Wine & Food

    The best hampers to brighten up lockdown

    5 November 2020

    Whether you’re shopping for Christmas or simply looking to send a loved one something indulgent during a testing time, nothing beats a hamper full of decadent goodies delivered directly to your door.

    Forman & Field – The Ultimate Care Package, £79.95

    Forman & Field’s The Ultimate Care Package

    Packed full of your favourite comfort foods, from pâté to sausages, burgers to banana bread – this is the ideal way to perk up the lucky recipient’s lockdown experience. Cleverly designed so that all the contents (bar the pâté, which will last for three weeks) are suitable for freezing, this can be enjoyed immediately or squirrelled away to be savoured at a later date.

    Harvey Nichols Party Starter Hamper, £185

    Let’s face it – the booze is always the best bit of any hamper. And with its Party Starter Hamper, Harvey Nichols has hit on a winning formula: for each item of food, there’s a bottle of something. A delicious Blood Orange & Clove Negroni, two bottles of Prosseco, Marlborough white wine and gin. It’s all packaged up in an attractive Harvey Nicks hamper which you’ll want to keep on display after all the drink has long gone. Of course, this year the chances of actually having a party to enjoy this hamper are limited. But maybe in your group of six that means there will be more to go around.

    Daylesford Cotswold Cheese & Wine Hamper, £85

    Whilst none of us are relishing the thought of a second lockdown, there are certainly ways to elevate all those evenings in. Why not send someone everything they need for a glorious evening of cheese and wine at home? Organic Farm Daylesford have combined a selection of the best cheeses from around the Cotswolds with a bottle of Daylesford Rosso Piceno, luxury cheese biscuits and chutney.

    Charbonnel et Walker, Best of British Hamper £160

    It was 1875 when Mrs Walker (an artisan jewellery box designer) and Madame Charbonnel (an artist adept in the magic of making fine chocolate) opened their first chocolate boutique together on London’s exclusive Bond Street. Their hampers full of perfectly crafted chocolates continue to delight to this day. This best of British hamper contains an assorted of their most celebrated chocolates – from champagne truffles to a milk and dark chocolate selection box. Patriotically packaged in a way that’s bound to bring cheer during an otherwise gloomy November.

    Fortnum & Mason, The Great Indoors Hamper, £450

    The name Fortnum & Mason is synonymous with the luxury hamper for a reason. Here, they’ve exceeded themselves with a hamper perfectly tailored to time at home. Cheese, chutney, salmon, strawberry champagne preserve, luxury chocolate and biscuits – you name it, it’s there.

    Selfridges Breakfast in Bed Gift Box, £70

    There aren’t many perks to lockdown but the ability to have breakfast in bed must be one of the few. Selfridges have handily designed a hamper that contains everything you need to make it a sophisticated affair – from coffee, tea and Prosecco to thick-cut marmalade and granola.

    Bettys, The Ilkley Hamper, £100

    Bettys has long been the stalwart of Northern afternoon tea, with a visit to one of its tea rooms a must for anyone frequenting fashionable Harrogate or York. Combining Yorkshire’s finest luxury goods, this hamper includes everything from fruit cake to florentines and is the ideal gift for those looking to back British produce and give relatives a true taste of home.

    Cartright & Butler, Date night delights box, £51

    Date nights need not go out the window in lockdown thanks to this neat little box containing everything you need to make an evening in feel special. This tasty selection offers several lovely savoury treats including Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar Cheese Biscuits, Cheese Flatbread and Fig Chutney. On the sweet side, a carton of delicious Butter Fudge is accompanied by a bottle of Tonada White Wine.