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The festive season is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a lavish Christmas hamper?
They're the perfect gift for loved ones, family and friends and there's something for everyone – whether you're a foodie, avid fan of wine or simply keen to get into the Christmas spirit.
Many retailers have recently launched their Christmas hampers, so we've handpicked the very best, no matter how big or small your budget.
If you're looking to impress, we'd recommend perusing the selection on offer this year from Fortnum & Mason, Liberty London and Selfridges whose annual treats are a sight to behold. If you're hoping to find something more budget-friendly, Aldi, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis have plenty of options too.
Without further ado, here is Yahoo Life UK's carefully curated shopping guide to finding the perfect hamper full of sweet and savoury treats, boozy delights and mouth-watering mince pies.
The best Christmas hampers for a festive feast
Marks & Spencer Classic Festive Hamper | £50 from Marks & Spencer
Available for delivery from 2 November
Christmas hamper's don't need to cost the earth, and Marks & Spencer's is an excellent place to shop for on with a range of budget-friendly options. This classic box is full of festive favourites such as clementine and cranberry bucks fizz, apple and fig spiced tea, Christmas pudding, a chocolate selection box, mint snowballs and turkey hand cooked crisps. We'll have a hard time giving it away.
The Fortnum's Classic Christmas Hamper | £185 from Fortnum & Mason
For an indulgent hamper feast to impress your guests, look no further than Fortnum & Mason, whose luxury annual offering is a sight to behold. Featuring its famous tea, orange and dark chocolate biscuits, marmalade, cranberry and port chutney, creamy Cognac butter, a bottle of Champagne, wines and more, it doesn't get much better than this.
John Lewis & Partners Christmas Eve Basket | £90 from John Lewis
Another treat below the £100 mark is this basket from John Lewis. Reasonably priced but not lacking in luxury, it's a treasure trove waiting to be devoured. From prosecco and mulled wine to mince pies, chocolate Santas and gingerbread, it's full of delicious snacks and drinks to get you in the festive spirit.
The Christmas Favourites Hamper | £19.99 from Aldi
Available for delivery from 28 November
Not to be outdone by its competitors, Aldi has also released its own Christmas hampers, and it's a steal of course. For less than £20, it's a selection of sweet treats including a milk chocolate bar with honey and almond nougat, a chocolate bombe that melts in the middle, strawberry conserve and florentines, which can all be washed down by the bottle of Malbec.
Selfridges Selection Classic Alcohol-free Christmas hamper | £125 from Selfridges
This Selfridges hamper is perfect for a teetotal family member, full of fun, tasty treats with none of the alcohol. Full of items such as Turkish delight, vegan Christmas pudding, coffee, spiced orange hot chocolate, cinnamon and chocolate almonds and condiments, its a considerate and still sumptuous gift.
Christmas Basket Hamper Of Baked Treats | £89 from Not On The High Street
For those with a sweet tooth, this Christmas basket is a feast. It's full of award-winning treats from the Yorkshire-based family bakery, Lottie Shaw's, that have all been baked and hand packaged. From mince pies to flapjacks, millionaire shortbread to ginger biscuits, you'll be truly spoilt for choice next time you have a cuppa.
Christopher Wicker Hamper | £295 from Liberty London
This luxury wicker hamper is sure to score you plenty of brownie points with friends and family. It's jam-packed with artisanal luxuries, ranging from sloe gin and English sparkling wine to butter biscuits and piccalilli. It's perfect for the foodie in your life and decorated with Liberty's classic floral print inside.
Festive Teatime Gift Box | £50 from Betty's
Available for delivery from 12 November
Betty's is a well-loved Yorkshire tea room worth every penny. Filled with tea, coffee and craft bakery treats, including gingerbread, peppermint creams and a chocolate shortbread box, we suspect it won't last long once opened.
Marks & Spencer Bembridge Hamper | £500 from Marks & Spencer
Available for delivery from 2 November
While Marks & Spencer is home to budget-friendly hampers, it also has a selection of ultra-luxurious offerings too. This one in particular boasts 21 items, here are just a few you can expect to enjoy: vintage port, rich fruit cake, panettone, spiced plum and ginger chutney, Zambian honey with walnuts, Belgian chocolate biscuits, spiced nuts, Champagne and a bottle of Roja.
The Festive Feast Hamper | £300 from Hotel Chocolat
Available for delivery from 9 November
This hearty hamper is sure to last all throughout December and will make a chocolate lover very happy. Along with a bottle of prosecco, it contains ample amounts of Hotel Chocolat's most popular treats. From chocolate macarons to salted caramel vodka, creamed caramel puddles and milky hot chocolate, it's incredibly indulgent and perfect for making cocktails too.
Harvey Nichols Christmas Cocktail Cabinet Hamper | £299 from Harvey Nichols
Perfect your inner mixologist with this cocktail-themed Christmas hamper from none other than Harvey Nichols. From bottles of gin, prosecco, Campari and Aperol, it's a cocktail lovers dream and even has miniatures from its in-house range of liqueur that would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Biscuiteers Christmas Hamper | £35 from Biscuiteers
For something more unique, this Christmas hamper made from delicately decorated biscuits takes the cake. It's full of all the classics, from bottles of fizz to chutney and chocolates. It'd make a lovely gift for a teacher, work colleague or loved one.
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