Unsure what to gift your boss, or send to your difficult to please in-laws? Gift hampers are one of our Christmas saviours here at Sassy HQ. They’re full of seasonal treats and usually have a big enough selection to please even the pickiest recipients. And, as many also come with fizz or wine, they make a great gift to arrive with when it’s time for a party! Need some inspiration as to the best boxes out there? Here are our top hamper picks this holiday season…
If you want to make a big impression, go for “The Really Big Christmas” bundle ($2588) from Gift Hampers HK. This festive number (from their 2018 Christmas range) is one bumper basket. It’s crammed with the very best of all the normal festive favourites – luxury organic chocolates, biscuits, nuts, snacks, as well as sweet-filled crackers, gourmet popcorn, and holiday staples like panettone and candy canes. You can upgrade to the champagne version and pop open your choice of Moet & Chandon Imperial, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Dom Perignon or (if you’re feeling very generous) Krug Grand Cuvee Vintage! As a bonus, Gift Hampers commits to protecting the environment, so all hampers are completely reusable and all packed with 100% biodegradable material. Spread some Christmas cheer by sending this to your friends, family and corporate clients! No one will be disappointed.
Sassy Perk: Use discount code “Sassy_Xmas2018” to enjoy 10% discount on Christmas Hampers.
Where: Order online from Gift Hampers HK
How much: $2588
Perfect for any foodie, (or anyone who just loves to eat like us!) this fantastic selection from Hong Kong’s finest butcher-cum-deli Feather & Bone is sure to tickle the taste buds. Jam-packed with a huge selection of their very best produce, including seasonal treats like chestnut marrons, Highgrove goose fat and a traditional Christmas pudding, as well as crowd-pleasing favourites like luxury biscuits, extra virgin olive oil infused with truffle and, of course, for the drinks trolley, a kick-ass bloody Mary mix, as well as a bottle of fizz (Champagne Philizot et Fils), and a hearty red (Chateau L’Escart). The hamper also comes with a $200 gift card, so your recipients get to experience Feather and Bone’s delicious fresh meats for themselves too!
Where: Order online from Feather and Bone
How much: $1598
Nothing says Christmas like an epic cheese board and this fabulous selection from Hong Kong favourite, Classified, doesn’t disappoint. Take it as a gift to a Christmas dinner and your hosts will be thanking you well into the New Year! This huge hamper includes a wide selection of cheeses to suit all tastes; from the refined hard ewe’s milk Abondance Fermier AOP, to Christmas favourite, Brie de Meux. The hamper also includes an additional Brie, (you can never have too much Brie at Christmas!) a Camembert, a Blue D’Auvergne, a Parmigiano Reggiano and a delicate Valencay (a goat’s cheese with a charcoal dusting on the rind). Best of all, it comes with all the necessary extras to complete your Christmas cheese-feast – quince paste and a selection of crostini biscuits, as well as a bottle of champagne to get the party started, and a robust pinot noir to wash it all down with.
Where: Order online from Classified
How much: $1888
Ok, so this one is more of a box than a hamper, but Lush’s Wonderful Christmas Time is some gift. It’s absolutely bursting with 24 of the best products that Lush has to offer. Beautifully packaged up in a gorgeously designed box (re-usable naturally, in line with the brand’s ethos), this is the perfect gift for a hostess who never finds time for herself (sound familiar?!). Give the gift of “me time”, with this selection of scrumptious shower gels, massage bars and bath bombs. Included inside are some of Lush’s most popular items as well as seasonal specials, like a plum pudding bath melt, snow fairy naked body conditioner and strawberry Santa soap.
Where: Order online from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
How much: $2450
Nobody does hampers like Fortnum & Mason, its “After Dinner Hamper” is a corker. Packed with after dinner drinks (Fortnum’s Sauternes and Blanc de Blancs champagne), after dinner coffee, a selection of their world-renowned teas, as well as biscuits, sweets and luxury chocolates (including some incredibly delicious champagne truffles) for those late-night nibbles. Best of all, it’s all wrapped up in one of their beautiful wicker baskets, a keepsake that will last right through until picnic season.
Where: Order online from Lane Crawford (delivery in Central from 27th November only, otherwise in-store pick-up only)
How much: $2700
For serious wow factor from a Hong Kong icon, choose this spectacular hamper from the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. This traditional hamper is sure to impress. Exquisitely presented in a bright red, tiered “swivel” box with gold and black accents, the hamper is crammed with a wide selection of the very finest quality produce. Inside you’ll find cold meats including smoked salmon, Iberian ham, chorizo, as well as chutney accompaniments. Also included are some Christmas classics – Stilton (in a jar – so no worries about the smell!), a Christmas pudding and chocolate-coated orange peel, amongst other goodies. To top it all off, there is a bottle of fine Bordeaux and mulled wine spices to warm up those winter nights.
Where: Order online from Mandarin Cake Shop
How much: $2988
For those occasions where a traditional food or drink hamper doesn’t fit the bill, but you still want to take something that little bit special, check out this lovely set from M Florist. Everyone loves decorating the Christmas tree but not all Hong Kong apartments have room for one, so this gift box could be the answer. In the beautiful red box there is a preserved Christmas tree – around 9.5 inches tall, (perfect for a Christmas dinner centerpiece) along with some decorations made from dried and pressed real plants. Also included (along with some gorgeous flowers) is a box of brilliantly coloured chocolates from Sweet Fashion House that are perfect for sharing around your mini-tree.
Where: Order online from M Florist (available from 5th December only)
How much: $2550
Tis the season…to drink a lot of wine! Be the most popular guest at any party during the holiday season by arriving armed with the gift of a few bottles. This box from Wine Moments, ticks all of the boxes. You can tailor your box to your own taste, by picking three bottles from their excellent selection of wines. Best of all, they will add in three Christmas gift tags to the box (so you can choose to gift the bottles as a complete set or decide to give them individually), and it even has free delivery. We know we will be ordering a few of these to have up our sleeves over the party season!
Where: Order online from Wine Moments
How much: $300
Going to a party where there will be kids? Turn yourself into Santa by bringing them the gift of …sugar! Okay, their parents may not love you at first, but once everyone gets stuck into the retro candies (gobstoppers, toffees and millions), there will be no stopping the Christmas spirit. Sherbet anyone?! Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe has ready-prepared hampers available online, but you can also visit the store to make your own selection to suit your taste (and budget).
Where: Order online from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, or in-store at 37 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 6596 2756
How much: $1068 (or made to order)