We have arrived at that time of the year when we all step out on weekends to shop for the best Christmas gifts and hampers. Some go out on the streets at Piccadilly and Knightsbridge in London while some march on 5th avenue in New York, but some are even smarter to browse and click their favourite goodies to gift a beloved. Last year we compiled all the gifting ideas into one but this year our hamper list grew out to get a special post of its own. While we stick to our traditional favourites, there are some discoveries that we’d like to share with you as well. So come along and let’s enjoy scrolling through some of the best gourmet hampers to gift this Christmas.
Fortnum and Mason
Let’s not save the best for the last for a change and get straight to the wonderful contents of the famous wicker basket. As always Fortnums do not disappoint when it comes to festive hampers. They have a wide range of them from GBP 6000 to GBP 145. The St Nicholas Hamper at GBP 300 is an ode to the old man who kindly distributes packages of joy to kids around the world. This basket includes treats like Christmas Chutney, Buck’s Fizz Orange Marmalade and Christmas Shimmering Strawberry Preserve. Then there is Sir Nigel’s Vintage Vodka Butter, St James Christmas Pudding, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, Rose & Lemon Turkish Delights, a Cognac & Cranberry Cake, Christmas Mincemeat Shortbread, Fortnum’s Chocolossus Biscuits, bottle Brut Reserve Champagne and Christmas Spiced Tea. You can choose the Family Christmas hamper as well. To dial up a notch we recommend A Merry Christmas Hamper at £425.00. This hamper is in gold but that’s not all the difference lets take a look inside. To a merry beginning are Fortnums bottles of exceptional Brut Reserve Champagne N.V, Margaux, Christmas Pudding Madeira and Sir Nigel’s Orange Marmalade Vodka, Glacé Clementines, Chocolossus Biscuits, Liqueurs Selection, Sea Salted Caramel Truffles and Magnificent Christmas Pudding. Want some savoury Christmas treats with some tea? the hamper has Bazaar Olives and Smoky Nuts, Darjeeling BOP and After Dinner Coffee. Christmas candle and milk chocolate gold coins for those lasting golden moments during Christmas. This hamper is a limited edition so you better get your cards at the ready. Then of course if British royalty is inspiring you this season there are Imperial and Windsor hampers to bring some quintessential English treats with a royal touch. Do check if the hamper you choose can be shipped outside Europe as some are limited to the EU or UK zone. Please visit Fortnumandmason.com
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Next in line is Harrods and there is a tonne of choices to select from their hampers. Cartwright & Butler’s The Knaresborough hamper at £500.00 has plenty goodies for the season including English Breakfast Tea bags, Café York Blend Coffee, Chai Tea Bags, Date & Walnut Loaf Cake, Gouda Cheese Biscuits, Wafers for Cheese with Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Caramel Syrup Waffles, Breakfast Marmalade, Raspberry Preserve, Cranberry Sauce, Bramley Apple Sauce, Mint Sauce, Apple & Ginger Presse, Dark Chocolate Drinking Chocolate, Chocolate Praline Selection, Salted Caramel Fudge, Yoghurt-coated raspberries and Lytton House cheeseboard and knife set.
But if you choose a combination of fine wines and gourmet food, Harrods’ Belgravia has its signature stock for the pantry during the winter. The Belgravia hamper at £375.00 promises a selection of delicacies such as, Juan Gil, 4 Meses Monastrell, Jumilla 2014, Bodegas Protos, Verdejo, Rueda 2015, Monte De Joie, Sauvignon Blanc, Val de Loire 2014, Loose Leaf Tea Gift Packs, Amaretto Omni-Grind Coffee, Classic Christmas Pudding, Honey & Clementine Biscuits with Golden Sparkle, Bramley Apple Sauce, Teatime Loaf Cake with Almonds, Thin-Cut Marmalade, Blueberry Jam, Golden Cocoa Dusted Pecans, Rum & Raisin Fudge, Rose & Lemon Turkish Delight, Chocolate Gold Bar, Wine Waiter and Tea Scoop. Please check the location for shopping before you order the hampers. Please visit Harrods.com
Versailles Hamper is not exactly a Christmas hamper as per the Parisien brand though we’d like to recommend it if you have to gift a hamper from the eponymous Laduree. The hamper is a beautiful keepssake box with every luxurious gourmandises like macarons, chocolates, tea, jam, biscuits, meringues, marshmallows and a book of sweet recipes. The hamper includes a Napoleon Green box of 6 assorted macarons, mini dark chocolate bar, Marie Antoinette assorted tea box, pistachio meringues, rose marshmallows and biscuits. Please note you can order this hamper online only in the UK or France for more details visit Laduree.
Saks has a list of individual goodies to choose from but the two options we’d like to share are, Vosges Haut-Chocolat Advent Calendar is a purple box at USD 143 and is quite a treat. The advent calendar box includes Mini Peppermint Bar, Organic Wink of the Rabbit Caramels, Organic Peanut Butter Bonbons, Organic Bapchi’s Caramel Toffee. Creole Bombalinas, Mini Amafi Bar, Black Salt Caramel Petits Chocolats, Mini Red Fire Bar, Tarte Caramels, Smoke & Stout Petits Chocolats, Mini Barcelona Bar, Blood Orange Caramel Petits Chocolats, Bapchi’s Toffee Mini Bar, Bacon Caramel Toffee, Mini Woolloomooloo Bar, Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt Caramel, Petits Chocolats, Mini Naga Bar, Red Fire Toffee, Crema Caramels and Peppermint Gnome.
Charbonnel et Walker’s Pink Hamper Chocolate Assortment at USD 145. The cute pink coloured box includes Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles Heart, Cremes Parisiennes, Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, Strawberry Truffles, Dark Marc de Champagne Bar, Pink Marc de Champagne Bar and Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles Heart.
We included Neuhaus for the first time this year for our Easter Hamper post and continuing the trend we liked the Christmas options too. Neuhaus Luxury Drawer Gift Box at USD 90 is an impressive two-tiered red gift box tied with a lid and ribbons. The Luxury Drawer Box includes a collection of carefully stocked 40 white, milk and dark pralines.
The more traditional and heritage Christmas Ballotin Box from Neuhaus was crafted by Jean Neuhaus and his wife Louise Agostini in 1915. This classic assortment ballotin box at USD 63, offers chocolates with Coeur Praliné which is a soft Turkish hazelnut praliné in a milk chocolate shell releases the sweet flavors of hazelnut and chocolate, Albert praline, created to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Paola, the present sovereigns of Belgium, is filled with Turkish hazelnut and Californian almond praliné, with a whole hazelnut in the centre – an exquisite and delicious surprise. The box also has a selection of ganache and gianduja fillings in brilliant red and gold packaging. For more details please visit neuhauschocolate.com/