hampers going to The Prince’s Trust, Women Supporting Women campaign. potage.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
28th November 2018