Boxing clever: 6 of the best local hampers
Hard-to-buy-for in-laws or picky partner? Don’t default to vouchers – a box of gourmet goodies or winter cocktail kit will really make 'em smile
The New Forest Hamper Company, Milford on Sea, priced on content
Give a flavour (or scent) of the many fabulous producers in the South with a basket of locally-sourced goodies from the New Forest Hamper Company. Pick from the likes of Lyburn Cheese, Hattingley Valley, Chocolate by Miss Witt, New Forest Aromatics, Cyril’s Soapshed and more. Go quick for Christmas 2020 orders.
The Garlic Farm Favourites Hamper, Isle of Wight, £44.95 + delivery
Covering just about every possible sandwich/meat/cheese accompaniment need this Christmas, gourmet Isle of Wight hub The Garlic Farm has loaded its favourites hamper with Pear & Date Chutney, Celebration Chutney, Garlic Mayonnaise with Chilli, Roast Garlic Jam, Garlic Mayonnaise, Tomato Ketchup with Garlic and more. Sauce fiends will love it – but possibly not Uncle Vlad…
Winter Laverstoke Cocktail Hamper, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, £60
Visits to the fantastic Bombay Sapphire Distillery are sadly on ice until 2021. In the meantime, send a cocktail hamper with everything you need to mix-up its signature Laverstoke with a winter twist cocktail: Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini Rosso, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and Fever Tree Ginger Ale – all boxed up with a long-twisted bar spoon for a perfect serve.
Morse Toad Create Your Own Hamper, online, £23.95
Missing someone madly this year? Us too. Thankfully, there’s always video calling and Hampshire-based Morse Toad. Clickety click online and you can send a sweet chocolate message plus (biscuit emoji) smile in a box anywhere in the UK. Or some sweets. Or a tree decoration. Or chocolate sprouts. Your treat, your choice of extras. Genius.
Hoxton Bakehouse Awesome Treat Box, £35, collection or select delivery
Something awesome for the (festive) weekend? So much to love about this fresh-baked Hoxton Bakehouse treat box, with Country sourdough and seeded wheat sourdough loaves, Lyburn cheese, Ground River coffee, free range eggs, a box of signature buns plus marmalade, chutney and jam. Order for collection or get it delivered in select areas including Winchester, Southampton, Lymington and Romsey. Locals will love it.
Gilbert White Hampers, Selbourne, priced on content, collect 16-24 Dec
New this year, East Hampshire museum and gourmet café go-to Gilbert White’s will package up a hamper selection of local goodies all carefully curated by you, displayed and delivered in a wooden box. Choose from its Christmas cakes, puddings, fudge, mince pies and chutneys, plus a huge range of local cheeses, beers brewed on site and hand-roasted coffee from Farnham’s Coffee Gems.