2021’s best Christmas hampers for true food lovers
There’s no greater Christmas gift than a foodie hamper filled with festive treats – but boy, there are so many to choose from. Whether you want a traditional wicker hamper filled with delicacies that’ll please the whole family, something to suit the vegans or a hamper filled with the best seafood to cook over Christmas, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together a list of properly tempting hampers, whose contents – including quality ingredients and handmade sweet treats – will be irresistible to those who really love food.
When in doubt, give the gift of chocolate – and where Hotel Chocolat’s festive hampers are concerned, there’s always plenty of it. Their iconic ribbon-tied packaging has become synonymous with Christmas time and really impresses when delivered to someone’s door. Try their new ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ hamper which promises to deliver something for everyone in the family. Our favourites = the milk and dark chocolate Christmas trees – you’ll want to claim first dibs on those. Available from Hotel Chocolat (£55).
For those with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with Le Pain Quotidien’s iconic Christmas hamper. It’s filled to the brim with sweet treats such as apple crumble mince pies, vegan stollen and speculoos spread (which is lick-the-spoon worthy), as well as a great bottle of French red, snacks, dips and more. The sleek black and green packaging is mightily impressive too. Available from Le Pain Quotidien (£90).
The vegan Christmas hamper from Selfridges includes their brand new vegan salted caramel and chocolate panettone, fruit and nut fudge bar, chutney, cherry and sherry jam, Christmas coffee, rose and lemon Turkish delight, and a delicate mulled wine all in a gorgeous 18” wicker basket. It’s a stunner, and is as suitable for the lactose-intolerant as it is vegans. Available from Selfridges (£120).
Eataly, London’s largest Italian food hall and emporium, opened its doors in the summer of 2021 and the crowds went wild. As you might expect, their festive hampers, filled to the brim with Italian produce, do not disappoint. Inside the Discover Eataly hamper, you’ll find cantucci with almonds, boscaiolo mushrooms and truffle sauce, Tuscan pici pasta, a pistachio cream bar, baci original, mixed mushrooms with porcini, truffle breadsticks, an aged panettone, prosecco and extra virgin olive oil. Spoil the Italian food fan in your life with one of these beauties. Available from Eataly (£79.90).
Kit your nearest and dearest out with everything needed to make fresh pasta at home in this delightful hamper from The River Café. The Marcato pasta machine is the best of its kind, and also included are semolina, pasta flour, jarred Pugliese tomatoes, a pasta wheel and a River Café apron. Get cooking! Available from The River Café (£195).
Make Christmas a fiesta to remember with this glorious hamper from Brindisa. Inside, you’ll find a generous selection of sweet and savoury treats that’ll make you dream of Mediterranean climates. From Cava to manchego, iberico jamon to chocolate covered figs and everyone’s favourite, Torres truffle crisps. With so much choice, it’ll make a whole family happy this festive period. Available from Brindisa (£175).
The Tinned Fish Market offer a range of gorgeous hampers, but this one would have to be our top pick: it’s a bundle of tinned fishy joy, including succulent sardines packaged just hours after they are chosen at the morning fish auctions. Then there’s mussels in escabeche, Cantabrian Bonito line-caught when it’s at its peak and squid from Galician estuaries. Plus so much more. Available from The Tinned Fish Market (from £75).
This Christmassy hamper from West London deli Colette features everything your recipient needs for a special fondue dinner, including the fondue pot (which you can choose to loan or buy, or omit if you don’t need it). A delicious blend of raclette, vacherin fribourgeois and gruyere de bagnes cheeses makes for a rich fondue to dip the accompaniments into. And what a range of accompaniments: saucissons, crudités, potatoes, broccoli, croutons and cornichons are all included. Just add a crisp glass of white and you’re away. Available from Colette (£100).