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The best hampers to buy in 2022

Published: August 8, 2022 at 3:51 pm
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Gift hampers are an extra-special present for any celebration. Read our review of top hampers, including cheese, chocolate and more.

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. 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 hampers at a glance

  • Best hamper for afternoon tea lovers: Trewithen Dairy Cornish hamper, £22.50
  • Best niche hamper: Lotus Biscoff baking gift hamper, £24
  • Best hamper for chocoholics: Hotel Chocolat The Chocolate and Fizz Collection, £29.50
  • Best hamper for new bakers: BakedIn Afternoon Tea Baking Hamper, £29.99
  • Best hamper for adventurous cooks: The Zaytoun Collection, £50
  • Best hamper for gin lovers: Bullards rambling strawberry cocktail hamper, £75
  • Best savoury snacks hamper: Serious Pig serious snack selection box, £25
  • Best picnic hamper: Dukeshill celebration picnic hamper, £100
  • Best gourmet hamper: Brindisa artisan selection box, £85
  • Best affordable hamper: Chilli Lovers Selection, £20

Best hampers to buy 2022

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

Lotus Biscoff baking gift hamper

Best niche hamper

A niche hamper for the ultimate Biscoff fan. Loaded with every form of Biscoff treat, this gift box is packed with a whole selection of Lotus Biscoff biscuits, plus jars of both smooth and crunchy Biscoff spread. To encourage you to get baking with the spread, the box is finished off with an apron and two wooden spoons.

Available from:
Hampers.com, £24

Hotel Chocolat The Chocolate and Fizz Collection, £29.50

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.

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Available from:
Hotel Chocolat, £29.50

BakedIn Afternoon Tea Baking Hamper

Best hamper for new bakers

Make baking a breeze with this fun collection of kits from BakedIn (we love their baking subscription), perfect for newbie bakers. The recyclable hamper-style cardboard box contains 3 baking kits for a Victoria sponge, classic scones or Viennese whirls, plus jam and lemon curd to fill your treats and tea to wash it all down. Bake them all at once for a tea party or keep the kits in the cupboard ready for a rainy day of baking. The kits contain just dry ingredients so you'll need eggs, butter and equipment - our Victoria sponge was perfect: towering, soft and light. The fun, colourful design would also make it a fab birthday gift for young teens just getting into baking.

Available from:
BakedIn (£29.99)

The Zaytoun Collection with Falastin, £50

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, £50

Bullards rambling strawberry cocktail hamper

Best hamper for gin lovers

Go bigger than gifting a bottle of gin alone (although we’ve rounded up the best gins for gifts if that’s what you’re looking for) with this themed selection from Bullards. Containing everything you need for a ‘rambling strawberry’ cocktail inside a wicker hamper, it includes a full-sized bottle of Bullards strawberry and black pepper gin (in a bold red bottle), plus sugar syrup, soda water and lemon juice to shake up a perfect cocktail. The box also includes a glass and clever gin stones to keep your drink cool without diluting it.

Available from:
Bullards, £75

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.

Dukeshill Celebration Picnic Hamper

Dukeshill picnic hamper

Best picnic hamper

For the ultimate summer picnic, we knew this luxurious offering from Dukeshill – a company famed for their top-quality cheeses, cured meats and artisanal products – wouldn't disappoint. On tasting, it was the Cumberland scotch eggs, which had 'jammy' yolks and tender meaty filling that stole the show. However, other highlights include their light and airy smoked salmon pâté with rustic oatcakes, deliciously herby porchetta and fruity rosé vino frizzante to sip alongside the generous feast. This is the kind of gourmet grub you'll be thinking about long after the picnic is over.

Available from:
Dukeshill, £100

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, £85

Chilli Lovers Selection

Best affordable hamper

For a compact and affordable gift, we love this chilli collection by Charlie & Ivy's. The simple trio provides everything you need to spice up your meals: a creamy chilli and lime mayo (perfect for sandwiches, tacos or dunking chips or roasties), fruity mango and chilli dressing to liven up salads and finally a chic bottle of their signature 'bread dipper' in chilli, garlic and ginger - perfect for dipping bread as the name suggests, but also try drizzling over soup or using in stir-fries.

Available from:
Charlie & Ivy's, £20

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