2019’s best Christmas hampers for true food lovers
They’re lauded as the ultimate statement present, with “something for everybody”, but research from supermarket Iceland last year uncovered that four in ten people disregard items from the Christmas hampers they’re gifted.
The survey of 2,000 people found that the average waste from a Christmas hamper was worth £16, and some of the most unwelcome additions are chutney, cheese biscuits and stollen – all of which are likely to be left languishing in a cupboard for over two years.
In light of this shocking information, 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.
The luxe one
Harvey Nichols All Wrapped Up Hamper, £185
Harvey Nichols takes hamper staples to the next level with an offering that appeals to adventurous gourmets: shortbread is replaced with ginger biscuits, classic marmalade with a blood orange variety and strawberry jam is spruced up with champagne. There’s lemon sherbet fudge, mint chocolate thins and green olives stuffed with garlic too, alongside top-notch coffee, tea, panettone and three bottles of booze. Even better, the department store’s black wicker hampers are strikingly different – and achingly chic.
The Italian one
The River Cafe Medium Gift Box, £275
Legendary Italian restaurant The River Cafe’s zingy gift boxes are packed with goodies from the country that inspires its cooking. In the medium box you’ll find ingredients handpicked by restaurant owner Ruth Rogers, including Ortiz anchovies, wild oregano, Paolo Petrilli tomatoes and olive oil, alongside treats including Italian chocolate and coffee. What’s more, The River Cafe will throw in some beautiful candles, colourful linen napkins and a bottle of red.
The one with all the cookies
Konditor Christmas Cookie Gift Box, £22
Small but perfectly formed, this gift box from London-based German cake shop Konditor contains sweet morsels to nibble on throughout the festive period, including cinnamon stars, chocolate chip cookies and sugar-dusted vanilla kipferl.
The artisan one
British Charcuterie Letter Box Hamper, £27.95
Letter Box Hamper does things differently, bringing together quality treats from small British producers (such as Lottie Shaw’s parkin flapjacks and Moores walnut crunch biscuits) in retro string-tied, ink-stamped boxes that – you guessed it – fit through the letterbox. The British charcuterie box includes Deli Farm Charcuterie fiocco ham (cured with herbs and spices and smoked with apple wood) and bresaola; Serious Pig’s snacking salami and classic ham, infused with caraway, fennel, coriander and black pepper; plus smoked almonds and roasted watermelon seeds to add a bit of (tasty) variety.
The Spanish one
Brindisa Tasting Box, £45
Fine food retailer and restaurant Brindisa invite you to graze around Spain with their tasting hamper, which includes chestnut honey and salted Marcona almonds from Catalonia, olives and partridge pâté from Andalusia and chorizo from La Rioja. We’ve got our eye on the chocolate-covered figs.