Christmas Gifts: Say it with hampers this Christmas

Sarah Jewell samples a variety of festive favourites sure to tickle your tastebuds

Christmas is the time for feasting on fine foods, and a hamper bursting with festive favourites makes a mouth-watering gift. Prices for hampers vary enormously from as little as pounds 10.95 for three mini Christmas puddings with brandy butter in a box from Harvey Nichols, to pounds 2,000 for the Sovereign hamper from Fortnum & Mason.

For around pounds 100 here are five delicious hampers to choose from, depending on whether your tastebuds thrill towards Conran's Italian pannetone and balsamic vinegar, organic Staffordshire cheese or traditionally smoked salmon from a Scottish loch. The festive foods are all packed in handmade, leather-buckled wicker baskets apart from the Conran goodies, which are neatly arranged in a stylish blue and silver box.

Hampers Hampers specialise in organic gift hampers and they are offering the Ho Ho Xmas basket for pounds 70 plus pounds 6.50 for delivery. Everything is organic from the wholemeal mince pies to the oaten biscuits that are made by the Prince of Wales's own food company, Duchy Originals. The Christmas pudding is baked at the Village Bakery in Melmerby in a traditional wood-fired brick oven and even the wheatchip packaging is completely biodegradable. The rich brandy butter, which is made from raw cane sugar, is an unusual dark brown.

Full contents: Half bottle of Carte Rouge Fleury Champagne, Christmas pudding 450g, brandy butter100ml, six mince pies, oaten biscuits 250g, cheddar wedge 200g, garlic cheese wedge 200g, coarse grain mustard 200g, shortbread 250g, six Christmas chocolates, two praline mini bells, cinnamon almonds 100g, chocolate covered figs 100g.

Last order date 21 December. Call 0181 800 8008.

For pounds 95 plus pounds 6 for delivery, Harrods are offering the St George hamper, a selection of Harrods-own traditional favourites. The deep wicker basket, which would be good for a fishing trip, is stuffed with goodies in the familiar green and cream packaging and has a reassuring old-fashioned feel about it.

Full contents: non-vintage claret 75cl, non-vintage champagne 75cl, duck pate with green peppercorns 200g, cider vinegar mustard with apple 170g, Belgian chocolate butter biscuits 200g, caramelised cashew nuts 200g, traditional Christmas pudding 454g, brandy butter 200g, sweatmeal digestive biscuits 250g, Swiss chocolate truffle selection 110g, traditional christmas cake 400g.

Last order date 11 December. Call 0800 376 1234.

Terence Conran's foodstore, Bluebird, is selling luxury hampers for pounds 100 plus pounds 6.50 for delivery in the UK. This is a really classy, elegant selection of Yuletide treats. Everything is stylishly tasteful from the pretty pink panettone box to the royal blue espresso cups and saucers. The champagne and rich dark chocolate are wrapped in silver, and the delicious oil and vinegar has been decanted into slim, long-funnelled bottles.

Full contents: champagne 75cl, red wine 75cl, white wine 75cl, Conran cafetiere coffee 227g, evening tea caddy 125g, balsamic vinegar 250ml, extra virgin olive oil 500ml, French wholegrain mustard 180g, dark chocolate bar 85g, cranberry and orange sauce 350g, brandy butter 225g, olives 435g, christmas chutney 300g, honey 454g, Christmas pudding 465g, pannetone 500g, four espresso cups and saucers.

Last order date for UK mailing is 18 December. Call 0171 559 1000.

Far from the glitz and glitter of London, the Original Orkney Hamper company have packed a deluxe hamper of Orkney treats for pounds 100 plus pounds 13.50 for delivery. The strong wicker basket is full of delights from the Northern Isles such as the single malt Orkney Islands whisky, the sweet cured Orkney herrings and a truly magnificent slab of local smoked salmon. There are also three bottles of rich, dark Orkney beer from the local brewery and a strong smokey Island cheddar.

Full contents: Claymore smoked cheese 454g, Claymore white cheese 454g, herring pate 113g, sweet cured herring 500g, smoked salmon whole side presentation pack, smoked mussels 200g, cocktail oatcakes 200g, crab pate 113g, Robertsons orkney fudge variety 400g, Orkney Brewery Raven ale bottles 500ml, Orkney Brewery Dragonhead bottles 500ml, Orkney Brewery Dark Island bottles 500ml, Westray shortbread 250g, Highland Park malt whisky 70cl, cheese oatcakes 100g, oatcakes 200g.

Last order date 16 December. Call 01856 850551.

Finally, from the west coast of Scotland, Inverawe Smokehouses have produced an impressive array of smoked food for their Loch Etive hamper. Priced at pounds 115, this is a succulent selection of goodies for the Christmas feast. There is a fat packet of smoked trout, a packet of gravadlax sprinkled with dill and a large side of smoked salmon. All the fish is cured for two days in traditional brick kilns with smoke from oak log fires. There is also a large, creamy stilton and a large, fruity, traditional bun.

Full contents: Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc 750ml, Phillipe d'Albecourt champagne 750ml, sliced side Inverawe smoked salmon 680g, sliced pack smoked Loch Etive trout 454g, sliced pack gravadlax 227g, jar Inverawe dill sauce 198g, Highland game pate 226g, smoked Argyll ham112g, jar Rowanberry jelly 227g, McKenzies oatcakes 200g, stilton 1kg, Edinburgh shortbread 190g, jar whisky marmalade 227g, plum pudding 454g, original Selkirk Bannock 450g. Last order date 15 December. Call 01866 822 446.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Feeling all at sea: Barbara's 18-year-old son came under the influence of a Canadian libertarian preacher – and she had to fight to win him back
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Living the high life: Anne Robinson enjoys some skip-surfed soup
TV review
Arts and Entertainment

Great British Bake Off
Arts and Entertainment
Doctor Who and Missy in the Doctor Who series 8 finale

TV
Arts and Entertainment

film
Arts and Entertainment
Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry in the band's new video 'Leave a Trace'

music
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Home on the raunch: George Bisset (Aneurin Barnard), Lady Seymour Worsley (Natalie Dormer) and Richard Worsley (Shaun Evans)

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 6.9m viewers

Strictly
Arts and Entertainment
NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton

film
Arts and Entertainment
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
New book 'The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep' by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin

books
Arts and Entertainment
Calvi is not afraid of exploring the deep stuff: loneliness, anxiety, identity, reinvention
music
Arts and Entertainment
Edinburgh solo performers Neil James and Jessica Sherr
comedy
Arts and Entertainment
If a deal to buy tBeats, founded by hip-hop star Dr Dre (pictured) and music producer Jimmy Iovine went through, it would be Apple’s biggest ever acquisition

album review
Arts and Entertainment
Paloma Faith is joining The Voice as a new coach

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Dowton Abbey has been pulling in 'telly tourists', who are visiting Highclere House in Berkshire

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Patriot games: Vic Reeves featured in ‘Very British Problems’
TV review
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
    Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

    Why are we addicted to theme parks?

    Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
    Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

    Iran is opening up again to tourists

    After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
    10 best PS4 games

    10 best PS4 games

    Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
    Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

    Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

    Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
    Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

    ‘Can we really just turn away?’

    Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

    ... and not just because of Isis vandalism
    Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

    Girl on a Plane

    An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent