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Christmas Hamper Guide

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Creating the perfect luxury hamper can be a task in itself, however, with 35 years of experience, we have written a guide to walk you through everything you need to know.

What can I use instead of a hamper basket?

Hay Hampers Jute bag

While a traditional wicker hamper basket adds an element of luxury to a gift, you may be either struggling to source one or might just prefer something a little different to make your gift feel more homemade. Either way, we have some ideas of what you can use to create a beautiful hamper gift without using a hamper basket!

-   Take an old shoebox and cover it in gift wrap

-   A woven jute bag 

-   Old wooden crates add a rustic feel and can be wrapped with ribbons and battery-powered fairy lights for a cosy Christmas effect

-  A Plant Pot - Gardening gift hampers will look extra special arranged into a small or large pot depending on the size of your hamper

What do you fill the bottom of a gift basket with?

What to fill a hamper with

Line your gift basket with thick padding to prevent any breakages and to help with arranging/positioning the items. Some ideas are; shredded tissue paper, foam balls, straw, gift wrap, felt or a tea towel. 

The choices you make for the basket and filling will affect the look and feel of your gift so make sure you know what sort of gift you are wanting to create.

What to put in your hamper?

It's time to start filling your hamper now! Think about who your gift is going to and what they enjoy. Do they have any hobbies? Any dietary or lifestyle requirements that you may need to consider if doing a food hamper? 

Sending a Christmas hamper with fresh foods? Remember that perishable items like cheese, fish and meat need to stay between 5-8 degrees and can only sustain a couple of days out of the fridge so remember to get fast delivery! At Hay Hampers our perishable hampers are all sent with next day delivery to ensure food is delivered fresh and meets all health & safety requirements.

A Christmas Treat Hamper

'Tis the season to be jolly and enjoy the finer things in life. Make a gift hamper brimming with festive delights, from traditional to unique. With such a wide array of Christmas food and drink to choose from, the options are endless with how to fill your thoughtful gift! 

Christmas Gift Hamper

Mince Pies

A seasonal classic! Keep it traditional or maybe choose a different topping such as frangipane. Will they require vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free?

Christmas Pudding

The light of the Christmas table! Another Christmas tradition loved by many as it fills the room with its festive aromas.


Luxurious truffles, creamy filled chocolates, coated almonds or hazelnuts. Choose from dark, milk, white, blonde or give them the full selection if they're complete chocoholics! 


Traditional shortbread, soft chocolate chip cookies, spiced gingerbread or chewy florentines. Christmas always contains a good biscuit tin!

Cheese and Preserves

Add a savoury touch with cheeses, crackers, chutneys and piccalilli. A small cheeseboard to share in the evening with their friends and family.


Soft drinks, alcohol, tea and coffee. A mellow red wine to accompany the cheese and chocolate or a fine tea to dunk the biscuits into.

A Movie Night Hamper For The Whole Family To Enjoy

As the TV guide fills up with more and more Christmas films, both adults and children alike are excited to relax and cosy up with some good snacks. Gifting a movie hamper also gives your recipient moments of pure bliss to unwind and enjoy the old classics and new releases. We recommend filling your gift basket with;
Movie Night Hamper


Salted tortilla crisps with a tangy salsa dip or how about something a little different like these Sweet Chilli Crisps

Chocolate Selection

Let them choose from a selection. Filled with caramel or cream, white, dark, milk or blonde, let them find their favourites


Sweet or savoury, add a mixture; spicy, salty, honey-coated

Festive Treats

Essential for any Christmas film viewing. Mince pies, stollen bites, gingerbread men and candy canes


A Mixture of sweet, salty and unique flavoured popcorns


Chewy, boiled, fizzy, sour, the options are endless!

A Cheese Lovers Dream

Delight any cheese lover with a savoury hamper that is brimming with everything they need for the perfect cheeseboard. You could even include a cheeseboard in the hamper or use it as the base of your gift basket. Here’s what we recommend for the perfect cheese hamper…
Cheese Hampers

A selection of cheeses

Our favourites include soft and earthy Brie, mature stilton, smoky cheddar, strong blue Shropshire and creamy double Gloucester to name just a few!


Seeded, cracked black pepper, oatcakes or plain are perfect for topping with their favourite cheeses.


A sweet onion chutney helps to bring out the flavours in the milder cheeses while a sharp piccalilli helps to cut through the flavours of stronger cheeses.

Nuts & Crisps

The perfect snacks to nibble and crunch on the side. We love the flavour range of the Taste Of Game crisps.


Complete their perfect cheese board with things like a jar of pickled onions, local honey, olives and cured meats.


Add an extra touch of indulgence and create a sophisticated wine and cheese hamper.

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Hamper Ideas?

A Hot Chocolate Hamper

A warming hug in a mug! Nothing is more comforting than a luxurious hot chocolate on a winters evening. We recommend...

-   An indulgent hot chocolate powder 

-   Mini marshmallows for decoration

-   A syrup such as caramel, hazelnut or vanilla

-   A small bar of chocolate to grate on top

-   Biscuits for dunking!

-   A large mug

A Dinner Hamper

Choose a theme for them such as Mexican or Italian and give them all they need to create a delicious dinner. For a tasty Italian hamper, we recommend… 

 Traditional pasta 

 A versatile sauce such as tomato and basil 

-   Fresh herbs such as oregano 

-   Pecorino cheese to grate on top

-   Cured meats such as chorizo, salami or pepperoni

A Tea and Coffee Hamper 

For those who appreciate a fine tea or can't live without their morning coffee. We recommend...

 Luxury coffee

-   Loose-leaf tea 

-   Coffee syrups

-   Coffee mugs

-   Biscuits

-   Cookies


Hot chocolate hamper

Dinner hamper

Tea and Coffee Hamper

So there you go, lots of ways to create the perfect Christmas hamper. However, if you would prefer to simply shop for a ready-made hamper, we specialise in luxury hampers and offer a range of over 350 hamper gifts. From Champagne and chocolates to Craft beer and artisan cheese hampers.

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Posted By The Taste House at 15/11/2021

Hay Hampers are passionate creators and suppliers of luxury wine and food gifts -not just at Christmas,  We have gifts for every occasion. We have a wide range of birthday gift hampers, Mother's Day , Easter or thank you gifts with delicious, gourmet food and the best wines are our specialism.  All our gifts are beautifully packaged and sent with free UK delivery including a proper gift card (we even inspire you with gift messages). We cater bulk orders and bespoke hampers for our corporate business customers sending hamper gifts to employees or clients. We are passionate about customer service and will always do whatever we can to help you. Call, email, live chat, facebook message or try our help pages for assistance.

Our mission is to make gift giving an easy pleasure with our perfectly presented premium products! We hope your recipient enjoys their hamper and have a Very "Hampery" Christmas with one of our best-selling food and wine gifts include luxury cheese board selections for him. or a chocolate hamper for her. Try something different with our authentic range of Italian hampers with Prosecco for foodies. We also love our range of craft beer & snack gifts. Our range includes gin & whisky spirit gifts. We also have a range of traditional British foods, such as Port & Stilton, or Afternoon Tea gift, and special dietary requirements gifts such as Vegan hampers so you can find the best hamper gift for you.

Here at Hay Hampers Ltd, we handle multiple allergens, before purchase please refer to the allergen information which is available on each item product page and includes any “Contains” information. If in doubt, please contact us on 01476 550420 before purchase.