Gift hampers are an extra-special present, whether you're buying one for Father's Day, a birthday, or another celebration. Read our review of top hampers, including cheese, booze and more.
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, £30 gets you a lovely gift, £100 will please most party hosts and £500 will supply a showstopper of a basket.
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 for Father's Day, a special birthday or another celebration. For more gift guides, visit our reviews section to find over 200 buyer's guides.
Best foodie hampers to buy
The Cheese Geek 'Lionel' hamper, £35
Best inexpensive cheese hamper
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 Everthing chocolate gift hamper selection, £27.50
Best hamper for chocolate lovers
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.
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