While putting together our seasonal hampers this year for personal or corporate Christmas gifts, we have been thinking about the perfect gourmet gift baskets. In doing so we discovered that, although often considered a traditional British gift, the fine food hamper was actually introduced to these isles by the French.
As with all great traditions, the food hamper has a long and illustrious history. The word hamper derives ultimately from the old French term ‘hanapier’, which meant a case for goblets. It is believed that it was during the time of William the Conqueror that the idea of using a wicker hamper to carry treats and fine foods first came to the UK.
The hamper was initially used as a way of transporting tempting morsels and delicious delicacies for personal consumption when travelling. It was the Victorians who finally changed hampers from a personal larder into a smorgasbord of luxury gift ideas for others to enjoy.
The railways made sending perishable foods over long distances possible, and the idea of sending a hamper as a gift to far-flung friends and family was born. Employers also began to present their staff with a basket of goodies at the end of the year to ensure a wonderful Christmas with plenty of festive food and drink to enjoy.
We believe the Christmas hamper should retain a sense of this tradition. That’s why we have made sure ours contain those special artisanal treats from only the finest British food producers. In keeping with tradition, we have featured vintage Christmas foods in our seasonal hampers as they remain an essential part of Christmas celebrations. What could be more comforting in these uncertain times than the foods we have grown to love?
Our hampers will, perhaps literally, knock the socks off last year’s present, but they are also sure to impress clients and reward employees as corporate Christmas gifts that will be remembered long after the festive season is over.
Of course, we understand that business gifts require a personal touch, which is why you can create your own bespoke combination of luxury foods, British wine gifts and chocolate gifts to fill your hampers. If you contact our food advisors, they will help you create a unique hamper you can truly call your own, helping you to find other ideas to fill your bespoke hamper. In keeping with our vintage Christmas theme, your personal hamper shopper offers the sort of traditional customer service rarely found these days.
Here are some of our festive favourites and other corporate gift ideas with a vintage Christmas twist to help you treat someone special this year.
Our Christmas Essentials hamper contains all you need for a gourmet Christmas. It kicks off with the finest London Cure smoked salmon and culminates in a figgy pudding bursting with flavour, quality ingredients and heritage.
In between, the lucky recipient will discover in their wicker basket succulent Alderton ham, the beautifully creamy texture and spicy tang of Colston Bassett Stilton, with some celery and pepper oaties, brandy butter, cranberry sauce and some artisanal chocolates to wrap the perfect package up.
Other ready-to-order delights waiting to be delivered to friends, family or clients near or far include the romantic Hamper for Two, the Cheese Course Hat Box, the Gourmand Gift Box and, for someone really special, the Ultimate Christmas Hamper, the contents of which read like a roll call of every Christmas treat imaginable.
Pamper that special someone with a hamper this year and let us help you get your vintage Christmas gifts all wrapped up and safely delivered.