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13 Best Sites To Buy Christmas Hampers

You can’t beat a Christmas hamper as a festive gift for a loved one, or a treat to yourself. Wicker, cardboard or wood, we round up 2019’s best.

Nothing spells Christmas quite like a wicker hamper containing the sorts of goodies you’d rarely buy for yourself but which suddenly feel requisite for pulling off a ‘proper’ Christmas. Of course, there are cardboard and wooden varieties to be had too, dependent on your budget, but – as with all things in life – it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Jams, chutneys, preserves, shortbreads, speciality spiced teas, artisan chocolates and the all-important wine: there’s really no going wrong when it comes to gifting dear friends and family with one of these treasure troves of foodie delight. And if you’re a guest in someone’s home this Christmas, these are 10,000 brownie points, all packaged up beautifully in a box. Do check when each website says it’s best to order by: you need to do it on time, but not so far in advance that fresh goods are in danger of going past their best.

Here are our favourites for 2019, whatever your tastes or budget:

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The Christmas Celebration Hamper, Fortnum & Mason, £250

No one in the history of time has gone wrong with a Fortnum’s hamper. Classic, iconic, and at the top of everyone’s wish list. We love The Christmas Celebration Hamper, featuring tipples, tea, Champagne and cake. Ideal.

The Luxury Christmas Hamper, Organic, Abel & Cole, £160

The contents of this beautiful and organic hamper are enough to see you through the whole festive period. Cheese straws, mini mince pies, jams, Christmas puddings, wine, cheese, pates, salmon. Yes please, Santa.

Small Christmas Dinner Box, Riverford, £69.95

Less about the extras, more about the essentials, this clever little box full of delicious organic things saves you braving the crowds and delivers everything you need for the big day, trimmings and all.

Festive Fireside Hamper, John Lewis, £125

Perfect for fireside indulgence, or to make your party go with a bang, this smart little hamper contains three bottles of wine, cake, Christmas pud, crisps, chocs and even crackers. Don’t mind if we do.

The Rosedale Luxury Christmas Hamper, Cartwright & Butler, £150

Oh we love everything about this, from the wooden crate to the beautifully packaged goodies: crystallised ginger in dark chocolate, Yorkshire chutney, jams and marmalades, tea, coffee, Belgian chocs. In short: all life’s best things.

Luxury Christmas Hamper, Petersham Nurseries, £180

Trust Petersham to do things stylishly. This hamper (technically cardboard box) comes packed with gorgeous Italian goods – and the odd English twist: think Panettone Milanese along with Richmond-produced honey. Perfect.

Kentish Christmas, Macknade, £50

Have yourself a very Kentish Christmas with Macknade’s edit of the garden of England’s best produce. Festive beer, from Faversham, plus Christmas cookies and dark chocolate, all from this productive county.

Going Overboard, Panzer’s, £525

Push the boat out with this appropriately named proper hamper, from the St John’s Wood deli. There’s a list as long as your arm of its contents, which spans Champagne to salmon, panettone to charcuterie selections. Spectacular.

The Ilkley Hamper, Bettys, £100

You haven’t quite lived until you’ve tried the Yorkshire-based Bettys famous baked goods. The Ilkley Hamper is stuffed with Yorkshire Tea Fruit Cake and Yorkshire Shortbread, tea and wine, it’s set to be a well-stocked Christmas.

The Piccadilly Hamper, Paxton and Whitfield, £100

The ideal gift for cheese lovers, Paxton and Whitfield’s Piccadilly Hamper is replete with all its bestsellers – Stilton, Dorset Goat, Cheddar – plus all the accoutrements for a properly cheesy Christmas.

The Ultimate Christmas Box, Donald Russell, £79

What this genius hamper lacks in glamour it makes up for in sheer life-saving practicality. Everything you need for Christmas lunch – bar the veg – delivered to your doorstep.

Ottolenghi Christmas Hamper + Champagne, Ottolenghi, £160

One for the real foodie, this. Packed full of the beloved deli’s bestsellers, there are chutneys, cheese, cold meats and, of course, Champagne – all packaged in a white box tied up with festive red ribbon. Yes please.

Harvey Nichols Boxing Day Hamper, Harvey Nichols, £150

The Christmas period is about more than just one day, as acknowledged by Harvey Nicks’ smart black wicker hamper containing indulgent post Christmas pick-me-ups (olives, chocs, nuts, wine – obviously – and more).