Help yourself to a hamper

Whether you’re stocking up for a festive feast or planning to spread Christmas cheer among friends and family, these wicker wonders will go down a treat, says Natasha Langan.

Partridges hamper

Partridges Hamper


Partridges is a famous London food shop with a royal warrant – it’s where the “well-heeled visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show pick up their picnics”, says Rosie Mullender in The Independent. This best selling hamper has 15 items and includes some of the shop’s finest produce, including champagne, smoked salmon, organic coffee and its gold-wrapped Artisan Panettone. Last order day for Christmas delivery is Wednesday 19 December.

Aldi Exquisite Hamper


Aldi Exquisite hamperThis hamper offers “an extraordinary amount of stuff for the money”, says David Ellis in the Evening Standard. The excellent quality wicker box includes a bottle of vintage Veuve Monsigny Champagne that was awarded a “silver outstanding” medal at this year’s International Wine & Spirits competition, as well as a selection of specially selected biscuits and chocolates, a panettone, a Christmas cake, a large sharing mince pie and three more bottles of wine. Last order date for Christmas delivery is 19 December.

La Fromagerie hamper

La Fromagerie Luxury Box


This award-winning family run cheese shop started by Patricia Michelson in 1990 has three branches in London and an online shop. It showcases the very best of artisanal cheeses, and all the cheesemakers are “rigorously” vetted for quality, says Oliver Thring in The Times. The Luxury Box offers the perfect choice of French cheeses along with a piece of Colston Bassett Stilton from Nottinghamshire. To accompany the cheese comes a selection of champagne, wine and port, chutneys, a salami, chocolates, honey from the Pyrenees and a Welsh handmade oak cheese board. Last order date for Christmas delivery is midnight on Sunday 16 December. MoneyWeek readers can save 10% if they quote MONEYWEEK18.

Fortnum & Mason Imperial Hamper


Fortnums hamperFortnum & Mason has been delivering Christmas hampers since the 1730s and the Imperial Hamper is its “most decadent food and drink gift… designed to set the lucky recipient up for the entire festive period”, says Good Housekeeping. The luxurious contents include vintage champagnes by Krug and Dom Ruinart, Beluga Caviar, and Fortnum’s famous teas, with tea set. Last chance delivery orders: 17 December for EU and worldwide delivery; 18 December for the US and Canada; 20 December for named day delivery and fresh hampers; 21 December for next-day delivery.

Charbonndel et Walker hamper

Charbonndel et Walker Luxury Celebration Hamper

£170 from Selfridges

An indulgent collection of chocolates and champagne for those who have had enough of the turkey and stilton. It features a selection of truffles with flavours such as sea salt, strawberry and champagne, and dark chocolate orange sticks.Available for next-day delivery.

Daylesford Organic Kingham Hamper


Daylesford Kingham hamperThis hamper from the award-winning Daylesford Organic Cotswold farm shop has “all the essentials for a fine Christmas dinner”, says the Financial Times. It arrives in two linen-lined wicker hampers and contains more than 60 “festive treats” that range from a 6kg turkey, a side of Scottish smoked salmon and a smoked salmon terrine, a selection of cheeses complete with marble cheese board, sweet treats, and spa vouchers to help you recover from the festive season’s overindulgence. Last order date is noon Thursday 20 December for Christmas delivery.