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, 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 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 for Father's Day
Fortnum & Mason The Dad's Delight gift box, £65
Treating your dad to afternoon tea at a fancy café would be a lovely way to spend Father’s Day, wouldn’t it? For now, though, we'll have to settle for tea at home so this pretty selection from Fortnum & Mason will add a touch of posh to the occasion.
The hamper contains Fortnums’ famous afternoon tea blend, a tin of chewy Piccadilly gluten-free fruit & nut flapjack biscuits, a pack of single origin Colombia El Jordan Estate ground coffee, a pack of buttery, melt-in-the-mouth Scottish tablet fudge, based on a recipe by CEO Ewan Venter and a keepable Eau de Nil coffee mug.
If the dad in your life 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 a dad with a sweet tooth? This is the treat for him. 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.
Beer Hawk, Cheers Dad craft beer box, £20
If variety is the spice of your dad’s life, then this craft beer box will bring a smile to his chops. Inside are five specially selected unusual brews and a classy stem glass.
Our hamper contained: Magic Rock Saucery session IPA (3.9%); Camden Hells lager (4.6%); Thornbridge Lukas Helles lager (4.2%); Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropica IPA (5.5%); and Wild Beer Co. Pogo pale ale with passion fruit and guava (4.1%), plus a Beer Hawk Glass and a 25g pack of Soffle’s rosemary & thyme pitta chips.
A Beer Hawk Canister gift containing just three cans of specially selected beers is also available as a streamlined alternative to the beer box.
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 Father's Day sleeve.
Signature Brew Father's Day Pub in a Box, £35
Star buy for Father's Day
Just because you can't take your dad to the pub this Father's Day, doesn't mean you can't bring the pub to him. This fantastically fun hamper from East London-based Signature Brew contains seven music-inspired beers (including Roadie All-Night IPA, Backstage IPA, C-Sharp Sicilian Lemon & Citra Sour, and Festival Saison) plus a 440ml can of All Together beer: a project devised by Other Half Brewing NYC with the aim of raising funds for hospitality industry professionals who have been suffering globally.
Each participating brewery has been asked to brew a beer to a recipe Other Half have released, donating a proportion of their choosing to a relevant cause.
For the perfect pub night at home, the box also contains a branded stem glass, Salty Dog crisps and peanuts, a Spotify play list, a pub quiz for the family (or his mates on a video session) to test his music knowledge, and an extra special treat for when lockdown ends – a Father’s Day card with tickets for a tour-plus-tastings tour of the Signature brewery, which was forced to close in March.
Despite retailing at £35, the contents are worth over £50. Signature Brew donates 20% of proceeds to The Drinks Trust, a UK charity supporting drinks industry professionals. The Father’s Day Pub in a Box is available for delivery by out-of-work musicians to anywhere in the UK.
Highland Fayre cabertnet sauvignon & cheese hamper, £29.95
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.
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, £27.50
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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