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If you love giving hampers as presents then this guide will give you some hamper ideas on what to sell or give.
Big stores like Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and M&S do a roaring trade in hampers for men and hampers for women, and when you add up the cost of the items in them, you can see they’re making a good profit. Have a look at their hamper gifts to give yourself an idea of what to put in yours and then sell them at your price.
Actually making hampers can cost very little and the goodies inside can be bought in bulk or made at home to bring down costs. However, the selling price can be as high as you like, so this is an amazing potential earner if you get it right.
If you have creative juices flowing through you, this could be something you do to occupy yourself in the evening – or make to order.
Read through our step by step guide to making hampers (and selling them) to find out more.
Think about who you’re going to sell your hampers to.
If you plan to sell homemade foods that you’ve cooked in your own home then you may have to get your kitchen registered.
Before you bake and package goods to sell, speak to your local authority to check regulations in your area.
Before you rush off to buy as many items in bulk as you can, stop to think about what you really want to put into your hampers.
Make a list of about ten items you definitely want to put in them. You might not necessarily put all those items into one hamper but this way you can mix and match to create a variety of designs.
Some great ideas include:
Once you have a reasonable idea of what hamper gifts you want to put into the mix, it’s time to find the cheapest versions of the products and the containers and decorations to maximise your profits.
By buying items in bulk you save a lot of money so register with your local cash and carry to benefit from their cheaper prices.
Here are a few sites we recommend when you’re making hampers to buy your ingredients in bulk.
If we haven’t listed what you want then simply type into Google: wholesale [name of product] and it should come up with a list of wholesale websites that have what you need. Be sure to shop around as the first deal you come across might look tempting but it’s likely you’ll be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.
When you’re coming up with hamper gifts ideas it’s really important to remember that people will be buying these hampers for their family and friends, so they will want them to look presentable. If a customer is wowed by the first hamper you supply, they are far more likely to buy from you again.
Take a look at the hampers in our article about the best Christmas hampers under £60 for some seasonal ideas.
As you can see, many of them are not in baskets or even in wicker trays. They are in boxes, bags and all sorts of things. There’s a lot that you can use as the basis of a hamper. Take a look around your home for empty plant pots, old ‘distressed’ (i.e. a bit rusty) watering cans and other receptacles that could be turned into cool hampers.
Don’t go over the top with decoration. Some shredding to fill up the empty spaces, cellophane wrapping and a bow is perfect. By the way, if you have a shredder at home, use that to make the packing – just shred old wrapping paper, tissue paper or magazines to make it.
If you want to add a little more luxury you could tie a ribbon right around the hamper (this is also a good trick to hide the bunching of the cellophane) or you could drop a few foiled chocolates to cover empty space. Simplicity is the key for decoration of hampers.
If it’s a Christmas hamper, add a bauble to the insides and maybe one on the ribbon. Use tinsel, plastic Father Christmas’s and other Christmas decorations you might have around the house to give it a festive look.
Be sure to practise your designs a few times before you pack up your hampers and ship them off. Making hampers perfect is an art, and it’ll take you a little time to get it right so don’t panic if when the first time you try it, it looks like a big mess! Just keep rearranging items until they fit.
Wilkinsons sells rolls of cellophane for a pound and you can get all kinds of small decorations and bows from pound shops and markets. You could also get friendly with your local florist and get them to sell you a whole roll of cellophane at a little more than wholesale price.
To work out how to price your hamper, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.
Where you advertise your hampers will depend on who your market is. It’s best to start small and sell locally rather than expecting your business to boom in a short space of time.
Just setting up a stall at your local market, farmers’ market or car boot sale could be enough to start off with – you will just pick up passing trade. But you could also advertise locally in shops or nationally on the web if you want to do more regular trade.
If you’re handy in the kitchen or a crafty type, you could make some lovely items to put in your hamper. Here are a few ideas:
If you have some nice empty jars (with lids) or, better still, some empty oil and vinegar bottles, you can use these to make flavoured oils.
Get some olive oil (ideally buy in bulk to get it cheaper – maybe at the market) and 12 cup of whatever you want to infuse it with such as chilli, garlic cloves, rosemary or thyme.
Heat the oil in a pan and then add the infusion so that the warm oil absorbs the flavour. Pour this mixture once it’s cool into your glass bottles (if you’re using rosemary, garlic or chilli, leave them in so that the oil can continue to season).
Decorate the bottles in a Christmassy way.
Beat an egg white and water together before adding whole, blanched almonds. Stir them until they are well coated.
Mix up icing sugar, salt and cinnamon and sprinkle over the nuts. Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for an hour until golden. See the recipe here.
Allow to cool then package them up in pretty bags with bows.
The only ingredients you need for this are condensed milk, white chocolate chips, butter and vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt.
There’s a great recipe here that you can follow. It’s pretty easy to do.
Set your fudge in Christmas cookie cutters or just cut them into squares, then wrap them in a clear bag with red and green ribbon.
A bit of butter, some baking soda, plain flour and sea salt are all you need for this one.
Heat the oven, place the flour, baking soda and butter into a food processor and let it whizz. Get it out, and make it into a dough. Roll out the dough onto a kitchen surface.
You can prick the dough with a fork to create shapes which you can do in whatever you like. See the recipe here.
This is pretty easy to make, all you need is: 20g of peanuts, 50g of plain pretzels, 150g of caster sugar, 150g of golden syrup and 100g of butter.
Make sure before you start that the oven is heated. Firstly, you need to place the nuts in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes. After, add the pretzels on a baking sheet of paper. There’s a good recipe you can follow here.
If you want to go eco-friendly, you could make your own small Christmassy paper bag to place the pretzels in. Get the right wrapping paper, then follow this guide.
Start by heating half a cup of cream over a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Put the contents in a bowl and leave for 2 hours or overnight.
There’s a simple guide here, but be warned, this probably isn’t as easy as the others. But, the end product will be just as nice, or maybe even better!
This will be a nice touch to any Christmas hamper, so well worth the time and effort if you want to make something nice.
To make body butter, heat coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter together until they melt, then take off the heat and mix with fragrances like sweet almond, vitamin E and peppermint essential oil.
Chill in the fridge for an hour, take it out and mix until the consistency is whipped. There are various recipes for making body butter here so take a look at these instructions.
Place in a clean, decorated jar for a perfect festive present.
These are really fun to make and you can get the kids involved too. See here for a full recipe for great bath bombs.
You need citric acid, baking soda, shea butter, essential oils and shaped muffin tins.
Melt the shea butter and then mix in with the other ingredients before adding the essential oils.
Add bit of water to make them hold together, before moulding them into the muffin tins.
Leave to set for around six hours and there you are.
Go onto our Facebook page and let everyone know what you are doing and how it’s all going. Our readers are trying to make money too and it really helps to hear other people’s experiences.
Also, tell us in the comments below about your hampers – if you have a website selling them then tell us about that too!