As an extra-special gift option, hampers should be stuffed with exotic treats and taste sensations. There’s plenty of choice out there, with confectionary, preserves and chutneys a real staple in the hamper world.
The sky is the limit when hamper shopping, but as we see here, you can find a lovely gift for £21, or a showstopper for £90.
Consider whether the recipient of this delivery will have room to store the contents. Many of the boxes here include jars and sealed items that can stay in the pantry for months, but each individual supplier should be able to fill you in on best-before dates.
So read on for the best ‘all killer, no filler’ baskets and boxes we’d certainly love to receive, a special birthday or another celebration. For more gift guides including best prosecco gifts, baking gifts or the best places for wine delivery, visit our reviews section to find over 200 buyer’s guides.
Best foodie hampers to buy
The Cheese Geek ‘Lionel’ hamper, £35
Hampers can cost an arm and a leg, so getting a really decent package for under £40 will be appealing to those on a tighter budget. The Cheese Geek positions itself as a ‘modern cheesemaker,’ and certainly the company’s sustainable packaging and unusual cheese varieties are more contemporary than traditional cheese hampers.
Our hamper included Beauvale, Lancashire, Montgomery cheddar, goat’s cheese with flowers and a very ripe camembert, plus a tasty brandy and pear conserve. Each hamper is a potluck mix of products, since the Cheese Geek pick a selection of seasonal products from their core range, plus a few more leftfield choices. Another bonus is being able to make all the cheeses organic for a £5 surcharge.
Hotel Chocolat ‘The Everything’ chocolate gift hamper selection, £34.99
Packed full of some of Hotel Chocolat’s star products, this skillfully-curated ode to all things cocoa features a good mix of milk, dark and flavoured chocolate. For the modest price tag, you get a lot of variation, although it did lose some points for the heavy use of plastic.
The chocolate comes in a compact box in stylish black card with a simple white ribbon, its diminutive size making it an ideal gift to send through the post.
The Goodness Project organic red wine wicker hamper, £75
Best hamper for healthy eaters
It’s a relief to be presented with a hamper full of goodies that aren’t bad for you. If you rate quality over quantity, then this organic-only box is worth considering. The small wicker hamper comes wrapped in a glossy ribbon, with a full and flavoursome bottle of San Vito organic chianti inside as its centrepiece.
The accompanying organic sweet and savoury snacks are perfect to nibble on as you drink – the lemon and rosemary olives and the dark chocolate almonds were our favourites. Ingredients here were more varied in theme than in other hampers. It had everything from sea salt caramels and roasted soya bites with chilli, to green tea with orange blossom and even a humble pack of wholemeal digestives.
The Thursday Cottage strawberry jam got rave reviews, compared to other conserves in our line-up, as did the Booja Booja organic truffles with almond and sea salt. A really good selection for those mindful about food ingredients or who want a good variety in their hamper.
Keelham Farm Shop Yorkshire favourites hamper, £59
Best hamper for snack lovers
This was the hamper that scored highly with lovers of nibbles, rather than full-on gastro ingredients. We think it would make a nice gift for a weekend host, especially if your time together is more about chatting on the sofa than at a cordon bleu table. There are some familiar brands here, with some favourites – Taylor’s of Harrogate tea and a tub of salted Yorkshire Crisps.
Not so well known, and a delight to discover, were the likes of Yorkshire Heather Moorlands honey and a rich Proper Nutty peanut butter, which was a perfect balance of smooth and crunchy. Grandma Wilde’s shortbread melts were a more buttery, denser bite than the Scottish version and went down a storm, as did Lottie Shaw’s ginger parkin.
Honeycomb chocolate, orange cremes and brandy snaps were top class too, and although Yorkshire is not renowned for its champagne production, we’d be foolish to question the option of a bottle of Lallier Grand Cru for an additional £25. Add to that Keelham’s handwritten card (just add your message online) and you have a very nice, homely hamper packed full of good things.
Small Beer Co. personalised small beer gift pack, £21
If the person in your mind likes a beer but wants to cut back on the alcohol, this is the perfect gift. These four 350ml small beers – all with an ABV of below 2.8% – come in a smart presentation pack, plus four coasters.
The range is: Small Beer lager – a classic pilsner-style lager with a continental bite (2.1% ABV); Small Beer session pale – packed full of hops with tropical, citrus notes (2.5% ABV); Small Beer steam – an amber ale meets a lager (2.7% ABV); and Small Beer dark lager – a smooth stout-like offering (1% ABV). All beers are vegan, lactose-free and low in sugar.
The Chocolate Gift Company ultimate chocolate lovers gift hamper, £45
Know someone with a sweet tooth? This is the treat for them. Made with Belgian and Swiss chocolate, this hamper really is the ultimate for chocolate lovers.
Each ribbon-wrapped hamper is filled, packed and arranged by hand and contains everything any chocaholic could dream of: milk chocolate honeycomb; walnut whirl – based on the iconic British treat; a chocolate box with 12 of the company’s favourite chocolates (flavours include salted caramel, champagne truffle and coffee mouse); chocolate caviar – special edition mix of white, milk, dark and salted caramel biscuit pearls; hot chocolate with marshmallows; Swiss milk chocolate bar; milk chocolate-covered peanut brittle and sea salt dark truffles.
Borough Wines x Ethical Butchers paired BBQ box, £90
This is an exciting collaboration for summer that will take your barbecue sessions to the next level. Ethical Butcher and Borough Wines have joined forces to pair three pre-seasoned cuts of meat with three wines, expertly selected by Borough Wines’ sommelier.
Included in the hamper are four beef steak spicy kebabs accompanied by a Beaujolais Villages La Trad’ Nature, four lamb koftas with a bottle of Clos Des Vins D’amour Tram – AOP Roussillion and a 600g boned ras el hanout lamb shoulder to eat accompanied by Portugese Herdade De Coelheiros Alntejo.
Courtyard Dairy Award Winners cheese box, £30.40
Recently rated as the ‘best cheese delivery for trying something different’ by our resident cheese expert and Good Food Magazines editor, Keith Kendrick, the Courtyard Dairy’s Award Winners box comes full of the cheese world’s best kept secrets.
Inlcuded is a, 11-month aged Killeen goats’ gouda (250g), a Leeds blue (250g), a punchy Old Winchester (250g) and a rich, creamy Tunworth (250g); Britain’s answer to the French camembert.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company tasting set, £44.95
A whisky – or whiskey – lover’s delight, this box of five drams from around the world will warm the cockles of the old man’s heart. Our box included: bourbon-style Heaven Hill whiskey (9 years old); single malt English whisky from the St. George’s Distillery (8 yo); Bavarian single malt SLYRS (3 yo); and single malt Irish whiskey.
Drinks By the Dram Japanese whisky tasting set, £32.95
Japanese whiskies are revered as some of the best in the world – a tipple for the connoisseur. So here’s a chance to treat your dad to sip of luxury with this set containing five different Japanese whisky 30ml samples.
The box contains: Hibiki harmony blend; The Chita single grain; Mars Maltage ‘Cosmo’ blended; Nikka whisky from the barrel; Nikka Taketsuru pure malt. For an added personal touch, you can request for the box to be wrapped by a special sleeve.
Highland Fayre cabertnet sauvignon & cheese hamper, £24 +
A nice treat for a cheese and wine lover to enjoy alone, this hamper from Perth-based Highland Fayre contains a 375ml (half) bottle of Santa Ema Select Terroir Reserva cabernet sauvignon 2016, a tangy medium mature Kilbride cheddar (200g), wrapped in wax, and a box of spicy Perthshire chilli oatcakes.
One complaint: what was in the box was great, but the amount of packaging with the delivery was over-the-top: bubble wrap, foil blanket, 2 chill packs and cardboard shavings. Too much, given the only perishable product was the waxed cheese.
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