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.
HOW TO MAKE A HAMPER
- Choose a basket. Remember to consider how much space you need and the weight of the gifts.
- Line the bottom of the hamper with shredded or crepe paper.
- Place the items you’ve chosen into the basket, then use the paper to dress and arrange them the way you want.
- 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.
Check out our entire selection of hampers and find your favourite.