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The Best Christmas Hampers To Buy In 2022

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 a while host of gifts, all carefully assembled to complement each other.

Show some love and send an extra-special gift hamper to the foodie in your life. We have 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 baskets and boxes we’d certainly love to receive for a special birthday or another celebration. We’ve also added in a few top deals where applicable for Black Friday savings.

Best hampers for Christmas at a glance

  • Best overall Christmas hamper: Dukeshill the box of delights hamper, £250
  • Best small gourmet hamper: Sweet and Savoury hamper by olive magazine, £59.99
  • Best sweet Christmas hamper: Harvey Nichols winter warmer hamper, £140
  • Best budget Christmas hamper: M&S The Collection hamper, £55
  • Best budget alcohol hamper: John Lewis beer gift bag, £20
  • Best hamper for chocoholics: Hotel Chocolat chocolate and fizz luxe collection, £45
  • Best hamper for truffle fans: Selfridges truffle lover gift box, £85
  • Best Christmas afternoon tea hamper: Cutter & Squidge Christmas afternoon tea hamper, £32.99
  • Best Christmas hamper for Londoners: GAIL’s Christmas hamper, £100
  • Best small sweet hamper: Cartwright & Butler Christmas brew & biscuit hamper, £38
  • Best budget cheese hamper: Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift, £29
  • Best niche hamper: Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn hamper, £45
  • Best hamper to bring as a guest: Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box, £55
  • Best savoury snacks hamper: Serious Pig serious snack selection box, £28
  • Best hamper for afternoon tea lovers: Trewithen Dairy Cornish hamper, £22.50
  • Best hamper for adventurous cooks: The Zaytoun Collection, £45
  • Best gourmet hamper: Brindisa artisan selection box, £95

Best hampers to buy for Christmas 2022

Dukeshill the box of delights hamper

Best overall Christmas hamper

This was everything we would want a Christmas hamper to be. In a large wicker basket, with plenty of different packages nestled inside to discover, it’s an absolute treat to unwrap. This has a mighty 18 different items inside to cover all your Christmas needs, including a very generously sized ham and pork pie; cheese, crackers and chutney for Boxing Day; a huge 1kg Christmas pudding; mince pies; chocolates; a bottle of fizz and much more. The Wiltshire ham is a standout item, packed with flavour for a fab Christmas centrepiece. We also love the tin of buttery Scottish shortbread and the nutty parmesan and pistachio sables. Guaranteed to make Christmas special.

Sweet & savoury hamper by olive magazine

The editors at our sister brand olive magazine have curated some of their favourite artisan food and drink brands into one crowdpleasing gourmet hamper. From Yorkshire-roasted coffee to Sicilian pesto, indulgent salted caramel truffles and British honey, the foodie in your life will find top artisan produce all in one place in a unique gift.

Harvey Nichols winter warmer hamper

Best sweet Christmas hamper

This Harvey Nichols hamper stands out for its plush packaging: everything feels smart, luxurious and chic. There are nine items in here, all themed around a cosy winter night in. Along with a bottle of mulled wine and malbec, there are plenty of sweet treats to discover, including a classic Christmas pudding, sticky cinnamon caramelised almonds, a glossy gold tin of caramel biscuits and more.

M&S The Collection hamper

Best budget Christmas hamper

A Christmas hamper can feel luxurious without breaking the bank. This option from M&S features all the classics of a Christmas hamper (smart wicker hamper you can keep, bottle of wine and plenty of Christmas treats) for just over £50. There’s a balance of sweet and savoury: think milk chocolate florentines, shortbread, crumbly cheesy biscuits and chutney.

John Lewis beer gift bag

Best budget alcohol hamper

In a change from giant wicker baskets, this fun mini hamper comes in a shiny gold gift bag. A bargain at just £20, it’s one for the beer enthusiast in your life. Bringing a taste of the pub home, it contains a pilsner and craft lager, plus plenty of snacks to go with them – crisps, nuts, pork scratchings and even some chocolate.

Hotel Chocolat the chocolate and fizz collection

Best hamper for chocoholics

Hotel Chocolat is a reliably 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 exceptional). All of this is topped off with a mini bottle of prosecco that the lucky recipient won’t have to share. For more inspiration, check out our round-up of the best chocolate hampers, including boxes from Cadbury’s and Fortnum & Mason.

Selfridges truffle lover gift box

Best hamper for truffle fans

Hampers are a luxurious gift at the best of times, and never more so than when filled with truffles. Despite the high-end contents, this hamper still comes in at under £100 for six items. The irresistible Torres black truffle crisps will be snaffled before you’ve even finished unboxing, but there’s still truffle honey, olive oil, salt, tagliatelle and nuts to enjoy.

Cutter & Squidge Christmas afternoon tea hamper

Best Christmas afternoon tea hamper

Christmas is the time for treats, so why not send a hamper for a festive afternoon tea at home? Delivered in the signature bright yellow box, this tea for two contains classic scones (we recommend warming them up to serve), clotted cream and jam, plus sticky gingerbread loaves with toffee glaze and, as it’s Christmas, mince pies. There’s also a box of loose leaf tea to wash it all down. Order by 4pm for next-day delivery of any last-minute forgotten gifts…

GAIL’s Christmas hamper

Best Christmas hamper for Londoners

If you’re hosting a crowd this Christmas, treat yourself to this ultimate Christmas hamper covering every festive moment. Or, if you’re a guest, gifting this hamper is sure to make you the favourite arrival. Breakfast is sorted with a generous loaf of white sourdough (plus jars of marmalade and hazelnut spread), and six fat chocolate orange buns with sticky candied peel – the highlight of the hamper for us. The chocolate theme continues with a rich chocolate babka and bag of penguin cookies that are sure to disappear in a flash. Bring out the seeded or cheesy crackers with drinks, and enjoy a mince pie in the afternoon. Plus, there’s a sturdy GAIL’s tote bag complete with handy pockets. A gift that keeps on giving!

Cartwright & Butler Christmas brew & biscuit hamper

Best small sweet hamper

A classic biscuit tin just got a boost with this sweet gift selection. Arriving in a smart gold tin that you can keep and reuse, it’s full of festive tea-break treats. We love the sweet cranberry and orange mini mince pies, while Cartwright & Butler buttery shortbread is always a winner – we’re big fans of the spiced shortbread included here.

Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift

Best budget cheese hamper

A thoughtful gift for a cheese fan, for under £30. This carefully curated selection centres around a mini wheel of award-winning Red Storm, a creamy Red Leicester from The Snowdonia Cheese Company. It’s paired with crackers (we love the unique tomato wafers), chutney and chilli nuts for a whole cheeseboard in a box. Check out our full round-up of cheese hampers for even more ideas.

Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn hamper

Best niche hamper

This fun hamper is great for the cinema fan or super snacker in your life. There are two varieties of popcorn hampers – ‘For him’ and ‘For her’ – but we’re really more interested in the flavours. The ‘for her’ variety has four different types of popcorn (the white chocolate and raspberry popcorn bites are our favourite) along with a jar of prosecco caramel sauce and a box of Whittard of Chelsea berry tea. ‘For him’ includes caramel macchiato & whisky popcorn, double chocolate flavour and a box of Whittard luxury hot chocolate. Movie night sorted.

Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box

Best hamper to bring as a guest

Turn up with this classy, grown-up hamper and find yourself crowned ‘best guest’ this Christmas. Designed to encourage a fun evening in, the chic gift box has a full-size bottle of Gattertop Drinks Co damson vodka, along with two bars of Pump Street chocolate and a bag of coffee, plus a pack of cards and booklet of card games. Mix up a drink, open the cards and enjoy a convivial, after-dinner evening away from the usual screens.

Serious Pig serious snack selection box

Best savoury snacks hamper

For snacking on the go or serving up unusual nibbles, this quirky savoury collection from Snacking Pig makes a welcome change from boring crackers. There’s a selection of crunchy ‘snacking cheese’ in three different flavours, plus croutons, ‘snackalami’ and nuts, for fans of salty snacks.

Trewithen Dairy Cornish hamper

Best hamper for afternoon tea lovers

Time to recreate those 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 for 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 includes two hearty Cornish pasties and were pleasantly surprised by their excellent quality, with classic crimping and a chunky, well-seasoned, peppery filling.

The Zaytoun Collection with Falastin

Best hamper for adventurous cooks

This is a hamper for Ottolenghi aficionados or those who simply enjoy being adventurous in the kitchen. Zaytoun is a fair-trade social enterprise founded to support Palestinian farmers. Alongside the brilliant Falastin cookbook is a carefully curated selection of ingredients to get started, including Medjoul dates, za’tar wild herbs and maftoul giant couscous.

Brindisa artisan selection box

Best gourmet hamper

For someone who didn’t get abroad this year, the Brindisa artisan hamper delivers a luxurious taste of Spain in a generously packed box. Tapas is sorted with salted Marcona almonds, chilli olives and Iberico ham, while a selection of Ortiz tinned fish will spruce up a winter storecupboard. Chorizo, cheese, honey and sobrasada round out the collection. It’s the ultimate cook’s treat.


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