Christmas Hampers – Make a Christmas Gift Hamper

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Make a Christmas Hamper

Making up your own hampers both saves money and ensures that you give things you know people like.


If you’re looking for a Christmas present for someone you know pretty well, a personalised Christmas hamper shows you’ve put some thought into your gift-buying — and can also save you money.

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Creating a hamper

Hampers don’t have to be filled just with food and drink – you can include anything you think the recipient will genuinely like and use. And while an old wicker basket makes the perfect hamper, few of us have one to hand – so you can just as easily use a cardboard box covered in Christmas wrapping paper. For padding between items, you can add your own shredded paper or, if you have a bigger budget, you could buy some biodegradable coloured filling or wood wool from a supplier such as Shredhouse http://www.shredhouse.co.uk/ which also sells new willow hampers.

Themed hampers

One option for filling your hamper is to choose a theme that’s relevant to your recipient. For a keen female gardener, for example, you could include some hand scrub and moisturiser, some packets of seeds, a few bulbs for next Spring, a new pair of gardening gloves and a gardening magazine.

The only risk with a theme is that you will buy the person a lot of stuff they already have – but you can avoid this by trying to find unusual items. For someone whose passion is cooking, for example, you could put together a hamper containing unusual ingredients relating to a particular cuisine such as the Middle East, which they wouldn’t ordinarily have in their cupboards — alongside a recipe book of dishes that use them.

Children’s christmas hampers

Even though high-tech toys feature at the top of many children’s Christmas lists, a mixed hamper of goodies will really appeal because they’re packed with so many little things for them to discover.

Children’s hampers are incredibly easy to fill with timeless nick knacks such as crayons, sweets, puzzles, joke books, chocolate coins, key rings, and small toys such as a skipping rope or a soft toy.


Mixed hampers

For a mixed hamper, the contents will obviously depend on the particular recipient, but a few ideas for things to include are:

  • a few select food items such as a jar of homemade marmalade or jam, some chocolate-covered nuts, a box of Turkish Delight, or a gourmet food they are particularly partial to
  • a hobby magazine, whether they’re into gardening, travel, digital cameras, general aviation, fashion, cats, or just about any other topic covered by consumer magazines
  • a framed photo of something or someone special to them, such as their pet or a loved one
  • a bottle of wine, or organic beer, ale or cider
  • a small item that you painted, built, knitted, sewed, or sculpted yourself to suit the recipient
  • a bag containing a mix of spices to make festive mulled wine (cloves, grated nutmeg, and cinnamon)
  • a bag of relaxing bath salts, a bar of their favourite body soap, or another bath or shower treat
  • Split perfume coffret sets to give someone a chance to try a new fragrance
  • some fruit to add colour, such as a couple of Clementines, which will also give it a festive scent

With all of these hampers you only need to use your imagination and you can have fun creating a personalised gift that won’t break the bank but will show you have put time and effort into your present.

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On October 19th, 2009 at 9:13 am, Seth Painkick said:
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Some good ideas from You there. I’m always giving my children something connected to my passion (motorcycles) but not always. I know that kids are just kids an need some toys, candies and other things like that. I like your ideas with food items – jam, chocolate and other sweets.

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On November 4th, 2009 at 12:49 pm, Romy @ Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kits said:
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I never thought of Christmas hampers as gifts ideas, but you surely gave me a new alternative for this year holidays.

Now I just have to figure out what the content of the hamper should be, and your ideas come in very helpful. Thanks

Romy

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On November 4th, 2009 at 12:53 pm, Pasty Muncher said:
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@ Romy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kits

Nice Stockings!

Any Christmas knickers?

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On January 22nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm, Personal Clothing said:
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Your Hamper could be a mixture of lots of different personal gifts. I did it for my mum 2 years ago and she really loved it.

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On January 29th, 2010 at 6:04 am, Bob Monk said:
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Christmas Gift Basket has the absolute best products, which will convey the class and true feeling, select the gift basket from the best purveyor of Gourmet Foods

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On March 5th, 2010 at 1:19 pm, download nine said:
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I know that kids are just kids an need some toys, candies and other things like that. I like your ideas with food items – jam, chocolate and other sweets.

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On March 25th, 2010 at 7:39 pm, Fruit Baskets said:
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This is a great post. I have used hampers (the smaller type you can find at Walmart or Target) to create gifts for family, including my all time favorite: citrus fruit baskets.

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On August 17th, 2010 at 3:25 pm, Abby said:
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Great write up and some really good ideas. I don’t think you can beat a really good gift hamper (home made or shop purchased) for an extra special Birthday or Christmas gift. If you make one yourself it really does show a lot of thought has been put into the gift and therefore the receiver feels a little bit more special … my thoughts anyway!

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On September 29th, 2010 at 9:33 am, Jimmy Bucilla said:
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I believe a christmas hamper will definitely look unique especially when it is personalized for an individual. Thanks for the great idea. Time to start listing down what to wrap into the hampers for this coming season….

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On September 30th, 2010 at 11:37 pm, Chris said:
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I love personalized gifts such as this hamper idea. It is much more personal than a “money” gift and actually demonstrates much more caring.

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On November 18th, 2010 at 3:39 pm, Christmas Presents said:
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Great idea to make a personal hamper rather than buying a pre made one. It will be a lot better because it will be made to suit the person getting it. It is always better to make a gift to suit someone because they will enjoy it more.

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On November 24th, 2010 at 10:36 am, Michael @ Christmas Hampers Online said:
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Hampers are great at Christmas…

If you make them yourself you don’t have those things that you normally get in shop-bought hampers that you never end up eating (or drinking).

I have so much candied ginger, pickled walnuts, port and stilton still untouched and sitting on the shelf! Does anyone like any of these?
.-= Michael @ Christmas Hampers Online´s last blog ..A Small Wooden Box of Nostalgia =-.

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On December 9th, 2010 at 12:16 am, Clare said:
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I had the idea to use something like a collander or pudding bowl instead of a basket. That way I even to box can be part of the present. Th other thing I am doing is to make this type of pressie into a filled stocking which I think makes it more festive and adds a bit of childhood joy to a present for the grown ups

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On January 2nd, 2011 at 5:12 pm, joey5 said:
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Making up your own hampers both saves money and ensures that you give things you know people like.If you

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