THE SELFRIDGES GUIDE TO

FINDING THE PERFECT

HAMPER FOR THEM

Words: Amy Newson

This festive season, we’re here to help you celebrate a Christmas like no other – and that includes guiding you to the perfect gourmet gifts for your loved ones (or yourself, of course). If you’re on the hunt for gifts to send those you won’t be able to share the festivities with this year or a hamper filled with all you need to have a magical Christmas at home, then our 2020 collection of hampers and gift boxes is just what you’re after. They’re not only filled with extraordinary flavours created by our favourite artisan producers, but they’re also bursting with personality. So, without further ado, let’s help you find the ideal hamper for your fellow foodie and treat them to a deliciously decadent gift…

THE SELFRIDGES GUIDE TO

finding the perfect hamper for them

Words: Amy Newson

This festive season, we’re here to help you celebrate a Christmas like no other – and that includes guiding you to the perfect gourmet gifts for your loved ones (or yourself, of course). If you’re on the hunt for gifts to send those you won’t be able to share the festivities with this year or a hamper filled with all you need to have a magical Christmas at home, then our 2020 collection of hampers and gift boxes is just what you’re after. They’re not only filled with extraordinary flavours created by our favourite artisan producers, but they’re also bursting with personality. So, without further ado, let’s help you find the ideal hamper for your fellow foodie and treat them to a deliciously decadent gift…

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If they’re working on making their everyday more sustainable, then Christmas shouldn’t be any different. That’s why we’ve created an edit of brilliant goodies to satisfy, well, every foodie out there, earth-conscious or otherwise. Our Selfridges Selection Vegan Gift Box is packed full of incredibly tasty vegan sweet treats, including fudge, pralines, panettone and figgy pudding (did you know that our Selfridges Selection range is also completely palm oil-free?), while Daylesford Organic’s hampers will help them put on a proper spread (whether it’s a teatime treat or the whole Christmas feast.) Let’s help them have a more conscious Christmas this year.

 


Christmas is the perfect time to express gratitude to our loved ones through the gifts we offer. There are ways to do so while also being mindful of the impact our choices can have on the world around us. Our hampers were created with that in mind, as we believe that eating seasonally and locally is not only kinder for the planet – it tastes better too.

- Ophelia Hohler, Director of Marketing & PR at Daylesford

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Let’s face it, it’s been hard to find any cause for celebration in 2020, so we reckon the fully committed Christmas fans in your life are definitely going to want to celebrate this year’s festivities in style. And what better than the Christmas-iest of Christmas hampers? Filled with all the classics, including Christmas pudding, mince pies, stollen, brandy butter, chocolates and wines (the list goes on), this collection of hampers brings an extra-large helping of Christmas cheer.

 


There doesn’t seem like a better year to get back to the festive traditions of Christmas, and 2020 is all about celebrating with friends and family, together or apart. We’ve designed this range of hampers that hark back to the favourite family traditions that make Christmas the happiest time of the year. My favourite traditions include dousing our six-month-matured Christmas pudding in brandy and lighting it for a dramatic end to Christmas lunch, or leaving our palm-oil-free mince pies (and a carrot) by the fireplace for Santa and his reindeer.

– Ellie Tomassi, Selfridges Selection & Hamper Buyer

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If their dream trip involves sailing down the molten river at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, we suspect you may have a chocolate enthusiast in your midst. OK, so we’re not saying they’re your IRL equivalent of Augustus Gloop, but your sweet-toothed friend will love nothing more than these tasty treats – think hot chocolate, chocolate-covered biscuits, chocolate truffles and cocoa-dusted almonds – though, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t? And to ensure their celebrations go off with a ‘POP’? Choose one of the gift boxes with Champagne or Prosecco – we can’t think of a more indulgent chocolate pairing.

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Is their favourite winter evening one spent tucked up under a cashmere blanket, a mug of hot chocolate in hand? Well, prepare to knock their (festive) socks off with these pampering gift boxes. Treat them to an indulgent breakfast in bed (complete with jams, tea, coffee and a bottle of Prosecco), a relaxing afternoon tea, or go all out with an at-home spa-like experience, courtesy of the Champagne Diptyque Gift Box. Filled with a candle, bath oil, cashmere socks, salted caramel truffles and a bottle of Champagne, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s secretly pleased they now have a convenient excuse to stay in all winter (we wouldn’t blame you for keeping this one for yourself, either).

 


Sure, you might not be glamming up as usual this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat someone special (or yourself!) to some much-needed pampering this festive season. The Champagne Diptyque Gift Box sounds like my new dream Friday night: truffles and Champagne in the bath, followed by cashmere socks and a gorgeous candle. Sign me up!

– Grace Gargini, Beauty Editor

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As any good cheese lover will tell you, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a decadent cheese board. So, if you can think of someone who’d be first in line to dig into the baked camembert, then we have just the gift(s) for them. Naturally, you also need the perfect pairings to complete the experience, so we’ve pulled out all the stops when creating our range of fromage-focussed hampers. Choose from classics, like the Stilton and Port Gift Box or the Cheddar and Chutney Gift Box, or some contemporary favourites, like the Baked Camembert and Prosecco Gift Box or the Cheddar and Prosecco Gift Box. Thanks to the chutneys, crackers and wines, they’ll have everything they need when it’s time to tuck into the cheese course. 

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Right, let’s get down to the hard stuff, shall we? After all, 2020 has spawned a lot of at-home mixologists, with many a lockdown evening spent experimenting with new cocktail recipes or honing sommelier skills. So, what better than this range of tipple-tastic hampers – from the best selection of wines to enjoy over the festive period to the make-your-own Martini cocktail kit? OK, so they may not be able to show off those mixology skills to a large and adoring crowd this year, but we say intimate tastings are the way forward – at least until 2021…

 


It’s looking likely that this festive season might not come with a jam-packed calendar of bar trips and office parties (which kind of got tiring anyway, right?), but I’m going to take it as an opportunity to up my at-home mixology game with close friends, perfecting my Martini making while looking forward to the new Bond film finally being released next year…albeit in loungewear, not a tux.

– George Walker, Head of Editorial

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Do they know their cavolo nero from their caviar? Or their truffles from their chanterelles? Yes? Then, luckily for you, we have just the selection of mouth-watering hampers and gift boxes for the ultimate gourmet. Jam-packed with all the edible extravaganza you can imagine (caviar? Check. Charcuterie? Check. Tom Dixon glassware? Check.), it has everything they could need to create a festive feast fit for a king. Just make sure you’re on the guestlist…

Make your own hamper at our new Hampers & Food Concierge

Visit our brand-new Hampers & Food Concierge on G at Selfridges London to pick from our pre-packed hampers or to speak to an expert about curating your own (with gifts selected from across our store). We are also offering virtual hampers appointments, so you can curate your own gifts from the comfort of your own home.

Book your appointment now