If you’re looking for a memorable Christmas gift, you’re not alone. Every year, people start their search for the perfect, personalised present for friends and family — and it never gets easier!
But have you ever considered making your own Christmas hamper? You don’t have to be an arty person or have a huge budget. Simply read our step-by-step guide and create the perfect Christmas present that your loved one will never forget.
Before you do anything, you need to think about what’s going in your hamper and who it’s for. For example; large gifts need a big enough container that will hold everything securely and neatly.
The lucky recipient of your hamper will also affect what style you go for, so consider their age and personal preferences, too. Also think about the colour scheme. A rustic look is always effective in a brown wicker basket. However, getting a hamper in the recipient’s favourite colour is also a nice idea.
If you’re a traditionalist, wicker baskets make perfect Christmas hampers and you can get these from a range of homeware stores, online sites and charity shops. Alternatively, use a gift box to hold your items or, try holding everything on a tray (which can double up as a gift afterwards)! Just pile everything up on the tray and wrap it in cellophane to keep the gifts together.
Basically, it’s important to plan what’s going into your hamper before you buy it to make sure everything fits nicely. If you’re planning on putting some bottles of wine in there, you should ensure that there’s also plenty of room for other goodies!
Now, it’s time to really make your Christmas hamper an unforgettable gift. This is also the opportunity for you to personalise the gifts — something that you wouldn’t get from a ready-made hamper.
If you’re creating a hamper for an adult, browse online or in your local supermarkets to find things they like. For example, cheese and crackers are traditional items in a Christmas hamper. Many supermarkets sell mini cheese boards around Christmas time, or you can choose their favourite cheese and crackers and wrap them (e.g. in brown paper) to make them look more presentable.
What’s a Christmas hamper without something to toast the festive period? Find out their favourite wine or spirit and add a bottle or two. In many supermarkets, mini bottles of wine and prosecco are available, and these would fit nicely among other gifts. If the person is a cocktail fan, how about purchasing the ingredients for a cocktail?
Christmas is a time to indulge, so make sure your hamper has lots of sweet treats inside! If you bake, you could make a batch of truffles — enough to add to a few hampers. Wrap them in cellophane with a bow to make them look nice and add mini mince pies or candy canes to make the hamper look even more Christmassy.
Perhaps your recipient doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth — don’t worry. Chutneys and jams, packs of coffee or tea, and biscuits make great festive gifts. Find out their favourites and stock up!
Everyone has a hobby, even if some people take them more seriously than others! Find out your recipient’s favourite pastime and create your Christmas hamper around that.
If they’re green-fingered, how about seeds that they might not have grown before, some plant supports for the winter, or a plant pot for some indoor gardening? Fishing fans will find a fishing line, fishing tackles and warm socks very handy, while animal lovers will love receiving a new outfit and toys for their pet — or how about a photo of them with their dog or cat?
Children seem to get so many toys, so a customised Christmas hamper will really add the wow factor this season. You could put in carrots for the reindeer and a mince pie for Santa, then add their favourite sweets and a Christmas-themed soft toy for the perfect child’s Christmas hamper.
There’s no point in putting so much time and effort into your hamper if it isn’t decorated properly at the end. Putting presents on a bed of coloured crepe paper can look effective and you could use shredded paper to partially cover the treats. Adding labels to some of your gifts can be a nice touch, too. Write a personalised comment and stick on festive stamps to make the labels look effective, then simply buy festive-themed felt toppers to place on your presents.
Finally, keep everything safely in place by wrapping cellophane around your hamper and tie a red silk ribbon around the top for the perfect finish!