The best hampers to buy in 2024
Gift hampers are an extra-special present for any celebration. Discover our favourite hampers to buy, stuffed with everything from chocolate to cheese, cooking kits and popcorn
There’s something so exciting about receiving a hamper as a gift – opening it up and rummaging inside to unearth not one, but a whole host of goodies, all carefully selected to complement each other. A carefully chosen hamper makes a great gift, or simply a treat to share with your family.
Show some love and send an extra-special gift hamper to the foodie in your life. We have plenty of fantastic options to choose from, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and all manner of special occasions. We’ve picked some of the best hampers for food lovers (think chocolate, cheese, biscuits, cured meat and more), as well as hampers stuffed with specialist ingredients for home cooks and budding chefs.
Best hampers at a glance
- Best compact hamper: M&S The Collection hamper, £55
- Best small chocolate hamper: Hotel Chocolat chocolate and fizz luxe collection, £39.95
- Best savoury hamper: DukesHill Meat Lovers' hamper, £130
- Best cooking kit hamper: Imp & Maker spaghetti carbonara dine-in hamper, £39
- Best afternoon tea hamper: Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea at home, £31.99
- Best small sweet hamper: Cartwright & Butler brew & biscuit hamper, £35
- Best budget cheese hamper: Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift, £29
- Best savoury snacks hamper: Serious Pig serious snack selection box, £31
- Best Spanish hamper: Brindisa Celebration hamper, £250
- Best DIY hamper: Guzzl, prices vary
- Best artisan hamper: Fattoria La Vialla 'Everybody to the Table' hamper, £43.40
- Best regional hamper: Macknade Ultimate Kent Foodie hamper, £100
- Best hamper to bring as a guest: Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box, £65
- Best coffee hamper: Coffee & Kin chocolate and coffee hamper, from £30
- Best breakfast hamper: Panzer's breakfast box, £40
Best hampers to buy for foodies in 2024
M&S The Collection hamper
- Available from Marks & Spencer (£55)
Best compact hamper
A hamper can still feel luxurious without breaking the bank. This option from M&S features all the classics of a decadent hamper (smart wicker hamper you can keep, bottle of wine and plenty of treats to share) for just over £50. There’s a balance of sweet and savoury: think milk chocolate florentines, shortbread, crumbly cheesy biscuits and chutney.
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Marks & Spencer (£55)
Hotel Chocolat the chocolate and fizz collection
- Available from Hotel Chocolat (£39.95)
Best small chocolate hamper
Hotel Chocolat is a reliably 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 chocolate macarons and crunchy chocolate shortbread, but there are also champagne truffles, mini chocolate slabs, hot chocolate sachets and a taster truffle box (the billionaire’s shortbread truffle is exceptional). All of this is topped off with a mini bottle of prosecco that the lucky recipient won’t have to share. For more chocolate inspiration, check out our round-up of the best chocolate hampers, including boxes from Cadbury’s and Fortnum & Mason.
Hotel Chocolat (£39.95)
DukesHill Meat Lovers' hamper
- Available from DukesHill (£130)
Best savoury hamper
If you know someone who takes their Sunday roast seriously, or whose weekend isn’t complete without a full English, then this is the hamper for them. One for the meat connoisseur, this meat hamper contains eight different items to try, from indulgent confit duck legs to a hearty pork pie. The two star items are a ham that DukesHill is famous for, and a porchetta roasting joint that would make a special family dinner – it's a breeze to cook, easy to carve and gives meltingly tender meat. We stocked our freezer with the bacon and sausages (to make the treats last as long as possible!), while the jar of sticky chorizo jam is a handy storecupboard staple that you’ll want to add to burgers, cheeseboards and pasta sauces.
Imp & Maker spaghetti carbonara hamper
- Available from Imp & Maker (£39)
Best cooking kit hamper
As true pasta enthusiasts, we love the idea of this fun hamper kit. It contains everything you need to master a gluten-free carbonara and side salad. Instead of parmesan, a punchy slab of Lincolnshire poacher cheese is included (save the leftovers for your next cheeseboard) and we were struck by the vivid orange yolks of the British Blue eggs (safely delivered, with no breakages) – two twists that made our finished carbonara deliciously unique. Imp & Maker has a wide range of hampers to choose from, including tomahawk steak and Sunday roast cooking kits, plus decadent alcohol hampers, chocolate gift sets and cheese feasts.
Imp & Maker (£39)
Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea at home
- Available from Cutter & Squidge (£31.99)
Best afternoon tea hamper
No longer any need to go out for a fancy afternoon tea with this fun delivery from Cutter & Squidge. Delivered in their signature bright yellow box, this tea for two contains four classic scones (we recommend warming them up to serve), clotted cream and jam, plus mini lemon drizzle cakes and fudgy brownies to complete the treats. There are also leaf tea bags to wash it all down. Order by 4pm for next-day delivery to solve any last-minute forgotten gift dilemmas…
Cutter & Squidge (£31.99)
Cartwright & Butler brew & biscuit hamper
- Available from Cartwright & Butler (£35)
Best small sweet hamper
A classic biscuit tin just got a boost with this sweet gift selection. Arriving in a smart tin that you can keep and reuse, it’s full of tea-break treats. Cartwright & Butler buttery shortbread is always a winner – we’re big fans of the sugary demerara shortbread for a tea break, and the cranberry or triple chocolate boxes included here too means there's something for everyone.
Cartwright & Butler (£35)
Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift
- Available from hampers.com (£29)
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.
Serious Pig serious snack selection box
Best savoury snacks hamper
For snacking on the go or serving up unusual nibbles, this quirky savoury collection from Snacking Pig makes a welcome change from boring crackers. There’s a selection of crunchy ‘snacking cheese’ in three different flavours, plus croutons, ‘snackalami’ and nuts, for fans of salty snacks.
Guzzl Christmas hampers
- Available from Guzzl (prices vary)
Best DIY hamper
If you want to gift a hamper with a personal touch, build your own hamper from the Guzzl online shop. Browse their wide range of artisan products - from spirits and beer, to biscuits, jams, chilli sauces, savoury snacks and much more. If you’re too indecisive to choose your own, Guzzl also have the option to pick a price and any dietary requirements and they’ll fill it for you. We were impressed by the range of independent brands inside ours and enjoyed finding new discoveries that are sure to become regular purchases and new favourites. All our products were individually wrapped in red tissue paper which made it feel extra special to unwrap and discover.
Guzzl (prices vary)
Brindisa celebration hamper
- Available from Brindisa (£250)
Best Spanish Christmas hamper
If you're looking for a luxury Christmas hamper but don't want traditional British fare, try this Brindisa hamper filled with the finest Spanish delicacies instead. The lucky recipient can make the chicest of charcuterie boards using the selection of Iberico ham and chorizo, paired with olives and creamy marcona almonds. Bottles of cava and red wine are perfect for the festive season, with cheese, chocolate and crisps completing the decadent delivery.
Fattoria La Vialla 'Everybody to the Table' hamper
- Available from Fattoria La Vialla (£43.40)
Best artisan hamper
Cook like a true Italian with this hamper full of fresh produce from Italy itself, perfect for preparing a special meal this Christmas. This family run organic farm in Tuscany produces a wide range of hampers showcasing its produce, and our pick includes a selection of pasta, extra virgin olive oil, pesto, tomato sauce and both red and white wines. You won't want to go back to supermarket versions after trying these! A unique gift for a lover of Italian cooking.
Fattoria La Vialla (£43.40)
Macknade Ultimate Kent Foodie hamper
- Available from Macknade (£100)
Best regional hamper
This unique hamper is a lovely way of exploring a specific region of England and supporting a variety of independent, local businesses if you're looking to shop small this Christmas. Discover the best Kent has to offer, from coffee and juice to honey, chocolate, crisps and more. The bottle of Brenley Vineyards Bacchus is a great introduction into English wine. You're sure to find a new favourite product you'll want to buy again.
Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box
- Available from Gattertop Drinks (£65)
Best hamper to bring as a guest
Turn up with this classy, grown-up hamper and find yourself crowned ‘best guest’. Designed to encourage a fun evening in, the chic gift box has a bottle of Gattertop Drinks Co damson vodka, along with chocolate truffles, brandy snaps and roasted nuts, plus a pack of cards and booklet of card games. Mix up a drink, open the cards and enjoy a convivial, after-dinner evening away from the usual screens.
Gattertop Drinks (£65)
Coffee & Kin coffee and chocolate hamper
- Available from Coffee & Kin (from £30)
Best coffee hamper
This compact hamper is a great way to treat a coffee lover (check out more coffee gifts here). Inside you'll find a new coffee and a selection of chocolate from UK chocolatiers. It's highly customisable: you can choose from coffee beans, pods or grounds, then choose between milk, dark or a 'surprise' chocolate mix. You can also choose to have it as a three- or six- month subscription for a gift that keeps on giving.
Coffee & Kin (from £30)
Panzer's Breakfast Box
- Available from Panzer’s (£40)
Best breakfast hamper
Start your weekend right with a decadent breakfast hamper, stuffed with ready-made treats. Expect all the essentials for a lazy breakfast in bed: nutty granola, two bagels, great quality smoked salmon and a generous tub of cream cheese. There’s also an intensely perfumed nectarine juice – although only one bottle, so you’ll have to fight over it. It’s pricey, but the beautiful packaging and quality of ingredients would make this hamper a thoughtful gift for new homeowners.
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