2022’s best Christmas hampers for true food lovers
Eataly’s Goodies of Eataly
Here we have an Italian hamper of the highest order, and we’d expect no less from the UK’s largest Italian deli. Spanning everything from I.G.P balsamic vinegar, to pistachio chocolate, rare meat ravioli from Piedmont and a bottle of dry Ronco Belvedere Prosecco. There’s panettone, top quality passata and pasta sauce, biscotti, olive oil and so much more still. Available from Eataly, £99.
The Tinned Fish Market The Borough Hamper
The Tinned Fish Market offer a range of gorgeous hampers, with The Borough Hamper being our top pick: it’s full of seafoody delights your recipient may not have tried before, including mussels (try them as canapés with some cream cheese, a hit!), mackerel pâté, and succulent sardines packaged just hours after they are chosen at the morning fish auctions. Then there’s Bonito del Norte line-caught tuna and smashing Spanish scallops. This a whole 17 tins of exquisite fish, each one a light meal in itself, and will delight a recipient for weeks past Christmas. Available from The Tinned Fish Market (£78).
Bombay Bustle’s Comfort hamper
This mini hamper from lifestyle brand Dandelion and Indian restaurant Bombay Bustle is full of treats. Inside are 4 beautiful napkins, which will make your festive table feel instantly special. Then there’s one of the greatest green chilli pickles you’ll try, a mango chutney with nigella seeds and Bombay Bustle’s special butterscotch fudge, as well as Bombay mix and Fryams, which get fried up and make for a cheerful festive snack! Available from Bombay Bustle (£55).
Different Kind hampers
Lovely products are at the heart of the hampers from Different Kind, but these hampers are made all the more meaningful by the product backstories. With granola that’s made by a catering company that helps young people out of homelessness; honeycomb chocolate made by ex offenders in Stirling; or biscotti made by Step and Stone a bakery in Bristol set up to create employment and support for young people with Downs. Different Kind’s hampers are full of goods that taste fantastic and do good. The Winter Cordial is the most comforting non-alcoholic mulled wine drink that is as comforting as hot Ribena but with a spicy festive twist. The Winter Picnic Sharing hamper is available from Different Kind (£100).
The Vegan Christmas Hamper, Selfridges
The Vegan Christmas Hamper from Selfridges includes their brand new Vegan salted caramel & chocolate panettone 900g, fruit & nut fudge bar, chutney, cherry & sherry jam, Christmas coffee, rose and lemon Turkish delight, and a delicate Mulled Wine all in an 18” wicker basket. It’s a stunner, and is as suitable for the lactose-intolerant as it is vegans. Available from Selfridges (£125).
Melrose and Morgan
The hampers from Melrose and Morgan are always impressive, and the Aperitif Hamper is particularly special, featuring treats from their bakery including buttermilk, chilli and thyme crackers and parmesan and poppy seed rounds, Spanish caper berries (try them in your next martini!), a bottle of fizz, the Ancestral Montonega Pet-Nat which is the perfect fireside tipple. For a more lavish option, their Festive Gourmand hamper (pictured) features a host of sweet treats, including florentines, shortbread, pralines and champagne! Available from Melrose and Morgan (from £45).
The River Café The Essentials Box
Kit your nearest and dearest out with everything needed to become a bonafide member of The River Café club. The fruitiest olive oil, incredible chocolate truffles, a gorgeous tote bag, and their brand-new cookbook are all inside. It’s called the Essentials for a reason! Available from The River Café, £100.
Swaledale’s Christmas box
Swaledale’s Christmas Box includes everything a recipient would need for a festive meal, so its’ ideal for gifting to that person who has had a tough year financially. Their full-of-flavour baron of beef, which is technically a large sirloin joint, makes an incredible flavoursome alternative to turkey. Swaledale are specialists in native breed beef and inside the box will also be native breed free-range ham joint and the all-important pigs in blankets every Christmas table needs. Available from Swaledale (£60).
Brindisa Tasting Box
Make Christmas a fiesta to remember with this glorious hamper from Brindisa. Inside you’ll find a generous selection of sweet and savoury treats that’ll make you dream of med. From cava to chorizo, iberico jámon to chocolate covered figs and everyone’s favourite, Perello olives. With so much choice, it’ll make a whole family happy this festive period. Available from Brindsa (£65).
Hotel Chocolat Merry Christmas Everyone hamper
When in doubt, give the gift of chocolate – and where Hotel Chocolat’s festive hampers are concerned, there’s always plenty of it. Their iconic ribbon-tied packaging has become synonymous with Christmas time and really impresses when delivered to someone’s door. Try their new ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ hamper which promises to deliver something for everyone in the family. Our favourites = the milk and dark chocolate Christmas trees – you’ll want to claim first dibs on those. Available from Hotel Chocolat (£55).