plan a few weeks in advance and shop around, it’s likely that you’ll pick up
some good bargains, too. You don’t have to be overly crafty to make the hamper
look good either. Read on for our step-by-step guide to creating the perfect
Step 1: Choose the container
what will hold everything.
picked up from homeware stores, online sites and even charity shops. Alternatively, you can use a gift box to hold your items. Some hampers can be
made on a tray, too (which can double up as a gift afterwards). Pile up the
presents on the tray and wrap in cellophane to keep them together.
purchasing a basket. A hamper can be a good gift for an individual, a couple,
or a child. Also think about the colour scheme — a traditional rustic look is
always effective in a brown wicker basket. However, if your recipient has a
favourite colour, you could find a container suitable for them. Have a vague idea about what is going to go in the hamper
before purchasing. If you’re planning on putting some bottles of wine in there,
you should ensure that there’s plenty of room for other goodies, too!
Step 2: Choose the contents
the contents that you put inside. This is also the opportunity for you to
personalise the gifts — something that you wouldn’t get from a ready-made
and online and choose things that you know they’ll use and enjoy. For example,
cheese and crackers are traditional items in a Christmas hamper. Many
supermarkets sell mini cheese boards around Christmas time, or choose their
favourite cheese and crackers and wrap them (e.g. in brown paper) to make them
look more presentable.
this can be a good gift to add to the hamper. Find out what their favourite
wine is or spirit and add a bottle or two. In many supermarkets, mini bottles
of wine and prosecco are available and these would fit nicely among other
gifts. If the person is a cocktail fan, how about purchasing the ingredients
for a cocktail.
love to receive around Christmas. If you make your own, you could make a batch
of truffles — enough to add to a few hampers. Wrap them in cellophane with a
bow to make them look presentable. Add mini mince pies or candy canes to make
the hamper look more Christmassy, too.
coffee or tea, and biscuits. Find out what their favourites are and stock up!
could add some carrots for Rudolph, a mince pie for Santa and some reindeer
food so Rudolph can find his way to the house (glitter and oats). Add their
favourite sweets and a Christmas-themed soft toy and you have the perfect
someone who has a particular interest — it’s a stocking for adults!
and chocolates, you could give them something different. How about some seeds that they might not have grown before
from an online retailer such as Dobies? Or some new hanging baskets for the new season? Or even a new plant pot for some indoor
gardening? For fisherman, you could add some warm socks, a fishing line
or smaller bits of fishing tackle that will come in handy. For pet lovers you could add a warm outfit for their pet, some
toys and even a picture of them with their animal.
Step 3: Decorate to perfection
Presentation is key when it comes to making a Christmas hamper — but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Putting presents on a bed of coloured crepe paper can look effective. You could use already shredded paper or you could shred your own gift wrap. Adding labels to some of your gifts can be a nice touch, too — you could say what the gift is and write a personalised comment for them. Add festive stamps on the labels to make them look effective. You could purchase some felt toppers to place on some of your gifts. You can find these in craft stores in the shape of Santa Claus, snowmen and other festive pieces. Wrap your hamper in cellophane to keep everything in place and wrap a red ribbon around the top for a perfect finish!