The best gluten-free hampers to buy in 2023
From gluten-free British cheese boxes to craft beers with brownies, discover our picks of the best gift hampers for those following a gluten-free diet.
It used to be difficult to find foodie gifts or luxury food hamper built for those with specific dietary requirements. The contents of many could feel a bit ad-hoc in compilation compared to the beautifully themed collections of those made without the dietary limitation. Thankfully that's no longer the case.
More and more brands brands are building hampers curated with free-from components, that not only stand-out on their own, but create something truly special together. The taste, texture and overall quality of free-from treats has come leaps and bounds behind the scenes.
We put a selection for all budgets to the test to bring you an impartial guide to the best gluten-free hampers for everything from snacking to celebrating, including sweet and savoury options.
Best gluten-free hampers at a glance
- Best charcuterie hamper: Lincontro Il Rustico cheese and charcuterie gift, £45
- Best gluten-free doughnut hamper: Doughnut Time gluten free signature 6-pack, £25
- Best gluten-free hamper for cheese lovers: Paxton & Whitfield glorious gluten-free selection, £40
- Best gluten-free snack hamper: NutriBox slim gluten-free snack hamper, £14
- Best gluten-free bread hamper: Wildcraft Bakery gluten free sourdough hamper, £69.95
- Best gluten-free hamper for keen bakers: HoneyBuns cookbook and cake bundle, £36
- Best gluten free gift for tea lovers: Cartwright & Butler gluten free treats box, £24
Best gluten-free hampers to buy in 2023
Lincontro Il Rustico cheese and charcuterie gift
- Available from Lincontro, £45
This collection of Italian artisan products is a delicious gift option for someone who loves savoury specialties. The contents may vary depending on seasonality but will include two types of cured meats and two award-winning cheeses, plus a selection of antipasti. Our box contained a pot of artichoke wedges in oil along with 150g of Calabrian spianata, a Spanish sausage packed with warming chilli pepper in the iconic flat shape (due to the climate where it's produced); 150g of cured capocollo; a cured, smoked ricotta made from sheep's milk that is left to dry in the oven; and a Campagnolo cheese, also with chilli.
Doughnut Time gluten free signature 6-pack
- Available from Doughnut Time, £25
These delicious morsels are baked by hand in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen instead of fried like traditional doughnuts, so they have a cakey texture, holding together well for enjoying at home or on-the-go. They'd be a great alternative to a traditional birthday cake for sharing. The winner on the flavour-front was the Caramel Delevigne, rippled with salted caramel throughout and with a sauce-filled centre, then dipped in chocolate to finish. But the Candy Warhol stood out for its nostalgic birthday cake texture and rainbow sprinkle finish. These are available in boxes of six or 12.
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Paxton & Whitfield glorious gluten-free selection
- Available from Paxton & Whitfield, £40
This delivery would make a thoughtful gift for any gluten-free cheese lover. with each element nestled within a functional branded wooden crate. At the centre are the three carefully sourced cheeses: a 250g cheddar that’s been matured in Somerset caves, a wheel of Little Rollbright (a semi-soft Reblochon-style cheese) and a tangy but mellow Shropshire blue. Accompaniments are included to round out the cheeseboard: a fruity beetroot and horseradish chutney and apricot and sunflower seed crackers.
Although savoury, the apricot cracker bakes are slightly sweet, with dates offering a chewiness to the crunch - a grown-up cracker. This is a hamper that will make any cheese lover happy, but particularly those that follow a gluten-free diet.
Paxton & Whitfield (£40)
Nutribox slim gluten-free snack hamper
- Available from Nutribox, £14
Designed to fit through most letterboxes, this Nutribox’s Slim pack is stuffed with 10 vegan and gluten-free snacks from different brands, that are fun and free of hidden additives. This health-focussed type of hamper can be a bit dull, but the selection has been curated to include snacks that are not only nutritional but innovative.
For example, our box included Mello roasted and seasoned watermelon seeds, organic strawberry fruit twists by Gregory’s Tree, premium popped corn that’s crunchy and salty. It’s also available in small and large sizes, as well as a subscription option.
Wildcraft Bakery Gluten Free Sourdough Hamper
- Available from Wildcraft Bakery, £69.95
It takes some clever alchemy to produce a gluten-free sourdough loaf that not only carries the smell and flavour of sourdough, but also the appearance, texture and crumb. Coeliac themselves, the owners of Wildcraft Bakery took on the challenge and have produced this artisan sourdough gluten-free hamper to help fellow gluten-free foodies bake this favourite at home.
Inside is 1kg of the bakery's white bread flour blend, a millet sourdough starter and 500g of millet flour to feed it, a dough scraper, cane banneton for proofing the dough, rice flour for dusting your work surface and cornmeal for stopping the dough sticking to the tray as it bakes. Dried yeast and eggs are not included. Bakers get access to a 30-minute tutorial with founder Mina, where she walks you through the process step by step.
The resulting loaf we baked had a crisp golden crust and when sliced into, was perfectly soft and springy, and not at all cakey or claggy. The slices were as suitable for cold sandwiches as they were for toast. It's an expensive outlay but for a gluten-free-foodie, the reward is a hands-on process filled with the smells of traditional breadmaking, and loaves you wouldn't know were gluten free.
Wildcraft Bakery (£69.95)
HoneyBuns cookbook and cake gift
- Available from HoneyBuns (£36.50)
Established in 1998, Honeybuns bakery specialises in gluten-free bakes and has honed its recipes to also cover dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar-free options. For anyone who not only loves a sweet treat but also likes cooking and baking themselves, this hamper would make a great gift.
A Honeybuns tin containing eight individually wrapped cakes is accompanied by a hard-cover copy of Honeybuns’ second cookbook, The All Day Cook Book, packed with 100 gluten-free and vegetarian recipes, along with dairy-free and vegan options.
The stand-outs were the millionaire’s slice, with a unique chewy base instead of the traditional shortbread, along with a melt-in-the-mouth peanut blondie and a warming lemon and ginger shortbread slice, slightly aromatic and satisfyingly cakey. Except for the individually wrapped cake slices, the components arrive in plastic-free packaging, suitable for re-freezing.
Cartwright & Butler Gluten free treats box
- Available from Cartwright & Butler, £24
It's nice to have something sweet like some fudge or a box of biscuits in the cupboard to dip into with a cup of tea, or for sharing with friends. The chunky, oaty biscuits in this pack are soft with a flapjack flavour and are the perfect pairing for an English breakfast brew. The fudge is both crumbly and buttery; a sweetly rich mouthful. We enjoyed the presentation of this box which was plastic-free and smartly packaged with a sleeve around the box that can be personalised depending on the occasion.
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