Box Office: the best luxury hampers for Christmas 2021

Zoe Gunn

15 October 2021

This festive season, keep things traditional with the most time-honoured of gifts

15 October 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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veryone loves a Christmas hamper. There’s just something special about cracking open a wicker basket and delving into the treats inside. They also make brilliant gifts for those tricky people – neighbours, colleagues, great aunts – who languish at the bottom of your gift list because you’re just not sure what to get them.

The traditional Christmas hamper is, of course, full of classic festive foods. However, if mince pies aren’t really your thing, this year brands are offering a host of innovative hampers featuring everything from luxury beauty products to afternoon tea. Here’s our guide to the best luxury Christmas hampers for 2021.

Harrods Knightsbridge Hamper

Harrods’ stellar Food Halls have undergone a major refurbishment over the past few years, with the last piece of the puzzle being an extravagant Chocolate Hall, which opened earlier this year. To celebrate, the department store has curated a lavish hamper full of festive Food Hall delicacies, including Harrods’ signature Christmas pudding, shortbread, champagne and the best-selling chocolate Gold Bar.

Full contents: 9-Months Matured Classic Christmas Pudding, Classic Mince Pies, Spiced Victoria Plum & Berry Jam, Whisky Marmalade, Brandy Butter, Spiced Salted Caramel Shortbread, Chocolate & Hazelnut Biscuits, Blanc de Blanc Champagne Non Vintage, Rioja Crianza, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 20-Piece Chocolate Selection Box, Golden Cocoa-Dusted Nut Mix, Christmas Spiced Black Tea Loose Leaf, After-Dinner Christmas Coffee

The Knightsbridge Hamper, £125, harrods.com

Daylesford New Parents Hamper

Know someone who’s gearing up for their first Christmas with a little one? While Daylesford’s New Parents hamper isn’t specifically for the festive season, recent parents may just weep tears of yuletide joy when they see the practical (and delicious) treats inside. Alongside a few much-needed bottles of bubbles, they’ll find some of Daylesford’s best-selling nutritious ready meals, including red Thai chicken with aubergine and cottage pie alognside fresh soups, juices, tea, coffee and larder staples, including granola, porridge and biscuits. There are even some high-power vitamin supplements to help ease the stress of early parenthood.

Full contents: Cottage pie, Macaroni cheese, Beef bolognaise with red wine, Red Thai chicken with aubergine, Roasted tomato & mascarpone soup, Chicken & vegetable broth, Earl Grey tea, English breakfast tea, Ground Coffee, Sweet biscuit tin, Red white & blueberry granola, Cacao & coconut porridge, Salted caramel brownie tray, Sparkling apple juice, Orange juice, Frizzante rose, Prosecco frizzante, High dose DHA mood omega, Vitamin D spray, Daily iron capsules

New Parents Hamper, £265, daylesford.com

Harvey Nichols Festive Feast Hamper

If you’re lucky enough to receive Harvey Nichols' Festive Feast hamper, you'll know you’re on somebody’s good list. First launched with 50 products as the department store’s biggest ever hamper, it still retains that title – but has expanded to a mammoth 156 items. Inside, you’ll find enough booze to restock your home bar, a Boxing Day buffet’s worth of Christmas foods, a larderful of tea, coffee, condiments and spices, plus more sweets, chocolates, biscuits and cakes than any dentist would recommend. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Full contents: Too many to list here…

Festive Feast Hamper, £1,950, harveynichols.com

Bamford Soothing Hamper

Hampers make an ideal gift if you’re being hosted at a relative’s home over the Christmas period but, if your host is likely to have the menu planned and the Fortnum & Mason order sorted by mid-November, how about a hamper to help them recover from the Christmas chaos? Bamford, purveyor of brilliant beauty products, great facials and even better yoga classes, has curated its Soothing Hamper to promote some serious downtime. Alongside the perfect cup of tea, it also offers a gorgeous candle and hand and body lotions.

Full contents: Geranium hand and body lotion, Geranium hand and body wash, B calm org tea infusion, Bamford Casper tea pot, Bamford large Casper cup x 2, Bamford garden wisteria candle

Soothing Hamper, £250, daylesford.com

Panzer’s Christmas Connoisseur Hamper

This Jewish deli has become North London’s go-to for quality Christmas hampers over the past 75 years. Happily, the wonders of modern delivery methods mean you no longer need to be in the vicinity of St John’s Wood to sample the delights of its Christmas Connoisseur hamper – a curation of the deli’s greatest gourmet hits, including vintage port, caviar, smoked salmon and dark chocolate.

Full contents: Firetree Dark Chocolate, Montgomery Cheddar, Delaforce LBV Port 2012, Panzer’s Small Natural Nut Selection, Sturia Oscietra Caviar, Fine Cheese Co.Fine English Selection Box, Panzer’s Smoked Salmon, Panzer’s Chocolate Dipped Peel Selection, Stilton

Christmas Connoisseur Hamper, £135, panzers.co.uk

Bubbleshop Festive Case

Buying for an oenophile who knows a thing or two about wine pairings? Selected by Bubbledogs (and Bubbleshop) co-founder Sandia Chang, each of the champagnes in this festive case has been chosen specifically for its ability to pair with the richness and spice of classic winter dishes. Chang has also paid close attention to the needs of a host, with specific bottles also recommended to go with breakfast, as an aperitif, a main course pairing or a dessert wine alternative. Cheers!

Full contents: Dhondt-Grellet, Dans un Premier Temps, Extra Brut, Georges Laval, Garennes, Extra Brut, JL Vergnon, Hautes Mottes, Brut Nature, 2011, Olivier Horiot, Soléra, Brut Nature, Tarlant Rosé Zero, Francoise Bedel et Fils, 'Entre Ciel et Terre', Extra Brut

Festive Case, £300, bubbleshoplondon.com

Ottolenghi Holiday Hamper

Traditional holiday flavours aren’t everyone’s cup of mulled wine so, if you’re buying for a gourmand who won’t be impressed with mince pies and a wedge of stilton, Yotam Ottolenghi has the perfect alternative. The chef, restauranteur and dinner party saviour has put together a range of festive hampers that add his signature Middle Eastern spin on the cakes, jams, chutneys and condiments found in more classic hampers. The biggest and best is the Holiday Hamper.

Full contents: Ottolenghi Christmas Cake, Pistachio Cream Panettone, Pecan Snowballs, Soft Pistachio Amaretti, Ottolenghi Nougat, Cranberry and Apple Relish, Chilli & Coriander Chutney, Pistachio Paste, Dukkah, Hot and Sharp Spice Collection, Lemon and Vanilla Marmalade, Raspberry and Morello Cherry Jam, Rosemary Spiced Nuts, Preserved Lemon and Chilli Olives, Palestinian Olive Oil & Seeds for Salad, Sweet and Smokey Spice Rub, Berbere Spice Rub & Chilli Salt, Soft Gingerbread Tiles with Rum Butter Cream, Tahini Linzers, Champagne Cuvee de Reserve, carefully selected by Pierre Malouf

Holiday Hamper, £280, ottolenghi.com (Available to pre-order from 1 November)

Liberty Strawberry Thief Heritage Suitcase Hamper

Hampers are all well and good but how often did you actually go on a picnic last year? Once? Twice, maybe? And that was when there was, literally, nothing else to do. Step forward Liberty and its range of suitcase hampers, which leave recipients with a genuinely useful Liberty-print emblazoned suitcase to use long after the treats have been demolished. Grandmothers everywhere are guaranteed to adore this Strawberry Thief-print case filled with afternoon tea delicacies.

Full contents: Liberty Heritage Milk Chocolate Bar, Liberty Heritage Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar, Liberty Heritage Dark Chocolate Bar, Prestat Finest Chocolates and Truffles, Liberty Heritage Fruit Shortbread Biscuits, Liberty Heritage All-Butter Shortbread Biscuits, Liberty Heritage English Breakfast Tea, Liberty Heritage Strawberry Jam, Liberty Heritage Earl Grey Tea

Strawberry Thief Heritage Suitcase Hamper, £110, libertylondon.com

River Cafe Large Box

Among other things you’re unlikely to find in any other Christmas hamper, are The River Cafe's organic pasta, peeled tomatoes, dried porcini mushrooms and Carlo Moretti drinking glasses. But this is not any other Christmas hamper. This is a Christmas hamper curated by food, fashion and art world favourites Ruth and Richard Rogers. Don’t tell the other hampers, but we think this might just be 2021’s chicest offering.

Full contents: Dada’s Cake, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dried porcini mushrooms, Carnaroli rice, Whole peeled tomatoes, Organic tagliolini pasta, Dark chocolate gianduja cake with roasted hazelnuts, Chocolate-covered almonds and hazelnuts, Fontodi Chianti Classico 2019, River Cafe Grappa, Bellavista Franciacorta Brut ‘Alma’ NV, Volcano, espresso-ground ‘Mountain Blend’, 2 individually decorated Venetian drinking glasses by Carlo Moretti, 6 fine linen napkins, 2 fine linen tea towels, River Cafe canvas tote bag, True Grace blue dining candles by True Grace, River Cafe long matches, ’The Making of a Gallery for Drawings at Chateau La Coste’ book

Large Box, £600, shoptherivercafe.co.uk

Drunk Elephant Trunk 5.0

They say three’s a trend but we think Liberty and Drunk Elephant might just be ahead of the curve with their choice of suitcase hampers. Don’t let the (admittedly garish) fuchsia hue of Drunk Elephant’s trunk (get it?) fool you. While we’re sure your teenage cousin will love it, this hamper is packed full of grown-up beauty products. This comprehensive selection of full- and sample-size products contains everything you need to create a complete cleansing and moisturising skincare regime to keep the complexion nourished, hydrated and glowing.

Full contents: Drunk Elephant Limited Edition Suitcase, Protini™ Powerpeptide Resurf Serum, A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream, C-Firma™ Fresh Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum, C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream, Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream, Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum, D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, O-Bloos™ Rosi Drops, Sweet Biome™ Fermented Sake Spray, E-Rase™ Milki Micellar Water, Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, Bamboo Booster™

Trunk 5.0 Beauty Hamper, £378, spacenk.com

Dukeshill Jewel in the Crown Hamper

Telford-based cured-meat specialist Dukeshill holds a royal warrant to supply hams to the Queen so, if you’re buying for a carnivore, you know you’re in good hands. Accordingly, a Wiltshire ham weighing nearly 4kg takes centre stage in its Jewel in the Crown hamper, and is accompanied by all the savoury trimmings imaginable. There’s also a whole host of cakes, chocolates and sweet pies, plus a mixed case of champagnes, wines and digestifs with which to wash everything down.

Full contents: Whole Boneless Wiltshire Ham, Honey & Mustard Glaze, Royal Fillet of Oak Smoked Salmon, Sweet Cucumber Pickle, Colston Bassett Stilton, Montgomery’s Cheddar, Lord London Cheese, Cocktail Nuts, Extra Large Melton Mowbray Pie, Proper Piccalilli, Boxing Day Chutney, Stilton & Almond Sablés, Parmesan & Chilli Sablés, Pistachio & Parmesan Sablés, Sea Salt Thins, Cracked Black Pepper Crackers, Scottish Oatcakes, Extra Large Christmas Pudding, Grandad’s Light Fruit Cake, Almond Topped Mince Pies, Classic Mince Pies, Brandy Butter, Chocolate Selection, Turkish Delight Selection, Handmade Scottish Shortbread, Dark Chocolate, Roasted Almonds & Ginger Mendiants, Apricots in Amaretto, Baron de Beaupre Champagne Brut, Macon-Vergisson 'Les Rochers', Domaine Guerrin & Fils, Les Vignes d’à Côté Syrah, Château Argadens, Bordeaux Supérieur, Tanners Patrono Fine Ruby Port Fonseca

Jewel in the Crown Hamper, £450, dukeshill.co.uk

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