What better way to enjoy the holidays than with an overflowing luxury hamper? And if the bounty is in a wicker basket, it makes an ideal gift or picnic basket for next summer. Whether you prefer the traditional or something a little different, here are ten of the best options.
1.Dukeshill It’s a Wonderful Life hamper: £150
Dukeshill’s traditional holiday hamper is beautifully presented in a lovely wicker basket with leather straps that is ideal for summer picnics too. The well thought out contents include a mix of 14 sweet and savory items, ranging from a large boneless Wiltshire Ham, Oak Smoked Salmon and Isle of Mull Cheddar to a family sized Christmas pudding, mince pies and milk chocolate honeycomb. And a bonus is a bottle of Tanners’ Cava Brut.
2.Seggiano Premium hamper: £195
Seggiano, the highly rated Italian luxury food brand, offers a wonderful Christmas hamper with 28 of the finest artisan savory and sweet items from their collection. It’s packed with favorite items such as Seggiano Lunaio olive oil, raw basil pesto and pasta sauces and their unbeatable roasted artichoke hearts. Decadent sweets like Woodland Honeydew raw honey and double chocolate cantuccini biscuits are also included.
3.Simon Rogan hampers: from £80
Acclaimed British chef Simon Rogan and his team have once again created a stellar range of hampers for the festive season. The luxury hamper is brim full of the chef’s favorite ingredients straight from the kitchens of Michelin-starred L’Enclume and Aulis. The Super Chef’s Christmas Hamper includes lemon thyme oil, elderflower vinegar, garlic salt, luxury granola, meadowsweet sugar and anvil beer, plus a L’Enclume tea towel, oven glove, granite salt & pepper pots and professional chef’s tweezers. Even more special is the Extra Special Christmas Hamper with coal oil, pineapple weed vinegar, caper jam, woodruff sugar, caramelised white chocolate, Exton Park rose, Darkwoods coffee and fennel and hyssop hand wash, the apron and glove.
4.Angela Harnett’s Cafe Murano festive hampers: from £110
Another brilliant chef-created hamper range comes from Angela Hartnett who offers three exquisite hampers packed full with her favorite Italian ingredients from her restaurant Cafe Murano. The Pasta Hamper is packed full of ingredients essential for a keen home cook’s store cupboard: bread tree pepperoncino chilli paste, La Micchia capers in sea salt and Angela’s very own Angela Hartnett olive oil. Other highlights include Rockfish Mounts Bay sardines in olive oil and a signed copy of Angela Hartnett’s Cucina. Alternatively, the Sweet Hamper contains a range of treats carefully sourced by Angela: Barbero dark chocolate grissini from Piemonte, Panforte Di Siena, Biscotti di Prato and a colourful tin of Amaretti biscuits. For a great combination of sweet and savory, choose the Ultimate Foodie Hamper is packed full with ingredients from both.
5.Passione Vino hampers: from £189
Every item in three wine-focused festive hampers from Passione Vino has its own special story. The premium boxes are beautifully packaged as The Platinum, The Gold and The Silver. Wines include full bodied, biodynamic Barolo by Viberti from Piemonte, in the Platinum box; or elegant and fruity Franciacorta Brut by La Montina from Lombardia in Gold; or Sassi Rosso wine in the Silver box, which is medium bodied and full of soft tannins. For these special hampers, Passione Vino’s pioneering expertise in the Italian small producer field, has extended to sourcing top Salame Toscano, Parmigiano Reggiano that has been aged for 24 months, and Olive oil from Piangrillio in Sicily.
6.Darts Farm hampers: from £55
Wonderful artisan hampers from Devon are available for national delivery. The “Fortnums of the South West” has produced a fantastic collection of Festive hampers this year, packed with seasonal products from local producers. Choose from three wicker hampers with the most decadent being The Ultimate West Country Hamper (£265). From traditional Christmas puddings handcrafted by George in Budleigh Salterton, to homemade Christmas jam crafted by Ann in Tiverton, using open preserve pans, these hampers make the perfect gift or festive treat.
7.SNOWDONIA CHEESE COMPANY, Christmas Star Hamper £85
Snowdonia Cheese Company has a great range of holiday hampers including their moreish cheese and chutneys plus other savory and sweet treats. Each hamper features the multi-award-winning Black Bomber Cheddar and the new vintage cave-aged Cheddar. Each cheese is made using the finest natural ingredients and is expertly graded by a small, devoted team of cheese experts. Hampers start from £40 for the “Quintessential” with cheese, chutneys and crackers in a black wicker hamper to a luxury hamper with champagne and lots of other goodies for £150.
8.The Proof’s Hamper: £120
For an excellent sweet hamper, east London’s dessert delivery company, The Proof, is offering a stylish Christmas hamper that includes a mixture of their delicious, festive sweet treats: orange crumble mince pies, a chocolate Yule Log and their signature Proofiteroles, as well as artisanal products from independent suppliers including Colorful Standard candles and a handmade Proof camo pattern Christmas stocking. Presented in a wire shopping basket and delivered nationwide, this quirky hamper provides all you might need for an after-dinner soirée.
9.Letterbox Hampers: from £29.95
New luxury food and drink delivery service, Letter Box Hamper, make beautiful small hampers of luxury British food and drink, beautifully wrapped and sent through the post with Letter Box delivery. Founder Jonathan Winfield created Letter Box Hamper to help celebrate and share great local produce. You’re unlikely to find the contents of these hampers in supermarkets as each has been carefully selected to make each gift they send unique and proudly independent. The special Christmas hamper includes Salcombe Dairy’s award winning Christmas Chocolate, vintage port, champagne truffles, roasted nuts, British raspberry jam and Coco Chocolatier’s salted caramel milk chocolate bar, using sea salt gathered in the pure waters around the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
10.Cartwright & Butler hampers, from £20
Run by brothers Terry and Tony Arnett, direct descendants of the original founders, Cartwright & Butler in Yorkshire have been offering sweet and savory baked goods for over 115 years. The wide choice of hampers ranges from simple options at £2o to the ultimate Sweet Tooth Hamper at £262. Favorite products include Iced Loaf Christmas Cake, Beetroot Flatbreads, Natural Honeycomb, Gingerbread Fudge, Boxing Day Chutney, Café York Coffee, Mint Chocolate Thins and Sea Salted Toffees.