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.

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Show some love and send an extra-special gift hamper to the foodie in your life: we have got 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 and cheese, 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 a special birthday or another celebration. We've also added in a few top deals where applicable for Black Friday savings.

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Christmas hampers come in all shapes and sizes, which is what makes them such a great gift for the yuletide season. 

One of our favourites this year has to be the Fenwick Christmas Eve Treats hamper, which is packed with seasonal delights for the night before the big day.

From classic lollipops to chocolate truffles and ginger biscuits, there's also a set of chocolate spoons to swirl into warm milk, plus mini marshmallows to sprinkle on top. 

All these treats come inside a gorgeous Fenwick wicker basket, so your little one can delight in rummaging around inside to dig out their goodies. 

Make Christmas truly magical for your child this year with the Fenwick Christmas Eve Treats hamper, £55.

Best hampers for Christmas at a glance

  • Best overall Christmas hamper: Dukeshill the box of delights hamper, £250
  • Best small gourmet hamper: Sweet and Savoury hamper by olive magazine, £59.99
  • Best sweet Christmas hamper: Harvey Nichols winter warmer hamper, £140
  • Best budget Christmas hamper: M&S The Collection hamper, £55
  • Best budget alcohol hamper: John Lewis beer gift bag, £20
  • Best hamper for chocoholics: Hotel Chocolat chocolate and fizz luxe collection, £45
  • Best hamper for truffle fans: Selfridges truffle lover gift box, £85
  • Best Christmas afternoon tea hamper: Cutter & Squidge Christmas afternoon tea hamper, £32.99
  • Best small sweet hamper: Cartwright & Butler Christmas brew & biscuit hamper, £38
  • Best budget cheese hamper: hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift, £29
  • Best niche hamper: Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn hamper, £45
  • Best hamper to bring as a guest: Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box, £55
  • Best Italian hamper: Bellavita Italian goodie hamper, £50
  • Best savoury snacks hamper: Serious Pig serious snack selection box, £31
  • Best hamper for afternoon tea lovers: Trewithen Dairy Cornish hamper, £22.50
  • Best hamper for adventurous cooks: The Zaytoun Collection, £45
  • Best gourmet hamper: Brindisa artisan selection box, £85

Best hampers to buy for Christmas 2022

Dukeshill the box of delights hamper

Best overall Christmas hamper

This was everything we would want a Christmas hamper to be. In a large wicker basket, with plenty of different packages nestled inside to discover, it was an absolute treat to unwrap. This has a mighty 18 different items inside to cover all your Christmas needs, including very generously sized ham and pork pie; cheese, crackers and chutney for Boxing Day; a huge 1kg Christmas pudding; mince pies; chocolates; a bottle of fizz and much more. The Wiltshire ham was a standout item, packed with flavour for a fab Christmas centrepiece. We also loved the tin of buttery Scottish shortbread and the nutty parmesan and pistachio sables. A guaranteed way to make Christmas special.

Available from:
Dukeshill, £250

Sweet & savoury hamper by olive magazine

The editors at our sister brand olive magazine have curated some of their favourite artisan food and drink brands into one crowdpleasing gourmet hamper. From Yorkshire-roasted coffee to Sicilian pesto, indulgent salted caramel truffles and British honey, top artisan produce is all in one place for a unique gift to give the foodie in your life.

Available from:
olive shop, £59.99

Harvey Nichols winter warmer hamper

Best sweet Christmas hamper

This Harvey Nichols hamper stood out for its plush packaging: everything felt smart, luxurious and chic. There’s nine items in here, all themed around a cosy winter night in. Along with a bottle of mulled wine and malbec, there’s plenty of sweet treats to discover: a classic Christmas pudding, sticky cinnamon caramelised almonds, a glossy gold tin of caramel biscuits and more.

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Available from:
Harvey Nichols, £140

M&S The Collection hamper

Best budget Christmas hamper

A Christmas hamper can feel luxurious without completely breaking the bank. This option from M&S has all the classics of a Christmas hamper (smart wicker hamper you can keep, bottle of wine and plenty of Christmas treats) for just over £50. There’s a balance of sweet and savoury: think milk chocolate florentines, shortbread, crumbly cheesy biscuits and chutney.

Available from:
Marks & Spencer, £55

John Lewis beer gift bag

Best budget alcohol hamper

In a change from giant wicker baskets, this fun mini hamper comes in a shiny gold gift bag. A bargain at just £20, it is one for the beer enthusiast in your life. Bringing a taste of the pub home, it contains a pilsner and craft lager, plus plenty of snacks to go with them - crisps, nuts, pork scratchings and even some chocolate.

Available from:
John Lewis, £20

Hotel Chocolat the chocolate and fizz collection

Best hamper for chocoholics

Hotel Chocolat is a reliable winning choice, and this compact box is filled with a variety of chocolate treats to please anyone with a sweet tooth. We love the moreish salted caramel puddles with crunchy caramel pieces, but there are also champagne truffles, mini chocolate slabs and a taster truffle box (the billionaire's shortbread truffle is a winner). All of this is topped off with a mini bottle of prosecco that the lucky recipient won’t have to share. For lots more inspiration, check out our best chocolate hampers round-up including boxes from Cadbury's and Fortnum & Mason.

Available from:
Hotel Chocolat, £45

Selfridges truffle lover gift box

Best hamper for truffle fans

Hampers are a luxurious gift at the best of times, and never more so than when filled with truffle. Despite the high-end contents, this hamper still comes in under £100 for six items. The irresistible Torres black truffle crisps will be snaffled before you’ve even finished unboxing, but there's still truffle honey, olive oil, salt, tagliatelle and nuts to enjoy.

Available from:
Selfridges, £85

Cutter & Squidge Christmas afternoon tea hamper

Best Christmas afternoon tea hamper

Christmas is the time for treats, so why not send a hamper for a festive afternoon tea at home? Delivered in a signature bright yellow box, this tea for two contains classic scones (we recommend warming them up to serve), clotted cream and jam, plus sticky gingerbread loaves with toffee glaze and, as it’s Christmas, mince pies. There’s also a box of loose leaf tea to wash it all down. Order by 4pm for next-day delivery for any last-minute forgotten gifts…

Available from:
Cutter & Squidge, £32.99

Cartwright & Butler Christmas brew & biscuit hamper

Best small sweet hamper

A classic biscuit tin just got a boost with this sweet gift selection. Arriving in a smart gold tin that you can keep for biscuits permanently, it’s full of festive treats for a tea break. We love the sweet cranberry and orange mini mince pies, and Cartwright & Butler buttery shortbread is always a winner so we’re big fans of the spiced shortbread in here.

Available from:
Cartwright & Butler, £38

hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift

Best budget cheese hamper

A thoughtful gift for a cheese fan, for under £30. This carefully curated selection centres around a mini wheel of award-winning Red Storm, a creamy red leicester from The Snowdonia Cheese Company. It’s paired with crackers (we love the unique tomato wafers), chutney and chilli nuts for a whole cheeseboard in a box. Check out our full round-up of cheese hampers for even more ideas.

Available from:
hampers.com, £29

Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn hamper

Best niche hamper

This fun hamper is great for the cinema fan or snacker in your life. There are two varieties of popcorn hampers – ‘for him’ and ‘for her’ – but we’re really more interested in the flavours. The ‘for her’ variety has four different types of popcorn (the white chocolate and raspberry popcorn bites are our favourite) along with a jar of prosecco caramel sauce and a box of Whittard berry tea. Movie night sorted.

Available from:
Moonpig, £45

Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box

Best hamper to bring as a guest

A classy, grown-up hamper that will make you the most popular guest at Christmas if you bring this with you. Designed to encourage a fun evening in together, the chic gift box has a full-size bottle of Gattertop Drinks damson vodka, along with two bars of Pump Street chocolate and a bag of coffee, plus a pack of cards and booklet of card games. Mix up a drink, open the cards and enjoy an evening away from screen time.

Available from:
Gattertop Drinks, £55

Bellavita Italian goodie hamper

Best Italian hamper

Containing eight gourmet Italian items, this hamper is great value for money for Italian cooking fans. It arrives in a ribbon-tied large cardboard box with items to stock your pantry. There’s fusilli and bolognese sauce for easy dinners, plus Poretti beers and a bottle of white wine. The box of Dolci Momenti biscuits is full of Italian bakery flavours.

Available from:
Bellavita, £50

Serious Pig serious snack selection box

Best savoury snacks hamper

For snacking on the go or serving up unique nibbles, this quirky savoury collection from Snacking Pig makes a change from normal crackers, for anyone who loves a salty snack. There’s a selection of crunchy ‘snacking cheese’ in three different flavours, plus croutons, ‘snackalami’ and nuts.

Trewithen Dairy Cornish hamper

Best hamper for afternoon tea lovers

Time to recreate sunny Cornwall holiday memories. This box of treats from Trewithen Dairy seriously brightened our day, and is sure to do the same for any lucky recipient. Available to feed two or four people, the Cornish hamper comes with plain scones, Trewithen Dairy clotted cream, strawberry jam and Cornish teabags for the ultimate afternoon tea. We chose the option that also included two hearty Cornish pasties and were pleasantly surprised by their excellent quality, with classic crimping and a chunky, well-seasoned peppery filling.

Available from:
Trewithen Dairy, from £22.50

The Zaytoun Collection with Falastin

Best hamper for adventurous cooks

This is a hamper for those who are big Ottolenghi fans or enjoy being adventurous in the kitchen. Zaytoun is a social enterprise founded to support Palestinian farmers through fair trade – 100% of all profits are reinvested into this goal, so this hamper supports a good cause, too. Alongside the brilliant cookbook Falastin is a carefully curated selection of ingredients to get started, from a bottle of organic olive oil to dates, za’tar and almonds.

Available from:
Traidcraft, £45

Brindisa artisan selection box

Best gourmet hamper

For someone who didn’t get abroad this year, this hamper from Brindisa delivers a luxurious taste of Spain, with something to appeal to everyone in the generously packed box. Tapas is sorted with salted Marcona almonds, chilli olives and Iberico ham, while a selection of Ortiz tinned fish will stock the storecupboard for winter. With chorizo, cheese, honey and a generous box of sobrasada to round out the collection, this is the ultimate cook’s treat.

Available from:
Brindisa, £95

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