10 Top Tips of Finding a Perfect Hamper
What is a Hamper?
What is a hamper? One would probably say something along the lines of “a large woven or wicker basket filled with an assortment of goodies such as food” and you’d be right.
In reality, a hamper is simply “a collection of food and drink items, usually presented as gifts and sometimes include a hamper basket for a special occasion or events”.
10 Top Tips of Finding a Perfect Hamper
If you’re looking for a more personal way to let someone know you’ve thought about them, why not go treat them with a hamper? We tend to associate hamper with food. With a little time and effort, it could save you a lot of money.
Food is the ultimate comfort. Everybody loves food! It’s an indulgence that we fall back on for any occasion, and the love of food transcends season or functionality – comfort food is always there! Sweet treats, savoury morsels and jars and bottles of yumminess bring us all together in the nicest way, and we cannot think of anything nicer than sending a hamper for someone to enjoy.
To retreat to the kitchen and whip up something you know will bring a smile to someone’s face is as therapeutic as baking or making something for yourself – enjoying a glass of wine (or a cheeky gin and tonic, in our case) whilst doing it always helps as well.
So, you know you want to give a food hamper to that lucky someone, but what do you put in it? That is a 64 million dollar question!
The presentation of your hamper is just as important as the contents. Choose a nice wicker hamper or have a hamper basket with knitted lining or even make your own!
Who is it for?
You can always go for a themed version, try Christmas, Birthday, Family event or Gluten Free as a theme. Or perhaps they have a particular love for a certain food – if they love chocolate try a chocolate theme, pampering theme or a cheese theme for those without much of a sweet tooth.
1. Christmas Hampers
One of the most famous hampers is a Christmas Hamper.
Christmas hampers typically contain food items such seasonal favourites like all buttered mince pies, Christmas yule log, the well known Christmas pudding, spiced preserves, all buttered Christmas biscuits, dark chocolate, cheese and other sweet, smoked Scottish Salmon, chutney, balsamic vinegar, spicy and festive treats. Many also have bottles of wine, gin, champagne or for non-alcoholic hampers, tea, coffee or cocoa.
2. Birthday Hampers
No matter what age you are, you’re never too old for a birthday present nor a hamper! Nobody can resist the excitement of receiving a gift-wrapped box full of surprises to mark their special day.
Birthdays are that one day where it’s all about them, and finding the perfect gift can sometimes be challenging. Because we know how important birthdays are, our birthday hampers have been carefully thought out so that they contain all the things that make their big day a special one. There are all sorts of Birthday hampers ideas. Here are a few ones…
3. Something Different
Etsy, Notonthehighstreet.com and eBay are always worth a look for special little touches that will make the difference.
You can pick up an amazing hand drawn gift tags, the prettiest organza ribbons and for an extra few pounds, you can usually get gift tags and cards personalized!
You can buy shredded tissue paper in metallic colours and really unusual shaped confetti such as little fairies which can all be placed at the bottom of the hamper to make it that extra bit more impressive.
4. Chocolate Lovers Hampers
You can’t go wrong with chocolate on a birthday. One of the bestselling birthday hampers is packed full of mouth-watering delights.
Treat them to Cappuccino Sticks with Mocha Coffee Filling, Dark or Milk Chocolate Cornet Truffles, White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies and much more.
The adorable cuddle teddy bear could be included and will add an extra something special to their birthday especially if it’s for her.
5. Guten Free Hampers
Maintaining a Gluten Free diet is hard but on specialist websites, you can choose your treats from a variety of range.
You can add a bit of booze if you like! Eg Gluten Free beers. But why have beer when you have gin?
6. Pampering Hampers
Pure pampering, bath and beauty hampers make the perfect gift for the friend who loves a long soak in the bath. The rich blend of each item smells absolutely divine and indulges the senses in sumptuous fragrance.
One of the popular birthdays hampers for girls. They love beautiful all natural ingredients and gorgeous fragrances to create your own luxurious bath time experience such as bubble bath, rose petals, bath salts, face mask, home sweet home candles, essential oil packs, conditioner, bath salts, shampoo and moisturisers.
7. Sparkling Surprise Hampers
Some birthdays are bigger than others. Maybe you’re celebrating a milestone year with someone special? Or it could be an anniversary? A celebration?
What better way to mark the occasion with a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne? Along with some nibbles. Cheese or biscuits perhaps and don’t forget to make sure the glasses are inside too! Sparkling Surprise Hamper is the perfect fit! What goes with Prosecco? Prosecco and chocolate and wine? Wine and cheese.
8. Cultural Hampers
Most large towns and cities have fantastic Indian, Caribbean, Asian and Eastern European supermarkets. They really are a treasure trove to any type of foodie.
International supermarkets tend to be a fraction of the price of supermarkets and often have items that are so authentic you’ll be dammed if you know what they are – but that’s where most of the fun is!
Asian supermarkets are brilliant for soy sauces, marinades, vinegars and sushi making equipment and a local Indian supermarket will provide you with every spice you could wish for as well as some dainty little Indian sweets usually with evaporated milk and almonds.
9. Picnic Hampers
Making bread may seem like a treacherous task, but in reality, all you need is 4 ingredients and a little elbow Ask the bakery in your local supermarket for some fresh yeast and they usually hand out around 100 grams for free! (That’s usually enough for 5 loaves!)
Don’t forget, you can always add in a gift voucher or two, too…
10. The Gentleman Hampers
The perfect gift hamper for any man in your life eg Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Anniversary and Birthdays for him.
Source: www.restaurantchoice.co.uk and www.hampergifts.co.uk