I’m a big fan of Cheshire-based mail order company Prestige Flowers: you may remember that, this time last year, they sent me a beautiful, gorgeously-packaged bouquet to review. So when I learned that they also specialise in food and drink hampers, ideal for the fast-approaching festive season, you bet I was keen to find out more.
The Christmas hamper concept is one that has really grown on me in recent years, especially now my friends and family are spread further afield. I had already begun to embrace luxury food and drink gifts for those harder-to-buy-for family members (hi Dad) instead of wracking my brain to come up with gifts that, although thoughtful and appreciated, were often discarded not long after the festivities were done. A hamper takes the concept one step further, packaging up your goodies extra nicely – while often allowing the recipient to discover some smaller brands – and delivering them right to your loved one’s door. Because who doesn’t love surprises in the post, particularly at this time of year?
Prestige’s impressive range of Christmas hampers includes something for most budgets and tastes – they even include adorable hampers for cats and dogs, which as you can imagine I’m all over. Luckily, for us if not the kits, the hampers we were sent to review were designed more with humans in mind – although they still illustrate just how much variety there is in the Prestige hamper range.
The Christmas Sky hamper* (£69.99) is an extremely impressive-looking hamper, packed full of luxury snacks and sweet treats for all your festive after-dinner entertaining, or just something nice to have on hand should guests pop round unexpectedly. It comes beautifully packaged in a lightweight, vintage-style chest – deep enough to make rummaging around to discover what’s inside extra fun, and substantial enough for packing away all the Christmas decorations once January rolls around (note to self: if the decorations box has outlasted the boots that arrived in it, it’s probably due for an upgrade).
For the sweet-toothed, the Christmas Sky hamper includes:
- Shortbread House bite-sized shortbread with macadamia nuts;
- Valley Chocolates handmade chocolates;
- Valley Chocolates chocolate raisins;
- NibNibs coconut mini biscuits (SO GOOD);
- Tin of Earl Grey teabags;
- Edinburgh Christmas blend after dinner ground coffee;
- Anton Berg dark chocolate mint creams;
- Honey Rose gluten-free all butter lemon shortbread.
And, on the snacky side:
- Yorkshire Crisps Chardonnay wine vinegar crisps;
- Joe and Seph’s goats cheese and black pepper popcorn (we were NOT fans of this, but you might be…);
- Mr Filbert sea salt mixed nuts;
- Folkinton’s traditional ginger beer;
- Folkinton’s sparkling elderflower pressé.
Now, I’m not here to add up the price of each individual product and tell you whether or not you’re getting value for money. We all know that, with a Christmas hamper, you’re paying for the convenience and the presentation as much as you’re paying for the individual product. £69.99 is hardly bargain basement money, but the return from that is a really impressive-looking gift, handled by a reliable company that has been in the hamper business for a good long while – and one that is thoughtful too, once you browse through the fresh food, booze, sweet and savoury options on offer to find the perfect gift.
The quality of the products and attention to detail holds true right down the Prestige product range: see, at the other end of the scale, the Cheese and Wine Basket* (£29.99). This budget-friendly option includes waxed cheeses from Ford Farm in Dorset, oatcakes, wine and chutney – and comes in a delightful little wicker basket, making it into a really lovely-looking gift.
The Cheese and Wine Basket includes:
- Ford Farm Wensleydale with cranberries;
- Ford Farm Farmhouse Cheddar with chilli and lime;
- Ford Farm Double Gloucester;
- Mrs Bridges beetroot and orange chutney;
- Walkers Highland oatcakes (four packs of six, which keeps them fresh);
- Luis Filipe Merlot, half-bottle size
With Christmas hampers ranging in price from £19.99 to the stately Prestige Tower, currently on offer at £750 (!), you’re sure to find something on the site for that troublesome gift – and with next-day delivery available across the site right up until Christmas Eve, you’ll be able to check even your last-minute gifts off your list.
How do you feel about Christmas hampers: naff or nice?
I was gifted the hampers in this post for review purposes, but all opinions are my own and unbiased.