One of the great things about sourcing the best luxury Christmas hampers for 2021, is that just about everyone loves to receive this festive treat.
Firstly, you get the joy of opening the wicker basket and then surprise after surprise when the recipient uncovers the treats inside.
Christmas hampers also make great gifts for those who are tricky to buy for, whether they are friends and colleagues or family members.
And with luxury Christmas hampers, you will be able to deliver a Christmas present that impresses.
Luxury Christmas hampers from John Lewis and Fortnum & Mason
Here, we look at some of the luxury Christmas hampers for 2021 from popular outlets such as John Lewis and Fortnum & Mason and widen our search to include great hampers from Hotel Chocolat and Daylesford organic.
Luxury Christmas hampers will offer sweet treats for the sweet tooth recipient, but also smoked salmon, Christmas puddings, mince pies and mulled wine.
Essentially, a hamper offers a classic Christmas for those who love food and wine and great treats, and the price range of hampers do vary but here we look at some of the excellent offerings available.
And don’t forget that the wicker basket that the festive treats will arrive in, can also be used in future months, including going on picnics or to use as storage but you will still be remembered whenever it is used.
So, here’s the Christmas.co.uk guide to the best luxury Christmas hampers for 2021 that you should consider.
The Daylesford Estate hamper
There’s one great way to impress someone at Christmas, or to indulge yourself, and that’s a Daylesford Organic Christmas hamper. Along with a drinks party hamper at £265, and a chocolate hamper at £95, we thought the Daylesford Estate hamper at £1,500 was certainly an impressive way to delight the recipient – or yourself! Daylesford Organic has established itself as a premier supplier of the best artisan food and drinks with their luxury hampers that certainly make for the perfect festive present. If you think someone deserves a treat, the Daylesford Estate hamper is one way to reward a loved one. This hamper is packed with luxurious drink and food to create a memorable festive celebration with recipients enjoying an organic smoked black ham joint, wholegrain mustard in a ceramic pot and an organic fig balsamic chutney. There’s also a savoury biscuit selection in a tin, duck liver pate and Exmoor Cornish salted caviar. The list goes on but includes a bottle of port, English sparkling wine, champagne as well as cloudy lemonade and an organic sparkling elderflower. The hamper also contains organic Clementine curd, a Christmas pudding and a fruit and nut Christmas cake. For those who love artisanal food, it has just about everything, and Daylesford has added a ‘doodle donkey’ Christmas tree decoration, a kindling candle that burns for 52 hours, a navy cool bag and six handmade Christmas crackers. The creation is so large, it takes two white wicker hampers to carry everything in and the hampers are lined with linen. Even with the price tag, this showstopper really is one of the best Christmas hampers available this year.
Graham Norton’s Christmas Hamper
For an unusual festive gift, how about Graham Norton’s Christmas Hamper? This creation from Wine Delivered is a popular choice with the hamper being beautifully wrapped and packed with delicious wines and food. The package includes Graham Norton Prosecco and a sauvignon blanc along with truffle crisps, candied ginger and English Farmhouse Cheddar. The recipient also gets to enjoy truffle breadsticks, apple crisps and a milk chocolate bar. The hamper costs £125 and Wine Delivered also has offerings from Kylie Minogue, Sir Ian Botham and Gary Barlow.
Delicario Afternoon Tea Hamper
Not everyone wants to enjoy a massive hamper which is why the Delicario Afternoon Tea Hamper at £60 caught our eye. This increasingly popular niche online delicatessen offering fine artisan food from around Europe, has really hit the right note. It’s an indulgent and sweet selection of goodies including a unique Zibibbo grape must elixir, Panfrutto with rose petal preserve and a delicious Darjeeling tea with an attractive gift caddy. All of the items are carefully wrapped and there’s a delicious single source 55% chocolate bar to enjoy too. If you like the sound of this – and who doesn’t like an afternoon tea? – then there’s the potential of adding a greeting card with a personal message for the recipient.
John Lewis and Partners Festive Fireside Christmas hamper
As one of the UK’s most popular destinations for Christmas shoppers, John Lewis really does pull out all the stops to deliver great products so customers can enjoy the festivities. And with Christmas hampers, they have a wide selection available, and we like their ‘Festive Fireside Christmas hamper’ at £125. Along with wine, jams, coffee and chocolate bars, the John Lewis offering also includes Christmas crackers, mince pies and hot chocolate bombs. The hamper itself is a solid basket with woven handles that can be used for future picnics or storage purposes. John Lewis also offers a Spirit of Christmas hamper at £100, a Christmas Eve basket at £90 consisting of Prosecco, mulled wine, mince pies and various tasty snacks to suit young and old alike.
Hotel Chocolat Festive Feast Hamper
One great way to impress a chocolate lover at Christmas is to offer them the Hotel Chocolat Festive Feast hamper. It costs £300 and is packed with choccy delights including a bottle of Prosecco as the recipient makes their way through the selection. They will get to enjoy 21 tasty goodies including strawberries and cream chocolate puddles, a milk chocolate lolly stick, orange macarons, various chocolate boxes, hot chocolate powder and a bottle of chocolate gin plus a salted caramel chocolate vodka liqueur. This is an impressive offering, but the chocolatier also offers lower-priced gifts, including a grand wreath box, an advent for two and various chocolate collections.
Melrose and Morgan Festive Aperitif Deluxe Christmas hamper
One of the best things about the festivities is to enjoy a nice aperitif with friends or family and this Melrose and Morgan Festive Aperitif Deluxe Christmas hamper hits the right note. It costs £110 and along with a bottle of Ancestral Montonega Pet-Nat 2018 Can Sumoi, includes a luxury tin of artisan crackers, Harrissa spiced nuts, dark chocolate candied oranges and mince pies. Everything comes in a luxury cane hamper and Melrose and Morgan are a popular modern grocer and kitchen based in North London who put together some great hampers from the finest artisan producers around. This year’s collection also includes a festive artisan tea hamper at £50, with a deluxe tea hamper at £125, while a festive aperitif Christmas hamper at £75 is focused on mince pies and spiced nuts and biscuits. There’s also a continental hamper at £45 that includes black truffle crisps and olives, spiced nuts and a mixed charcuterie pack. Cheese lovers also get the excellent festive cheeseboard at £75 with a range of tasty cheeses including Brillat Savarin, Vacherin, Wigmore and Keen’s Cheddar. The cheese-loving recipients also get to enjoy a jar of port and red onion marmalade.
Black Mountains Smokery Taste for Two gift hamper
For an unusual offering for the foodie in your life, then the Black Mountains Smokery will have something for you. We rather like their ‘Taste for Two’ gift hamper which is an ultimate foodie box and highly rated by The Guardian. It costs £49 and includes oak roasted salmon, sliced smoked salmon plus smoked duck and chicken breast. There’s also a smoked Welsh Cheddar, dill source and hedgerow jelly. It’s a tasty creation and the Black Mountains Smokery offers hampers that fall into three price categories. Along with the gift hamper boxes, they offer gift box hampers at £75 and gourmet hamper boxes £95. There are some interesting and very tasty collections that are worth checking out.
Other choices for best luxury Christmas hampers for 2021 to consider
Among the restaurants offering festive hampers is the Middle Eastern outfit, Honey & Co. They have a range of hampers this year and we like their Christmas Deluxe hamper at £160 which is a great treat including a bottle of Prosecco, chutney, seasonal jams, smoked almonds and sumac and vanilla shortbread. The recipient also gets to enjoy an excellent fig, chocolate and hazelnut Christmas cake and two bars of Ocelot chocolate, among other goodies.
There’s also the Jikoni restaurant offering a Luxury Tea-Total hamper at £160. It contains paan and cashew fudge, a tote bag and block print table napkins. Recipients also get to enjoy the Jikoni cookbook, a single batch of tea, four jars of chutney and the restaurant’s popular mixed nut mix.
For keen cooks, then the ‘Taste of Yorkshire hamper’ from the Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil company is worth considering. It costs £68 with various rapeseed oils, including a rapeseed oil with chilli and spices, and an oak smoked Yorkshire rapeseed oil. There are dressings and Yorkshire mayonnaise, along with a recipe book to get the most out of your Yorkshire rapeseed oil.
Corporate hampers are growing in popularity and the Christmas Feast corporate hamper from Peach Hampers is worth considering if you need to reward staff or clients. It costs £99.99 with the opportunity of free branding with a hamper including a choice of drinks, including alcohol-free options, chocolate, fudge, Christmas pudding and jams and chutneys. The hamper is an antique wash style basket with leather straps and it’s an effective way to impress.
For those who want something healthy, then the Christmas hampers from Healthy Nibbles are worth considering. We quite like their ‘Holiday Bliss’ hamper at £30 that delivers some ‘me time’ pampering with bath salts, chocolate, a facial pack and two witchwood tealights.
Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses are offering a range of Christmas hampers this year but we were rather taken by their ‘Mature your own Blacksticks Blue’. It cost £20 and weighs in at 500g but for any blue cheese lover this is an interesting prospect to place the cheese in a fridge and watch the blue veins grow in the cheese. The recipient will need to decide how long they will mature their cheese and it includes a birth certificate so they can record progress. The Blacksticks Blue has won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards so will be a good choice for a cheese lover.
Perhaps the Christmas hampers from Aldi may not be at the forefront of your mind when thinking about a festive treat, but there’s a lot to like about their festive hampers. The range sold out quickly last year, so you need to be quick if you like the sound of the Sommelier’s six wine hamper at £99.99 with vintage champagne, Prosecco and other tasty wine delights. There’s also the Ultimate Celebration hamper, also priced at £99.99, with lots of specially selected treats from chocolates to cakes and savoury delights. The cheapest hamper this year is their Christmas Favourites which costs £19.99 and comes with chocolate bars, wine, a conserve and a salted caramel bombe.