The best hampers to buy in 2023
Gift hampers are an extra-special present for any celebration. Discover our favourite hampers to buy, stuffed with everything from chocolate to cheese, cooking kits and popcorn
There’s something so exciting about receiving a hamper as a gift – opening it up and rummaging inside to unearth not one, but a whole host of goodies, all carefully selected to complement each other. Now that we're firmly in the run up to Christmas, a carefully chosen hamper makes a great festive gift, or simply a treat to share with your family across the festive season.
Show some love and send an extra-special gift hamper to the foodie in your life. We have plenty of fantastic options to choose from, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. We’ve picked some of the best hampers for food lovers (think chocolate, cheese, biscuits, cured meat and more), as well as hampers stuffed with specialist ingredients for home cooks and budding chefs.
Best foodie hampers at a glance
- Best classic Christmas hamper: DukesHill 'It's a Wonderful Life' Christmas hamper, £195
- Best compact hamper: M&S The Collection hamper, £55
- Best luxury chocolate hamper: Chococo assorted festive chocolate hamper bag, £65
- Best small gourmet hamper: Sweet and Savoury hamper by olive magazine, £59.99
- Best small chocolate hamper: Hotel Chocolat chocolate and fizz luxe collection, £39.95
- Best savoury hamper: DukesHill Meat Lovers' hamper, £130
- Best cooking kit hamper: Imp & Maker spaghetti carbonara dine-in hamper, £45
- Best afternoon tea hamper: Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea at home, £31.99
- Best small sweet hamper: Cartwright & Butler brew & biscuit hamper, £35
- Best budget cheese hamper: Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift, £29
- Best savoury snacks hamper: Serious Pig serious snack selection box, £31
- Best regional hamper: Macknade Best of Kent hamper, £60
- Best hamper to bring as a guest: Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box, £55
- Best coffee hamper: Coffee & Kin chocolate and coffee hamper, from £30
- Best breakfast hamper: Panzer's breakfast box, £40
- Best gourmet hamper: Brindisa artisan selection box, £100
Best hampers to buy 2023
DukesHill 'It's a Wonderful Life' Christmas hamper
- Available from DukesHill (£195)
Best classic Christmas hamper
For the ultimate celebratory Christmas hamper, you can't go wrong with DukesHill. If you want to splash out, this traditional wicker basket, a carefully curated selection of DukesHill's most popular festive items, is a luxury treat. It's filled with all the Christmas essentials: from Christmas pudding and mince pies (our personal highlight and one of the best mince pies we try each year), to cheese, ham, smoked salmon, chutney and more – all finished off with a bottle of cava.
M&S The Collection hamper
- Available from Marks & Spencer (£55)
Best compact hamper
A hamper can still feel luxurious without breaking the bank. This option from M&S features all the classics of a decadent hamper (smart wicker hamper you can keep, bottle of wine and plenty of treats to share) for just over £50. There’s a balance of sweet and savoury: think milk chocolate florentines, shortbread, crumbly cheesy biscuits and chutney.
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Marks & Spencer (£55)
Chococo assorted festive chocolate hamper bag
- Available from Chococo (£65)
Best luxury chocolate hamper
We always love Chococo at Christmas and this decadent hamper is sure to please a sweet tooth. There's plenty for adults and kids alike to share in here, making it a great gift option. Grown-ups will enjoy the box of festive chocolates, the juicy candied orange segments and unique chai chocolate bar. Kids will love the fun festive snowmen and creamy blonde chocolate Santa.
Sweet & savoury hamper by olive magazine
- Available from olive shop (£59.99)
The editors at our sister brand olive magazine have curated some of their favourite artisan food and drink brands into one crowdpleasing gourmet hamper. From Yorkshire-roasted coffee to Sicilian pesto, indulgent salted caramel truffles and British honey, the foodie in your life will find top artisan produce all in one place in a unique gift.
olive shop (£59.99)
Hotel Chocolat the chocolate and fizz collection
- Available from Hotel Chocolat (£39.95)
Best small chocolate hamper
Hotel Chocolat is a reliably winning choice, and this compact box is filled with a variety of chocolate treats to please anyone with a sweet tooth. We love the moreish chocolate macarons and crunchy chocolate shortbread, but there are also champagne truffles, mini chocolate slabs, hot chocolate sachets and a taster truffle box (the billionaire’s shortbread truffle is exceptional). All of this is topped off with a mini bottle of prosecco that the lucky recipient won’t have to share. For more chocolate inspiration, check out our round-up of the best chocolate hampers, including boxes from Cadbury’s and Fortnum & Mason.
Hotel Chocolat (£39.95)
DukesHill Meat Lovers' hamper
- Available from DukesHill (£130)
Best savoury hamper
If you know someone who takes their Sunday roast seriously, or whose weekend isn’t complete without a full English, then this is the hamper for them. One for the meat connoisseur, this meat hamper contains eight different items to try, from indulgent confit duck legs to a hearty pork pie. The two star items are a ham that DukesHill is famous for, and a porchetta roasting joint that would make a special family dinner – it's a breeze to cook, easy to carve and gives meltingly tender meat. We stocked our freezer with the bacon and sausages (to make the treats last as long as possible!), while the jar of sticky chorizo jam is a handy storecupboard staple that you’ll want to add to burgers, cheeseboards and pasta sauces.
Imp & Maker spaghetti carbonara hamper
- Available from Imp & Maker (£45)
Best cooking kit hamper
As true pasta enthusiasts, we love the idea of this fun hamper kit. It contains everything you need to master a gluten-free carbonara and side salad. Instead of parmesan, a punchy slab of Lincolnshire poacher cheese is included (save the leftovers for your next cheeseboard) and we were struck by the vivid orange yolks of the British Blue eggs (safely delivered, with no breakages) – two twists that made our finished carbonara deliciously unique. Imp & Maker has a wide range of hampers to choose from, including tomahawk steak and Sunday roast cooking kits, plus decadent alcohol hampers, chocolate gift sets and cheese feasts.
Imp & Maker (£45)
Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea at home
- Available from Cutter & Squidge (£31.99)
Best afternoon tea hamper
No longer any need to go out for a fancy afternoon tea with this fun delivery from Cutter & Squidge. Delivered in their signature bright yellow box, this tea for two contains four classic scones (we recommend warming them up to serve), clotted cream and jam, plus mini lemon drizzle cakes and fudgy brownies to complete the treats. There are also leaf tea bags to wash it all down. Order by 4pm for next-day delivery to solve any last-minute forgotten gift dilemmas…
Cutter & Squidge (£31.99)
Cartwright & Butler brew & biscuit hamper
- Available from Cartwright & Butler (£35)
Best small sweet hamper
A classic biscuit tin just got a boost with this sweet gift selection. Arriving in a smart tin that you can keep and reuse, it’s full of tea-break treats. Cartwright & Butler buttery shortbread is always a winner – we’re big fans of the sugary demerara shortbread for a tea break, and the cranberry or triple chocolate boxes included here too means there's something for everyone.
Cartwright & Butler (£35)
Hampers.com cheese & nibbles gift
- Available from hampers.com (£29)
Best budget cheese hamper
A thoughtful gift for a cheese fan, for under £30. This carefully curated selection centres around a mini wheel of award-winning Red Storm, a creamy Red Leicester from The Snowdonia Cheese Company. It’s paired with crackers (we love the unique tomato wafers), chutney and chilli nuts for a whole cheeseboard in a box. Check out our full round-up of cheese hampers for even more ideas.
Serious Pig serious snack selection box
Best savoury snacks hamper
For snacking on the go or serving up unusual nibbles, this quirky savoury collection from Snacking Pig makes a welcome change from boring crackers. There’s a selection of crunchy ‘snacking cheese’ in three different flavours, plus croutons, ‘snackalami’ and nuts, for fans of salty snacks.
Macknade Best of Kent hamper
- Available from Macknade (£60)
Best regional hamper
This unique hamper is a lovely way of exploring a specific region of England and supporting a variety of independent, local businesses if you're looking to shop small this Christmas. Discover the best Kent has to offer, from coffee and juice to honey, chocolate, crisps and more. You're sure to find a new favourite product you'll want to buy again.
Gattertop Drinks after dinner entertainment gift box
- Available from Gattertop Drinks (£65)
Best hamper to bring as a guest
Turn up with this classy, grown-up hamper and find yourself crowned ‘best guest’. Designed to encourage a fun evening in, the chic gift box has a bottle of Gattertop Drinks Co damson vodka, along with chocolate truffles, brandy snaps and roasted nuts, plus a pack of cards and booklet of card games. Mix up a drink, open the cards and enjoy a convivial, after-dinner evening away from the usual screens.
Gattertop Drinks (£65)
Coffee & Kin coffee and chocolate hamper
- Available from Coffee & Kin (from £30)
Best coffee hamper
This compact hamper is a great way to treat a coffee lover (check out more coffee gifts here). Inside you'll find a new coffee and a selection of chocolate from UK chocolatiers. It's highly customisable: you can choose from coffee beans, pods or grounds, then choose between milk, dark or a 'surprise' chocolate mix. You can also choose to have it as a three- or six- month subscription for a gift that keeps on giving.
Coffee & Kin (from £30)
Panzer's Breakfast Box
- Available from Panzer’s (£40)
Best breakfast hamper
Start your weekend right with a decadent breakfast hamper, stuffed with ready-made treats. Expect all the essentials for a lazy breakfast in bed: nutty granola, two bagels, great quality smoked salmon and a generous tub of cream cheese. There’s also an intensely perfumed nectarine juice – although only one bottle, so you’ll have to fight over it. It’s pricey, but the beautiful packaging and quality of ingredients would make this hamper a thoughtful gift for new homeowners.
Brindisa artisan selection box
- Available from Brindisa (£100)
Best gourmet hamper
For someone who didn’t get abroad this year, the Brindisa artisan hamper delivers a luxurious taste of Spain in a generously packed box. Tapas is sorted with salted Marcona almonds, chilli olives and Iberico ham, while a selection of Ortiz tinned fish will spruce up a winter storecupboard. Chorizo, cheese, honey and sobrasada round out the collection. It’s the ultimate cook’s treat.
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