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THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

Digging into a luxury hamper is indulgence at its finest

19.11.2020

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Coronavirus has had a tundric effect on life as we know it. But while everything may feel overwhelmingly stagnant, one fact remains: Christmas is imminent.

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.

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HARRODS SHARING HAMPER, £150

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.

2/11

HARVEY NICHOLS FANCY TRIMMINGS HAMPER, £115

The fanciest night in of your life – featuring a bottle of champagne and gin-infused chocolate truffles – is contained within this Harvey Nichols hamper.

3/11

SELFRIDGES SELECTION CHEESE & WINE HAMPER, £150

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.

4/11

WILD BY TART GIFT HAMPER, £160

Two bottles of alcohol and a carefully curated assortment of snacks? Yes, we're free tonight.

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5/11

JIKONI JOY AT HOME HAMPER, £240

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. 

6/11

THE PROOF MERRY PROOFMAS HAMPER, £105

A metal shopping basket instead of a traditional wicker hamper? Ingenious! And the contents are even better.

7/11

FORTNUM & MASON THE CHRISTMAS PANTRY HAMPER, £125

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?

8/11

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER LUXURY CELEBRATION HAMPER, £160

That's dinner sorted for tonight!

9/11

THE BRITISH HAMPER COMPANY VEGAN GOURMET FOOD HAMPER, £65.97

Vegans deserve Christmas hampers too, and this one is particularly delectable.

10/11

CARTWRIGHT & BUTLER INGLEBOROUGH POACHERS HAMPER, £90

From tea and coffee to an array of chocolatey delights, this hamper offers a daily dose of heaven. 

11/11

GUZZL FOOD & DRINK SELECTION HAMPER, FROM £50

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.

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