We are getting very close to that most wonderful time of the year, and for food lovers it really is the best time. A time when you can indulge a little, or a lot, in all of your favourite things. For me, it’s also a time to start looking for foodie gifts for my food loving friends and family! So when I got an email from the very lovely people at Harrods to try out one of their Christmas hampers, well, it was like all of my Christmas’ had come together! Harrods for me, is the most quintessential of all the purveyors of fine British food. Harrods is the epitome of British luxury, so to receive one of Harrods hampers is a real treat! And I am so excited to share a little sneak peek with you today.
I have always thought that hampers are a lovely gift for Christmas, I’ve received a few over the years and I’ve made a few myself, to give as Christmas gifts. There is something really special about receiving the gift of food, especially at Christmas. You just know that you are in for a treat, lots of treats in fact! This is very much the case with Harrods hampers, the hamper I received was literally bursting at the seams! The St. James hamper comes in a gorgeous traditional wicker basket, expertly filled with so many lovely, christmassy treats. Honestly I was so excited just for the basket, I have plans for that basket.
This hamper has everything you need for a very luxurious Christmas, from spiced tea and coffee to orange flavoured hot chocolate. And to have with your coffee, how about one or two, organic mince pies or some lovely Yorkshire biscuits? Don’t forget to use those fine bone china, Harrods tea cups with your tea! I love these, they are so delicate and pretty. The sweet stuff doesn’t end there, in fact this hamper is a sweet lovers dream! The festive boxes buried deep in this basket are filled with lots of sweet goodness, like chocolate covered nuts, chocolate biscuits and creamy fudge. One of my favourites was the Winter spiced chocolate almonds, oh my! They are sublime and capture the taste of Christmas completely!
There is a lovely Italian twist to this hamper, with luscious, dark chocolate florentines, and the most divine panettone I have ever tried! The star of the show is the panettone, big enough to feed family and friends and it goes very well with that spiced coffee. And what Christmas would be complete without a traditional Christmas cake, but this is no ordinary Christmas cake, infused with Courvoisier® VS cognac and topped with a lovely icing. The Christmas pudding complete cognac and brandy soaked cherries is matured for 12 months, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting the brandy butter, theres a jar included! For your Christmas pantry this hamper also includes Boxing day chutney, honey mustard, Seville orange marmalade, mulled berry jam and for the turkey, cranberry sauce with port.
With Harrods hampers you very nearly won’t have to lift a finger this Christmas! But I’m not going to reveal everything in this hamper, there are a few really lovely surprises in that basket. You’ll just have to drop some well placed hints to your loved ones to ensure you see what else is in there. I haven’t tried everything in this hamper, not yet anyway, I’m saving a lot for Christmas. But I can tell you, you won’t be disappointed with anything in this hamper. Other Harrods hampers that caught my eye were The Christmas Carol and The Belgravia .
You can find the complete list of Harrods Christmas Hampers online here, the prices start at £35 and go up as far as £5,000 so they have something for everyone whether you want a little or a lot of luxury. Order by November 24th and you will get free UK delivery on orders over £130, t&c apply. And for my overseas readers, fret not you too can receive Harrods hampers, they have a range of exportable hampers, including the St. James hamper featured, you will need to check the site for last date of delivery.
*Harrods very kindly sent me the gift of this St.James hamper, all opinions as always are my own.