Non-Traditional Hampers

Instead of Stilton, port and mince pies, we’re loving this year’s new generation of hampers that offer a twist on the Christmas classic:

Best for Flower Lovers: Jam Jar

Jam Jar’s Christmas hampers are brimming with exquisite things. They come in two sizes, the Classic (£125) contains a Botanical Pressing of an English flower, a postcard gift set, a beautiful resin dandelion paperweight, Savon De Marseille soap and a chocolate Panforte with oranges and figs. The larger Luxury Hamper (£250) includes all that as well as as a festive spruce wreath, a handmade flower fairy to hang on the tree, a larger dandelion paperweight, a set of three soaps and an almond and orange blossom nougat. Order here.

Best for Italian treats: Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo’s hamper takes you on a roadtrip around Italy. There’s fluffy pannetonne from the Amalfi coast, coffee roasted in Gattinara, Sex and Optimism chocolate bars cold-pressed in Sicily, Giandujotti caramels from Piedmont, plus the classic Bocca di Lupo Negroni for 2 to pour over ice. £63. Order here.

Best for New Babies: Liberty Stockings

A gorgeous Liberty print Little Star stocking stuffed with presents for Christmas babies from the softest Jellycat Bashful bunny to bath toys, rattles, swaddles and a cotton bib. £80 (with contents worth over £133). Order here.

Best for Luxury: Heckfield Place Hamper

We fell in love with Wildsmith soap when we tried it at Spring. Made at Heckfield Place, find the hand wash, hand cream and Repair Balm in this luxury hamper along with a bottle of Classic Cuvee 2014, Hedgerow Gin made with berries foraged from the estate, Gingerbread syrup (for a hot rum toddy), Plum and Cardamom jam from the orchard and plum pudding. For the Christmas tree there’s a Heckfield Strawflower bauble made by Kitten Grayson Flowers and a perky felt robin with bendy feet to clasp onto the branches. And there’s the hope for a more peaceful 2021 with a Moon Calendar as well as the book Path by Louisa Thomsen Brits. £350. Order here.

Best for Chocolates: Rococo

Chocoholics will be extremely happy with this wicker hamper filled with 3 artisan chocolate bars, 2 boxes of Rococo’s chocolate thins, 4 nibble bags and 1 chocolate selection box. Yum! £110. Order here.

Best for Cheering up: River Cafe

With it’s brightly coloured box and delicious contents, this hamper will bring a smile to any recipient’s face. Choose from two sizes with highlights including a River Cafe tote bag, True Grace candles, River Cafe extra virgin Olive Oil, Volcano expresso coffee, Tuscan chocolates, River Cafe Grappa, Summerill & Bishop linen napkins and Dada’s Christmas Cake.  From £275. Order here.

Best for Ski Holiday Vibes: Colette

Smart French deli, Colette opened earlier this year and for Christmas they’ve launched a whole range of hampers. The Deli Counter hamper comes with delicious treats like Ladurée macaroons, Brie De Meaux and Bayonne Ham whilst the Sommelier hamper comes with champagne, wine and port. We like the sound of the Fondue Hamper for Four, with a generous amount of Swiss seasoned Raclette AOC du Valais & Gruyère de Bagnes, plus all the accompaniments for dipping. Add a gingham tablecloth and pretend you’re in the Alps. £100 including cast iron fondue set. Order here.

Best Lockdown Hamper: Paxton & Whitfield

This would be a great early Christmas present to send someone to cheer up their lockdown. Just 50 of these November Lockdown Hampers have been made to support soft cheesemakers who have been particularly affected by Covid-19 due to the shorter shelf-life of their products. In each hamper find Tunworth – described by Raymond Blanc as “The best Camembert in the world”, as well as an award-winning goats’ cheese, Golden Cross and the sheeps’ milk Wigmore, plus luxury accompaniments like apple and chilli jelly and walnut oaties. £60. Order here.

— Daisy Allsup
4th November 2020

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