Last week we gave you guys an article about Christmas hampers, why people make them and how to go about getting started.
Hopefully you’ve decided to join us and make a hamper for a friend or relative. So here’s how you to take it one step further…
Packaging & Wrapping
A cardboard box (with a lid), wrapping paper and a ribbon is all you need! If you spend time on it, it’ll be the pride of place under the tree and the centre of attention when the receiver opens it up to look inside. Extra niceties could be to pop labels on items, sprinkle festive confetti inside or to write a card explaining your carefully selected choices.
Brands & Markets
Traditional markets can be a great place to pick up fresh and lovely produce. If you can’t, the supermarket hosts some hidden gems too! Sniff out the fine and quirky brands hidden down aisles. You can find some great stuff. Just ensure you don’t buy the supermarket’s own brand items as you want it to feel authentic.
Get A Good Variety
There is so much you can add in! Have you thought about… oils, salts, condiments, jams, pickles, chutneys, chocolate, sweets, crackers, crystallised fruits, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, dressing, nuts, popcorn… Need. To. Stop. For. Breath.
Making Your Own
It can be cost-effective to make your own ingredients if you’re making more than one hamper. Just be careful not to get carried away. We told you about our food gifts in the last piece so check them out. You could also give a mix of shop bought bits that compliment one or two handmade items.
Throw In Something Outside Of The Box
If everything else has been carefully planned and thought about, throw something cheeky into the mix. Bacon jam is one idea I’ve used in the past. International foods are also a winner. Big supermarkets or food halls in department stores have overseas brands and interesting novelties for you to throw in.
So there you go! The perfect hamper in just 5 steps. SORTED!
The hamper in the photo had: A tin of Twinnings traditional afternoon tea, Joseph’s mulled wine popcorn, Saucy Ginger and Mandarin Dressing, Genuine Turkish Delight, Eat17 Bacon Jam, ThreeSixty Ground Coffee, Scarlett Mustard Truffle Rapeseed Oil and Sugar Coated Almonds.