Christmas comes but once a year, but it does nonetheless come round every year, and this can make it hard to come up with something fresh to give friends, family and loved ones on December 25th. If you’re struggling for inspiration this year then you might want to consider giving a luxury hamper as a present.
Eat, drink and be merry
Christmas is a time for indulging, for enjoying the finer things in life prior to swearing them off for good in time for New Year. That’s one of the reasons that Christmas hampers make such good gifts. Rather than being dutifully unwrapped and then pushed to one side with the rest of the season’s booty, they are experienced, tasted and become a part of the festive fun and merriment, before everyone hits the gym in January. In the spirit of Christmas, they’re also great for sharing with others, and can make a good collective gift for a family or couple.
Choosing the right Christmas hamper
Everyone’s tastes are different and there a wide range of luxury hampers out there to choose from, both from online suppliers, and in the ‘real world’. This means that whoever you’re buying for, you should be able to find something that appeals.
Food hampers are particularly popular and these can either be stocked with all sorts of festive goodies, or focus on one particular culinary niche such as gourmet cheeses. Chocolate-filled hampers are ideal for those with a sweet tooth, while luxury hampers filled with jams and other preserves can last long after the twelve days of Christmas have despatched their partridges, gold rings and leaping lords.
Alcohol is also a timeless classic, and great for anyone who is known to enjoy a tipple or two at Christmas. An assortment of fine wines, spirits and even real ales can be purchased as a hamper package, and make a much nicer gift than something pulled off the supermarket shelves. It is also possible to get hampers that combine both food and drink.
Christmas hampers of course don’t always have to be edible, and hampers full of things such as bath products, candles, flowers and other goodies can also be given.
Even once Christmas is over and the contents have all been consumed or used, luxury hampers can continue to bring pleasure to the recipient. Often the hampers themselves are quite attractive, and can be re-used as an ornamental feature, storage place or even as a picnic hamper.
One of the best things about giving a hamper as a gift is that it’s thoughtful, but the actual selection of the contents can be left to experts who know what will make the perfect combination. Because there’s such as wide range to choose from, you should also be able to find something that fits your budget. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a gift for someone else, and there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself at Christmas time!
About the author – Paul S. Sutton is a freelance writer who blogs regularly on a wide range of lifestyle subjects and often researches at www.regencyhampers.com. He has been known to overindulge in cheese and bourbon at Christmas.