Giving the gift of a hamper at Christmas is an old tradition and one that can have various applications today. Whether buying a range of necessities for someone in their first home for Christmas, a selection of luxury items for a friend or even some tastes of home for a student away at university, hampers have always had a place on the Christmas gift list. And there is nothing better than finding local produce from local companies so here are some ideas.
Purely Devon is based out of Dawlish and offer a range of hampers made from award winning Devon food and drink. Their excellent customer service includes next day delivery to yourself or your recipient as well as a free personalized gift card with each order.
Their range includes Christmas Hampers, general Hampers, Cream Tea Hampers and even the ability to create your own. Their Christmas hampers start from £27.00 with the Little Devon hamper, which includes West Country cider chutney, dipper stem ginger cookies and Mulled Berry Juice, all presented in a jute bag.
Their create your own hamper is the perfect way to customer a gift in a simple four step process starting with selecting the basket or bag of your choice. You can then add whatever products you want from their range including chocolates, cheeses, chutneys, jams, meat, fish and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Local Food Company have been in business since 2005 and operate from their farm shop in Ivybridge. They use their locally sourced food to make up their range of hampers and Christmas gifts that cover local meats, cakes, chocolates and drinks.
Their hampers come in four ranges; under £25, under £50 under £100 and over £100. They also offer a range of Christmas gift ideas including a Brewery Gift Pack from Bays Brewery in Torbay, a Deluxe Organic Hamper and the DJ Miles Hot Chocolate Gift Basket.
They offer local delivery and nationwide delivery as well as the option to collect from the farm shop in person.
The Dartmoor Picnic Company is based in Tavistock and offer gift ideas all through the year as well as special items for seasonal events such as Easter, Valentine’s Day and of course, Christmas. Their hampers start from £26.00 and feature ranges such as the Cheese and Chutney Festive Delight containing cheeses, chutneys, potatoes chips and even a small cheeseboard. For chocolate fans is the Christmas Teatime Tray hamper that comes in a gingham lined wicker tray and features a box of Plymouth Tea, flapjacks, cookies and chocolate squares.
What to buy?
The biggest problem with buying one of these hampers as a gift for someone is you probably won’t want to give it away, so tasty are the contents! Or for an alternative idea, why not pick up an empty hamper than many of the companies offer and visit a local farmer’s market to add some unique local produce to the ranges offered by the hamper companies.