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Best Christmas hampers 2020: from Fortnum and Mason, to M&S and Aldi

Abha Shah
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 (Best Christmas Hampers 2020)
(Best Christmas Hampers 2020)

So here it is, Merry Christmas - well nearly.

There’s still a week to go before the big day, and we can’t wait to stuff ourselves silly until we’re forced to change into something with an elasticated waistband.

After the year we’ve had, who could be blamed for wanting to push the boat out this Christmas? And there’s nothing more lavish than tucking into a hamper bursting with all manner of sweet and savoury treats.

To help you on your merry way through December 25, we’ve selected the very best Christmas hampers to set under the tree. As well as gourmet treats, you’ll find baskets filled with premium gin and cocktailware, F&M-emblazoned baskets filled with the finest festive fare from the Royal grocer, and indulgent vegan options that will turn the heads of die-hard carnivores.

Whether they’re a treat yo’self gift or a generous present for the ones you can’t be with this Christmas, here are the best hampers to get before they sell out.

Scroll through to see all of them, or if you have a fixed budget, shop by price brackets.

However be warned: the toughest part of hamper shopping isn’t deciding which to buy - it’s deciding whether to give it away at all.

  • Hampers under £50

  • Hampers from £50 - £100

  • Luxury hampers from £100+

See our favourites below

Hampers under £50

Bodega Rita Margarita Lover

If ever there was a year to establish new Christmas traditions, 2020 is it. For those with a soft spot for Mexican fare, we present Bodega Rita and her merry collection of spiced food and drink bundles.

Top of the tree is this set, which includes a pouch of house hibiscus margarita (serves four), authentic Tajin miniature seasoning, a stack of Sanissimo corn tostadas and Mexico’s best hot sauce, Valentina. Christmas Eve tacos? Don’t mind if we do.

Bodega Rita
Bodega Rita

£34 | Bodega Rita

Borough Box Beer Snack Experience Gift

Christmas is about those headline meals sure, but it’s also about snacking, reaching for nibbles to accompany you through a strict schedule of festive telly and Netflix bingeing.

Keep yourself, or your loved one, going through the season with this bumper box of snacks, featuring everything from Howdah’s Bombay Mix to Serious Pig’s Snacking Pickles and Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn. Consider the larder well and truly stocked.

Borough Box
Borough Box

£24.99 | Borough Box

Paxton & Whitfield Little Box of Cheese Treats

For the turophiles (that’s cheese lover) in your life, it doesn’t get much better than a selection of cheese from one of London’s most established cheesemongers.

This gift hamper has something for all tastes, from hard to soft, blue and goats' milk cheese as well as a spiced jelly and small 20cl bottle of port - all neatly boxed in a smart Paxton & Whitfield gift box. The experts recommend ordering twin packages and sending the other to a loved one so you can organise a Zoom cheese night and discover the gourmet dairy delights together. Very 2020.

Paxton & Whitfield
Paxton & Whitfield

£35 | Paxton & Whitfield

Hotel Chocolat: The Selectors Collection - Festive Edition

Calling all chocolate fans! You’ll feel like all your Christmases have come at once with Hotel Chocolat’s epic hamper, packed full with sweet treats from the luxury British producer. Escape into a world of cacao with festive editions of the bestselling chunky chocolate slabs.

Hotel Chocolat
Hotel Chocolat

£16 | Hotel Chocolat

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Hampers from £50 - £100

Strazzanti Italian Hamper

Bringing the flavour of Italy to your doorstep, award-winning modern Italian aperitivo brand ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto has teamed up with Sicilian food pros Strazzanti on a luxury Aperitivo Hamper to sink into this Christmas. There's plenty for up to eight people, with glassware, jars of pesto, Sicilian honey, colourful tins of anchovies - even olive picks. And, of course, there's a a full-sized 70cl bottle of ITALICUS in there too. Saluti!

Nationwide delivery available.

Strazzanti x ITALICUS
Strazzanti x ITALICUS

£99.90 | ItalSpirits

Lyaness Christmas Hampers

Christmas cocktails at one of the world’s best bars may be out, but if you can’t go to the drinks, have them come to you. With hospitality now closed for the foreseeable, Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Lyaness has diversified into cocktail hampers to get their delicious concoctions out to thirsty customers - just in time for Christmas.

Choose between ‘Nah, screw that, I’m staying in’ (£65); filled with Bloody Mary ingredients, a hot toddy concentrate - just add hot water - snacks and even Netflix recommendations, it’s a great box to share with your Christmas bubble.

Lyaness Staying In
Lyaness Staying In

If you’re willing to stretch to a fiver more, the Better Half cocktail hamper can be yours for £70. Settle in for a night of expertly mixed cocktails, bottled by Lyaness staff as well as special treats from the agua Spa downstairs. An indulgent way to spend a winter’s evening.

Lyaness
Lyaness

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Cafe Murano Covent Garden hampers

Missing Angela Hartnett’s Murano? The chef’s seasonal hampers are now available for delivery to selected London addresses, or you can collect them from the Covent Garden location.

Hampers range from £50 to £125, and include boxes full of fresh pasta, gourmet sauces, Tuscan olive oil and artisan Italian produce, all delivered directly to your door.

Cafe Murano
Cafe Murano

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Lina Stores La Cucina Hamper

There’s still time to get your mitts on a hamper, even with Christmas just days away. Head to Lina Stores where the La Cucina Hamper is still up for grabs.

The bundle includes kitchen cupboards must-haves from the artisan Italian produce store like Fresh Pasta & Gnocchi Flour, Long Shape Dried Pasta, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, San Marzano Tomato, Arborio Rice, a jar of Nduja, dark chocolate and more. Nationwide delivery available.

Lina Stores
Lina Stores

£55 | Lina Stores

Luxury Christmas Hampers from £100+

Cartwright & Butler After Dinner Hamper

Make your way to Selfridges to feast your eyes on their Christmas Hamper selection - many of which have made it straight to the top of our letters to the North Pole.

With some form of restrictions likely in place this year (we know, humbug), Cartwright & Butler’s After Dinner Hamper offers enough provisions for two - perfect for those planning a small, intimate celebration this year.

Cartwright & Butler
Cartwright & Butler

£125 | Selfridges

GAIL's Christmas Hamper

Packed with wholesome handmade appeal, GAIL’s Christmas Hamper is filled with life-affirming baked goods that will make your Christmas. Order for two carb-loaded boxes of oven-fresh breads, pastries, crackers, jams and desserts: think GAIL’s Organic Jam & Marmalade, 12 Mince Pies, Christmas Buns, Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Cheese Straws, Speculoos Biscuits, Vanilla Shortbread, Chocolate Sablés and loads more. There’s even coffee and a lovely candle to round things off.

GAIL’s
GAIL’s

£150 | GAIL’s

Feya Cafe Luxury Hamper Basket

Christmas hampers tend to be filled with all sorts of treats, especially alcohol - it is a time for celebration, after all. But if you’re looking for a bundle of alcohol- free joy, chic London cafe Feya has you covered.

The West London-based eaterie has a luxury hamper made for self-care this festive period. A lined wicker basket filled with flavoured teas, gold speckled jam, gourmet chocolate bars and luxury hot chocolate, plus a box of truffles so you can properly indulge. A decadent and delightful curation of treats for someone special.

feya
feya

£135 | Feya

FFT Luxury Christmas Seafood Hamper

Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Treat yourself to a festive feast featuring the finest melt-in-your-mouth smoked salmon, two whole cooked lobsters (split and cleaned), a handmade lobster bisque, twice-baked crab Soufflé with a rich Thermidor sauce and a hand-dived Coquilles St Jacques (two scallops in a half shell) from Cornish fishmonger Fish for Thought – the perfect pairing for a fancy Christmas Eve supper.

All produce is ethically and sustainably caught and you’ll be supporting British fishermen while you’re at it.

Fish for Thought
Fish for Thought

£119.95 | Fish for Thought

Harvey Nichols Party Starter Hamper

There’s always an element of excitement when Harvey Nicks unveils its Christmas Hamper offering, and this year is no exception.

The Knightbridge department store has nailed Christmas gorging with exquisite treats overflowing from sleek, black wicker baskets. Even the smaller gift boxes, hat boxes and hampers have parcels full of scrumptious things that will have you rubbing your hands with glee. With this in mind you should be able to find something for an array of price points.

If you fancy pushing the boat out, chec out the Party Starter Hamper, which is basically a Christmas bar in a black wicker basket. There are two bottles of Prosecco, deliciously flavoured tonic water, a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, some gin and a 700ml bottle of Blood Orange & Clove Negroni. And to line the stomach, they’ve even included an array of nibbles from sweet to spicy, each complementing the drinks.

It doesn’t have Eat, Drink and Be Merry stamped on it, but it definitely should.

Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols

£185 | Harvey Nichols

Kylie Minogue Christmas Hamper – “Lovers Edition"

The pop queen has partnered with Wine Delivered to curate two fabulous hampers to enjoy this Christmas. It's filled with chocolate, cheeses and chutneys, plus a bottle each of Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc as well as a few more treats.

There's also a Wild Rose option (£149) for fans of the pink vino. Both come beautifully presented in deep wicker baskets lined with Kylie embossed fabric and details.

Wine Delivered
Wine Delivered

£125 | Wine Delivered

Bombay Sapphire Home of Bombay Hamper

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to savour the little things. If you’re partial to a G&T, you’ll know there are few greater pleasures than slipping into a perfectly mixed drink. Enter Bombay Sapphire’s Home of Bombay Hamper, fresh from the gin giant’s Laverstoke distillery.

Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire

A real treat for true fans, this baby is filled with enough of the spirit to power a battleship. Nestled inside you’ll find five bottles: the classic Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Dry, Bombay English Estate, Bombay Sapphire East and gloriously fruit Bombay Bramble, enough to keep you watered through the festive season and beyond. A cocktail measure and a bar spoon completes the set.

An exceptional gift for the best of friends.

£120 | Bombay Sapphire

Manteca’s The Whole Hog hamper

For stocking up your festive larder, have the Soho Italian’s house-made salumi and other Manteca favourites delivered to your door.

For all out luxury (and when better for all out luxury than Christmas?), order the £150 luxury ‘The Whole Hog’ hamper, featuring all sorts of delicious cuts and morsels, plus tortellini in brodo, Porchetta with apple ketchup and four pillowy brioche buns ready to be stuffed the next day with leftover Porchetta trimmings and apple ketchup.

Manteca
Manteca

£150 | Manteca

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