The best hampers and gifts for the food lovers in your life this Christmas

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Whether you’re looking to spoil yourself or a loved one rotten this Christmas, we’ve been working hard to seek out the finest food and drink offerings that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Here at LLM – Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, we’re not so keen on doing anything by halves, so get ready for some truly luxurious, indulgent hampers and treats to ensure that Christmas 2020 kicks the rest of the year into the dust. It won’t be difficult after the year we’ve had, but we don’t really need an excuse. If you’re looking to elevate your festive season to a truly show-stopping one, then read on for some of the finest hampers, hamper fillers and gifts for the food-lovers that you can get your hands on.

Complete hampers

With all the hard work done for you, hampers are a great way to show someone you love just how much you care about them and miss them, and you can treat yourself too, of course.

The Iconic, Deluxe Charcuterie and Deluxe Spanish hampers by Iberico

Restaurant group Iberica want to bring their range of traditional Spanish goodies to your doorstep and who could argue when their hampers look this good? Perfect for those small gatherings at Christmas or the perfect gift for the person in your life who can’t get enough of Spanish food, their treat hampers range from iconic to deluxe. The iconic version boasts a selection of premium products including manchego cheese, sliced chorizo, sherry vinegar, red wine (Heraclio Alfaro Crianza), olive oil, biscuits and more, while you can expect double the amount of items in the deluxe version.

Price: £50, £90, £150

Where to buy: ibericarestaurants.com

Carluccio’s Il Massimo

If you could put all your favourite Italian delicacies in one box, we’d wager it would look just like this. Prosecco Fraciacorta Brut 25, Carluccio’s famous chocolate stelline, filled with a rich and creamy hazelnut filling, melt-in-the-mouth biscuits and chocolate-covered candied clementine segments. All finished off with that Italian Christmas must-have, panettone.

Price: £90

Where to buy: carluccios.com

Bolney’s Christmas Eve Hamper

Bolney have designed this special hamper to provide you with the treats you need to enjoy the night before Christmas in style – in front of the fire, with your nearest and dearest. You’ll find everything you need for Christmas Eve, one of the most magical nights of the year, right here in one convenient basket. There are sweet and savoury nibbles to keep everyone happy; gingerbread biscuits, cocoa-dusted almonds and cheese sables too.

There are also some rich and fruity mince pies, best enjoyed with a glass of Bolney’s Pinot Noir, included in the hamper, or those in a more celebratory mood can pop the cork on the Cuvée Rosé. Settle into Christmas this year with your Christmas Eve hamper, just be sure to leave enough room for Christmas Day!

What’s in the wicker: 75cl Cuvée Rosé, 75cl Pinot Noir, mince pies, gingerbread biscuit thins, Charbonnel et Walker cocoa dusted almonds, cheese sables fennel and chilli.

Price: £110

Where to buy: bolneywineestate.com

Bolney Christmas Wine and Cheese Lovers’ Hamper

What better way to deliver the perfect festive celebration than with this heavenly hamper, handpicked for a Christmas to remember? Lift its lid and you’ll find Bolney’s superb Blanc de Blanc and Pinot Noir to provide your refreshment for the feast ahead. A trio of cheeses: English cheddar, Tunworth (England’s version of Camembert) and Stilton in a Pot, are all perfectly matched to the wines and nibbles in the hamper, and they’ve included spelt crackers and toast for cheese, plus their very own brand-new Bolney Bacchus chutney.

Dessert is covered too – a half-kilo luxury Christmas pudding, cocoa dusted almonds and mint thins to finish. And because no Christmas feast is complete without it, why not round off your evening with a rich, 10 year-aged Tawny Port, for a truly Merry Christmas?

Price: £195

Where to buy: bolneywineestate.com

Delicario Savoury Christmas Hamper

Packed with a range of gorgeous savoury treats, this is just one of the many hampers from newly launched Delicario – the online delicatessen who carefully select items from small scale sustainable producers of authentic regional European delicacies. This hampers contains a range of delights to make your Christmas a showstopper, including truffle stuffed pasta, ragu, sea salt, smoked organic salmon, truffle cream, panettone, Champagne (Champagne Brut Prestige Premier Cru, Damien-Buffet) and a gorgeous red wine (Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG 2017, Pagus Bisano).

Price: £210

Where to buy: delicario.com

Luxury Christmas Hamper by Maison Samadi

If you usually love wandering the streets of London searching for those wonderful gifts from the array of local artisan stores that grace the city, but Covid has had other plans for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that you are now able to do this from the comfort of your home. Cosaporto is a premium style concierge service aimed at bringing a range of retailers to you this season.

For the ultimate gift this festive season, Maison Samadi, Knightsbridge’s iconic chocolatier has pulled out all the stops with their luxe hamper, laden with the finest chocolates crafted by its artisans. Discover gianduja truffles, dates drenched in chocolate, bonbons and marron glace, amongst a host of other delicious treats. The hamper arrives adorned with preserved flowers providing a real showstopper for someone special.

Price: £279.50

Where to buy: cosaporto.it

Carluccio’s Il Grandioso

Say hello to the ultimate Christmas gift, the Carluccio’s Il Grandioso hamper. The beautiful wicker basket comes loaded with the very best of artisanal Italian produce. Discover products from Italy’s finest suppliers who have been perfecting their recipes for generations. From the favourite panettone tradizonale, a staple on every Italian festive table, to expertly Fichi al Rhum, tender figs marinated in rum, as well as a bottle of Prosecco, extra virgin olive oil and Vin Santo dessert wine. This one is perfect for those pre-Christmas dinner parties.

Price: £300

Where to buy: carluccios.com

Burren Smokehouse Luxury Hamper

Ireland-based Burren Smokehouse offer up a selection of hampers in varying sizes and containing an array of different items, but if you’re looking to really push the boat out then the Luxury Hamper should be in your shopping basket.

Not doing anything by halves, this hamper includes no less than 18 items including a 75cl bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne, 500g each of three different types of Burren smoked Irish organic salmon, Galway crystal Champagne flutes, Irish whiskey and tumblers, goats’ cheese, beetroot chutney, fudge, spices and more.

Price: €495 (£392)

Where to buy: burrensmokehouse.com

Hamper contents or individual gifts

Whether you are looking to put together your own personalised hamper or are looking for some food and drink related gifts then we have you covered for that too.

Paxton and Whitfield’s Truffle Cheese Collection

A collection of Paxton’s best-selling truffle cheeses; paired with white truffle honey and charcoal crackers make for the perfect home-dining feast or Christmas gift for a truffle fan. This decadent, truffle cheese collection will serve four to six people and includes the best-selling Brillat Savarin aux Truffes (200g) and Moliterno with truffles (250g) accompanied by the perfectly paired truffle honey (60g) and a packet of charcoal crackers (80g).

Brillat Savarin aux Truffes is a triple crème cows’ milk cheese from Burgundy, which has the luxurious addition of Cote d’Or summer truffles, while Moliterno with truffles is a beautiful Sardinian ewes’ milk cheese which is infused with black truffle paste after it has matured for 60 days. Drizzle with the honey and serve atop the crisp, savoury crackers.

Price: £45

Where to buy: paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

One Gin Miniatures Gift Pack

Gin lovers will rejoice at a gift box of miniatures and what better way to introduce them to a new brand than to provide them with a selection of samples? Four 5cl bottles of One Gin are included here including the classic, bold and distinctively savoury sage offering as well as the orchard fresh sage and apple tipple. One Gin is also an ethical brand – part of the One Foundation – with every bottle of gin sold going towards funding clean water projects across the world.

Price: £20

Where to buy: thespiritofone.com

Badiani Classic Panettone

Would it be Christmas without embracing the traditional Italian sweet bread that is panettone? We don’t think so, and this classic panettone from the renowned Pomposi family simply doesn’t compare to your average. Laced with the finest honey, Australian raisins and candied Washington oranges, you can enjoy a moment of pure Christmas joy with all the family.

Price: £35

Where to buy: cosaporto.it

The Edinburgh Beer Factory selection box

Paolozzi Lager is a full-bodied, un-pasteurised 5.2% abv Lager, brewed using 100% barley malt, and has been voted the UK’s best Helles/Münchner lager three years running at the World Beer Awards. Eduardo Paolozzi’s ‘Illumination and the Eye’ features on the lager’s bottle label.

With this gift pack you’ll get the full Edinburgh Beer Factory experience. You’ll get to try all of the core range products, including the multi-award-winning Paolozzi Lager, Futurism Modern Brown and Moonstrips Smoky Wheat.

Price: £35

Where to buy: edinburghbeerfactory.co.uk

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