Everyone loves a hamper. They look so impressive and there are some really Christmassy ones around. But a lot of Christmas Hampers can be very expensive, particularly when you see what’s in them!
We’ve decided to look at hampers on offer for under £60 to see which ones look the best and offer the greatest value for money. We’ve painstakingly sampled a selection of hampers (the things we do…) to bring you the ultimate verdict. We’re deciding on presentation, taste and value for money.
- A complete Christmas dinner hamper!
- Christmas hampers for lovers of Lakeland
- Picnic hampers to do yourself
- A Shoebox chocolate feast
- A Christmas hamper of sweets for a month
- A fabulous Christmas hamper for dogs
- A gourmet bag of goodies
- Small and cute specialist Christmas hampers
Large Fresh Turkey Hamper – (£49 + £3.95 delivery)
This is a great ‘hamper’ if you’re looking for a really useful and exciting gift for the relatives at Christmas. It’s a complete turkey dinner for eight people, including a massive turkey, excellent sausages (we’ve tasted them), stuffing, bacon and fresh vegetables (nothing frozen). There’s even turkey gravy in a pot.
It’s from Musclefood which specialises in proper food for body builders and the fitness community but over the last few years they have attracted a lot of women / mums who love the prices and the quality of the product.
We’re not surprised. This is a dinner that anyone could be proud of…and keep eating for a few days after the festive season. They deliver up to 23rd December so order it now and the rellies will have it in time for the big day.
Presentation: 7/10 – This didn’t come in a pretty wicker basket but it did come in shiny silver bubblewrap (impressive) with ice packs inside two very sturdy boxes. Everything was fresh and good to go.
Taste: 9/10 – This is really good quality – particularly the meat. Some of the best sausages we have tasted and the turkey is fantastic.
Value: 9/10 – We think this is a great package because all the hard work is done for you. It’s packaged up beautifully and represents a whole Christmas dinner for a family of eight. An excellent present if you’re going to the relatives for Christmas dinner this year.
Who to buy for: Family or friends who are treating you or maybe a family that could do with a really good Christmas this year. Know anyone who needs a good dinner?
Lakeland have a fine selection of hampers available, from under £20 to over £100. There’s a definite concentration on country food, with a lot of conserves in all the available selections, with a focus on almost homemade produce.
Lakeland are hamper-tastic this Christmas with a huge array of baskets from £16.99 to £149.99.
This one is the most expensive of the hampers we tried this year but it still represents good value for money.
It’s particularly good for couples or singles with friends as it includes an impressive selection of ale, coffee, chocolate, jams, biscuits and more but it also comes in a real lined woven willow basket which can be used for romantic picnics once the food’s been scoffed.
Presentation: 9/10 – The wicker hamper is absolutely beautiful, as well as being sturdy and practical. Not only is it perfectly sized for these products, it’s something that you’ll be able to use again for picnics.
Taste: 8/10 – Good-quality food in here, though some better than others. Lakeland food is generally of a very high standard and certainly perfect for Christmas.
Value: 9/10 – This is great given the items in it and the hamper itself which can definitely be re-used as a picnic hamper on holiday.
Who to buy for: Couples and singles with significant others.
This is a cute basket – the sort you could use in the garden later or pack with plants and give to someone else for their birthday. It’s packed here with St Kew goodies including fudge, biscuits, Christmas pudding, shortbread and conserves.
Presentation: 9/10 – The wicker basket is absolutely beautiful, as well as being sturdy and practical. Not only is it perfectly sized for these products, it’s something that you’ll be able to use again for the garden or decorations. It is also beautifully wrapped with a spectacular bow. Definitely a present to impress.
Taste: 8/10 – Nice stuff – we like St Kew.
Value: 8/10 – There’s a decent amount of stuff here and it’s better value now that it has been reduced. The basket itself is also a lovely thing that can be re-used.
Who to buy for: Someone you want to impress.
VonShef Picnic Hampers (£38.99 and £23.99)
We really liked these hampers because although they have no actual food or drink in them, they are genuine wicker hampers, have cutlery, glasses, a picnic blanket and more in them plus room for some extra goodies that you could add in yourself.
You could make some sweets and put them in the corners with a bottle of plonk (there’s a bottle opener included) and maybe some snacks.
Or add in a card game, some silly hats and party poppers so that your friends can have a ball when they take these hampers outside (a bit later in the year perhaps?) and do their own picnic.
If you would like some more ideas for what to put in the hampers, take a look at our article on how to make Christmas hampers to give and sell here.
Presentation: 8/10 – The baskets come in very neatly-packed cardboard boxes and have clearly been looked after in transit.
Value: 8/10 – These are pretty good value for what they are. Even better if you put some of your own, homemade goodies inside.
Who to buy for: Friends who would love a picnic!
Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Shoe Box Hamper (£30.00 – free delivery)I
Irish chocolatiers Lily O’Brien’s produce really lovely chocolate treats all year round and they do particularly attractive Christmas gifts, such as this lovely ‘Shoebox’ hamper of chocolates. The presentation is delightful: a bright red, lidded shoebox, complete with metal nameplate at the front and a lovely red bow. Once you have eaten the chocs you can use the box as attractive storage on your shelves. Open the box and after red tissue paper you find layer upon layer of bags and boxes of chocolates including Crispy Hearts, Le Crunch Chocolat, Zesty Orange Chocolat and Sticky Toffee.
Presentation: 9/10 – The shoebox is a delight. Absolutely Christmassy and really practical once the season has ended.
Taste: 8/10 – Lovely chocolates and a real must for any chocoholics
Value: 8/10 – The box itself is worth a lot and then the chocolates inside are good.
Who to buy for: Chocoholics and people who love pretty storage
This is a lovely ‘surprise’ hamper from AQuarterOf. When it arrives it looks like (and is) a traditional wicker hamper with traditional fastenings. But as you open it and remove the red tissue paper you realise it’s something quite different. It is packed with sweets and a few tricks too. These aren’t just ordinary sweets either, they’re retro so it’s a great present for adults as well as for kids. There’s everything you might remember if you’re 30+ including Love Hearts, Fizzy Cola Bottles, Fruit Salads, Kola Kubes, Rhubarb and Custards, Flying Saucers, Sherbert Fountains, Space Dust and Wham Bars among others. Just for laughs you also get Water Bomb packs and a Whoopee Cushion!
Presentation: 8/10 – This is a really impressive-looking and a great surprise when you open it!
Taste: 9/10 – Well, they’re sweets – you know what they taste like!
Value: 9/10 – For what you get and for the presentation, we think it’s good.
Who to buy for: Kids, teenagers, adults and anyone who loves sweets.
Fabulously Festive Dog Hamper in wicker basket – £39.99 (standard delivery £5.99)
This is the ultimate in Christmas pampering for the lovely doggy in your life, or the life of someone close! It’s from Best in Show and is a fantastic basket of treats that any dog would love including a really impressive bone-shaped wicker basket..There’s a dog mug, a doggie roast turkey cupcake, a rope toy, Woof dog ‘beer’, duck-flavoured dog treats, dog popcorn and Laughing Dog oaties and more.
Presentation: 8/10 – This is a really impressive-looking present for a dog owner, particularly the lovely basket.
Taste: 9/10 – Well, we didn’t actually taste these goods but they look fantastic. The cupcake and the ‘beer’ look particularly interesting!
Value: 7/10 – These are really great products and wonderfully-well presented but the price is little steep. Still, it makes a really impressive present.
Who to buy for: A serious dog lover, ideally with a few pooches to get through this bags of treats!
This is a bag rather than a hamper, but it’s a really good-looking one with a lot of items in it. The bag is made of black felt and all the items inside are purple and gold which makes it unusual and impressive-looking.
It has eleven items in it including Choc+Plus Rocky Road Scrumble, Savoury Twists, Farmhouse Biscuits, All Butter Fudge, Milk Chocolate Eclairs,, Yorkshire Popcorn, Chocolate Chip & Orange Biscuits, Sea Salt Crisps, Black Cherry Cremes, Truffles, Chocolate Bites and Mixed Nuts.
Presentation: 8/10 – We really liked the presentation. It’s an excitingly big bag to receive.
Taste: 7/10 – There’s a good selection here – something for everyone.
Value: 7/10 – Some of the items were smaller than we expected but it is luxurious-looking
Who to buy for: Someone glamorous!
Don’t Buy Her Flowers has all sorts of cute little hampers for people with different passions. This one – the Some like it Hot package – is for tea fans and includes a lovely thermos mug (you can choose the colour), a packet of Tea Pigs tea bags and a packet of fine shortbread biscuits. They do all sorts of other combinations too including The New Mum package, The Man package, The Care package (including a magazine and chocolates!) and many more. They can all be tailored to the interests of the person you are giving to and range in price from £18.50 upwards.
The Some Like it Hot package came in a snug box with the items nestled in shredded paper and wrapped in tissue and a bow.
Presentation: 8/10 – Presentation was nice but didn’t include an actual hamper. Lovely wrapping though.
Taste: 8/10 – All the items are good quality, including the food items.
Value: 9/10 – We thought this was good value given the quality and the presentation.
Who to buy for: Anyone you know. They have a really good selection!
Can’t afford any of these Christmas hampers? Then find out how to make your own Christmas hampers to sell or give as gifts!