When I lived in Singapore, at Christmas time our house was overflown with hampers gifted to our family. At Christmas and Chinese New Year, it was normal business practise to gift clients and depending on the client, take the family out of dinner too.

Day in and day out on the run up to Christmas, the door bell would ring with more deliveries of VVSOP Cognac, Wine and Dutch cookies to name a few. One Christmas, we must have had over twenty hampers delivered to us and by this point, my parents were sick of looking at them. Me being me, I loved them, just so I could raid the Dutch cookies (till this day, I love those little sugary things!).

One year however, a different type of hamper was delivered which saw our entire kitchen turned into a fruit shop. We were gifted an enormous fruit hamper consisting of two huge boxes of mangoes, boxes of cherries, fuji apples and pineapples. Needless to say, we loved the change from the traditional hampers we were accustomed to. It was also the start of my cherry addiction.

After moving to Kuwait and then Paris, it was goodbye to the hampers we received but hello to the hampers we gifted to my grandfather. Smoked Salmon Pâté, Champagne and Shortbread Petticoats galore. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I was gifted my very own Christmas Countdown Hamper (£100) from Harvey Nichols. I was like a kid that got all the candy. Grown up candy.

Christmas Countdown Hamper

The items that make up the Christmas Countdown Hamper are packaged within a wonderful wicker basket which is perfect for spring time picnics in the park (I suggest Loch Lomond on a sunny day) complete with a beautiful red bow so you can unwrap the goodies. Good quality Leather straps hold the hamper together which are great for when you’ve over filled your basket and need to squish it closed. You’re also guaranteed that the hamper won’t just suddenly spring open spilling every thing out. Thumbs up. Due to the number of items within the hamper, it’s a rather hefty size with ample space for a blanket or two.

A complete breakdown of the contents are as follows:

  • Marc de Champagne Christmas Pudding 454g
  • Brandy Butter 210g
  • Cranberry Sauce with Burgundy 200g
  • Mint Jelly 220g
  • Dark Chocolate Bar Collection Box 195g
  • English Breakfast Tea x 50 Tea Bags 125g
  • Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee 227g
  • Plain Chocolate Covered Toffee 170g
  • Dark Chocolate Crunch Biscuits 200g
  • Knotpaper Fabric Gift Wrap 60cm x 60cm
  • Rouge 2012 750ml
  • Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2012 750ml

The first thing that caught my eye while unraveling the goodies was the Dark Chocolate Bar Collection Box, Toffee, Biscuits and Red Wine. What can I say… I have a sweet tooth and good taste! You can’t have a Christmas without gorging on all the good stuff, can you?

I have to admit I’m not the biggest Christmas Pudding fan and I’ve never tried Cranberry Sauce or Mint Jelly but I’m always up for trying new things. With Tea, Coffee and Wine, you cannot go wrong and everyone likes chocolate, right?

Unfortunately, one of the tins had a bash on it when I took it out of the hamper but this was easily rectified by pushing the bump from the inside out. The bash was more than likely caused by one of the bottles of wine. Not a big deal. I’m also happy to report that the chocolate was devoured within a single afternoon and as I write this post, I’m trying to talk myself out of eating a Dark Chocolate Crunch Biscuit. I’m saving those for this weekend as it marks the start of my two-week Christmas holiday, the first two week break I’ve had in a few years. Cannot wait. The wine? That’s for sharing on Christmas Day of course.

Hampers are a wonderful gift to give anyone in your life, perfect for when you have no idea what to get, are thinking of a last minute gift or for that fussy person in your life. Harvey Nichols have a variety of hampers ranging from under £50 to almost £5000, catering for every price range imaginable. If money was no object, I’d purchase the Fine Dining Hamper which costs £500. It’s me all wrapped up in a red bow. There is still plenty of time to arrange delivery of a Christmas hamper or pop into the Food Market at your nearest Harvey Nichols.

Have you ever bought someone a hamper before or been gifted one? Have you ever made your own hamper with home made goodies? Is it something you’d consider in the future?

Disclaimer: I was gifted the Christmas Countdown Hamper by Harvey Nichols in return for a review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and my comments reflect my true experience.

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