Whether your mum loves chocolate, cheese or sweets, we've got everything you need to fill a hamper with homemade treats, plus packaging tips for perfect presentation.
Whether you’re a doting dad with young kids or you’re planning to spoil a food-loving parent, treat your mum to a truly special treat with our homemade hamper ideas.
Pretty presentation can really take your homemade gifts from standard to stunning. First, decide which feel you want for your hamper. Are you going for a traditional wicker hamper, a glossy wooden crate or a modern leather basket? It’s worth looking online, in garden centres, department stores or charity shops to find one she’ll love as it can double up as a storage solution afterwards.
Next, you’ll want some soft material to cradle your culinary creations. Scrunched up crepe or shredded coloured paper work well as inexpensive padding to protect your gifts and can be bought cheaply from most art shops. Finally, you’ll need some cellophane or wrapping paper to enclose each present, plus some ribbon to finish. Let the kids get creative with the colour scheme – the brighter the better!
Now that you've perfected your presentation, it's time to choose your treats...
If you’re catering for a chocolate connoisseur, we’ve got plenty of recipes to choose from. Kids can help make this super-simple slab of salted fruit ’n’ nut bark or these colourful choc hazelnut truffles. For a more grown-up gift, try making a cocktail truffle selection, with boozy centres such as espresso Martini and Cosmopolitan, or subtly spiced chocolate, mint & chilli truffles. Finally, opt for a hot chocolate set and give mum the greatest gift of all – some 'me time’ to enjoy with a steaming mug of molten chocolate.
If your mum is a fan of fromage, pack her a hamper filled with cheesy treats. Homemade crackers are the ultimate accompaniment – try a batch of sea salt water biscuits or rye & pumpkin seed crackers. A jar of marinated goat’s cheese makes for a refreshing alternative to a full cheeseboard, or go for the ultimate indulgence with a baked Camembert kit. It’s worth searching the supermarket for the best quality Camembert you can afford.
If your mum’s a star baker, try layering up some enticing ingredients in glass jars to create a crafty cooking kit. Buy some biscuit cutters or pretty cupcake cases and pair with our chewy cranberry choc-nut cookie kit, triple chocolate cupcake kit or apple pie cookie kit, and use a pretty ribbon to secure the bundle. If she’s more savoury-toothed than sweet, why not put together a part-prepared lasagne recipe kit and give her a well-deserved break from the kitchen.
Sate a sweet tooth with carefully packaged cookies, cupcakes and biscuits, or try your hand at cashew caramels and peanut & toffee bonbons. Finally, don’t forget fudge - stick with the classic vintage vanilla or add a splash of booze for truly irresistible, melt-in-the-mouth cubes.
Are you planning on a homemade hamper this Mother’s Day? Let us know what you’re making in the comments below…