STILL struggling to think of what to buy that tricky-to-please partner or your “we don’t need anything” parents?
You can’t go wrong with food or drink, we say, so one of these full-to-the-brim festive hampers could be just the ticket.
From luxe to low-cost, Christmas hampers are a crowd-pleasing gift[/caption]
From the power pairing that is cheese and wine, through to luxe wicker baskets packed full of equally gorgeous treats, as well as a Spanish set that has “Twixmas” munching in mind – take your pick!
The best bit is that hampers come at all price points, and are available from your usual supermarkets as well as lust-worthy big names like Fortnum & Mason and Liberty.
And when they’ve been emptied, the lucky recipient will be left with a fab piece of storage – we love a wicker basket for popping keepsakes in, such as Christmas cards and beauty bits we’re hoping Father Christmas brings.
So let’s play, which wicker works for who…
1. Mamma mia!
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Carluccio’s Senzazione de Limone, £109.95, Carluccios.com – BUY NOW
If you know they love Italian food, this modern box of tricks from the restaurant chain Carluccio’s will be a hit – just be sure to order before December 20 for Christmas delivery.
They will literally smell the lemons coming off the limoncello panettone, lemon amaretti biscuits, lemon Malfy gin and more.
Plus, it comes with a gorge chopping board for prepping your G&Ts, citrus-patterned tea towels and two beaut balloon glasses. Cin-cin!
2. Royal standard
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Royal Collection Trust Christmas Hamper, £100, Royalcollectionshop.co.uk – BUY NOW
It’s the jewel in the Christmas hamper crown – and one for all the royalists out there.
With Buckingham-Palace-emblazoned goodies – including mugs, tea towels, mince pies, festive tea, shortbread, truffles and “lumps of coal” – nestled in a velvet-lined hamper, it’s fit for royalty, or Aunt Agatha…
Check out the cute hampers for kids, too, while you’re browsing, as they come with a little Corgi cuddly.
3. A gouda gift
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The Cheese Wedge Co. Store Ideal Cheese Gift Set, £45, Amazon.co.uk/smallbusinessgiftfinder – BUY NOW
One can never have too much cheese, and never more so over Christmas.
This hamper comes with five truckles – vintage cheddar, dragon bite, black pepper, rioja and caramelised onion and smoky oak = as well as a pair of tasty chutneys and sourdough crackers.
All they’ll need to add is the wine.
4. Posh nosh
Liberty London The Tudor Belle Suitcase, £125, Libertylondon.com – BUY NOW
Nothing says “luxury”I love you” quite like a flash of iconic Liberty purple come Christmas Day, so if your budget can stretch to it, this will earn some serious brownie points.
You might even want to drop some hints of your own, so that you too could be chomping on a super-size gold chocolate coin during the King’s speech, along with biscuits galore, truffles and posh breakfast tea.
The best bit, of course, is that iconic Liberty-print suitcase it all comes in – the perfect addition to any interior.
5. Olive you!
Ham it up with this Spanish selection[/caption]
Spanish Icons Hamper, £49.95, Shopibericarestaurants.com – BUY NOW
We reckon this has “Twixmas picky tea” written all over it, making it the perfect pressie for a couple this Christmas.
There’s serrano ham, chorizo, manchego cheese, olives, breadsticks and a cheeky bottle of rioja – perfect for when you’ve had enough of turkey leftovers.
It might even put them in the mood to book a holiday – ole!
6. Mega munchies
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Fortnum & Mason Christmas Collection Hamper, £160, Fortnumandmason.com – BUY NOW
The Fortnum & Mason food hall is where foodie dreams are made, so give the gift of all the best-loved treats to someone special this Christmas.
We love the musical biscuit tin and cute chocolate reindeer noses, plus the F&M tea biscuits are to die for!
It’s a splurge, for sure, but the big smile on your recipient’s face could just be worth it.
7. From tea to you
Whittard of Chelsea The Christmas Collection Hamper, £90, Whittard.co.uk – BUY NOW
Spread cosy vibes to loved ones you can’t be with, thanks to this wicker wonder of hot drinks from the high-street fave.
Festive twists on classics, like hazelnut flavour coffee and limited-edition Christmas hot chocolate, come with perfect-for-dunking Christmas pudding biscuits.
As always, the packaging will spark joy long after present-opening ends, thanks to the pretty patterned reusable canisters.