Hampered Gifts – A round up of some of the Best Foodie Gifts by Amanda Lewis

Well here it is folks the last of our Christmas Gift Guides for 2014, hopefully so far we assisted you in taking some of the stress out of the holidays. But no matter how hard we try we ALWAYS find that somebody unexpected either gets us a present we didn’t see coming or a well intended guest calls in on us with an equally well intended and unexpected gift, making us panic like a four minute warning !!! Now, you know us far too well, would we leave you in the lurch for the Festive season without giving you some Ho, ho, ho inspiration when it come to some extra gift, just in case and if by the, very slim, of chance they go unwanted, well you can take advantage of them yourselves.

Food fits this category perfectly so here are some great ideas which, if you get your skates on can be with you before the big day.

imageA tasty gift or Christmas treat to yourself. Booja Booja’s award-winning hazelnut crunch truffles, a vintage cheddar truckle, cranberry chutney with port and olives for nibbling. Plus a half size bottle of prosecco to get the party started. Christmas chutney is handmade by our own team in the Riverford Farm Shop kitchen, where we also prepare the olives. The truffles come from Booja Booja, the cheddar truckle is made by Godminster and prosecco is from La Jara.

imageA mouthwatering Hamper, but would work well as a gift for a party, Marks & Spencer offer a Christmas Mulled Wine & Fruit Hamper – basically all you need to make a mighty fine warming hot punch to warm guests on a cold and frosty morning or evening.

imageIf a tipple is more your measure then this Christmas Hamper with 10 year old single malt whisky from the famous Laphroaig distillery in Islay may hit the spot. Best enjoyed on its own or with friends, although if in company perhaps you can persuade them to savour the sensational Christmas pudding, traditional boiled sweets and famous Scottish cakes and shortbread instead, from scottishfoodandhampers.co.uk

imageThe Grosvenor hamper is the perfect gift for a family, from the classic Harrods teddy bear, sweet treats such as cocoa dusted almonds, miniature christmas cakes and boozy preserves, puddings and coffee it will see the whole family through the festive season.


imageWho in their right mind couldn’t or wouldn’t resist this Chocolate Lovers Hamper from Waitrose. Fans of all things chocolate will love this gorgeous basket of indulgent chocolate based treats. From chocolate coated honeycomb and sumptuous real Belgian milk drinking chocolate, this is a truly indulgent gift to give, share – or keep! I hear you cry.


imageLast but by no means least, what would Christmas be without a tipple or two and boy is this the answer to your prayers. Every Fortnum and Mason’s wine hamper aims to offer an outstanding selection of very special wines, and this hamper is no exception. Chosen from a select group of winemakers, these dozen bottles run the gamut from a light and lively Prosecco, Zucchetto to Bardolino Chiaretto, Tantini to our fruity Minervois, L’Ostal Cazes.


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