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DIY hampers and ready-to-buy

Tracking down the one perfect gift for someone you love can be stressful, so why not opt for a hamper instead? Make it yourself for a personal touch (it’s a lot easier than you might think), or go with a premade one if time is of the essence. Homemade or not, a hamper is the perfect way to wish someone a very merry Christmas.


  1. Choose a basket. Remember to consider how much space you need and the weight of the gifts.
  2. Line the bottom of the hamper with shredded or crepe paper. 
  3. Place the items you’ve chosen into the basket, then use the paper to dress and arrange them the way you want.
  4. That’s it! Unless you’re looking for a more decorative look, in which case you could try: covering the hamper in cellophane, wrapping products/basket with Christmas ribbon or labelling each of the products with a note saying what it’s used for.

Top picks for your DIY hamper from Giovanna Fletcher

As a busy mum, writer, author and podcaster, Giovanna Fletcher knows how hectic Christmas can be. Offering a helping hand, she’s put together her top recommendations of seasonal gifts that are great for young children and grown-ups alike – perfect for your homemade hamper.

Gi’s grown-up gifts

Faldeo Prosecco Spumante, £7.49: What better way to celebrate than with some fizz? It’s also a great budget alternative to champagne. 

Charles Lafitte Champagne Grande Cuvee Brut NV, £19.99: If you’re looking for some added luxury, a glass of this cuvee brut is the way to go.

Prestat Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle, £15: These decadent bites are absolute heaven. Why not display them in a rustic Kilner jar?

Brindisa Torres Black Truffle Crisps, £3.49: These truffle-flavoured crisps are a real treat to the senses and the perfect nibbles for your NYE spread.

Cowshed Cosy Diffuser, £24: This diffuser comes with a comforting scent of rose absolute, patchouli and vanilla. It’s sure to add a sanctuary feel to any home.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Radiance Wild Rose Collection, £36.66: You can’t go wrong with this selection of caring body products, which promise top-to-toe radiant skin.

Gi’s family-friendly gifts

Fudge’s Shaped Miscellany of Biscuits for Cheese, £4: Four biscuit sorts, one box – a must for cheeseboard lovers with a penchant for variety!

Paperchase MYO Pom Pom Pud Baubles, £5: Kids will go mad for this make-your-own bauble kit and adults will love it too.

M&S Cotton Rich Dinosaur Print Pyjama Set, 2-7 Years, Light Pink Mix, £7.50: This cute dinosaur-printed pyjama set will put a smile on the little ones’ faces just before bedtime.

Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Frosted Snowman Sweets Jar, £4: Sweet treats are a must in any hamper. Try these snowman-shaped wine gums made with all-natural colours.

Candy Kittens Sour Watermelon Christmas Jar, £7: These delicious vegan sweets come in a pretty, hamper-friendly jar.

Our ready-to-buy hampers

Don’t have time to make your own hamper? Don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of premade ones to choose from. Here are our top picks:

Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Cotswold Floral Hamper, £30

Inspired by fragrances of the Cotswolds countryside, this pretty wicker hamper contains a set of floral-scented body care products. Perfect for an at-home spa experience.

Hotel Chocolat Large Christmas Collection 630g, £55

Filled to the brim with chocolatey treats, from smooth champagne truffles to moreish cinnamon bites, this treat-packed hamper has something for everyone. These biscuits are a big favourite in my household. Partnered with a nice hot chocolate and marshmallows, this feels like an indulgent treat.

Harvey Nichols Festive Fancies Gift Box, £50

Packed with festive flourishes like shiny gold almond dragées and a half bottle of Premier Cru champagne, this gift is sure to hit home. A mini mani or pedi can also help perk you up and is a great form of feel-good, self-care. Another treat amongst your Ocado groceries.

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