Tis’ the season to be jolly, especially for the rich and hearty! An assortment of minced meat pies and cranberry sauce is so last year, now premium retailers like Harvey Nichols and Harrods have reinvented the concept of festive hampers. Now, hampers are all about a fancy cheese, premium coffee roasts and an elegant assortment of rare meat. Of course, a whole-hearted bouquet of gourmet produce does come with a hefty price tag. We’ve scoured the market for the most extravagant hampers.
Here are the top five hampers on the block that are certain to blow the recipient’s mind away.
#5 Harvey Nichol’s Hampers with Personality
Instead of compiling one exotic hamper, the retailer has opted for hampers syncing with personalities. Of course, the concept is rather interesting; hampers for the typical gentleman are all about bar snacks, aromatic coffees and bottles. For the perfect hostess, it’s all about homemade brownies, Champagne truffles and rose Champagne. For the party animal, think Procesco, vodka and bar nibbles. For the designated driver, it’s all about coffees and snacks. Simply put, the hamper caters to just about everyone. This hamper reinvents the conventional hamper with an interesting twist.
#4 Supreme by Harrods at £1101 ($1,435)
Enriched with tradition, these hampers are presented in wicker baskets. A fine array of gourmet foods are chosen and packed for the occasion with charcuterie, cheese, chutney and more. The selection is further complemented by Champagne, whisky and fine wines. And, what’s Christmas without festive mince pies and a Christmas pudding. Indeed, each element is sourced out from all over the world.
#3 Covent Garden Dining Edit at £2976 ($3,876)
This hamper caters to the ultimate foodie. In addition to a plethora of food items, it also includes dining experiences to some of London’s most popular joints. The hamper includes Petersham Nurseries’ Murano Glass gold champagne flutes and Prosecco, a Mariage Frères French Tea Club hand-blown glass teapot, Fornasetti plate from The Shop at Bluebird, Ladurée macarons in an exclusive Covent Garden box, Italian wines from Vini Italiani, speciality coffee from Abuelo, Godiva chocolates, cocktail and recipe books from Balthazar and Frenchie, a delectable cocoa spread from Venchi and many other items. A fine selection of dining experiences follow this exotic hamper with dinner at Cora Pearl, dinner at SUSHISamba’s new restaurant; breakfast at Petersham Nurseries’ La Goccia; dinner for two at The Oystermen; dinner at Sylvain Roucayrol’s new Henrietta Bistro at The Henrietta Hotel; Frenchie’s 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing; lunch at Michelin star chef Virgilio Martinez’s Peruvian restaurant Floral by LIMA and afternoon tea for two at Balthazar London.
#2 The Decadence Hamper by Selfridges at £4991 ($6,500)
Selfridges products are known the world over for their brilliant selection and quality produce. The Selfridges Decadence Hamper entails a generous selection of praline, chocolate coated honeycomb, pecan nut brittle, dark chocolate bar all from the house of Selfridges. On the savoury front, the assortment is certain to tickle your taste buds with chutney, brandy butter and rare meat. Of course, the hamper also entails a decadent selection of Christmas pudding, a fine selection of cheeses and Champagne.
#1 Fortnum and Mason Hamper a £5952 ($7,752)
With a tradition deep-rooted in the 18th century, Fortnum’s hamper has been very popular with the crème of society. It’s indeed one of the most elaborate food and drinks gifts possible. With a mind-bloggling assemblage of over 80 items, the hamper entails over nine bottles of wine and spirits including the glamorous vintage Champagnes by Krug and Dom Ruinart, plus a Dow Vintage port from 1985. Coming to the food, there’s Beluga Caviar, smoked salmon, Glenarm Salt Aged Beef, a whole Christmas ham and 11 of Fortnum’s condiments and preserves. Of course, there are nuts, cheeses, teas and Christmas coffee, What’s a hamper without some sweet treats! Think stollen log, pistachio and clotted cream biscuits, flapjacks, Florentines and a festive classic – a chocolate selection box.