There’s something very exciting about receiving a hamper as a gift – opening it up and rummaging inside to unearth not one, but many gifts, all carefully thought out to complement each other.
With everything that’s happened this year, there’s no better time to show some love and send an extra special gift hamper to the foodie in your life, and there are plenty of fantastic options to choose from. Whether sending for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, we’ve picked some of the best hampers for food lovers, from chocolate, cheese and other treats, to specialist ingredients for home cooks and budding chefs.
So read on for the best ‘all killer, no filler’ baskets and boxes we’d certainly love to receive for Christmas, a special birthday or another celebration. For more gift guides including best chocolate gifts, best coffee gifts and best cheese gifts, visit our reviews section to find over 400 buyer’s guides.
Best foodie hampers to buy
The Best of Sous Chef Hamper
Know a budding chef who loves experimenting in the kitchen? Specialist online grocer Sous Chef has collated fifteen of its best products into one hamper, including chef favourites like Acquerello rice for making perfect risotto, San Marzano tomatoes for taking pasta and pizza sauces to the next level and Valrhona chocolate for baking. There are also several exciting, lesser known ingredients to discover, like tonka beans and timur berries.
Melrose & Morgan The Aperitif Deluxe hamper
The makings of a super soirée packed into one pretty cane hamper, this contains a bottle of Sancerre rosé plus plenty of upmarket nibbles to enjoy alongside it. These include deliciously cheesy, peppery parmesan rounds; thin and crispy flatbreads; Medlar jelly; crackers and caper berries – just add a hunk of cheese.
Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil The ‘petite’ hamper
Family-run Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil produces award-winning, cold-pressed rapeseed oil, which it also uses in its range of mayonnaises and dressings. The petite hamper includes their impressive original and oak-smoked rapeseed oils and creamy Yorkshire mayonnaise, alongside two salad dressings.
Brindisa Foodie Box
Spanish food specialist Brindisa has launched a brand-new gift box this year, full of extra special Spanish ingredients. It includes bomba paella rice, Valdespino Jerez cask-aged sherry vinegar D.O.P, Nunez de Prado ‘Flower’ organic extra virgin olive oil D.O.P, La Salmantina La Granja Judión dried butter beans, semi-cured manchego, Brindisa Iberico Bellota hand-carved ham and more.
The Kelston Calf hamper
A great gift for cheese fans, this wicker hamper contains four award-winning cheeses from Bath Soft Cheese Co – the nutty, semi-hard Wyfe of Bath, soft and creamy Bath Soft Cheese, cider-washed Merry Wyfe and classic Bath Blue – plus a pack of crispy Peter’s Yard sourdough crackers and a trio of chutneys.
Cartwright & Butler The Pocklington picnic hamper
A crowd-pleaser for any snackaholics, this best-selling selection of Cartwright & Butler treats includes tea and coffee, crisp tomato & basil crackers and chutney, plus a huge range of sweet snacks including fudge, buttery shortbread and chocolate wafers. Rather than a traditional wicker hamper, the treats are packed into a lidded slate grey tin, which is great for future use as a storage container, hardy picnic carrier or camping box.
Best of Mex Grocer
Know someone who loves Mexican food? Mex Grocer is a specialist online store specialising in authentic Mexican ingredients which are difficult to find elsewhere. The ‘Best of’ box features the site’s top fifteen best-selling products, including one of Mexico’s favourite seasonings Tajin (a zingy mix of salt chilli and lime, delicious sprinkled over everything from tacos to fresh mango or margaritas), tinned tomatillos (great for salsa-making), authentic corn tortillas, cactus strips, salsas and Mexican beer.
Abel and Cole’s organic Christmas hamper is an indulgent celebration of artisan treats from independent makers. You pay for the privilege; at £125 this hamper is pricey, but worth the money. The chilled items and accompanying bottles steal the show. Chilled items arrive within an insulated, sustainable pouch and were fridge-cold on unpacking. Three cheeses, chutney, thick cut rosemary & thyme roasted ham, Severn & Wye smoked salmon and a selection of biscuits to pair them with is enough for four to share as Boxing Day bite, or to enjoy as nibbles across a long Christmas evening with some added sweet treats.
The Aegean Christmas hamper
Cretan-born Marianna Leivaditaki is head chef of Hackney’s Morito restaurant and author of Aegean, a beautiful cookbook which celebrates the island of Crete and its food. Following the success of the book, Marianna has created a bespoke Aegean-inspired hamper for Christmas, packed full of homemade treats and regional delicacies. A truly special and thoughtfully put-together gift which will transport its recipient straight to Crete, it includes graviera (aged sheep’s milk cheese), thyme honey, wild oregano, olive paste, a fenugreek cure for meat and fish and kourabiedes (super-buttery almond biscuits), as well as preserves, oils, dips, Cretan mountain tea and more. There’s also an option to include a signed copy of Marianna’s book.
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