Everyone knows that gifts and food are easily the best things about Christmas. Before our lives became dictated by a global pandemic, you might have hoped that someone would kindly contribute to your bag collection – or give you something like a spa voucher – for the occasion. Now, you wonder what the point of a new bag is when the ones you have already haven’t had a decent outing for months. And is it worth going to a spa when you can’t use the sauna? Perhaps not.
But this is not to say that we should do away with gifts entirely – that would be insane! After all, you’ll – hopefully – have use for the aforementioned eventually. In the meantime, we’ve turned our attention to things that combine the festive joys of consumption and kindness in one: Christmas hampers.
If you’re stuck at home, you might as well be stuck at home eating nice food. Here are the Christmas hampers we’d be most delighted to receive.
In spite of this being a sharing hamper, we won’t judge you for stashing it somewhere safe and devouring it in private. Its contents include own-brand (which feels like an entirely different concept when that brand is Harrods) pistachio, white chocolate and cardamom biscuits and Torres truffle crisps.
The fanciest night in of your life – featuring a bottle of champagne and gin-infused chocolate truffles – is contained within this Harvey Nichols hamper.
For some of us, all the food and drink in the world will never be as good as cheese and wine – something Selfridges seem very aware of, given the existence of this glorious hamper.
Two bottles of alcohol and a carefully curated assortment of snacks? Yes, we're free tonight.
We could all do with some 'joy at home' in these 'unprecedented times', couldn't we? Especially when that joy originates from Jikoni, one of our favourite London restaurants.
A metal shopping basket instead of a traditional wicker hamper? Ingenious! And the contents are even better.
This is not a Christmas hamper as such, but a Boxing Day one. For Fortnum & Mason, Boxing Day is 'the most relaxed and convivial' of the festive season. And what could be more relaxed than a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and an assortment of things to pick at?
That's dinner sorted for tonight!
Vegans deserve Christmas hampers too, and this one is particularly delectable.
From tea and coffee to an array of chocolatey delights, this hamper offers a daily dose of heaven.
A Guzzl hamper can be customised according to price and dietary requirement before being filled with the finest food imaginable – it's probably Brixton's answer to Fortnum & Mason.