Tried & tested: Best Christmas food hampers for 2018
We've rounded-up the best Christmas food hampers for every budget, from festive delights for under £30 to outrageous £6,000 luxury indulgences.
Hampers under £30
Left to right: Hotel Chocolat, Lakeland, Aldi.
Lakeland Gluten-Free Christmas Gift Box, £24.99: This gluten-free hamper from Lakeland means coeliacs won't miss out on any festive delights. The hamper contains an exquisite Christmas pudding from Cole's, white chocolate and brazil nut biscuits by Farmhouse Biscuits and a Mighty Fine milk chocolate honeycomb bar among other treats.
Aldi The Festive Delights Hamper, £24.99: One of the best value hampers on the market, it includes Aldi's favourite sweet and savoury festive favourites. There are truffles, fudge, a chocolate bombe, Colombian coffee, caramelised red onion chutney and a puff pastry twist assortment – everything you need to host a small festive gathering.
Virginia Hayward Christmas Carol, £24.99: A fabulous, cherry-picked selection of traditional Christmas sweets and snacks, this hamper has something for everyone. It includes such Christmas must-haves like mince pies, shortbread, Christmas pudding and Belgian chocolates. Sent in a beautifully decorated box with a personalised gift message, this hamper is a brilliant gift.
Hotel Chocolat A Merry Little Christmas Hamper, £27.50: Don't look any further if you know someone with a sweet tooth. This small Christmas hamper from Hotel Chocolat is full of festive treats. The red ribboned box includes salted caramel snowflakes, a rocky road chocolate slab and more.
Prestige Hampers Santa's Sack, £29.99: A delightful selection of Christmas snacks, this festive sack includes lots of sweet treats such as candy canes, mince pie fudge and even festive hot chocolate.
Star buy: M&S Classic Christmas Gift Box, £30
A great selection of Christmas nibbles, this M&S gift box is perfect for a last-minute present. The box includes everything you'll need over the festive period, including Christmas pudding, apple and fig chutney, and festive tea.
Hampers under £50
From left to right: John Lewis & Partners, Bettys, Harvey Nichols.
John Lewis & Partners Christmas Star Gift Basket, £35: Full to brim with Christmas gifts, there's something for everyone in this star-shaped basket – full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, mince pies, ginger biscuits and more.
Bettys Christmas Essentials Gift Box, £40: This elegant, nostaligic gift box is illustrated by a Yorkshire artist Emily Sutton and contains a variety of Bettys classics. A Bettys bauble filled with chocolates, a traditional Christmas cake and Yorkshire gingerbread are just few of the festive treats inside.
Harvey Nichols Cosy Christmas, £50: Packed with everything you need for a quiet night in, this hamper includes a mini panettone, Christmas coffee and cherry biscuits. All that's left to do is light the fire, get the blanket out and enjoy some Christmas TV.
Star buy: Cartwright & Butler His & Hers, £50
Whether you prefer sweet or savoury snacks, there's a little bit of everything in this beautiful hamper. The traditional wicker hamper is given a contemporary makeover with a dusty pink colour, and is filled with cheese biscuits, tomato and black olive bread thins, Yorkshire chutney, butter fudge, strawberry preserve, and triple chocolate chunk biscuits.
Hampers under £100
Left to right: Aldi, Harvey Nichols, La Fromagerie.
Harvey Nichols After Dinner, £60: When the guests have left and you've tided up, it's time to crack open this after-dinner box. Complete with a top-notch port, quince paste for cheese, and oat and seed savoury biscuits, it's got everything you need when you just want to put your feet up.
The British Hamper Company Diabetic Christmas Delight, £67: Designed specifically for those on a reduced sugar diet, these Christmas treats don't compromise on flavour. The hamper includes Christmas essentials like Christmas pudding, orange marmalade and milk chocolates – all suitable for diabetics.
La Fromagerie The Christmas Board, £75: Everything you need for the ultimate Christmas cheeseboard or, perhaps, an indulgent cheese lover's gift, you can't go wrong with this selection from La Fromagerie. There are four different cheeses, including our favourite truffle camembert as well as La Fromagerie's classic creamy mountain cheese, Beaufort chalet d'Alpage. You can also add wine pairings that include the deli's own label chamapgne and Chateau Falfas Côtes de Bourg bordeaux.
Aldi The Exquisite Hamper, £99.99: Stuffed with a great selection of Christmas classics, this Aldi festive hamper offers a good-value alternative to some of the luxury hampers. It includes some of the Specially Selected Exquisite range products like vintage pudding, panettone and florentines, as well as four bottles of fizz and fine wine.
Fortnum & Mason The Christmas Express Hamper, £100: Packed with everything you need for Christmas adventures and filled with delicious sweet and savoury treats to enjoy on the go, there's lots to love about this hamper. It contains a selection of tea and coffee plus tasty biscuits and nuts, the perfect accompaniments to any Christmas feast.
Harrods Christmas Wine Hamper, £100: A delightful treat for novices and connoisseurs alike, this wine hamper from Harrods offers excellent value for money. It includes two whites and two reds – Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja Crianza and Malbec. All the booze you need for Christmas dinner or other festive feasts.
Star buy: Booths The Christmas Afternoon Tea Hamper, £55
You might be full from Christmas dinner but we think there's always space for afternoon tea. Inside the hamper you'll find creamy brandy butter, Booths Christmas cake slices, champagne truffles and Booths winter tea among other treats. Needless to say, we'd buy it for The Cake District bag alone.
Hampers over £100
Left to right: Claridge's, Biscuiteers, Petersham Nurseries.
Forman & Field Christmas In a Basket, £118.75: This hamper from Forman & Field really has everything you need for Christmas lunch – there's top-quality smoked salmon for starter, marmalade glazed ham for main and a hand-mixed Christmas pudding for dessert. There are also chocolate truffles, stilton and crispbreads for after-dinner snacking.
Biscuiteers Winter Wonderland Christmas Hamper, £130: Filled with a selection of Biscuiteers signature iced biscuits, Belgian chocolates and cheese biscuits, this hamper is perfect for spreading a bit of festive cheer. We think it'll go down perfectly with a mug of tea or a glass of bubbly.
Claridge's Mews Hamper, £150: Add a bit of luxury to Christmas with this carefully-curated hamper from Claridge's. With Christmas pudding, shortbread biscuits and raspberry preserve included in the hamper, all that's left to do is to pour a glass of the St-Émilion wine and enjoy the festive season with a touch of decadence.
Petersham Nurseries Hamper, £160: A celebration of the finest Italian produce, this elegant-looking hamper from Petersham Nurseries is filled with sweet and savoury treats like panettone, panforte and mini taralli biscuits, as well as a nice bottle of Chianti.
Star buy: Abel & Cole The Hero Christmas Hamper (organic), £120
A real treasure trove of organic Christmas goodies, Abel & Cole's hero hamper includes the perfect finishing touches for a Christmas feast. Inside you'll find a selection of artisanal cheeses, biscuits and chutneys, as well as 540 day-aged Andalusian serrano ham and various sweet treats.
Luxury Christmas hampers
Left to right: The Wolseley, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges.
The Wolseley Christmas Hamper, £495: Filled with an assortment of all things festive, this exquisite hamper will bring a bit of The Wolseley magic to your home. The hamper includes a selection of confectionary, jams, loose leaf teas, silver-plated accessories, festive tipples and a 'Breakfast for two at The Wolseley' gift card.
Selfridges Selection The Decadence Hamper, £5,000: An indulgent celebration of all things festive, this decadent hamper from Selfridges includes a selection of fine wines and spirits, along with popular Christmas treats like mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding. A variety of artisanal cheeses come with chutneys, piccalilli and truffled honey. Finishing off this lavish selection of products are caviar, smoked salmon and York ham. There's also a champagne bucket and a set of champagne glasses to complete the Christmas feast.
Fortnum & Mason The Imperial Hamper, £6,000: A selection of treats to take you through Christmas Day in style, there's everything you need for the perfecct morning toast and tea, lunchtime treats and after-dark celebrations. Complete the Christmas table with plenty of booze and fine cheeses, plus sweet and savoury treats including handmade chocolates, caviar, biscuits, nuts and all the honeys, preserves and condiments you could wish for.
Star buy: Harrods The Ultimate, £5,000
If you're happy to blow a few thousand pounds on a Christmas hamper, this should be your top choice. Although it is quite pricey to say the least, it does include 15 bottles of wines and spirits, a selection of fine teas and coffees, various caviars, cheeses, smoked meats and duck foie gras. There's also a range of pantry staples and confectionery. It's the ultimate show-stopping spread of festive indulgence.
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