Forget the board games, family arguments and television drill – nothing says Christmas more than the food.
Whether it’s the mince pies that you can’t wait for or traditional sticky pud, we challenge you to find a greater way to celebrate the season than with a festive hamper.
Thankfully, this year is one of the greatest to date for foodies with wicker baskets boasting everything from boozy chocolates to homemade gingerbread.
Look no further for the best Christmas 2018 hampers from Aldi’s most talked about selection to Fortnum and Mason’s luxe family set.
Betty’s Luxury Christmas Gift Hamper, £150
It’s dubbed God’s Own Country for good reason and if it’s not in awe of its rolling landscapes or friendly neighbours – it’s thanks to Yorkshire’s finest grub.
This festive season, Harrogate’s famous tea room is offering a keepsake wicker basket jam-packed with classics from Betty’s very own Christmas pudding to homemade Yorkshire gingerbread. Oh, and a stash of tea bags in case you run out.
Each item is packaged in keepsake tins and nostalgic wrapping making it the perfect gift for loved ones.
Marks and Spencer’s Collection Burlington Hamper, £250
After seeing what’s inside Marks and Spencer’s most covetable hamper this year, we may have to purchase one for ourselves…
If it’s not the Goats Cheese and Rosemary Bites that tickle your fancy then it’s sure to be the moreish Winter Berries and Prosecco crisps.
A sure-fire must for foodies this Christmas.
Fortnum and Mason’s Night Before Christmas Hamper, £125
This year, London’s most famous department store has launched a Christmas Eve hamper for the first time – packed with cheery sherry, crumbly biscuits and hearty hot chocolate.
Perfect for a family night in by the roaring fire.
The Carluccio’s Il Massimo Hamper, £75
Who said you needed to stick to the classics this year? Foodies are sure to make a beeline for the Carluccio’s Il Massimo hamper as it’s packed with moreish Italian treats from apricot biscotti to buttery Torcetti biscuits.
For those with a sweet tooth, the gift box also includes chocolate-dunked clementines from Calabria and of course, no Christmas would be complete with a Panettone.
Aldi’s Christmas Feast Hamper, £79.99
Not one for the Scrooges amongst us, Aldi’s Christmas Feast Hamper features 18 festive must-haves.
The hand-wrapped basket comes with honeycomb-flavoured prosecco, stollen bites and a serious cracker collection – a must for those itching to dig out the cheese board.
Waitrose & Partner’s Gourmet Hamper, £100
Waitrose & Partners is no stranger to a luxe Christmas hamper and this year, it may just be the supermarket’s best yet.
At £100, the set boasts an assortment of flavours with perfect-for-dunking camembert, Scottish shortbread stars and marinated olives.
Selfridges’ Morning After Hamper, £140
You’ll be feeling merry and bright after a boozy Christmas Day thanks to Selfridges’ Morning After gift set.
The hamper includes everything you need for a spicy Bloody Mary (or three) and it’s the perfect excuse to say ‘yes’ to all the upcoming parties this festive season.
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