The 10 Best Christmas hampers
From gourmet festive fare to chocolates with a royal seal of approval, these fine hampers make mouth-watering pressies for foodies
Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston
Sunday 08 December 2013
Buying one of these for the big day means you’re guaranteed a very merry Christmas indeed. It has everything short of the turkey and veggies. You get three different types of wine, including champagne, Christmas pudding, jams, teas and coffee, cognac butter, and a whole tea party-worth of sweet treats.
This hamper of artisan delicacies will keep a houseful of people going over the holidays with delicious cold plates. There’s an enormous Alderton ham, a 500g piece of Colston Bassett stilton, plus smoked salmon, a Christmas pudding, brandy butter, chocolate truffles and more.
A bottle of posh house Prosecco made by the Bisol family is the fizzy centrepiece of this Italian feast, mixing fancy pasta with sauces and olive oil, as well as plenty for the sweet-toothed among you: panettone, Gianduiotti chocolates, chocolate-coated coffee beans and a giant gold coin.
It’s all about low-key elegance with this hamper from Harvey Nics. But that doesn’t mean they skimp on contents. There are wines, tea and coffee with biscuits and then there are also the essentials like stuffing, cranberry sauce, pudding and brandy butter.
Rather than seasonal British treats, this includes some of Spain’s finest foodstuffs. From Piquillo peppers to paella rice, this is a scrumptious selection for serious chefs.
This hamper has a “morning to afternoon” theme. Start with fudge and chocolates, work through the tea, coffee and biscuits and then, when the sun goes down, crack open the chianti and get going on the Christmas pudding.
Whether you’re indulging in your own home or lounging in someone else’s this Christmas, the Homeward Bound hamper is as delightful as it is filling. And for those who find themselves abroad, the range of teas, biscuits and even the pot of Mrs Clement’s English Mustard will make you want lie back and think of England.
It’s no surprise Godiva are chocolatiers to the Belgian Royal family. The small hamper contains salted caramel slabs, milk chocolate pearls, dark chocolate almonds, coffee-flavoured coffee and a whole lot of Christmas nibbles.
For the cheese-lover in your life, it’s hard to beat a Teddington hamper. This one features 1.4kg of cheeses lovingly produced on small farms from Britain and Europe, plus all the accoutrements from port to biscuits to chutney.
From the organic food delivery company comes this great value basket full of mince pies and brandy cream, stilton and cheddar, smoked salmon and antipasto, olives and wine. Delicious.
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