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
- Impressive organic Christmas fare
- Bradford’s Bakers does us proud
- For Meat Lovers
- For Cheese Lovers
- A fair, divine chocolate feast
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?
Extra matured beef topside hamper – (£45 + £3.99 delivery)
This is another great offering from MuscleFood, only this has a 2kg joint of Topside Beef instead of turkey. Having had the opportunity to taste it, we can confirm it is absolutely delicious – lean and tasty, just as you’d hope. Also included in the hamper are 6 meaty breakfast sausages, 10 bacon medallions, streaky bacon, pork sausage meat and loads more, including veg and gravy.
Much like the turkey hamper, this offers the whole meal. In fact, it will keep you going long after Christmas Day.
Presentation 7/10 – It’s not the prettiest hamper in the world (there’s no wicker basket), but it does the job required – sturdily containing all that meaty goodness.
Taste 9/10 – Absolutely delicious. If you’re a meat lover, you won’t be disappointed.
Value 9/10 – This is great value for money, particularly at the discounted price of £45. This really does provide the whole meal for a family, so we thoroughly recommend it.
Who to buy for: You could either buy it for yourself if you’re the one putting together the Christmas meal, or it would make a great gift for someone you know who needs a really good Christmas this year.
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. Here are a couple of unusual ones that took our eye:
Borgo de’ medici black truffle dinner gift box (£39.99 + free delivery)
This hamper is immediately impressive when unwrapped.
it looks beautiful and striking with black ribbon, a wooden tray and beautifully-designed truffle and pasta products inside.
Presentation: 10/10 – It really is a delight to look at and the tray will be very useful to have around the kitchen once the products have been used.
Taste: 8/10 – Good-quality food in here, particularly the truffle oil and spread . Lakeland food is generally of a very high standard and certainly perfect for Christmas.
Value: 8/10 – This is great given the items in it and the tray itself which can definitely be re-used in the home.
Who to buy for: Serious foodies – it’s particularly good for foodie males as it has quite a cool, masculine look.
Lakeland gluten-free christmas food gift box (£24.99 + £2.99 delivery)
So many people have to be gluten-free that it’s great to see a specialist hamper for them.
This is a cute box packed tight with goodies that you might think the gluten-free have to go without such as Christmas pudding, a chocolate bar, chocolate cookies and figgy pudding chutney.
It’s in shiny turquoise packaging and would work for men or women.
Presentation: 7/10 – It looks great but is smaller than expected. The box could certainly be used as pretty storage after the contents have been eaten.
Taste: 8/10 – A good taste and texture to the pudding and the other sweet stuff. Gluten-free isn’t always so tasty but they have done a good job here!
Value: 7/10 – We thought there would be more here but the quality is good for the price.
Who to buy for: Someone who is gluten-free and would like some sweet treats!
riverford organic gift hamper box (£49.99 + Delivery)
This hamper is really impressive as you open it.
It comes in a nicely-printed brown, cardboard box which sounds dull but actually isn’t. It’s a well-designed and printed box so it looks like quality.
As you open it it immediately looks interesting with stilton and cheddar cheeses, chocolate brownies, Pimhill oatcakes, a box of organic mince pies (lovely crumbly pastry), a tube of mint thins, chutney and a bottle of Prosecco. It is all nestled on a bed of what looks like straw.
It’s the perfect present for those who only like organic and insist on quality.
This hamper contains:
- Mince pies
- Double chocolate brownies
- Cocoa Loco dark chocolate minty thins
- Vintage cheddar truckle
- Cropwell Bishop stilton
- Cranberry chutney
- Pimhill oatcakes.
- La Jara prosecco frizzante
- Equal Exchange’s aromatic ground Guatemalan coffee.
Presentation: 8/10 – It may not be a shiny, glitzy container but it’s clearly quality.
Taste: 9/10 – Really good quality food here. The mince pies are delicious and the cheeses are excellent in particular.
Value: 8/10 – It’s not cheap but organic produce never is.
Who to buy for: People with taste who like organic, real food and packaging.
Bradfords: Santa’s Treat Box £54.90 (£4.95 Delivery)
This hamper may be one of the more expensive on the list, but when you see just how much you get you can understand why! It arrives beautifully arranged in a large decorative gift box complete with festive bow and includes all of the following:
- Walkers Biscuits For Cheese
- Medium Roast Columbian Coffee 56g
- Bradfords Handmade Madeira Sponge Christmas Cake in Gift Box (approx. 400g – about 2 servings)
- Bradfords Raspberry Jam 340g
- Baxters Cream of Asparagus Soup (400g)
- Packet of Strawberry Bon Bons (125g)
- Bradfords Sultana Loaf Cake
- Bradfords Traditional Christmas Pudding 220g
- Farmhouse Cranberry & White Chocolate Biscuits (150g)
- Bradfords Selection of Handmade Cupcake Chocolates (125g)
- Bag of 4 Bradfords Christmas Mincemeat Pies
- Arran Cheese Truckle with Herbs (200g)
- New English Breakfast Tea (10)
- Bradfords Handmade Christmas Tree Biscuit Dipped in White Chocolate
Presentation: 9/10 – Beautifully presented in a large red box with a bow. Inside the items are packed with faux straw and overall it just looks really posh and appealing (and expensive!). Many items were even individually wrapped and so could be given as separate gifts to people if you wanted!
Taste: 8.5/10 – Very good quality products as well as a few well known quality brands such as Walkers and Baxters. The homemade mince pies were AMAZING, best we have ever tasted! and the really tasty handmade madeira Christmas cake was a nice alternative to traditional fruit.
Value: 8/10 – It’s right up near that £60 limit, but just look at how much you get and how nicely it’s presented. You’re sure to fill up someone’s cupboards for about a month with this hamper and so we think the price is pretty reasonable!
Who to buy for: Really anyone who loves good food and has a bit of a sweet tooth. We thought this would be perfect for the older generations, but younger recipients would probably like it a lot too! The portions are about right for two people, maybe 3.
Grasmere Farm: Christmas Esentials Hamper (£29.95 + £10 Delivery)
This hamper is definitely one for the meat lovers. It came in a styrofoam box with ice packs to keep the meat chilled.
- 16 Cocktail Sausages wrapped in Streaky Bacon
- a Pack if Lincolnshire Sausagemeat, 10 Lincolnshire Chipolatas
- a Tube of Stuffing (your choice of chestnut, cranberry and orange or sage and onion)
- 1lb Dry Cured Streaky Bacon
- a 4lb Boned Gammon Joint (Uncooked).
Although the delivery is a bit higher than other hampers this is probably because it’s full of fresh raw meats that need to stay chilled – you wouldn’t want to receive warm stinky meat would you?
Presentation: 5/10 – It isn’t all glitzed up and wrapped in a pretty bow, but this isn’t that type of hamper. We feel the sort of person you’d buy a meat hamper for probably wouldn’t mind how “pretty” it looked either!
Taste: 8/10 – Excellent quality meat. You can definitely tell it isn’t mass produced in a factory!
Value: 7/10 – Meat isnt cheap, so £30 for all this is pretty darn good value. Your chosen recipient will have a feast!
Who to buy for: Meat lovers! We all know someone who just loves all things meaty, this is definitely one for them!
For cheese lovers
If you know someone who loves their cheese, we strongly recommend taking a look at the cheese hampers offers by Paxton and Whitfield.
From simple cheddar and ale for £30 to huge hampers full of cheese, crackers, chutneys and wine, there really is something for everyone.
They even have gluten free hampers, which are perfect for your gluten intolerant friends/family, who may often struggle at this time of year.
Presentations 9/10 – It varies depending on which hamper you go for, but the hamper we received came in a nice wooden box, which would be sure to brighten anyone’s Christmas.
Taste 9/10 – The products really did seem top of the range. The cheeses were of very good quality and largely enjoyed by everyone who tried them. In particular the smoked cheddar had a beautiful smokey flavour, and the Stilton had a lovely creamy texture.
Value 7/10 – These aren’t the cheapest hampers in the world, and if you go for the very top hamper it will set you back £1K! That having been said, the products really are top of the range, so you’re getting what you pay for.
Who to buy for: This is the perfect gift for the cheese lovers in your life. You can be sure they won’t be disappointed.
Divine Luxury Chocolate Hamper (£29.95 – free delivery)
Divine Chocolates pride themselves on the quality of their chocolate and the fact that they are fairtrade – they make sure that the chocolate growers are paid a fair amount for their product.
This lovely presentation box is a must for lovers of fine chocolate. It includes:
- 2 x Divine Chocolate Tasting Sets
- Divine Dark Chocolate Ginger Thins
- Divine Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
- Divine Milk Chocolate Hearts.
Presentation: 7/10 – This is a cute box in black with gold designs. Quite intriguing when you first get it!
Taste: 8/10 – Lovely chocolates and a real must for any chocoholics
Value: 8/10 – It’s more than you would spend for high street chocs but it’s good quality and fair to the growers.
Who to buy for: Chocoholics and people who care about fair wages
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!
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